Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time

Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time

Start: Guayaquil Finish: Guayaquil

Visiting: Guayaquil, Galápagos Islands, South Plaza Island, Sombrero Chino, Santiago Island, Genovesa Island, Santa Fé Island, North Seymour Island, Floreana Island


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Tour code: GPVA

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 26 - 32

Age range: 16 to 99


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Tour Overview

The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a group of true nature enthusiasts. The Evolution is the perfect haven for relaxing between daily hiking and snorkelling excursions, or for joining fellow travellers for a briefing by our knowledgeable naturalists. During our intimate Galapagos Islands cruise, find yourself just inches away from giant tortoises, comical Blue-footed boobies, Sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals, and gain an appreciation for how remarkable life on Earth can be. Voyage the famed waters of Galapagos amid the spectacular landscapes and distinct endemic wildlife that so intrigued Charles Darwin.

Highlights

  • iconSail on the /Evolution/, featuring the most public space and largest cabins of any yacht in her class
  • iconSnorkel, kayak, hike and even enjoy an intimate picnic in the highlands with Giant tortoises
  • iconVisit a family-run coffee and sugar cane farm
  • iconEnjoy the archipelago's best guest-to-guide ratio
  • iconLearn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station

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Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time
Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time
Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time
Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time
Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time
Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time
Galapagos - Footsteps Back in Time

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive Guayaquil

Location: Guayaquil

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Oro Verde

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde. 


icon Day 2 : Fly Guayaquil to San Cristobal; Visit Playa Ochoa & Kicker Rock

Location: Galápagos Islands

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to the islands and board the /Evolution/. Stroll along the beach at
Playa Ochoa, where a nearby tidal lagoon plays host to flamingos, finches and
Chatham mockingbirds. At sunset, we cruise around Kicker Rock.


icon Day 3 : South Plaza Island

Location: South Plaza Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At only 426 feet wide, South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the
archipelago. Look for Yellow land iguanas on a walk to a grove of
prickly-pear cactus.  Non-hikers can enjoy a Zodiac ride, watching for
Swallow-tailed gulls, Red-billed tropicbirds and Blue-footed boobies. Since
there is no true trail on Mosquera Islands, you are able to stroll at your
leisure.


icon Day 4 : Sombrero Chino Island & Santiago Island

Location: Sombrero Chino, Santiago Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Morning Sombrero Chino Island:* The tiny uplifted island of Sombrero Chino
– or Chinese Hat – features a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble and
lava tubes. The “land” is made of a few adjacent craters and old, fragile
pahoehoe lava flows. Vegetation is just starting to take hold, including
colourful carpetweed plants. Enjoy a Zodiac ride and swim before lunch.

*Afternoon Puerto Egas, Santiago Island: *This afternoon, search the tide
pools of Puerto Egas for sea life. During low tide, we may see Marine iguanas
feeding on algae. Our naturalists will point out the birdlife, including
Great blue herons, Lava herons, oystercatchers and Yellow-crowned night
herons.


icon Day 5 : Genovesa Island

Location: Genovesa Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Genovesa is often referred to as “Bird Island” for the vast numbers of
pelagic seabirds that come here to nest. And while Genovesa harbours one of
the Galapagos’ largest and most diverse bird populations, there are no land
reptiles — with the exception of some very small Marine iguanas. This is
due to the direction of the ocean currents, which couldn’t carry the
terrestrial animals here. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to an area with
colonies of Red-footed boobies. Watch for Short-eared owls which feed on the
petrals that fly about. Explore Darwin Bay, home to the rare Lava gull. While
anchored at Genovesa, enjoy an opportunity to swim, kayak and snorkel in the
calm caldera of this partially eroded volcano.


icon Day 6 : North Seymour Island & Santa Fe Island

Location: Santa Fé Island, North Seymour Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Morning North Seymour:* North Seymour is the nesting site for a large
population of magnificent frigatebirds and the only place where we can always
find males showing their red pouches to attract females. Plus, we are sure to
see Blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open
areas.

*Afternoon Santa Fe Island:* Hike to a scenic lagoon, where we may observe
Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds and a variety of Darwin’s finches. You may
kayak and snorkel from the beach.


icon Day 7 : Floreana Island

Location: Floreana Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike to Post Office Bay, once used by navigators to send mail with homebound
messengers. Swim and kayak in the bay before a walk along the olivine beaches
of Punta Cormorant. After hiking to a flamingo lagoon, spot fish and sea
turtles during a relaxing stroll along the beach. Enjoy superb snorkelling at
Devil’s Crown, where sea water has filled the sunken cone of an extinct
volcano.


icon Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island

Location: Santiago Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Evolution

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and
photograph Giant tortoises in the wild. Stop at a family-run farm before
learning about the work being done to study and preserve wildlife at Fausto
Llerena Tortoise Breeding Centre at the Darwin Research Centre.


icon Day 9 : Black Turtle Cove & fly to Guayaquil 

Location: Guayaquil

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a Zodiac ride through Black Turtle Cove, drifting silently through this
area of mangroves. Fly to Guayaquil, where it's possible to connect with
international flights later this evening. Trip ends upon arrival at airport
in Guayaquil. Alternatively please ask your sales consultant about post-tour
accommodation in Guayaquil. 

What's Included

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    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

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    One night at the Oro Verde hotel in Guayaquil and 7 nights accommodation onboard the MV Evolution

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    Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and panga rides

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    Snorkeling gear and wetsuits

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    Internal flights from Guayaquil to the Galapagos

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    Kayaks

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    Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology, marine life and field interpretation

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    International flights

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    Galapagos Park Tax fee: $120 USD (or equivalent in booking currency), paid locally

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included. Meals are served in one seating in the dining room, and each meal boasts international and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine, fresh fruit and sumptuous desserts.

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Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

16+ age people can go on this tour.

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Ecuador you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

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