Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Sailing, Wildlife
Code
GMSB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip

Come face-to-face with the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos whilst sailing on the Nemo III


Highlights


Itinerary

Amble along the cobblestone streets of Quito’s Old Town to see crumbling churches and vibrant plazas. Dine at some of the best restaurants in town before taking an evening stroll to see colonial Quito at its best.
Rise early to catch a flight to the Galapagos. By the afternoon you’ll be relaxing onboard the Nemo III. Cruise to North Seymour, where blue-footed boobies entertain the crowds with their mating dance and frigate birds expand their red, pouch-like necks to the size of a soccer ball when trying to lure a mate. Later, make a splash in warm, turquoise waters alongside reef sharks, rays and sea lions.
Spend the morning alongside the largest colony of sea lions in the islands. Later, watch colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs scurry across the volcanic rock dodging hunting lava birds. After a full morning of wildlife watching, take a panga ride in the afternoon or choose to don a snorkel and sink beneath the sea’s bright blue surface.
Arguably the most beautiful beach in the entire archipelago, Gardner Beach makes for a great place to take a morning dip or to hang out with Californian sea lions and even the odd sea turtle. Cruise to the southernmost island of Espanola, a breeding ground for around 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Espanola is also home to colonies of blue-footed and masked boobies.
Rich in natural wonders and wildlife, discover the island of Floreana. Laze about on an unusually coloured beach, spot flamingos wading in lagoons and make tracks towards the Eastern Pacific green sea turtle nesting site. Take a brief history lesson at Post Office Bay, where the oldest postal system in the Americas is located. It is still in use today.
On the second largest island in the archipelago, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about Darwin’s historic discoveries and meet the oldest land dwellers in the world, the Galapagos giant tortoise. Head to the highlands of Santa Cruz, a region of glowing green vegetation that buzzes with life.
Spot tropical birds, land iguanas and sea lions among the volcanic landscape of South Plaza. With rugged cliffs plotted around the undulating terrain, this is an excellent place to pull on the walking boots and go for a hike. For some more adventure, set sail for Santa Fe, where sea lion’s adore swimming with human playmates and the walking paths are humming with native wildlife.
Climb to the summit of Bartolome Island for an outstanding view across Sullivan Bay. After an exhausting hike, chill out among the reef sharks and rays in the ocean. Shaped like a Chinese hat, head over to Sombrero Chino, where the afternoon is spent exploring lava tubes and learning about the volcanic history of this rocky region.
Spend the last few hours of your Galapagos adventure on the stunning white sands of Mosquera Island. Watch the island’s most popular personalities, including Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies and Californian sea lions run amok on the beach. Catch a flight back to Ecuador’s capital.
Before the adventure comes to an end, why not spend a little time picking up a few Ecuadorian souvenirs at a local market or sampling the national dish, encebollado (fish stew).
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Minibus, Motorised catamaran, Plane
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Motorised Catamaran (7 nights)
Included activites
  • Bahia Gardner
  • Cerro Brujo
  • Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Isla Bartolome
  • Isla Mosquera Beach
  • Isla North Seymour Walk and Snorkel
  • Isla Santa Fe
  • Plaza Sur
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • Sea Lion Island and Kicker Rock
  • Sombrero Chino

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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. ** Please note that effective from 01 March 2015, the transit card fee will increase to US$20 **
3. Prices for this trip are seasonal - please select your preferred travel date for exact trip price.
4. Dietary requirements need to be advised at least 10 days prior to departure so that any included meals can be properly catered for.

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