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Galapagos Escapade - Southern Islands Overview
Begin this tour with a quick exploration of Quito. Travel to Isla San Cristobal, stop by the Charles Darwin Research Station and spot Diamond Sting Rays gliding through the clear shallows of Isla Floreana while on board the Nemo III.
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Explore the enchanting animals and serene landscape of the Galapagos while sailing
Embark on a remarkable Galapagos Islands odyssey that takes in this majestic archipelago's southern islands. Spot a stunning array of birdlife off Daphne island, snorkel with sea lion pups off Gardner Beach and survey incredible panoramas from Punta Suarez. Watch waved albatross taking to the air in Espanola, stop by Santa Cruz's Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the islands' most prolific visitor and spot diamond stingrays gliding through the shallows of Isla Floreana. This 7-day Galapagos Escapade really has it all.
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Make yourself at home in the Ecuadorian capital, perhaps with a coffee at any number of the city's attractive plaza cafes.
Brave an early start for a flight out to nature's own isles. Circle Daphne Island by boat and survey its peculiar volcanic landscape, keeping eyes peeled for blue-footed and masked boobies, terns and petrels. Go a walk across North Seymour and spot swallow-tailed gulls and both species of frigate birds, before going for a swim amidst a great variety of sea-life.
Visit a sizeable colony of sea lions at Isla Lobos. Watch Sally Light foot crabs and marine iguanas scuttling over the lava terrain and perhaps spot the Yellow Warbler. Take to the water in one of the Galapagos' best snorkelling spots in search of Galapagos sharks and sea turtles.
Log up some lazy beach hours on Gardner Beach in the company of California sea lions and Hood Mocking birds. Head to the island of Española – the southernmost in the Galapagos archipelago and an absolute paradise for bird-spotters.
Head to shore for a stroll along the olive-green sands of Punta Cormorant. As well as being the best place to spot Galapagos Sea Lions, this island's lagoon is host to a healthy population of pink flamingos, its sands are a nesting site for Easter Pacific Green Sea Turtles and Diamond Sting Rays populate the shoreline.
Drop into the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora and learn about the island's natural history and continued preservation. Venture into the Santa Cruz Highlands and encounter giant tortoises, the myriad species of Darwin finches and perhaps even vermillion flycatchers. Fly back to the Ecuadorian mainland for a final night in Quito.
This Galapagos adventure wraps up after breakfast.
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