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  $2829
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  $3267 From Miami
  $3267 From New York
  $3191 From Los Angeles
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SIMILAR TOURS

  (7 Days) Galapagos Adventure II $1899

  (11 Days) Exploring Galapagos M/Y Coral II $2829

  (7 Days) Galapagos Explorer II $1629
 
 
 
 
 
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  ITINERARY:
Quito – Galapagos: Santa Cruz, Bartolome , Rabida & Santiago Island
  NUMBER OF DAYS: 11 Days / 10 Nights
  TRAVEL BY: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  BOOK BY: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  DEPARTURE DATE: July 30th
   
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  INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS: for Superior
   
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  • 3 Nights in Cruise at M/Y Coral I –Coral II
  • 3 Nights in Quito at Hotel Quito
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  • Daily Breakfast
  • All Meals on board
  • Half Day guided tour of Quito & Middle of the World Tour
  • Transfers throughout the itinerary
  • English speaking naturalist guides & representatives

    Not Included:
    Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100.
  • Not Included Ingala Tourist Card $20.00(Must be paid upon arrival)

    Note: Internal Airfare between Quito & Baltras (Galapagos Island) is included only when priced along with the international airfare

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      DETAILED ITINERARY:
       
     

    Day 1: Quito
    Upon arrival our representative will meet and escort you to the hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

    Day 2: Quito
    Breakfast. This morning your Quito City Tour starts visiting the Parliament House then the charming Plaza Independencia where you'll see the Cathedral (1562), Municipal Building (town hall), President's and Archbishop's Palaces. The fascinating Plaza San Francisco will be next with its illustrious church, one of the greatest religious buildings in the New World and said to be the first built by the Spanish in South America (1553). You will enjoy colonial art, history and legends in one of the most beautiful cities in South America. The tour ends with a visit to the Middle of the World.(B)

    Day 3:
     Quito - Santa Cruz

    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken in a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.”.AM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island) Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

    Day 4:
     Galapagos Islands

    AM- Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island) Vicente Roca point is a high peak of land created out of remains of a tuff cone, with two protected turquoise coves on both sides. One of them, the Bolivar Channel is one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. This place is only accessible by water, with great opportunities for deep-water snorkeling. In this part of the Galapagos, the upwelling of cold water currents from the west, offer an abundant plankton supply for marine species like red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the mola-mola or sunfish. It is common to observe dolphin pods, sea lions rafts, and tuna banks. The dinghy ride along the coast will allow observing a great diversity of seabirds like noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and Blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once during the cold season (May – December). Whale watching is also common while navigating. PM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that hosts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and sally Lightfoot Crabs. Fernandina island displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites. The Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos Hawk, can also be spotted. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with the exception of a few brachycereus cacti. In the shore, mangrove can be found.

    Day 5: Galapagos Islands
     

     AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island) Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December. PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela) Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

    Day 6: Galapagos Islands
    M – Egas Port (Santiago Island) Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) Wet landing. This site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest. It features extensive relative young pa-hoe-hoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellow-colored tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of been in another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.

    Day 7: Galapagos Islands
    AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island) Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”. PM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island) Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborn tortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70s, more than 2000 specimens have returned to their own islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects, botanical research, providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists. If there is enough time, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora.

    Day 8: Galapagos Islands

     AM- Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, there will be an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves. PM – Bartolome Island Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

    Day 9: Galapagos Islands
     

    AM– Rabida Island Also known as Jervis Island in English, Rabida is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colorful. PM – Buccaneers Cove / Espumilla Beach ( Santiago Island) This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.
     
    Day 10: Galapagos Islands - Quito 
    AM – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus seabirds including pelicans, herons, and egrets feed from the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.. Upon arrival in Quito you will be transfer to your hotel. remainder of the night at leisure.
     
     
    Day 11: Quito - USA
    Breakfast. Our representative will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport at the indicated time for your flight back home.(B)
     
       
      Our Galapagos Cruises offer you the opportunity to enjoy the Galapagos Islands is a very special and unique way; guided hikes, relaxing beach walks, snorkeling and swimming. Admire fascinating and mysterious creatures like the giant Galapagos tortuise, iguanas, equatorial pinguins. From the Galapagos, fly back to Quito and enjoy visits to the city’s Old Town and Middle of the World while lodging at the Four Points Sheraton  
       
      NOTE: PRICES ARE NOT GUARANTEED UNTIL FULLY PAID. Packages are LAND-ONLY, except otherwise indicated Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and change without notice. Blackout days may apply. Airfares may not be available on all flights and are subject to change without notice. Fares include (a) a federal excise tax of $3.70 per U.S. domestic flight segment, defined as one takeoff and landing, of a passenger's itinerary; (b) up to $18 per round trip in local airport charges; and (c) September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. For international/Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands destinations, government taxes and fees of up to $190 varying by destination, are included. Weekend surcharge and /or last minute booking fees may apply. The final price for your tour package depends on day of departure, departure city, length of stay, hotel selected, room category and class of airfare available at time of booking. Hotel photos are representative only and do not necessarily depict the actual room in which guests will be accommodated. Travel Insurance: We highly recommend to all customers to protect their trip obtain Travel Insurance These prices do not apply for traveling from December 15, 2018 through January 10,2019  
       

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