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Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos

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Embark on this 5-day adventure that explores the highlights of the central islands of the Galapagos. Be entertained by the antics of friendly sea lions or get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises that make their home here. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander to the hidden center of the islands. There are endless possibilities for adventure, making this the most memorable trip ever.
Bartolome- Early morning hike up stairsSnorkeling at Hol Chan Marine ReserveSouth Plaza IslandLazing in the sun South PlazaChinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Black Turtle Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport in Baltra from the mainland of Ecuador, where a guide will meet you and accompany you to the bus after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht without delay. They greet you with your first orientation and offer a light snack.

In the afternoon, make a panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; where you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Then board the Yacht for dinner and the first of your nightly orientations.
Activities: Panga Ride

Day 2: Chinese Hat | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, start the day with a trip to Sombrero Chino, also known as Chinese Hat, a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. This island got its name from its unique shape that resembles a hat. Here you can observe Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions, and marine iguanas on the rocky shoreline. This is an excellent snorkeling site and there will be time for those who would like to swim, snorkel, and kayak. Return to the Yacht for lunch.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

In the afternoon, make a wet landing at Rábida, walk, and observe marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans. After a nice walk, arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where pink flamingos can be observed. After this have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing swim, do some exploratory snorkeling, or enjoy some easy snorkeling. Return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Day 3: Bartolome Island | Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a dry landing on Bartolome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit get an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.
Activities: Walking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the yacht for a delicious dinner and nightly orientation.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

Day 4: Santa Fe Island | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native to Santa Fe. Time for those who want to swim, snorkel, or kayak is optional.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga Ride, Snorkeling

Return to the Yacht for lunch and sail to South Plaza, where you make a dry landing on the pier of the island, there you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows you to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. At the end of the afternoon, return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
Activities: Walking

Day 5: Las Bachas Beach | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast you make an early disembark on Las Bachas Beach, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

Return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.

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Tip Top IV

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6 lower deck with two twin beds that can be converted into king beds. Some rooms are interconnecting, which is a great option for families.
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Upper Deck Cabin
4 upper deck cabins with two twin beds that can be converted into king beds.

Notes

Please reserve your wetsuit in advance prior to trip.

Child Discount

50% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Use of all on-board water toys, such as snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours.

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