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8 Days Cruise in Southern/Central Galapagos

You can discover the very best of the Galapagos on board Origin and Theory by Ecoventura: the amazing wildlife, striking landscapes, magnificent marine environment, and fascinating history. Choose our comprehensive Southern/Central 8-day itinerary to explore this paradise on earth. Our award-winning Galapagos expedition cruises feature a crew of 13 including a full time Concierge and two Naturalist guides (one for every ten guests).
Twice-daily guided shore excursions with optional water activities and exploration by Zodiac or glass-bottom boat.
Five double kayaks, one single kayak, two stand up paddle boards, full 3mm wet suits, masks, fins and snorkels and beach towels are provided at no additional cost.
All meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Cocktails, red, white and sparkling wine, beer, sodas, juices, coffee, and tea, snacks – all included in our open bar policy.

per adult from

$9,908

AUD

Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    • Open bar policy including white, red and sparkling wine, beer, spirits, juice, sodas, coffee and tea
    • Satellite communications (Wi-Fi) – available 24/7 and limited to one PIN per cabin
    • Transfers in the Islands between the airport with meet & greet and the dock in Galapagos
    • Personalized check-in at the airports in Quito and Guayaquil (on our days of operation only)
    • Entry/Admission - Lagoon El Junco
    • Entry/Admission - Cerro Brujo
    • Entry/Admission - Punta Pitt
    • Entry/Admission - Punta Suarez
    • Entry/Admission - Gardner Bay
    • Entry/Admission - Devil's Crown
    • Entry/Admission - Post Office Bay
    • Entry/Admission - Santiago Island
    • Entry/Admission - South Plaza Island
    What's excluded :
    • International Airfare to Ecuador – you must arrive to Quito or Guayaquil the day prior to the cruise
    • Airfare from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos
    • Migration control Transit card (TCT or INGALA) fee $20 per person
    • Gratuities to guides and crew
    • Purchases from the bar for premium brands of wine and spirits not included in the open bar policy
    • Laundry service
    • Entry/Admission - Cormorant Point

