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Baby seals, Galapagos Islands

Cruise with Jo Ruxton & New Scientist


Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Blue footed boobie, Galapagos 1

Galapagos Islands exploration

Explore eight varied islands including Isabela, Espanola and Fernandina

Jo Ruxton 2

Jo Ruxton

Accompanied by Jo Ruxton, co-founder of the Plastic Oceans Foundation

Waved albatross grooming on Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. 3

Galapagos Science centre

Exclusive behind the scenes access at the Galapagos Science centre

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands 4

Luxury accommodation

Travel aboard the Natural Paradise a high-end motorboat

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
    Quito to Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 4
    Isabela Island and Fernandina Islands
  • Days 5-6
    Isabela Island
  • Day 7
    Chinese Hat and Mosquera Islets
  • Day 8
    Floreana Island
  • Day 9
    Espanola Island
  • Day 10
    San Cristobal to Guayaquil
  • Day 11
Jo Ruxton
Jo Ruxton

Over the past 18 years, Jo has been involved in numerous underwater filming projects around the world, from Antarctica to the pristine reefs of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. More recently Jo co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation to draw attention to the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. Her award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean is a must-watch for anybody with an interest in the health of our planet. Jo will accompany the group and give two lectures during the cruise.

Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Galapagos Islands
Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Galapagos Islands

New Scientist is an English-language magazine that covers all aspects of science and technology. In 2019, they launched a range of new amazing science-inspired New Scientist Discovery Tours across the globe. With experts on board and in the company of fellow travellers who enjoy the discovery of science. Steppes are pleased to support this partnership and have some great tours with New Scientist to India, Madagascar, Hawaii, Galapagos, and Japan.

Galapagos Tortoise, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

There are few places on earth that can rival the wildlife of Galapagos, with an abundance of colourful creatures seemingly unafraid of humans. During your time in this living laboratory of evolution get close to many endemic species – about 97% of the reptiles and land mammals and 80% of the land birds are endemic, and more than 20% of the marine species are found nowhere but the Galapagos Islands. Highlights include marine and land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, sea lions, giant Galapagos tortoises and the majority of the 13 Darwin finches.

Land iguana, Galapagos Islands
Land iguana, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Conservation Trust

Steppes is a Gold Corporate Member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK charity that is focussed solely on conservation in the archipelago. As such we continue to support ongoing conservation projects in the archipelago and recently donated to the development of a citizen’s science website on which the public can post information about single-use plastic pollution in the Galapagos. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Travel with Jo Ruxton throughout
  • Six-month membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Quito
  • Welcome meal and city tour in Quito
  • Domestic flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos
  • Full board meals and snorkelling equipment on the Natural Paradise boat
  • English speaking National Park guide in the Galapagos
  • Tourist card $20 and national park fee $100
  • The use of our Steppes Travel App whilst travelling
  • Tea, coffee and water onboard
  • 24 hour assistance whilst travelling
  • Group transfers throughout

What is excluded

  • International flights to and from Ecuador
  • Gratuities
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks onboard


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

Patio Andaluz £££££

  • Ecuador
  • City

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. Typical of the style of the city, its 32 spacious rooms and suites are arranged around two glass-ceiling internal courtyards, most rooms only have internal windows. The courtyard restaurant often features live music and is decorated with exotic flowers year-round, serving delicious Ecuadorean cuisine that is fused with Italian influences.

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Natural Paradise £££££

A high-end 111-foot-long yacht which can accommodate 16 passengers, Natural Paradise is made up of nine cabins that vary from standard cabins with porthole windows to suites with private balconies. With a spacious dining area, a bar and large sundeck with loungers, jacuzzi and a covered alfresco dining area, the yacht balances luxurious surroundings with plenty of space to unwind and relax. Snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks are available to use during the trip.

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Wyndham Guayaquil £££££

  • Ecuador
  • City

Situated just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous lighthouse, as well as mere minutes to the impressive Malecon 2000 boardwalk, Wyndham Guayaquil is a contemporary river-view property close to many attractions and eateries. Boasting a host of thoughtful facilities that include a state-of-art fitness centre and a heated rooftop swimming pool with glorious views of the city the 179-room property is a comfortable option for city explorers.

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Like-minded travellers

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people; interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours, usually consisting of eight to ten travellers, aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

4.Peace of mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

3.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 1 855 2037885

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Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
06/07/2011 Days $8,884 ex. flightsJo Ruxton15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

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