Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

If an authentic tropical landscape figures big in your travel dreams, get yourself on down to the Galápagos, stat. Want to keep an eye out for native wildlife like sea lions, land iguanas, and giant tortoises? The Galápagos has ‘em by the dozen. Looking to recharge on beautiful white-sand beaches? There's plenty of those, too. Even better, you'll have the services of two naturalist guides to help provide an educational slant to this incredible experience.

What’s included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Monserrat (7 nts)
  • 2 Certified Galápagos National Park Service guide
  • All meals aboard the Monserrat
  • Highlands giant tortoises excursion
  • Sante Fé hiking excursion
  • Snorkelling at Sante Fé, Punta Pitt, Isla Lobos, Gardner Island and Champion Islet
  • Interpretation Centre Visit (San Cristóbal)
  • Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center
  • Post Office Bay Visit
  • Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
  • All landings and excursions
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • 7 nights cruising the galápagos national park aboard the monserrat
  • Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on south plaza island
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the galápagos at the charles darwin foundation
  • Choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of española

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. 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
Day 2 Quito/Baltra Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer to the ship which is moored nearby, just off the island of Baltra. Afternoon excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These flights 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 on the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. 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: Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours) Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Monserrat
Day 3 Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Santa Fé to observe wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Sante Fé Hiking Transport: Monserrat
Day 4 Punta Pitt/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach. Head to La Galapaguera for opportunities to see giant tortoises and enjoy a snorkelling excursion. Included Activities: Punta Pitt Visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit Snorkelling (Punta Pitt) Transport: Monserrat
Day 5 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the the port town of Puerto Baquerizo, the capital of the Galápagos. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre and take a walk through Cerro Tijeretas looking for wildlife and go snorkelling. In the afternoon, visit Isla Lobos and be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. Included Activities: Snorkelling (Isla Lobos) Isla Lobos Visit San Cristóbal Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 6 Cerro Brujo (1B, 1L, 1D) Starting on the north coast of San Cristóbal, land at Cerro Brujo to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Spend the afternoon visiting the tortoise breeding area in the highlands rich with endemic flora. Included Activities: Cerro Brujo Visit Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center Transport: Monserrat
Day 7 Bahía Gardner/Punta Suárez (1B, 1L, 1D) Arriving at Gardner Bay's in the morning, spend the day exploring on shore and snorkelling at Gardner Island in the bay. After lunch, sail to the western side of the islands to Punta Suárez, known for its amazing bird colonies and home to the waved albatross (April and December). Included Activities: Gardner Bay Visit Snorkelling (Gardner Bay) Punta Suárez Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 8 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet. Visit Post Office Bay. Included Activities: Punta Cormorant Visit Snorkelling (Champion Islet) Post Office Bay Visit Transport: Monserrat
Day 9 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B) In the morning, arrive in Puerta Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for the flight to Quito. 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: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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