Board the comfy Monserrat and embark on a cruising adventure through the archipelago's western, central, and eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, and hike Sierra Negra, the largest balsatic caldera in the region. With a pair of Level II naturalist guides at the ready to answer your questions, you'll head home with a new perspective on nature, your planet, and maybe even yourself.

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Starting from $4,779

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 7, 2019
Oct 12, 2019 - Oct 21, 2019
Oct 26, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Quito/Mosquera Island

Fly to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, sail to Mosquera Island and walk along the beach and observe the vast sea lion colonies.

Day 3 Puerto Villamil

Arrive at Puerto Villamil, home to the small community that lives on Isabela Island. In the morning, hike the Sierra Negra volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. Visit Las Tintoreras and the tortoise breeding centre in Puerto Villamil in the afternoon.

Day 4 Chinese Hat/Isla Rábida

Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions. Take an afternoon excursion to Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony.

Day 5 Puerto Egas/Isla Santiago

Morning excursion to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Continue to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands, which boasts thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Head to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations.

Day 6 North Seymour/Baltra Island

Visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Spend the afternoon exploring the Santa Cruz highlands.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Santa Fé to observe wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas.

Day 8 Punta Pitt/Isla Lobos

Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach. Continue to Isla Lobos in the afternoon, and be welcomed by frolicking sea lions.

Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

Explore the the port town of Puerto Baquerizo, the capital of the Galápagos. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre before the flight back to Quito.

Day 10 Quito

Depart at any time.

Highlights

Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, snorkel with sea lions, discover spectacular marine life in protected bays, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano – the largest basaltic caldera in Galápagos.

Included

  • Seven nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Monserrat
  • Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
  • Two Certified Galápagos National Park Service guides
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre

Not Included:

  • Galápagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person
  • Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person
 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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