A perfect, all-round Galapagos Islands itinerary, taking in a selection of the best islands for the widest variety of wildlife, scenery and culture.
Note: All visitors must pay $100 Galapagos National Park fee and $20 Transit Control Card
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Arrive at San Cristobel Airport and transfer to boat. Later, land and walk up to El Junco Lagoon - at 700m above sea level, this is one of the few permanent freshwater lakes in the Galapagos. See your first frigate birds and white-cheeked pintails.
Sail to Floreana Island and land at Post Office Bay, where there is a barrel, originally used by whalers in the 18th and 19th centuries to post messages to be picked up and delivered by later passing boats. Today you can post and collect cards too.
Land at Cormorant Point, where there is a large flamingo lagoon with other birds too. Here also are different coloured beaches - Four Sand Beach, with its white coral and Green Beach named because of the olivine crystals in the sand.
Land for a walk at Suarez Point on Espanola Island, a great place for spotting blue-footed and Nazca boobies as well as the large waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks and other birds. An attraction here is the landscape and a spectacular blowhole sending water high into the air.
In the afternoon, visit Gardner Bay on the eastern side of Espanola Island.the breeding site for virtually all the world's population of waved albatross during the months of April to December.There is a sweeping white sand beach with hundreds of sealions. Great snorkelling from the beach.
Wake up at Santa Cruz, the main island in the group and travel up to Los Gemelos, the twin craters, a geological feature high up on the island in the native scalesia forest, with super long views.
Later, walk to the Charles Darwin Research Station and see giant tortoises from all over the islands, along with land iguanas. Some great photo opportunities.
After and overnight sail, arrive at the northern island of Genovesa, one of the few islands where red-footed boobies breed. Walk amongst these at El Barranco (also known as Price Phillip's Steps) and enjoy the views from the cliff-top. Stroll through the palo santo vegetation and look out for short-eared lava owls, storm petrels and Galapagos doves as well as frigate birds and Nazca boobies.
After lunch, land at Darwin Bay, a nesting area for boobies and frigate birds. Go snorkelling off the beach and see colourful tropical fish, rays and maybe, hammerhead sharks. Go kayaking beneath the cliffs and see tropic birds swooping from the rocks
Rabida is one of the most colourful and geologically varied island in the archipelago with deep red sandy beach and amazing volcanic scenery. there are nine varieties of finch to be seen here plus the rare large-billed flycatcher, Galapagos hawks and white-cheeked pintail ducks. Snorkelling here too with a great chance of seeing Galapagos penguins.
Chinese Hat is named for its distinctive shape and is a great place to walk amongst lava tubes, lava flows and clamber amongst the rocks.
Overnight, we have returned to San Cristobel island for a visit to Witch Hill on the northern coast, one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos. Kayaking and dinghy rides from here as well as snorkelling - look out for rays, turtles and colourful fish and coral. Mockingbirds, finches and many other birds here.
Land on Lobos (sealion) Island and walk amongst the noisy sea lions, frigate birds, blue footed boobies etc. Snorkelling and dinghy rides.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to mainland.See All Itinerary