Galapagos Islands Cruise – Southern & Central

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Total Days: 8

Activity Level: 2

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Group Size: up to 20

Activity Level: 2

Activities:

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Walking
  • Snorkeling

Accommodations:

Comfortable 2-berth cabins with private bathroom and shower

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Galapagos Islands, home to a vast array of exotic wildlife
  • Visit Espanola, Floreana, Bartolome, and more
  • Hike, snorkel, and kayak through the islands for an up-close view
  • Stay aboard a first-class 20-passenger yacht with naturalist guides
  • See giant tortoises, flamingos, iguanas, penguins, and much more

Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador is an ecosystem among the most unique in the world: the Galapagos Islands. The giant tortoise, penguin, flamingo, and iguana are but a few of the exotic species that enjoy the isolation of the Galapagos. Consequently, they have no fear of humans and can be approached quite closely, presenting unparalleled opportunities for observation and photography.

On this comprehensive journey, we explore the wildlife and terrain of the individual islands, snorkel the clear waters off their shores, and learn the dramatic histories that the islands hold. Our voyage includes excursions to San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Bartolome, and other islands in the southern and central stretches of the Galapagos.

Cruising on first-class 20 passenger yachts is the ultimate way to see the Galapagos. Highlights of the trip include snorkeling with sea lions and sea turtles, viewing the courtship dance of blue footed boobies, and observing giant Galapagos tortoises roaming the landscape as they did thousands of years ago.

Join us for this once in a lifetime experience!

Also see our Northern and Western Galapagos Islands itinerary for even more options.

Special Pricing
On select departures we are offering promotional discounts. These offers are based on available cabins at the time of booking, cannot be combined with any other cruise discounts and are valid on new bookings only. Offers end May 6, 2014. See "Dates & Prices" tab for additional information.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - All aboard and set sail for the enchanting Galapagos Islands today.
  • Day 2 - Visit a nesting site for blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed boobies.
  • Day 3 - Witness the highest rate of endemic species on Espanola.
  • Day 4 - Visit a large flamingo lagoon and mail a postcard at Post Office Bay.
  • Day 5 - Roam among giant tortoise; visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Day 6 - Follow the trail up to the summit of an extinct volcano.
  • Day 7 - Visit an island formed by rising lava; observe colorful land iguanas.
  • Day 8 - Complete our exploration of the Galapagos Islands.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - All aboard and set sail for the enchanting Galapagos Islands today.

    Board your early flight to the Galapagos either from Quito (via Guayaquil) or Guayaquil. Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, airport travelers pass through the entrance formalities and proceed to the baggage area where the boat crew is waiting to escort you by bus and then zodiac to your anchored yacht. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. We travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or "Frigatebird Hill" which is situated just outside town. It is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of frigatebirds (great and magnificent). The trail leads to Playa Mann where there are vistas of beautiful scenery. We return to the yacht and depart 3PM to cruise around Leon Dormido aka Kicker Rock, a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, we spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your island briefing followed by our Captain's welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our well-trained chefs. All meals included when aboard ship.

  • Day 2 - Visit a nesting site for blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed boobies.

    We arrive to Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, considered one of the most spectacular in Galapagos and perfect for a peaceful walk with expansive views and good bird watching. We have an opportunity to snorkel or kayak from the beach or swim with sea lions as well as a Zodiac ride. During lunch, we cruise toward the northeastern tip of San Cristobal to Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies: blue footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies, both frigate species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels and a colony of sea lions. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first class site for birds. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

  • Day 3 - Witness the highest rate of endemic species on Espanola.

    Today's start begins with a dry landing at Punta Suarez, Espanola, where we witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily greet us as we land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. From April to November, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, performs its wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in "sky-pointing" to show off for potential mates. Nazca boobies busily care for their young. Stunning swallow-tailed gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. We also find Darwin's Finches, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Observe a unique species of marine iguanas that are identified with traces of red and green colorings. Colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs crawl along the shoreline near to the famous "blow hole". In the afternoon, we have a wet landing on Gardner Bay, Espanola or also known as Hood Island. Walk along seemingly endless stretches of this white sandy beach where you'll find large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore and you may find a Galapagos hawk, Darwin's finches or Hood mockingbirds. Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore by kayak or just relax. There's an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock or explore caves covered with invertebrates.

  • Day 4 - Visit a large flamingo lagoon and mail a postcard at Post Office Bay.

