Galápagos – South & East Islands aboard the Eden

Quito to Quito

8 days from 2,839 pp

Animal lovers have the ultimate vacation ahead with this eight-day tour through the Galápagos. Aboard the Eden, the latest addition to G Adventures’ Galápagos fleet, you’ll visit islands in the south and east, observing an incredible array of rare animal species along the way. Spot marine iguanas in the lagoons of Floreana Island, reef sharks in an underwater volcanic cone, and friendly sea lions at Isla Lobos. You’ll gain a whole new appreciation for Mother Nature by the end of this incredible tour.
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8 days Quito to Quito

From 2,839 per person

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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/Seymour Airport

Catch an early flight to the Galápagos. In the afternoon, visit the highlands to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. 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). 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.

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

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

Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion – Santa Cruz Island (2h-3h)

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels. Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Floreana Island/Punta Cormorant

Visit Post Office Bay and enjoy guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history of Floreana Island. After, snorkel at Corona del Diablo.

Post Office Bay Visit – Floreana Island

Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition – leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

Punta Cormorant Visit – Floreana Island

Visit Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on Floreana Island, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as ‘Flour Beach’. Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water’s edge.

Snorkelling (Corona del Diablo) – Punta Cormorant (45m-1h)

Enjoy an amazing snorkelling experience at the ‘Devil’s Crown’, an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you’re a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

Eden – from Floreana Island to Punta Suárez

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: Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner

Enjoy the day on Española Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago. Visit Punta Suárez, known for its amazing bird colonies and home to the waved albatross ( between April and December). After lunch, visit the white sandy beach of Gardner Bay and jump in for a snorkelling excursion.

Punta Suárez Visit – Punta Suárez

Visit Punta Suárez, one of most rich wildlife landing sites in the Galápagos. Be greeted by surfing young sea lions on arrival. Head to the trail to find many species of nesting sea birds, and, if lucky, see the waved albatross. Follow the path up to a cliff for great views over the ocean, and watch sea birds gliding in the wind.

Gardner Bay Visit – Bahía Gardner (1h-3h)

Visit Gardner Bay’s magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

Snorkelling (Gardner Bay) – Bahía Gardner (45m-1h)

Head to Tortuga Rock and Gardner Bay for a spectacular snorkelling experience. Spot playful young sea lions and large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish. Look for white-tipped reef sharks napping on the bottom.

Eden – from Punta Suárez to San Cristóbal 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 5: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Learn about the history of the Islands at the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre then get up close to marine life at Kicker Rock. In the afternoon, head to Isla Lobos known for its friendly sea lions.

Interpretation Center Visit – San Cristóbal Island (1h-2h)

Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.

Snorkelling (Kicker Rock) – Kicker Rock (2h-3h)

Embark on a snorkelling adventure at Kicker Rock, one of the most stunning landmarks in the Galápagos Islands that’s home to an incredibly diverse range of marine life that inhabits the nutrient-rich water. Explore the rock which rises 150m (492 ft) above the ocean’s surface, and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. See an array of sharks and fish that are drawn to the rock and provide for an exhilarating unique snorkelling experience.

Isla Lobos Visit – Isla Lobos

Explore this tiny island by foot and boat for some great wildlife encounters. Take a panga ride to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. Spot a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions.

Eden – from San Cristóbal Island to Santa Fé 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 6: Santa Fé Island/South Plaza

Visit Santa Fe island for a chance to mingle with the iguanas. Continue to South Plaza for some great bird watching opportunities.

Santa Fe Island Visit – Santa Fé Island Morning

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.

South Plaza Island Visit – South Plaza Afternoon

Visit 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, and sea lions playing in the waters.

Eden – from Santa Fé 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

In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Center before flying back to Quito. Enjoy an evening in Quito.

Charles Darwin Research Station Visit – Puerto Ayora (45m)

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.

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Eden (5 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Eden
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Highlands giant tortoises excursion (Santa Cruz)
  • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
  • Isla lobos visit
  • Santa Fé and South Plazas excursions
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation (Santa Cruz)
  • Snorkelling at Corona del Diablo and Gardner Bay
  • 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, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

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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