Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & East Islands aboard the Monserrat

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Curious to explore the Galápagos but don't have a whole lot of time? Step aboard the roomy Monserrat and join us on this cruising adventure through the archipelago's central and eastern islands – including an extra day on the island and a stay in a deluxe hotel so you can get the most out of your trip. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, check out the curious marine iguanas (the only kind in the world that swim for their food), and stroll through the cactus forests of South Plaza Island. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll return home more educated and invigorated than you'd ever get from a nature documentary.

What’s included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Monserrat (3 nts)
  • 2 Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guides
  • All meals aboard the Monserrat
  • Overnight on Santa Cruz Island
  • Tortuga Bay hike and kayak (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit to Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Highlands giant tortoises excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Sante Fé hiking excursion
  • Snorkelling at Sante Fé and Punta Pitt
  • Interpretation Centre Visit (San Cristóbal)
  • All landings and excursions
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • 1 night in pueto ayora
  • Hike the beautiful beach of tortuga bay with an included kayak trip
  • 3 nights cruising the galápagos national park aboard the monserrat
  • Discover spectacular marine life in protected bays and go snorkeling with sea lions
  • Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on south plaza 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 many optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora (1B) Fly to the Galápagos, meet the CEO and transfer to Puerto Ayora, a port town. Check into the hotel followed and after lunch hike to Tortuga Bay and explore the mangroves by kayaking. Additional Notes: 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). 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: Tortuga Bay Hike Tortuga Bay Kayaking Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Transfer to the boat to meet the guide and get on board. In the afternoon, enjoy the highlands. Visit a tortoise ranch and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 4 Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Santa Fé to observe wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Sante Fé Hiking Transport: Monserrat
Day 5 Punta Pitt/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach. Head to La Galapaguera for opportunities to see giant tortoises and enjoy a snorkelling excursion. Included Activities: Punta Pitt Visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit Snorkelling (Punta Pitt) Transport: Monserrat
Day 6 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B) Transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. The flight will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner. Included Activities: Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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