Galapagos Encounter – Archipel II (Itinerary C)

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Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran

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  • Group Size Small Group
    2 - 16
All about the Galapagos Encounter – Archipel II (Itinerary C).

This 8 day south-eastern tour aboard the catamaran Archipel II cruises along the oldest islands in the Galapagos. Visit three of the four inhabited islands of the archipelago, featuring their intriguing colonization history: San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz. Land at two untouched islands: the extraordinary crown-jewel of Santa Fe and the not to be missed highlight South Plaza. Visit the lively colonies of famous Espanola and the exclusive Pitt Point with its red-footed boobies. Lobos Islet gives the unforgettable opportunity to snorkel with playful Sea lions.

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

  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 & Santa Cruz Highlands

    *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 Highlands (Santa Cruz): * Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.*Accommodation:* *Archipel II*

  4. Day 4 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 packmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes.*Afternoon Baroness Lookout & 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.  *Accommodation: Archipel II*

  5. Day 5 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 documenatary, and hike a short distance past the most colourful Marine iguanas. *Accommodation: Archipel II*

  6. Day 6 San Cristobal Island

    *Morning Pitt Point: *Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the easternmost end of 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 II*

  7. Day 7 San Cristobal Island

    *Morning Colorado Hill: *One thing becomes clear on your visit to the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre on Colorado Hill: it’s hard work to save the last local giants of San Cristobal.*Afternoon Lobos Islet: *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.*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  8. Day 8 South Plaza & Santa Fe

    *Morning South Plaza:* Popular South Plaza is not to be missed! This bizarre ‘Jurassic islet’ is the best place to see the emblematic ‘Galapagos dragons’, which crawl across it. *Afternoon Sante Fe:* Sante Fe is another crown jewel of the Galapagos, where the pale Barrington land iguana and practically every other creature is unique to the archipelago or this island alone.*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  9. Day 9 Chinese Hat & Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

    *Morning Chinese Hat: *Though recently born out of fire, the volcanic islet Chinese Hat does not appear to be any more inhospitable than Bartolome and lunatic Sullivan Bay/. /This tiny, rusty-coloured islet just begins to sprout. You arrive just in time to witness the next chapter about colonisation by pioneers! *Afternoon Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz): *Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  10. Day 10 Disembark Santa Cruz; fly Baltra to Guayaquil and end

    *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 transfer out to Baltra Airport: *Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, 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.

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
March 23, 2021
August 10, 2021
October 5, 2021