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600 Miles Off the Coast of Ecuador

Blue footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands perform courting rituals
Choose from 3, 4, and 7-night travel packages aboard first-class and luxury cruise ships in the Galapagos Island.
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Sample Itinerary
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DAY 1 - 3 QUITO/ ANDEAN HIGHLANDS
Travel to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador to visit the Galapagos, the Andes, and the Amazon. The Galapagos, known as the "Enchanted Isles", offer one of the most fascinating eco-systems on earth with exotic species seen no where else on earth. Your Galapagos cruise starts here. You start your journey in Quito, a colonial capital, dating back to the sixteenth century. Take a half day tour to visit Quito's colonial treasures.....or take a travel day into the Andean highlands to meet with the local vendors and artisans in one of South America's most colorful outdoor markets, Otavalo. Adventure further east to visit rainforest lodges or river cruise in air-conditioned comfort among the tributaries of the Amazon River on the Manatee Explorer. There are half day city tours of Quito including a visit to the Equatorial Monument, where the equator crosses the earth just north of Quito.....or take a full day tour to the Termas Papallacta where volcanic hot springs afford total relaxation.

DAY 3 - 7 THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - EXPEDITON STYLE TRAVEL
Our destination now is the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Daily flights connect you to Baltra or San Cristobal where you will board your cruise ship. Choose from a 3, 4, or 7 night cruise. Your Galapagos cruise will take you into a fascinating natural world, full of history and natural beauty. Here the animals have never learned fear of predators and roam the islands freely. Experience nature in a manner never before experienced. The Galapagos Islands are home to penguins, iguanas, sea lions, giant sea turtles, and a vast array of seabirds and sea animals. Cruise among the islands by day, taking shore excursions led by your naturalist guide. By night on board, attend lectures and briefings on the natural history of this fascinating world.
JOURNEYS END - GALAPAGOS/ QUITO
Your flight returns to Quito and departure home. Extension packages available to Peru. Let us help you plan your trip to Machu Picchu. See our tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.
Please Note: Quito is in the Andes at over 9,000 feet above sea level. Those who are susceptible to altitude may start their Galapagos Adventure from Guayaquil, Ecuador's port city, located along the coast.
Your travel package to Ecuador and the Galapagos will include the following:
  • Meet-and-greet services at the airport including baggage handling
  • Transfers (airport/hotel /airport) using English speaking guides in the Galapagos Islands
  • Overnight at selected hotel in Quito, the capitol of Ecuador . Hotel promotional rates available.
  • Half-day city tour of Quito Many options to choose from.
  • Accommodations for a three, four, or seven night cruise aboard your selected ship or yacht
  • 3 meals per day while on board ship
  • Daily briefings and shore excursions led by English speaking naturalists
  • Snorkeling equipment (yachts only)
Traditional dress for the women of Otavalo, Ecuador
Volcanic peaks in the Ecuador on the way to the Galapagos Islands This package does not include:
  • Galapagos Air Tickets
  • Galapagos National Park fee (see note)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items including phone charges, laundry, etc.

Note: All Galapagos itineraries are under the control and direction of the Ecuadorian National Park Administration. The $100 park fee is NOT included and may be paid by each visitor/passenger in CASH (U.S. dollars) locally before travel to the Galapagos Islands, or on arrival in the Galapagos.


Galapagos Islands Travel Description
Island of Bartolome Bartolome is famous for "Pinnacle Rock" - a landmark. Here too are sea iguanas, Galapagos penguins, also white tipped sharks,and great snorkeling
Island of Isabella Blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, frigate birds, flightless cormorants, noddy terns and audubon shearwaters
Island of Fernandina Marine iguanas, lots of sea lions, hawks, flightless cormorants, & Galapagos penguins.
Island of Espanola Colonies of waved albatross colonies , blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and plenty of sea lions; along with marine iguanas, mockingbirds, lava lizards, sally lightfoot crabs, the Galapagos species of doves, large cactus finches, oystercatchers, swallow-tailed gulls, and Galapagos hawks.
Island of Santa Cruz The town of Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Center. Wild giant tortoises with eleven species of surviving turtles, Darwin finches (thirteen species). Galapagos Island, hawks and flycatchers to name a few.
Island of North Seymour Here you will see land iguanas, also, frigatebirds, colonies of sea lions, additionally blue-footed boobies, the swallow-tailed gulls, plus bright yellow warblers, and even fur seals.
Island of Floreana Greater flamingos are found here as well as pintail ducks, , some medium tree finches, as well as yellow warblers, tropic birds, and brown pelicans too. Floreana is also famous for "Post Office Bay" where whalers use to post letters home in centuries past.
Island of San Cristobal San Cristobal has a small port for ships to dock and also an airport and a few hotels. San Cristobal is the capitol of the Galapagos Islands, although the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz is larger. Here are lots of sea lions and masked boobies, as well as blue-footed booby colonies: Here too are frigatebirds and some indigenous seabird species.
Island of Rabida Home to flamingos, as well as sea lions, also pelicans, in addition to white-checked pitails.
Island of South Plaza Colonies of sea lions,, as well as red-billed tropicbirds, famous too for land iguanas. swallow-tailed gulls and the blue-footed boobies.
Visit to Tagus Cove Plenty of brown pelicans, as well as Darwin and woodpecker finches, also Galapagos penguins, as well as swallow-tailed gulls and blue-footed boobies.
Visit to Isla Lobos Here are frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions to name a few. (Photos courtesy of Stuart Marcus - Wildlife Photographer).

 

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