Galápagos – West & Central Islands aboard the Eden

Quito to Quito

8 days from €2,839 pp

Get up close and personal with an incredible array of animal species on this 8-day tour that hits the 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 flightless cormorants on Fernandina. Do it all aboard the Eden, the latest addition to G Adventures’ Galápagos fleet, outfitted with your comfort in mind.
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8 days Quito to Quito

From 2,839 per person

Offers are subject to availability at the time of booking, terms and conditions apply.

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: Marine

Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.

 

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

 

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

 

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative

The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.

Day 2: Quito/Santa Cruz Island

Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands and transfer to Puerto Ayora and board the Eden. Spend the afternoon in the highlands seeing giant tortoises in the wild and exploring lava tunnels.

 

Plane – from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to Seymour Airport (2h)

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 at the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity.

Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit – Santa Cruz Island

Head to Santa Cruz’s verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore the reserve’s lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels’ entrances.

Eden – from Santa Cruz Island to Isabela Island

When it comes to our fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Eden is made for both great value and great service. The luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galápagos from the outdoor sundeck. The ship travels at night so you will wake up in a new destination, ready to explore.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Isabela Island

Stop off 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, visit the wetlands and the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area.

Sierra Negra Volcano Excursion – Isabela Island (1h-2h)

Lace up your hiking boots to explore Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. The volcano last erupted in October 2005, making it the most recent eruption in the Galápagos. Please note – due to increased volcanic activity in Sierra Negra for safety reasons some hiking areas are restricted at this time.

Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit – Isabela Island (2h-3h)

Walk through the town’s wetlands to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. With the giant tortoise on its way to extinction in the late 1950s, this program was established to protect these noble creatures.

Eden – from Isabela Island to Punta Moreno

When it comes to our fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Eden is made for both great value and great service. The luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galápagos from the outdoor sundeck. The ship travels at night so you will wake up in a new destination, ready to explore.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Isabela Island/Fernandina Island

Pay a morning visit to Punta Moreno on the southwest coast of Isabela to see lava formations, flamingos, and amazing views of the three most active volcanoes in the Galápagos Islands. In the afternoon, visit 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.

Punta Moreno Visit – Punta Moreno

Visit 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. Punta Moreno boasts a panoramic viewpoint of three of Isabela’s imposing volcanoes: Alcedo, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul.

Elizabeth Bay Panga Ride – Elizabeth Bay

Head out by panga to explore, 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.

Eden – from Punta Moreno to Tagus Cove

When it comes to our fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Eden is made for both great value and great service. The luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galápagos from the outdoor sundeck. The ship travels at night so you will wake up in a new destination, ready to explore.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Tagus Cove/Punta Espinoza

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.

Tagus Cove Visit – Tagus Cove

Visit 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 the trail through a dry vegetation zone. Continue on an ascent to a promontory made up of spatter cones (small volcanic cones).

Punta Espinoza Visit – Punta Espinoza

Tour a number of 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.

Eden – from Punta Espinoza to Puerto Egas

When it comes to our fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Eden is made for both great value and great service. The luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galápagos from the outdoor sundeck. The ship travels at night so you will wake up in a new destination, ready to explore.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Puerto Egas/Rábida Island

Enjoy a morning excursion to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Take a refreshing dip in turquoise waters. Search for fish and sea turtles in the protected bay. Later, visit Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony.

Puerto Egas Visit – Puerto Egas

Explore the spectacular shoreline of Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. Spot a great number of shore birds and reptiles – the beach area is home to a plethora of wildlife.

Snorkelling (Puerto Egas) – Puerto Egas (45m-1h)

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 reefsharks while snorkelling. After, visit the large tidal pool area – marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs are everywhere.

Rabida Island Excursion – Rábida Island

Arrive at a red sand beach at Rábida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another 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.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes – it’s a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.

Eden – from Rábida Island to Santa Cruz Island

When it comes to our fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Eden is made for both great value and great service. The luxury of local and international cuisine, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the Galápagos from the outdoor sundeck. The ship travels at night so you will wake up in a new destination, ready to explore.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island/Quito

Visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito.

North Seymour Island Visit – North Seymour

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). See blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. 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. Top off the excursion with a snorkel among sea lions and rays.

Plane – from Seymour Airport to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2h)

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Quito

Depart at any time.

 

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What’s Included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Eden (5 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Eden
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Chance to see flightless cormorants and penguins (Isabela Island)
  • Visit to the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos (Fernandina Island)
  • Snorkelling at Puerto Egas and North Seymour
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Eden in twin-share (bunks), twin-share (lower berths), or double cabins (5 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Allow USD55-75 for meals not included.

Transportation

Plane, motorized yacht (Eden), van, panga, private bus.

Staff & experts

CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito.

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