From Quito, discover the wonders of the Galapagos Islands on a sailing adventure on the Nemo III

Nowhere does nature like the Galapagos – fact. Dolphins breach the waters around Isla Genovesa, giant tortoises lumber the misty Santa Cruz highlands, land iguanas scamper across rocky volcanic coastlines and sea lions loll about on sandy shores looking as if they're without a care in the world. And for the most part, they are. Having evolved in an environment largely free of land-based predators, the creatures of the Galapagos are more apt to treat visitors with inquisitiveness than fear or hostility – making for some truly incredible encounters. Taking in the archipelago's remote northern islands, this trip will bring you into close quarters with all the Galapagos all-stars, be they feathered, furred, scaled, shelled or finned.

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


Highlights

  • Watch marine iguanas scuttling across the sands of Las Bachas
  • Visit a breeding colony for herons and frigatebirds on Darwin Beach
  • Learn about the archipelago's geological history
  • Listen out for the knocking of woodpeckers in the unique Scalesia cloud forest
  • Size up giant tortoises at Urvina Bay
  • Look for pink flamingos in the lagoons of Punta Moreno
  • Snorkel in the company of sea lions off Isla Fernandina
  • Pick your way through old pirate detritus in Buccaneer Cove

Itinerary

Explore the elegant architecture of colonial Quito.
Fly to Baltra, board the Nemo III and cruise out to the white-sand beaches of Las Bachas.
Snorkel in search of diamond sting rays at Darwin Beach.
Learn about the islands’ geological history on a guided walk around Bahia Sullivan.
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, then head to the highlands to see Darwin's finches and wander among the wild giant tortoises.
On the archipelago’s largest island, spend a morning exploring Punta Moreno. See pink flamingos dotted around aqua lagoons, trek active volcanos and spot incredible lava formations.
Take a stroll on the youngest of the Galapagos Islands and explore Tagus Cove, an old pirate hang-out.
Sprawl on the sands of Espumilla Beach.
Search for frigatebirds on Isla Daphne before flying back to the mainland.
Finish up in Quito.
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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
  • Bachas Beach Visit
  • Cerro Dragon
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Darwin Beach
  • Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer’s Cove
  • Isla Daphne
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Espinoza
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Sullivan Bay
  • The Barranco - Isla Genovesa
  • Urvina Bay

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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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