Eating and Drinking
All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.
On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local
cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal,
toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and
mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main
Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$35 for a
bottle of wine, around US$8 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that
you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and
juice is freely available at no additional charge.
The chef can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary
requirements provided advance notice is given - please inform us at the time
Is this trip for you?
This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.
This trip is great for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an
interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly
fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands
there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The
ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your
enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time
slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little
disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in
the event of poor weather or other circumstances.
In the Galapagos, each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and
exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites
on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys).
Landings on the islands are divided into two types - wet and dry. For dry
landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky
outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places
where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you
will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than
ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to
leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would
rather relax on board the boat.
There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this
is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel
will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles,
Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary
there will be one or two snorkelling sessions. Snorkelling in the
Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be
snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before
going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents
and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to
be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all
times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to
raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while
before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the
boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however,
is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but
also makes floating much easier without as much effort.
We offer this Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners,
and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom
have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than
Exodus' minimum age for this trip.
At the time of booking we will ask you for the standard Exodus deposit plus
an extra 10% of the trip cost in order to secure your space on the boat. If
for any reason we are unable to secure the space and we have to cancel the
trip, you will of course receive a full refund.
Due to the nature of this holiday, this trip has slightly different
cancellation charges to those listed in the standard Exodus Booking
Conditions. After booking, if cancelling your travel arrangements, you will
have to pay cancellation charges as follows:
* More than 70 days – loss of deposit
* 70 days or less (or failure to join the holiday) – 100% of the holiday
*Islands Visited on this Itinerary:*
*Santa Cruz:* The second-largest island in the archipelago, Santa Cruz is
home to Puerto Ayora – where most Galapagos ships are docked for
embarkation – and the Charles Darwin Research Station, which conducts
tortoise research programmes and is heavily involved in the management and
conservation of the islands along with the national park authorities. The
Santa Cruz highlands are much greener than the dry lowlands of the other
islands and are home to freely-roaming groups of tortoises. In common with
the rest of the group, Santa Cruz has many interesting volcanic features such
as pit craters and lava tunnels, and there is also a noted flamingo lagoon at
*Floreana:* One of the first islands to be inhabited, the human history of
Floreana is as interesting as its natural history. At Post Office Bay,
18th-century sailors (and now tourists) left mail in a wooden barrel so it
could be picked up by other ships and delivered to its final destination.
It's still common practice for visitors to see if there are postcards or
letters from their home town and deliver them on their return from the
Galapagos. Notable wildlife on the island includes large flamingo colonies,
the Galapagos petrel and, between December and May, nesting Green turtles.
Just off Floreana's coast is the Devil's Crown, an underwater coral-filled
crater that offers some of the best snorkelling on the islands.
*Española:* The southernmost island of the chain, Española is also the
oldest. As it is relatively isolated from the other islands, it has developed
its own endemic fauna, including the only Marine iguanas that change colour
in order to attract mates during the breeding season. The island is the
favoured breeding ground for almost the entire world population of Waved
albatross due to its easy access to prime fishing grounds and the steep
cliffs that provide an ideal place for the large birds to take off. There are
also large colonies of mockingbirds, boobies, Darwin finches and doves, as
well as Sea lions, which surf the breaking waves.
*San Cristóbal:* The easternmost island of the archipelago and the first
landing point for Charles Darwin in 1835. The Galapagos Islands' provincial
capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is on San Cristóbal, and the town is home
to the excellent Galapagos Interpretation Centre. Popular sites for visitors
to the island include El Junco Lake (one of the archipelago's few freshwater
lagoons), Frigatebird Hill (unsurprisingly named for the large colonies of
magnificent and great frigatebirds), and Kicker Rock, a towering split rock
that rises over 100m from the ocean. The highland cloud forests provide a
natural habitat for giant tortoises. Huge numbers of Sea lions are also
present on San Cristóbal and nearby Isla Lobos, reachable by boat, is a big
nesting site for Blue-footed boobies.
*South Plaza:* A tiny island formed of lava and carpeted with cacti and
plants that give it a luxurious red surface. There is abundant bird life on
South Plaza (including Tropic birds and Swallow-tailed gulls), as well as a
large number of land and Marine iguanas that feed on the cacti.
*Santa Fe:* The dense vegetation of Santa Fe is made up of some of the
largest species of cactus, including a forest of prickly pear. Large numbers
of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana reside here – one of the largest land
iguanas found on the islands.