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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. 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. Finish off with a night on Santa Cruz island for some beach time and to see tortoises in the wild.

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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.B/203876
  • 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.
There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please look for notices in the hotel lobby for a time and location of the welcome meeting.

02

Day 2: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the Galápagos CEO and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre before setting off to explore the Galápagos.

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Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: Puerto Ayora

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear salt water lagoon.

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Day 6: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city.

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Day 7: Quito

Depart at 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 Santa Cruz
    • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock and La Loberia
    • Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz)
    • Academy Bay Tour
    • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild
    • 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 Santa Cruz
  • 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.