Peruvian Adventure Tour

With its contrasting landscapes, varied ecosystems and fascinating cultural highlights, an adventure tour to Peru is filled with excitement at every turn. From Machu Picchu to the Amazon, Cusco to the Sacred Valley, this active vacation is perfect for anyone seeking the best adventure experiences in Peru. Arrive in Lima and, if time allows, opt for a guided tour to get to know this cosmopolitan city a little better. Then, make for the Sacred Valley for outdoor activities like horseback riding, kayaking and hiking, before heading on to Machu Picchu–one of the New Wonders of the World and top travel destination in South America. After taking a couple of days to really get to know this iconic citadel, travel on to Cusco, where impressive architecture is met with vibrant culture. From here, fly down to the Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, for a couple of days immersed in this captivating, biodiverse rainforest, enjoying wildlife safaris and canopy walks in the company of passionate, naturalist guides. Incorporating action, culture and wildlife, this Peruvian adventure tour takes you to the highlights of the country while including as many activities as possible, with wonderful Inkaterra hotels in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon.

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Itinerary

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ARRIVE LIMA

Touch down in Lima’s international airport and, depending on your time of arrival, head straight to the Amazon on a connecting flight. Otherwise, walk to your nearby hotel, the Wyndham, accompanied by a private guide. Although you are staying close to the airport ahead of a flight to the Amazon Rainforest tomorrow, you could take advantage of any free time in Lima to enjoy some of the city’s highlights.

If opting for a guided city tour, many of Lima’s main attractions can be enjoyed including the pretty Plaza Mayor, colonial buildings such as the Government Palace or Basilica and Convent of San Francisco. Then there are the boutiques, leafy residential areas and vibrant Pacific Ocean boulevards of Barranco and Miraflores. For gourmands, a culinary tour in Lima serves as a worthy introduction to both the country and the cuisine it’s so famous for.

Overnight Overnight Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel

Day2

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LIMA / SACRED VALLEY

After breakfast, you are taken to Lima Airport for an assisted check-in ahead of your flight to Cusco. Here, you are met by a private guide and driver, setting off to the Sacred Valley. Along the way to your hotel, stop at the Awanacancha Textile and Camelid Center. Meet the Llamas and Alpacas, while also witnessing local women at work, dexterously weaving the wool into elaborate textiles, which you can purchase from the souvenir store.

To finish this enchanting day, enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal at the authentic Hacienda Huayoccari, a working farm which serves up traditional dishes using whichever seasonal ingredients are grown onsite. The surrounding Sacred Valley views here are simply stunning, tempting you to head out and explore it all on horseback with the hacienda’s guides.

Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Meals B,L

Day3

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SACRED VALLEY

Begin day three of your essential Peru tour with a relaxing and scenic kayaking session on Piuray Lagoon, a beautifully tranquil spot surrounded by grass covered plains, native forest and undulating mountains. Your paddle can be taken at a leisurely pace, making the most of your surrounds before a picnic by the lake shore.

Then, take your pick from Inkaterra’s long list of available excursions this afternoon. Maybe unwind with a leisurely hike through the Sacred Valley countryside, or take a spectacular trek along the Huasi Challa hillside and Huayoccari viewpoint, if feeling a little more adventurous. You could learn about the local agriculture, growing and harvesting at the Inkaterra Ecological Farm, or, for something even more serene, head out on a birdwatching walk in search of Hawks and Hummingbirds before a twilight stroll through the beautiful mountains.

Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Meals B,L

Day4

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OLLANTAYTAMBO / MACHU PICCHU

Today, prepare for the iconic Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which is even more jaw-dropping in reality than you could ever imagine. A private transfer whisks you off to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you board the Vistadome to Aguas Calientes. This journey isn’t your usual train ride, but an immersive experience with dancers, food and spectacular views of the shifting Sacred Valley scenery outside.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, your guide greets you and together make the onward bus journey up from town. Before exploring Machu Picchu properly, take lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge to enjoy first class food with unbeatable views of the ruins. Then, it’s time to uncover the iconic delights of Machu Picchu, an ancient wonder of the world and top highlight of South America, with a private guided tour followed by leisure time.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

Wake up in your charming guest room at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, enveloped by 12 acres of woodland and the trickling Urubamba River. While here, why not make use of the Andean sauna and spa, before venturing to Machu Picchu. You might want to climb up Wayna Picchu, the citadel’s distinctive jagged peak, or discover the Inca Bridge, reached via a 30-minute trek along the cliffside.

