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Sail the Galapagos Islands & experience the Amazon

Navigate the Galapagos Islands and experience life in a jungle lodge in the Amazon

14 days

from £5,950pp (excluding flights)
  •  Sail through the Galapagos archipelago with a naturalist guide in search of sea lions, Galapagos penguins, hammerhead sharks, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas
  • Visit a selection of islands including the marine-rich Isabela and Fernandina islands 
  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest on foot, by boat and from high in the forest canopy
  • Get a feel for the vibrancy of South America in the UNESCO capital city of Quito

Begin this journey with a stay in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito before embarking on a voyage to the Amazon Rainforest. Join a motorised catamaran cruise and sail around the islands of the historically and geologically dense Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert naturalist guide. Spend time walking on the islands amongst the fearless wildlife, swim with the playful sea lions and learn about the fascinating evolving archipelago. 

Why cruise?

A voyage around the Galapagos is the only way to see all that its islands have to offer, and the Seaman Journey navigates to remote regions of the archipelago that are only accessible by boat and zodiac. Venturing away from the inhabited areas of the islands, passengers onboard this catamaran cruise can get up close and personal with the varied native fauna of the region.

As the vessel anchors in these remote regions, passengers can snorkel in the waters surrounded by an abundance of curious sealions, fish, sharks and penguins that have no fear of people.

Pre and post cruise

Begin the adventure in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, renowned for its colonial buildings, plazas and cobbled streets. Wander the cobbled streets of the city, visiting the artisan markets and perhaps venturing up Pichincha Volcano by cable car to take in stunning views of Quito from 4,100-metres.

Then embark on a memorable journey to the amazing ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the flora and fauna of the region. Discover the rainforest from high in the canopy and by dugout canoe, staying at Sacha Lodge where the sounds of the jungle infiltrate the cabin as you fall asleep.

Experience the best of the mainland with time spent in the Andean city of Quito and in the hot and humid rainforest.

Unique Experiences

While sailing around the Galapagos archipelago is arguably a unique experience in itself, a cruise onboard the Seaman Journey boasts a couple of additional exclusive experiences to its ocean-bound passengers. Take to the upper deck to savour a private sunset dinner, ideal for honeymooners, those celebrating special anniversaries, and even families seeking to make lifelong memories. Additionally, partake in chocolate-tasting and ceviche-making classes with the catamaran’s specialist chef.

While at Sacha Lodge, experience the true rainforest by ambling across the canopy from the lofty heights of a 28 metre high hanging rope walkway, taking in 360-degree views from the least explored area of the Amazon. After a day filled with activities and wildlife-spotting, plunge into the protected lake pool that keeps caiman and giant river otters at bay through utilising a mesh cage.

What is given back?

Preservation, conservation and research are imperative to the Galapagos Islands, so we consciously work closely with partners that support the independent environmental bodies who safeguard the archipelago. In choosing to sail in the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you are supporting these important ongoing projects. For all our sailings we contribute to the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT),  a UK non-profit organization that runs a number of research projects geared towards the maintenance of the flora and fauna of the archipelago.


The Seaman Journey has completely terminated any use of single-use plastic items such as straws, plastic bottles, disposable plastic bags and food containers. Water bottles are given to passengers onboard and can be refilled throughout the catamaran.

In addition, all of the fresh ingredients utilised in meal preparation, such as carrots, oranges, coffee and potatoes, are purchased from local farmers on mainland Ecuador and the islands. In reducing the amount of imported foods, the farming community is bolstered and supported


The naturalist guides that accompany a cruise on the Seaman Journey are passionate and knowledgeable experts on the Galapagos archipelago and the flora and fauna of the region.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5950 £ 950
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Quito

With Pichincha Volcano on one side and Machangara Gorge on the other with the equator passing directly through, few cities can rival Quito's setting. Few also can match the splendour of its old town, with its colonial churches, mansions and plazas.

Quito was named as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. This historical city sits at 2,850 metres and has the largest and best preserved historic centre and colonial quarters in Latin America.

You will be staying at Patio Andaluz, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Day at leisure in Quito
During your time in Quito, wander the cobbled streets of this historic city, visiting Independence Square and its ornate churches. Alternatively, visit the artisan markets or spend time in some fascinating museums that include Casa del Alabado, the Guayasamin Museum and the Intinan Museum.