    This morning we step ashore at Punta Cormorant, Floreana one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich history with mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions. We'll follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the pintail ducks, common stilts, and the pinkest flamingos in the world. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including morning glory, cut leaf daisies, palo verdes and scalesia that lead to a beach with powder soft sand. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, we have an opportunity to snorkel at Devil's Crown or Champion, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral. Choose to have a picnic lunch on deck or dine inside. After lunch we visit Post Office Bay, not the most scenic, but probably the most famous site in the Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was erected and put into use in the late 18th century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area.

  • Day 5 - Roam among giant tortoise; visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

    We travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos. Here, we visit the tortoise reserve at "Las Primicias" one of the private farms in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. We visit Los Gemelos, a pair of large pit craters where we find the bright red male vermilion flycatcher. We stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in the Galapagos.After lunch we visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (aka the Charles Darwin Research Station). Here, we can see all three tortoise corrals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. We stop at Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits and a presentation. Visitors can also see the tortoise and land iguana corrals. From here we walk into Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the island with a population of 24,000 inhabitants. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town on your own account. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at a pub or internet café. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to your yacht.

  • Day 6 - Follow the trail up to the summit of an extinct volcano.

    We disembark at Bartolome, where it seems like we are walking on the moon. This young Island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way, we pause to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top of the wooden stairs, we can gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and "Pinnacle Rock", an eroded tuff cone. Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or take a zodiac ride. After lunch, we visit Las Bachas, which is the Spanish translation for "barges". There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the greater flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. Located off the Southern tip of Santiago is Sombrero Chino aka Chinese Hat that owes its name to its shape. After a wet beach landing amid surrounding sea lion colonies, the trail gives way to a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble including cracked lava formations and lava tubes. We find marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers. If you prefer, you can choose to snorkel at a site that is frequented by Galapagos penguins. There is a briefing followed by dinner as we anchor in a calm protected area.

  • Day 7 - Visit an island formed by rising lava; observe colorful land iguanas.

    Today we visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trails lead us through prickly pear cactus or opuntia and sesuvium. Here we can find the Galapagos land iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, we encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory. We also find swallow tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs. In the afternoon we have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. We follow a trail that leads us to swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and the endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds found in Galapagos. As we stroll along the beach, we find marine iguanas and sea lions body surf the northern swells. After the walk there is a snorkeling opportunity offered in deep water. We return to the yacht for the Captain's Farwell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

  • Day 8 - Complete our exploration of the Galapagos Islands.

    This morning, we drop anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. Here we gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, we spend time in port before heading to the airport for our flight back to the mainland departing noon time on Aerogal. We will arrive in Guayaquil around 2:00pm or in Quito by 4:00pm.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

REI Adventures shares non-exclusive departures with their Galapagos cruise partner Ecoventura.

Price Includes

Cabin accommodation, all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, purified water, Captain's welcome and farewell cocktail, local beer with dinner, guide services, shore excursions, use of wet suits, snorkeling equipment and sea kayaks, transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock.

Not Included

Airfare from US to Quito or Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands; land transfers, hotels and meals on the mainland; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Ecuador; gratuities to guides and crew and items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, laundry fees, purchases onboard and insurance of any kind. Flights from the mainland to the Galapagos, National Park fee and transit card are not included in cruise cost, but these fees are collected by REI Adventures and arrangements are made and pre-paid in conjunction with your cruise booking.

Rates

Park fees and the price of fuel sometimes increase the cost of cruise arrangements significantly, and we reserve the right to alter our prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

REI Adventures standard payment and cancellation policies do not apply to Galapagos cruises. A special cancellation policy applies to all Galapagos trips, which is stricter than the REI policy. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person and $1,000 for singles is due at time of booking. Full payment for the Galapagos trip is due at 90 days before departure. When a trip cancellation is received 90+ days prior to departure, full deposit is non-refundable. When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable. Holiday weeks: Apr 1-8, Dec 23-30, Dec 30 - Jan 06, 2013 and Mar 31 - Apr 7, Dec 22-29, Dec 29 - Jan 05, 2014. A deposit of $1,000 per person (double occupancy) and $2,000 (single occupancy) is required - $500 of that is non-refundable. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Cancellations received; 179-90 days prior to departure, full deposit is non-refundable. When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, all trip costs are non-refundable. This policy is in accordance with the cruise company.

