The GalÁpagos Islands all have one thing in common; beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife. (Okay, that’s technically two things, but you get the idea). Travelling aboard the Yolita, this tour takes you to some of the lesser-visited islands like Genovesa in the north and Isabela in the west. Expect to witness an amazing concentration of birdlife and massive bird rookeries, including the largest nesting colonies of red-footed boobies and frigatebirds. Hike right to the top of the Sierra Negra, GalÁpagos’ most recently€tive volcano, relax on the white-sand beaches, or snorkel with sea lions. Better yet, do it all.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at anytime. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Mariscal Sucre International Airport/Seymour Airport (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take an early flight to the GalÁpagos Islands. Head to Bachas Beach to see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos and marine iguanas.
Day 3 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Darwin Bay and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the many trails. Head to El Barranco in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including red-footed boobies.
Day 4 BartolomÉ Island/Sullivan Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit BartolomÉ for a guided tour to see the island’s dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.
Day 5 Isabela Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the GalÁpagos. In the afternoon, explore the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area.
Day 6 Elizabeth Bay/Urbina Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)
Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. Visit Urbina Bay, located at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail for a chance to see land tortoises in the wild, watching for land iguanas along the way.
Day 7 Tagus Cove/Punta Espinoza (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stop for a visit at Tagus Cove and hike to a lookout to get a stunning view of the bay. Spot old graffiti on the cliffs from whalers and pirates who once visited the the cove. Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the GalÁpagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life.
Day 8 RÁbida Island/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a morning panga ride in Buccaneer Cove, watch for sea lions, shorebirds, and interesting lava formations. Take an afternoon excursion to the red sand beaches of RÁbida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. Enjoy snorkelling nearby with schools of tropical fish and sea lions.
Day 9 Islas Daphne/Quito (1B)
View Daphne from the boat, the tiny conical island is home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Darwin’s finches, after, fly back to Quito. Enjoy an evening in Quito.
Day 10 Quito (1B)
Depart at any time.
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