Trip Overview

Cruise aboard a private yacht and discover a fascinating world on an active adventure in the magical Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, home to some of the most fantastic and unique wildlife on the planet!

In August 2019, you’ll have a chance to see all the incredible marine and island life unique to the Galapagos Islands from your ocean-view cabin, on a private yacht chartered exclusively for AdventureWomen. Cruise ship amenities like an outdoor Jacuzzi and multiple indoor and outdoor lounges give plenty of chances to relax and get to know the curious women exploring this fascinating land with you.

At Santa Cruz Island, visit the Charles Darwin Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center where wildlife conservationists work to preserve endangered species. You’ll learn about efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos Island ecosystems and animals, especially the giant tortoises the islands are famous for. Explore the village on Santa Cruz Island with your fellow travelers, where friendly locals sell unique handicrafts and souvenirs. A scenic hike up Dragon Hill offers chances to spot flamingos and a variety of reptiles, as well as the Palo Santo (holy stick tree) Forest, a strange, lush realm that’s home to stunning bird species.

The beautiful volcanic landscapes of Bartolome Island make it a favorite for Galapagos travelers. A hike to Pinnacle Rock offers views over the entire archipelago. You may get some new companions snorkeling near the beach: the penguins swimming just offshore! Rábida is home to hundreds of sea lions. An easy trail hike around this red-beached wonder offers spectacular wildlife sightings, and optional kayaking and snorkeling expeditions will expand your horizons – literally! Santiago Island, where Darwin stayed the longest, has an undulating beauty from the smooth basaltic lava flow that created it. Wander the white sand beaches with a friend and follow in Darwin’s footsteps.

A visit to seahorse-shaped Isabela Island offers one of the best deep-water snorkeling opportunities of your Galapagos Islands cruise. Spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca, and noddies on a dinghy trip along the shore. The “Dragons” of Fernandina – marine iguanas that survive on a diet of algae – are one of the distinct species on this island, notable worldwide for its complete lack of introduced species. Espinosa Point’s jet-black lava formations are a sight like no other. Hike around Urbina Bay and stay on the lookout for the stunning birds native to this volcanic land. Finish your adventure with challenging hikes around Santiago Island’s lava flows. A visit to paradisiacal Bachas Beach, famous as the site of giant turtle nesting, is a beautiful end to an exciting Galapagos voyage.

Filled with adventure and incredible sights, this August 2019 wildlife cruise by private yacht to the Galapagos Islands is a classic, bucket list journey for all Adventure Women!

Main Attractions

  • Cruise the Galapagos Islands on a private yacht chartered just for AdventureWomen
  • Learn about the preservation of the Galapagos Island ecosystems and wildlife on Santa Cruz Island
  • Spot flamingos and reptiles during a hike up Dragon Hill
  • Snorkel with sea lions from pristine beaches
  • Observe blue-footed boobies, the “Dragons” of Fernandina, and maybe even a giant turtle!

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Kayaking
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Private Chartered Sailing Yacht
  • Snorkeling
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Guayaquil
Arrive in Guyaquil today and take the hotel shuttle to the Wyndham Guayaquil.
Meals on your own

Overnight: Wyndham Guayaquil

Day 2

Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands
Join your group and head to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.

You’ll be met by your guide at the airport and transferred to the dock where you will board your yacht.

You’ll be given some information about the yacht, your home for the next week. The crew will show you to your cabin before lunch.

Visit the Charles Darwin Station and Fausto Llerena Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island, home to the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program. This is part of the effort to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest, a variety of Darwin’s finches, and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works to provide environmental education to communities and schools within the islands and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands.

Enjoy some free time to visit the town. There are good shopping opportunities at the local boutiques which sell uniquely designed handcrafts, jewelry, ceramics, T-shirts, and souvenirs. You can also try some food, beer, or ice cream with locals.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 3

The Galapagos Islands
On this two hour hike of Dragon hill, you can find various species of flora and fauna. Enjoy the pond behind the beach that is often home to flamingos. Along the trail, observe a variety of reptiles, especially land iguanas, which look like dragons because of their claws and spiky crests. Young iguanas are easily preyed upon by predatory birds and snakes; otherwise, they can live up to 60 years of age. Pass extensive vegetation, including a forest of holy stick trees (burseras), whose appearance changes depending on the season. The forest is home to a variety of birds, including mockingbirds, Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

This afternoon you’ll have two landing possibilities: a dock and a beach. The dock, made out of lava and concrete, soon turns into a wooden staircase built to avoid erosion and consists of 372 steps.

It takes you to the island’s summit, where you’ll find Pinnacle Rock. Due to its altitude, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are present, and are named because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island), Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. The coralline beach next to Pinnacle Rock is a wet landing site from which you are able to snorkel amongst tropical fish and perhaps sea lions and penguins; they rest on the lava of the intertidal zone and sometimes decide to take a dip.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 4

The Galapagos Islands
Rábida Island has an abundance of landscapes and marine life. The trail takes about 45 minutes to walk, and you can also go around the shoreline in a dinghy to spot fur seals, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. This is an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling; you could see white tipped sharks, rays, sea lions, among many others.