Weather

Although Ecuador lies on the equator, the country has a wide range of climates due to the varying altitudes. The city of Quito, located at 9,350', has an average temperature of 55 to 75 degrees. The cold Humboldt Current flowing from the Antarctic modifies the Galapagos Islands weather. Fall and winter months tend to be drier with cooler water. Summer months tend to have more chance of warm water and some rain. Days year-round are warm; shorts and a t-shirt are fine. Nights will often be cool aboard the ship. For extended snorkeling, a thin wet suit is recommended.

Qualifications

This trip will be enjoyed by anyone who is in good health and leads an active life. Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours roundtrip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are "wet", requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Single Travelers

Single cabins are assigned by the cruise company to the best cabin available at the time of sailing.

Share Basis for Single Travelers: If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, same share gender requests are available on the Iguana deck on seasonal departure dates only. On peak departure dates, the single rate will be confirmed, a share request can be placed on wait list and only if matched will the share rate apply. There is a maximum of one share confirmed per sailing. We cannot accept any share requests on cruises that fall over the holiday weeks.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Galapagos Islands Cruise – Southern & Central Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Weather in the Galapagos and Quito, despite a 9000 foot elevation difference, are not so different. Both experience warm days and cool evenings. In the Galapagos year round can be 90 degrees with night temperatures dipping into the 50s. The cold, deep waters of the Humbolt Current keep these equatorial Islands and waters cooler than one might expect. Quito is quite temperate with daytime highs in the 70s and average nighttime temperatures in the 40-50s.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline itinerary and confirmation
Luggage
  • Duffel bag—sturdy and large enough to hold all of your gear
  • Small daypack for day hikes (to carry water bottle, light jacket, etc.)
  • Passport pouch or money belt
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Outerwear
  • Lightweight fleece or sweater
  • Lightweight rain/wind shell
Clothing
  • Lightweight easily washable items for city and boat wear - casual and comfortable clothes are recommended
  • Walking or hiking shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt for cool evenings and sun protection
  • Walking or hiking pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Swimsuit(s) and cover-up
  • Sun hat
  • Bandanna
  • Lightweight 2 or 3mm neoprene wetsuit if you prefer to use your own (available for use on boat)
Footwear
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • Watersport sandals
  • Boat shoes or flip flops to wear on board
Travel Accessories
  • Mask and snorkel if you prefer to use your own (fins, mask & snorkel are available on board)
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen and lip protection SPF 30+, biodegradable
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses and strap
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Flashlight / headlamp and spare batteries
  • Small dry bag for camera gear while on ship-to-shore rides
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries & charger
  • Underwater camera
  • Binoculars
  • Field guide to the Galapagos Islands
  • Stuff sacks, various sizes for organizing clothing and gear inside duffel
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Insect repellent
  • Plastic bags to keep your gear dry inside your daypack, and to separate wet/dirty items from dry/clean items
  • Laundry detergent for hand washing /universal sink stopper
  • Ear plugs

Things to Consider

  • Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, medications and one set of spare clothes in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • A sweater and wind shell are often needed for travel from July to November and for evenings any time of year. Note: You'll need the sweater if you want to spend the night up on deck, under a very bright, star-studded sky.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. Quick-dry items are advisable, since laundry facilities are not available. Clothes should be casual and loose fitting. Long and short sleeve shirts are recommended.
  • All bedding and towels are provided on the boats including beach towels.
  • The sun is particularly strong on the equator, so a good sun hat and a long-sleeved, light-colored shirt are important. Bring plenty of water-resistant sunscreen.
  • Most passengers opt to wear the wetsuits provided due to the cold water temperatures while snorkeling. If you do not plan on wearing a wetsuit, please bring a layer to protect yourself from the sun while in the water, such as a rashguard.
  • To keep baggage to a minimum you may wish to leave items not necessary for your Galapagos travel at your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil. Plan to bring a spare duffel bag for this purpose.


Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.



Dates & Prices:

 2014 (Scroll down for 2015)

M/V Eric, Flamingo, Letty
DateNotesIguana Deck
double
Iguana Deck
triple
Booby DeckDolphin DeckSingle
Apr 20-27, 2014 - Sold out$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
May 4-11, 2014 - Sold out$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
May 18-25, 2014 - Sold out$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Jun 1-8, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Jun 15-22, 2014 - Sold outF, T$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2014 - Sold outF, T$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Jul 13-20, 2014 - Sold outF, T$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Jul 27 - Aug 3, 2014F, T$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Aug 10-17, 2014F, T$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Aug 24-31, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Sep 7-14, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Sep 21-28, 2014$3,705$3,610$3,915$3,995$5,534
Oct 5-12, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Oct 19-26, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Nov 2-9, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Nov 16-23, 2014$3,705$3,610$3,915$3,995$5,534
Nov 30 - Dec 7, 2014$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825
Dec 14-21, 2014$3,705$3,610$3,915$3,995$5,534
Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2015 - Sold outF$3,900$3,800$4,350$4,700$5,825


Promotional discounts are based on available cabins at the time of booking, cannot be combined with any other cruise discounts and are valid on new bookings only.

