Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar
10 days from Quito to Quito
From $ 4449
Duration10 days

Cruise aboard the comfortable Estrella as you cast your net around the southern islands of the Galápagos. Meet marine iguanas on Santa Fé and blue-footed boobies on North Seymour. Encounter sea lions and a beautiful saltwater lagoon on Española Island. Snorkelling gear is included and a Naturalist Guide is on hand to offer expert insights. Best of all, after a full day of adventure, you can enjoy sunset drinks on deck before retiring to your air-conditioned cabin – private bath and an ocean view are standard. And, as always with G Adventures, our vessels are exclusive, so you know you're exploring in good company.

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  • Duration: 10 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Quito
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Quito
    Ages: 12+
Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Start place: Quito

Arrive at any time. Opt to pre-book the "Quito City Tour & Equator Line" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

End place: Quito

Day 2: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Start place: Quito

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.
Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These 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 onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before your afternoon activity.

Please note: 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.

End place: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Punta Pitt/Cerro Brujo

Start place: Punta Pitt

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.

End place: Cerro Brujo

Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Bahía Gardner/Punta Suárez

Start place: Bahia Gardner

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.
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.

End place: Punta Suarez

Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: Floreana Island

Start place: 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.

End place: Floreana Island

Meals: B, L, D
Day 6: North Seymour/Bartolomé Island

Start place: Isla Seymour Norte

Early breakfast and landing at North Seymour in the morning to observe frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies. Afternoon hike up to the top of Bartolomé Island to see pinnacle rock one of the most famous views of the Galápagos. Cool off with a swim from the soft sandy beach.

End place: Isla Bartolome

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Genovesa Island

Start place: Isla Genovesa

Take a morning walk up the caldera to see red-footed boobies and other birds before searching for marine life in the protected Bahia Darwin. Enjoy an afternoon hike to the Prince Philip steps to get an amazing view of the island.

End place: Isla Genovesa

Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island

Start place: Islas Plaza

Enjoy a morning walk around South Plaza islet looking out for marine birds and sea lions swimming in the turquoise waters. Later, explore Santa Fé keeping a close eye out for land iguanas in the unique cactus forest.

End place: Isla Santa Fe

Meals: B, L, D
Day 9: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Start place: Puerto Ayora

Disembark in Baltra. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito.
Early morning visit to see the giant tortoises and lava tunnels in the highlands before heading to the airport and flying back to Quito.
Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm 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.

End place: Quito

Meals: B
Day 10: Quito

Start place: Quito

Depart at any time.

End place: Quito

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Estrella (7 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Estrella
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Gardner Bay, Corona del Diablo and Darwin Bay
  • Post Office Bay visit (Floreana)
  • Spot frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies (North Seymour Island)
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Plane, Motorized yacht (Estrella), Van, Panga, Private bus
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (2 nts), Aboard the Estrella in twin-share (bunks) cabins (7 nts)

Dates & availability: Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar

Departing Finishing Catalog Price Sale Price Seats left
Departing Sun, 12/06/2020 Finishing Tue, 12/15/2020 Catalog Price $ 4449 Sale Price $ 4449 14 Book
Departing Sun, 12/20/2020 Finishing Tue, 12/29/2020 Catalog Price $ 4499 Sale Price $ 4499 16 Book
Departing Sun, 01/03/2021 Finishing Tue, 01/12/2021 Catalog Price $ 4449 Sale Price $ 4449 16 Book

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