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This 6 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight in and out of Quito
  Airport transfers
  3 nights in Quito
  Flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito
  3-night cruise through Galapagos Islands aboard MV Galapagos Legend with meals and guided tours
  Breakfast daily (most hotels)
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  Saturday departures
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From Denver, CO for 6 nights
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From Miami FL for 6 nights
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Ecuador (44)  Galapagos Islands (35)  Quito (35)  

Quito - Galapagos Islands on board the MV Galapagos Legend
Trip Summary
2 nights in Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
MV Galapagos Legend - 3 nts - Departs Mon
departing from Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
1 nights in Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.

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Quito
Day 1
Arrive to Quito
Private Car Airport to Hotel in Quito
Overnight in Quito    9 hotels offered
Optional   10 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Quito    9 hotels offered
Optional   10 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Quito
Transportation to next city by: RT Flight Quito - Galapagos - Quito
MV Galapagos Legend - 3 nts - Departs Mon
Day 3 to Day 6

Aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend, you'll discover a volcanic island paradise situated directly on the equator 500 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast. Enjoy up-close interaction with indigenous wildlife, marine animals, flora and fauna with a focus on natural history throughout the Galapagos Legend boat trip.
Enjoy interiors with marine details and original pieces of art that talk about the nature of the Islands, bathe under the sun at the sky deck by the pool; enjoy an exotic cocktail from the Fisherman's Bar; spot dolphins and whales as they smoothly navigate the rich Galapagos water from the observation decks and take pleasure in romantic meal under the sun or the moon and the stars.

The M/V Galapagos Legend was inaugurated in 2001 for expedition cruising. This intimate, 110 passenger vessel is 300 ft. long and fully air-conditioned. It cruises at 17 m.p.h, with a maximum speed of 22 m.p.h. It has broad outdoor decks with areas for dolphin and whale viewing, an elegant restaurant, two lounges, swimming pool, jogging track, library with Galapagos books and videos, e-mail access, on-board medical facility with a 24-hour doctor, conference rooms, Complementary use of wet suits, snorkeling gear, Kids corner and children's menu, Chocolate mania and ice cream parlor, a glass bottom boat, and a crew of 60 plus a Physician.

Island visits are in small groups of 16 or less. Each group has a certified Galapagos National Park guide. During the evenings the guides conduct briefings on Galapagos history, geology, and the flora and fauna of the islands.

Choose between Cruise A or Cruise C departures:

Cruise A - Monday Departures 2013: Jan 14th, Jan 28th, Feb 11th, Feb 25th, Mar 11th, Mar 25th, Apr 8th, Apr 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, Jun 3rd, Jun 17th, Jul 1st, Jul 15th, Jul 29th, Aug 12th, Aug 26th, Sep 9th, Sep 23rd, Oct 7th, Oct 21st, Nov 4th, Nov 18th, Dec 2nd, Dec 16th, Dec 30th

Cruise C - Monday Departures 2013: Jan 7th ,Jan 21st, Feb 4th, Feb 18th, Mar 4th, Mar 18th, Apr 1st, Apr 15th, Apr 29th, May 13th, May 27th, Jun 10th, Jun 24th, Jul 8th, Jul 22nd, Aug 5th, Aug 19th, Sep 2nd, Sep 16th, Sep 30th, Oct 14th, Oct 28th, Nov 11th, Nov 25th, Dec 9th, Dec 23rd

Cruise A - Monday Departures 2014: Jan 13th, Jan 27th, Feb 10th, Feb 24th, Mar 10th, Mar 24th, Apr 7th, Apr 21st, May 5th, May 19th, Jun 3nd, Jun 16th, Jun 30th, Jul 14th, Jul 28th, Aug 11th, Aug 25th, Sep 8th, Sep 22nd, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 17th, Dec 1st, Dec 15th

Cruise C - Monday Departures 2014: Jan 6th ,Jan 20th, Feb 3rd, Feb 17th, Mar 3rd, Mar 17th, Mar 31st, Apr 4th, Apr 28th, May 12th, May 26th, Jun 6th, Jun 23rd, Jul 7th, Jul 21st, Aug 4th, Aug 18th, Sep 1st, Sep 15th, Sep 29th, Oct 13th, Oct 27th, Nov 10th, Nov 24th, Dec 8th, Dec 22nd

CRUISE A - 4 days / 3 nights

Monday - Baltra airport/Santa Cruz:
Arrival at Baltra airport. Welcome by naturalist guides and transportation on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. Afternoon arrival at Santa Cruz island. Dry landing and 45-minute bus ride to Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where you will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island's name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It's a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as you walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat and muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30m walk

Tuesday - Egas Port/Salt Mines (Santiago):
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago's shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight. Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus and squid. Optional visits to the Salt Mines where you can observe the two species of sea lions: fur and Galapagos sea lions.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30m walk / 1 hour snorkeling
If Salt Mines is chosen:
Duration: 2h30 walk / 30 minutes snorkeling
PM - Bartolome
Dry landing. Discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones-lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones-as you hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. Encounter with marine iguanas and lava lizards. Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) 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 of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. Behind the beach discover dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (370 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

Wednesday - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz):
Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - North Seymour
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz's main port, Puerto Ayora.
An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk

Thursday - Baltra airport:
Transportation to Baltra Airport for departure.

CRUISE C - 4 days / 3 nights

Monday - Baltra Airport/Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz):
Arrival at Baltra airport. Welcome by naturalist guides and transportation on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. Afternoon arrival at Santa Cruz island. Wet landing on the north side of the island; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.
At this paradisiacal site you will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbaan on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called 'Bachas' because the word 'barges' in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Tuesday - South Plaza (Plazas Island):
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as you reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds and a bachelor sea lion colony. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - Santa Fe
Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; continue walking through an endemic cactus forest and search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk

Wednesday - Pitt Point/Pitt Islet (San Cristobal):
Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk
PM - Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling.

Thursday - Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal):
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Visit the San Cristobal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park's conservation programs. Opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. After the visit, transportation to San Cristobal airport.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit / transportation to airport.

Please note:

Your itinerary is subject to change in the event of weather conditions, seasonal changes, and safety concerns, rerouting of the ship or Galapagos National Park policies.

Your 3-night cruise includes:

  • Rountrip transfer hotel-airport-hotel.
  • Accommodation aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend.
  • English/Spanish speaking guides.
  • All meals scheduled on board.
  • 2 Daily visits to the islands conducted by multilingual naturalist guides, sightseeing, snorkeling opportunities, and transfers in the islands.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, Migration Control Card Fee

Not included:

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tax, gratuities, travel insurance, use of snorkeling equipment.
Day 3
Arrive to Galapagos Islands
Overnight in Galapagos Islands    9 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Galapagos Islands    9 hotels offered
Day 5
Overnight in Galapagos Islands    9 hotels offered
Day 6
Departing from Galapagos Islands
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Quito
Day 6
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito    9 hotels offered
Optional   10 Things to do
Day 7
Private Car Hotel to Airport in Quito
Departing from Quito

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Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador - Quito has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
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