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Your Galapagos Islands Itinerary

The Galapagos Islands expedition team set sail on Saturday, December 5, 1998, aboard the Polaris, a 238-foot ship operated by Lindblad Special Expeditions. Accommodating 80 passengers, the Polaris is large enough to provide civilized comforts in remote environments, but small enough to maneuver into ports and narrow inlets where bigger ships cannot go.

Click on the links below to learn more about the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Click on the day of the trip to read a multimedia journal entry.

Day 1:
Sunday, December 6
Cruise the northwest side of Santa Cruz, the only island to see land iguanas.

Day 2:
Monday, December 7
Hike on Hood Island to observe blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, lava lizards and sea lions.

Day 3:
Tuesday, December 8
Morning snorkeling trip on Floreana to view sea lions and colorful fish; afternoon outing to observe flamingoes and turtle nesting areas.

Day 4:
Wednesday, December 9
Morning whale watch and seabird sightings at Roca Rodenda; afternoon trip to Fernandina to see lava lizards and flightless cormorants and to explore El Nino's effects on marine iguanas.

Day 5:
Thursday, December 10
Morning visit to Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz to see the tortoise breeding program; afternoon excursion to the highlands to see the stunted forest, giant pit craters, volcanic tubes and numerous finches.

Day 6:
Friday, December 11
Sail to Tower Island, right to the middle of its crater for snorkeling to see hammerhead sharks and hiking to see frigate birds, red-footed boobies and gulls. Also, visit Prince Philips Steps to see more seabirds.

Day 7:
Saturday, December 12
Hike at Bartolome to admire the view; snorkeling with penguins and sea lions at Pinnacle Rock.

Day 8:
Sunday, December 13
Early morning circumnavigation of Daphne Major, then it's time to return home.


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