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El Espectador E8-13 y Shyris. Edificio El Espectador. Oficina 203
Quito-Ecuador

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Galapagos 4 Days Itinerary

4 Days / 3 Nights. Departure: Every Tuesday

galapagos sea lion encounter

By booking a tour to the Galapagos through us and our local partner, you are supporting a variety of community-based ventures including those of the Gravel Farmers and the Perlas del Pacífico Bakery, which is run by a Galapagos women’s association. Our partner also employs, outsources and collaborates with local farms, small businesses and associations; as well as partakes in a series of social and environmental projects that help improve the Galapagos Community as a whole.

Day 1: San Cristobal Island

Upon arrival to San Cristobal Island, your guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called “Pangas,” will transport you to the cruise ship from the dock and the crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

galapagos catamaran cruiseIn the P.M.: La Lobería. The beach is 10 minutes from the airport of San Cristobal. It consists of a coral sand beach with sea lions. La Loberia is a piece of coast that has been named as such due to the large number of sea lions resting on the rocks and sand.

catamaran suiteDespite being outside the boundaries of the National Park area (because of its great importance) the park staff strives to care for and maintain it. Besides the sea lions, yellow warblers, frigates and various species of finches can be seen. On the rocks, large Galapagos marine iguanas can be found.

galapagos sncristobal1After this visit a trip to the highlands awaits you. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years creating this haven for frigatebirds. The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill – the island’s highest point.

Day 2: Española Island

galapagosPunta Suarez

In the A.M.: Punta Suarez. This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blowhole where water can spout up to 50-75 feet into the air (according to the intensity of the surf)!

Gardner BayIn the P.M.: Gardner Bay. Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

galapagos shorebirds

Day 3: Floreana Island

In the A.M.: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands, finding itself situated between two lava tuff cones that give the area a special atmosphere. Floreana is also very interesting in that you get to see two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

galapagos Flamingo

The Devil’s Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water transport (it is termed a Marine Visitor Site) and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, this site really does look like a devil’s crown.

In the P.M.: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout. Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists.
marine iguana galapagos

galapagos crabFrom here, we will continue to the northern part of the island and will ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what where once known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby Islet to Post Office Bay, along with Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and the wide forest of Palo Santo.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island

galapagos turtleIn the A.M.: Charles Darwin Station. Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, and the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

galapagos warblerAfter this visit you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to Quito, arriving in the capital at 4:00 p.m. Once in Quito, we will transfer you to your hotel.

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Includes:

  • All meals & snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages & purified water
  • Local beer with dinner
  • Cabin accommodation
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Daily activities & hikes
  • Transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Galapagos entrance fee (park tax): USD $100 for adults, USD $50 for Kids under 12 years of age)
  • Airfare to Galapagos round-trip from Quito or Guayaquil. USD 480 per person (Airfares are subject to change at any time up until the day of departure and even after tickets have been paid in full.)
  • Transit control card fee (USD $20)
  • Gratuities to guides and crew
  • Bar bills & souvenirs

General Information

Terms & Conditions

Cruise rates include – Cabin accommodation, all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, purified water, Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail party, local beer with dinner, guided shore excursions, use of wet suits, snorkeling equipment and sea kayaks, transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock.
Rates do not include – International Airfare & local airfare, Galapagos entrance fee (park tax), Transit control card fee, alcoholic beverages, gratuities to guides and crew, purchases on board and travel insurance.

Only those passengers flying to Galapagos on Sunday (the same day as departure) can prepay the park tax and TCT. For passengers who opt not to prepay the park entrance fee and TCT card, you will be responsible to pay the local authorities in cash upon arrival (in exact change in US dollars in good condition only please), you will also be required to fill out your forms and stand in applicable lines. Rates are subject to change at any time until day of departure.

Communication – Most telecommunication providers have signal in Galapagos and passengers can use their mobile/cellular phones that are activated for international calling on days when the yachts are in close range to port.

Special occasions – You may order a bottle of Chilean wine ($25) or a birthday cake ($15) to be served at dinner time. A fruit basket ($7) can be placed in your cabin. It is prohibited to bring flowers to Galapagos. Please advise us at least 30 days prior to arrival or include details in your passenger information form.

Packing List


Dress is casual and comfortable, and informality is basic to all activities. We recommend you pack in a soft-sided suitcase or duffel as storage space is limited on board. Checked bags should be securely locked with a TSA lock or shrink-wrapped for your security.

Clothing: long pants that are lightweight, nylon zip off pants, shorts, short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts, Polo shirts, lightweight cotton shirts, windbreaker or lightweight waterproof rain jacket with hood, sweatshirt (July to Oct only).

