Galapagos Encounter – Archipel II (Itinerary D)

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Sail around the Galapagos Islands by Tourist Superior Catamaran

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    2 - 16
All about the Galapagos Encounter – Archipel II (Itinerary D).

This 8 day north-western tour aboard the catamaran Archipel II gives an extensive overview of the Galapagos Islands by combining the circumnavigation of the Isabela Island with excursions in the northern part of the archipelago. Explore the pristine western end of Galapagos which has just been born out of fire. Nutrient rich deep-water impulses are a true magnet for all types of marine life and seabirds.  Visit the sea bird colonies of popular North Seymour as well as around Santiago Island, where Charles Darwin spent most of his time in the archipelago. From the spectacular volcano islet of Bartolomé you can enjoy the famous postcard view and you will certainly be impressed by the creative forces and fascinating pioneer species. Another unique highlight on this itinerary is the Fur seal grottos at Puerto Egas.

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 Tintoreras Islet & Isabela Island

    *Morning Tintoreras Islet: *This group of jagged rocky islets just off the coast of Puerto Villamil forms one of the most stereotypical sites of the Galapagos.*Afternoon Arnoldo Tupiza Breeding Centre on Isabela Island: *In the Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Centre you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes (the vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand!).*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  5. Day 5  Isabela Island

    *Morning Moreno Point: *Fresh, promising greens of pioneer vegetation contrasts strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava flow that once reached the ocean at Moreno Point.*Afternoon Elizabeth Bay: *At the remote Elizabeth Bay you will enjoy the best dinghy-ride of the Galapagos, which combines a visit to the Marielas Islets in the mouth of the bay, with the highest mangles in its innermost heart..*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  6. Day 6 Isabela & Fernandina Islands

    *Morning Tagus Cove (Isabela):* Tagus Cove is a historical anchorage at the northern entrance of Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina).*Afternoon Espinoza Point (Fernandina):* Westernmost Fernandina harbours one of the world’s most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is another crown jewel of the Galapagos.*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  7. Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

    *Morning Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz):** *Strolling along its coastline, the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. It is one of the most important breeding sites for Pacific Green turtles.*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 II*

  8. Day 8 Bartolome & Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove

    *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 Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove:* James Bay (Santiago) was where Charles Darwin spent most of his time on the Galapagos Islands. Espumilla Beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles. At nearby Buccaneer Cove there is a great snorkelling opportunity in crystal-clear waters.*Accommodation: Archipel II*

  9. Day 9 Puerto Egas (Santiago) & Rabida

    *Morning Puerto Egas (Santiago): *Puerto Egas is a historical and favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers. The highlight is the outstanding Fur seal grottos at the beautiful sculptured coastline.*Afternoon Rabida: *Upon landing on this remarkable red beach, a large bachelor colony of Galapagos Sea lions will usually welcome you.*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.

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