Behind the beach at Buccaneers Cove lie two small flamingo ponds where iguanas sunbathe. The native red and black mangrove can be also seen here. This beach is one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs three to four times per season. You will also find the remains of barges that were sunk during World War II, when the United States Navy operated a base on Baltra Island.

Relax on board your beautiful yacht as you are mesmerized by the crystal clear water surrounding you.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 5

The Galapagos Islands
This morning, board a dinghy to view the turtles in Black Turtle Cove, a designated Turtle Sanctuary.

Enjoy lunch on the yacht.

Land on Santa Cruz Island and drive about 45 minutes into the highlands. When you arrive, take a 90-minute walk and admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the shells of tortoises). The journey to the reserve gives you an opportunity to see the contrasts between the ecosystems in the Galapagos. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are seen wandering through pastures on the way. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 6

The Galapagos Islands
Take a dinghy ride along the coast of Vicente Roca Point to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds. Cold water currents make themselves known here!

Walk for about three hours on Fernandina Island. This is one of the most pristine islands in the world, with no introduced species. Espinosa Point is located on the northwestern part of the island, and its flat jet-black lava is a defining feature of the stark and barren landscape. It is also home to the largest colony of endemic marine iguanas. Enjoy an hour of snorkeling in this area as well.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 7

The Galapagos Islands
Urbina Bay is located at the west of Isabela Island, it has a spectacular view of Alcedo volcano.

Along the trail, which will take about an hour and a half, you will see land iguanas, mockingbirds, finches, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos martins, and occasionally, giant tortoises. At the beach, you will be able to see the largest marine iguanas on the Galapagos, and those who wish to swim or snorkel can approach flightless cormorants, penguins, sea turtles, and assorted colored fish.

Tagus Cove is located on the Northwestern coast of Isabela Island. It is a historical site visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, where graffiti has been carved into the rock walls by visitors over the past centuries; this happened just before the Galapagos National Park was established in 1959-1960. You’ll walk for about two hours, take an hour-long dinghy ride, and snorkel for an hour. You also have the option to kayak here. Observe countless species this afternoon: blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, and marine iguanas depending on the season.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 8

The Galapagos Islands
The Egas Port area is a prime place for spotting and observing hunting herons – Great Blue Herons, Yellow-crowned Night Herons, and Lava Herons – as well as oystercatchers. You will enjoy the sight of marine iguanas grazing upon algae beds at low tide, sharing space with crabs and other wading birds.

You have the option to visit the Salt Mines by hiking a four-mile round trip trail. The mines are a salty lagoon located inside a crater. Alternatively, enjoy an hour of snorkeling and/or beach time.

Sullivan Bay, on the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, features extensive lava flows which are believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows (Pahoehoe in Polynesian language means “easy to walk”); this type of lava is rare in the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands and Hawaii. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galapagos. After exploring the lava flow, you can swim and snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coralline beaches.

Have a farewell dinner with your group to toast the end of an exceptional adventure.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: M/Y Coral II

Day 9

Depart the Galapagos Islands
Enjoy one last hour of beach time in the Galapagos Islands.

You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, where you will connect with your flights home.
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Traveling to The Galapagos Islands



Arrival/Departure Information

March 2 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) on March 2, 2019.

Depart: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) on March 10, 2019 after 6:00pm.

August 17 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) on August 17, 2019.

Depart: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) on August 25, 2019 after 6:00pm.

August 31 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) on August 31, 2019.

Depart: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) on September 8, 2019 after 6:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition where you are comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking manicured nature trails, or kayaking calm waters.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to the Galapagos, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about the Galapagos.

Money

The currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar. You should bring cash for purchases on the yacht.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Main guide: $10 per day
  • Drivers: $5 per day
  • Yacht Crew: $8-10 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment must be made to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer).

March 2 Departure Final Payment Date: December 2, 2018

August 17 Departure Final Payment Date: May 19, 2019

August 31 Departure Final Payment DateJune 2, 2019

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees & Galapagos entry card
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Wyndham Guayaquil
Situated just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous Lighthouse, and minutes to the vibrant Malecon 2000, the Wyndham Guayaquil hotel offers an ideal location near Guayaquil’s many attractions.

M/Y Coral II
The Coral II is a gorgeous, comfortable yacht offering charming social areas distributed on multiple decks, with both outdoor and interior spaces allowing you to enjoy an intimate expedition experience in your own way. The vessel offers open- deck areas with a Jacuzzi to make the best of your relaxing time while cruising the islands.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

This time of year is cooler in the Galapagos, with an average high temperature of 76°F. Be prepared for a range of weather, and dress in layers.

Only one checked bag is allowed. Your bag must be soft-sided and it cannot weigh more than 44 pounds. Snorkeling equipment will be provided on board, but if you have your own mask and fins, you should certainly bring them. You can rent a wet suit if you wish for $50 plus tax on board for the entire trip.

Clothing and Gear

  • 1 small soft-sided duffel bag
  • 1 day pack
  • 1 pair hiking boots/shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 bathing suits
  • Waterproof jacket/windbreaker
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear (quick dry recommended)
  • 4-5 pairs socks
  • Sandals
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • 2 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686