F = Family: 1 of 3 yachts is designated for families traveling with children, ideal for ages 7-12.

T = Teen: 1 of 3 yachts is designated for families traveling with teens, ideal for ages 13-19.

Child Discounts: Children 7-11 years receive a 25% discount off of the cabin cost. Children 12-17 years receive a 15% discount off the cruise cost only. Child discounts are not available during holiday departures. Discounts cannot be combined with any promotional rates and will be taken from the full double occupancy rate. Only one child discount is allowed per every adult fare paid with a limit of two per family.

Additional Fees:
Island flight: $545
Galapagos National Park fee: $100
Transit fee: $10


Prices are per person double occupancy. Prices and fees are subject to change.


Vessels

REI Adventures partners with one of the finest first class small boat cruise operators in the Galapagos. A small boat cruise is the perfect way to explore the Galapagos Islands. The vessels are large enough to allow comfortable and spacious cabins with a host of amenities, yet small enough for an intimate and personalized experience without the "crowds."

Cabin Descriptions

Dolphin Deck
Cabins 1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds or one double bed and picture windows
Cabin 2 has one double bed and picture window.
(cabins average 95 square feet)

Booby Deck
Cabins 5 & 6 have one double bed and picture windows.
(cabins average 90 square feet)

Iguana Deck
Cabins 7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and port lights.
Cabins 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with port lights and are available for triples.
(cabins average 110 square feet)

Single
Single cabins are limited and assigned by the cruise company to the best cabin available at the time of sailing.

Triple
Triple cabins are available on the Iguana deck only in cabins I9 and I10.

For more boat specifications and deck plans, feel free to review this web site.



Dates & Prices:

 2015

M/V Eric, Flamingo, Letty
DateNotesIguana Deck
double
Iguana Deck
triple
Booby DeckDolphin DeckSingle
Jan 11-18, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Jan 25 - Feb 1, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Feb 8-15, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Mar 8-15, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Mar 22-29, 2015F, T$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Apr 5-12, 2015F, T$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Apr 19-26, 2015$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
May 3-10, 2015$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
May 17-24, 2015$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
May 31 - Jun 7, 2015$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Jun 14-21, 2015F, T$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2015F, T$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Jul 12-19, 2015F, T$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Jul 26 - Aug 2, 2015F$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Aug 9-16, 2015T$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100
Aug 23-30, 2015F$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Sep 6-13, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Sep 20-27, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Oct 4-11, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Oct 18-25, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Nov 1-8, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Nov 15-22, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Dec 13-20, 2015$3,895$3,800$4,323$4,655$5,795
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2016F$4,100$4,000$4,550$4,900$6,100


Promotional discounts are based on available cabins at the time of booking, cannot be combined with any other cruise discounts and are valid on new bookings only.

F = Family: 1 of 3 yachts is designated for families traveling with children, ideal for ages 7-12.

T = Teen: 1 of 3 yachts is designated for families traveling with teens, ideal for ages 13-19.

Child Discounts: Children 7-11 years receive a 25% discount off of the cabin cost. Children 12-17 years receive a 15% discount off the cruise cost only. Child discounts are not available during holiday departures. Discounts cannot be combined with any promotional rates and will be taken from the full double occupancy rate. Only one child discount is allowed per every adult fare paid with a limit of two per family.

Additional Fees:
Island flight: $550
Galapagos National Park fee: $100
Transit fee: $10


Prices are per person double occupancy. Prices and fees are subject to change.


Vessels

REI Adventures partners with one of the finest first class small boat cruise operators in the Galapagos. A small boat cruise is the perfect way to explore the Galapagos Islands. The vessels are large enough to allow comfortable and spacious cabins with a host of amenities, yet small enough for an intimate and personalized experience without the "crowds."

