Galapago-go - Itinerary B
RIP Lonsome George (? - 2012). He was the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoises and a conservation icon. George is survived by no one.
(Was Galapagos at a Glance)
Day 1 - Quito
Quito is tough. Despite suffering from numerous shake, rattle and rolls (earthquakes) over the years (the worst being in 1797 and 1859) it still boasts the best-preserved historic centre in Latin America. It's also built on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, so Quito's pretty unique. Arrive here and have a wander before the Galapagos adventure begins.
- Arrive in Quito and get acquainted with this UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Spend time exploring the narrow, winding cobblestone streets and the lively Plaza Grande and Plaza San Francisco
- Evening pre-departure meeting at approx 6pm (details will be at the hotel Reception)
Day 2 - Baltra via Charles Darwin Research Station
The Galapagos giant tortoise is basically just a big tortoise. If that doesn't sound that exciting, just consider other things that increase in awesome as they increase in size: mountains, lakes, icebergs, burritos, smiles, paychecks, TV screens, dinosaurs - the list goes on. Get up close with these gentle giants at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Breakfast | Dinner
- Fly from Quito to Baltra, in the Galapagos Islands-Please note the pick-up time will usually be as early as 4am as Quito airport is a one hour drive and we must allow for delays and check-in times (Your Tour leader will confirm this time with you at the pre-departure meeting on day one.
- Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station
- Perhaps have a close-up encounter with a giant tortoise
- See newborn and young giant turtles, thanks to the research station's breeding program
Day 3 - South Plaza & Santa Fé
There's a bit in The Jungle Book, when Baloo's singing "Bare Necessities", where he talks about being cautious when you pick a paw paw or a prickly pear. "Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw, when you pick a pear try to use the claw," he warns an attentive Mowgli. Unfortunately you don't have claws, so we recommend not picking the prickly pears on Santa Fe. Actually, Mowgli didn't have claws either. Turns out Baloo wasn't so great at advice.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Walk among resting sea lions and on trails amid one of the Galapagos’ largest land iguana populations
- Spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, and ‘the gentlemen’s club’ - a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be ‘beachmasters’
- Stop at Santa Fe - and island offering a dense concentration of wildlife
- Expect to see the Galapagos hawk, land iguanas, a variety of finches and the Galapagos mockingbird, sea lions, marine turtles, frigatebirds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards
- Snorkel in jade green waters
- Hike through Opuntia Forest
Day 4 - Bartolomé & Sombrero ChinoTake the summit trail to the top of Bartolomé and gain one of the most amazing views of the Galapagos. It's the kind of view that will make you feel all humble and grateful to be in such an incredible place. After the trek you'll be all hot, which will make you feel like you want to take your clothes off and go snorkelling. Go right ahead, you earned it.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Take the summit trail to the iconic view of the Galapagos
- See a large colony of marine Iguanas and lava lizards as well as red mangroves and various cacti
- Cool off with a snorkel and swim among Galapagos penguin, turtles and whitetip reef sharks
- Visit Sombrero Chino, a small islet located near the south-east coast of Isla Santiago
- Explore the island’s volcanic origin
- Follow a trail that circles a cove and passes through a sea lion colony and innumerable marine iguanas
Day 5 - Mosquera – Baltra – Quito
Spend one last morning wildlife-spotting on tiny Isla Mosquera. Here you'll find sea lions, marine birds, boobies, Sally Lightfoot crabs and much more. You might even think you notice some of the animals waving to you as you leave. They're not. They're animals for goodness sake.
- Sail to nearby Isla Mosquera, an Islet situated between Baltra and North Seymour and a great place for wildlife spotting
- Cruise back to Baltra and say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands
- Fly back to Quito
Day 6 - Quito
Brekkie. Goodbyes. Home. Until next time, compadre.
- The trip ends today after breakfast
What to Know
Trip Dates and Prices
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What to know
On arrival in the islands you must pay US$110 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park (this includes the US$10 transit fee).