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Galapagos Encounter – Archipel I (Itinerary B)

from $7,449.00

Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran

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All about the Galapagos Encounter – Archipel I (Itinerary B).

This 8-day itinerary aboard the Archipel I catamaran combines the seabird colonies of North Seymour and the exclusive Genovesa Island with the spectacular volcanic islands Bartolome and Charles Darwin Research Station. Moreover, explore Española, the most southern point of the archipel and swim with Sea lions in the Loberia, on Isla Floreana.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge on
board

  1. Day 1 Start Quito.

    Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.*Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Ronda (or similar)***

  2. Day 2 Discover Quito at your leisure.

    Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.*Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Ronda (or similar)***

  3. Day 3 Fly to Baltra Airport on the Galapagos & North Seymour

    *Morning Fly to Galapagos:* Transfer to Quito Airport and fly to Baltra Airport in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival to the Islands, you will pass through the airport inspection point to make sure that no foreign plant or animals are introduced to the island, and to pay the National Park Entrance Fee. Your guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour where a dinghy will be waiting to take you to the yacht.*Afternoon North Seymour*:  North Seymour is a highlight of your cruise. In the archipelago’s most extensive seabird breeding colony you can walk just a short distance from frigatebirds and Blue-footed boobies.*Accommodation:* *Archipel I*

  4. Day 4 Genovesa Island

    *Morning Prince Philip’s Steps:* Not only because of its historical English name (Tower) Genovesa has a royal touch.  Follow in the footsteps of Prince Philip – Galapagos lover for many years – and visit this favourite birding spot with the largest breeding colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, and look for a remarkable short-eared owl that hunts on foot!*Afternoon Darwin Bay:* As one of the outer islands and most exclusive places on the Galapagos, Genovesa is well worth last night’s longer navigation. This compace site in the heart of its flooded crater shows the extreme varied coastal ecosystems of the Galapagos in miniature; nearly too much for a single day. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

  5. Day 5 Bartolome & Santiago

    *Morning Bartolome:* This tiny volcano islet is just recently born out of fire. Enter its wild romantic setting of spatter cones and craters, and see the most famous panorama of the Galapagos/./ *Afternoon Sullivan Bay (Santiago):* Sullivan Bay is incomparable to any other visitor’s site; setting foot at the recently solidified lava flow is like landing on the moon!*Accommodation: Archipel I*

  6. Day 6 Santa Cruz Island

    *Morning Charles Darwin Research Station:* The most memorable part of the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’.*Afternoon Santa Cruz Highlands:* Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for seeing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of the adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve. *Accommodation: Archipel I*

  7. Day 7 Floreana Island

    *Morning Cormorant Point:* Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos). Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes.*Afternoon Post Office Bay:* Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar traditional barrel on this historic site that seems to be located at the end of the world. These might arrive home quicker than you!*Accommodation: Archipel I*

  8. Day 8 Espanola Island

    *Morning Gardner Bay:* Being one of the crown jewels of the Galapagos, Espanola gives you the exclusive opportunity to become an eyewitness of evolution.*Afternoon Suarez Point:* Espanola’s west tip is a true birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream.  Feel as though you’re within an exciting nature documentary and hike a short distance from some of the most colourful Marine iguanas.*Accommodation: Archipel I*

  9. Day 9 San Cristobal Island

    *Morning Pitt Point:* Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the easternmost end of the Galapagos and were the first sight of land of HMS Beagle with Darwin aboard.*Afternoon Witch Hill:* Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the lovely setting of Witch Hill’s crescent-shaped natural beach of soft powdery sand.*Accommodation: Archipel I*

  10. Day 10 Disembark San Cristobal; fly to Guayaquil and end.

    *Morning Lobos Islet (San Cristobal):* The Asylum of Peace hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the cute Sea lions that live there.*Afternoon transfer out to San Cristobal Airport:* Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to San Cristobal, where we will take the airport shuttle. From here we fly to Guayaquil where it’s possible to connect with international flights this evening from 6pm onwards.

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December 12, 2020
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