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Xavier Itinerary A - 5D/4N

ITINERARY “A”

DAY 1: QUITO / PUERTO AYORA

Baltra

Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to board the boat.

Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit

Santa Cruz Island

Head to Santa Cruz’s verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore the reserve’s lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels’ entrances.

DAY 2: RÁBIDA ISLAND/BACHAS BEACH

Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.

In the morning, go on an excursion to Rábida Island, and land on a red sand beach.Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.

Rabida Island Excursion

Rábida Island

Arrive at a red sand beach at Rábida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes –it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.


Bachas Beach Landing

Bachas Beach (2h-3h)

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.

DAY 3: FLOREANA ISLAND

Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet.

Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer, the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.

Punta Cormorant Visit

Floreana Island

Visit Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on FloreanaIsland, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water’s edge.

Post Office Bay Visit

Floreana Island

Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition –leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

Snorkelling (Champion Islet)

Champion Islet

Jump on in and get up close and personal with the playful sea lion colony that reside in the waters off this tiny island. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays and colourful fish swimming by. There can be currents in this area, this activity should be done by strong swimmers only.

DAY 4: PUNTA SUÁREZ/BAHÍA GARDNER

Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

Punta Suarez Excursion

Punta Suárez

Head to Punta Suárez on Española Island, the southernmost island in the Galápagos archipelago and home to several wildlife species. Hike to the top of the cliff for spectacular photo opportunities, and explore the island's untamed natural beauty.

Gardner Bay Visit

Bahía Gardner (1h-3h)

Visit Gardner Bay's magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

DAY 5: PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO/QUITO

San Cristóbal

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.San Cristóbal

Interpretation Center Visit

San Cristóbal Island

Pay a visit to the Interpretation Centre to learn everything you wanted to know about the Galápagos from the islands' natural history to their ecosystems and flora and fauna.

CHECK OUR GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE DEALS FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

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BEAGLE YACHT (FIRST CLASS)

FEBRUARY 12 - 19 / 8 DAYS / IT. SE - $2460

TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS (LUXURY CLASS)

FEBRUARY 08 - 12 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1946

CATAMARAN SEAMAN (FIRST CLASS)

MARCH 15 - 18 / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1910 (SUITE)

GOLONDRINA YACHT (TOURIST CLASS)

FEBRUARY 01 - 08 / 8 DAYS / IT. D - $2000

NATURAL PARADISE (LUXURY CLASS)

MARCH 12 - 16 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $2556**

EDEN YACHT (TOURIST SUP.)

FEBRUARY 28 - 03 MAR / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $940

GALAPAGOS ODYSSEY (FIRST CLASS)

FEBRUARY 05 - 10 / 6 DAYS / IT. A - $2201

ARCHIPELL I (FIRST CLASS)

FEBRUARY 18 - 21 / 4 DAYS / IT. A4 - $1215

ALYA CATAMARAN (LUXURY CLASS)

FEBRUARY 21 - 25 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1857 ( 1 PAX)

CORMORANT (LUXURY CLASS)

MARCH 09 - 13 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $2900**

SEASTAR (LUXURY CLASS)

FEBRUARY 05 - 10 / 6 DAYS / IT. A - $2180

ENDEMIC (LUXURY CLASS)

FEBRUARY 05 - 10 / 6 DAYS / IT. F - $2700

QUEEN BEATRIZ (LUXURY CLASS)

FEBRUARY 10 - 13 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $1452

DAY TRIPS IN ECUADOR

OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET
$ 55.00 USD PER PERSON
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PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
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DEPARTURES: FRIDAYS
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