Catch the cable car up Pichincha Volcano to take in stunning views of Quito and the surrounding area, or travel further afield to see the equatorial monument and visit the vibrant market town of Otavalo.

Further afield, visit the cloud forest to see a myriad of different flora and fauna, take lunch in a traditional hacienda or journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

You will be staying at Patio Andaluz, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Fly Quito to Coca

Arrive Sacha Lodge by dugout canoe
On landing in Coca, you are transferred to the port and the adventure begins. First is around a two hour motor canoe trip, followed by a walk along a raised boardwalk through a dense flooded palm forest to Pilchicocha lake, where the staff paddle you by dugout canoe to Sacha Lodge. Here receive a welcome cocktail and an introduction to the jungle, along with details of what the next few days has to offer, including animals to see in the local area. Wellington boots and waterproof ponchos are provided if needed.

Prepare for the early starts in the jungle, often 5:30 or 6:00 am, to catch the wildlife in their active hours. Please note that all flights to the Amazon have a weight limit of 20kg per person. Any excess luggage can be stored in a secure place at Sacha Lodge office in Coca or the hotel in Quito.

The Amazon region in Ecuador is located to the east of the Andes mountain range. Within this vast green wilderness are numerous national parks and forest reserves sparsely populated with indigenous communities where you can experience the rainforest, its people, and myriad of wildlife.

River dolphin, tapir, capybara, caiman, monkeys plus countless species of birds are just a few of the amazing array of animals that hide in these forests. Mostly unexplored and biologically diverse, the opportunity to travel in Ecuador's rainforest is a life enriching experience.

You will be staying at Sacha Lodge, full board

Day 4

Explore the area and its variety of wildlife
Today have the opportunity to see a vast variety of animals. These include monkeys, caiman, anteater, armadillo, sloth, giant otter, pink and grey dolphin, and birds such as toucans, parrots and macaws, as well as endless species of butterfly and insect. A favourite activity is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. Wherever an outing may lead, the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the ocelot or puma, are endless. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of torches, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Each excursion is accompanied by a local and naturalist guide.

You will be staying at Sacha Lodge, full board

Day 5

Canoe around the lagoon and flooded palm forest
Early start this morning to be paddled by dug-out canoe around the surrounding lagoon and through the flooded palm forest. There is an opportunity to fish for the notorious piranha, to go caiman spotting at night or join a nocturnal walk through the virgin forest trails.

You will be staying at Sacha Lodge, full board

Day 6

Depart Sacha Lodge
Early departure to begin the journey back to Coca in a motorised canoe, spotting for monkeys and birds as they begin a new day in the Amazon jungle.

Fly Coca to Quito

You will be staying at Wyndham Quito, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Fly Quito to Baltra

Santa Cruz Islands
This morning fly to Baltra in the Galapagos archipelago. After passing through Galapagos National Park inspection the national park guide will be waiting. Your guide will accompany the group to the first of two buses which will take you to Ranch Manzanillo in the Puerto Ayora highlands, where a picnic lunch will be served.

Please note that your luggage will be transported directly to the Seaman Journey yacht. Please ensure that you are wearing comfortable walking shoes and bring a waterproof jacket, sun-cream, your camera and insect repellent in a backpack.

After lunch at Ranch Manzanillo, embark on a tour of the highlands on Santa Cruz Island. where the goal is to spot giant tortoises. Look out for the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos tortoises and there are also lava tubes, sinkholes and craters ready to be explored. Later, take a short walk to the harbour and board the Seaman Journey.

It was Charles Darwin's 1835 exploration of the Galapagos Islands, whilst serving as a naturalist on HMS Beagle, and his subsequent 1859 publication On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection that first brought the world's attention to these fascinating islands.

Today the Galapagos remain a living laboratory of evolution where birds and animals have no fear of man. Blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises roam freely making a visit to these islands an unforgettable experience.

Located some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the archipelago is now a National Park and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are 13 islands (isles) in total and dozens of smaller islets and rocks - all the result of volcanic activity with exotic plant life, unique wildlife species and an extraordinary landscape fringed with blue sea.

