Complete Galápagos - Yolita

Marine, Quito to Quito

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For those looking to spend more time in the Galápagos, this 17-day itinerary includes visits to several islands and loads of opportunities to observe unique wildlife. From colonies of marine iguanas, to blue-footed boobie nesting sites and the coolest acting giant tortoises in the Western Hemisphere, the Galápagos are so much more than a collection of islands; they're a lesson in evolution itself (and a fun one, at that!).

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita (14 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Yolita
  • Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Sierra Negra Hike (Isabela Island)
  • Chance to see flightless cormorants and penguins (Isabela Island)
  • Spot frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies (North Seymour Island)
  • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock, Corona del Diablo, Isla Lobos and Gardner Bay
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard the Yolita
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • 14 nights cruising in the galápagos islands aboard the yolita
  • Explore the lesser visited islands of isabela and genovesa to see massive bird colonies and impressive volcanoes
  • Relax on the white sandy beaches
  • Hike to the top of the sierra negra volcano the most recently active volcano in the galápagos
  • Go snorkelling with sea lions and search for turtles and rays.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Mariscal Sucre International Airport/Seymour Airport (1B, 1L, 1D) Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands. Head to Bachas Beach to see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos and sea lions. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Transport: Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Yolita
Day 3 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Darwin Bay and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the many trails. Head to El Barranco in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including red-footed boobies. Included Activities: Darwin Bay Visit Snorkelling (Darwin Bay) El Barranco Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 4 Bartolomé Island/Sullivan Bay (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach. Included Activities: Bartolomé Island Landing Sullivan Bay Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 5 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. In the afternoon, explore the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area. Included Activities: Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Sierra Negra Volcano Hike Transport: Yolita
Day 6 Elizabeth Bay/Urbina Bay (1B, 1L, 1D) Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. Visit Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail to get a view of the caldera and watch for land iguanas along the way. Included Activities: Elizabeth Bay Panga Ride Urbina Bay Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 7 Tagus Cove/Punta Espinoza (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop for a visit at Tagus Cove and hike to a lookout to get a stunning view of the bay. Spot old graffiti on the cliffs from whalers and pirates who once visited the the cove. Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life. Included Activities: Tagus Cove Visit Punta Espinoza Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 8 Rábida Island/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. In the afternoon, enjoy a panga ride in Buccaneer Cove, watch for sea lions, shorebirds, and interesting lava formations. Enjoy snorkelling nearby with schools of tropical fish and sea lions. Included Activities: Rabida Island Excursion Buccaneer Cove Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 9 Islas Daphne/North Seymour (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a panga ride around Daphne, a tiny conical island, home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, Darwin's finches, and other wonderful wildlife. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour Island to look out for Blue-footed Boobies. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Daphne Island Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 10 Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning landing at Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon to witness the steep vertical stone walls rising from the ocean and some of the best snorkelling in the Galápagos. In the afternoon, head to Isla Lobos known for its friendly sea lions. Included Activities: Cerro Brujo Visit Snorkelling (Kicker Rock) Snorkelling (Isla Lobos) Isla Lobos Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 11 Bahía Gardner/Punta Suárez (1B, 1L, 1D) Punta Suarez on the western side of Española Island (also called Hood) is spectacular. Follow the trail through a rookery and learn the geological history of the island from the naturalist, including its dramatic volcanic features, climate, flora, and fauna. Included Activities: Punta Suarez Excursion Gardner Bay Visit Snorkelling (Gardner Bay) Transport: Yolita
Day 12 Santa Fé Island/South Plaza (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Santa Fe island for a chance to mingle with the iguanas. Continue to South Plaza for some great bird watching opportunities. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Santa Fe Island Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 13 Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island in the Galápagos, and has the largest population. Puerto Ayora is its main town. In the afternoon, there may be the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild. Included Activities: Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 14 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) This morning, snorkel at Devil's Crown, a coral reef surrounded by an eroded volcanic crater, the perfect home for marine life. Look out for small sharks, rays and schools of tropical fish. In the afternoon, make sure you have a postcard to leave behind on a visit to Post Office Bay. Included Activities: Post Office Bay Visit Snorkelling (Corona del Diablo) Transport: Yolita
Day 15 Chinese Hat/Cerro Dragón (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the white sand beach at Chinese Hat in the morning, before an afternoon at Cerro Dragón for an opportunity to break out the binoculars and do some excellent birdwatching. Included Activities: Cerro Dragón Visit Chinese Hat Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 16 Black Turtle Cove/Quito (1B) Explore the mangrove lagoon at Black Turtle Cove. In the afternoon, transfer for a flight back to Quito for one last night on the town. Included Activities: Black Turtle Cove Excursion
Day 17 Quito Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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