Another Machu Picchu activity is trekking to a privileged viewpoint of the Incans themselves, the Sun Gate or ‘Inti Punku’. This was the original gateway to the Lost City for anyone walking the Inka Trail, and can be easily reached in a day. Upon your return to Aguas Calientes, tuck into a delicious lunch before boarding the Vistadome train once more, this time making for the great Andean city of Cusco.

Overnight Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel

Meals B,L

Day6

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CUSCO CITY TOUR / CHOCOMUSEO & MUSIC WORKSHOP

The charming town of Cusco is a highlight of any essential Peru tour, perched up in the Andes, surrounded by rippling peaks and ruins. Cusco is ancient, dating back 3,000 years, and you can learn all about this magnetic city on a guided walking tour. Begin at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán, a vast complex that stands guard over the city. Next, the Cusco’s warren of cobblestone alleys and vibrant markets, the Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption on Plaza de Armas and Church of Santo Domingo, home to the original ‘Temple of the Sun’, Qoricancha; the most sacred site of the Inca.

This afternoon, it’s a slight change of pace with a fun-filled chocolate making workshop at the nearby ChocoMuseo before a delicious lunch opposite the central Cathedral in Plazas de Armas, and later, visiting a musical workshop.

Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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CUSCO / PERUVIAN AMAZON – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE

Savor your final breakfast in Cusco before the next stage of your Peru adventure vacation begins, with a private transfer to the airport, and flight to Puerto Maldonado. This is your entry point to the southern Peruvian Amazon, where you are greeted by guides and taken to your jungle ecolodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, on an exhilarating river journey by motorized canoe.

Although you are surrounded by the lush greenery of the Tambopata National Reserve, there are still luxuries to be enjoyed at this sublime Amazon ecolodge. Make the most of a jungle spa, generous buffet meals at the rustic chic restaurant, and beautifully designed cabanas bedecked in local wood and crisp white drapes. Don’t hesitate to explore the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, with 4.5 miles of walking trails.

Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Meals B,L,D

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PERUVIAN AMAZON – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE

At Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, guided excursions are all included and help you delve deeper into the rainforest. This morning, there’s an opportunity to canoe along Lake Sandoval, spotting species like the endangered Giant River Otter, Red Howler Monkeys, Macaws and Yellow-spotted Sideneck Turtles. Take in the extraordinary sight of this tranquil lake, edged by tall, leafy trees that makes for a beautiful backdrop for this canoeing excursion.

After lunch back at Inkaterra, gear up for an afternoon activity walking along the lodge’s very own canopy walkway, towering at 30m above ground level for the best views of resident wildlife, including Toucans, Woodpeckers and Trogons. Make your way up the tower for your first glimpse of the treetops, navigating hanging bridges while keeping an eye out for all the many species that dwell up here.

Overnight Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Meals B,L,D

Day9

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PUERTO MALDONADO / LIMA / DEPARTURE

Tuck into a delicious Inkaterra breakfast this morning before setting off by motorized canoe to Puerto Maldonado, where you can enjoy one final excursion before catching your flight. The Butterfly House is home to around 1250 species, that flutter between the tropical plants and flowers within a pretty garden, created specifically for these creatures. Tour the garden with one of the Butterfly House’s biologists, before heading on to the airport nearby for your flight to Lima, and from there, home.

