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Galapagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar
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Cruise aboard the comfortable Estrella as you cast your net around the southern islands of the Galápagos. Meet marine iguanas on Santa Fé and blue-footed boobies on North Seymour. Encounter sea lions and a beautiful saltwater lagoon on Española Island. Snorkelling gear is included and a Naturalist Guide is on hand to offer expert insights. Best of all, after a full day of adventure, you can enjoy sunset drinks on deck before retiring to your air-conditioned cabin – private bath and an ocean view are standard. And, as always with G Adventures, our vessels are exclusive, so you know you're exploring in good company.

Latin America
  • Duration: 10 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: SEV10LB/145098
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • Cerro Brujo
  • Bahía Gardner
  • Punta Suárez
  • Floreana Island
  • North Seymour
  • Bartolomé Island
  • Genovesa Island
  • Islas Plaza
  • Santa Fé Island
  • Puerto Ayora

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Lobos Island and be welcomed by frolicking sea lions. Watch for sea lions swimming underwater while snorkelling in the calm clear waters.

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Day 3: Punta Pitt/Cerro Brujo

Enjoy a morning visit to Punta Pitt, the only site in the Galápagos where it is possible to see the three species of boobies as well as frigatebirds, all nesting in the same area. Walk up to the colonies along the lava flows of this volcanic island. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful white powdery sand beaches of Cerro Brujo and snorkel with the marine life at the famous Leon Dormido, otherwise known as Kicker Rock, off San Cristóbal.

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Day 4: Bahía Gardner/Punta Suárez

Arrive in the southern islands to spend the morning on the beach. Play the with sea lions and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in Bahia Gardner. Later, head to Punta Suárez on the extreme western side of Española and go for an amazing coastal walk with opportunities to see the Galápagos albatross, which generally nests between April and November.
Sailing south, arrive at Española Island, the southernmost island in the Galápagos archipelago. In the morning, visit Bahia Gardner and the small islands around the bay. Start the day with a walk on the white sandy beach home to a large colony of sea lions and a great chance to see them up close. After getting a picture taken with them, head out into the bay to the islands of Osborn and Gardner, two amazing snorkelling spots. Keep an eye out for many varieties of fish species, rays, and, of course, sea turtles.

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Day 5: Floreana Island

Spend the morning visiting Mirador de la Baronesa on Floreana island and send a postcard from famous Post Office Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy a snorkelling excursion at the Corona del Diablo and landing at Punta Cormorant. Take guided walks to observe the birds and wildlife and learn about the natural history.

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Day 6: North Seymour/Bartolomé Island

Early breakfast and landing at North Seymour in the morning to observe frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies. Afternoon hike up to the top of Bartolomé Island to see pinnacle rock one of the most famous views of the Galápagos. Cool off with a swim from the soft sandy beach.

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Day 7: Genovesa Island

Take a morning walk up the caldera to see red-footed boobies and other birds before searching for marine life in the protected Bahia Darwin. Enjoy an afternoon hike to the Prince Philip steps to get an amazing view of the island.

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Day 8: Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island

Enjoy a morning walk around South Plaza islet looking out for marine birds and sea lions swimming in the turquoise waters. Later, explore Santa Fé keeping a close eye out for land iguanas in the unique cactus forest.

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Day 9: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Early morning visit to see the giant tortoises and lava tunnels in the highlands before heading to the airport and flying back to Quito.

Disembark in Baltra. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito.

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Day 10: Quito

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Estrella (7 nts)
    • All meals aboard the Estrella
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, Gardner Bay, Corona del Diablo and Darwin Bay
    • Post Office Bay visit (Floreana)
    • Spot frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies (North Seymour Island)
    • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
    • Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
    • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
    • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Estrella in twin-share (bunks) cabins (7 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, motorized yacht (Estrella), van, panga, private bus
    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:
  • Seven nights cruising in the Galápagos Islands onboard the Estrella
  • Explore the marine wonderland of Kicker Rock – one of the Galápagos' most famous sites
  • Snorkel in the caldera of a collapsed volcano and search for marine life on Genovesa
  • Hike over the dramatic volcanic rock formations on Bartolomé
  • Search for land iguanas on Santa Fe
  • Come face-to-face with giant 100-year-old tortoises