You will be staying at Seaman Journey, full board

Day 8

Fernandina and Isabela Island
Visit Mangle Point of the eastern coast of Fernandina, a great spot for snorkelling and panga trips through the mangroves. Sea lions, turtles, pelicans and rays are often seen here.
Sail on to Moreno Point, on the north west coast of Isabela Island. Step ashore and set foot on what was once molten lava; follow a trail along a pahoehoe lava flow. Admire the craters that the liquid rock left behind - now tidal pools, full of marine life.

You will be staying at Seaman Journey, full board

Day 9

Isabela Island
This morning make a wet landing on a black volcanic beach at Urbina Bay (for a wet landing expect to wade from the boat to the land through water that reaches up to knee height). Wildlife-spotting opportunities depend on the season, but giant tortoises, land iguanas and flightless cormorants can all be seen here at various times during the year. After a short walk inland, have time to go snorkelling and swim alongside sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. After lunch stop at Tagus Cove on the west of Darwin Volcano. Historically the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers and their ship names can be seen carved into the cliffs. From here a wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake, a perfectly round saltwater crater. Walk through a dry vegetation zone ending at a spectacular view point where Darwin and Wolf volcanoes can be seen.

You will be staying at Seaman Journey, full board

Day 10

Fernandina & Isabela Islands
Visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, a narrow strip of land on which you can spot some of the unique species of the Galapagos, including flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Inland, the recently active La Cumbre volcano dominates the landscape, whilst vast lava fields stretch towards the ocean from its base. In the afternoon, land at Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island, an impressive and spectacular place with high cliffs, tuffstone, ash and lava formations. At the rim of the tuff cone edge there is a nesting colony of blue-footed boobies and brown noddies. Sea lions, dolphins, penguins and turtles can be found here and it is a magnificent place to partake in panga rides and snorkelling adventures.

You will be staying at Seaman Journey, full board

Day 11

Santiago Island
Step ashore at Espumilla Beach - an important site for nesting marine turtles - and a great place to spot octopuses, moray eels and reef sharks. The palo santo forest at Espumilla features some of the tallest plants in the entire archipelago, whilst the area is also home to Galapagos hawks and Darwin's finches.
After lunch, make a wet landing on a volcanic black beach on the western side of Santiago Island. Set out along the Egas Port trail, a path lined with volcanic ash that leads to some of the best tidal pools in the region. Fur seals, lava lizards and Sally Lightfoot crabs can be seen here, as well as a number of birds. Snorkel amongst lobsters, starfish and marine iguanas.

Day 12

Rabida Island & Chinese Hat
Sail on towards Rábida, a small island featuring red volcanic rocks and a beautiful red sand beach. It is also home to a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. After a wet landing, follow a rough trail to a salt water lagoon, where shore birds can be seen. Species include finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds.

After lunch, land at Sombrero Chino, a small islet off the south-eastern coast of Santiago Island. Translating as 'Chinese Hat', the island's name perfectly describes its unique shape. The island features various interesting geological formations, whilst the waters nearby are home to a number of marine species, such as sally lightfoot crabs and sea lions.

Day 13

Bartolome Island
Step ashore at Sullivan Bay, known for its spectacular volcanic formations and relatively young pahoehoe lava flows. Look out for the few plants that survive here, including the low-lying pioneer plant, known locally as 'mollugo', as well as the lava cactus.

In the afternoon, visit Bartholomew Island, home to the famous Pinnacle Rock. Formed from an extinct volcano, the island features a variety of red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. Transfer ashore and set out along a trail of stairs that leads to the summit of the volcano; the top offers some of the best views of the islands.

Day 14

Santa Cruz & Baltra Islands
In the morning, head towards Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz. This picturesque beach features a floating pier that is one of the few remnants of the presence of the United States in the Galapagos during World War II. As well as being one of the region's main nesting sites for sea turtles, the beach is a great place to observe flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Afterwards, transfer to the airport.

Fly Baltra to Guayaquil


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge

Offering a rainforest lodge experience on the banks of Pilchicocha Lake, Sacha Lodge is nestled deep within a private 5000-acre reserve....

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Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz

A truly charming boutique hotel that has been declared a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO, Patio Andaluz is a former 17th century mansion house that offers visitors to Quito the opportunity to stay just minutes away from the hubbub of the city's historic centre while being encapsulated in an old-world piece of architecture....

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Seaman Journey

Seaman Journey

The Seaman Journey is a comfortable 28 metre motorised catamaran which is surprisingly spacious and provides excellent value for money....

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