Meals B

The Ancascocha Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You may not have heard of it, but the Ancascocha Trek is a fantastic alternative to the Inca Trail, ranked as one of the top 25 hikes in the world by National Geographic. Latin Excursions is one of the few operators who can take you on the Ancascocha Trek, venturing along the path less visited to reach Machu Picchu. The journey–which feels much more private and exclusive than the Inca Trail–is just as important as the final destination on this Peruvian trek, meandering through verdant valleys and High Andean mountains, encountering rural settlements and ancient ruins along the way. Hike over the course of four days, covering around 36 miles of jaw-dropping Sacred Valley scenery, accompanied all the while by enthusiastic guides who are on-hand to show you the hidden wonders of this lesser-known trek to Machu Picchu.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

CUSCO / QEUNAQOCHA

Day one of the Ancascocha Trek starts with several interesting sites being passed on the journey between Cusco, passing the village of Tomacaya to the Hustacancha region, where the trail begins. An early morning departure is the best way to ensure a scenic sunrise along the way, travelling through remote settlements and rolling hills, until reaching the remarkably well-preserved Inca ruins of Tarawasi.

Having then followed the banks of the Apurimac River, arrive in Hustacancha (10,098ft above sea level), before braving your first steps along the Ancascocha Trail itself, with roughly 7.5 miles of trekking ahead. For the initial three hours, take a gradual ascent through native forest and into more open plains, stalking the Lechería River, past Perolniyoq Waterfall and little-visited Inca ruins. Stop for lunch at Yawar Maqi, before continuing the steady climb towards a well-earned camp and warming meal at Qeunaqocha (14,054ft above sea level), surrounded by dramatic landscapes.

Meals L, D

Overnight Qeunaqocha Campsite

Day2

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QEUNAQOCHA / LAGUNA ANCASCOCHA

Today is a challenging yet rewarding day, with around 7.5 miles of uphill hiking to conquer, though plenty of picturesque mountain views to keep you company throughout. Expect between six and seven hours of trekking, beginning with a three-hour climb towards Accojasa Pass (15,419ft above sea level), the highest point on your Ancascocha Trek. From this vantage point, enjoy panoramic views of Huayanay and the surrounding mountainscape, before an undulating, isolated section of the trail.

Continue on to the Huayanay Pass (15,147ft above sea level) for further spectacular views of the imposing Mount Salkantay, one of the Ancascocha Trek’s many photo-worthy moments, to be admired as you then descend further into the valley, its trickling streams, waterfalls and grassy plains. Finally, a real highlight of this trail comes upon reaching camp at Laguna Ancascocha (13,776ft above sea level); a foreboding high-altitude lake of deep blue waters.

Overnight Overnight Laguna Ancascocha Campsite

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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Day3

LAGUNA ANCASCOCHA / CAMICANCHA / CHILLCA

Day three of the Ancascocha Trek is the longest, with 8.5 scenic miles to cover. However, it’s mostly downhill and passes ancient agricultural plains, so aerial views and steep climbs are exchanged for remote settlements, river gorges and tree-lined trails. Blissfully, even the occasional farmhouse or herdsman does not detract from feeling fully immersed within the remote Andean wilds; only steep mountain ridges, canyons and the green grasslands of Peru’s Sacred Valley in each direction.

This penultimate day takes you initially to the rural community of Ancascocha. A quick stop is in order to meet friendly locals, before descending further into the Urubamba Valley, crossing the Sillque River towards Camicancha; a small collection of farmhouses surrounded by pristine wilderness. Here, take a moment’s rest and push along sloping trails to the traditional village of Chillca (9,069ft above sea level), home for the night and not a fellow tourist in sight!

Overnight Chillca Village

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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CHILLCA / OLLANTAYTAMBO / SHORT INCA TRAIL TO AGUAS CALIENTES

An early morning start on day four is well worth it, transferring from Chillca to Ollantaytambo, catching a train bound for Machu Picchu. Disembark at the km. 104 railroad stop to complete a section of the Classic Inca Trail, finishing at the Sun Gate for your first glimpse of the Lost City.

A visit to the Chachabamba Archeological Ruins then sets the scene, and from Chachabamba the last leg of your Ancascocha Trek is one to remember; a four-hour hike along the Classic Inca Trail. One of the Inca Trail highlights is Winaywayna, a stunning hillside complex of stepped agricultural terraces and housing, perfectly preserved with unbeatable views of the Sacred Valley too. Next, the Sun Gate and South America’s most iconic site, Machu Picchu. Admire this wonder of the ancient world from afar, before moving down to the citadel, followed by a bus to nearby Aguas Calientes and an evening at leisure, ahead of tomorrow’s fuller exploration.

