Galápagos Land & Sea — Central 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, North Seymour, and Mosquera Islands, and many more fascinating locales. In the evenings, return to the Xavier III to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. To finish off enjoy a night on Santa Cruz island to explore beaches and visit giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

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
  • Visit to North Seymour to see nesting seabirds
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock and Sullivan Bay
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation (Santa Cruz)
  • 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 in santa cruz with included visit to see the giant tortoises
  • Three nights cruising through the galápagos national park aboard the xavier
  • Snorkelling excursions searching for sea turtles and rays
  • Hiking through the lava fields of bartolomé to get an amazing view
  • Learn more about the ecology of the galápagos with a visit to the charles darwin research station

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) In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Isla Lobos, a small island home a friendly population of sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters watch as the curious pups blow bubbles, swim in circles and frolic in the waves. 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). Please note: 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 Xavier III
Day 3 North Seymour/Mosquera Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Snorkelling (North Seymour Island) Mosquera Island Excursion Transport: Xavier III
Day 4 Santiago Island/Bartolomé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island 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: 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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