Summary

Destinations: South America
  • 14 Days
  • Trip code: WGC
  • Activity: Wildlife Holidays, Marine Wildlife, Birdwatching
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 2 - 16
Leisurely

Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran

This 12-day southern tour aboard the catamaran Archipel I gives an extensive overview of the Galapagos Islands by combining the circumnavigation of the Isabela Island with excursions in the most southern points of the archipelago. Visit three of the four inhabited islands of the archipelago, featuring their intriguing colonization history: San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz. Visit the lively colonies of famous Espanola and the exclusive Pitt Point with its red-footed boobies. Lobos Islet gives the unforgettable opportunity to snorkel with playful Sea lions. It also gives the chance to snorkel with Sea lions in the Loberia and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz.

Key information
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 11 nights on board Archipel I in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 
  • Napo Wildlife Centre extension avaialble after Galapagos Cruise
Activities
  • Travel by internal flight, motor yacht and minibus
  • 11 nights on board Archipel I in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 
  • Napo Wildlife Centre extension avaialble after Galapagos Cruise

Highlights

* Eleven nights aboard Archipel I exploring the Galapagos Islands * Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals * High chance of spotting: Waved albatross, Flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos Giant tortoise, Blue & Red footed boobies, Whitetip reef shark, Galapagos Sea lion, Great & American frigatebirds, land & Marine iguanas * Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide  * Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board 

Dates & Pricing

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Quito.

The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days. *Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Ronda (or similar)* * *

Day 2

Discover Quito at your leisure.

Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first. *Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Ronda (or similar)* * *

Day 3

Fly to Baltra Airport on the Galapagos & Highlands (Santa Cruz).Embarkation.

*Morning Fly to Galapagos: *Transfer to Quito Airport and fly to Baltra Airport n the Galapagos Islands. NEED A DESCRIPTION OF THE TRANSFER TO THE BOAT.  *Afternoon Highlands (Santa Cruz): * Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 4

Floreana Island

*Morning Cormorant Point: *Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos).  Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes. *Afternoon Post Office Bay:* Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar tradtional barrel on this historic site that seems to be located at the end of the world.   *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 5

Espanola Island

*Morning Gardner Bay:* Being one of the crown jewels of the Galapagos, Espanola gives you the exclusive opportunity to become an eyewitness of evolution. *Afternoon Suarez Point:* Espanola’s west tip is a true birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream. Feel as though you’re within an exciting nature documenatary, and hike a short distance past the most colourful Marine iguanas.  *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 6

San Cristobal Island

*Morning Pitt Point: *Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the easternmost end of Galapagos and were the first sight of land of HMS Beagle with Darwin aboard. *Afternoon Witch Hill:* Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the lovely setting of Witch Hill’s crescent-shaped natural beach of soft powdery sand. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 7

San Cristobal Island

*Morning Lobos Islet: *The Asylum of Peace hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the cute Sea lions that live there. *Afternoon Colorado Hill*: One thing becomes clear on your visit to the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre on Colorado Hill: it’s hard work to save the last local giants of San Cristobal. *Accommodation:* *Archipel I*

Day 8

South Plaza & Sante Fe

*Morning South Plaza:* Popular South Plaza is not to be missed! This bizarre ‘Jurassic islet’ is the best place to see the emblematic ‘Galapagos dragons’, which crawl across it.  *Afternoon Sante Fe:* Sante Fe is another crown jewel of the Galapagos, where the plae Barrington land iguana and practically every other creature are unique to the archipelago or this island alone.  *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 9

Floreana Island

*Morning Champion Islet:* Floreana offers some of the most spectacular snorkelling sites, such as Champion Islet. Galapagos Sea lions will be waiting to play with you if you’re lucky. From the dinghy, birdwatchers will have the chance to amplfy their growing spot lists with the almost extinct /Charles mockingbird./  *Afternoon Loberia & Asylum of Peace:* The Asylum of Peach hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the Sea lions that live there. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 10

Santa Cruz Island

*Morning Charles Darwin Research Station:* The most memorable part of the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’. *Afternoon Santa Cruz Highlands:* Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for seeing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of the adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.  *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 11

Tintoreras Islet & Isabela Island

*Morning Tintoreras Islet:* This group of jagged rocky islets just off the coast of Puerot Villamil forms one of the most stereotypical sites of the Galapagos. *Afternoon Tortoise breeding centre & wetlands on Isabela Island:* The wetlands and brackish lagoons of Isabela are among the best places to spot aquatic, wading and shore birds. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 12

Isabela Island

*Morning Moreno Point:* Fresh, promising greens of pioneer vegetation contrasts strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava flow that once reached the ocean at Moreno Point. *Afternoon Elizabeth Bay:* At the remote Elizabeth Bay you will enjoy the best dinghy-ride of the Galapagos, which combines a visit to the Marielas Islets in the mouth of the bay, with the highest mangles in its innermost heart. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 13

Isabela & Fernandina Islands

*Morning Tagus Cove (Isabela):* Tagus Cove is a historical anchorage at the northern entrance of Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina). *Afternoon Espinoza Point (Fernandina):* Westernmost Fernandina harbours one of the world’s most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is another crown jewel of the Galapagos. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

Day 14

Disembark Santa Cruz; fly Baltra to Guayaquil and end.

*Morning Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz):* Strolling along its coastline, the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. It is one of the most important breeding sites for Pacific Green turtles. *Afternoon transfer out to Baltra Airport:* Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. From here we fly to Guayaquil where it’s possible to connect with international flights this evening from 6pm onwards.

Included

* All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners * All accommodation * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival and departure transfers * Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge on board

Food

All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners included.

On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal, toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main course.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. USD4 per beer, USD32.50 for a bottle of wine, around US10 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available at no additional charge.

The chef can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements provided advance notice is given – please inform us at the time of booking.

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