Overnight Overnight: Overnight Aguas Calientes Hotel

Meals B,L

Day5

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MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

Wake up in your authentic, charming guestroom and enjoy an early breakfast before venturing back to Machu Picchu. Uncovering the delights of Machu Picchu with a private guided tour is the best way to do it, before some leisure time later this afternoon to explore further and find your own quiet spots.

You might want to climb up Wayna Picchu, the citadel’s distinctive jagged peak which is a vertiginous, exhilarating ascent. Or, discover the Inca Bridge, reached via a 30-minute trek along the cliffside. This bridge is in fact a gap of 20ft, disconnecting the pathway so that had any unwelcome visitors approached the citadel, Incans would raise the wooden planks and thus prevent any possible entry to their sacred home. Take it all in during your tour, enjoying that free time afterwards to contemplate Machu Picchu by yourself, before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus and onward to Cusco.

Meals B,L

Argentina & Chile’s Patagonia

In a unique fusion of culture and wilderness, this 12-day journey through Argentina and Chile sweeps you off your feet into a world of enchantment and luxury. Travel through Patagonia, an area known to be one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes on Earth, while also visiting distinctly charming cities full of culture, performing arts, cobblestone streets and artist ateliers. Luxurious lodges perched at the edge of dramatic landscapes, glacial lakes and primeval forests as well as Tango shows and bohemian wine bars all await.

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Itinerary

In a unique fusion of culture and wilderness, this 12-day journey through Argentina and Chile sweeps you off your feet into a world of enchantment and luxury. Travel through Patagonia, an area known to be one of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes on Earth, while also visiting distinctly charming cities full of culture, performing arts, cobblestone streets and artist ateliers. Luxurious lodges perched at the edge of dramatic landscapes, glacial lakes and primeval forests as well as Tango shows and bohemian wine bars all await.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Flight to Argentina

Take your international flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), our representative greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel in the sophisticated Recoleta neighborhood. Enjoy the evening at leisure in your one of a kind hotel, nestled in the French Heritage district of Recoleta, a place rich in art and charismatically defined by European inspired architecture.

Overnight Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau (or similar)

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Explore Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy a leisurely, privately guided tour of Buenos Aires. Follow your expert guide along charming cobblestone streets through distinct neighborhoods to explore the cultural highlights of the city, leaving you to continue exploring at your leisure for the afternoon.

Tonight, your guide picks you up at your hotel for a Tango show at Faena Hotel+Universe (standard tickets, with shared round-trip transfers included). The Rojo dinner and Tango show is an avant-garde and intimate show coupled with five-star food, top choreography and talented musicians.

Overnight Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau (or similar)

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Prepare yourself for a grand adventure this morning, beginning with a private transfer to board a non-stop flight to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in the snow-capped Patagonian Andes. Spend the afternoon relaxing and settling into your cosy and luxuriant lodge on an expansive property. Surrounded by tall tufts of golden coirón grass with a view to distant red rock mesas and the vibrant blue Lake Argentino, the country’s largest lake, your lodge is one of a kind, complete with all the amenities you could wish for.

EOLO staff greet you at the airport and transfer to your lodge in the southern Patagonian countryside outside of town. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the property.

Undoubtedly the best hotel in the Torres del Paine National Park, Eolo Lodge is a place of exuberant luxury and unparalleled charm. In a pioneering architectural design, majestic views of a nearby waterfall and surrounding mountains that can be enjoyed from the lounge, the restaurant, many of the bedrooms and even the open air jacuzzis.

Overnight EOLO Lodge (or similar)

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, the most well known and impressive glacier of the region. The constant calving of ice blocks into glacial lakes is mesmerizing, filling your senses with otherworldly colors and impressive wildlife. Your tour includes shared mini-trekking (1.5-hour ice trek) on the glacier, round-trip transfers from/to your hotel, entrance fees and a delicious boxed lunch (provided by Eolo).

Overnight EOLO Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Explora Patagonia, Chile

At dawn your guide greets you at the airport and transfers (shared/regular basis, without guide) you to Explora Patagonia, a stunning hotel of rustic, Scandinavian charm with unlimited comfort. Explora is primely located for an exclusive and tailor made excursions into the Torres del Paine National Park with sensational views of the surrounding lake, mountains and waterfall. Begin your all-inclusive program there with lunch and an afternoon guided excursion of your choice from menu of enticing options.

