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Galapagos - Enchanted Islands Family holiday
Transport - Minibus, on foot, in country flight, first class cruise boat.
Accommodation - Hotels (3nts), boat (7nts)
Meals - 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Arrive in Quito
Your trip starts in Quito. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. For information on when the trip ends please refer to the itinerary as described below. Dann Carlton (AAA) - 2 nights
You'll have the morning free to relax before heading out with a local guide to explore the colonial heart of the city. Quito has spread along a valley sandwiched in by volcanoes. The old colonial section has some fantastic buildings and churches. From the foot of the angel on top of the Panecillo hill, you get a fantastic view across the city. You will then continue to the Mitad del Mundo (centre of the earth). This monument marks the spot declared to be the equator. This point was determined in 1736 Charles-Marie de la Condamine, according to his measurements. It is possible to see how water drains clockwise on one side of the equator and anti-clockwise on the other. You then drive back into Quito. (BL)
Galapagos; start cruise
This morning you make an early start to fly down to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and economic dynamo. After a short stop, your flight continues almost 1000km directly west to San Cristobal. More importantly for you, it's the starting point for your voyage through the so-called "Enchanted Islands". On arrival in Galapagos, you head straight to the harbour and you immediately board the boat that's to be your floating home for the next few nights and set sail.
Upon arrival in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, your crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch and safety drill, you travel by bus into the interior of San Cristobal to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where the National Park has established a breeding program for the tortoises and set up an information centre for visitors. Along the trail, you find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Here, you will see the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat but also learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals.
In order to minimise the impact on the islands, we follow a different route on alternate weeks. Please make sure your departure date matches your itinerary (A) or (B).
Your vessel in the Galapagos is the Eric, Flamingo I or Letty (These boats are identical) - 7 nights - (Twin cabins on the Iguana Deck) (BD)
Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
This morning you visit Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white powder-sand beach, one of the most spectacular in Galapagos and have an opportunity to snorkel or kayak right from the beach. This afternoon, you visit the northeast tip of San Cristobal, Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds and considered to be a first class site for birds including Blue-footed, Nazca and Red-footed boobies, Frigate birds, Swallow-tailed gulls and Storm petrels. (BLD)
Punta Suarez, Espanola
This morning you have a dry landing at Punta Suarez, Espanola, where you witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily greet you as you land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. From April to November, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, perform their wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in “sky-pointing” to show off to potential mates, Nazca boobies busily care for their young. Stunning Swallow-tailed gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. You also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. Observe a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colourings. Colourful sally light-foot crabs crawl along the shoreline near the famous "blow hole".
In the afternoon, you have a wet landing at Gardner Bay, Espanola (Hood). Walk along seemingly endless stretches of this white sandy beach where you’ll find large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore and you may find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches or Hood Mockingbird. Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore by kayak or just relax. There’s an excellent snorkelling site off Gardner Islet with a colourful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock, explore caves covered with invertebrates. (BLD)
This morning you step ashore at Punta Cormorant, Floreana (Charles) one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a history rich with mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Pintail Ducks, common stilts, and the pinkest Flamingos in the world. Despite the name, there are no cormorants nesting here! Out at sea, tropical fish and starfish can be seen. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Palo Verdes and Scalesia leading to a beach with power soft sand. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, you have an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colourful fish and coral.
This afternoon you visit Post office Bay, not the most scenic, but probably the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was put into use in the late 18th Century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area. (BLD)
This morning you visit a hidden gem on Isabela Island called Los Humedales and Muro de Lagrimas which translates to “wetlands” and “wall of tears”. This area has trails from which you find all four species of mangroves, secluded sandy beaches with rocky shores with lava tunnels and natural pools. View a wide variety of migratory birds including Whimrels, Short-billed Dowitchers, Wilson’s Pharlarope, Common Tern, Osprey, Semi-palmated Plovers as well as mating Flamingos. The national park has released young tortoises from the breeding centre in this area so you may encounter tortoises in the wild. The Wall of Tears was constructed between 1946-1959 when Isabela was a penal colony.
In the afternoon, you visit Sierra Negra Volcano, located in the southwest part of Isabela, the oldest and largest volcano on the island. From Puerto Villamil, you travel by motorized vehicle to Santo Tomas. From here, you continue by horseback to the rim of the caldera, traversing a lava field through a series of craters and fumaroles until you reach Volcan Chico. Along the way, you will usually spot the vermillion flycatcher, Galapagos Martins, Whimbrels, Egrets, Galapagos Hawks and possibly the Dark-billed Cuckoo. (BLD)
Black Turtle Cove & Bartolome
This morning you visit, Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) where you take a zodiac ride through a series of coves surrounded by mangroves. Here you may view pairs of mating marine turtles (Sep-Feb), White tipped reef sharks, Spotted eagle rays and beautiful yellow Cow-nosed rays, provided you remain quiet while the engines are turned off. This afternoon you visit Bartolome, where it seems like you are walking on the moon, an island inhospitable to most plants and animals. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way, you pause to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top of the wooden stairs, you can gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and "Pinnacle Rock", an eroded tuff cone. Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach or Zodiac with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins. (BLD)
South Plaza & Santa Cruz
This morning, you visit South Plaza a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trails lead you through Prickly Pear cactus or Opuntia and Sesuvium. Here you can find the Galapagos Land Iguana feeding on cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, you encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from vicious battles lost over prime beach territory, that have taken lives in the past. You also find Swallow-tailed gulls, Shearwaters and Red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs. Travel by bus to the highlandsof Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as you wind your way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, you visit the tortoise reserve at one of the private farms in the highlands where you encounter giant tortoises In their natural habitat. You visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for “The Twins”, a pair of large pit craters where you find the bright red male vermilion flycatcher. You stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos. (BLD)
San Cristobal; Return to Quito
Today you visit the Interpretation Centre opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. Here you gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands.
This is your final excursion before returning to the airport in San Cristobal for your flight back to Quito. Dann Carlton (AAA) - 1 night (B)
Quito; trip ends
Trip ends in Quito. (B)
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