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Galapagos-West,Central & East Islands Aboard The Estrella

10 Days, Quito to Quito
Galapagos-West,Central & East Islands Aboard The Estrella

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Climb aboard the comfortable Estrella del Mar for seven nights of in-depth exploration of the Galapagos, including the less visited western islands. You'll witnes read more...

IS THIS Marine TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to visit the world's greatest aquatic destinations aboard intimate and unique ships and yachts
    • Are eager to discover remote islands and isolated ports
    • Have experiences like communing with thousands of Gentoo Penguins in Antarctica
    • Wish to foster meaningful connections with local people and culture
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 Nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Estrella del Mar in twin-share cabins (7 nts)).
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.
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  • Local flight.
  • Estrella del Mar motorized yacht, van, Zodiac, private bus.
  • 7 nts in the Galapagos Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar.
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands.
  • Certified Galapagos National Park Service guide.
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre.
  • Services of Galapagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito.Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 80-105 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora
Day 3 Chinese Hat/Isla Rabida
Day 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas
Day 5 Punta Espinoza/Urbina Bay
Day 6 Elizabeth Bay/Punta Moreno
Day 7 Puerto Villamil
Day 8 Puerto Ayora
Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Day 10 Depart Quito
Departures
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  • Start
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  • Sun, 22 Oct '17
  • Tue, 31 Oct '17
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  • Tue, 14 Nov '17
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  • Tue, 28 Nov '17
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  • Tue, 25 Dec '18
  • Sun, 30 Dec '18
  • Tue, 08 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Quito
  • On Board Cruise
  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora

    Take an early flight to the Galapagos Islands and transfer to Puerto Ayora and board the ship. Spend the afternoon in the highlands seeing giant tortoises in the wild and exploring lava tunnels.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport
    Early transfer to the airport for the flight to the Galapagos.

    Plane
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Seymour Airport 3h
    Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity.

    Local bus
    Seymour Airport - Baltra Ferry Terminal 15m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Baltra Ferry Terminal - Puerto Ayora
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit
    Santa Cruz
    Head to Santa Cruz's verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore the reserve's lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels' entrances.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Puerto Ayora - Chinese Hat
    Passage from Puerto Ayora to Chinese Hat (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Chinese Hat/Isla Rabida

    Spend the morning exploring lava flows and lava tunnels on the small island of Chinese Hat. After, enjoy a refreshing dip in turquoise waters. Search for fish and sea turtles in the protected bay. In the afternoon, explore the red sand beaches and salt water lagoons of this tiny island. Look for wading flamingos and nesting pelicans before heading out to do some snorkelling.
    Estrella Del Mar
    Chinese Hat - Isla Rabida
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe.
    Chinese Hat Visit
    Chinese Hat 1-2km
    Spend the morning exploring lava flows and lava tunnels on the small island of Chinese Hat before diving into the turquoise water to cool off and search for fish and sea turtles in the protected bay.
    Rabida Island Excursion
    Isla Rabida
    Arrive at a red sand beach at Rabida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes - it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.
    Estrella Del Mar
    Isla Rabida - Playa Espumilla
    Passage from Rabida to Playa Espumilla (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas

    In the morning, see the towering cliffs of Buccaneer Cove and keep an eye out for the hundreds of birds nesting on the edge.
    Later, land at Puerto Egas home to the elusive Galapagos hawk. Visit the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

    Playa Espumilla Excursion
    Playa Espumilla
    Head to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galapagos Islands, which has thick mangroves and sea turtle nesting sites.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Playa Espumilla - Puerto Egas
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe.

    Puerto Egas Visit
    Puerto Egas
    Explore the spectacular shoreline of Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. Spot a great number of shore birds and reptiles - the beach area is home to a plethora of wildlife.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Puerto Egas - Punta Espinoza
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Punta Espinoza/Urbina Bay

    Enjoy a morning visit to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life. In the afternoon, travel to Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail to get a view of the caldera and watch for land iguanas along the way.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Punta Espinoza - Urbina Bay
    Transport from Punta Espinosa to Urbina Bay

    Punta Espinoza Visit
    Punta Espinoza
    Tour a number of different trails at this not-to-be-missed landing site that's home to some of the largest colonies of marine iguanas and sea birds. Follow the path along the beach and across lava flows for a unique opportunity to explore one of the least-visited areas of the Galapagos.

