Gluten Free Galapagos - December 5-14, 2020

Gluten Free Galapagos - December 5-14, 2020

Trip to Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador · Sat, Dec 05, 2020
Travel Expert Rachel Stewart

This exclusive gluten free tour is only available through Eat Well, Travel Happy!


10 days around the stunning Galapagos Islands on a chartered yacht

Quito | Isabela Island | Rabida Island | Santiago Island | Baltra Island | Santa Fe Island | San Cristobal Island | Puerto Baquerizo | Quito

Giant Galapagos Tortoise © G Adventures Inc.

It’s virtually impossible to witness the wonders of the Galapagos first-hand and not return home a devoted conservationist. Board the Monserrat yacht and embark on a cruising adventure through the archipelago's Western, Central, and Eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, and hike Sierra Negra, the largest basaltic caldera in the region. With a pair of Level II Naturalist Guides at the ready to answer your questions, you'll head home with a new perspective on nature, your planet, and maybe even yourself.

Snorkelling in the Galapagos © G Adventures Inc.

  • Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, 2 nights in Quito, Ecuador
  • Snorkel right from a white-coral sand beach and come face to face with playful sea lions and large schools of tropical fish
  • Jump into a panga and cruise alongside high cliffs and rock formations on a visit to Bucaneer Cove, a famous pirate hideout
  • Find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island
  • Discover spectacular marine life in protected bays
  • Lace up your hiking boots to explore endemic flora and fauna on many of the islands
  • Get up close to giant tortoises at the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, an area of land reserved for the repopulation of these magnificent ancient creatures
  • Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano – the largest basaltic caldera in Galápagos
  • Two Level II Naturalist Guides to answer all your questions
  • A dedicated, Gluten Free Host will accompany every tour to take care of the details
  • Gluten Free meals included - 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Local restaurant recommendations provided for gluten free dining during your free time

Blue Footed Boobie © Adobe Stock


For a detailed itinerary click on the Additional Details Tab above

Deposit:

$750.00

Deposit Deadline:

04/15/2020

Pricing Information:

$5,619.00 / person for Lower Deck, twin or double, land onl y

$5,979.00 / person for Upper Deck, twin or double, land only

All prices are in Canadian dollars and are based on double occupancy.

Upper Deck, Double Cabin Aboard the Monserrat © G Adventures Inc.

Upper Deck, Twin Cabin Aboard the Monserrat © G Adventures Inc.

Payment Schedule:

Initial deposit of $750.00 due at time of booking to confirm your spot.

2nd deposit of $3,000.00 is due May 15, 2020.

Final balance is due July 31, 2020.

All payments are non-refundable.

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights accommodations in Quito, Equador
  • 7 nights cruising aboard Monserrat
  • Local flights from Quito to Baltra, return (1 piece of luggage / person with max weight 23 kilo/ 50 lbs plus 1 carry-on with max weight of 10 kilo / 22 lbs)
  • Gluten Free meals – 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners (coffee, tea and water are included)
  • 2 Certified Galapagos National Park Service guides
  • 1 Gluten Free Host
  • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • All landings and excursions
  • All transport between destinations and to/from activities.

Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Dining © G Adventures Inc.

Exclusions:

  • International airfare to Quito, Ecuador / return
  • US$100/person Galapagos Islands Park entry fee (must be paid in CASH)
  • US$20/person Transit Control Card (must be paid in CASH)
  • Beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic can be purchased at the bar (coffee, tea and water are included)
  • 1 lunch + 2 dinners in Quito, Ecuador (gluten free dining recommendations provided for all meals not included)
  • Tips/gratuities, phone, personal expenses
  • Medical and travel insurance

Departure Guarantee:

This departure is guaranteed only after 10 confirmed bookings. Do not make air reservations until this threshold has been met. Eat Well, Travel Happy can help book all international flights when it is time.

Upper Deck Lounge & Bar Aboard the Monserrat © G Adventures Inc.

Terms & Conditions:

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Indoor Lounge Aboard the Monserrat © G Adventures Inc.

Insurance Information:

Please note that by February 2nd 2018, it will be mandatory for every traveler to show proof of insurance (covering medical, accident, death) to the immigration authority at the airport or border crossing into Ecuador. This insurance must cover the traveler for their entire length of stay in the country.

