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Voyage to Galapagos - 11 Days

Voyage to Galapagos

Ecuador · Private Tour · 11 Days
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Fall in love with nature in this in-depth voyage across the Galapagos Islands. Cruise secluded bays, descend to active volcanoes and close your visit at the hummingbird's viewing paradise. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito
Day 2 - Quito → Santa Cruz Island
Day 3 - Genovesa Island
Day 4 - Santa Cruz & Santiago Island
Day 5 - Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 - Isabela Island
Day 7 - Fernandina Island
Day 8 - Santiago Island
Day 9 - Daphne Island → Quito
Day 10 - Hummingbird Viewing
Day 11 - Quito

What is included

  • Ground transfers in private transportation, including to and from the airport
  • Domestic flight Quito-Galapagos-Quito
  • 8 day Galapagos Islands expedition on board Nemo II Catamaran
  • 7 nights accommodation on the Nemo II Catamaran in double cabins with private bathroom and AC
  • 3 nights accommodation at comfort hotels with breakfast
  • Full board meals during entire Galapagos Expedition
  • Snacks during excursions
  • Visits and excursions specified in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all visiting sites
  • Bilingual guide in mainland tour, naturalist guide in Galapagos

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Entrance to the National Park US$100 per person
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1
Quito

Arriving in Quito, our guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Quito → Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast we will leave for the airport to take our flight to Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative of the vessel then board the Nemo II, enjoy a welcome drink, and have lunch. 

In the afternoon, we will visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. The name is Spanglish for barges which were wrecked offshore during the World War II. A common first landing site, there is a delightful swimming beach here, with a lagoon behind, and a longer beach for a stroll and wildlife‐ watching. The lagoon often in the back has large blue herons and small birds. 

On both beaches you can observe that some sea turtles are nesting, leaving footprints in the sand at the back of the beach, especially for the months of November to February. A wet landing and open area on the beach means that the tourist can explore at will.

Overnight on board Nemo II.     

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Quito → Galapagos Island 2h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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3
Genovesa Island

After breakfast, we will visit El Barranco. Also known as Prince Phillips Steps, this is a demanding walk up a steep cliff, where tropicbirds, red‐footed boobies and other nesting seabirds can be found. We follow the trail through a Palo Santo forest to a storm petrel colony passing boobies and great frigate bird along the way. 

We wil then visit Darwin Bay, which is the caldera of a collapsed volcano. We will land on a small coral beach, were we will take an easy walk. For those that want this will lead into a more demanding walk over lava rock. 

This will allow for stunning views from the cliffs and allow apple time and opportunity to photograph the amazing bird life such as swallow‐tailed gulls, red‐ footed booby, Nazca booby, large ground finch, large cactus finch, sharp‐billed ground finch, small marine iguanas, and great frigate bird.

Overnight on board Nemo II.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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4
Santa Cruz & Santiago Island

After breakfast, visit and admire Dragon Hill. It is located in the northwestern part of the island of Santa Cruz, and takes its name because in 1975 it was one of the only sites on Santa Cruz Island where land iguanas found themselves in a healthy state. The iguanas were studied and then transported for breeding these animals in captivity, saving them from the wild dogs at that time. 

By 1979, the first species were born and the populations were transported to the island of Venice. Several iguanas were reproduced on this island, and then were repatriated to Dragon Hill in 1990. 

In the lagoons, there are shrimp, it is food for the flamingos, at certain times of the year it is more abundant and therefore the population of these birds is greater. 

Sullivan Bay, the main attraction of this bay is the Pahoehoe lava flow. It is one of the most incredible places to compare lava flows and their characteristics.

Overnight on board Nemo II.    

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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5
Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, admire the incredible areas of vegetation at the highlands of Santa Cruz . 

There you will visit Las Primicias private farm. This reserve offers one of the best possibilities to see the enormous turtles of the Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. 

After that, we will drop you in Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station. An excellent way to start learning about the islands, their origin and training is to visit the station. You can also see how Galapagos turtles are raised and meet George, the famous solitary tortoise. The Science Station has its own beach that receives many visitors on the weekends.

Overnight on board Nemo II.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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6
Isabela Island

After breakfast, we will start today's tour with a panga ride along the beautiful rocky shores where Galapagos penguins and shore birds are frequently seen. After a dry landing the path traverses through jagged black lava rock. 

As the swirling black lava flow gave way to form craters, crystal tide pools formed‐some surrounded by mangroves. This is a magnet for small blue lagoons, pink flamingos, blue herons, and Bahamas pintail ducks. Brown pelicans can be seen nesting in the green leaves of the mangroves. 

You can walk to the edge of the lava to look straight down on these pools including the occasional green sea turtle, white‐tipped shark and puffer fish. This idyllic setting has suffered from the presence of introduced species. Feral dogs in the area are known to attack sea Lions and marine iguanas. 

