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Tour Introduction : Galapagos Islands Cruise
About Galapagos Islands

  • The Galapagos Islands were declared National Park by the Ecuadorian government in 1959.
  • 6'937 sq.km, about 87% of the island territory are protected and carefully managed.
  • Visits are allowed only to about 50 sites, in addition to the islands' few towns: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil.
  • The UNESCO declared Galapagos as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1978 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1985.
  • The Charles Darwin Station in Santa Cruz is leading and coordinating all activities and efforts to preserve the ecosystem of the area and developing educational and conservation projects.
  • The interior waters of the Galapagos Islands, plus those within 40 nautical miles measured from the baseline of the Archipelago, were declared the Galapagos Marine Reserve on 1994. This is the only protected coastal marine area in the east Pacific, and the second largest Marine Reserve in the World. It holds approximately133,000 sq.km , including 50,129 sq.km of the interior waters of the Archipelago.
  • There are many areas with small submarine volcanoes, which are important feeding zones for marine birds and mammals. The submarine area of Galapagos (from 0 to 200 mt deep) is of 6,700 sq .km.
  • Climate Although directly on the equator the climate is not tropical all year as one would expect. From January to May the climate is typically tropical: deep blue sky, hot but pleasant air temperatures, and occasional short downpours which dive the islands in a vivid green, - but from June to August it is rather cool and misty and the vegetation dries up, even the succulent palo santo tree drops his leaves. The average temperature on the Galapagos Islands is 23C (16-30C).

Facts and Travel Tips

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Detailed Tour Description

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Galapagos Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    You put the dates. Depending on availability
  • Price 2011
    US$ 2.850 p.p. sharing, approximately, depending on your choice
  • Deposit
    US$ 500
  • Includes
    Airport collection, assistance by travelling to Galapagos Islands, return flights Quito - Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Entrance Fee, 7 nights/8 days Cruise on San Jose Yacht (all included)
  • Excludes
    International flights, insurance, tips and personal costs
  • Tour party
    Booking on individual base
  • Optional
    Day tour birding around Quito. US$150  for 2 persons, including lunch

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Fuente de Piedra, Quito - Arrival, airport transfer
  • Day 2 - Fuente de Piedra, Quito - Free day or optional daytrip with bird watching .
  • Day 3 - Galapagos Islands - Airport transfer, Flight to Baltra and embark. pm: Black Turtle Cove
  • Day 4 - Galapagos Islands - Rabida, James Island (puerto Egas)
  • Day 5 - Galapagos Islands - am: Bartolomé. pm: Sullivan Bay
  • Day 6 - Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Station, Highlands, El Chato
  • Day 7 - Galapagos Islands - am: San Christóbal. pm: Leon Dormido-Cerro Brujo
  • Day 8 - Galapagos Islands - am: Isla Española. pm: Punto Suarez.
  • Day 9 - Galapagos Islands - am: Isla Floreana - Post Office. pm: Punta Cormorant
  • Day 10 - Isla Santa Cruz, Bachas Beach and Baltra. Flight back to Quito

IMPORTANT REMARKS
All itineraries in the Galapagos Islands are subject to change without previous notice due to National Park and Marine authorities regulations, operational matters, weather conditions, or at Captain´s decision when considered for passengers security and safety.
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