    Urbina Bay Visit
    Urbina Bay
    Visit Urbina Bay for a unique walk among a massive marine reef that was raised out of the water in 1950 during an uplift. See "sculptures" of dried coral and other ocean formations while touring the area on foot. Urbina Bay also offers great opportunities to see land iguanas that have astonishingly yellow skin, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans as well as marine turtles and rays.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Urbina Bay - Elizabeth Bay
    Passage between Urbina Bay and Elizabeth Bay (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Elizabeth Bay/Punta Moreno

    Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. In the afternoon, land at Punta Moreno on the southwest coast of Isabela to see lava formations, flamingos, and amazing views of the three most active volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands.

    Panga Ride
    Elizabeth Bay
    Head out by panga to explore, keeping an eye out for wildlife hiding among the mangroves. Search for marine turtles, rays, and flightless cormorants in the sheltered waters. Also spot blue-footed boobies, penguins, and pelicans feeding on the abundant marine Life.

    Punta Moreno Visit
    Punta Moreno
    Visit Punta Moreno, a newly opened visitors' site, on the southwestern side of Isabela. Explore its interesting landscape, which is home to black lava flows and a unique system of brackish lagoons that draw in a wide range of wildlife. Spot Darwin's finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, and more! Be sure to bring your camera for shots of the island's amazing scenery. Punta Morenoboasts a panoramic viewpoint of three of Isabela's imposing volcanoes: Alcedo, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Punta Moreno - Puerto Villamil
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Puerto Villamil

    Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. Later on, visit Las Tintoreras, one of the best places to see sharks and other marine wildlife. Choose to visit the wet lands, the Wall of Tears, and the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area.

    Las Tintoreras (Shark Alley) Excursion
    Santa Cruz
    Tour the "Tintoreras" Shark Alley to watch manta rays and white tip reef sharks swim in the channels between the rocks. Get up close to pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies, and keep an eye out for rare Galapagos penguins, the only species found in Galapagos and north of the Equator.

    Wall of Tears Visit
    Isabela Island
    Tour the sombre 'Wall of Tears', a historical site that pays homage to the prisoners of an on-island penal colony, who were forced to build a wall out of huge blocks of lava. Many prisoners died during the wall's construction between 1946 and 1959.

    Sierra Negra Volcano Hike
    Isla Isabela
    Hike to the rim of the 10km (6 mi) wide crater of the Sierra Negra volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. Trek across the moon-like landscape of the lava fields and fumaroles, and enjoy spectacular views looking north toward Fernandina and the rest of Isabela Island. The volcano last erupted in October 2005, making it the most recent eruption of the Galapagos.

    Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit
    Isabela Island
    Walk through the town's wetlands to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Pass basking iguanas and flamingos, and head into the forest to see the gentle giants in their natural habitat at this reserve. With the giant tortoise on its way to extinction in the late 1950s, this program was established to protect these noble creatures.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Puerto Villamil - Puerto Ayora
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Puerto Ayora

    Take the morning to explore Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, do some shopping, and see how locals live in the islands. After lunch on board, hike to the beautiful beach at Tortuga Bay. Choose to relax on the white sand or rent a kayak and search for rays and turtles in the shallow waters.

    Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
    Puerto Ayora
    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a science organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galapagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. It also provides a study location for international scientists and training for naturalist guides. Tour the exhibition centre to see photo displays of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations, and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species.

    The station is also a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction. See the famous Galapagos tortoise up close - a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

    Tortuga Bay Hike
    Santa Cruz
    Enjoy a short walk to the beautiful white beach of Tortuga Bay. Relax on the beach, walk along the mangroves looking for marine iguanas and birdlife, or rent a kayak and explore this marine wonderland. Look for Tintoreras sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays in the water's shallow areas.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Puerto Ayora - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

    Disembark early and visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre on the island before flying back to Quito. Enjoy an evening in Quito.

    San Cristobal Interpretation Center Visit
    San Cristobal Island
    Pay a visit to the Interpretation Centre to learn everything you wanted to know about the Galapagos from the islands' natural history to their ecosystems and flora and fauna.

    Plane
    San Cristobal Island - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Quito
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Depart Quito

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 80-105 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.


  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.


  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. G Adventures requires your passport number, full name and date of birth at the time of booking. Please make sure you give this information to your travel agent.

  10. Once you have confirmed your booking please give us your international flight details and advise us if you have any important issues such as allergies, special diets, etc.

  11. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in Galapagos, 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.

  12. The Galapagos National Park authorities have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago.

  13. Please note that the rooming on our Galapagos yachts is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are not able to guarantee the specific cabin you will receive on board. The cabins are comfortable and clean, all with private bathrooms. Due to the specific location of the cabins on board, the window sizes vary as well as the noise at times when the boat is navigating, given the proximity of the cabin to the engine room. Our friendly and competent crew will ensure the smooth and comfortable journey for the duration of your tour.

  14. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.


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