Galápagos — West & Central Islands aboard the Eden

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Get up close and personal with an incredible array of animal species on this 8-day tour that hits the central, and west islands of the Galápagos. Along the way, you'll have plenty of time to spot and snap photos of giant land tortoises on Santa Cruz, Darwin's famed finches in Punta Moreno, and flightless cormorants on Fernandina. Do it all aboard the Eden, the latest addition to G Adventures' Galápagos fleet, outfitted with your comfort in mind.

What’s included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Eden (5 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Eden
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Chance to see flightless cormorants and penguins (Isabela Island)
  • Visit to the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos (Fernandina Island)
  • Snorkelling at Puerto Egas and North Seymour
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Spot colonies of blue-footed boobies
  • Watch manta rays and whitetip reef sharks swim in tintoreras
  • Take in views over saltwater craters and volcanoes on isabela island

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
Day 2 Quito/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands and transfer to Puerto Ayora and board the Eden. Spend the afternoon in the highlands seeing giant tortoises in the wild and exploring lava tunnels. Additional Notes: The Consejo de Gobierno (local government council) have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD 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 this 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 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: 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)) Eden
Day 3 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop off in the small town of Puerto Villamil before visiting the wall of tears built by prisoners after the Second World War. In the afternoon, visit the wetlands and the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area. Included Activities: Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Flamingo Lagoon Visit Wall of Tears Visit Transport: Eden
Day 4 Isabela Island/Fernandina Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Pay a morning visit to Punta Moreno on the southwest coast of Isabela to see lava formations, flamingos, and amazing views of the three most active volcanoes in the Galápagos Islands. In the afternoon, visit 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. Included Activities: Punta Moreno Visit Elizabeth Bay Panga Ride Transport: Eden
Day 5 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: Eden
Day 6 Puerto Egas/Rábida Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a morning excursion to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Take a refreshing dip in turquoise waters. Search for fish and sea turtles in the protected bay. Later, visit Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Included Activities: Puerto Egas Visit Snorkelling (Puerto Egas) Rabida Island Excursion Transport: Eden
Day 7 Santa Cruz Island/Quito (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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