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Galapagos Islands
6-Nights Galapagos Express Adventure: Wilderness & Wildlife - 18-to-Thirtysomethings
Galapagos Islands
G Adventures
Vacation Offer ID 1373618
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Overview

G Adventures

Galápagos Express Adventure: Wilderness & Wildlife
The Galápagos Islands aren't just all about cruising! Over a week’s time and beginning and ending right in the heart of the action (the islands, of course), you’ll stay active by snorkelling, hiking, and exploring the diverse terrain before slowing things down with wildlife exploration in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. With plenty of options to stick around after the trip’s done (or show up early for some independent adventuring beforehand), this is the perfect express trip for a most excellent Galápagos experience.

Highlights
Snorkel with sea lions, travel by public speedboats around the Galápagos Islands, camp in the middle of it all to stay closer to nature, visit Charles Darwin Research Station, hike Sierra Negra Volcano.

Accommodation
Multi-share hostel (4 nt), camping (2 nts).

Group Leader
Local naturalist guide (certified by the Galápagos National Park).

Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 12

Meals Included
4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

What's Included
Your G for Good Moment: Floreana Community Restaurants, Floreana Island. Interpretation Centre Visit (San Cristóbal Island). Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela Island). Isabela Highlands Camping. Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island). Isabela Municipal Tax. Opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, and incredible wildlife encounters. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Featured Destinations

Isla San Cristobal
Isla Isabela

Isla Isabela

The largest of the islands, Isabela has the Galapagos' tallest peak—Volcano Wolf—at 5,487 ft/1,646 m. The island resembles a sea horse when seen on a map. Also known as Albemarle, the island was formed when six volcanoes erupted and melded together. About 2,000 people reside there, mostly on the southern tip of the island in Puerto Villamil. Few cruise ships visit the town, but they do stop regularly at several park sites elsewhere on the island.


Tagus Cove on the western side, across from Fernandina Island, was a favorite spot of pirates and whalers, who scrawled the names of their ships on the surrounding cliffs. Visitors can hike from the bay up a steep hill to Darwin's Lake, the cone of an old volcano that's full of green sulfur and saltwater. Those who continue partway up the base of Volcano Darwin can take in panoramic views of nearby islands. Galapagos penguins and the world's only flightless cormorants are often visible along the shore. Three types of finches that Darwin collected on his visit to Isabela are also present.


Other sites on the west coast that are often visited by cruise ships include Urvina Bay, with giant tortoises, iguanas, flightless cormorants and pelicans; Elizabeth Bay, an aquatic mangrove forest that pangas sometimes explore (with motors off) in search of green turtles, rays and sea birds that inhabit its lagoons and channels; and Punta Moreno, which offers the chance to see a variety of birds, including great blue herons and flamingos.


To see the island's other sites, longer stays are required. Overnight visitors staying at Puerto Villamil can take a bus to the base of Volcano Sierra Negra and then walk or ride horses to its rim for wonderful views. Volcano Alcedo, in the center of the island, used to be the centerpiece of a four-hour hike, but a massive campaign to eradicate feral goats has put a moratorium on this excursion.


The town of Puerto Villamil has a pleasant beach, with a dozen or more cafes, shops and hotels located right on the beach. Nearby is Lover's Beach, a good place to view sea birds. Las Tintoreras is a great location to watch resting whitetip reef sharks, large marine iguanas, rays and Galapagos penguins.

Destination Guide
Isla Santa Cruz

Isla Santa Cruz

Here, the Charles Darwin Station offers insight into ongoing research and conservation in the Galapagos. Also located on this island is Cerro Dragon, one of the best places to spy land iguanas.
Destination Guide

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Valid Date Ranges

September 2022
09/25/2022 10/01/2022 $1,079 per person
October 2022
10/02/2022 10/08/2022 $999 per person
10/09/2022 10/15/2022 $999 per person
10/16/2022 10/22/2022 $999 per person
10/23/2022 10/29/2022 $999 per person
10/30/2022 11/05/2022 $999 per person
November 2022
11/06/2022 11/12/2022 $1,079 per person
11/13/2022 11/19/2022 $1,079 per person
11/20/2022 11/26/2022 $1,079 per person
11/27/2022 12/03/2022 $1,079 per person
December 2022
12/04/2022 12/10/2022 $1,079 per person
12/11/2022 12/17/2022 $1,079 per person
12/20/2022 12/26/2022 $1,079 per person
12/27/2022 01/02/2023 $1,079 per person
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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
 

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