One of the Origin and Theory luxury cruise boats navigates passage through the galapagos islands
A sea lion walks out of the water onto rocks at the galapagos islands
A close up photo of a giant tortoise at the Galapagos islands
Two cormorant birds nesting among rocks at the galapagos islands
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Origin, Theory & Evolve Galapagos Cruises

Explore the Galapagos Islands aboard one of the 20-passenger, luxury sister ships Origin, Theory or Evolve. Venture ashore in small groups of 10 to experience these islands up close and personal. Small groups led by expert naturalist guides allow travelers to have a more authentic and educational experience.

The Origin, Theory & Evolve operate two 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined to create a comprehensive 15-day cruise, or shortened into 7-day routes. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

Possible shore excursions aboard the Origin, Theory & Evolve yachts include hiking ancient lava fields where you may encounter prehistoric reptiles; witnessing the courtship dance of the blue-footed boobies; viewing Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and massive waved albatross; and exploring beaches of black, red and green sand. Snorkel, kayak or stand-up paddleboard in a marine reserve teeming with ocean wildlife that includes sea lions, dolphins, whales and tame sharks. The Origin, Theory & Evolve Galapagos Cruise is sure to allow for an intimate and comfortable experience in these enchanted islands.

The Origin, Theory & Evolve yachts are a leader in Galapagos eco friendly, sustainable travel to the Galapagos Islands. The parent company was the first to earn and maintain the ecological certification SmartVoyager and is Ecuador’s first carbon-neutral cruise operator. Additionally, the Origin, Theory & Evolve all hold Rainforest Alliance verification, offering a gold standard for sustainable tourism.

The Origin, Theory & Evolve each offer talented naturalist guides, easy nature hikes and snorkeling. Each naturalist takes a group of no more than 10 passengers on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the islands’ diverse wildlife and natural history. This uniquely small guest-to-guide ratio is why these ships make our list of Galapagos luxury cruises. Small pangas carry passengers to shore for island visits where you will observe and photograph tortoise, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, volcanic landscapes and vivid sunsets. Families will appreciate select Galapagos family cruises geared towards active travelers with children.

Highlights of the East Galapagos Islands itinerary include visiting the intriguing waved albatross (April-Dec) only found on Espanola and spotting swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls on earth. On Bartolome, feel like you are on a mountain on the moon by summiting a dormant volcano. Get a new perspective with Floreana’s rich human history as well as spend time with the Galapagos penguins, herons and blue-footed boobies. Snorkel the waters around Devil’s Crown, a sunken crater with fish, coral, sea turtles and eagle rays. And send a postcard from Post Office Bay while learning about the unusual postal service of the Galapagos.

Highlights of the West Galapagos Islands itinerary include the bird haven of Genovesa with opportunities to search out short-eared owls and frigatebirds; the white sands populated with greater flamingos on Santa Cruz; snorkeling to find penguins and sea turtles and view graffiti left by pirates on Isabela; a visit to the young and pristine island, Fernandina, to observe the largest colony of marine iguanas; and a ramble on the red beaches of Rabida.

At only 20 guests each, with interconnecting and triple cabin options, the Origin, Theory and Evolve are AdventureSmith favorites for private Galapagos yacht charters.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day East Itinerary

Visit San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Chinese Hat, South Plaza and North Seymour Islands. Highlights include visiting the waved albatross (April-Dec) only found on Espanola, spotting swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls on earth, and snorkeling the waters around Devil’s Crown a sunken crater with fish, coral, sea turtles and eagle rays.

Route map of Origin, Theory & Evolve Galapagos Cruises 8-day East itinerary, operating roundtrip from San Cristobal Island with visits to Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, South Plaza & North Seymour islands.
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Day 1
SUN - Embark San Cristobal to El Junco Lake

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, transfer by bus then panga to the anchored yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served on board. In the afternoon, travel by bus to El Junco Lake, a caldera of an extinct volcano and the only sizable fresh water lake in the Galapagos. Listen for the calls of sea lions. Return to the yacht for a cocktail and briefing of the next day’s activities. Enjoy meeting fellow passengers over a multi-course dinner complete with complimentary wine.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
MON - Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

Spend the morning with a panga cruise at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach with expansive views and good birdwatching and interesting geological formations like The Cathedral. After the cruise, take a peaceful walk along the beach, swim with sea lions or use the kayaks or stand-up paddle boards.

