If an authentic tropical landscape figures big in your travel dreams, get yourself on down to the GalÁpagos, stat. Want to keep an eye out for native wildlife like sea lions, land iguanas, and giant tortoises? The GalÁpagos has ‘em by the dozen. Looking to recharge on beautiful white-sand beaches? There’s plenty of those, too. Even better, you’ll have the services of two naturalist guides to help provide an educational slant to this incredible experience.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Quito/Baltra Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer to the ship which is moored nearby, just off the island of Baltra. Afternoon excursion to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Day 3 Islas Plaza/Santa FÉ Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 4 Punta Pitt/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 5 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the the port town of Puerto Baquerizo, the capital of the GalÁpagos. Visit the San CristÓbal Interpretation Centre and take a walk through Cerro Tijeretas looking for wildlife and go snorkelling. In the afternoon, visit Isla Lobos and be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves.
Day 6 Cerro Brujo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Starting on the north coast of San CristÓbal, land at Cerro Brujo to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Spend the afternoon visiting the tortoise breeding area in the highlands rich with endemic flora.
Day 7 BahÍa Gardner/Punta SuÁrez (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy the day on EspaÑola Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago. Visit the white sandy beach of Gardner Bay’s and the bird colonies of Punta SuÁrez.
Day 8 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet. Visit Post Office Bay.
Day 9 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B)
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant GalÁpagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.
Day 10 Quito (1B)
Depart at any time.
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