Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & East Islands aboard the Xavier III

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Explore the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. Giant tortoises, sea lions and island birds are in abundance here, and you’ll have the chance to spot them all in visits to Santiago Island, Punta Pitt, and Cerro Brujo, and many more fascinating locales. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Finish off with a night on Santa Cruz island for some beach time and to see tortoises in the wild.

What’s included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (3 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Xavier
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Overnight on Santa Cruz
  • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock and La Loberia
  • Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz)
  • Academy Bay Tour
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Internal flights
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard Xavier

Highlights

  • One night on santa cruz
  • Three nights cruising through the galápagos national park aboard the xavier
  • Visit to see the giant tortoises
  • Watching three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds nesting together at punta pitt
  • Snorkelling with rays and sea turtles in the shadow of kicker rock
  • Witnessing the towering volcanic cliffs and the dark-sand beaches of santiago island.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please look for notices in the hotel lobby for a time and location of the welcome meeting. 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 with G Representative
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the Galápagos CEO and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre before setting off to explore the Galápagos. Included Activities: Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center Transport: Early morning transfer to the airport to catch our flight to the Galapagos Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours) Plane Xavier III
Day 3 Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion. Included Activities: Punta Pitt Visit Cerro Brujo Visit Snorkelling (Kicker Rock) Transport: Xavier III
Day 4 Santiago Island (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 Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see a dark-sand beach and tidal pools. Included Activities: Buccaneer Cove Visit Playa Espumilla Excursion Puerto Egas Visit Transport: Xavier III
Day 5 Puerto Ayora (1B) Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear saltwater lagoon. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Academy Bay Tour
Day 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B) Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city. Included Activities: Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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