Overnight Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Enjoy three full days of shared excursions in Torres del Paine National Park. Explora Patagonia offers high calibre excursions led by expert, local bilingual guides. Over 30 excursions, including a variety of scenic hikes, longer treks and horseback rides are on offer at Explora and each day you can choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion. An unforgettable icon of Chile’s Patagonia region, Torres del Paine National Park is known for its towering mountains, vibrant icebergs calving from glaciers and golden grasslands that shelter an array of wildlife.

Enjoy three full days of shared excursions in Torres del Paine National Park. The excursions at Explora Patagonia are led by expert, local bilingual guides who accompany you on a variety of scenic hikes, longer treks and horseback rides at varying levels of difficulty. There are over thirty excursions offered at Explora, and each day you can choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion.

Overnight Explora Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Punta Arenas to Santiago, Chile

After a leisurely morning, take your shared transfer from Explora Patagonia to Punta Arenas Airport (approximately 4.5 hours) for your non-stop flight to Santiago.

Flight: Punta Arenas to Santiago

Upon arrival, your guide picks you up at Santiago airport and privately transfers you to your hotel in Lastarria, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day11

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Exploring Santiago

This morning, you are picked up for private, guided walking tour of Santiago. Over a half-day, or approximately 5 hours, explore a city beautifully situated against the backdrop of the Andes and full of opportunities for cultural immersion and world famous markets. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the city more on your own.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day12

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Depart Santiago, Chile

Early this morning, take your private transfer to Santiago International Airport, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL), for your international flight home.

Flight: Santiago to LAX

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Chile, Argentina & Uruguay

This 19-day excursion through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay is an expertly crafted adventure highlighting the ecological majesty, cultural sophistication and eclectic performing arts of South America, all in one memorable journey. Experience the artistic flair and historical significance of cities like Santiago and Buenos Aires, explore the otherworldly landscape of the Atacama desert, taste the subtlety of fine winemaking in the Tuscany of Uruguay and enjoy activities like horse riding or hot air ballooning in the emblematic countryside. Our itinerary is the perfect combination of a diverse cultural immersion into three very different countries, with ample time for relaxation and recreation in luxurious accommodation.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Flight to Santiago

Take your international flight to Santiago, Chile, a mix of sleek new cultural centers, thoughtful museums and gorgeous green parks set in the stunning backdrop of the Andes.

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Arrive Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile!

Upon arrival, take a taxi on your own to your hotel in Lastarria neighborhood, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Settle into the Singular Santiago, a trendy and warmly elegant hotel and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool for a quick dip and sweeping views of the city. Mid-afternoon, a privately guided city tour leads you through Santiago de Chile’s historic sights, charming cobblestone streets and specific highlights, according to your interest.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals None

Day3

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Santiago to Calama (Atacama Desert)

This morning, take a taxi on your own to the Santiago airport for your flight to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert.

Flight: Santiago to Calama

Upon arrival, your guide picks you up at the airport and transfers you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Begin your 4D/3N program at Awasi Atacama with a privately guided excursion in the afternoon.

Inspired by Pre-Inca ruins located outside San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama’s 10 adobe suites have charming thatched roofs and large bathrooms which open into private solariums with al-fresco showers.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,D

Day4

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Exploring the Atacama Desert

Enjoy an array of explorations into the Atacama Desert with your private 4×4 jeep and bilingual guide. Choose one full-day or two half-day excursions each day from Awasi Atacama’s menu of excursions, where you will be awed by high altitude mountain lakes and otherworldly landscapes. Highlights include the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world, as well as the eerie Moon Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake, Altiplano lagoons, canyons, hot springs, fascinating archaeological sites and quaint adobe villages.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Exploring the Atacama Desert

Enjoy a second day of guided excursions, choosing from an array of incredible options.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Awasi Atacama Morning Excursion

Enjoy one last morning excursion from Awasi Atacama (check out is at 12:00PM but hotel facilities are available to you until departure). Return to the lodge for a Chilean lunch of locally crafted ingredients prior to your private transfer to Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Flight: Calama to Santiago

On arrival, pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly) and drive to your hotel in the Lastarria neighborhood.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B,L

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Drive to Valparaiso / City Tour / Santiago

This morning, drive to Valparaiso and arrive by 10:00AM. Then enjoy a half-day (approx. 4 hrs) privately guided tour, focusing on the city’s street art/graffiti and iconic hillside ascensores (elevators).

