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Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

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Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

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Description

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, guaranteed to fill even the most well-travelled adventurers with a sense of awe and wonder. Be enchanted by pink flamingos in the lagoons of Isla Floreana, sunbathe with sea lions along Gardner Beach, hike along the spectacular green shoreline of Punta Cormorant and snorkel, well, everywhere. This active 6-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.

Trip Name
Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)
Last Updated
2024-02-14
Days
6
Capacity
16
Highlights
  • Pink flamingos, red-throated frigates and blue-footed boobies will have you craning your neck, snapping photos and contemplating a career in ornithology.
  • Snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil’s Crown, the formerly volcanic crater that is now home to turtles, rays and sharks.
  • Have an up-close encounter with the lumbering gentle giant that is the Galapagos tortoise, both captive and in the wild.
  • This 6-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.
  • An itinerary that strikes the perfect balance between active adventure on land and relaxing evening on the Grand Daphne, our newest motor yacht.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, The Galapagos Conservancy. Donations support their Women in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (WISE) program, providing capital for sustainability initiatives and empowering female entrepreneurs in the Galapagos. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. The maritime component of this trip is operated by a fully licensed Ecuadorian shipping operator. The Captain of the vessel will do all that is possible to adhere to the outlined itinerary however it may be changed without notice due inclement weather or changes to the Galapagos National Park's regulations. We ask you for your patience and understanding with any changes outside our control. Any changes to the itinerary will be undertaken with your safety and comfort in mind. There may be some early starts to the day for the scheduled activities to be conducted as per the itinerary due to specific visiting hours for some sites. All travel distances/times and durations for the activities listed in the trip notes are a guide only and are subject to change. FAMILIES TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN Families can travel with children who are 12 years and above on this trip. There are multiple snorkelling activities on this trip, so we recommend everyone has a good level of swimming ability if they wish to participate in the snorkelling activities. The snorkelling can start at the beach or straight from the zodiacs in deep open water. Life jackets are always available if you prefer to wear one while snorkelling. Children must be accompanied, by their guardian throughout the trip, both on and off the boat which includes during the snorkelling activities. Please discuss cabin options with your sales consultant at time of booking if you are travelling with children. We do not have interconnecting rooms available onboard so if your family requires multiple cabins, please note these may not be available next to each other. Your sales consultant will be able to provide you with the available cabin options and where they are located on the boat at time of booking. We can provide twin and double bed cabins – there are no triple share cabins on this boat. If your family consists of 2 adults and one child, the child must share with one of the adults and the other adult has the option to be paired up with another solo adult of the same gender or pay a single supplement to have their own cabin. TEMPORARY ITINERARY CHANGE for trips departing in January and February 2024 Confirmed cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 have been reported in parts of the Galapagos Island. The National Environmental Authority in the archipelago has activated biosecurity protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in the Galapagos Islands. Among the first actions were the closure of the visiting sites where affected birds have been detected. Due to these closures, we have had to make some changes to this itinerary as follows: Day 4 Punta Surez on Espanola Island is currently closed to any land excursions out of caution to protect the albratosses that inhabit the island. Instead of a hike on the island you will now visit the perimeter of the Island via zodiac. This will provide plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, you could see blue footed boobies, sea lions, Pelicans and albratosses flying above. Your afternoon visit to Bahia Gardner for a walk along the beach to see many sea lions following by an included snorkelling activity remains unchanged. Please note this is currently an evolving situation. The Galapagos National Park authorities are constantly monitoring the area for Avian Influenza and further changes to your itinerary may be required. Your tour leader will provide a further update on day one of your trip.

