Epic Galápagos Photography Expedition

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Join a team of top National Geographic photographers in one of the planet’s most photogenic places for an in-depth exploration over two weeks. Whether you’re a published pro or a rookie looking to build a portfolio, you’ll learn new shooting skills in the field and editing and gear tips during on-board sessions. Enjoy daily excursions including snorkeling, hi...
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Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Explore the Galápagos archipelago and undersea in great depth with hikes and Zodiac cruises
    • Tour paced for photo ops and timed to take advantage of the best light.
    • Shoot with and learn from top National Geographic photographers and the Lindblad-National Geographic Director of Expedition Photography
    • Go on daily photo assignments to help build your personal portfolio with wildlife legendary for uniqueness and lack of fear of humans - allowing for up-close and magical photo opportunities with blue-footed boobies, sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and more.
    • Enjoy a mid-voyage photo seminar with our expert photographers and a special photography tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station.

What's this trip about?

    Join a team of top National Geographic photographers in one of the planet’s most photogenic places for an in-depth exploration over two weeks. Whether you’re a published pro or a rookie looking to build a portfolio, you’ll learn new shooting skills in the field and editing and gear tips during on-board sessions. Enjoy daily excursions including snorkeling, hiking, Zodiac tours, and kayaking, and experience up-close photography opportunities with the unique wildlife of the Galápagos.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityGuayaquil
End CityGuayaquil

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Education / Learning
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise
  • Photography


  • South America
  • Ecuador


  • Galapagos
  • Guayaquil
  • Isabela Island
  • San Cristobal
  • Santiago


  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Sailing
  • Short Cruise
  • Snorkeling
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Accommodations
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Transfers to and from group flights where applicable
    • Services of an adventure consultant, guides and any other staff, and on designated “Photography” departures, a National Geographic Photographer
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges
    • Itineraries that include camping, camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and dining tents and necessary Trip equipment (e.g., sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.) are provided.

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Travel Map

Day 1: U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart the U.S. and arrive in Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to the Hotel Hilton Colon, where we spend the night.

Day 2: Guayaquil/ Galápagos Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a short flight to the Galápagos, we’ll board the National Geographic Endeavour and begin to explore the Galápagos with a landing at the beautiful Las Bachas beaches, lined with endemic coastal plants and protected saltwater lagoons.

Day 3: North Seymour Island and Rabida Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

North Seymour Island is an uplifted piece of seafloor, home to land iguanas, sea lion colonies, blue-footed boobies and frigate bird nesting colonies. We will spend the morning observing and photographing the rich wildlife of thi...

Day 4: Fernandina Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fernandina Island is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos. The stark black lava flows are home to some of the largest marine iguana colonies in the archipelago, and the peculiar-looking flightless cormorants nest al...

Day 5: Isabela Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Land on a turtle nesting beach of black sand, and choose from various hiking options to look for the wildlife of the area including a large land iguana nesting colony and occasional giant tortoise sightings. In the afternoon the ...

Day 6: Santiago

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike up into a coastal forest behind one of the largest turtle nesting beaches in Galápagos, explore the spectacular Buccaneer Cove by Zodiac and kayak, and enjoy snorkeling among the dense schools of reef fish that find refuge i...

Day 7: Santa Cruz

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park Service. You’ll learn about the science and conservation work undertaken in the islands, and meet some of the key players in the local conserva...

Days 8 & 9: San Cristobal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Punta Pitt with its fascinating geology, also the only site where all three booby species that occur in the Galápagos nest together. Take hikes up to the plateau for wonderful views, and Zodiac cruises along the base of the...

Day 10: Española

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning will be spent at the spectacular Gardner Bay, home to a pristine white sand beach inhabited by extensive sea lion colonies. Activities here include exploring the beach, deep-water snorkeling, and kayaking. The afternoon will be spent hiking among the sea bird colonies at Punta Suarez.

Day 11: Floreana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During an early morning hike at Punta Cormorant you’ll observe flamingos and shore birds, a turtle nesting beach, and fascinating vegetation. Later, while at Champion Islet, you’ll spend time looking for the endangered Charles mo...

Day 12: Santa Cruz

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll leave the ship early and head into the lush highlands where giant tortoises forage. Visit a charming sugar cane mill located in the highlands called El Trapiche, then continue to the coast to spend the rest of the afternoon at the picturesque El Garrapatero beach.

Day 13: Dragon Hill and Guy Fawkes/El Eden and Daphne Major

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will hike through giant cactus and incense tree forests to reach Dragon Hill, the habitat of the colorful Santa Cruz land iguanas that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Later you will have the opportunity to snorkel along the steep, invertebrate-coated walls of the islets of Guy Fawkes.

Day 14: Bartolome and Sombrero Chino

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you will visit Bartolomé, an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves, and golden sand converge. You will have the opportunity for an early morning hike to the summit of the cone, with stunning views of the famous ...

Day 15: Genovesa

Sail into the caldera of Genovesa, known as “bird island”, where you’ll enjoy hikes among nesting colonies of swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, all while keeping a look out for hunting short-eared owls. Ride Zodiacs and kayak along the base of the caldera wall, and snorkel among large schools of parrot fish and other tropical species.

Day 16: Galápagos / Disembark/Guayaquil

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The afternoon and evening are at yours at the Hotel Hilton Colon.

Day 17: Guayaquil/U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.

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Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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National Geographic Endeavour
The National Geographic Endeavour is a premier expedition ship that accommodates 96 guests in 56 outside cabins. Single cabins in Category 1 are highlighted in bright blue and include cabins 219, 222, 309-312, 314-316, and 318. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 124, 126, 127, and 205. The ship is fully stabilized, allowing for smooth passage from one island to the next. It carries snorkeling gear, wet suits, kayaks, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a glass-bottom boat. Public areas include a lounge and bar, a library, a gift shop, a fitness center, a sauna, and a swimming pool. Services include a full-time doctor and a wellness specialist, Internet access, and laundry.
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Meals Included

15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 13 Dinners

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