Return to the yacht for lunch served on the sun deck (weather permitting) before going ashore this morning at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many seabirds including all three types of boobies (blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca), both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago and is also home to a colony of sea lions. At Pitt Rock, enjoy a snorkel or swim with sea lions and colorful fish such as King Angel and surgeon fish before returning to the ship for a briefing and dinner.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
TUE - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Today disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. Sea lions bark noisy greetings as you land on the beach, while curious mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in sky-pointing to show off for potential mates. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, performs its wild mating ritual. Other easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young and stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world. You will also find Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds and Galapagos hawks, as well as a unique species of marine iguanas with traces of red and green colorings. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blowhole and watch for colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs crawling along the shoreline. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

In the afternoon, disembark at Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the seemingly endless white-sand beach. Enjoy time to take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for birds such as the Galapagos hawk, Darwin’s finch, or Hood mockingbird. Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or take a panga ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates. Admire the colorful array of underwater life at the excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock. Return to the ship for a briefing followed by dinner.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
WED - Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown, Baroness & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, one of the few populated islands in Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history. The olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut-leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), palo verde and scalesia. The trail leads to a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and coral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Lunch is served aboard on the sundeck, weather permitting.

After lunch, visit one of the most famous sites in Galapagos: Post Office Bay, where a post barrel was erected in the late 18th Century for use by English whaling vessels. Visitors are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their home area. There is an opportunity to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a panga ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays before returning to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
THU - Highlands, Los Gemelos & Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels at El Mirador, the largest in the archipelago, and visit Los Gemelos, a pair of large craters. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, the tortoise corrals and breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café or museum. Return to the ship for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own. Panga shuttles from the Origin, Theory and Evolve to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
FRI - Bartolome & Chinese Hat, Bachas Beach or Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Wake up in solitude with no other boats in sight. Choose one of two options for a morning activity on Bartolome Island: a challenging hike or a panga cruise. The 400-wooden-step hike winds past mini lava cones and ends in a panoramic view of Pinnacle Rock. The panga ride around the island looks for penguins. Next, snorkel with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins. Return to the vessel for lunch served on the sundeck (weather permitting).

The afternoon itinerary depends on your yacht. Origin guests go ashore at Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), a small island off the southern tip of Santiago that owes its name to its shape. Sea lions, marine iguanas, oystercatchers and volcanic rubble await. Theory guests visit Bachas Beach, including a wonderful opportunity for snorkeling after searching for flamingos in the interior lagoons. Evolve guests enjoy a slow panga excursion at Black Turtle Cove, listening for the telltale deep inhale of a sea turtle and watching for the wings of a school of golden rays. A guide aboard each yacht will offer an enrichment lecture on Charles Darwin and evolution or ongoing social/environmental projects, tonight after dinner.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
SAT - South Plaza & North Seymour

Today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-failed gulls, shearwaters, and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. The trail leads you through opuntia (prickly pear) and sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen feeding on cactus leaves. The island is also home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. Return to the ship and snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water. After lunch, go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the Origin or Theory for the captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SUN - Interpretation Center & Disembark San Cristobal

Disembark after breakfast and travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Cabin accommodation on board; all meals, snacks and beverages, including open bar policy featuring wines and spirits, soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties; a cooking demonstration; guided shore excursions twice-daily with two expert naturalist guides; use of wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, two stand-up paddleboards, one single and five double kayaks, Zodiac and glass-bottom boat; satellite communications (WiFi) available 24/7 and limited to one PIN per cabin; transfers in the islands; personalized check-in at airports in Quito and Guayaquil (on regular flights only).

Exclusions

International airfare; hotel accommodation in Ecuador; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult; $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Card or TCT (US $20 per person); gratuities to guides and crew; purchases from bar of premium brands not included in the open bar; items from boutique; items of a personal nature; laundry service (available Monday to Friday only and limited to 5 items per cabin per day); travel insurance (strongly recommended) and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 ($1,500 for singles) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancelation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 50% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available at the standard per-person rate for travelers willing to share with the same gender. Shares that remain unmatched prior to departure are subject to pay the single rate.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children 11 years and under are welcomed aboard all designated Family departures. Children 5 years and under are only permitted on exclusive charter basis. Children and teens age 17 years and younger receive a 15% discount off the regular cruise rate. Children age 11 and under receive a 30% discount off the airfare from mainland Ecuador. Discounts exclude holiday weeks and cannot be combined with other discounts. There is a limit of one discount per youth traveling with an adult paying full fare (two total discounts per family).