Day 1 - Quito
The adventure gets underway in Quito, Ecuador’s sprawling but refined capital city. A welcome meeting will be held this evening at either 5 pm or 6 pm so that you can meet your fellow travellers, but aside from that you are free to check out the city on your own today. After your welcome meeting, head to a small, local restaurant for dinner with your group. You can expect some pretty mouth-watering aromas from the fresh flavours of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. Think quinoa, pork and vegetable dishes laced with local herbs, lemongrass and rich sauces all sourced from local farms. You might even get to try the traditional Locro (potato soup). If you arrive early today, perhaps head to Quito’s Old Town and pick one (or more) of the 30 churches to explore.
Day 2 - Isla Baltra/Santa Cruz Highlands
Rise and shine! An early start is necessary this morning to make it to the Galapagos with time to play today. This could mean leaving as early as 4.30 am, and an Intrepid representative will confirm the exact departure time during the welcome meeting on day 1. Transfer to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (aka Quito Airport), enjoying a boxed breakfast en route. On arrival in the Galapagos, collect your luggage and meet your naturalist guide in the arrival hall. The action starts straight away with a journey into the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz, into the misty forests filled with unique scalesia. If you’re lucky, this could be your first sighting of giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and the world-famous woodpecker and warbler finches. Enjoy lunch in the highlands, then travel to Puerto Ayora and transfer to your boat – Grande Daphne. Settle into your assigned cabin, meet the crew and listen to a safety briefing. With the formalities out of the way, maybe head up to the deck with some of your fellow travellers and get to know each other over a drink or two.
Day 3 - Isla Floreana
Discover the quirky maritime history of Post Office Bay, home of the oldest postal system in the Americas. There’s a post box here that was first built by 18th-century whalers and is still in use today. Perhaps leave a letter to be collected by another traveller, or have a look for one that you can deliver. Snorkelling and a Zodiac ride are also included in this outing. Afterwards, head ashore at Punta Cormorant where the sand is made up of fine olivine crystal, a glassy volcanic mineral that gives the beach an olive-green colour. Sea lions can usually be seen lounging and socialising along the shore. Explore a little more of the island on a 1-kilometre walk, passing waterbird-filled lagoons and finishing at an Eastern Pacific green turtle nesting site. Later you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel in famous Devil’s Crown. This eroded volcanic cone is a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates. Red-billed tropicbirds can also be seen nesting in the rocky crevices. Those who snorkel here might see rays, sharks, sea lions and turtles. Sail overnight to Isla Espanola. Estimated travel time/distance: Puerto Ayora to Isla Floreana: 4 hours (32 nautical miles) Punta Comorant (Isla Floreana) to Punta Suarez: 6.5 hours (52 nautical miles)
Day 4 - Isla Espanola
Land at Punta Suarez on Isla Espanola, one of the most attractive locations in the Galapagos, home to a large and varied wildlife population. A hike along rocky trails (approximately 3 km) takes you to a clifftop viewpoint that affords magical panoramas. Boobies line the rocky shoreline below, while frigate birds can be seen overhead. Enormous male sea lions lounge nearby, and albatross use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, getting airborne on the southeast winds. If you’re lucky you might spot the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate. Next, head to Bahia Gardner, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. It’s full of sea lions and hood mockingbirds. Enjoy a short walk (approximately 1 km) along the beach, then snorkel up and explore off shore. Reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish (such as surgeon and angelfish) make their home along the islands shore. Small white-tipped reef sharks are also often spotted resting under the rocks. Estimated travel time/distance: Punta Suarez to Bahia Gardener: 45 minutes (5 nautical miles) Bahia Gardener to Leon Dormido: 5 hours (8 nautical miles)
Day 5 - Isla San Cristobal
Shake off any early morning doziness with a trip to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). This basalt crater rises 150 metres above the water and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. Cruise around kicker rock as nesting seabirds flank the boat, tropicbirds soar overhead and sea lions lounge by the water. Next, spend some time snorkelling at Cerro Brujo, providing opportunities to see Galapagos sharks and sea turtles. Or perhaps enjoy the beautiful beach with a leisurely walk to photograph the interesting sea lions who can often be seen at this location. Head to the airport on Isla San Cristobal for your flight back to Quito. The flight will stop in Guayaquil to drop off and/or pick up passengers en route. Arrive at Quito Airport at approximately 4 pm and take a transfer to your hotel. An Intrepid local representative may stop by your hotel this evening to get some feedback on your Galapagos experience.
Day 6 - Quito
Buenos dias! There are no activities planned for today after breakfast. If you plan to stay on in Quito, why not join a local guide for an Urban Adventure? Discover the city’s stories through the streets, the markets or the bakeries. Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/Quito-tours.

