A short flight from Quito sees you arriving on Baltra Island, where you’ll begin a seven-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands. A volcanic archipelago famed for its abundance of rare and endemic species, many of them unafraid of human visitors, the Galapagos offers one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife experiences. Your vessel, the MV Origin
, has elevated the standard of Galapagos cruises with its luxurious accommodation, fantastic activities and expert guides – with one guide for every ten guests, the lowest ratio in the Galapagos.
You’ll take one of two cruises, which take alternating routes to allow the wildlife to recover. The first, the Southern Central Cruise, begins with visits to frigatebird and booby populations on San Cristobal and Punta Pitt, before giving you the chance to swim with sea lions on Espanola. On Floreana you’ll meet flamingos and get to dive with sea turtles at Devil’s Crown, while on Santa Cruz you’ll visit a research station dedicated to the protection of the iconic Galapagos tortoise. You’ll also visit the photogenic volcanic formation of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome and spot marine and land iguanas on South Plaza and North Seymour.
The Northern Western Cruise also begins on San Cristobal, proceeding to the spectacular bird sanctuary of Genovesa, home to short-eared owls and red-footed boobies, among many others. You’ll then stop off at Santa Cruz for a hike on Dragon Hill, see colourful land iguanas on Isabela, and snorkel with sea turtles on Fernandina. You’ll also explore the red beaches of Rabida, where you can snorkel with sea lions and rays, finishing up with another trip to Santa Cruz to visit the giant tortoises of the highlands.
Whichever itinerary you choose, you’re guaranteed to spot iconic Galapagos wildlife such as blue- and red-footed boobies, giant tortoises and marine and land iguanas. The Origin’s expert guides will ensure that you have a safe, fun and educational time, which is sure to rank as one of the experiences of a lifetime.