Galápagos — North, West & Central Islands aboard the Yolita

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

The Galápagos Islands all have one thing in common; beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife. (Okay, that’s technically two things, but you get the idea). Travelling aboard the Yolita, this tour takes you to some of the lesser-visited islands like Genovesa in the north and Isabela in the west. Expect to witness an amazing concentration of birdlife and massive bird rookeries, including the largest nesting colonies of red-footed boobies and frigatebirds. Hike right to the top of the Sierra Negra, Galápagos’ most recently active volcano, relax on the white-sand beaches, or snorkel with sea lions. Better yet, do it all.

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita (7 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Yolita
  • Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Sierra Negra Hike (Isabela Island)
  • Chance to see flightless cormorants and penguins (Isabela Island)
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Seven nights cruising in the galápagos islands aboard the yolita
  • Explore the least visited islands of isabela and genovesa to see massive bird colonies and impressive volcanoes
  • Relax on the white sandy beaches
  • Hike to the top of the sierra negra volcano the most recently active volcano in the galápagos
  • Go snorkelling with sea lions and search for turtles and rays.

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 Mariscal Sucre International Airport/Seymour Airport (1B, 1L, 1D) Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands. Head to Bachas Beach to see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos and sea lions. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Transport: 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). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Yolita
Day 3 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Darwin Bay and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the many trails. Head to El Barranco in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including red-footed boobies. Included Activities: Darwin Bay Visit Snorkelling (Darwin Bay) El Barranco Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 4 Bartolomé Island/Sullivan Bay (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach. Included Activities: Bartolomé Island Landing Sullivan Bay Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 5 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. In the afternoon, explore the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area. Additional Notes: Please note - due to increased volcanic activity in Sierra Negra for safety reasons some hiking areas are restricted at this time. Included Activities: Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Sierra Negra Volcano Hike Transport: Yolita
Day 6 Elizabeth Bay/Urbina Bay (1B, 1L, 1D) Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. Visit Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail to get a view of the caldera and watch for land iguanas along the way. Included Activities: Elizabeth Bay Panga Ride Urbina Bay Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 7 Tagus Cove/Punta Espinoza (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop for a visit at Tagus Cove and hike to a lookout to get a stunning view of the bay. Spot old graffiti on the cliffs from whalers and pirates who once visited the the cove. Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life. Included Activities: Tagus Cove Visit Punta Espinoza Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 8 Rábida Island/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. In the afternoon, enjoy a panga ride in Buccaneer Cove, watch for sea lions, shorebirds, and interesting lava formations. Enjoy snorkelling nearby with schools of tropical fish and sea lions. Included Activities: Rabida Island Excursion Buccaneer Cove Visit Transport: Yolita
Day 9 Islas Daphne/Quito (1B) View Daphne from the boat, the tiny conical island is home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Darwin's finches, after, fly back to Quito. Enjoy an evening in Quito. Included Activities: Daphne Island Visit
Day 10 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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