Cabin Descriptions

Dolphin Deck
Cabins 1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds or one double bed and picture windows
Cabin 2 has one double bed and picture window.
(cabins average 95 square feet)

Booby Deck
Cabins 5 & 6 have one double bed and picture windows.
(cabins average 90 square feet)

Iguana Deck
Cabins 7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and port lights.
Cabins 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with port lights and are available for triples.
(cabins average 110 square feet)

Single
Single cabins are limited and assigned by the cruise company to the best cabin available at the time of sailing.

Triple
Triple cabins are available on the Iguana deck only in cabins I9 and I10.

For more boat specifications and deck plans, feel free to review this web site.

Ecuadorian Amazon Eco Lodges Extension

Activity: Wildlife viewing

Explore more of Ecuador's diverse landscape and wildlife by extending your adventure with a visit to the Amazon. Journey down the Napo River and discover the world of a tropical rainforest where toucans, parrots, caimans, and a hundred species of butterflies and insects exist within an incredible biodiversity of plants.

Our jungle experiences include accommodations at comfortable eco-lodges. Each lodge offers a unique and unforgettable glimpse into this amazing tropical ecosystem.

Highlights include:

  • Visiting a parrot clay lick where you will enjoy an amazing display as parrots and parakeets come down to a clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals.
  • Learning first hand of the Kichwa community with a visit to a local village or family home.
  • Climbing to a canopy observation platform located 130 feet atop a kapok tree with an enchanting view of the rainforest canopy and the flora and fauna that live in the tree tops.
  • A jungle night walk in search of insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals hiding in the darkness of the forest.

Days: 4 or 5

Price: from $950 per person

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Sacha Lodge

The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. All the cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and hidden among the lush surroundings. Each of the 26 rooms provide a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. All cabins are screened against insects, and contain ceiling fans above two comfortable double beds. During free time, visitors may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin! Added features at Sacha are a 900' long canopy walk suspended 120' above the forest floor and a butterfly house where guests can wander through 'the flying room".

2014 Rates

AccommodationDoubleSingle
4 days / 3 nights$950$1,425
5 days / 4 nights$1,190$1,785

Airfare - per person roundtrip from Quito $206 (subject to increase).

Flights do not operate on Sunday.

Yasuni National Park fee - $25 per person (to be paid locally).

Napo Wildlife Center

Lodging at NWC has been designed to offer maximum privacy and comfort to the world traveler, providing lake and forest views from their private porches, as well as preserving one of the most pristine spots of Amazon forest in Ecuador. Each of our 16 individual large luxury cabanas are prepared for receiving guests in double occupancy or arranged in advance for a 3 family member visit. Rooms include a king size or twin size beds, private bathrooms with on demand hot water, a multi-speed ceiling fan, electricity provided by silent generators supplemented by solar panel power system, plenty of lights and 120 v outlets, screened windows and mosquito nets. An added feature at Napo is its amazing location on the Anangucocha Lake and the chance for views of giant otters, black caiman and capybaras right from the dock or opportunities to jump in for a refreshing swim. Guest can also spend free time in the observation tower located next to the dining hall offering good opportunity for birding or discovering more wildlife right next to the lodge.

2014 Rates

AccommodationDoubleSingle
4 days / 3 nights$1,100$1,380
5 days / 4 nights$1,370$1,710

Airfare - per person roundtrip from Quito $206 (subject to increase).

Flights do not operate on Sunday.

Prices Include

Accommodations in double room with private bath; all meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on last day; bilingual jungle guide; native guide; jungle tours; transfers; taxes and use of rubber boots.

Not Included

International airfare to Ecuador; alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; guide gratuities; excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind. The price for roundtrip flights from Quito to Coca is not included in the lodge package. The flight cost will be collected by REI Adventures and arrangements are made and pre-paid in conjunction with your lodge booking.

Single Travelers

Rates for single travelers vary based on lodge and length of stay.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

REI Adventures standard cancellation policy does not apply to the Amazon Lodges. A special cancellation policy applies which is stricter than the REI policy. A deposit of $400 per person is required for confirmation. $200 of the deposit is nonrefundable from confirmation. Within 90 days, REI Adventures' standard policy applies.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Easy Active [2] and contains a variety of activities ranging from easy day walks to moderate hikes in a warm, tropical climate and swimming. Participants should be in good physical condition and consider beginning a regular exercise regimen 1-2 months prior to departure consisting of walking/hiking, running and/or swimming to prepare for this adventure. The better shape you're in, the more you'll be able to take advantage of the lodges' nature trails and optional activities.

Days: 4 or 5

Price: from $950 per person

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