Uncover the beauty of the Galapagos on a cruise around the eastern islands.

This extensive tour of the eastern regions of the Galapagos Islands stops off at some of the most remote places on earth, where the wildlife can be observed just as they were when Darwin arrived over 150 years ago. Sailing through the turquoise Pacific waters, a carnival of albatross, mockingbirds, boobies, dolphins and sea lions stalk your wake. Lunar-like landscapes tempt intrepid trekkers to hike their trails, and giant tortoises amble like dinosaurs through volcanic arenas. It might sound like a fabricated fairytale, but while uncovering the Galapagos you’ll find this fantasy-like description is completely accurate.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Sailing, Wildlife
Code
GLKC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 6
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Sail around the imposing Leon Dormido rocks
  • Watch marine iguanas parading across pristine sands
  • Delight in the array of wildlife on North Seymour
  • Soak up the buzz of Ecuador’s vibrant capital Quito
  • Encounter Galapagos sharks in the waters around Santa Cruz
  • Meet blue-footed boobies on Isla Genovesa

Itinerary

Travel to Quito and spend a free day exploring this exciting and picturesque South American destination. In the evening, get acquainted with the rest of the group before departing Ecuador for the remote Galapagos Islands.
Sail the seas surrounding Santa Cruz Island, and enjoy an excursion to the peaceful wetlands of Caleta Tortuga Negra. This is prime territory for turtle spotting, as well as the odd fever of rays or Galapagos sharks. In the afternoon, explore the small, picturesque island of Mosquera, where vivid red rock crabs scamper sideways across the sands.
Spend the night sailing to the outer archipelago island of Genovesa. This twitcher’s paradise is home to a hat-trick of boobies, with the masked, blue-footed and rare red-footed all inhabiting this remote area. This is also the only place on earth to spot storm petrels tending their nests during daylight. Later, a trip to Darwin Bay is the perfect location to take the plunge with some snorkelling or swimming.
Travel to the beautiful tiny island of Plaza Sur, where one of the Galapagos’s largest iguana populations resides. The rugged, volcanic cliff formations here are prime real estate for nesting, so there are plenty of opportunities to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls. In the afternoon, a visit to Santa Fe provides a one-off chance to swim amongst the tamest of sea lions or snorkel with shoals of fluorescent aquatic life.
Pass through the waters surrounding the impressive Leon Dormido – Kicker Rock. Rising dramatically out of the ocean and shaped like a sleeping lion, this is one of the most iconic sights of the Galapagos. Sail on to Cerro Brujo, and disembark to enjoy an afternoon bout of hiking, swimming or snorkelling.
Head due south and cruise to the island of Española, a spectacular and remote home to almost all of the world’s waved albatross, as well as colonies of boobies, mockingbirds and doves. Relax on the deserted white sands of Bahia Gardner, or take a dip amongst the turtles and tropical fish in the surrounding waters.
Step ashore on the Isla Floreana at Punta Cormorant, where an exquisite olive-green beach is a popular stomping-ground for the Galapagos sea lions. Enjoy a multitude of wildlife-watching opportunities, with flamingos often found wading in the nearby lagoons while boobies, pelicans and frigates dot the shores. Send a postcard home from Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers made use of an old barrel to unofficially post their mail, and explore this picturesque Galapagian township.
The youngest island in the archipelago offers incredible lunar-esque volcanic landscapes for the agile explorer. Clamber up Pinnacle Rock – one of the most photographed sights in the Galapagos.
Search out frigate birds and blue-footed boobies on an inland trek through the landscapes of North Seymour. The rocky coastline provides shelter to a huge array of wildlife, so this is a prime opportunity to get some last minute photos before returning to Quito.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Motorised yacht (7 nights)

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Important 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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