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Galápagos — West, Central and East Islands aboard the Monserrat

Galápagos — West, Central and East Islands aboard the Monserrat
From £ 2744
Duration 10 Days
From £2744
Duration 10 Days

It’s virtually impossible to witness the wonders of the Galápagos first-hand and not return home a devoted conservationist. Board the comfy Monserrat and embark on a cruising adventure through the archipelago’s western, central, and eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, and hike Sierra Negra, the largest basaltic caldera in the region. With a pair of Level II naturalist guides at the ready to answer your questions, you’ll head home with a new perspective on nature, your planet, and maybe even yourself.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Quito/Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Fly to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, sail to Mosquera Island and walk along the beach and observe the vast sea lion colonies. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. 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. Included Activities: Mosquera Island Excursion Transport: Plane Monserrat

Day 3 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, visit Las Tintoreras, a small island in front of Puerto Villamil. Its bay is known to be home to a colony of whitetip sharks. Check out the tortoise breeding centre to see some of the famous giant tortoises of the Galápagos. Included Activities: Las Tintoreras Visit Sierra Negra Volcano Hike Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit Transport: Monserrat

Day 4 Chinese Hat/Rábida Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, the boat arrives at a small uniquely shaped island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat. Here it is often possible to see Galápagos penguins, and the marine life is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen while walking amongst the volcanic scenery. Trek to see good views of the island's volcano. Included Activities: Chinese Hat Visit Snorkelling (Chinese Hat) Rabida Island Excursion Snorkelling (Isla Rábida) Transport: Monserrat

Day 5 Puerto Egas/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands, which has 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. Santiago Island has seen its share of human activity from whalers and pirates over the years, and despite the introduction of goats to the island many years ago, the wildlife of Santiago has otherwise flourished and provides outstanding viewing opportunities. The island boasts marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, among others. Enjoy great wildlife viewing both on land and in the water. Additional Notes: Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer. The "crown" provides protection from the open sea, but the water here can be rough and the currents strong. Included Activities: Puerto Egas Visit Snorkelling (Puerto Egas) Playa Espumilla Excursion Buccaneer Cove Visit Transport: Monserrat

Day 6 North Seymour/Baltra Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Spend the afternoon exploring the Santa Cruz highlands. Included Activities: Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion North Seymour Island Visit Transport: Monserrat

Day 7 Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Once back at the beach there is usually plenty of free time to snorkel in the lagoon. Playful sea lions pups and florescent fish make for fascinating company. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Sante Fé Hiking Snorkelling (Santa Fé) Transport: Monserrat

Day 8 Punta Pitt/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach. Head to La Galapaguera for opportunities to see giant tortoises and enjoy a snorkelling excursion. Included Activities: Punta Pitt Visit Snorkelling (Punta Pitt) Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit Transport: Monserrat

Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. The flight will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner. Included Activities: Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane

Day 10 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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