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Explore Galapagos - Western, Central and East Islands

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Overview

On-board the Monserrat, you’ll embark on a 10-day adventure through the Galapagos Islands, experiencing this awe-inspiring archipelago first-hand. This cruise sees you snorkel with sea lions, hike amazing scenery and discover the unique widespread marine life which thrives in the bays and coves. And accompanying you will be nature guides who can answer your questions about this phenomenal place and teach you about the amazing wildlife found here.

The Monserrat is a roomy 20-passenger ship with a bar, sundeck, dining room and lounge. You’ll be looked after on board by the cruise director, 11 dedicated crew member and two naturalist guides who will always be on hand to answer your questions about the local flora and fauna. All of you meals are included on the 8-day cruise, and you have a night in Quito at the beginning and end of your trip. (GM)

Highlights:

  • Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island
  • Take a boat trip to ‘Chinese Hat’ island
  • Head to the beaches of Isla Santiago
  • Explore the birds and wildlife in Santa Cruz
  • Wander through cactus forests in South Plaza

Details

Day 1

Quito

Arrive into Quito and transfer to your hotel (arrival transfer included). The rest of the day can be spent enjoying the city as there are no planned activities today.

Day 2

Baltra & Santa Cruz Island

Take an early flight to Baltra and arrive in time for lunch, where you will board the Monserrat.

Day 3

Isabela Island

This morning sees you hike the Sierra Negra volcano which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. Along the hike, you’ll see smoking fumaroles and the ‘sulphur volcano’. In the afternoon, you will visit Las Tintoreras which is a small island near Puerto Villamil. While you’re here, visit the Wall of Tears, the tortoise breeding centre where the famous giant Galapagos tortoises are, and go white tip shark spotting from the bay.

Day 4

Chinese Hat and Rábida

In the morning, take a boat ride to the small island off the southern tip of Santiago, known as Chinese Hat because of its unique shape.  From here you can see Galapagos penguins, amazing marine life and a large sea lion colony. In the afternoon, make your way to Rabida Island and visit the red sand beach. You’ll also have chance to see the prehistoric-looking pelicans, as they feed their young.

Day 5

Santiago Island

There will be a morning excursion today to see the dark sand beach and salt crater, as well as the friendly Fur Seals. From here, you’ll continue on to Playa Espumilla which is one of the most picturesque beaches in the archipelago. It is here that you’ll find dense mangroves where flamingos and sea turtles nest.

Day 6

North Seymour and Santa Cruz

Leave this morning for North Seymour which is home to marine iguanas, sea lions and swallow-tailed gulls. You’ll be able to take part in guided walks to observe the birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. In the afternoon, spend time in Puerta Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Station to learn more about the island.

Day 7

South Plaza Island and Santa Fe

Leave for South Plaza Island today, which is one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos. This area also has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas and a large sea lion colony. Walk through a cactus forest and enjoy the unique vegetation and wildlife. In the afternoon, you’ll explore Santa Fe which is a fantastic place for watching sea lions, as well as a number of other species. Once you return to the beach, there will be some free time to go snorkelling in the lagoon.

Day 8

Punta Pitt and Isla Lobos

Land in Punta Pitt today on San Cristobal Island where you can observe the marine iguanas and seabirds on the beach. In the afternoon, head to Isla Lobos where you’ll be welcomed by countless sea lions.

Day 9

San Cristóbal and Quito

Upon arrival into San Cristobal, disembark after breakfast and visit the Interpretation Centre. From here, transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy your final night on the town.

Day 10

Quito

Today marks the end of your tour, where you will depart from Quito.

 

What's Included

  • International flights and arrival transfer
  • Internal travel: local flight; Monserrat motorised yacht; van; Zodiac; all landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Hotel (2 nights); Aboard the Monserrat (bunk beds only) (7 nights)
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners (Allow USD75-100 for meals not included. Drinks and tips while on the yacht are extra.)
  • Snorkelling equipment; Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
  • Two Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands; Local representative in Quito
  • Small group experience; max 20, avg 14

Please note: You must pay a USD10 Transit Control Card fee at the Quito airport and a USD100 (cash) Galápagos park entry fee immediately upon arrival to the Islands (subject to increase)

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