Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & South Islands aboard the Yolita

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Spend five days exploring the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita and enjoy the beaches, history, and wildlife of the central and southern islands. When you want to spend some time underwater, make sure to check out the Devil’s Crown in Floreana, a snorkeller’s paradise and home to some of the most impressive marine life in the Galápagos. Bird lovers will have their hands full, too, with stops at some pretty notable bird-watching spots on Cerro Dragón. When you’re done connecting with the wildlife, get over to Post Office Bay to learn about its history and, of course, to drop off a postcard.

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita (3 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Yolita
  • Overnight on Santa Cruz Island
  • Tortuga Bay hike and kayak (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
  • Snorkelling at Corona del Diablo
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard the Yolita
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Five days exploring the galápagos islands
  • Enjoy an amazing snorkelling experience at the ‘devil's crown’
  • Visit post office bay
  • Cerro dragón for some excellent birdwatching
  • Snorkel with the local wildlife.

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 Quito/Santa Cruz Island (1B) Fly to Baltra. Meet the CEO and transfer to Puerto Ayora. Check into the hotel followed by lunch. Enjoy an afternoon hike to Tortuga Bay along with a kayak ride. 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
Day 3 Puerto Ayora/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation in the morning before boarding the Yolita. Get to know the crew and settle in. This afternoon, visit the tortoises of the El Chato Reserve. Included Activities: Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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