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10 Day Galapagos Islands Cruise – East, Central & West Islands

Discover the East, Central and West Galapagos Islands on this multi-day, explorative tour rich in nature and history
Quito, Ecuador
Duration
Duration
10 Days 9 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
16
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 years +
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Quito
What's Included

  • Get up to $460 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Multi-day cruise around the East, Central & West Islands of Galápagos onboard the motorised yacht, Eden

  • Relax and unwind in twin-share cabins with private ensuites

  • 2 Nights twin-share tourist-class accommodations, in venues that have local character

  • Delicious meals provided: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

  • A mix of transport throughout the tour, including plane, motorized yacht (Eden), van, panga and private bus

  • Internal flights from Quito to San Cristóbal Island and Santa Cruz Island to Quito

  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide

  • Isla Lobos visit

  • Santa Fé and South Plazas excursions

  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz

  • Excursion Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in the wild

  • Chance to see flightless cormorants and penguins on Isabela Island

  • Visit the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos, Fernandina Island

  • Snorkelling at Puerto Egas and North Seymour

  • Services of a locally-based CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) to guide you through this exciting adventure

What to Expect

Get up close and personal with an incredible array of animal species on this 10 Day tour that hits the East, Central and West islands of the Galápagos.

 

Along the way, you'll have plenty of time to spot and snap photos of giant land tortoises on Santa Cruz, Darwin's famed finches in Punta Moreno and colonies of friendly sea lions in North Seymour.

 

 

Located on the Equator, the Galápagos climate is tempered by the Humboldt Current, so you do not experience extreme heat.

 

The warmest weather is December to June, when temperatures range from 22-33°C (72-90 °F), and the water temperature is in the mid-20s (mid 70°F). The temperatures are cooler from July to November and range from 18-24°C (60-75°F). The average water temperature rarely reaches 21°C (70°F).

 

Do it all and see it all aboard the Eden, outfitted with your comfort in mind.

 

About the boat:

The motorised yacht, Eden, has a capacity of 16 passengers, along with eight dedicated crew members and one CEO Naturalist Guide. Your guide is familiar with the local flora and fauna and certified by the Galápagos National Park Service, so there’s always someone available to answer your questions.

 

There's a large upper deck lounge area with a forward sun deck. The main deck boasts a lounge, bar, and dining room, while a two-level wraparound deck helps you take advantage of the glorious views.

 

There are three upper deck twin-share (bunks) cabins, one main deck double bed cabin, and four lower deck twin-share (lower berths) cabins. Rooming on the yacht is done on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, each of the cabins is comfortable and clean, all with private bathrooms. 

 

Departure info:

Departs from the meeting point at Hilton Colon Quito, Amazonas 1914 Y Patria Avenida, Quito 170143, Ecuador (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location).

 

Itinerary:

 

The daily schedule consists of a shore excursion immediately following breakfast, lunch aboard and perhaps a siesta before the afternoon shore excursion.

 

In the evening, after dinner, your naturalist guide will brief you on the islands to be visited the following day. You are ferried from the yacht to shore via small boats called pangas. Landings are either “dry” or “wet”, where you might have to wade ashore in shallow water. Your naturalist guide will accompany you during all excursions.

 

Day 1 – Quito

Your adventure starts in mainland Ecuador, and you can arrive in Quito any time during the day. The only official activity for the day is your welcome meeting; however, you're welcome to explore on your own before this. 

 

Optional activities include a Cotopaxi Volcano Full Day Trip to see the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m/ 19,347 ft). Alternatively, enjoy spectacular views of Quito from the sky tram up Volcán Pichincha, or take Quito City Tour, including a drive to the equator so that you can stand with a foot in each hemisphere. 

 

Day 2 – Quito to San Cristóbal Island

Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands. In the afternoon, head to Isla Lobos, known for its friendly sea lions. Explore this tiny island for great wildlife encounters. Either by foot or by panga, view the sea and shorebirds nesting and feeding. Spot a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions.

 

Day 3 – Santa Fé Island & South Plaza

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, sea lions and maybe even get a glimpse of a whitetip reef shark from the panga.

 

Then, make your way to South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, as well as sea lions playing in the waters.

 

Day 4 – Puerto Ayora

Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, 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.

 

This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community.

 

Head to Santa Cruz’s verdant highlands. This area has many reserves, making this a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment.

 

Day 5 – Isabela Island

Stop off in the small town of Puerto Villamil before hiking to the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano. The 10km (6 mile) wide crater of the Sierra Negra volcano has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. Trek across the moon-like landscape of the lava fields and fumaroles and enjoy spectacular views looking north toward Fernandina and the rest of Isabela Island. The volcano last erupted in June 2018, making it the most recent eruption of the Galápagos. This hike is 7km in total (3.5 km each way).

