Galapagos Eastern Islands Adventure Tour

 

Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights

2019 Dates: July 4th, July 18th, September 26th, October 10th, October 24thNovember 7th.

2020 Dates: January 16th, February 13th, April 9th, July 2nd, July 16th, October 8th, October 22nd, November 5th.

  • Mentioned dates are Day 1 on the Itinerary and two days before cruise departure.

 

TOUR PRICES:

2 Nights in Quito (Hotel, private transfers and private city tour) +

8 Days/ 7 Nights Cruise aboard the S/S Mary Anne

 

Seasonal Specials (From July 1st to August 31st and December 1st to 15th): $4,796 per person double occupancy.

 Low Season (From September 1st to November 30th): $5,276 per person double occupancy.

 High Season (From January 1st to June 30th): $5,586 per person double occupancy.

Single Supplement: $134 (only for Quito) – NOTE: There’s no single supplement for the cruise!

 

NOTE: Additional cost will apply for the following:

The Galapagos National Park Fee and municipal tax: $100 p/person ($50 per child)

Transit Control Card: $20 per person

TIPS for the cruise crew and guide (About $450 p/person).

International flights and Flights Quito/Galapagos/Quito are not included

 

 ITINERARY:

DAY 1/ QUITO

Arrival. Reception at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Lodging at Boutique Hotel Mama Cuchara or Hotel Patio Andaluz for two nights.

 

DAY 2/ QUITO

Breakfast. In the morning you’ll explore picturesque Old Town Quito, a World Heritage Site with plazas, churches and monasteries from the early colonial times. You’ll walk along quaint cobbled streets and visit Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square) or Plaza Grande, with its Presidential Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral, Municipal Palace and nearby you’ll visit La Compañía, a Jesuit church overflowing with Baroque art and gold.  You’ll also stop at Plaza de San Francisco and its church that have been a center of activity since pre-Incan times when the square was the Tianguez (main marketplace). There you’ll visit the church’s museum which houses four thousand pieces including sculptures and oil paintings from the Escuela Quiteña. After enjoying a snack at Café Tianguez you’ll walk to “La Ronda”, one of the first streets of the city known for the artisans’ workshops and restaurants. After La Ronda, you will visit one of the most popular viewpoints of Quito: El Panecillo Hill. It is topped by a 41m tall aluminum mosaic statue of La Virgen de Quito that features a crown of stars, angelic wings and a chained dragon.  From the top you’ll be able to enjoy marvelous views of the sprawling city of Quito and the surrounding volcanoes in the distance. Lodging. (B)

 

 

DAY 3/ SANTA CRUZ ISLAND/BALTRA – CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE-

BLACK TURTLE COVE

AM: Private transfer to the airport and morning flight to BALTRA.

PM: After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to then board the S/S Mary Anne and have lunch. After lunch, you will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 4/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE

DARWIN BAY & EL BARRANCO

AM: You’ll travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: At El Barranco (dry landing), you’ll climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and redfooted boobies nest. The trail will take you to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti. You will be seeking out the impressive red-billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels and the endemic short-ear owl. (B,L,D)

 

 

DAY 5/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE

BARTOLOME ISLAND & CHINESE HAT

AM: Dry landing at Bartolme to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath-taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, you will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galapagos penguin.

PM: Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lion colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 6/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE

RABIDA ISLAND & CERRO DRAGON

AM: Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and  saltwater  lagoon.  Darwin’s  finches,  Galapagos  mockingbirds  and  yellow  warblers  feed  off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year you may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

PM: You’l head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked stilts and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland you’ll find a fantastic land iguana nesting site. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 7/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE

DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

AM: You will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island’s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions. You will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. 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.

PM: You will enjoy lunch at the ranch and then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here you 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 visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults. After this visit, you will have some time to browse the shops in the town of Puerto Ayora before boarding the ship. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 8/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE

SOUTH PLAZA & SANTA FE ISLAND

AM: Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

PM: After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, you will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 9/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE

SUAREZ POINT, GARDNER BAY, GARDNER ISLET & OSBORN ISLET

AM: In the morning you will head to Suarez Point, one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos. The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, sometimes to be seen body-surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red-coloured males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; bluefooted and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove; swallow-tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española – waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.                                      The trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. It ends in “El Soplador”, a blowhole that sprays water some 25m (75 feet) into the air.

PM: You will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life. (B,L,D)

 

 

DAY 10/ CRUISE S/S MARY ANNE – BALTRA – QUITO

AM: This is your last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take your transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit 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 in contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones. After this visit you’ll make your way to the Baltra airport for the flight to QUITO. Arrival and connection to your international flight back to the U.S.A. (B)

 

* Or stay additional nights in Quito.

 

NOTE: During the cruise, in addition to the land visits there will be a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking.

 

 

END OF OUR SERVICES

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

– GALAPAGOS CRUISE for 8 Days/7 Nights aboard S/S Mary Anne GALAPAGOS Eastern Islands

– Local bilingual guides for excursions. Programmed visits to the islands with a certified bilingual naturalist guide

-Lodging for 9 nights (2 nights at mentioned or similar category hotels + 7 nights aboard S/S Mary Anne)

– Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel and fins).

– Kayaks

– Private transfers and excursion in Quito. Bus and Ferry transfers in Galapagos.

– Meals as mentioned in itinerary: All breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D). Unlimited coffee, tea, water and natural juices aboard the cruise.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

– International airline tickets

– Flights Quito/Galapagos (Baltra Airport)/Quito.  Airfare may vary from about $450 per person.

– Galapagos National Park entrance fee. Galapagos Transit Control Card.

– Wet suit rental fee

– Personal expenses, tips.

– Alcoholic drinks and bottled beverages, and other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description.