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Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & East Islands aboard the Xavier III
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2017 Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Begin with a night spent on San Cristbal Island, then take four days to explore the incredible wildlife of the Galpagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. Giant tortoises, sea lions and island birds are in abundance here, and youll have the chance to spot them all in visits to Santiago Island, Punta Pitt, and Cerro Brujo, and many more fascinating locales. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the days adventure under a canopy of stars.

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  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEVL07MB.A/203875
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • Kicker Rock
  • Santiago Island
  • Puerto Ayora

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief you on the various aspects of the tour.

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Day 2: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Early morning flight to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for the first night's stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin your exploration of San Cristóbal Island. Visit the Interpretation Centre and look for frigatebirds at the lookout point of las Tijeretas.

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Day 3: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

In the morning, visit the tortoise breeding centre and have the chance to see giant tortoises up close. After transferring to the boat in the afternoon enjoy a snorkel excursion at Isla Lobos.
During the snorkelling excursion a mask and fins will be provided, opt to rent a wetsuit.

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Day 4: Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock

Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion.

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Day 5: Santiago Island

Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

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Day 6: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.
Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy one last night in historic Quito.

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Day 7: Quito

Depart any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (3 nts)
    • All meals aboard the Xavier
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Overnight on San Cristóbal Island
    • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
    • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock
    • Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Internal flights
    • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard Xavier
    Accommodation
    • Hotel (3 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (3 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga
    Group Leader
    • CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito
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Tour Highlights:
  • One night on San Cristbal
  • Three nights cruising through the Galpagos National Park aboard the Xavier
  • Visit to see the giant tortoises
  • Watching three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds nesting together at Punta Pitt
  • Snorkelling with rays and sea turtles in the shadow of Kicker Rock
  • Witnessing the towering volcanic cliffs and the dark-sand beaches of Santiago island.