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Quito & Galapagos Islands 7 days - M/V Coral I or II "C"

 
Destination(s): Quito & Galapagos Islands - Itinerary 'C'
Duration: 7 Days / 6 nights
Frequency: Friday departures, year-round
Price: Starting at $2,738.00 per person
  *single supplement on request
Deadline to book: Open booking
 
 
 

See firsthand why Quito was the first city UNESCO declared a World Cultural Heritage. From its historical ’Old Town’, to the Equatorial monument, surrounded by volcanoes and sheltered by a deep blue sky, it is sure to charm the most avid traveler.
Always a unique experience, the Galapagos Islands are simply at their best aboard one of the premier yachts in the region, the M/Y Coral. Can you think of a better way to explore the varied marine life, flora & fauna, of the Galapagos Islands each day? Lead by a certified naturalist guide each day and returning to the comfort of your cabin you’ll feel at home knowing that you are in the hands of professionals that pay careful attention to details. From organizing special activities when children are on board to making sure that you have everything you need to enjoy the Galapagos Islands at your pace.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Three night’s accommodation at the Hotel Quito
    • Classic city tour of Quito & the Equatorial Monument
  • Three nights aboard the M/Y Coral I or II, Standard PLUS cabin
    • Two daily guided excursions while onboard
    • All meals on board: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Cruise Itinerary 'C' (every other Sunday to Wednesday)
  • Round trip air with Aerogal from Quito to the Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos National Park Tax
  • INGALA Card  
  • Airport transfers throughout
  • Cruise fuel surcharge
  • Local assistance
  • Daily breakfast 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfare from the US
  • Applicable airport departure taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Day 1.  Quito  After arriving in Quito, Ecuador and clearing customs you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to the Hotel Quito for check-in and overnight.  Meals: N/A

Day 2  Today you will have a tour of Quito.  The visit starts in Orellana´s way with a drive around the colonial center of Quito to see the stone-carved façade of Ecuador's House of Congress depicting scenes from Ecuadorian history; Independence Square, with the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario. Visit the Church of La Compañía (1605), (if open), with its breathtaking gilded altars, considered the finest example of baroque art in America and the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). Visit the art & crafts gallery of Tianguez. Finally, drive up to el Panecillo Hill to have a spectacular view of Quito and to see the only statue of the winged Virgin in South America.  Besides visiting the colonial center of Quito as in a Colonial city tour, visit the Middle of the World Monument and Museum thirty minutes to the north of Quito. There, you will find a monument on the exact equatorial line marking latitude 0 00' 0", a unique place where you can literally get a picture of yourself jumping from one hemisphere to another. This tour includes a visit to the Ethnographic Museum on site. After the tour you will transfer back to your hotel for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3  You will have an early morning transfer back to the airport to board a flight to the island of Baltra in the Galapagos. Today you will depart  from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport in Baltra by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Corals. 

PM – Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place and you will have the opportunity to meet Lonesome George, the last surviving specimen of his species and symbol of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. It is an excellent place for visitors to be photographed with them. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs. 

Difficulty level: intermediate 
Type of terrain: flat 
Duration: 1h30 walk. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana) Wet landing on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well. 

Difficulty level: easy 
Type of terrain: sandy and walk on a flat terrain 
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling 

PM – Post Office (Floreana) 

Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions. 

Difficulty level: easy 
Type of terrain: sandy 
Duration: 30 minute walk / 1 hour snorkeling 

Day 5 Gardner Bay / Gardner & Osborn Islets (Española) 

A wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos Hawk, American Oystercatcher, Galapagos Dove, Hood Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine animals: King Angelfish, Creole Fish, Damsel Fish, parrot fish, manta rays, and White-tipped Reef Sharks. 

Difficulty level: easy 
Type of terrain: sandy 
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling 

PM - Suárez Point (Española) 

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies and the spectacular red billed tropic bird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful sally light foot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air. 

Difficulty level: difficult 
Type of terrain: rocky 
Duration: 2h30 walk

Day 6   Interpretation Center & Tijeretas (San Cristóbal) Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. 

Difficulty level: easy 
Type of terrain: flat 
Duration: 1 hour visit 

Tijeretas Hill which involves a high intensity walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view nearby a large frigate bird colony.

Difficulty level: intermediate 
Duration: 1 hour visit 

San Cristóbal Airport - After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. Upon arrival in Quito you will be met by a tour representive and transferred to the Hotel Quito for check-in and overnight.  Meals:  Breakfast

Day 7.Quito Today you will be transferred from your hotel back to the airport for your return flight home.  Meals:  Breakfast

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.


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