Special Family Departures are geared toward families traveling with children ages 7 to 17 that include age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly meals. Kids are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational charts and tie nautical knots with the captain. Special game nights and events like drawing contests and talent shows are planned. Family teen (ages 12-17) and college (ages 18-21) departures may also be available. Special Family Departures are not recommended for adults traveling without children. Contact AdventureSmith for details and availability.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day West Itinerary

Visit San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Highlights include searching out short-eared owls on the bird haven of Genovesa; a visit to the young and pristine island, Fernandina, to observe the largest colony of marine iguanas; and a ramble on the red beach of Rabida.

Route map of Origin, Theory & Evolve Galapagos Cruises 8-day West itinerary, operating roundtrip from San Cristobal Island with visits to San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and Santa Cruz islands.
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Day 1
SUN - Embark San Cristobal to La Galapaguera

Upon your arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, the crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served on board. In the afternoon, travel to Cerro Colorado to visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center (La Galapaguera) where the national park has established a breeding program for giant tortoises in their natural habitat. At the visitor center, learn about the origin and evolution of tortoises, as well as threats from introduced animals. Along the trail, watch for the San Cristobal mockingbird and calandrinia plant, both endemic to the island. Return to the ship for a briefing followed by the captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
MON - Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Spend the entire day on Genovesa Island, one of the most spectacular places in Galapagos for bird species. Land at Prince Philip’s Steps, where red-footed boobies nest in palo santo trees, Nazca boobies nest near the trail and storm petrels gather in large numbers in an open lava field. With luck, you may see the elusive short-eared owl. Return to the ship and get outfitted with snorkel gear for the week, then head out on a deep water snorkel excursion from the pangas. Back on board, enjoy a BBQ lunch on the sun deck. Choose to paddle from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore the cliffs. Land at Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of opuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest, the males inflating their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead (June). Choose to relax on the beach or swim with sea lions in these northern warmer waters. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner and an evening full of stars.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
TUE - Bachas Beach & Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

Today visit Las Bachas on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. Explore the long stretch of a white sand beach and the interior lagoons populated by greater flamingo, then take the opportunity for some wonderful snorkeling from the beach and hope to see your first sea turtle. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, step ashore on Dragon Hill for a majestic view of the bay and the island landscape covered in opuntia cactus, palo santo and muyuyo. The trail also offers excellent opportunities to see Darwin’s finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and Audubon’s shearwater, as well as the endemic land iguanas that were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. In the saltwater lagoon, possible pink flamingos feed alongside other birds such as stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. After the briefing and dinner, sail toward the western islands and cross the equator for the second time.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
WED - Punta Vicente Roca & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

This morning take a panga ride to Punta Vicente Roca, which offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, where you can enter the wave-sculpted cave. There is an excellent chance to snorkel here and find penguins and sea turtles that frequent this area. During lunch, sail through the Bolivar Chanel. Take a seat on deck to view the dramatic scenery and watch for whales and dolphins riding the bow wave and possibly the Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, where four miles of coastal seabed were exposed due to a dramatic uplift during a volcanic eruption in 1954. See the remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, and keep an eye out for the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants and the occasional giant tortoise. Return to the ship for briefing and dinner. A sky full of stars beckons you to go on deck and observe the galaxy.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
THU - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) & Tagus Cove (Isabela)

This morning’s stop is at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine island in Galapagos, with no introduced animals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory, and hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, basking in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Out on the point, the flightless cormorants build their nests close to shore since they lost their ability to fly. There is a chance to snorkel here with large sea turtles that frequent this area before returning to the ship for lunch.

After lunch go ashore on Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Sections of the rocky cliffs are covered with graffiti dating back to the 1800s. An optional uphill hike leads to a saltwater lagoon and a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove and explore the shoreline by glass-bottom boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard in search of Galapagos penguins, boobies, pelicans and other seabirds. Return to the ship for briefing and dinner as we cross the equator for the last time.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
FRI - Rabida & Puerto Egas (Santiago) or Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

This morning disembark on Rabida, a small island considered to be the geographic center of Galapagos because its volcanic rocks are the most diversified in the archipelago. The dark red color of the beach comes from the high iron content in the volcanic stones. Follow the trail to a saltwater lagoon where greater flamingos migrate, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin’s finches. Enjoy a panga tour aimed at spotting mobula and manta rays. Afterwards, do not miss the opportunity to snorkel with a colony of sea lions, rays and white-tipped reef sharks. Return to the ship for lunch.

