GT-152B – MOTOR SAIL YACHT MARY ANNE

152b

Western Islands Itinerary – Saturday to Saturday
Quito and Galapagos Islands
Eight Days / Seven Nights

Cruise dates 2013: August 17 to 24; August 31 to September 7; October 12 to 19; October 26 to November 2; December 7 to 14
Cruise dates 2014: January 4 to 11; February 15 to 22; April 12 to 19; June 7 to 14; August 16 to 23; October 11 to 18; October 25 to November 1; November 8 to 15; December 6 to 13

I ITINERARY

DAY 1: Thursday – Arrival in Quito

Upon arrival assistance and private transfer from airport to hotel.
Overnight Accommodations Hotel Quito or Hotel Anahi (Boutique)

DAY 2: Friday – Quito

Half day private Quito city tour.
Breakfast. Step back in time into picturesque San Juan as we make our way toward the Historic Centre. We will walk down quaint cobbled streets lined with beautiful brightly colored colonial houses. Our first stop is at La Basilica, whose architectural features include symbolic gargoyles inspired by Ecuadorian fauna. The legend behind its construction will leave you wondering. From here we continue along Benalcazar Street, past the house of conqueror Sebastian de Benalcazar and onto Garcia Moreno Street. This street was an Incan route to the Panecillo, a hill thought to have been a centre of worship to the Sun and Moon Gods. We walk along this street to the Plaza de la Independencia and many more historical and colonial sites in colonial Quito.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Quito or Hotel Anahi (Boutique) (B)

DAY 3: Saturday – Quito / Galapagos Islands

Breakfast. Private transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Galapagos. After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to take us by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz, the first visit on the islands: the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island. These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island´s surface. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones. From here we will continue to El Manzanillo Ranch to have lunch and then a short hike to a small lagoon where it is usually possible to see the Vermillion flycatcher or some species of Darwin’s Finch. This place also offers excellent opportunities for viewing the giant Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. (L/D)

DAY 4: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

The Baroness’ Domain
Morning. We spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant; we will be seeking Greater Flamingos on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set your foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. We end the outing on a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key site for snorkel.
Post Office Bay
After lunch we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago. (B/L/D)

DAY 5: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Tortoises and a white sand beach
Morning. Dry landing at Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island. We will visit the Fausto Llerena breeding station, located at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults.
Afternoon. From Puerto Ayora we will walk approximately 45 minutes along a stone paved road which is surrounded by Galapagos coastal vegetation and its most eminent representative: the prickly pear cactus and the holy stick tree. This road, which also presents a very good opportunity to watch birds, especially Darwin finches, will take us to a beautiful, white sand beach known as Tortuga bay. From here it’s up to you to decide among the alternatives: swim or snorkel, watch the marine iguanas and other wildlife, explore the coves surrounded by mangrove trees or simply lay back and relax while enjoying the magical landscape. (B/L/D)

DAY 6: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

An initiation to the western islands
Morning. We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some still active! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.
Elizabeth Bay
Afternoon. Panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos. Here, it is usual to see sea turtles come near our zodiac to greet us. Flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins are also more abundant in this part of the archipelago. (B/L/D)

DAY 7: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Urbina Bay – Marine abundance
Morning. We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for Green Sea Turtle. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils; and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.
Punta Espinosa
Afternoon. We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the look out for Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty-coloured marine iguanas and bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot Crabs.(B/L/D)

DAY 8: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Tagus cove – Pirate’s abode
Morning. Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.
Punta Vicente Roca
Afternoon. At Punta Vicente Roca we will do a panga ride around the beautiful coast line before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkelling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time. (B/L/D)

DAY 9: Friday – Galapagos Islands

Grottos and fur seals
Morning. After three days exploring the fabulous western islands, we head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden-coloured sand Green Sea Turtle nesting site. A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe Yellow Warblers, the unbelievably tame Galapagos Flycatcher and the ever-intriguing Darwin’s finches.
Puerto Egas
Afternoon. At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”. Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life. (B/L/D)

DAY 10: Saturday – Depart Galapagos Islands

North Seymour Island – The bird’s den
Breakfast. We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular displays. After this visit the ship will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark and transfer to the airport for flight back to Quito. Private transfer from airport to hotel in Quito.
Overnight Accommodations Hotel Quito or Hotel Anahi (Boutique) (B)

NOTE: In addition to the land visits we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkel, panga rides and kayaking

DAY 11: Sunday – Depart Quito

Breakfast. Private transfer from hotel to airport for return home flight or your next destination. (B)

GT-152B – PROGRAM
RATE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: FROM: $4,090.00
Includes air Quito/Galapagos roundtrip. Hotel accommodations at Hotel Quito or Hotel Anahi (Boutique). For round trip air Miami/Guayaquil please add $480.00 . Special single supplement rate for above program: $495.00

RATE INCLUDES:

Round trip air Quito /Galapagos including all taxes and fuel surcharges and subject to change. Three nights at either Hotel Quito or Hotel Anahi. Eight days/seven nights on the Motor Sail Yacht Mary Anne. Fully escorted daily excursions by English speaking naturalist guides. Meals as indicated in itinerary. Taxes. All private transfers in Quito. All transfers in Galapagos.

NOT INCLUDED:

Galapagos National Park entrance fees $110 per person International departure taxes out of Quito $58 per person and subject to change. Land services, tours not indicated in itinerary. Meals not indicated in itinerary. Gratuities and tips to guides.

 

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13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
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(305) 436 0933 
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(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843