  • Day 1: Sunday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: San Cristobal, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
    Upon arrival, our guides will be waiting for you to escort you to the right vessel - Origin, Theory or Letty. After a short bus ride and Zodiac transfer to the yacht anchored in the bay, you’ll get your cabin assignment and be treated to a delicious buffet lunch. You will be required to participate in a brief safety drill and choose your snorkel equipment.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Lagoon El Junco, Ecuador
    Before the yacht pulls anchor, you’ll return to San Cristobal to explore El Junco Lake, a caldera of an extinct volcano and only sizable fresh water lake in the Galapagos. Sea lions may try to approach and as you ride the zodiac you’ll see them lounging on the boats docked in the harbor.
    Upon your return to the yacht, the Captain and crew will welcome you on board with a cocktail and a briefing of the next day’s activities. With the small number of passengers on your yacht, you’ll have an opportunity to dine with the captain later in the week.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Monday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: Cerro Brujo, Isola San Cristobal Ecuador
    You’ll start your exploration today with a Zodiac ride to look for wildlife at Cerro Brujo. Your guide will point out the wide variety of birds soaring around you, from brown pelicans and brown noddy terns to blue-footed boobies dive-bombing the water around you as they fish. Sally lightfoot crabs, black when they’re young but
    extremely colorful once fully grown, scurry all over the rocks. Your guides will also point out unusual geological formations, including the Cathedral. After the Zodiac tour, you’ll be able to take in the gorgeous coral sand beach at your own pace. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, swim with sea lions or you have the option to paddle board or kayak. This is a good opportunity to become familiar with your snorkeling gear from the beach before
    snorkeling in deep-water. Your guides will teach you about the various species of fish you’ve encountered so far. If you’d like help identifying any of the fish in your photos, they’ll be happy to lend their expertise.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Punta Pitt, Ecuador
    Return to the yacht for lunch served on the sun deck (weather permitting) before going ashore at Punta Pitt for a hike - parts of the trail are rocky, and there is some climbing involved. This is considered one of the best sites for bird-watching, primarily because it is the only place where you’ll see all three species of boobies: the blue-footed, the red-footed, and the Nazca. Look for baby blue-footed boobies, fully grown after just a couple of months but fluffy and white until their feathers come in. Your guides will also point out frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, brown pelicans. At Pitt Rock, we can snorkel with sea lions and colorful
    fish such as King Angel and Surgeon fish. A Zodiac will transfer you back to the boat for a briefing and dinner. As the yacht sets sail, choose from a selection of guide books or fiction in the library, or climb to the top deck for a distant view of “Sleeping Lion”.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Tuesday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: Punta Suarez, . Ecuador
    This morning you’ll land at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island. Your
    guides will point out the large number of endemic species living here, such as the waved albatross. These gorgeous birds spend the first several years of their lives in the open ocean and return to land to mate. If your visit is between April and December, you will witness the well-known courtship dance. As you walk, take care
    not to step on the marine iguanas sunbathing on the dark rocks. These iguanas are usually black but acquire bright red and green coloration during mating season from the algae they eat. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hole, watch for colorful sally light-foot crabs crawling along the shoreline. Return to the yacht for lunch served on deck (weather permitting) and a
    cooking demonstration on how to make Ecuadorian ceviche.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Gardner Bay, Espanola Island Ecuador
    After lunch, you’ll have the option to snorkel at Tortuga Rock and explore the caves covered with invertebrates. Disembark at Gardner Bay, site of a beautiful white-sand beach where colonies of sea lions dot the shoreline. The dominant males of a sea lion colony keep watch over their harems to keep them safe. Here
    you’ll have the option to snorkel from the beach, kayak or paddle-board, or simply walk along the beach, sunbathe or explore the Darwin Finches, Espanola mockingbird and Galapagos hawks. After the activities, return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner. Your guide will offer an enrichment lecture tonight after dinner.
    Informative and entertaining, the topic for this evening is on marine currents and climate or Geology of the Islands.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: Wednesday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: Cormorant Point, . Ecuador
    Step ashore at Punta Cormorant’s olive-sand beach with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons and blue-footed boobies as you walk around Floreana Island. The green mineral you’ll see on the beach is caused by a high concentration of iron and manganese from the same basaltic
    lava found in Hawaii. As you walk to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers and bright pink flamingos, the guides will point out the rich variety of plant life, including morning glories, cut-leaf daisies, mangroves, palo verde and Scalesia. The trail leads to a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Devil's Crown, . Ecuador
    Don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion Islet, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and coral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Return to the yacht for lunch.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Post Office Bay, . Ecuador
    In the afternoon, you’ll be able to participate in a thrilling Galapagos tradition. Floreana is home to Post Office Bay, the site where English whaling vessels erected a post barrel in the late 18th century. When you drop a postcard in the barrel, no postage is required. You’ll search through the postcards left by previous visitors, and if you see one addressed to a location near your home, you may choose to take it with you and deliver it in person. Similarly, your note will be delivered by future visitors. Postcards will be provided on board by your guides.
    Take a Zodiac excursion at Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays. If you have an underwater camera, you’ll be busy snapping photos of sea stars and a brilliant array of colorful fish.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 5: Thursday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: Puerto Ayora, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
