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Eden - North & Central Islands

Overview

Set sail aboard the Eden to explore the northern and central islands of the Galapagos archipelago. This Galapagos adventure introduces you to the spectacular scenery and some of the fascinating and varied wildlife that thrives here. Witness the rugged volcanic landscapes of Bartolomé with its spatter cones and lava flows as you look out for Galapagos penguins and lava lizards. Spot nesting sea turtles on Bachas Beach and colonies of red-footed and masked boobies at El Barranco. Snorkel around underwater craters and the famous Pinnacle Rock to discover incredible marine life, and finally visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about the iconic Galapagos giant tortoises.

 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ECTSENCI

Location: Ecuador

Ship: Eden Yacht

CRUISE ITINERARY

Arrive at any time. Feel free to explore the city of Quito. Sitting at 2,850 metres above sea level high in the Andean foothills lies Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The city, a short distance from the Equator and with an amazing backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is known for its stunning colonial architecture and art-work. Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city, Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centres in the Americas. It was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1978.

Quito

This morning you will have an early transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.
On arrival we head to Bachas Beach where the sand is made of decomposed coral, making it soft and white, and a favourite site for nesting sea turtles. Spot abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water's edge -- these crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on! Trek to see a wide range of wildlife, including flamingos, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and sea lions.

Quito & Baltra

In the morning visit this sunken caldera for a great snorkelling opportunity. See large schools of tropical fish swarming near the vertical walls, and, if lucky, see a manta ray or hammerhead. Walk along the white coral sands of Darwin Bay surrounded by bustling sea birds. Follow the trail and see nesting frigatebirds, gulls, and boobies. Be sure to bring your camera to take some snaps of your new feathered friends.

In the afternoon visit "El Barranco" aka Prince Phillip's Steps located on the southern tip of the island for an amazing wildlife watching opportunity. Hike up the steps to see a sea bird colony that is full of life including the breeding grounds for red-footed boobies and masked boobies.

Genovesa Island

Today we visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach. Hike to Bartolomé's summit for a stronger perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins and enjoy a panoramic view - it's one of the best among the islands! See other Galápagos Islands in the distance as well as Pinnacle Rock, the island's famous towering landmark.

Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations on the islands. Home to Galápagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish, Bartolomé and its surrounding waters are a fantastic place to explore the natural wonders of the Galápagos.

We continue onto Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see one of its star natural attractions - striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to its harsh environment and relatively new lava flow. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white-coral sand beach, where abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions gather on shore.

Bartolomé Island

Today we to Daphne Island, a tiny conical island, home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, Darwin's finches, and a variety of marine life. Observe from the boat as this island is dedicated to scientific research. This island was where Dr. Peter Grant conducted a long-term study of Darwin's finches.

Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) for some prime birdwatching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.

Daphne Island

We will disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close - a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened. This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community. In the afternoon we fly back to Quito and you’re transferred back to your hotel.

Santa Cruz & Quito

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the Airport

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Depart Quito
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Important Information

  • Inclusions
    Accommodation
    Internal Flights
    All shore excursions
    All meals throughout the cruise (6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners)
    Galapagos National Park Certified Guide
    Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits

     

    Exclusions
    USD$100 Galapagos National Park Fee (must be paid in cash on arrival at Galapagos)
    USD$20 Transit Control Card (must be paid in cash at Quito Airport)
    International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
    Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
    Airport arrival or departure taxes
    Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
    Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
    Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
    Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
    All items of a personal nature
    Gratuities
    Visas
     

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  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability

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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.