ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE

Day 1:  Feb 14

Quito
Arrival - transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Quito or similarQuito Middle of the world

Day 2: Feb 15
Quito (B)
Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World: bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas, a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Visit the “Middle of the world” situated at 0º0’0” latitude.

Overnight at Hotel Quito or similar

Day 3:  Feb 16
Otavalo Market & surroundings. (B)
ecuador galapagos adventureVisit the well-known indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure. Visit Peguche known for its weavers, visit a wind instruments workshop, Cotacachi known for the manufacture of leather goods, Cuicocha crater lake. Back to Quito.
Overnight at Hotel Quito or similar

Day 4: Feb 17
Domestic flight to Galapagos.  4D/3N All-inclusive Galapagos cruise aboard deluxe M/V Galapagos Legend (B,L,D)

GalapagosAll-inclusive
3-night deluxe cruise.  Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass interior décor, featuring ample outer decks and sea-view cabins and suites, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, bars and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds,
plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows.

Swim and snorkel at any time of the year
Galapagosin the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages.

A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues.
Monday - Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
 PM   - Mosquera Islet
Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, this flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy an open are. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration:  1h30 walk & snorkeling

Day 5: Feb. 18  Tuesday – South Plaza (Plazas Island)
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas*; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls*.
In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana*.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - Santa Fe
Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana*, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk*, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds*. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling

Day 6: Feb. 19  Wednesday – Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristóbal)
Avenue of Volcano EduadorWet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints*. This is probably the only site where the three booby species* of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigatebirds* and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk
PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone* that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach*, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird* species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

Day 7: Feb. 20  Thursday – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristóbal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise* Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve*. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit

San Cristóbal airport
After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Back to Quito

Overnight at Hotel Quito or similar

Day 8: Feb. 21  Quito  (B)
Transfer out.

galapagos land tours

PRICES ARE FROM:

Total per person based on                 DOUBLE       Occupancy    -Shared service        US $3,445.00
Total per person based on               SINGLE        Occupancy – Private service          US$4,250.00
(Private Service do not offer upgrade to Jr. Suite cabin)

The Rate Includes:    
- Deluxe Galapagos cruise sharing double in sea view Standard Plus cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities, except for BS5. (Free upgrade to Jr. Suite)
- First class hotels in mainland: Hotel Quito in Quito or Hampton Inn in Guayaquil.  Deluxe options adding supplement: Swissotel in Quito and Oro Verde in Guayaquil.
- Domestic air tickets Quito or Guayaquil to/from Galapagos, Control Card
- Specified meals in mainland. On board: all meals, welcome and farewell cocktails, free coffee/tea at the 24-hour station.
- Daily excursions to the islands and sit in car visits and transportation in mainland, with multilingual speaking guides English-Spanish (French, German upon request).
- Briefings, lectures and activities on board, snorkeling (gear included) and kayaking opportunities. Entrance fees in mainland.
- 4 shuttle transfers in Quito or Guayaquil to/from designated hotels to connect domestic and international flights, transfers and dinghy rides to/from ports.
- Airports check in assistance, baggage handling (one peace 20kls max. per person, soft bag)
-  Dinner on the last day at Restaurant Plaza Grande, located at Quito’s Old Town (for minimum 2 passengers)
-  Dinner at Hotel’s Quito Restaurant

The rates do not include:
- Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park: $ 100 adult, $ 50 children under 12.
- Cruise fuel surcharge: $ 90 for 3 or 4 night cruises
- Any meal, beverage, air ticket or service not specified.
- Medical Services and travel insurance.
- Optional on board (plus VAT):
- Wet suits rental: 3 or 4 night cruises $ 25, longer cruises $ 50. - Kayak rental: each use per person $ 30.
- Tips & personal expenses. Tipping suggestion (per day per person) $ 15 for crew and $ 10 for guide.

Changes & Cancellation Rules

Cancellations must be in writing, we will not accept any cancellation by telephone.  If you cancel your reservation your right to refund is limited to the following regulations and penalties:
60 days or more prior to departure: $100.00 per person, $400.00 for Holiday Season.
59-31 days prior to departure:  $150.00 per person
30 to 15 days prior to departure:  50% of the total package price
14 days or less:  Non-refundable

Some packages as, Carnival, New Year’s Eve, Special Holidays are Non-refundable. Additional fees and penalties as per suppliers may apply.
We strongly recommend you to purchase Travel Protection Plan available through Tropical Adventures Travel & Tours.  This must be purchase at the time of your deposit.
A $20.00 per change fee will apply once services are confirmed, plus any non- refundable deposits that Tropical Adventures Travel & Tours has made to the suppliers.
Is the only responsibility of the passenger if any changes are made to the itinerary once the trip has started, there will be no refunds for unused services.

Refunds

Claims for refunds must be made in writing during the 15 days after the passenger’s return from the trip.
There will be no refunds of any changes made by the passenger to the itinerary once the trip has begun.
No refunds for unused services. Packages as Carnival, New Year’s Eve, special Holidays are Non-Refundable.
There will be No-Refunds for missed services due to airline schedule changes; we highly recommend purchasing Travel Protection

 

 

 

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