- 10 days
- January to December
- £1,899 per person
This Expedition Includes:
- Transfers in Quito and internal flights to Baltra
- All meals while onboard
- Landings and excursions led by an expert Expedition Team
- Complimentary hire of snorkelling equipment and wet-suites
- Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island
- Go snorkelling at Chinese Hat on Rabida Island
- Visit Santiago Island’s idyllic Playa Espumilla
- Ample opportunities to observe rare species of bird and wildlife
Explore the west and central islands of the Galapagos region on this 10-day expedition cruise aboard the small ship Monserrat. Along the way you will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with incredible wildlife and a variety of untouched natural wonders.
Your Galapagos Islands experience begins with a flight from Quito in Ecuador to Baltra, where you will transfer to Santa Cruz before boarding Monserrat in Puerto Ayora. Your first afternoon in the Galapagos will be spent enjoying a trip to visit the island’s giant tortoises before cruising overnight to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. Noted for its brilliant white sand beach and lava rock formations, Sullivan Bay is best seen from up high following a short hike to a nearby scenic vantage point.
You will spend the fourth day in the Galapagos exploring two of the region’s most beautiful areas. The first of these, Bachas Beach, is populated with flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs and is also one of Santa Cruz’s main nesting sites for sea turtles. The second is Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), a saltwater lagoon home to land iguanas and numerous eye-catching species of bird.
After leaving Santa Cruz, Monserrat will head to Black Turtle Cove on Mosquera Island for a day walking the beach and observing sea lion colonies, before cruising overnight to Isabela Island.
The largest island in the Galapagos, Isabela Island is home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes and here you can join a guided hike to its highest point before taking an afternoon excursion to the tortoise breeding centre in Puerto Villamil. The centre houses over 300 turtles, all of which are looked after until they are ready to be introduced into the wild.
Day seven will spent on Rabida Island, located in the central part of the Galapagos. Rabida is a great location for a spot of morning snorkelling and those with a passion for underwater exploration will have the opportunity to witness some truly fantastic marine life.
The following day will take in the highlights of Santiago Island, which includes a trip to Playa Espumilla, one of the Galapagos most idyllic beaches, and Buccaneer Cove, a towering cliff wall of breathtaking rock formations.
The final day of your Galapagos Islands experience will be spent enjoying nature walks on North Seymour before disembarkation in Baltra for your flight back to Quito.Contact Us