Galápagos — West Islands aboard the Archipell I/II

Marine, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable Archipell I to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

What’s included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Archipell I (4 nts)
  • Arrival transfer
  • All meals aboard the Archipell I
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (Isabela Island)
  • Flamingo Lagoon and Tintoreras visit
  • Excursion to Punta Moreno and Tagus Cove
  • Elizabeth Bay panga ride
  • Visit to Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
  • Snorkelling at Bachas Beach
  • All landings and excursions
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Four nights cruising and exploring galápagos national park aboard the archipell i
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
  • Hike on lava formations and spot exotic birds and sunning marine iguanas.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included). Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Quito/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Fly to Baltra. Meet the CEO and transfer across Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora to board the ship. In the afternoon, visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild, then enjoy some free time to shop and explore. Additional Notes: 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. 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. Included Activities: Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Archipell I
Day 3 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Las Tintoreras Excursion Flamingo Lagoon Visit Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Transport: Archipell I
Day 4 Isabela Island/Elizabeth Bay (1B, 1L, 1D) Land at 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. Visit Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out in 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: Archipell I
Day 5 Tagus Cove/Fernandina Island (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 cove. Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, 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: Archipell I
Day 6 Bachas Beach/Quito (1B) Reach Bachas Beach in the morning. Disembark after breakfast and enjoy a guided walk on Bachas Beach. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Transport: Plane
Day 7 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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