Trip Dates

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05-03-202410-03-2024AUD $ 5,820-
05-03-202410-03-2024AUD $ 5,215-
05-03-202410-03-2024AUD $ 5,215-
16-04-202421-04-2024AUD $ 5,615-
16-04-202421-04-2024AUD $ 5,820-
16-04-202421-04-2024AUD $ 5,215-
16-04-202421-04-2024AUD $ 5,215-
30-04-202405-05-2024AUD $ 5,215-
30-04-202405-05-2024AUD $ 5,215-
30-04-202405-05-2024AUD $ 5,615-
30-04-202405-05-2024AUD $ 5,820-
28-05-202402-06-2024AUD $ 5,615-
28-05-202402-06-2024AUD $ 5,820-
28-05-202402-06-2024AUD $ 5,215-
28-05-202402-06-2024AUD $ 5,215-
06-08-202411-08-2024AUD $ 5,615-
06-08-202411-08-2024AUD $ 5,820-
06-08-202411-08-2024AUD $ 5,215-
06-08-202411-08-2024AUD $ 5,215-
20-08-202425-08-2024AUD $ 5,615-
20-08-202425-08-2024AUD $ 5,820-
20-08-202425-08-2024AUD $ 5,215-
20-08-202425-08-2024AUD $ 5,215-
03-09-202408-09-2024AUD $ 5,615-
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03-09-202408-09-2024AUD $ 5,215-
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17-09-202422-09-2024AUD $ 5,820-
17-09-202422-09-2024AUD $ 5,215-
17-09-202422-09-2024AUD $ 5,215-
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01-10-202406-10-2024AUD $ 5,215-
01-10-202406-10-2024AUD $ 5,215-
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29-10-202403-11-2024AUD $ 5,820-
29-10-202403-11-2024AUD $ 5,215-
29-10-202403-11-2024AUD $ 5,215-
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12-11-202417-11-2024AUD $ 5,820-
12-11-202417-11-2024AUD $ 5,215-
12-11-202417-11-2024AUD $ 5,215-
26-11-202401-12-2024AUD $ 5,615-
26-11-202401-12-2024AUD $ 5,820-
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26-11-202401-12-2024AUD $ 5,215-
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10-12-202415-12-2024AUD $ 5,820-
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10-12-202415-12-2024AUD $ 5,215-
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18-03-202523-03-2025AUD $ 5,455-
18-03-202523-03-2025AUD $ 6,085-
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22-07-202527-07-2025AUD $ 5,455-
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05-08-202510-08-2025AUD $ 5,455-
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19-08-202524-08-2025AUD $ 5,455-
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02-09-202507-09-2025AUD $ 5,455-
02-09-202507-09-2025AUD $ 6,085-
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16-09-202521-09-2025AUD $ 5,455-
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30-09-202505-10-2025AUD $ 5,455-
30-09-202505-10-2025AUD $ 5,455-
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28-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 5,455-
28-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 5,455-
28-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 6,085-
28-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 5,875-
11-11-202516-11-2025AUD $ 5,455-
11-11-202516-11-2025AUD $ 5,455-
11-11-202516-11-2025AUD $ 6,085-
11-11-202516-11-2025AUD $ 5,875-
25-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 5,455-
25-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 5,455-
25-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 6,085-
25-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 5,875-
09-12-202514-12-2025AUD $ 5,455-
09-12-202514-12-2025AUD $ 5,455-
09-12-202514-12-2025AUD $ 6,085-
09-12-202514-12-2025AUD $ 5,875-

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights) Overnight boat (3 nights)

Transport

Boat,Plane,Bus,Zodiac (Panga)

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