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December 4 - 10, 2018

Day 1 Wed Dec 5 Arrive Quito
Upon arrival and after clearing immigrations and customs you will be met and transferred to your hotel.. Meet your group at dinner. Overnight at the HOTEL QUITO. (D)

Day 2 Thu Dec 6 Quito - Galapagos by flight

Depart Quito for San Cristobal on a 2-hour flight. Upon arrival, you are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a short bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
NOTE: $100.00 per person Galapagos Entrance fees is payable directly upon arrival in the Islands.

You’ll visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about the islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about their volcanic origins, remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization.

Overnight on board MV GALAPAGOS LEGEND OR MV CORAL I or II (Standard plus cabins). (BLD)

Difficulty level: easy /intermediate Type of terrain: flat/stairs Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk

Tijeretas Hill involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

Difficulty level: difficult Type of terrain: Rocky Duration: 1-hour visit

Day 3 Fri Dec 7 Cruise - Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)
Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Lava lizards, Marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches,another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Suarez Point (Española Island)

Dry landing, We explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.

Difficulty level: difficult Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2 ½-hour walk

In the evening various activities are included. Be amazed by the stunning details of the stars in the Enchanted Islands, with our state of the art beams you will be able to get to know more about constellations than ever before. Let the naturalist experts, guide you through the dark night, with cultural folkloric tales narrated by the stars themselves.

Overnight on board MV GALAPAGOS LEGEND OR MV CORAL I or II (Standard plus cabins). (BLD)

Day 4 Sat Dec 8 Cruise - Post Office (Floreana Island)
Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana Island, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. The island is known for its endemic vegetation. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 30-minutes walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana Island)
Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well. You can simply view the wildlife, if you prefer.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy & flat Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

Overnight on board MV GALAPAGOS LEGEND OR MV CORAL I or II (Standard plus cabins). (BLD)

Day 5 Sun Dec 9 Cruise - Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also provides environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat Duration: 1 ½-hour visit

Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos admire different kinds of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers,and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers and
the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)
Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

Overnight on board MV GALAPAGOS LEGEND OR MV CORAL I or II (Standard plus cabins). (BLD)

Day 6 Mon Dec 10 Cruise - Carrion Point (Santa Cruz Island) - Mainland flight
This rocky cliff offers a great opportunity to explore the marine biodiversity of the islands. You may snorkel among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be the chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: water Duration: 2-hour snorkeling

Baltra Island Airport - Quito/ Depart Quito
After the visit, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito and connect with your flight to your onward destination.Carry with you memories of these magical islands. (B)

Pre Tour extension

Day P1 - Mon Dec 3 Arrive Quito
Arrive in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. You are welcomed at the airport and transferred to Hotel Quito. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day P2 - Tue Dec 4 Quito - Colonial city Tour & Middle of the World
This morning's tour offers the best of Quito, with its rich cultural legacy, ornate façades and dazzling gilt altars. Visit Independence Square, the Archbishop's Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral as well as other sites of colonial art and architecture. This afternoon, visit the famous Equatorial Monument, marked by geographers as latitude 000'00". You will have the opportunity to straddle the two hemispheres at the same time. (B)

Day P3 - Wed Dec 5 Quito - Otavalo - Quito
Visit the well-known indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure. Visit Peguche known for its weavers, visit a wind instruments workshop, Cotacachi known for the manufacture of leather goods, Cuicocha crater lake before returning to Quito. (B)

2018  
   
Based on double occupancy minimum 6 persons: $4,195
Single room supplement is extra $1,912
   
Upgrade on the cruise:  
Junior suite $544 per person
Balcony suite
$1,333 per person
   
Pre tour extension program in Quito based on minimum 6 persons:
Double occupancy $622 per person
Single room supplement is $ 246.00
   
One Pre tour night in Quito on double occupancy $192 per person
Single room supplement is extra $86.00
   
NOTE: $100.00 per person Galapagos Entrance fees is payable directly upon arrival in the Islands.
 
Included:
  • Hotel accommodation in double rooms / cabins at hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Meals as indicated B = Breakfast daily, L = Lunch & D = Dinner.
  • Arrival transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Meals as indicated B = Breakfasts, L = Lunches & D = Dinners.
  • Coach class internal airfare (mainland - Islands - Mainland)
  • Local English speaking guides including entrance fees to monuments and included features.
  • Baggage handling at check in / check-out.

Not included:

  • Any international airfare
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fees ($100.00 per person)
  • International departure tax
  • Air taxes.
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees and processing
  • Insurance
  • Tipping/gratuities
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