Galápagos — Central, South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat

Marine, Quito to Quito

Tour description provided by G Adventures

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat for a mind-expanding cruising adventure through the archipelago's central, southern and eastern islands. Hike the dramatic black lava flows of volcanic Bartolomé Island, snorkel with sea lions and other aquatic beasts, go for a hike on Española or opt to laze about on her white-sand beaches instead. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll come home with a perspective you simply can’t put a price tag on.

What’s included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Monserrat (7 nts)
  • 2 Certified Galápagos National Park Service guide
  • All meals aboard the Monserrat
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Gardner Island, Champion Islet, Sullivan Bay, Bartolomé Island and Bachas Beach
  • Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center
  • Post Office Bay Visit
  • Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
  • Highlands giant tortoises excursion
  • Black Turtle Cove Excursion
  • All landings and excursions
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Seven nights cruising the galápagos national park aboard the monserrat
  • Hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on bartolomé
  • Snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles
  • Choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of española island
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) Catch an early flight to San Cristóbal Island. In the afternoon, visit Isla Lobos and be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage. Included Activities: Isla Lobos Visit Snorkelling (Isla Lobos) Transport: Plane Monserrat
Day 3 Cerro Brujo (1B, 1L, 1D) Starting on the north coast of San Cristóbal, land at Cerro Brujo to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Spend the afternoon visiting the tortoise breeding area in the highlands rich with endemic flora. Included Activities: Cerro Brujo Visit Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center Transport: Monserrat
Day 4 Bahía Gardner/Punta Suárez (1B, 1L, 1D) Arriving at Gardner Bay's in the morning, spend the day exploring on shore and snorkelling at Gardner Island in the bay. After lunch, sail to the western side of the islands to Punta Suárez, known for its amazing bird colonies and home to the waved albatross (April and December). Included Activities: Gardner Bay Visit Snorkelling (Gardner Bay) Punta Suárez Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 5 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet. Visit Post Office Bay. Included Activities: Punta Cormorant Visit Snorkelling (Champion Islet) Post Office Bay Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 6 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day exploring the island of Santa Cruz. Visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre and take an afternoon excursion to the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild and learn about the volcanic formations of the islands. Included Activities: Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 7 Sullivan Bay/Bartolomé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Included Activities: Sullivan Bay Visit Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay) Bartolomé Island Landing Snorkelling (Bartolomé Island) Transport: Monserrat
Day 8 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragón (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Bachas Beach in the morning, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island. A great beach to stroll on with crystalline waters perfect for swimming, Bachas Beach also gives visitors the opportunity to see frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragón, on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. See land iguanas as well as a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and various species of birds. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Snorkelling (Bachas Beach) Cerro Dragón Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 9 Black Turtle Cove/Quito (1B) Take a morning panga ride and look for marine life in Black Turtle Cove. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito. Included Activities: Black Turtle Cove Excursion Transport: Monserrat Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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