Arrival in Quito with International flight Monumental City Tour to the Ecuadorian capital's colonial past, declared by UNESCO a "World Cultural Heritage." Quito invites you to visit its historic and modern treasures. You start the tour visiting modern and colonial districts. First, the "Balcon Quiteño", the Legislative Palace, the colonial center, the Independence Plaza, the Caron¬delet Palace (Government Palace) the Metropolitan Cathedral, "La Compañía" and "San Francisco" churches and a drive to "El Panecillo" hill for a marvelous panoramic view of the city. Overnight Hotel Mercure Alameda(-/-/-)
Early departure from Quito through to the North on the "Panamericana" avenue to the Province of Imbabura. Visit Otavalo, which is 95 km north of Quito. There you will find a colorful Indian market that for many years is performed in the "Plaza del Poncho." Place to take wonderful pictures and admire Otavalo Indians in their typical clothing, and also purchase leather products, woven products, rugs, "shigras" (colorful straw or linen woven bags), as well as hand-carved wood products. Also you will have the opportunity to visit Cuicocha Lake, a beautiful turquoise crater lake. Drive back to Quito. . Overnight Hotel Mercure Alameda(B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport. Galapagos extension of an either 8-, 5- or 4 days- cruise on the first class catamaran Treasure of Galapagos. (B/-/-)
Class: First Class
Capacity: 16 Pax
Speed: 12 knots
Crew: 8 members plus and 1 naturalist guide level III
Equipment: 2 motors385 HPCaterpillar, 2 Generators 75KW,3900g Desalinate System
Safety & Navigation: All equipment according to the international SOLAS standard: 1x 25 and 1 x 20 man life craft, Foruno, 2 GPS, sonar, 2 naval radars, fire detection and prevention systems etc.
1 Master Suite with 2 balconies, 8 outside Junior Suite cabins with balcony and private bathroom, hot water, air conditioner, security box.
Lounge, library with TV and DVD area, dining room, 2 bars, 3 solarium areas, Jacuzzi, boutique.
Accommodation in double cabin, full Board, excursions with English speaking guide, snorkeling equipment.
Not included services:
Flight ticket, Galapagos National Park admission $ 100 p/P, transit card $ 10 p/P, drinks,.
Tips and personal expenses, wetsuit to rent: $ 45 for the 8-day and $ 25 for 4 / 5-day cruise.
AM: Baltra – Transfer in Santa Cruz: Dry landing, Visit the Twins Craters, two deep craters in Santa Cruz's Islands. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration: 30 minutes.
PM:Lunch at noon. Dry landing, hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.). Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 hours, dinner at night.
AM: North Seymour: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. On this island you can see blue-footed boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. Palo Santo trees can also be observed. Difficulty: Moderate Duration approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Lunch at noon.
PM:Bartolomé: Wet Landing, After lunch visit to the Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling.
In the afternoon dry landing to reach the viewpoint of Bartolome. On this island, you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. After a 30 to 40 minutes climbing, a wooden staircase leads to the top of the island where there are beautiful views of the nearby beaches. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of Pinnacle Rock. Degree of difficulty: difficult, Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes. Dinner in the evening.
AM: South Plazas: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. As you walk to the shore you can see a large number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and swallow-tailed fork, but mostly enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasant experience. Opuntia cactus also grows in this place, vegetation and the color changes according to season. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Lunch at noon.
PM:Cerro Brujo: Wet Landing, is a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkell. Located on the north coast of the San Cristobal island. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 2 hours.
AM: Punta Pitt-San Cristobal: Dry Landing, is located at the eastern end of Isla San Cristobal. Is a group of eroded volcanic cones, sparsely populated by endemic vegetation of the islands. Punta Pitt is a perfect place to nest a variety of sea birds, such as blue-footed boobies, masked, red-footed boobies, frigates, among others. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 2 hours.
PM:Isla Lobos: is a small flat island, located 10 kilometers northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the coast of Isla San Cristobal. Isla Lobos name is given because it is home to several sea lions that frolic on the beach. It is also the ideal place to observe nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. It has a protected channel where you can do snorkeling with sea lions. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
AM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal: dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands. Degree of difficulty: easy.
Duration: 1 Hour.
PM:Transfer out: San Cristobal`s airport.
AM: San Cristobal - Transfer in.
PM:San Cristobal - Cerro Colorado: dry landing. After a bus ride of 45 minutes to reach Cerro Colorado, where you can see giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Degree of difficulty: easy, 1 Hour Approx.
AM: Osborn Island: Enjoy this place for snorkeling and swimming. Duration 1 Hour Approx.