G Adventures requires travel insurance for all participants:
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Eat Well, Travel Happy is happy to help you with all your insurance needs.

VALID CANADIAN PASSPORTS MANDATORY FOR ALL DESTINATIONS
Any exceptions will be noted upon request with Eat Well Travel Happy and its appointed Agents.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT VALID CANADIAN PASSPORTS BE VALID FOR 6 MONTHS PAST DEPARTURE DATES OF TRAVEL.
For other nationalities please contact your Travel Agent or appropriate Consulate for details.
CANCELLATION AND MEDICAL INSURANCE RECOMMENDED FOR ALL TRAVEL, MANDATORY FOR CUBA AND MEXICO AND PROOF OF SAME IS REQUIRED.

Please, contact the agent to send the information

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time. Optional activities available.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don’t forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Accommodation

4 star hotel

Monserrat © G Adventures Inc.

Day 2 Quito/Isabela Island

Fly to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, sail to Mosquera Island and walk along the beach and observe the vast sea lion colonies.

Plane

Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity.

Mosquera Island Excursion

Mosquera Islet, 2h-3h

Wander along the beach and keep a look out for wildlife on land, in the air, and at sea. Relax on the sand or search for aquatic life in the tidal pools that dot the coastline.

Monserrat

Baltra Island – Isabela Island

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Galapagos Beach © G Adventures Inc.

Day 3 Isabela Island

Arrive at Puerto Villamil, home to the small community that lives on Isabela Island. In the morning, hike the Sierra Negra volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. Visit Las Tintoreras and the tortoise breeding centre in Puerto Villamil in the afternoon.

In the morning, visit Las Tintoreras, a small island in front of Puerto Villamil. Its bay is known to be home to a colony of whitetip sharks. Check out the tortoise breeding centre to see some of the famous giant tortoises of the Galápagos.

Las Tintoreras Visit

Isabela Island

Take a panga across the bay to “Tintoreras” Shark Alley to observe the whitetip reef sharks found swimming in the channels between the rocks. Get a close-up view of pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies. Watch for manta rays and rare Galápagos penguins.

Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

Isabela Island, 1h-2h, 7km

Hike to the rim of the 10km (6 mi) wide crater of the Sierra Negra volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. Trek across the moon-like landscape of the lava fields and fumaroles, and enjoy spectacular views looking north toward Fernandina and the rest of Isabela Island. The volcano last erupted in June 2018, making it the most recent eruption of the Galápagos. This hike is 7km in total (3.5km each way).

Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre Visit

Isabela Island, 2h-3h

Walk through the town’s wetlands to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. With the giant tortoise on its way to extinction in the late 1950s, this program was established to protect these noble creatures.

Monserrat

Isabela Island – Chinese Hat

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Flamingo © G Adventures Inc.

Day 4 Chinese Hat/Rábida Island

Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions. Take an afternoon excursion to Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony.

In the morning, the boat arrives at a small uniquely shaped island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat. Here it is often possible to see Galápagos penguins, and the marine life is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen while walking amongst the volcanic scenery. Trek to see good views of the island’s volcano.

Chinese Hat Visit

Chinese Hat, 1h-2h,1-2km

Explore Chinese Hat’s beautiful landscape and view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.

Snorkelling

Chinese Hat, 45m-1h

Snorkel right from the white-coral sand beach and come face to face with playful sea lions and large schools of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas and penguins.

Rábida Island Visit

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.)

Snorkelling

Rábida Island, 45m-1h

Take a panga ride from the beach to a cliff wall that drops off into the water to find one of the best deep-water snorkeling spots in the islands.

Monserrat

Chinese Hat – Puerto Egas

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Sea Lion Pup © G Adventures Inc.

Day 5 Puerto Egas/Santiago Island

Morning excursion to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Continue to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands, which boasts thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Head to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations. Continue to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools.

Santiago Island has seen its share of human activity from whalers and pirates over the years, and despite the introduction of goats to the island many years ago, the wildlife of Santiago has otherwise flourished and provides outstanding viewing opportunities. The island boasts marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, among others. Enjoy great wildlife viewing both on land and in the water.