 

In the afternoon, visit the wetlands and theGiant Tortoise Breeding Centre in the Puerto Villamil area. With the giant tortoise on its way to extinction in the late 1950s, this program was established to protect these noble creatures.

 

You can also spend some time exploring Isabela's natural attractions. Enjoy a walk to the largest coastal lagoon in the Galápagos, also a principal breeding ground for flamingos. Make stops along the way at a lookout point, and visit natural pools, beaches, and mangrove swamps. 

 

Day 6 – Isabela Island

Pay a morning visit to Punta Moreno and explore its interesting landscape, which is home to black lava flows and a unique system of brackish lagoons that draw in a wide range of wildlife. Spot Darwin’s finches, Galápagos doves, penguins, and more! Be sure to bring your camera for shots of the island’s amazing scenery. In addition, Punta Moreno boasts a panoramic viewpoint of three of Isabela’s imposing volcanoes: Alcedo, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul.

 

In the afternoon, head out by panga to explore Elizabeth Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife hiding among the mangroves. Search for marine turtles, rays, and flightless cormorants in the sheltered waters. Also, spot blue-footed boobies, penguins, and pelicans feeding on the abundant marine life.

 

Day 7 – Tagus Cove & Fernandina Island

Stop at Tagus Cove, an Isabela Island anchorage site that was popular among whalers and pirates. Tour the area on foot for spectacular views of Darwin Lake (a spherical saltwater crater), the bay, and Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. Upon landing, take the wooden stairway to the trail entrance, and follow it through a dry vegetation zone. Opt to continue on an ascent to a promontory made up of spatter cones (small volcanic cones) or explore the area by dinghy.

 

Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Tour several different trails at this not-to-be-missed landing site that’s home to some of the largest colonies of marine iguanas and sea birds. Follow the path along the beach and across lava flows for a unique opportunity to explore one of the least-visited areas of the Galápagos.

 

Day 8 – Puerto Egas & Rábida Island

On a morning excursion to Puerto Egas, walk on a dark sand beach studded with rock formations and tidal pools. Grab a snorkel and jump into the water right off the beach to explore Puerto Egas' interesting underwater world. Keep your eyes peeled for rays, turtles, and reef sharks while snorkelling. After, visit the large tidal pool area – marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs are everywhere.

 

Later, cruise to Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Arriving at a red sand beach, a short 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.

 

Day 9 – Santa Cruz Island to Quito

Have an amazing wildlife experience visiting North Seymour Island – this island is teeming with life! Follow trails to see all the action (you may need to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana while walking). Depending on the season, see blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Next, head to a rocky shore to see flocks of pelicans having lunch in a dive bomb feeding frenzy, then turn inland to a large nesting site of magnificent frigatebirds. These huge, dark acrobats have two-metre (6.5 ft) wingspans, and males, with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks.

 

Afterwards, head to Santa Cruz Island for your flight back to Quito. 

 

Day 10 – Quito

You can depart at any time today. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Documents:

  • Flight info (required)
  • Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border
  • Insurance info (required) + photocopies
  • Passport (required) + photocopies
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) +  photocopies
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

  • Face masks (required)
  • Hand sanitizer (required)
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Rubber gloves

Marine:

  • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
  • External battery pack
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Sarong
  • Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)

Warm Weather:

  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
  • Sun hat/bandana
  • Swimwear
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Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.

 

At the end of each trip, if you felt your CEO or and crew did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. There will be two envelopes left in your cabin on the final night of your tour, one for the CEO and one for crew members. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline a per traveller tip of $7-$10 USD, per day for your CEO and $10-$15 USD per day for the crew can be used.

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  • Some meals – Allow $100-150 USD for meals not included
  • Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person, paid on arrival in the park in cash
  • Transit Control Cards for $20 USD, purchased in cash at Quito airport before departing for the Galapagos Islands
  • Optional activities
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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age is 12 years and an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
  • While it is the supplier's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • Maximum one piece of luggage per person weighing a maximum of 23 kilograms (50 pounds), plus one carry-on piece weighing a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) for flights
  • The amount of luggage you can bring on the boat is limited due to the small cabin size, and travellers are recommended to use soft sided duffel bags of 40-50 litres in capacity
  •  Galapagos is a protected National Park so your luggage will be checked before arrival and departure to and from the islands. Don’t bring any food, seeds or other organic material that could affect the delicate ecosystem of the islands.
  • All guests must complete and sign a waiver of liability

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the the supplier. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the supplier and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).

Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the supplier in accordance with these terms, the remainder of the payments made to the supplier in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the supplier in accordance with these terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the suppliee in respect of the cancelled tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the supplier in accordance with these terms, and no further refund will be payable

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