Lunch reservations at Pasta e Vino in Valparaiso (table reservations only, meal to be paid on-site).

Following lunch, drive yourselves back to Santiago and, along the way, visit the sophisticated wineries of the Casablanca Valley.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day8

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Santiago / Flight to Mendoza

This morning, drive your rental car back to Santiago airport for your nonstop flight to Mendoza in Argentina’s premier wine region.

Flight: Santiago to Mendoza

Welcome to Argentina! On arrival, pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly) at Mendoza Airport and drive yourself to your wine lodge in the Lujan de Cuyo Valley, approx. 50 minutes away. Spend the rest of the day at leisure as you wish.

Entre Cielos is a 16-room luxury boutique hotel set against the awe inspiring backdrop of the snowcapped Andes Mountains and nearly a dozen acres of the Malbec Vineyards of Mendoza. With an ultra-modern design, timeless furniture, rotating art exhibitions and the area’s first true Hamam + Spa, Entre Cielos is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the beauty of the Argentinian countryside.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B

Day9

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Day9

Enjoying Entre Cielos or Exploring Mendoza

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities at your leisure. The Experience Concierge at Entre Cielos can assist with arranging world-class winery visits, premium wine tastings, and other activities in the area. Mendoza province is home to nearly 1,200 vineyards, ranging from idyllic fincas to renowned major wine growers. Horseback riding through vineyards, hot air ballooning, hiking through the Andes, and biking are also available.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B

Day10

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Full-day Private “Winemakers’ Experience” in Uco Valley

Today’s agenda whisks you away in a privately guided “Winemaker’s Experience” in Mendoza, one of the greatest wine regions in the world. In the renowned Uca Valley, surrounded by the grandeur of the snow capped Andes, visit two vineyards and tour the grounds with the winemakers, participating in the process and sampling biodynamic wines from the barrel. Enjoy a 6-course lunch paired with wines at Andeluna Cellars, a state-of-the-art winery located on 200 acres of vineyards at the foothills of the Andes. There are four separate tasting areas to enjoy, and a stroll in the picturesque grounds is the perfect way to experience the rich history and tradition of the winery with a glass of Argentina’s finest wine in hand.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B,L

Day11

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Optional Morning Excursion / Mendoza to Buenos Aires Flight

Spend the morning in leisure at Entre Cielos, or arrange an additional vineyard visit in the area. You may also drive to Mendoza city to explore and have a delicious lunch at one of the gourmet restaurants that we may personally recommend. After lunch, drop off your rental car at Mendoza Airport and take your nonstop, domestic flight to Buenos Aires.

Flight: Mendoza to Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately transfers to your hotel in Recoleta. We can assist with making dinner reservations at a recommended restaurant this evening.

The luxurious Four Seasons of Buenos Aires offers a romantic atmosphere in one of a kind suites. Options range from rooms graced by the country decor of France in the adjacent Belle Époque-style mansion to mahogany and leather furnished tower rooms. The hotel even offers a signature Porteno Tango Massage, choreographed to Tango music!

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

Day12

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“Four Balconies” Tour of Buenos Aires

Today enjoy a half-day (approx. 4 hr) private guided “Four Balconies” tour of Buenos Aires. Your expert guide leads you through four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta), and introduce you to color and character of Argentina, including the rich culture of the “porteños,” the charismatic inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Your tour will include the top highlights of Buenos Aires, including Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, La Boca and Recoleta. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city further on your own.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

