Currently we offer 2 different Galápagos itineraries. Both of our programs have a very strong Natural History focus, and spend either 11 days or 15 days aboard the yacht, allowing you to visit the significant outer islands, and allowing for a maximum of wildlife observation.
Most visitor trips start in Quito. Here is a typical first three days:
Day 1: The tours begins in Quito, Ecuador. On arrival (typically in the evening), you will be met and transferred directly to the centrally located HOTEL MERCURE ALAMEDA where we will spend the night. We think very highly of the HOTEL MERCURE ALAMEDA. It is said that, of the finer hotels in Quito, they have the most personal service. Our experiences strongly support this impression.
Day 2: Today is a free day in the High Andes city of Quito, with a spectacular old town district that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Nearby sightseeing possibilities include Indian markets, the Equatorial Monument, tropical cloud forests, the Amazon Basin, and active volcanoes. Our local sister company operates a wide range of half-day, full-day and multi-day expeditions – see our brochure, HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR, for options. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight Quito; HOTEL MERCURE ALAMEDA. [B]
Day 3: An early morning flight will take you from the High Andes, to another world; the Galapagos Islands. Upon landing on Baltra Island we will be will be transferred to the yacht, which will be waiting for the group in the nearby harbor. This afternoon you will begin your island explorations. [B, L, D]*
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Then you have either 11 or 15 days in the Galapagos Islands.
11 Days in the Galapagos Islands
14 Days in Total
Both routes include these twenty-four stops on ten islands:
TOWER • Darwin Bay • Prince Philip’s Steps
SANTIAGO • James Bay/Puerto Egas • Playa Espumilla
FERNANDINA • Punta Espinosa
ISABELA • Punta Vicente Roca • Tagus Cove • Elizabeth Bay • Urvina Bay • Punta Moreno
FLOREANA • Punta Cormorant • Post Office Bay • Black Beach • Highlands
SANTA CRUZ • Highlands • Puerto Ayora
ESPANOLA • Punta Suarez • Gardner Bay • Gardner or Tortuga Rocks
SAN CRISTOBAL • Punta Pitt • Cerro Brujo • Kicker Rock
15 Days in the Galapagos Islands
18 Days in Total
Our longer cruise enhances the standard by adding 8 more stops, 5 additional snorkeling opportunities, plus 5 additional islands:
SANTA CRUZ • Black Turtle Cove • Las Bachas
SANTIAGO • Sullivan Bay
Back to the Mainland
Day 13 / Day 17 (afternoon): On arrival (late afternoon) in Quito, we will be transferred directly to the HOTEL MERCURE ALAMEDA where we will spend the night. We will have a group Farewell Dinner at one of the leading restaurants in Quito. [B, L, D]
Day 14 / Day 18: Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Or, if you prefer, remain on in Ecuador for a few days exploring the High Andes, Amazon Basin, or tropical cloud forests…[B]
[* Tour includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, on Days 3 through 13, and Breakfast only on Days 2 & 18 or 14]