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Take a Bow - Northern Islands

Trip Length

Trip Code

6 days GSOFA

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Start City

End City

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Take a Bow - Northern Islands

This short journey is the perfect introduction to the amazing and varied wildlife that call the Galapagos Islands home, it is astounding how close our encounters will be with the animals.

Take a Bow - Northern Islands


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Feeling a little out of breath? Not surprising, considering Quito sits about 2800 metres above sea level. Take it easy today, and stock up on any supplies you might've forgotten (sunhat, deck of cards, flip flops).

Attend a welcome meeting in the evening, check with the hotel reception for details

Quito is located at 2850 metres above sea level and at this altitude you may possibly experience some effects from the high altitude, we suggest that you avoid any strenuous activity on this day

Wander through the narrow, winding cobblestone streets and explore the lively Plaza Grande and Plaza San Francisco, see The Baroque art and architecture when visiting the churches, monasteries and public buildings

Perhpas head for one of the many viewpoints over the city, El Panecillo (The Little Bread Loaf) offers views of the city’s white houses and surrounding volcanoes, the 30-metre high statue of La Virgen de Quito sits atop this small hill and can be seen from all over the city

La Cima de la Libertad, the site of Ecuadorian independence from Spain also offers great views

Day 2: Fly to Baltra, visit Bachas beach

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Fly to Baltra and set sail. Visit Las Bachas beach and see loads of eggs. The eggs belong to the sea turtles, so don't touch them. Sea turtles may be slow but they're hard as nails. Literally.

Transfer to Quito Airport and fly to the Galapagos Islands (you may depart 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 - have cash on hand for these transactions to save time
You'll be met and transferred to the boat (the Nemo III) when you arrive

You'll be assigned cabins, meet the crew members and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over lunch
Santa Cruz Island is a nesting site for the Pacific green turtle, and marine iguanas are also commonly seen

The sand here is particularly white and soft - it's made of decomposed coral

The rocks provide great snorkelling and are the perfect habitat for the Sally Lightfoot crabs

A saltwater lagoon near to the beach is home to flamingo and whimbrel, and also look out for great blue herons

Day 3: El Barranco - Bahia Darwin - Genovesa

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Red-footed boobies, get your red-footed boobies. Hot off the press. For your eyes only. Extra, extra read all about it.

Dolphins are often spotted in the waters around Genovesa while the island itself has abundant wildlife

All three kinds of boobies live here, including the rare red-footed booby, and numerous other species such as tropic birds and frigate birds

Walk the steep path known as Prince Philip's Steps to the heart of the seabird rookeries

Look out for storm petrels on the islands rocky plains

Cool off with a snorkel

See breeding colonies of seabirds and frigates and other birds such as lava herons, swallowed tail gulls, mocking birds and hopefully the vampire finch on Darwin Beach

Pass by tide pools with Sea Lions and Diamond Sting Rays and perhaps encounter manta rays, sharks, turtles and moray eels while snorkelling

Day 4: Isla Santiago and Cerro Dragón

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Brightly coloured lava lizards are endemic to Española - they're basically marine iguanas that look like they got in a fight with a rainbow and lost. Very cool.

Walk on Pahoe-Hoe lava from an eruption that occurred in 1897

Hopefully see some marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, finches, turtles, sharks and sometimes penguins

Learn about the geological history of the islands from your guide as you walk

Set sail for Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), on Santa Cruz's north coast

Walk to a brackish lagoon frequented by lagoon birds including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings and occasionally flamingos

Walk further to see views of the bay and the western area of the archipelago - this area is a nesting site for land iguanas, which is constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station

Bird watch, perhaps see Darwin's finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galapagos flycatcher and yellow warblers

The path can be challenging

Day 5: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz and the Charles Darwin Research Station, fly to Quito.

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Pop into the Charles Darwin Research Station and pay your respects to Lonesome George. Head back to Baltra Airport for the short flight back to Quito.

Visit Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galapagos
Puerto Ayora is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station

Perhaps go to the visitor centre and museum - learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos and see giant tortoises up close

Spend free time exploring Puerto Ayora, check your email or have a drink at a local bar and see the local’s way of life

Farewell the Galapagos Islands and head to the airport for your flight back to Quito for the last night of the tour

Upon arrival in Quito Airport, transfer back to the hotel for an overnight stay

Day 6: Quito

Meals included: 1 breakfast

All good things must come to an end. It's time to reflect on the last 6 days of your life, and all the new animal (and human) friends you made along the way. Trip winds up after breakfast.

The adventure ends today after breakfast


Your Trip

What to know

On arrival in the islands you must pay the US$100 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park and a US$10 transit fee. 

Nuts and Bolts

The services of an expert English-speaking naturalist guide and a crew of eight onboard the Galapagos vessel.

Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands.

Accomodation on board the Nemo III

All Zodiac and shore excursions during the voyage.

All meals aboard the Nemo III.

Use of snorkelling equipment including a wetsuit during the voyage

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, entrance fees, US$10 Galapagos transit card, US$100 Galapagos National Park fee, other meals, drinks, optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.


Entrance

Before you check-in for your flight from Quito to the Galapagos, you will need to purchase a US$10 transit card (which you will need to hold on to as you will need to present it on your return from the Galapagos). You must pay US$100 entrance fee to Galapagos Islands National Park upon arrival at Baltra or San Cristobal Airport in the Galapagos. This has be paid in US dollar cash (credit cards are not accepted).


Important Information

Please note

This trip is operated by our sister company, Intrepid Travel

Gecko's Community Trust & The Galapagos Conservancy
If, after having visited this unique and precious region of the world, you would like to make a donation towards the protection of the Galapagos, the recently launched Gecko's Community Trust is the easiest and most convenient way to do so.

The Trust supports the Galapagos Conservancy, an organisation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Galapagos conservation. It is a membership-based organisation and the largest source of private support for conservation efforts. The 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands, and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

Funds raised by the Galapagos Conservancy support the core operations of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), both located on the island of Santa Cruz.

Please see below for details on how to make a contribution to the Gecko's Community Trust or refer to the Pledge Card provided at your pre-cruise briefing which contains details for making a donation.

Meals & Dietary requirements

All meals are included whilst on the Nemo III. There is a chef on board who cooks up local and international cuisine daily, including a buffet breakfast.

Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Peregrine of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

16 July 2014


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