Marine: Galapagos - West & Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NC)
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 20, avg 14
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
7 nights cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolome, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano - the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos, choose to search for sea turtles or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Santiago
Picture it: the Galapagos, viewed from the deck of the comfortable Monserrat as she cuts through blue waters bound for another island paradise loaded with natural splendour. But it's not just a "look but can't touch" situation - on this trip, you'll get up-close and personal with aquatic wildlife like sea lions and turtles, hike over volcanic lava flows to check out the landscapes of Bartolome, and relax on the stunning white-sand beaches of Santiago. Get out onto the high seas and start making better memories.
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|Offer valid through 6/30/2018|
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: 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
|Day 2||Puerto Ayora||Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Upon arrival, meet the naturalist guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Monserrat moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Additional Notes: 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 onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before your afternoon activity. The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which 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 Transport: Early transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the Galapagos. Private Vehicle Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus Private Vehicle Monserrat
|Day 3||Bartolome Island||Day 3 Sullivan Bay/Bartolome Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolome for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Included Activities: Sullivan Bay Visit Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay) Bartolome Island Landing Snorkelling (Bartolome Island) Transport: Monserrat
|Day 4||Cerro Dragon||Day 4 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragon (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit Bachas Beach in the morning, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island. A great beach to stroll on with crystalline waters perfect for swimming, Bachas Beach also gives visitors the opportunity to see frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragon, on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. See land iguanas as well as a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and various species of birds. Included Activities: Bachas Beach Landing Snorkelling (Bachas Beach) Cerro Dragon Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 5||Mosquera Island||Day 5 Black Turtle Cove/Mosquera Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Take a morning panga ride and look for marine life in Black Turtle Cove before navigating back to Baltra for lunch. In the afternoon, sail to Mosquera and walk along the beach and observe the vast sea lion colonies. Included Activities: Mosquera Island Excursion Black Turtle Cove Excursion Transport: Monserrat
|Day 6||Isabela Island||Day 6 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the morning, visit Las Tintoreras, a small island in front of Puerto Villamil. Its bay is known to be home to a colony of whitetip sharks. Check out the tortoise breeding centre to see some of the famous giant tortoises of the Galapagos. Included Activities: Las Tintoreras Visit Sierra Negra Volcano Hike Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 7||Rabida Island||Day 7 Chinese Hat/Rabida Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the morning, the boat arrives at a small uniquely shaped island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat. Here it is often possible to see Galapagos penguins, and the marine life is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen while walking amongst the volcanic scenery. Trek to see good views of the islands volcano. Included Activities: Chinese Hat Visit Snorkelling (Chinese Hat) Rabida Island Excursion Snorkelling (Isla Rabida) Transport: Monserrat
|Day 8||Santiago Island||Day 8 Puerto Egas/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galapagos Islands, which has thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Santiago Island has seen its share of human activity from whalers and pirates over the years, and despite the introduction of goats to the island many years ago, the wildlife of Santiago has otherwise flourished and provides outstanding viewing opportunities. The island boasts marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, among others. Enjoy great wildlife viewing both on land and in the water. Additional Notes: Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. The "crown" provides protection from the open sea, but the water here can be rough and the currents strong. Included Activities: Puerto Egas Visit Snorkelling (Puerto Egas) Playa Espumilla Excursion Buccaneer Cove Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 9||Quito||Day 9 North Seymour/Quito (1B)|
Visit North Seymour, just north of Baltra, home to sea lions, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, magnificent frigatebirds, and blue-footed boobies. Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for a flight 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. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Transport: Monserrat Plane (2.00 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 are 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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