Depart from your home city and fly to Quito, Ecuador. Transfer from airport to hotel in Quito.
Transfer from hotel to Quito airport for flight to the Galapagos Island of Baltra. Arrival time will be at 11:00am Galapagos time. You will be met at the airport and taken by bus for a 10-minute ride to the harbor to board our yacht. After lunch you will visit North Seymour Island where the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate Birds is found. Also inhabiting this island are the famous Blue Footed Boobies and Swallow Tailed Gulls.
On this day you will venture onto Plazas and Santa Fe islands. Formed by uplifted lava and covered with Opuntia cacti, it is here we will find Land Iguanas, Sea Lions, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Red Billed Tropic Birds and Audubon’s Shearwaters.
You will explore one of the most famous islands in the Galapagos, the island of Hood, also known as Espanola. The visitor is offered quite a display of wildlife including Marine Iguanas with copper red patches, Swallow Tailed Gulls, the endemic Long Billed Mocking Bird, Masked and Blue Footed Boobies, Finches, Oyster Catchers, Sea Lions, Lava Lizards and the fascinating Waved Albatross with a 7 1/2 foot wingspan.
Snorkeling is on the agenda when you set foot on the island of Floreana. You’ll swim and snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcanic cone. Later you will also snorkel at Post Office Bay where you may leave a letter like the whalers did in the 18th century in the old wooden barrel mailbox. Flamingos and other species of shore birds call Floreana Island home.
The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Visitor Center of the Galapagos Islands National Park are our destinations in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. At the research station you can walk among several species of Galapagos Tortoises. You’ll also take time to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where Miconia bushes, Scalesia and inactive volcanic cones are found. There are more endemic plants on Santa Cruz than on any other island in the Galapagos.
On the island of Rabida, you will explore volcanic rocks covered by Opuntia cacti and Palo Santo trees. Sea Lions abound here on the red sand beaches. Several species of Darwin’s Finches may be seen here as well as Flamingos. At Puerto Egas on Santiago Island you will see Galapagos Fur Seals in tide pools cut into lava cliffs. There are opportunities to spot the Galapagos Hawk, the Galapagos Dove and the Vermilion Flycatcher. Behind what is known as Espumilla Beach are salt-water lagoons where Flamingos and White Cheeked Pintail Ducks are found.
Today you will venture onto Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay. It is here that the geological history of the archipelago is best portrayed. The most impressive volcanic, moon-like scenery may be viewed from the top of Bartolome.
In the early morning you will explore Turtle Cove before departing from the island of Baltra. Flights leave Baltra at 11:30 a.m. to Quito, Ecuador. The afternoon is on your own to further explore Quito.
Depart Ecuador for flight home, OR EXTEND YOUR STAY WITH AN ADDITIONAL ADVENTURE IN SOUTH AMERICA!
South America Extensions
Ecuador has a wonderful region only 90 minutes north of Quito called Otavalo. This area is famous for its spectacular Indian market, and comfortable overnight or multi-day stays can be arranged in beautiful haciendas.
Peru is a great addition to any South American itinerary for hiking, cycling and site seeing in destinations like Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon, the Inca Trail and the colorful markets in the Sacred Valley. You will experience history and culture together in the heart of the stunning Andes Mountains.