Sailing from Ecuador
Before you board
Quito & Mashpi Lodge
On arrival in Quito you will transfer to the Hotel Hilton Colón for a 2 night stay. Enjoy time to explore the beautiful colonial quarter and sights including the Monastery of San Francisco. The following day you will transfer to the luxurious Mashpi Lodge for a 3 night stay in the cloud forest, a unique ecosystem where you'll find an amazing array of birds, frogs, mammals and more. You will then return to Quito for another night before flying to San Cristóbal to board Silver Galapagos for a 7 night voyage.
Setting sail from San Cristóbal Island
San Cristóbal is the most easterly of the Galapagos islands, home to the provincial capital and second largest human settlement in the archipelago, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The fantastic wildlife includes fur seals, boobies and the endangered Chatham frigatebird.
Ecuador: Bartolomé Island
The summit of Bartolomé Island offers outstanding views of some of the Galapagos archipelago’s most spectacular volcanic scenery, including the much-photographed Pinnacle Rock. The island is also home to penguins, sea lions and turtles, with some great snorkelling spots just offshore.
Ecuador: Playa Espumilla, Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Ecuador: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Punta Espinoza is home to the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, and you will see them draped across the black lava rocks sunning themselves during the day. Other species on Fernandina Island include Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions and the rare flightless cormorant.
Ecuador: Caleta Tagus, Bahia Elizabeth
Ecuador: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Flamingos, cormorants and sea turtles can all be found around Floreana, and the island also has an interesting human history. This is the site of the famous Galapagos ‘post office’, a barrel where sailors would place letters to be transported home by passing ships.
Ecuador: Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
Ecuador: Cerro Dragon
The aptly named Cerro Dragon, or ‘Dragon Hill’, is known for its population of land iguanas. These creatures were very nearly wiped out by feral dogs in the 1970s, but the conservation efforts of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park have been very successful in protecting the iguanas and growing their numbers.
Ecuador: Los Gemelos, Puerto Ayora
Arriving in Baltra
The flat and arid island of Baltra, also known as South Seymour, is home to the Galapagos archipelago’s main airport, formerly a US air base. The island is inhabited by wildlife including boobies and frigatebirds, but there are no sites open to visitors, so if you see anything it will only be in passing as you transfer between airport and ship.
Before returning home
One night in Guayaquil
After disembarking in Baltra you will fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight stay at the Hotel Oro Verde. Guayaquil is a busy, buzzing sort of place, centred around the pleasant riverfront Malecón promenade, where you'll find some great restaurants and the impressive Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art. The historic district of La Peña is home to pretty, brightly coloured colonial architecture, and the city also has some nice parks and green spaces. The following day you'll transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to London.
Your fare includes: 7 nights in an Explorer Suite including all meals, drinks, excursions, gratuities & taxes; 3 nights at the Hotel Hilton Colón, Quito; 3 nights at Mashpi Lodge including all meals, soft drinks and daily guided activities; 1 night at the Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil; International flights and regional flights and all overseas transfers.
Your home from home
Visiting the Galapagos has to be one of the most magical travel experiences on earth – and to visit on board a ship like Silver Galapagos is surely the icing on the cake.
What we love
The intimate 100 guest Silver Galapagos gives you a supremely comfortable home from home, as you visit places with no tourism infrastructure whatsoever. Without the ship, you simply wouldn't be able to get there. But as it is, you can travel like an intrepid explorer, but without any compromise on comfort.
|Crew||70 Ecuadorian Staff|
|Style||This stylish sleek ship offers a warm Ecuadorian welcome and a stimulating programme on board. If you enjoy the finer things in life but have an adventurous spirit, you will find yourself in congenial company on board.|