Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella
Day 2 San Cristóbal (1B,1L,1D)
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 onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before your afternoon activity. Arriving by an early flight into the Galapagos Islands, we land in Baltra. Please note: The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the 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. Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours (By flight) The Galapagos Islands are located about 1000 km (620 miles) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist. Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times, and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named. Covering nearly 5000 square km (3100 square miles), the Galapagos Islands are now a National Park. The Galapagos National Park is the institution that controls the preservation of this environment, assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos Tortoises, which may live up to two hundred years. This is also the training centre for naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at more than 40 approved sites on the islands, and members of the international scientific community often come to study at the station.
Day 3 San Cristobal (1B,1L,1D)
Punta Pitt Cerro Brujo/ Leon dormindo
Day 4 Espanola (1B,1L,1D)
Bahia Gardner Osborn Islet Gardner Islet
Day 5 Floreana Island (1B,1L,1D)
Punta Cormorant Corona del Diablo Post Office Mirador de la Baronesa
Day 7 Genovesa Island (1B,1L,1D)
AM - Fly into Baltra PM - Bartolome
Day 8 Santa Cruz & Santa Fe (1B,1L,1D)
AM - South Plaza PM Santa Fe
Day 9 Santa Cru z& Baltra Island (1B)
Disembark in Baltra. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.