Puerto Egas Visit

Puerto Egas

Explore the spectacular shoreline of Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. Spot a great number of shore birds and reptiles – the beach area is home to a plethora of wildlife.

Snorkelling

Puerto Egas, 45m-1h

Grab a snorkel and jump into the water right off the beach to explore Puerto Egas’ interesting underwater world. Keep your eyes peeled for rays, turtles, and reef sharks while snorkelling. After, visit the large tidal pool area – marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs are everywhere.

Playa Espumilla Visit

Playa Espumilla

Head to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands, which has thick mangroves and sea turtle nesting sites.

Buccaneer Cove Visit

Santiago Island

Jump into the panga and cruise alongside high cliffs and rock formations on this visit to Bucaneer Cove, which was a favourite hideout for pirates looking to stock up their boats with food and water. Spot sea lions relaxing on the beach and sea birds nesting in the cove – there’s lots to see at this site.

Monserrat

Puerto Egas – North Seymour

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Sally Lightfoot Crab © G Adventures Inc.

Day 6 North Seymour/Baltra Island

Visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Spend the afternoon exploring the Santa Cruz highlands.

Monserrat

Baltra Island – South Plaza

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion

Santa Cruz Island, 2h-3h

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels. Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here.

North Seymour Island Visit

North Seymour

Have an amazing wildlife experience visiting North Seymour Island – this island is teeming with life! Follow trails to see all the action (you may need to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana while walking). Depending on the season, see blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Head to a rocky shore to see flocks of pelicans having lunch in a dive bomb feeding frenzy, then turn inland to a large nesting site of magnificent frigatebirds. These huge, dark acrobats have two-metre (6.5 ft) wingspans, and males, with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. Top off your visit with a snorkel excursion among the colourful fish who call this area home.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Male Frigatebird © G Adventures Inc.

Day 7 Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Santa Fé to observe wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas.

South Plaza Island Visit

South Plaza, Morning

Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters.

Sante Fé Hiking

Santa Fé Island, Afternoon

Lace up your hiking boats to explore the island’s flora and fauna. Trek toward the cliffs along the island’s northern shore to see a forest of giant prickly pear cacti (Opuntia). See endemic land iguanas lounging in their favourite forest, and feasting on Opuntia pads and fruit.

Monserrat

Islas Plaza – Punta Pitt

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Lava Field Hiking © G Adventures Inc.

Day 8 Punta Pitt/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach. Head to La Galapaguera for opportunities to see giant tortoises and enjoy a snorkelling excursion.

Punta Pitt

Enjoy amazing wildlife watching and interesting geological formations on this fascinating expedition. Arrive at a quiet cove on the eastern tip of San Cristóbal to explore Punta Pitt. Made up of volcanic tuff substrate, it’s the only site in the Galápagos where it’s possible to see three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds.

Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit

San Cristóbal Island

Get up close to giant tortoises at the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, an area of land reserved for the re-population of these magnificent ancient creatures. Learn about the life cycle of the tortoises at the small breeding centre and interpretation centre.

Monserrat

La Galapaguera – Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Board the spacious 20-person vessel and enjoy the amenities while cruising to your next destination. Spend time on the top deck lounge and bar, indulge in a meal with new friends or relax in the indoor air-conditioned areas.

Snorkelling

Punta Pitt

Snorkel around Punta Pitt Island and spot schools of fish swimming below. On the shore admire the nesting birds and sun bathing seal lions.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Galapagos Giant Tortoise © G Adventures Inc.

Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

Explore the port town of Puerto Baquerizo, the capital of the Galápagos. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre before the flight back to Quito.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. The flight will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.

Interpretation Center Visit

San Cristóbal Island, 1h-2h, Morning

Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.

Plane

San Cristóbal Island – Quito 3h

Flights from San Cristobal to Quito depart between 11:30am and 1:30pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 4pm and 5:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel Hilton Colon (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Galapagos Fauna © G Adventures Inc.

Day 10 Quito

Depart at any time. Optional activities available.

Jumping Ship © G Adventures Inc.



Gluten Free Galapagos - December 5-14, 2020

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