GT-112– QUITO & GALAPAGOS ON THE FIRST CLASS M/V SANTA CRUZ


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EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS
Includes Five Day Galapagos Cruise – Eastern Islands (Saturday – Wednesday)

For additional five day cruise departures on the M/V Santa Cruz please check with us

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1: Thursday – Miami / Quito

Today we travel from the USA to Quito. Upon arrival assistance and escorted transfer to hotel for overnight.
Hotel accommodations at the Hilton Colon International or Dann Carlton

DAY 2: Friday – Quito City Tour

Breakfast. Half day city tour of modern and colonial Quito.
Hotel accommodations at the Hilton Colon International or Dann Carlton (B)

DAY 3: Saturday – Quito / Galapagos Islands

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal Island)
Breakfast. Transfer hotel/airport for your flight to San Cristóbal Island and transfer to the M/V Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galápagos Islands. Cabin assignment, introductory talk and lunch.

Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)
In the afternoon, disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island. Pitt Point is an eroded tuff cone; the trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions along the beach. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach or snorkel at the nearby islets. Expedition plan for Sunday and dinner. (B/L/D)

DAY 4: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of “Beach Master”, while smaller males masquerading as females make stealthy mating moves. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name with tree-sized trunks! The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the afternoon walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass-bottom boat for non-snorkelers. Lunch on board.

South Plaza Island
Disembark (dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where the island tilts toward the water, the approach makes for a lavishly colourful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange ‘Sally Lightfoot’ crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. Expedition plan for Monday and dinner. (B/L/D)

DAY 5: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Breakfast. In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island
We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader:

  1.  Trek along trails amid miconia forest in the highlands, home to many elusive birds including the dark-rumped petrel.
  2. Mountain bike (mostly downhill) to Garrapatero Beach.
  3. Sea kayak and relax on a beautiful, sandy beach.
  4. Experience sustainable agriculture in an organic coffee plantation.
  5. Discover SCUBA diving day in Puerto Ayora. This is a day designed for people who wish to discover the marine wonders of the archipelago, but who are not ready to dive in the current-strong Galápagos open waters. A local diving outfitter is contacted on your behalf. This activity takes for most of the day and has a cost. Please ask us for more information.

At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the M/V Santa Cruz. (B/L/D)

DAY 6: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Punta Suárez (Española (Hood) Island)
Breakfast. Morning outing at Punta Suárez (dry landing) for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April – December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galápagos famous “blow-hole”. Among its land birds, the Hood island mockingbird, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves and three species of Darwin’s finches are common highlights. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, disembark (wet landing) at a white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or a ride aboard the glass-bottom boat. Departure briefing, Farewell Cocktail and dinner. (B/L/D)

DAY 7: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands/Quito or Guayaquil

Baltra Island
Breakfast. Disembark at Baltra Island. Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Guayaquil. Transfer to hotel in Guayaquil or Quito.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Oro Verde (Deluxe) or Hotel Hampton Inn (First Class) (B)

DAY 8: Thursday – Depart Quito or Guayaquil

Breakfast. Transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to your next destination. (B)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The itineraries and program are subject to change without prior notice, due mainly to adjustments in the policies and regulations of the Galápagos National Park, weather conditions, seasonal changes and safety reasons.

GT-112 PROGRAM
RATE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: FROM: $3,057.00

Please check with us on our special add-on roundtrip air fare from Miami or from over 50 cities in the USA

RATE INCLUDES:

Air Quito/Galapagos/Quito including all taxes and fuel surcharges and subject to change.Five day cruise aboard the M/V Santa Cruz based on Main Deck double occupancy. Fully escorted daily excursions by English speaking naturalist guides. Daily briefings. Three nights at the Hilton Colon International in Quito. Modern and colonial Quito city tour. Daily breakfast. Taxes. All private transfers in Quito. All transfers in Galapagos.

NOT INCLUDED:

International air from USA to be quoted separately on request. Please check with us on our special roundtrip air fares from Miami or from over 50 cities in the USA. Galapagos National Park entrance fees $110 per person ,subject to change. Land services, tours not indicated in itinerary. Meals not indicated in itinerary. Gratuities and tips to guides.

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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

Send us a Message

ENQUIRE NOW

We will be happy to answer your questions or comments.

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