We will then head for Urbina Bay, one of the best and most recent example of geological uplift in the Galapagos. Uplift occurs when the molten materials beneath the surface shift. 

Seasonally Urbina Bay provides a nesting area for many of the Galapagos creatures. Female tortoises journey down from Alcedo to lay their eggs in the sand. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and brown pelicans nest in the area as well. 

The visit begins with a wet landing on the white sand beach. Difficulty of the route varies by season. Visitors cross the uplifted region learning about this geological wonder. Then reach the sandy area that was once the beach. Shorter visits return to the landing point on the same path, while longer visits continue past the coral heads and new beach. Other highlights of this site include marine iguanas and some of the largest land iguanas in the islands, and Galapagos Cotton an endemic plant. 

Overnight on board Nemo II.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

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7
Fernandina Island

After breakfast we will start our tour of Tagus Cove, situated directly east of Fernandina Island on the west coast of Isabela Island. It is a beautiful, well‐protected cove sheltered by the shoulders of two volcanic craters and has been used as an anchorage for over 300 years. 

A nature trail here ascends through the typical dry vegetation zone and offers spectacular views of Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake and the long narrow inlet that appears to connect with it. At the top of the trail it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones, catch a glimpse of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes, and observe Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants and pelicans. 

Fernandina Island is the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos, with eruptions taking place every few years. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape, but here flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and large numbers of marine iguanas dot the sand. We also will have the opportunity to compare the AA and pahoehoe lava types here.

Overnight on board Nemo II.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

day
8
Santiago Island

After breakfast we will visit Puerto Egas, making a wet landing on the dark sand beaches of James Bay. 

There are two interesting excursions normally visited from Puerto Egas. The first is a short walk to the site of one of the Galapagos first entrepreneur endeavors. For decades salt was extracted from a local salt crater, the trail follows the path once used by wagon trains to the crater cone. Bird lovers will be delighted with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of Darwin’s finch, the endemic Galapagos hawk, or the colorful vermillion flycatcher. Finally reaching the crater rim presents an incredible vista. 

The second excursion begins just a short distance beyond the tide pools is the fur seal grotto. Fur seals and sea lions can be seen swimming in the rocky lava ringed pools. This may be the only opportunity visitors have to see and swim with fur seals, which were once hunted to near extinction for their coats. 

We will then continue by boat to Espumilla Beach. Visitors who now come to Espumilla Beach come in search of birds rather than water. A short walk inland takes visitors through a mangrove forest normally inhabited by the common stilt. Sea turtles also visit these mangroves to nest. Beyond the mangroves is a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails can be seen. 

The trail makes a loop heading over a knob into a sparely forested area then back to the beach. Along the way those with a watchful eye may spot a variety of Darwin finches or a vermilion fly catcher. Once back at the beach visitors may have the chance to swim or snorkel time permitting. 

We will travel less than an hour north of Puerto Egas to Buccaneers Cove, which served as a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the XVIIIth and XIXth century. Anchoring in the protected bay they were able to make much needed repairs to their ships while other men went ashore to stock up on salt, tortoises, fresh water and firewood. 

Overnight on board Nemo II.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC Galapagos Islands

day
9
Daphne Island → Quito

We will make our last stop of our expedition in Daphne Islands. Of volcanic origin, these two islands are actually very different from each other, and while Daphne Minor is heavily eroded, Daphne Major still retains much of its volcanic form. Visitors disembarking here should consider themselves lucky to be among the few people who are allowed to visit this island.

After breakfast, transfer to Baltra airport, to take the flight back to Quito, here our guide will be waiting to take you to your hotel where you can relax in its hot springs.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Galapagos Islands → Quito 2h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Hummingbird Viewing

After breakfast, you can enjoy this beautiful lodge. At noon, we are going to Guango Lodge located near to the moor, a paradise for hummingbirds lovers and photographers. 

Seeing 14 species of hummingbirds in only one hour is very common, and the Sword-laden Hummingbirds are unique. Our panoramic views and a variety of trails offer to the visitor great hiking opportunities in a beautiful place surrounded by wooded mountains. In the afternoon, we will drive to Quito city.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Quito

After breakfast, our guide will pick up you from your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Quito
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Patio Andaluz

Galapagos Islands
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Nemo II

Double Cabin with private bathroom, hot water and AC
Quito
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Termas de Papallacta

Quito
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Rincon de Puembo Hotel

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2-3 pax
Double Sharing
4-5 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$4592$4456

Photos

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Genovesa Island, Galapagos
Nemo II Catamaran
Hummingbird Viewing, Guango Lodge
Santiago Island, Galapagos
Isabela Island, Galapagos
Fernandina Island, Galapagos
Santiago Island, Galapagos

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