Day13

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Jewish Heritage Tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy your half-day privately guided Jewish Heritage tour of Buenos Aires (approx. 4 hrs). Buenos Aires has the third largest Jewish community in the world; this active social group of Argentines has left its traces in its culture from the very beginning. You will follow the traces and traditions while visiting the Jewish neighborhood of Once, and in an informal way you will be in touch with the anonymous Jewish businessmen (mostly owners of the small shops in the area) who will explain to you all of the benefits and turmoil of living in Buenos Aires. This visit will mostly be a sightseeing tour with our guides introducing the lives of this important Argentine community. Then return to your hotel and have the afternoon at leisure to explore the city further independently.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

Day14

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Explore Buenos Aires / Rojo Tango Show

Spend the full day at leisure in Buenos Aires, exploring the city further independently.
Tonight, enjoy dinner and the Rojo Tango Show at Faena Hotel + Universe, with private round-trip transfers provided. The Rojo dinner and Tango show is an avant-garde and intimate show coupled with five-star food, top choreography and talented musicians.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B,D

Day15

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Ferry to Montevideo / Jose Ignacio

This morning, your guide will be privately transfer you to the port in Buenos Aires to take your Buquebus ferry to Montevideo.

Ferry: Buenos Aires to Montevideo (First Class)

On arrival, you will pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly). Drive up the coast to Jose Ignacio (approx. 2.5 hours), stopping along the way as desired.

Suggestion: Stop in Pueblo Eden for lunch, then visit Altos de la Ballena Winery or Viña Eden Winery for a tour and tasting. Continue to the famous “Casapueblo,” built by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, in Punta Ballena. The building itself is a work of art but we also recommend visiting the museum, a great place to enjoy a sunset drink or coffee. Afterwards, drive approx. 50 minutes to arrive at Estancia Vik. Settle into your Suite and spend the evening as you please.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

Day16

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Garzon, Uruguay

Today, drive to the sleepy village of Garzon, also known as the “Uruguayan Tuscany”—an oasis of charm and gastronomic excellence. Upon arrival, enjoy a visit to Colinas de Garzon olive plantations and Garzon Winery, with tasting included. Explore the olive plantations and extra virgin olive oil boutique production plant, where you learn about the origin of this product and the elaboration process, while appreciating wonderful views at the same time. Taste rich wines and olive oils, offered with selective cheese and homemade bread. When ready, drive back to Jose Ignacio.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

Day17

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Private Cooking Workshop

Start your day with a private cooking workshop with a local chef, including lunch. The “asador” (local cook specialized in cooking with fire) shares the flavors of local gastronomy in a participatory cooking class for those interested in going beyond mere tasting. The experience takes place within an informal atmosphere, accompanied by a glass of good wine. Learn about the traditional local products of Uruguay, and prepare some or all of the proposed menu, according to interest.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B,L

Day18

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Enjoy Estancia VIK

Today, Enjoy the day at leisure at Estancia Vik, which sits on 4,000 acres of rolling countryside. The Estancia borders the Arroyo and the Laguna José Ignacio, which meet the Southern Atlantic just two kilometers away. Staying at Estancia Vik also grants you access to the facilities at Bahia Vik and Playa Vik on the beach. Relax, stroll along the ocean’s edge, enjoy a massage, or watch polo matches with South America’s best players. If you are feeling more active, take a polo lesson yourself, visit local art galleries, or arrange activities like canoeing, horseback riding, birdwatching, or biking.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

Day19

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Jose Ignacio / Montevideo to Buenos Aires

Spend the morning at leisure in Jose Ignacio. Then drive your rental car to Montevideo airport (approx. 2 hours away), from where you will take your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Flight: Montevideo to Buenos Aires (EZE)

Upon arrival, connect independently to your international flight home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Chile

Chile is a multi-faceted destination, ideal for the adventurer, culinary connoisseur and art lover. This ten-day adventure will pamper you in luxury and ignite your inspiration with strolls through the charming city of Santiago, expeditions to the fjordlands of Torres del Paine and excursions into the one of a kind landscape of the Alta Atacama desert. A special fusion of history, wilderness and colorful culture, this journey will create extraordinary experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive Santiago, Chile / Santiago City Tour

Welcome to Chile!

Upon arrival your private guide greets and transfers you to your hotel in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, known for boho wine bars and boutiques, contemporary museums and lively festivals, all surrounded by the majesty of the Andes.