The afternoon itinerary depends on your yacht. Origin guests take a panga ride at Black Turtle Cove through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves, to view pairs of mating sea turtles (September to February), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Theory and Evolve guests visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, to stroll along the shoreline looking for octopus, starfish, great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers, yellow-crowned night herons and marine iguanas at low tide. The walk ends at deep pools of clear water with fur sea lions and the opportunity to snorkel from the beach. Return to the ship for the captain’s farewell cocktail with the crew, dinner and a special slide show presentation by the guides.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
SAT - Puerto Ayora, Highlands & Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, the tortoise corrals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café or museum. After lunch on board, travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels at El Mirador, the largest in the archipelago. Return to the ship for the captain’s farewell cocktail party. Stay on board for one final meal, or if you wish, return ashore for dinner on your own. Panga shuttles from the yachts to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

Accommodations

Origin, Theory, Evolve

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SUN - Frigatebird Hill or Isla Lobos & Disembark San Cristobal

The morning itinerary depends on your yacht. Origin and Theory guests travel by bus to Frigatebird Hill on San Cristobal to seek out nesting colonies of both species of frigate birds (great and magnificent), plus lava lizards, medium ground finches and the San Cristobal mockingbird. Follow the trail to Punta Carola for a spectacular view. Evolve guests enjoy an early morning visit to Isla Lobos. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Cabin accommodation on board; all meals, snacks and beverages, including open bar policy featuring wines and spirits, soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties; a cooking demonstration; guided shore excursions twice-daily with two expert naturalist guides; use of wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, two stand-up paddleboards, one single and five double kayaks, Zodiac and glass-bottom boat; satellite communications (WiFi) available 24/7 and limited to one PIN per cabin; transfers in the islands; personalized check-in at airports in Quito and Guayaquil (on regular flights only).

Exclusions

International airfare; hotel accommodation in Ecuador; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult; $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Card or TCT (US $20 per person); gratuities to guides and crew; purchases from bar of premium brands not included in the open bar; items from boutique; items of a personal nature; laundry service (available Monday to Friday only and limited to 5 items per cabin per day); and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 ($1,500 for singles) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancelation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 50% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available at the standard per-person rate for travelers willing to share with the same gender. Shares that remain unmatched prior to departure are subject to pay the single rate.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children 11 years and under are welcomed aboard all designated Family departures. Children 5 years and under are only permitted on exclusive charter basis. Children and teens age 17 years and younger receive a 15% discount off the regular cruise rate. Children age 11 and under receive a 30% discount off the airfare from mainland Ecuador. Discounts exclude holiday weeks and cannot be combined with other discounts. There is a limit of one discount per youth traveling with an adult paying full fare (two total discounts per family).

Special Family Departures are geared toward families traveling with children ages 7 to 17 that include age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly meals. Kids are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational charts and tie nautical knots with the captain. Special game nights and events like drawing contests and talent shows are planned. Family teen (ages 12-17) and college (ages 18-21) departures may also be available. Special Family Departures are not recommended for adults traveling without children. Contact AdventureSmith for details and availability.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

A 15-day Galapagos Origin, Theory & Evolve itinerary is available by combining the ship’s shorter itineraries. Receive a 5% discount on the second week (excluding Christmas and New Year’s departures). Cannot be combined with other discounts. Additionally, a shorter 7-day option is available on most departures, disembarking Saturday on Baltra. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing and more information.

These ships are AdventureSmith favorites for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

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Origin, Theory & Evolve

The Origin & Theory are two sister ships with identical characteristics. Launched in 2016 & 2019, they are classy, modern and intimate luxury yachts sailing the Galapagos. Each ship hosts 20 guests over two 8-day itineraries circling the archipelago. Identical sister ship Evolve joins the family in May of 2021.

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Mary Kohut • October 15th, 2018
Expert Review: Origin Galapagos Cruise

This detailed review of what it’s like aboard the 20-guest Origin in the Galapagos Islands showcases not only the guides, yacht, wildlife and itinerary but also how it feels to be among a community of like-minded passengers.

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"Best Holiday Ever"

This was my best holiday ever, I loved it and it was made so easy by Andrew and AdventureSmith because I didn't have to worry about finding accommodation or transfers from airports etc it was sooooooooooo relaxing for me. All the accommodation was first class and the food was amazing.

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This trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The destinations were fascinating, the boat was beautiful, the crew was excellent, and the naturalist was outstanding. Every island had something to offer and the excursions were very well planned.

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