Explore the fascinating wildlife and incredible terrain of the southern Galapagos islands

Explore the Galapagos and its native wildlife on a sailing trip around the south east of the archipelago. Meet the giant tortoises that inhabit Isla San Cristobal, 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
GLKH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the Old Town of Quito
  • See marine iguanas and playful sea lions sunning themselves on remote beaches
  • Meet centuries-old giant tortoises on Isla San Cristobal
  • Watch blue-footed boobies dance the booby two-step
  • Marvel at the twitchers' paradise of Espanola

Itinerary

Arrive in Quito, where the charm and history of old-world Ecuadorian architecture blends seamlessly with stylish cafes, bars and shops.
Learn about the Galapagos’ unique wildlife at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Watch marine iguanas sunning themselves on the sand in preparation for a dip in the ocean on Isla Sante Fe.
A twitchers’ paradise, stroll along Espanola’s winding paths and witness almost the entire world’s population of waved albatross.
Pass through the waters surrounding the impressive Leon Dormido – or Kicker Rock – that juts out of the waters off San Cristobal Island.
Visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center and learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the archipelago. In the afternoon, return to the mainland to spend the evening enjoying Quito’s nightlife.
Grant a fond ‘adios’ to this exciting Galapagos adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Motorised catamaran
Included activities
  • Bahia Gardner
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Isla Lobos
  • Isla Santa Fe
  • Kicker Rock - Snorkelling
  • Plaza Sur
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Centre

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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. ** 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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