Shoes: walking shoes or light hiking boots, rubber soled (boat shoes) or flip flops, sport sandals with a Velcro strap (Tevas)

Other items: wide brimmed hat, bandana, two bathing suits, sunscreen (biodegradable preferred), lip balm, sunglasses with UV filter and strap, small backpack, water bottle, camera with waterproof bag, small binoculars, underwater camera, earplugs, toiletries, motion sickness medication.

Hair dryers, beach towels, walking sticks, biodegradable soap and shampoo are provided and therefore it is not necessary that you bring these items.

To order gear specifically selected by experts for your trip contact: Ship to Shore

Weather conditions


Currently, over 150,000 people from all over the world visit the Islands each year. We recommend that you book your trip at least 3-6 months prior to your intended date of departure and 9-18 months prior to book during the holiday seasons. Galapagos is a sub-tropical destination and most all of the seabirds and reptiles nest year round. You can see courtship, mating, chicks hatching and rearing at any time of the year.

Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. The larger islands with volcanic peaks have a variety of climatic zones. The coastal areas are arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions. The highland areas receive moisture almost all year round, which support lush vegetation. Temperatures are determined almost entirely by ocean currents, which are influenced by the trade winds.

There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. The Galapagos get an average of ten inches of rain per year, so it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is often referred to as the “garua” (pronounced gah-ru-ah) season, which means mist in Spanish.

TEMPERATURES JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

MAX AIR TEMP: 84 86 89 87 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
MIN AIR TEMP: 70 74 74 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
AVG SEA TEMP: 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
AVG RAINFALL: 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.5 .75 .25 .50 .25 .50 .25 .50 .50
(Fahrenheit and inches)

Suggested Reading


There are many great field guides, novels and photographic books on Galapagos available at bookstores or through Longitude Books www.longitudebooks.com. Some older titles may be out of print, so check your local library or internet sites for used copies.

FIELD GUIDES
GALAPAGOS, A Natural History, John Kricher, 2006
REEF FISH Identification GALAPAGOS, Paul Human, 2003
Flowering Plants of the Galapagos Islands, Conley K. McMullen, 1999
A Guide to the Birds of the Galapagos Islands, Castro and Phillips, 1996
GALAPAGOS, A Natural History Guide, M.H. Jackson, 1990

PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAYS
The Galapagos, Exploring Darwin’s Tapestry, John Hess, 2009
GALAPAGOS, Islands Born of Fire, Tui de Roy, 1998
GALAPAGOS, Islands Lost in Time, Tui de Roy, 1980
GOOD READING
GALAPAGOS, Preserving Darwin’s Legacy, Tui de Roy, 2009
GALAPAGOS: Both Sides of the Coin, Pete Oxford & Graham Watkins, 2009
GALAPAGOS at the Crossroads, Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for
Darwin’s Cradle of Evolution, Carol Ann Bassett, 2009
The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner, 1994
Clinker Islands, Lillian Otterman, 1993
Floreana, Margaret Wittmer, 1989

CLASSICS
The Enchanted Isles, Herman Melville, 2002
GALAPAGOS; World’s End, William Beebe, 1988
GALAPAGOS, A Novel, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1986

DARWINISM
Charles Darwin on the Origin of Species, The Illustrated Edition, David Quamman, 2008
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, David Quammen, 2005
Darwin in Galapagos, Footsteps to a New World, Thalia Grant & Gregory Estes, 2010
On Natural Selection, Charles Darwin, 2004 (an excerpt from The Origin of Species)

The current flight schedule is as follows: On Sundays to/from Galapagos


Quito to Guayaquil AEROGAL Flight 2K36 ETD 8:10AM ETA 9:00AM
Guayaquil to San Cristobal AEROGAL Flight 2K36 ETD 9:40AM ETA 10:35AM

San Cristobal to Guayaquil: AEROGAL Flight 2K37 ETD 11:20AM ETA 2:15PM
Guayaquil to Quito: AEROGAL Flight 2K37 ETD 2:55PM ETA 3:45PM

On the day of departure, please be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil one and a half hours prior to departure for check-in.

Because flight schedules and airports are subject to change, please do check with your hotel upon arrival for a message from Greentrek to verify the correct check in and departure times. We suggest you avoid making international connections the same day as the flight may be delayed or changed to an alternate flight

Tour Details

Enjoy one of the world’s top destinations for nature enthusiasts, on a spectacular cruise tour. Enjoy an unforgettable experience and a confortable stay onboard as you wake up to a different Island every day.

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From USD 1880 per person.

 
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