Galápagos — West & Central Islands aboard the Evolution

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Charles Darwin may have gotten here first, but his ride definitely wasn’t as nice. Join us aboard the splendid Evolution (G10) and set sail for an adventure to the less-visited western and central islands. Check out Fernandina’s massive marine iguana colonies, meet giant tortoises that are over 100 years old, get a deeper understanding of ecology at the Charles Darwin Foundation and snorkel amidst cavorting sea lions off the shores of Española. Best of all, you’ll have a pair of Level III naturalist guides at your disposal to put it all into perspective.

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 an onboard 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
  • Visit the least-visited islands in the galápagos
  • Explore fernandina island's colonies of marine iguanas
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
  • Snorkel with playful sea lions and search for sea turtles
  • Admire the vast colonies of boobies and waved albatross on española

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Catch an included arrival transfer to the hotel. 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. Additional Notes: If you are 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: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D) Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, meet the naturalist guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Evolution. 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: Whaler's Bay Landing Transport: Early morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the Galápagos. Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours) Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Evolution
Day 3 Punta Vicente Roca/Punta Espinoza (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island – a great site for swimming and snorkelling with spectacular sea life. In the afternoon, visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Witness the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galápagos and a variety of bird life. Included Activities: Panga Ride Punta Espinoza Visit Snorkelling at Punta Vicente Roca Transport: Evolution Evolution
Day 4 Urbina Bay/Tagus Cove (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, make an easy wet landing at Urbina Bay. Walk along the coast or go snorkelling among the marine life. In the afternoon, visit Tagus Cove to follow a trail along Lake Darwin. Trek up to a ridge high enough to see amazing views. Included Activities: Urbina Bay Visit Tagus Cove Visit Transport: Evolution Evolution
Day 5 Bartolomé Island/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see its dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach. Included Activities: Bartolomé Island Landing Sullivan Bay Visit Snorkelling at Bartolomé Transport: Evolution Evolution
Day 6 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragón (1B, 1L, 1D) Morning excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe birds and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling. Continue to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Cerro Dragón Visit Transport: Evolution Evolution
Day 7 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. In the afternoon, visit the tortoise reserve to get the chance to see various wildlife. Walk through lava tunnels and see the pit craters. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Evolution
Day 8 Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling. Included Activities: Punta Suarez Excursion Gardner Bay Visit Transport: Evolution Evolution (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B) Reach San Cristóbal in the morning and visit El Junco Lagoon to see the diverse vegetation surrounding the largest freshwater lagoon in the Galápagos Islands. Disembark after breakfast, visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town. Included Activities: San Cristóbal Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane Private Vehicle
Day 10 Quito (1B) Depart any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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