As you wake to greet a new day in paradise, stroll out onto the deck of your boutique yacht as it ever so carefully threads through hundreds of stunning volcanic islands enroute to one of the planet’s most magnificent natural environments.
Here in the Galapagos Islands – made up of 13 main islands, 17 islets and dozens of ancient rock formations – you’ll enter a remote natural paradise that has been protected from the ravages of the modern world for centuries. Inquisitive dolphins, sea lions, penguins, rays, sea turtles and marine iguanas who have learnt no fear of people are likely to interrupt your snorkeling time with a playful sojourn. On land, view the alien landscape of lava fields and volcanic formations from a vantage point on the banks of a salt-water crater lake; take a dinghy ride past large colonies of Galapagos penguins; view graffiti left by 19th-century pirates; and land on remote white sand beaches where hiking trails lead to stunning inland sites.
You’ll spend your downtime on a boutique yacht where your elegant cabin provides comfortable lodgings for the duration of your Galapagos Islands adventure. On shore, your team of experienced private guides are all certified naturalists who delight in revealing the hidden natural wonders of this wonderful, prehistoric eco-system that is home to many species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.
Experience unmatched elegance at the JW Marriott Quito Hotel in Ecuador, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and Andean Mountains. Located in the heart of the city, the JW Marriott is located on the famous Amazonas Avenue and features an amazing atrium lobby where you can enjoy a martini or espresso while enjoying the view. Amenities include spacious guest rooms and suites with magnificent views, high-speed Internet access, in-room safe and luxurious bedding. On-site restaurants offer innovative Ecuadorian and international cuisine while the tropical gardens and resort-style pool offer the perfect backdrop for some relaxation. There is also a fitness centre as well as full spa onsite.
Enjoy a five hour private guided tour of Colonial Quito and discover the Middle of the World on a private guided tour with lunch.
The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city of Quito, or, to give it its full name; "San Francisco de Quito" is recognized as the largest and best preserved colonial city in the Americas. Sights of interest include the gothic styled Basilica of the Heart of Jesus; dwellings with architectural influence from the Spanish Conquistadores (visible in the tiled roofs, forged iron rode balconies and beautifully carved doors), the heart of Quito - Independence Square, which is flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop´s palaces, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús meanwhile, is a magnificent example of the baroque style in Latin America.
From there, your driver and guide will bring you approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of downtown Quito, to visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition built one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the earth in a complex which replicates a Spanish-American village. You'll also have the chance to visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Please note: your airline tickets for the Galapagos flights are issued locally, and will be provided for you on the day you depart for the Galapagos, at the airport, by our local representative. For all Galapagos flights, the luggage allowance is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person.
Fly from Quito to Galapagos via Guayaquil today. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours. Please note: Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Upon arrival to Baltra, a group transfer awaits, for your transportation to the ship.
Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the ship. Your expedition begins shortly.
Your mandatory Galapagos National Park entrance fee & tourist card are included in your itinerary pricing.
Please note: the itinerary is a guideline only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
Wet landing in the afternoon. Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crysta ls of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzon Island lived at the site, but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.
Board M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II, sister ships and First Class mega yachts providing a very intimate and private atmosphere. With sleek European styling, form meets function on both of these expedition yachts. M/Y Coral I offers 18 guest cabins, while the M/Y Coral II offers 11 guest cabins, all featuring air conditioning and private bathrooms. Meals are served in the yacht restaurant or on deck, with a broad range of international, barbecue and South American cuisine. Spend time in the Jacuzzi or at the library. Watch from the deck for whales and dolphins, sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, birds, cacti and unique vegetation.
Espinosa Point is the only spot that you'll visit on Fernandina, and from it you can see the island of Isabela across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. It's a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the "king" of predators here, the Galapagos Hawk.
Tagus Cove will be your destination for the afternoon. The trail here leads to Darwin's salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. Head back to shore for a dinghy ride along the coast where you'll admire a variety of marine wildlife and seabirds, including (depending on the season) the Galapagos Penguin, which stand barely over a foot tall.
This morning you'll take a dinghy ride along the coast surrounded by mangrove forest for an opportunity to admire Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and a nesting area for sea turtles. Wet landing this afternoon on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. Observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. You'll explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.
Wet landing. This visitor site is surrounded by mangrove forest, which makes for a pleasant walk, taking you to a magnificent viewpoint of the entire bay. You'll see Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and White-checked Pintail. There’s also a lagoon where Flamingoes can occasionally be seen. Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the 18th and 19th century. It is very scenic with steep cliffs made of tuff formations and the dark reddish - purple sand beach.
Wet landing this afternoon at the visitor site of Sullivan Bay, located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Dry landing early this morning. You'll reach the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm, Primicias (El Chato), where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle Egrets inhabit the area.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.
A coach awaits to transfer you to the airport for your outbound flight.
Fly from Galapagos to Quito via Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 4 hour.
A departure tax must be paid upon departing Ecuador through the Quito airport. The payment must be made in cash and the cost is of USD$44.30 per person. Subject to change without notice.
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