Explore the Galapagos on a sailing tour around the south-eastern area of the archipelago. Meet the giant tortoises that inhabit Isla San Cristobal, watch blue-footed boobies dance the booby two step and marvel in awe of the unfamiliar beauty that characterises these islands. Encounter the very same creatures that sparked Darwin’s imagination when he formulated his theories of evolution – there’s no spot on Earth that is so close to the origins of the planet, where every step feels as though it is through unchartered territory. Prepare to depart on the adventure of a lifetime and become a Galapagos Explorer!

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Sailing, Wildlife
Code
GLKX
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 6
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
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Explore the Galapagos on an adventure sailing tour, departing from Quito.


Highlights

  • Snorkel through turquoise waters around Floreana
  • Meet ancient giant tortoises on Isla San Cristobal
  • Watch blue-footed boobies dance the booby two step
  • Walk across olive green sands at Punta Cormorant

Itinerary

Travel to Quito and enjoy a free day exploring the Ecuadorian delights that abound in this lively city. At a dizzying 2850 m above sea level, take it easy and adjust to the altitude – the perfect excuse to kick back in a local trattoria and watch the world go by.
Fly to Baltra and board a yacht, your home for the next week, ready to set sail to Isla San Cristobal. Venture into the interior of the island and encounter the ancient giant tortoises that inhabit the area.
Sail due south to Isla Espanola – one of the most far-flung and most spectacular of the Galapagos archipelago. A world away from anything else on Earth, explore this remote island’s unfamiliar flora and fauna. Stroll along the pristine sands of Bahia Gardner, where the rocks along the coast provide some incredible snorkelling opportunities.
Visit the Galapagos’s Isla Floreana, an island considered a major highlights due to its diversity of natural wonders and wildlife. Make footprints in the olive green sands of Punta Cormorant, become acquainted with some of the local sea lions and get down to some good old ornithology in this bird-watching hot-spot.
The youngster of the archipelago, Bartolome boasts an unmatched and erratic volcanic landscape. Explore the beaches surrounding the Galapagos’s iconic Pinnacle Rock, or get active with a hike to the summit of a dormant volcano – the views of Santiao Island are stunning.
Rise early for a trek through North Seymour. Pass colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds along the way, and observe the peculiar cohabitation that exists between the species. Return to Quito a true Galapagos Explorer!
Finish the Galapagos adventure back in Ecuador's capital. Perhaps stay a few extra nights and explore some of Quito's famous museums or relax and people watch at a lively cafe.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Motorised yacht (4 nights)

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Notes

1. Price includes Quito - Galapagos return flights.
2. Compulsory Galapagos park entry fee US$100 and Transit control card fee US$10 (subject to change) are payable locally to the relevant government authorities.
3. Prices for this trip are seasonal - please select your preferred travel date for exact trip price.
4. Please note: this trip has an increased non-refundable deposit.
5. Please note that prices for this trip increased in January 2012 due to a fuel surcharge imposed by the Ecuador government on flights to/from the Galapagos Islands. The prices printed in the brochure are therefore incorrect.

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