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

Meet the fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos Islands on this sailing adventure on the Nemo III


Highlights


Itinerary

Scrub up on your Spanish and say “bienvenidos” to Ecuador’s capital. Founded on an Inca city, explore the historic significance of this Unesco World Heritage city. Admire Spanish-influenced architecture, the crumbling facade of the Old Town and the Quito’s architectural crown jewel, the Jesuit church.
After a relatively short flight to the Galapagos Islands, head straight for the Nemo III, your transport and home for the next five days. From here, allow the naturalist guide to help you explore the highlands of Santa Cruz, where giant tortoises slowly lurk amid the incredibly dense greenery. Although it’s easy to be enchanted by the intense surroundings of this emerald forest, every now and again, tilt your head to the sky to spot Darwin’s finches, woodpecker finches and vermillion flycatchers.
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. In the afternoon, we head to Urvina Bay.
Watch sea lions laze, Sally Lightfoot crabs shuffle and marine iguana’s fight for prime position on a sunny rock around the peninsula of Isla Fernandina. To get a little closer to the action, jump in the water and snorkel away the morning and In the afternoon, say “ahoy” to Tagus Cove and snorkel around this old pirate hangout.
On the black, sandy beaches of Puerto Egas, check out some incredible volcanic formations while also spotting the island’s most popular residents. Marine iguanas, sea lions, finches, pelicans and mockingbirds line the coast, while crabs, snails and fish mark their territory in small tidal pools. Visit Buccaneer’s Cove to learn more about the history of pirates on the islands, and see where Charles Darwin camped out while exploring the islands.
Shaped by volcanic activity and rich with native animals, Daphne Island has one of the most dynamic landscapes in the archipelago. Watch blue-footed boobies attempt their flamboyant mating dance while frigatebirds inflate their red-throat pouches to attract a mate - it’s a spectacular sight to end this Galapagos escapade on. After the flight back to Quito, why not get the group together for a final dinner in the electric Old Town of Ecuador’s capital.
After swapping photographs and memories from the last six days of adventure, it’s time to farewell Quito.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Minibus, Motorised catamaran, Plane
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Motorised Catamaran (4 nights)
Included activites
  • Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer’s Cove
  • Isla Daphne
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Espinoza
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • 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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