Marine: Galapagos - West, Central & East Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar (SEV10LA)
Countries Visited: Ecuador Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Marine - Small-ship adventures on the world's great seas and rivers The poles of the Earth, the wonders of the Galapagos, the mysteries of the Amazon, out-of-the-way Greek Islands and other great places are best (and sometimes only) accessed by boat. Marine trips get you there aboard small ships, exclusive yachts and catamarans.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Estrella del Mar in twin-share cabins (7 nts).
Seven nights cruising the Galapagos Islands aboard the Estrella, explore the least visited islands of Isabela and Fenandina to see massive bird colonies and impressive volcanos, Relax on Santiago Islands white-sand beach, hike to the top of the Sierra Negra volcano the most recently active volcano in the Galapagos, go snorkelling with sea lions and search for turtles and rays
Climb aboard the comfortable Estrella for seven nights of in-depth exploration of the Galapagos, including the less visited western islands. Youll witness a nesting site for the flightless cormorant on Isabela Island, hike the Sierra Negra volcano, and catch great views amidst the largest colony of marine iguanas on Fernandina Island, the youngest in the archipelago. With air-conditioned cabins - all featuring private baths and views to the ocean - and included snorkelling equipment, this will be a trip youll never forget.
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|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
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, a 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. Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative
|Day 2||Puerto Ayora||Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Take an early flight to the Galapagos Islands and transfer to Puerto Ayora and board the ship. Spend the afternoon in the highlands seeing giant tortoises in the wild and exploring lava tunnels. Additional Notes: The Consejo de Gobierno (local government council) have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos 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 Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos 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 the Galapagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuadors 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: Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Lava Tunnels Visit Transport: Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. Plane (3.00 hour(s)) Estrella Del Mar
|Day 3||Rabida Island||Day 3 Chinese Hat/Rabida Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend the morning exploring lava flows and lava tunnels on the small island of Chinese Hat. After, enjoy a refreshing dip in turquoise waters. Search for fish and sea turtles in the protected bay. In the afternoon, explore the red sand beaches and salt water lagoons of this tiny island. Look for wading flamingos and nesting pelicans before heading out to do some snorkelling. Included Activities: Chinese Hat Visit Rabida Island Excursion Transport: Estrella Del Mar
|Day 4||Puerto Egas||Day 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the morning, see the towering cliffs of Buccaneer Cove and keep an eye out for the hundreds of birds nesting on the edge. Later, land at Puerto Egas home to the elusive Galapagos hawk. Visit the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools. Included Activities: Playa Espumilla Excursion Puerto Egas Visit Transport: Estrella Del Mar
|Day 5||Urbina Bay||Day 5 Punta Espinoza/Urbina Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a morning visit to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life. In the afternoon, travel to Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail to get a view of the caldera and watch for land iguanas along the way. Included Activities: Punta Espinoza Visit Urbina Bay Visit Transport: Estrella Del Mar
|Day 6||Punta Moreno||Day 6 Elizabeth Bay/Punta Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. In the afternoon, 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 Galapagos Islands. Included Activities: Elizabeth Bay Panga Ride Punta Moreno Visit Transport: Estrella Del Mar
|Day 7||Isabela Island||Day 7 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. Later on, visit las Tintoreras, one of the best places to see sharks and other marine wildlife. Choose to visit the wet lands or the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area. Included Activities: Sierra Negra Volcano Hike Las Tintoreras Excursion Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Transport: Estrella Del Mar
|Day 8||Santa Cruz Island||Day 8 Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Take the morning to explore Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, do some shopping, and see how locals live in the islands. After lunch on board, hike to the beautiful beach at Tortuga Bay. Choose to relax on the white sand or rent a kayak and search for rays and turtles in the shallow waters. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Tortuga Bay Hike Transport: Estrella Del Mar
|Day 9||Quito||Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)|
Disembark early and visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre on the island before flying back to Quito. Enjoy an evening in Quito. Additional Notes: Flights from San Cristobal to Quito depart between 11:30am and 1:30pm depending on the day of the week. The flights will arrive into Quito between 4:00pm and 5:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner. Included Activities: San Cristobal Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Quito||Day 10 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights to and from the Galapagos aare included in the cost of your tour. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening.
Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refuelling stop in Guayaquil.
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