Tour description provided by G Adventures

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable Queen to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.


Day 1 Quito

A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief everyone on the various aspects of the tour. Additional Notes: If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Quito/San Cristóbal Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Early flight to San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, meet the Naturalist Guide who will assist with the transfer to the catamaran. Visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado in the afternoon to see a piece of land that has been reserved for the repopulation of giant turtles, and also visit a small breeding centre. Additional Notes: 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: Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Centre Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s)) Queen of Galápagos

Day 3 Santa Fé Island/Black Turtle Cove (1B, 1L, 1D)

Land on the tiny island of Santa Fé and take a guided walk through the prickly pear forest searching for land iguanas. After navigating to Santa Cruz island, take a panga ride through the mangroves to look for bird and marine life. Included Activities: Santa Fe Island Visit Black Turtle Cove Excursion Transport: Queen of Galápagos

Day 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools. Included Activities: Playa Espumilla Excursion Puerto Egas Visit Transport: Queen of Galápagos

Day 5 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at Genovesa, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean. Visit the sites of Darwin Bay and El Barranco. Included Activities: Darwin Bay Visit El Barranco Visit Snorkelling (Darwin Bay) Transport: Queen of Galápagos

Day 6 Isla Bartolomé/Sullivan Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach. Included Activities: Bartolomé Island Hike Snorkelling (Bartolomé Island) Sullivan Bay Visit Transport: Queen of Galápagos

Day 7 Rábida Island/Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. Continue to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Included Activities: Rabida Island Excursion Cerro Dragón Visit Transport: Queen of Galápagos

Day 8 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands to see the giant tortoises in the wild. Free time for shopping or exploring the town of Puerto Ayora. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Queen of Galápagos

Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)

Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre on the island before flying back to Quito. Included Activities: Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane

Day 10 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day