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


Prices From: $8838

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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

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

Places You'll See

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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

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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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.

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

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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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    Snorkeling gear and wetsuits

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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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    Internal flights from Guayaquil to the Galapagos

What's Not Included

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

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    International flights

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.

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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