Explore the Galapagos and its native wildlife on a sailing trip around the central islands of the archipelago. Meet the green turtles that inhabit Isla Santa Cruz, watch blue-footed boobies dance the booby two-step and marvel in awe at the unfamiliar beauty that characterises these far-flung 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 closer to the origins of the planet, where every step feels as though it’s through uncharted 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
GLKI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip

Explore the fascinating wildlife and incredible terrain of the Galapagos Islands


Highlights


Itinerary

Experience the charm and history of old-world Quito.
Fly to Baltra and set sail to the small town of Puerto Ayora. Journey to the highlands of Santa Cruz for a stunning introduction to this unique environment.
An early morning excursion to the rocky coast of North Seymour will pass through colonies of animated blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. Then, visit the small sandy island of Mosquera, where crazy-looking Sally Lightfoot crabs inhabit the rocks and tide pools.
Visit the mangroves of Black Turtle Cove and paddle among its peaceful waters. See green turtle, rays and Galapagos sharks a myriad birds and perhaps even mating turtles. Spend the afternoon at Cerro Dragón, one of the best places to see land iguanas.
The colourful sands and cliffs of Rabida are home to a wide array of native wildlife. Spot nesting pelicans, flamingos, pintail ducks, marine iguanas and sea lions among the huge number of birds on show.
Explore the sandy, white beaches of Las Bachas, where Pacific green turtles often nest and marine iguanas are plentiful. Perhaps spend some time snorkelling here – the underwater world is as impressive as what is above the water. It’s then time to say goodbye to the Galapagos and fly back to Quito.
Enjoy a final breakfast in Quito before this exciting Galapagos Explorer adventure ends.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Motorised catamaran
Included activites
  • Bachas Beach Visit
  • Black Turtle Cove Visit
  • Cerro Dragon
  • Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Isla Mosquera Beach
  • Isla North Seymour Walk and Snorkel
  • Isla Rabida Snorkelling
  • 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 be US$20 **
3. Prices for this trip vary depending on cabin type - please select your preferred cabin type 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.
5. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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Reviews

Our Galapagos Explorer - Central Islands (Queen Beatriz) trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Galapagos Explorer - Central Islands (Queen Beatriz) Deluxe Double, March 2015

Galapagos Explorer - Central Islands (Queen Beatriz) Deluxe twin, April 2014