7 Day Coral I & Coral II Tour Including 3 Night Cruise with option to extend to 4 or 7 Night Cruise - 11 Days

Overview

Opportunity for whale-watching from Moreno Point to Elizabeth Bay, and from Tagus Cove to Espinosa Point.

Fernandina Island is the youngest island of the Galapagos and offers beautiful volcanic landscapes; it is probably the only island in the world completely free of introduced species.

Espinosa Point offers a nice walk with the largest marine iguana of the Galapagos, a sea lion colony and tidal pools.

Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island is one of the few inhabited areas of the Galapagos; visit Sierra Negra and a giant tortoise breeding center, with a chance to see flamingos at a lagoon in town.

Opportunity to spend time with Galapagueños and learn about life in the Islands.

Tagus Cove offers a visit to Darwin Lake with a medium intensity walk. Great place for deep-water snorkeling with sea turtles and penguins, as well as a dinghy ride to observe sea birds.

Humedales in Puerto Villamil are the best sites in the entire archipelago to observe migratory birds to possibly find more than 20 species in a single spot.

Punta Moreno has a panoramic view of three volcanoes, the most active of the Galapagos: Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul of Isabela Island and La Cumbre of Fernandina Island.

At Charles Darwin Research Station we will meet Lonesome George and learn about the efforts that have been done to restore the tortoise populations in the islands.

In South Plaza there are two species of iguanas: land & marine, a colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls and sea lions. Beautiful views of nearby cactus forests.

Chance to see the Galapagos hybrid iguana, unique in the world.

Hiking in Santa Fe can be either intermediate or high intensity. Special sighting opportunities include the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the tallest cactus species, and a Palo Santo forest.

Rábida is a red sand beach with a large sea lion colony, Palo Santo forest and a unique type of cactus. This is the only place where nine species of Darwin’s finches can be seen, mockingbirds and beautiful views from the highest spot.

Daphne is an eroded tuff cone that was created by successive volcanic activity. A prime opportunity to find Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies.

Itinerary

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Upon arrival into Quito Airport you will be met by our ground representative and transferred to the Mercure Alameda or similar in Quito for check in and overnight.

After an early morning breakfast, the tour will depart towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza. Around midday the tour will head north to the equator for a trip to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the site of the monument. Along the way we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch. After seeing these incredible sites, the tour will head back to Quito, where you will return to your hotel. Meals B

Breakfast

am – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to board the Coral 1 or Coral II

Pm Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1 ½-hour visit

OPTIONAL 4 NIGHT CRUISE: $600 PER PERSON

OPTIONAL 7 NIGHT CRUISE: $2200 PER PERSON

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

am – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2-hour walk

pm – Bartolome Island

Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

am Rabida Island

Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home of sea lions colonies; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

pm – Buccaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach ( Santiago Island)

This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: white sand

Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

am – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon, turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets. This cove has been declared as a “turtle sanctuary”.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: none

Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride

Afternoon transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. OR OPTIONAL  7 NIGHT CRUISE:

OPTIONAL 7 NIGHT CRUISE: $2200 PER PERSON

pm – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes

Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Quito.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION FOR 4 OR 7 NIGHT CRUISE

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will be transferred to the airport for your deaprture flight.

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION:

 

am- Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.

Difficulty Level: moderate / high

Type of terrain: water

Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

pm – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti. In the shore mangrove can be found.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat/semi rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

am – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat & rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

pm – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Bluefooted Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

Difficulty level: intermediate/difficult

Type of terrain: steep/steep

Duration: 2-hour walk / 40-minutes dinghy ride / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

am – Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

pm – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. This site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest. It features extensive relative young pa-hoe-hoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellowcolored tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of been in another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.

Difficulty level: difficult

Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava

Duration: 1½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / beach time

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

am – Bachas Beach (santa Cruz)

Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1-hour walk / beach time

Afterwards, we transfer directly to Baltra Airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Breakfast

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Breakfast

Includes:

  • All airport and cruise transfers.
  • R/T Domestic flight to meet your cruise.
  • Three (3) nights stay in mainland Ecuador in first class hotels w/breakfast: Alamedo/Quito& Hilton Colon Guayaquil.
  • Select the cruise of your choice 4, 5 or 8 day. Prices are per person in twin cabin.
  • Cruise Fuel Surcharge.
  • Half Day City Tour in Quito or Guayaquil.
  • SLT exclusive tour performance guarantee.
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan.
  •  The Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per person will be collected prior to your departure.

HIGH SEASON SUPPLEMENT 5% OF TOUR PACKAGE

Dec 24 – Jan 5

Mar 28 – May 25

Jun 26 – Aug 6

Sep 25 – Nov 22

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She is an expeditionary catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. This vessel, with a maximum capacity of 16 passengers, provides in each of its corners, areas for rest and recreation for everyone. For the adults who might want to relax and kick back, we offer a great bar and lounge area where they are served by our bartender who will be happy to attend to all their needs and desires whilst you relax. The M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey, another jewel from the well known Galapagos Journey Fleet, the perfect combination of adventure, comfort, service and excellence!

In Quito: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda
Property Details

Number of rooms: 103

With 103 comfortable rooms with high speed internet access, the hotel offers a pleasant environment for combining business with pleasure.The Spicy Coffee Shop and Deli is a modern place to eat where one can enjoy the best of regional and international cuisine.

In Guayaquil: Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colón Guayaquil, a real five-star city resort hotel. The splendid building is located only five minutes away from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport and dominates the city’s new booming commercial and financial zone in Ecuador. The hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area.

Hilton Colón Guayaquil Hotel Features:

294 suites and rooms
Five restaurants and three bars
Room service available 24-hours
Business center
Meeting rooms, congress, and convention facilities with capacity up to 1800 people
Outdoor pool
Health club & spa

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7 Day Coral I & Coral II Tour Including 3 Night Cruise with option to extend to 4 or 7 Night Cruise
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Trip Facts

  • Car,Cruise
  • Hotel
  • Sight Seeing
  • Breakfast
  • Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Plaza Island, Rábida, Daphne, Isabela, Fernandina

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Quito16°CCloudy
SUNRISE06:22
SUNSET18:29 -05
Feels like: 15°CWind: 14km/h NPressure: 1010.84mbarUV index: 0
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Mon22/13°C
Tue20/12°C
Wed21/12°C

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