Galápagos Land & Sea — Central Islands aboard the Monserrat

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Overview

If you’re looking for a taste of exotic nature, look no further than this trip aboard the Monserrat, our comfort-class vessel for navigating the waters of the Galápagos. Start with a day on land and stay at a beautiful island hotel, the best possible way to start your tour. Snorkelling with sea lions and other aquatic wildlife and taking a trek over volcanic rock will give you both incredible sights and indelible memories. And with two naturalist guides on the tour, you’ll bring home extra knowledge to go along with your photo slideshows.

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Quito/Puerto Ayora

Fly to the Galápagos, meet the CEO and transfer to Puerto Ayora, a port town. Check into the hotel followed and after lunch hike to Tortuga Bay and explore the mangroves by kayaking.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Puerto Ayora/Baltra Island

Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. In the afternoon enjoy the highlands, visit a tortoise ranch and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz.

Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a science organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers.Visit a tortoise ranch in the afternoon and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz. Tonight will be the first night spent on board the Monserrat.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sullivan Bay/Bartolomé Island

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragón

Visit the beach on Las Bachas and relax or swim in the crystal waters. Continue to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz to see land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds.

Visit Bachas Beach in the morning, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island. A great beach to stroll on with crystalline waters perfect for swimming, Bachas Beach also gives visitors the opportunity to see frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions.

In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragón, on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. See land iguanas as well as a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and various species of birds.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Black Turtle Cove/Quito

Take a morning panga ride and look for marine life in Black Turtle Cove. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Quito

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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