Galapago-go - Central & Eastern Islands

Sombrero Chino
Frigatebird spotting
Bartolome's lunar-like landscape
Meet Sally Lightfoot whilst crusing the Galapagos
The tortoises of Charles Darwin Research Station
Nemo I
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Colonial Quito
  • Wanna squeeze a lot of Galapagos goodness from just a few days? This here’s your man. Search for woodpeckers in Isla Santa Cruz, stalk across Bartolome Island’s volcanic landscapes, snorkel with rays and penguins off Santiago and wander among sea lions and iguanas in Puerto Egas.


    RIP Lonesome George (? - 2012). He was the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoises and a conservation icon. George is survived by no one.



    Day 1 - Quito

    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito.

    Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1.

    You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

    Day 2 - Baltra - Santa Cruz Highlands

    This morning we transfer to Quito Airport for our early morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. Be prepared for an early start as this could mean leaving the hotel as early as 4am. A US$10 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito Airport and a US$100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as using credit cards can be time consuming.


    On arrival in the Galapagos we are met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to our boat, the Nemo I, anchored a short distance away. Once on board we'll be assigned our cabins, meet the crew members and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over a delicious lunch.


    We head to the Highlands of Santa Cruz for a total change of scenery.   Beginning at the coast we travel across Santa Cruz through the agricultural region and into the misty forests where we can see the Unique Scalesia cloud forest, dome shaped giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and possibly the world famous woodpecker and warbler finches as well as vermillion flycatchers. 

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Sombrero Chino - Isla Bartolome

    Bartolome Island is one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the Galapagos, full of parasitic spatter cones, lava flows, Galapagos penguins and lava lizards. Bartolomé is a relatively new island in the archipelago and walking shoes are required as we will climb over 360 wooden steps to the summit where the scenery is spectacular and we have a great view of Pinnacle Rock - one of the most photographed sites in the Galapagos, it is an abrupt jag of rock protruding from the earth like a tooth, while nearby two golden bays back onto each other. Here we can hike to the top of a once-active volcano and enjoy superb views across to Sullivan Bay, on nearby Santiago Island . If we are in luck we might catch a glance of the Galapagos Hawk here.  We will also have the opportunity to go snorkelling with plenty of tropical fish, sea stars and hopefully with penguins, white tipped reef sharks and rays.   

    We approach Sombrero Chino via a beautiful crescent-shaped, sandy beach that is home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The island is a miniature volcano, shaped like a Chinese hat (hence its name), and along its trails we explore the island’s volcanic origin with its fascinating lava tubes. Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. We follow a trail that circles the cove and passes through a sea lion colony and innumerable marine iguanas. The cove also offers some great snorkelling opportunities, hopefully with Penguins and Sharks

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer’s Cove-Isla Santiago

    Puerto Egas is a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay and northwest of Santiago Island.  Here we will see amazing volcanic tuff formations and the walk along the beach provides many opportunities for encounters with the locals - marine iguanas, pelicans, finches, mockingbirds, oystercatchers, California sea lions, Galapagos fur sea lions and lava grotos.  We can also see amazing tidal pools formed from ancient lava flow and home to sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish. and we can snorkel with California sea lions and Galapagos fur sea lions.


    Espumilla Beach, on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay, is one of the most idyllic locations in the Galapagos Islands and is an important nesting site for marine turtles. With its large waves is often a favourite amongst beach lovers. Potentially we will see Galapagos hawks up close, ghost crabs, blue footed boobies plunging for fish and  brown pelicans. It is also well known for its Palo Santo Forest and some extraordinary lava formations.


    We then go to view the spectacular geology of volcanic ash (Tuff) of Buccaneer’s cove. Here we can find remains of objects used by pirates in centuries past, hence the name Buccaneer Cove.  A place of local legends and stories it is where Darwin camped for a 9 days while making his study of the islands and their wildlife. If conditions are good, we can snorkel again.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Isla Daphne – Baltra – Quito

    We visit Daphne island which has a peculiar and impressive landscape because it was shaped by volcanic activity. It is a great place to do some bird spotting and here we can find a variety of seabirds such as blue-footed and masked boobies, terns, petrels and even the beautiful frigate birds with their vibrant red pouches.  No need to get wet for this activity as we circle the island.

    Sadly all good things must come to an end and this is our final excursion. We say farewell to The Galapagos Islands and head to the airport for our flight back to Quito for the last night of the tour.  Upon arrival in Quito Airport we are transferred back to our hotel for an overnight stay.


    Day 6 - Quito

    Our tour ends after breakfast.


    There are no activities planned for the final day so we are able to depart the accommodation at any time. There are many fascinating things to do in and around Quito so please speak to our customer service representative about any optional activities that might be of interest.



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  • Trip Dates and Prices

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    05 Jun 2014 - 10 Jun 2014 7+  Available US $2,075 Book Now
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Galapago-go - Central & Eastern Islands

    Brian & Doris - Australia, 29 May, 2013
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    It was definitely the trip of a lifetime. We could have stayed on board Pelikano for another 3 months! The food was excellent and lots of it. The crew was fantastic, friendly, attentive, caring, fun and knowledgeable. Each day was a new and exciting adventure up close and personal with the amazingly unique wildlife.

    Galapago-go - Central & Eastern Islands

    Wendy - Canada, 17 Apr, 2013
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Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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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).

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