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Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & East aboard the Xavier III

7 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 
Early morning flight to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for the first night's stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin your exploration of San Cristóbal Island. Visit the Interpretation Centre and look for frigatebirds at the lookout point of las Tijeretas. (1B)

Day 3 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 
In the morning, visit the tortoise breeding centre and have the chance to see giant tortoises up close. After transferring to the boat in the afternoon enjoy a snorkel excursion at Isla Lobos. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock 
Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Santiago Island 
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 Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito 
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito. (1B)

Day 7 Quito 
Depart any time. (1B)
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All This Included
Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Begin with a night spent on San Cristóbal Island, then take four days to explore the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. Giant tortoises, sea lions and island birds are in abundance here, and you’ll have the chance to spot them all in visits to Santiago Island, Punta Pitt, and Cerro Brujo, and many more fascinating locales. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars.
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (3 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Xavier
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Overnight on San Cristóbal Island
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock
  • Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Internal flights
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard Xavier.
  • Hotel (3 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (3 nts).
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
  • Transportation: Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga.
  • Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito.
Highlights
  • One night on San Cristóbal
  • Three nights cruising through the Galápagos National Park aboard the Xavier
  • Visit to see the giant tortoises
  • Watching three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds nesting together at Punta Pitt
  • Snorkelling with rays and sea turtles in the shadow of Kicker Rock
  • Witnessing the towering volcanic cliffs and the dark-sand beaches of Santiago island.
Accommodations
Hotel (3 nts)
Aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (3 nts)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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