Galápagos — North & Central Islands aboard the Evolution

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Sure, you don’t need to cruise the Galápagos from a spiffy boat, but it sure doesn’t hurt, does it? Set sail aboard the majestic Evolution for a journey through the archipelago's northern and central islands. Snorkel with playful sea lions at Chinese Hat, discover the sprawling booby and frigatebird colonies of Genovesa Island and pick up some outgoing mail at Post Office Bay. With a pair of Level III naturalist guides ready to lend a hand, you’ll return home with a better appreciation for this delicate region than you’d ever thought possible.

What’s included

  • 7 nts in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Evolution
  • Arrival transfer on Day 1
  • Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
  • All meals aboard the Evolution
  • 2 Certified Galápagos National Park Service guides and cruise director
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Sea kayaks
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre

Highlights

  • Seven nights cruising through the galápagos national park aboard the evolution
  • Snorkel with penguins and playful sea lions in a clam cove at chinese hat
  • Explore the impressive booby and frigate bird colonies of genovesa island
  • Send a postcard from the barrel at port office bay and take home others to return yourself
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the galápagos at the charles darwin foundation

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. A G Adventures representative will greet everyone at the hotel and give a brief on the various aspects of the tour. Additional Notes: Not able to attend the welcome meeting? The representative will leave all important information at the hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Included arrival transfer from the airport Private Vehicle
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) Fly to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the boat. Snorkel at the dramatic Kicker Rock to search for marine life and witness its steep vertical stone walls that extend from the ocean. Relax on the beach. Additional Notes: The Galápagos National Park authorities have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of USD10 per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galápagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present these upon arrival to the Galápagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galápagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control, and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galápagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galápagos Islands Park entry fee of USD100 per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds park maintenance and supervision in 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: Snorkelling (Kicker Rock) Transport: Early morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the Galápagos. Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours) Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. Plane (3.00 hour(s)) Evolution
Day 3 Islas Plaza/Mosquera Islet (1B, 1L, 1D) Set sail and reach South Plaza Island in the morning. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation. In the afternoon, arrive at Mosquera, which is located between North Seymour and Baltra. Follow this by a panga ride to Daphne Island for some more time to snorkel. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Mosquera Island Excursion Daphne Island Visit Transport: Travel from South Plaza Island to Mosquera. Evolution Evolution
Day 4 Chinese Hat/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Chinese Hat. Observe the birds and sea lions and enjoy great snorkelling opportunities. Spend the afternoon on James Bay, home to one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galápagos. Included Activities: Chinese Hat Visit Puerto Egas Visit Transport: Evolution Evolution
Day 5 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at Genovesa Island, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean. Visit the sites of Darwin Bay and Prince Philip's Steps. Included Activities: Darwin Bay Visit El Barranco Visit Snorkelling (Darwin Bay) Transport: Evolution
Day 6 North Seymour/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the small but wildlife rich islands of North Seymour and Santa Fé. Find nesting frigatebirds, large colonies of sea lions, and marine iguanas on North Seymour and search for land iguanas in the prickly pear forest on Santa Fé. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Santa Fe Island Visit Transport: Evolution Evolution
Day 7 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at Post Office Bay on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Cormorant Point in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at the Corona del Diablo. Additional Notes: Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. The “crown” provides protection from the open sea, but the water here can be rough and the currents are strong. Included Activities: Punta Cormorant Visit Post Office Bay Visit Snorkelling (Corona del Diablo) Transport: Evolution
Day 8 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day exploring Santa Cruz Island visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. See giant tortoises in the wild in the highlands and learn about the volcanic creation of the Galápagos. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Evolution
Day 9 Black Turtle Cove/Quito (1B) Enjoy an early morning panga ride through the mangroves at Black Turtle Cove before disembarking at Baltra and flying back to Quito. Additional Notes: Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These 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: Black Turtle Cove Excursion Transport: Evolution Plane (3.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 10 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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