Galapagos Travel | Origin of Species Cruise | Day by Day
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Fly from your home city to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Wyndham Quito Airport hotel.
If you wish to arrive a day or two early to explore Quito, we offer options to extend your stay, in which case you will enjoy accommodations in the centally located Hotel Colón or may upgrade to the luxurious Casa Gangotena. For a variety of options, see Extend Your Stay »
Hotel: Wyndham Quito Airport
To the Galapagos—Santa Cruz Island
Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galapagos. Upon arrival, we cross the Itabaca channel to the Island of Santa Cruz where our Galapagos experience commences with a visit to the highlands.
We'll have lunch then explore the Santa Cruz highlands to view endemic Galapagos plant species and visit lava tubes and sinkholes. We'll hike through tall grasses among the grazing tortoises.
Depending on the season, we will either be staying in the highlands at Galapagos Safari Camp or the Royal Palm Hotel or along the coast at Finch Bay EcoLodge or Angermeyer Point.
Hotel: Santa Cruz Hotel, BLD
Puerto Ayora, Darwin Station, board our yacht
We stroll through the town of Puerto Ayora to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we learn about conservation issues and the tortoise and iguana hatching and rearing programs. We'll even get to view some of the tiny hatchlings. Afterwards we lunch in Puerto Ayora. We board Integrity mid to late afternoon in Academy Bay.
Yacht: Integrity, BLD
Aboard the yacht
We live aboard our luxury yacht for a week, spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With our licensed, INCA-selected naturalist guides, you'll learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands.
One of the highlights and an integral part of any visit to the Galápagos is the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the marine life—tropical fish, sea lions, turtles and sometimes with penguins! On most days, you'll snorkel at least once, some days twice.
Detailed cruising routes can be found on each yacht's page.
Yacht: Integrity, BLD
From our anchorage in the Baltra harbor, Say "adios" to your yacht and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await your mid-morning flight to the Ecuador mainland. On arrival, you'll transfer to the Wyndham Quito Airport hotel and enjoy a dayroom with extended check-out for a chance to freshen up and relax before returning to the airport terminal for your late departing flight.