    When you look outside this morning, your view will be completely different from the last few days. A harbor full of boats is bustling with activity at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, a town with a population of 24,000. You’ll travel by bus to a higher altitude with beautiful geological formations including the lava tunnels at El
    Mirador and Los Gemelos (the twins), a pair of massive craters. Your guides will explain how they were formed. The highlight of the morning is a visit to a privatelyowned ranch where tortoises roam free. These slow-moving giants can grow to be over 500 pounds!
    Lunch will be served back on board the yacht.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Charles Darwin Research Station, Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora 200350 Ecuador
    In the afternoon you’ll learn about the most famous visitor to the Galapagos - Charles Darwin - as well as current conservation efforts, when you visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena and Charles Darwin Research Station.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Puerto Ayora, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
    Later in the afternoon you’ll have free time to explore the
    town as you walk back to the main dock, the distance of about a mile. If you’re looking for a souvenir, this is the perfect time. Stop at the artisan chocolate shop to select a truffle, with dozens of flavor options, or visit an art gallery for a painting or ceramic piece. Along the way there will be cafes with coffee, ice cream and internet.
    You’ll have the option to stay on land for dinner with transfers provided by Zodiac. Otherwise, return to the yacht for the usual delicious multi-course dinner.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 6: Friday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: Bartolome, Bartolome, Galapagos Islands
    When you wake up this morning, you’ll be in solitude once again, with no other boats in sight. You’ll have two options for a morning activity. Today’s hike is a challenge, with about 400 wooden steps winding around Bartolome island, ending in a gorgeous panoramic view of Pinnacle Rock. Your guide will stop along the way to describe the geology of the landscape - mini lava cones and bombs formed by flowing magma from past volcanic eruptions. If you’d rather skip the hike, enjoy a Zodiac ride around the island to look for penguins. You’ll see these adorable animals - the second smallest type of penguin - swimming and diving playfully or grooming themselves on rocks. Crystal clear water beckons you to
    wade in from the beach. Snorkel with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos Penguins. Return to the vessel for lunch served on the sundeck (weather permitting).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Santiago Island, East of Isabela Island Ecuador
    The itinerary for this afternoon varies depending on your yacht, but all visitors will enjoy lovely views and some of the Galapagos’ renowned wildlife. Guests go ashore at Sombrero Chino, a small island off the southern tip of Santiago that owes its name to its shape. Sea lions await on the beach, and as you explore, you’ll see marine iguanas and oystercatchers. Along the trail, you’ll see remnants of the island’s geological history, with volcanic rubble and cracked lava formations.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Saturday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: South Plaza Island, Ecuador
    This morning you’ll start out at South Plaza, a small islet with tall cliffs and a trail with a variety of plants and animals. This island’s species of “Opuntia” or prickly pear cactus has been decimated by invasive species, so you’ll see young plants surrounded by nets to protect them. Look for nests for a variety of birds, such as swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters, small ground finches, and red-billed tropicbirds.
    This geological uplift is home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. You’ll also have an opportunity to see land iguanas up close, and your guides will describe what differentiates them from marine iguanas.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Seymour Island, Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands
    During lunch, you’ll sail to North Seymour Island, where a spectacular sight awaits: frigate birds with red sacs on their chests inflated, seeking mates. At the height of mating season, you’ll be surrounded by dozens, but no matter what time of year you visit, there will be individuals seeking mates. The Galapagos Islands are
    home to two different species of frigates, Great and Magnificent, and your guides will teach you to identify the difference. You’ll have a final opportunity to snorkel in deeper water. Look for sharks, sea lions, and starfish, along with a variety of tropical fish. Before dinner, the captain and crew join you for a champagne toast to
    celebrate a wonderful week during the Captain’s farewell party. During the briefing, and you’ll receive detailed instructions for disembarking the next morning, After dinner, there is a special presentation from your guides and you come to realize your week in paradise has almost come to an end!
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 8: Sunday - Southern/central route

    Stop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, 2 km Southwest of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Ecuador
    This morning you’ll disembark the yacht after breakfast. As a perfect way to sum up the trip, you’ll visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to discover more about the human history of the Galapagos Islands. There’s also a paved trail where you can enjoy a brief walk before a bus ride to town. You’ll have some free time for last-minute photos before your transfer to the airport. It’s a quick flight back to the mainland, but you’ll be bringing lifelong memories with you!
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito Tababela S/N - Via, Quito 170907, Ecuador
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 8/19/2020 - 10/21/2021
    Monday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Tuesday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Thursday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Friday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Saturday:08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Sunday:01:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • We have eliminated our buffet service, adjusted the dining areas to allow social distancing among groups and placed screen protectors in the bars and buffet table. In order to avoid direct contact with paper, we have removed physical menus and created digital ones that will work through QR codes.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Ecoventura - Galapagos islands

Activity ID: V-279439P1

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