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Highlights
  • Overnight on san cristóbal island
  • Three nights cruising and exploring the galápagos national park aboard the archipell ii
  • Visit the giant tortoises
  • Search for land iguanas on south plaza island
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the unique ecosystem of the galápagos

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend five days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. Start on land with a night in San Cristóbal to visit Laguna El Junco and Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see the giant tortoises and the Interpretation Centre. Three of the evenings, return to the comfortable Archipell II to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Trip Description
Galápagos Land & Sea — Central Islands aboard the Queen
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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4.8 out of 5
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & Southern Islands aboard the Archipell I/II

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Apart from a rushed visit to the May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Apart from a rushed visit to the Charles Darwin Centre, I was extremely happy with how the tour went.

Operator G Adventures

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Everything was perfect! So well organized and such great people. February 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Am amazing experience and adventure yet bliss the whole time.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Pace I liked the small group size (max 16, we were even luckier with only 10 in our group), number of trips per day meant you felt you had done a lot but weren't exhausted. February 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was an excellent tour, efficiently run, well led but soured by the expectation of tipping the staff to a level I find unacceptable.

Operator G Adventures

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Excellent adventure style trips with options for everyone. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic trip that exceeded expectations.

Operator G Adventures

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My ceo, Julio, was amazing! He was sweet, informative and really took great care of us. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing, best birthday ever.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B)

Early morning, fly to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for a first night's stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin exploring San Cristóbal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the islands. After, visit the Interpretation Centre to learn about the history of the islands, explore the paths near the centre for beautiful views. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch 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: Laguna El Junco Visit Interpretation Center Visit Transport: Plane

Day 3 San Cristóbal Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Before transferring to the boat, visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see giant tortoises. Included Activities: Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit Transport: Archipell I

Day 4 South Plaza/Santa Fé Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning landing at South Plaza, enjoy sea bird spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest, home to one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the islands. In the afternoon visit Santa Fé, one of the smallest islands packed with sea lions, a prickly pear forest, and land iguanas. Included Activities: South Plaza Island Visit Santa Fe Island Visit Transport: Archipell II

Day 5 Chinese Hat/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the white sand beach at Chinese Hat in the morning, before an afternoon at Cerro Dragón for an opportunity to break out the binoculars and do some excellent birdwatching. Included Activities: Chinese Hat Visit Cerro Dragón Visit Transport: Archipell II

Day 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B)

Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Galápagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,649

Price Per Day:

$ 521 per day
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Sep-30-2018Oct-06-2018$ 3,649YesSold Out Reserve
Oct-13-2018Oct-19-2018$ 3,649YesSold Out Reserve
Oct-14-2018Oct-20-2018$ 3,649YesSold Out Reserve
Oct-27-2018Nov-02-2018$ 3,649YesSold Out Reserve
Oct-28-2018Nov-03-2018$ 3,649YesSold Out Reserve
Nov-10-2018Nov-16-2018$ 3,749YesSold Out Reserve
Nov-11-2018Nov-17-2018$ 3,749YesSold Out Reserve
Nov-25-2018Dec-01-2018$ 3,749YesSold Out Reserve
Dec-09-2018Dec-15-2018$ 3,649YesSold Out Reserve
Dec-23-2018Dec-29-2018$ 3,849YesSold Out Reserve
Jan-06-2019Jan-12-2019$ 3,849YesSold Out Reserve
Jan-20-2019Jan-26-2019$ 3,849YesSold Out Reserve
Feb-03-2019Feb-09-2019$ 3,849YesSold Out Reserve
Feb-17-2019Feb-23-2019$ 3,849YesSold Out Reserve
Mar-03-2019Mar-09-2019$ 3,849YesSold Out Reserve
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Details
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Local Flights All local flights to and from the Galápagos are included in the cost of your tour. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Flights to either of the airports in the Galápagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening. Please note that all flights to and from the Galápagos make a 1 hour refuelling stop in Guayaquil.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Upgraded hotel (3 nts), aboard the Archipell II in twin-share or double cabins (3 nts).
Start City
Quito
End City
Quito
Guides Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito and CEO in San Cristobal

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. G Adventures requires your passport number, full name and date of birth at the time of booking. Please make sure you give this information to your travel agent. 2. Once you have confirmed your booking please give us your international flight details and advise us if you have any important issues such as allergies, special diets, etc. 3. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galápagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in 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. 4. The Consejo de Gobierno (local government council) have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galápagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago. 5. Please note that the rooming on our Galápagos yachts is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are not able to guarantee the specific cabin you will receive on board. The cabins are comfortable and clean, all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. All cabins are on the upper decks with windows looking out to the ocean. Our friendly and competent crew will ensure the smooth and comfortable journey for the duration of your tour. 6. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. On our Galápagos yachts, food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. Dining is casual, tables are unassigned and the dining room is capable of seating the entire passenger compliment at one time. There is always a selection of different meals available, and vegetarians will find plenty of options. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice, please advise us at time of confirmation. Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge. All other beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are not included and can be purchased at the bar.

Dossier Disclaimer

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 the operator. 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.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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