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Galapagos Holidays & Tours

Galapagos Cruise-South & Central Islands

From €2339pp
Depart From
Quito, Ecuador
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
7 Days
Destination
Galapagos
Price
From €2339pp
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Hop aboard the Estrella and spend five days travelling through the southern and central Galápagos Islands, witnessing firsthand what makes this destination so incredible. Hike through Punta Pitt and try to catch a glimpse of three distinct species of booby in the only place in the Galápagos you can.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hike through Punta Pitt and try to catch a glimpse of three distinct species of booby in the only place in the Galápagos you can
  • Relax on the white-sand beaches of Cerro Brujo
  • Do some coastal touring through Punta Suarez, and send a postcard from Post Office Bay.
  • Prepare to experience some of the best snorkelling of your life at Kicker Rock, Corona del Diablo, and Bahia Gardner.
  • Four nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Estrella
  • Explore the marine wonderland of Kicker Rock – one of the Galápagos' most famous sites
  • Search for pink flamingos at Punta Cormorant
  • Learn about about the biological history of the islands from your Naturalist Guide

NORTH, CENTRAL & SOUTH ISLANDS and WEST, CENTRAL & EAST ISLANDS also available ABOARD THE ESTRELLA DEL MAR - ask us for details

Day 1 - Quito

The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.

Day 2 - Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon. In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Lobos Island and be welcomed by frolicking sea lions. Watch for sea lions swimming underwater while snorkelling in the calm clear waters.

Snorkelling (Isla Lobos)

Snorkel right off the beach at peaceful Isla Lobos, amid the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. Spot nesting frigatebirds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some snaps at this prime wildlife watching haven.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Punta Pitt/Cerro Brujo

Enjoy a morning visit to Punta Pitt, the only site in the Galápagos where it is possible to see the three species of boobies as well as frigatebirds, all nesting in the same area. Walk up to the colonies along the lava flows of this volcanic island. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful white powdery sand beaches of Cerro Brujo and snorkel with the marine life at the famous Leon Dormido, otherwise known as Kicker Rock, off San Cristóbal.

Punta Pitt Visit

Enjoy amazing wildlife watching and interesting geological formations on this fascinating expedition. Arrive at a quiet cove on the eastern tip of San Cristóbal to explore Punta Pitt. Made up of volcanic tuff substrate, it's the only site in the Galápagos where it's possible to see three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds.

Cerro Brujo Visit

Visit Cerro Brujo to explore its coastline, and look for wildlife on the beach, in the water, and in the air. Learn about the human and natural history of the area from the Galápagos CEO/Naturalist Guide. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise water, and head out on a short walk to a freshwater lagoon – a great place to see flamingos.

Snorkelling (Kicker Rock)

Embark on a snorkelling adventure at Kicker Rock, one of the most stunning landmarks in the Galápagos Islands that’s home to an incredibly diverse range of marine life that inhabits the nutrient-rich water. Explore the rock which rises 150m (492 ft) above the ocean's surface, and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. See an array of sharks and fish that are drawn to the rock and provide for an exhilarating unique snorkelling experience.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Bahía Gardner/Punta Suárez

Arrive in the southern islands to spend the morning on the beach. Play the with sea lions and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in Bahia Gardner. Later, head to Punta Suárez on the extreme western side of Española and go for an amazing coastal walk with opportunities to see the Galápagos albatross, which generally nests between April and November.

Sailing south, arrive at Española Island, the southernmost island in the Galápagos archipelago. In the morning, visit Bahia Gardner and the small islands around the bay. Start the day with a walk on the white sandy beach home to a large colony of sea lions and a great chance to see them up close. After getting a picture taken with them, head out into the bay to the islands of Osborn and Gardner, two amazing snorkelling spots. Keep an eye out for many varieties of fish species, rays, and, of course, sea turtles.

Gardner Bay Visit

Visit Gardner Bay's magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

Snorkelling (Gardner Bay)

Head to Tortuga Rock and Gardner Bay for a spectacular snorkelling experience. Spot playful young sea lions and large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish. Look for white-tipped reef sharks napping on the bottom. 

Punta Suárez Visit

Visit Punta Suárez, one of most rich wildlife landing sites in the Galápagos. Be greeted by surfing young sea lions on arrival. Head to the trail to find many species of nesting sea birds, and, if lucky, see the waved albatross. Follow the path up to a cliff for great views over the ocean, and watch sea birds gliding in the wind.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 - Floreana Island

Spend the morning visiting Mirador de la Baronesa on Floreana island and send a postcard from famous Post Office Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy a snorkelling excursion at the Corona del Diablo and landing at Punta Cormorant. Take guided walks to observe the birds and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Please make sure you are a comfortable swimmer. Despite the protection from the open sea provided by the "crown," the water here can be rough and the currents strong.

Post Office Bay Visit

Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition – leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

Snorkelling (Corona del Diablo)

Enjoy an amazing snorkelling experience at the ‘Devil's Crown’, an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you're a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

Punta Cormorant Visit

Visit Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on Floreana Island, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water’s edge.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - North Seymour/Quito

Early breakfast and landing at North Seymour in the morning to observe the birdlife, including frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito.

North Seymour Island Visit

Have an amazing wildlife experience visiting North Seymour Island – this island is teeming with life! Follow trails to see all the action (you may need to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana while walking). See blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Head to a rocky shore to see flocks of pelicans having lunch in a dive bomb feeding frenzy, then turn inland to a large nesting site of magnificent frigatebirds. These huge, dark acrobats have two-metre (6.5 ft) wingspans, and males, with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. Top off the excursion with a snorkel among sea lions and rays.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Quito

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Estrella (4 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Estrella
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Gardner Bay and Corona del Diablo
  • Opportunity to see the waved albatross from Apr - Nov (Española Island)
  • Post Office Bay visit (Floreana Island)
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations: Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Estrella in twin-share (bunks) cabins (4 nts).
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow USD80-105 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.
  • Transportation: Plane, motorized yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus.
  • Staff & experts: CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito.

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Tours, transfers, accommodation in Ecuador
  • International flights to South America
  • Combinations with Peru
  • Travel insurance

Payable locally:

  • Transit Control Card USD 20.00 (subject to change)
  • National Park Entrance Fee USD 100.00 (subject to change)
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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