The Galapagos islands – a huge, huge bucket list item for me, I’m so excited to be going there tomorrow. I’ve been in Ecuador for a few days, where I mountain biked down the world’s highest volcano and managed to get my iPhone stolen in a mugging, but finally the main reason for me being in Ecuador has arrived. I’m flying to the Galapagos tomorrow for an amazing four day/three night Galapagos Cruise on the super sexy Seaman Journey caramaran. I just wanted to share my plans with you guys, so here we go, this is my home for the next four days:

Our boat
Our boat
Me bedroom for three nights
Me bedroom for three nights

My itinerary is quite short, partly because the Galapagos islands are so pricey. I had read so many reviews suggesting that if you want to do the Galapagos islands ‘properly’ then you’re much better off on a boat, where you can freely travel to more islands. So although that’s a more expensive option, that’s exactly what I did. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so it’s worth the extra money for me. The boat I’ve chosen is pretty luxurious, so I’m so excited – there are eleven staff to the sixteen passengers so it should be pretty special. It’s been my dream to go here for years, so although  $2k+USD is a chunk of change, it’ll probably be the only time I come here, all meals, guides, equipment etc are included too. Easy come easy go.

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The entire boat is amazing, but the communual areas are apparently the real deal. Two bars, a l lounge, a library, TVs and DVDs, air con, a beautiful sundeck and even a jacuzzi- it’ll certainly be the most beautiful boat I’ve ever journeyed on.

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The Itinerary

So for budgetary reasons, I’m doing the 4 day cruise. And I’ve been reading and rereading the itinerary all day, my heart is racing. For a wildlife lover like me, this is almost too much excitement to handle. I’ll be flying in early tomorrow morning, and over the course of my trip then I’ll be visiting:

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  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Genovesa Island
  • Plazas Island
  • Sante Fe Island
  • San Cristobal Island
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Each island is famous for its own wildlife, but on the trip we should see a lot of the following:

  • Sea-Lions
  • Great Frigatebirds
  • Giant Tortoises
  • Land Iguanas
  • Sea Turtles
  • White-tipped Reef Sharks
  • Galapagos Snakes
  • Red-billed Tropicbirds
  • Darwins Finches
  • Saddleback Tortoises
  • Galapagos Sharks
  • Hammerhead Sharks

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Kayaking, snorkelling, hiking and all this wildlife. I’ll write a daily review once I get back on Monday. Wish me luck.

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