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Ecuador - Galapagos Islands - Itinerary A (8 days)

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Quito, Ecuador To Guayaquil / Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador - Galapagos Islands - Itinerary A (8 days)

Day 2

Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt, Ecuador

Day 3

Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay, Ecuador

Day 4

Floreana Island, Ecuador

Day 6

Las Bachas, Ecuador

Day 7

Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

Day 8

Guayaquil / Quito, Ecuador

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil / Galápagos – San Cristóbal Island

Meet at the Quito or Guayaquil airport for your flight to Galápagos two hours prior to your scheduled flight time • Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht • After the welcome briefing, a delicious buffet lunch and safety drill, we travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or "Frigatebird Hill," situated just outside town near "La Predial" a fishing community present from 1952 to 1960 • Walk along the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, then return to the yacht in the evening for a briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome party and dinner

Day 2
Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 2: Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt – San Cristóbal Island

We arrive to Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, considered one of the most spectacular in Galapagos where we’ll have an opportunity to snorkel or kayak from the beach or swim with sea lions as well as a Zodiac ride • During lunch, we cruise toward the northeastern tip of San Cristobal to Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies: Blue footed, Nazca and Red-footed boobies, both Frigate species, swallow-tailed gulls, Storm petrels and a colony of sea lions • At Pitt Rock, we snorkel or swim with sea lions and colorful fish such as King Angel and Surgeon fish • Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner

Day 3
Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 3: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay – Española (Hood) Island

At Punta Suarez, witness the highest rate of endemic species in the Galapagos • Listen as sea lions noisily greet you as we land on their beach and laugh as Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces • From April to November, the waved albatross, found only on Española, perform their wild mating ritual • Here, where colorful sally light-foot crabs crawl along the shoreline near the famous "blow hole," we can also observe a unique species of marine iguana, the "Christmas Iguana," identified with traces of red and green colorings • Walk along seemingly endless stretches of Gardner Bay’s white sandy beach where you’ll find large colonies of sea lions • With no trail to follow, this is your chance to explore and find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finch or Hood Mockingbird • Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or stand-up paddleboard • Take a Zodiac ride to explore caves covered with invertebrates • Admire the colorful array of underwater life at the snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock

Day 4
Floreana Island, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 4: Punta Cormorant / Champion / Post Office Bay – Floreana Island

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, Floreana, one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos, rich with history, mystery, and intrigue • Set foot on an olive-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions • Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of Pintail ducks, Common stilts, and the pinkest Flamingos in the world • Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Palo Verdes and Scalesia leading to a beach with powder soft sand • Snorkel at Champion Inlet, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and coral • Visit Post Office Bay, one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos where a post barrel was put into use in the late 18th century by English whaling vessels • Leave a post card and pick up any mail to personally deliver to your home area • Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays

Day 5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 5: Puerto Ayora / Highlands / CCFL (Darwin Station) – Santa Cruz Island

We disembark at Puerto Ayora, with a population of 24,000, and travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where the scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos • Here, we visit the tortoise reserve at Rancho El Manzanillo, one of the privately -owned haciendas in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat • We’ll also visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for "The Twins", a pair of large pit craters where we find the bright red male vermilion flycatcher • Later, we head to the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station) • Visit the tortoise corals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown • Scientists from all over the globe conduct biological research at the station from anatomy to zoology • Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes • Stop off at a chocolate shop to learn how high quality "Arriba cacao" is produced in Ecuador • Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café – or if you prefer an active afternoon, we can arrange for kayaking at Punta Estrada or to go on a bicycle ride (additional charges apply) • Return to the yacht for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own • Zodiac shuttles from Eric and Letty to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening

Day 6
Las Bachas, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 6: Las Bachas / Black Turtle Cove / Bartolomé – Santa Cruz Island

Today guests on board the Eric visit Las Bachas, Spanish for " the barges," where a long stretch of soft white sand beach and interior lagoons offer opportunities for snorkeling and chances to see the Greater Flamingo • Guests on board the Letty will take a Zodiac ride at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves on the lookout for pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays • Return to the yacht for lunch • Visit Bartolomé, an island inhospitable to most plants and animals, where you "walk on the moon" • Climb the wooden stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano, pausing to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones • From the top of the stairs, we can gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and "Pinnacle Rock", an eroded tuff cone • Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach or Zodiac with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins

Day 7
Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
My Eric or My Letty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 7: South Plaza / North Seymour – Santa Cruz Island

Visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views • After a dry landing, the trails lead us through Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia and Sesuvium • Find the Galapagos land iguana feeding on cactus leaves • Toward the end of the hill, encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions; the dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory • Return to the yacht and snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water • Go ashore at North Seymour, where we visit the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds found in Galapagos • As we stroll along the beach, look for Marine Iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells • Return to the Eric or Letty for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slideshow presentation

Day 8
Guayaquil / Quito, Ecuador
None Breakfast

Day 8: Galápagos / Guayaquil / Quito – San Cristóbal Island

Visit the Interpretation Center in San Cristobal to learn more about the history of the Islands • Next, head to the airport for a flight back to the mainland (departing San Cristobal at 12:30 pm, arriving in Guayaquil at 3:25 pm – flight schedule subject to change) • Transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil or continue the flight on to Quito (arriving at 5:00 pm) to connect with your departing flight to the U.S.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours

Description

Welcome to Darwin’s natural laboratory! Venture each day from your 20-passenger luxury yacht with a skilled naturalist to a new island and get up close and personal with the stunning terrain and fearless exotic creatures that make Galápagos their home. Walk volcanic trails and protected highlands and marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones, cinder cones and lava tubes on a hike to the top of an inactive volcano. Come nose to nose with a 600-pound, 150-year-old tortoise, snorkel alongside warm-water penguins and watch as a blue-footed booby dances in courtship. Return each night to a delectable meal and a restful night’s sleep in the comfort of your signature yacht.

Activities included:

Hiking: 1 to 2 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.

Sea Kayaking: No experience necessary.

Snorkeling: Equipment provided, no experience necessary.

Boating: Inflatable Zodiac touring with naturalist guide.

Standup Paddleboarding: No experience necessary.

Discovery: The rugged volcanic landscape of the Galápagos

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