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Last Updated: November 15, 2016
Galápagos -- North and Central Islands aboard the Queen of Galápagos - EV10GB
10 days: Quito to Quito
• Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Queen (7 nts)
• Arrival transfer
• All meals aboard the Queen
• Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
• Snorkelling at Darwin Bay and Bartolomé Island
• Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
• Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
• Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal)
• Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
• All landings, excursions, and transportation
• Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and G Adventures. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary.
Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
VALIDITY: Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2013 and onwards Itinerary Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief everyone on the various aspects of the tour.
If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel's reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier.
Private Vehicle Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Quito Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.
Accommodation Hotel Hilton Colon (or similar) Hotel Day 2 Quito/San Cristóbal Island Fly to San Cristóbal. Meet your guide and transfer to the ship. Visit a tortoise breeding centre in the afternoon.
Early flight to San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival, meet the Naturalist Guide who will assist with the transfer to the catamaran. Visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado in the afternoon to see a piece of land that has been reserved for the repopulation of giant turtles, and also visit a small breeding centre.
The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos, as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
Plane Quito - San Cristóbal Island3h Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Centre San Cristóbal Island Learn all about the natural history and life cycle of San Cristóbal's giant tortoises on this excursion to a breeding centre at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. Located in the highlands of San Cristóbal, Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado was created by the Natural Park Service to re-establish San Cristóbal's population of giant tortoises, which was threatened by animals introduced to the island.
Queen of Galápagos San Cristóbal Island - Santa Fé Island Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 3 Santa Fé Island/Black Turtle Cove Land on the tiny island of Santa Fé and take a guided walk through the prickly pear forest searching for land iguanas. After navigating to Santa Cruz island, take a panga ride through the mangroves to look for bird and marine life.
Santa Fe Island Visit Santa Fé Island Morning Visit Santa Fé for amazing wildlife watching opportunities. Hike towards the cliffs along the island's northern shore to view the forest of giant prickly pear cactus (Opuntia), which is home to endemic land iguanas. It is also one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions, and get a glimpse of a whitetip reef shark.
Black Turtle Cove Excursion Black Turtle Cove Explore the mangroves by panga to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. Whitetip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by.
Queen of Galápagos Santa Fé Island - Playa Espumilla Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas 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 Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.
Playa Espumilla Excursion Playa Espumilla Morning Head to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands, which has thick mangroves and sea turtle nesting sites.
Puerto Egas Visit Puerto Egas Afternoon Explore the spectacular shoreline of Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. Spot a great number of shore birds and reptiles - the beach area is home to a plethora of wildlife.
Queen of Galápagos Playa Espumilla - Genovesa Island Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 5 Genovesa Island Land at Genovesa, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean. Visit the sites of Darwin Bay and El Barranco.
Darwin Bay Visit Genovesa Island Walk along the white coral sands of Darwin Bay surrounded by bustling sea birds. Follow the trail and see nesting frigatebirds, gulls, and boobies. Be sure to bring your camera to take some snaps of your new feathered friends.
El Barranco Visit Genovesa Island Visit "El Barranco" aka Prince Phillip's Steps located on the southern tip of the island for an amazing wildlife watching opportunity.
Hike up the steps to see a sea bird colony that is full of life including the breeding grounds for red-footed boobies and masked boobies.
Snorkelling (Darwin Bay) Genovesa Island45m-1h Visit this sunken caldera for a great snorkelling opportunity. See large schools of tropical fish swarming near the vertical walls, and, if lucky, see a manta ray or hammerhead.
Queen of Galápagos Genovesa Island - Isla Bartolomé Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 6 Isla Bartolomé/Sullivan Bay Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.
Bartolomé Island Hike Isla Bartolomé Morning Trek to the summit of the island for a clearer perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a view that is one of the best among the Galápagos. Spectacular vistas await, so bring your camera and snap away at the amazing panoramas.
Snorkelling (Bartolomé Island) Isla Bartolomé45m-1h Morning Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations on the islands.
Home to Galápagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish, Bartolomé and its surrounding waters are a fantastic place to explore the natural wonders of the Galápagos.
Sullivan Bay Visit Sullivan Bay Afternoon Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see one of its star natural attractions - striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to its harsh environment and relatively new lava flow. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white-coral sand beach, where abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions gather on shore.
Queen of Galápagos Isla Bartolomé - Rábida Island Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 7 Rábida Island/Puerto Ayora Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. Continue to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds.
Rabida Island Excursion Rábida Island Morning Arrive at a red sand beach at Rábida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes - it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.
Cerro Dragón Visit Cerro Dragón1h-3h Afternoon 1-2km Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) for some prime birdwatching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.
Queen of Galápagos Rábida Island - Puerto Ayora Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 8 Puerto Ayora Spend the day on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands to see the giant tortoises in the wild. Free time for shopping or exploring the town of Puerto Ayora.
Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Puerto Ayora1h-2h Morning **Please note: The Charles Darwin Research Station has partially closed until December 2016. For groups effected they will instead visit the highlands and get to see the tortoises in the wild.** Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a science organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. It also provides a study location for international scientists and training for Naturalist Guides. Tour the exhibition centre to see photo displays of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations, and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species.
The station is also a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction. See the famous Galápagos tortoise up close - a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.
Free Time Puerto Ayora Morning Take some time this morning to explore the town. Visit a local fish market, do a little shopping or have a coffee at a restaurant.
Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit Santa Cruz Island Afternoon Head to Santa Cruz's verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment.
Explore the reserve's lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels' entrances.
Queen of Galápagos Puerto Ayora - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Jump aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran, sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows. A Naturalist Guide on hand to explain everything. Overnight travel to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre on the island before flying back to Quito.
Interpretation Center Visit San Cristóbal Island1h-2h Morning Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today's conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands' discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.
Plane San Cristóbal Island - Mariscal Sucre International Airport Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation Hotel Hilton Colon (or similar) Hotel Meals included: Breakfast Day 10 Quito Depart at any time.
Departure Day Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.