Summary : Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend five days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert naturalist guide. Start on land with a night in San Cristobal, to visit Laguna El Junco and Galapguera de Cerro Colordao to see the giant tortoises and the Interpretation Center. Three nights will be spent on the comfortable Queen of Galapagos where you reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with lower berths and private bathrooms.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
AARP Discount: Members of AARP save $100 per person. Not combinable with other discounts.
$3,299 to $4,349
Arrive in Quito and check into your hotel. A representative will greet you and brief you on various aspects of the tour. The day is free for you to enjoy the city. The Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 14 miles south of the Equator. Nestled in a valley flanked by mountains, on a clear day several snow-capped volcanoes, including nearby Pichincha, are visible from the city center. Add to its beautiful location a rich history and well-preserved colonial district, and you begin to understand Quito’s appeal to thousands of visitors every year. The city is home to several excellent museums, historical buildings, landmarks, and a vibrant nightlife.
Transfer early to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in San Cristóbal, meet your representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Following lunch, begin your exploration of San Cristobal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only fresh water lake in the islands. After, travel to Galapguera de Cerro Colordao to see the giant tortoises followed by a visit to the Interpretation Center.
San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and one of the oldest. The principal town is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos.
Before transferring to the boat, enjoy a morning snorkel excursion at Kicker Rock and visit a nearby beach. Kicker Rock is one of the most stunning landmarks in the Galapagos islands, drawing in an array of sharks and fish which provide for an exhilarating snorkeling experience.
In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Lobos Island in the afternoon where you will be welcomed by frolicking sea lions. Depending on when you travel, you may have the opportunity to see Blue-footed Boobies nesting on this small island. This is a favorite island for bird lovers where you may see abundant frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. Keep your eyes keen while snorkeling in the calm clear waters, for a chance to see sea lions frolicking underwater.
In the afternoon, visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies.
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkeling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Las Bachas Beach in the afternoon. Relax on the beach or enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters.
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see Galapagos giant tortoises. Fly back to Quito. Spend one last night in Quito, or depart at any time.
Depart at any time.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Arrival transfer on Day 1; 2 hotel nights in Quito; 1 hotel night in San Cristobal; onboard accommodations; 3 nights in the Galapagos Islands aboard the ship; shore excursions; daily opportunities for swimming and snorkeling; snorkeling equipment; wetsuits while aboard the ship; 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners; local transportation by flight (Quito to Galapagos, and reverse); motorized catamaran, van, Zodiacs, public bus; local naturalist guide (certified by the Galapagos National Park) while in the Islands; local representative in Quito and San Cristobal; small group experience.
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; departure taxes; Tourist Transit card fee ($20 cash, subject to change); Galapagos park entry fee payable immediately upon arrival to the Islands ($100 cash, subject to increase); meals not expressly outlined in itinerary; beverages on board; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; optional activities.