You will fly to Quito airport where you will be taken on a shared transfer (with guide) to your hotel and stay for one night with breakfast included. After doing the check-in and settling in your room,
During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you'll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you through your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Enjoy lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.
Baltra and North Seymour Island
You will be transferred to Quito airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.
During World War II, Baltra served as a US military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located to the north of Santa Cruz Island. This island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and Rosemary Grant on the finches population, one of the most important studies in the field that supports Charles Darwin's Theory.
North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra and is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride or just a scenic zodiac tour.
South Plaza (Santa Cruz Island) and Santa Fe Island
Today explore Santa Cruz, a small uplifted island just off the northeast coast of Santa Cruz. A subspecies of land iguana is found on the island in plentiful abundance. A short hike and Zodiac ride provide ample opportunity to observe the beauty and wildlife of the island.
Enjoy a wet landing in Santa Fe on the small beach in Barrington Bay. Large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches and can often be seen surfing in the waves. The visit here includes a hike past saltbush where Galapagos hawks, as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas, tend to roam.
Punta Pitt & Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island
Pitt Point is located on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal island. After disembarking onto the small greensand beach, you'll hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort. Here on a cliff is a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies.
Visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the Galapagos Islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation centre and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation centre.
Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
Rich in history, this site is home to the post office established in 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, as visitors can leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land.
Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point
Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this sheltered inlet offers to opportunity to view a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.
Along the beautifully rocky shore of Moreno Point, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.
This is the main population centre of the islands, and home to the National Park Service tortoise breeding centre, and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding centre and walk through the Research Station
Gardner, Espanola & Punta Suarez
The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. It's home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin's finches and Espanola mockingbirds may also be seen here.
Espanola is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At Suarez Point, be greeted by a colony of sea lions upon arrival. This area is home to nearly the entire world population of Waved Albatross - though they're graceful in the air, their clumsy behaviour on land is a sight to see. A cliffside hike leads to a natural lava fissure that spews water like a towering geyser.
Baltra Island disembarkation & Quito
Today you'll disembark in Baltra Island and be transferred to the airport for the trip back to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel.
Today you will be escorted back to the airport for your return flight home. Breakfast is included.
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