PM:Española - Punta Suarez: dry Landing. During the walk on this island you can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, albatrosses, lava lizards, herons. Degree of difficulty: difficult, Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes. Dinner.
AM: Mirador de la Baronesa - Floreana: Dry Landing, The Baroness view point is located north of Floreana Island. Site of a beautiful landscape and historical view, with a panga ride is possible to observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and eventually Galapagos penguins. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
PM:Floreana - Punta Cormorant: Wet Landing, This site has a sandy olivine beach for walking and swimming. The island also has a flamingo lagoon. In addition, white sand beach where sea turtles nest from December to May. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.
AM: Santa Fe: snorkeling in the rocky coast of the island to see a variety of fish and sea turtles. Later. Wet Landing. You can see colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, frigate birds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. On the island you can see a forest of giant cacti and Palo Santo trees. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.
PM:Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay: Wet Landing, interesting walk to the Turtle Bay beach, perhaps the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, we can swim and snorkel observing colonies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwin's finches, sharks, sharks, sea turtles, the incredible forest Giant Cactus, and the nesting of marine iguanas Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.
AM: Santa Cruz – Twin Craters: Dry landing. On the way to the airport will make a brief stop in the craters "Twins," two deep craters. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 30 minutes. Transfer from the island of Santa Cruz, to Baltra (airport).
AM: Baltra: Transfer in to Puerto Ayora.
PM: Charles Darwin Station: Lunch at noon. Dry landing, activities: hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.). Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 hours, dinner at night.
AM: Isabela - Volcan Chico: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This is the largest island in the archipelago. Has 6 active volcanoes: Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf. The enormous quantity of lava from volcanoes formed the island. In Chico Volcano, in the highlands of Isabela, one can observe the beautiful landscape of active volcanoes. Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2 hours. Lunch at noon.
PM: Wall of Tears: This is an historic part of Isabela because during the years from 1946 to 1959 there was a penal colony on the island, during which to punish the prisoners were forced to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava is about 100 meters long and 7 meters high. You can reach the top of The Wall of Tears through some steps, where you can have a panoramic view of the place. In the place you can still see the concrete foundations where the Americans had their wooden houses in the Second World War. Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2 hours
AM: Punta Moreno - Isabela: Dry landing, Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The route of the trail is approximately 2100 meters. The main attraction in Punta Moreno is the coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where there are several species of birds. It has a view of 3 volcanoes, the most actives in the Galapagos; Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul . Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2 hours.
PM: Urbina Bay - Isabela: Wet Landing, Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano. Difficulty: Easy Duration: 1 hour.
AM: Callet Tagus, Isabela: Dry landing, it is located west of Darwin volcano on Isabela Island. The route of the trail is about 1800 meters. This was a favorite place for pirates and whalers, there is observed a tradition that has continued since that time: the registration of the names of boats. At the start of the walk, going up and going on the staircase, is a small cave where we found inscriptions dating from 1800. Difficulty: Easy Duration: 2 hours.
PM: Punta Espinoza - Fernandina: Dry Landing, Punta Espinoza is a narrow ledge of lava and sand that extends from the base of the volcano to the sea. There is a vivid description given by Captain Benjamin Morrell, that from Bay Banks, witnessed and recorded an eruption of Fernandina in the decade of 1820 that probably gave rise to the top. In 1975, there was an uprising, about 90 cm, which is why the dock built for landing, can only be used during high tide. Difficulty: Easy Duration: 2 hours.
AM: Puerto Egas - Santiago: Dry Landing, Puerto Egas is located northwest of Santiago Island, fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants as sea lions, chameleons, lizards and herons. Easy Duration: 2 hours.
PM: Chinese Hat: small islet located near the south-east of Santiago. It's shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type "Splash" (lava ejected as droplets and falling close to where it came out, which forms a cone angle) that forms the top, and lava tubes that run down to the coast. In the west you can see lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised towards the exterior, reason why coral heads on lava can be seen.
This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geologic features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Easy Duration: 2 hours.
AM: Rabida: Also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent. Rabida is located 5 km south of Santiago Island and is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 4.9 km ² and a maximum altitude of 367 meters. It has a high iron content, which causes that this place has a distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingoes, pelicans and boobies place where they build their nests. . Easy Duration: 2 hours.
PM: Cerro Dragon: The site visit Cerro Dragon is located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a path that runs for three different environments in just 1,600 m in length.
It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas healthy state. Easy Duration: 1 hour. linea
AM: Twin Crater: Dry landing. On the way to the airport will make a brief stop in the craters "Twins," two deep craters of the volcano twin. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 30 minutes. Transfer from the island of Santa Cruz, to Baltra (airport).