Settle into the Singular Santiago, a trendy and warmly elegant hotel and enjoy with a rooftop swimming pool and sweeping views of the city. Take a private tour of Santiago de Chile’s historic sights, charming cobblestone streets and the spectacular forest-carpeted mountain of San Cristobal Hill, where the towering Statue of Virgin Mary overlooks the city.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals None

Day2

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Flight Santiago to Punta Arenas / Transfer to Hotel

After a gourmet breakfast in your hotel’s famed French bistro, join your bilingual guide and transfer to your scenic flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia.

After a three hour drive through stunning landscapes, arrive at the Singular Patagonia for five days in the luxury of a 5 star hotel perched in majestic surroundings. Enjoy a state-of-the-art eco-spa, an award-winning culinary team and a staff dedicated to the utmost and personalized service. More than twenty excursions are on offer, including a journey into Torres del Paine National Park, a near fairytale-like landscape of towering peaks, vibrant icebergs and stunningly clear, calm lakes.

Overnight The Singular Patagonia

Meals B,D

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The Singular Patagonia

Three blissful days in your luxury lodging, primely located on the romantic natural wonder of the fjordlands, are yours to create from a menu of invigorating possibilities. Imagine meandering through glacial waters by private boat, horseback riding through pastoral hills and valleys, trekking past dramatic icebergs, or savoring a sumptuous picnic lunch on a private reserve.

Overnight The Singular Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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The Singular Patagonia

Whether you choose to embark on a grand adventure or revel in the atmosphere the Singular Patagonia offers, indulging in the spa or perfecting your inner chef with a culinary master class, your stay is bound to be relaxing, awe-inspiring and utterly unforgettable.

Overnight The Singular Patagonia

Meals B,L,D

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Flight Punta Arenas to Santiago

Today fly back to Santiago and spend the night at the Holiday Inn Santiago, conveniently located near the airport. An ideal place to take pause before your next adventure, the Inn is equipped with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and free Wi-Fi and internet access.

Overnight Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Meals B,L

Day7

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Flight to Atacama Desert / Transfer to Alto Atacama, Chile

This morning take your flight to Calama, gateway to the Atacama, the driest and arguably one of the most fascinating deserts on Earth. Spend four days at your hotel located just outside of San Pedro and near Pukara de Quitor, a pre-Inca fortress. Your all inclusive program includes an open bar, daily shared excursions as well as use of the spa, jacuzzi, sauna, pool, and sun deck, bicycles and transportation between the lodge and nearby village. The Alto Atacama combines luxury with traditional design in charming terracotta that blends seamlessly with the deep red rock of the surrounding landscape.

Overnight Alto Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring the Alto Atacama

It may be a challenge to tear yourself away from the Alto Atacama with its natural thermal pools and several swimming pools nestled in beautifully landscapes gardens, but it is worth it! Enjoy the company of other travelers for daily excursions in the breathtaking Atacama desert, where high altitude mountain lakes and otherworldly landscapes take your breath away. Highlights include the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world, as well as the eerie Moon Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake, fascinating archaeological sites and quaint adobe villages.

Overnight Alto Atacama

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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Flight Calama to Santiago

After your final morning at Alto Atacama, take your shared transfer to the Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Connect with your onward international flight back home tonight on your own.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Colombia in Style

Primely positioned directly over the equator and home to snow-capped peaks and glistening beaches, Colombia is a diverse country teeming with passionate culture. This nine day itinerary immerses you in a spectrum of historical interest, recreational fun and refined artistry. Begin with the top attractions of the nation’s high altitude, colonial era capital of Bogata, including the elegantly memorizing Gold Museum and panoramic views of the famed Montserrate sanctuary. In the rolling green hills of the coffee growing region, explore a variety of outdoor activities and perfect Caribbean cooking. Complete your adventure in magic with a visit to Old Cartagena, a16th century walled city of pastel hued pueblos and cobblestone streets where wandering is like time travel.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Bogota, Colombia

Welcome to Colombia!

Upon arrival in Bogata, your guide greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel, the luxury, Spanish colonial style Four Seasons Casa Medina. In one of the most luxurious hotels of Bogota, no two rooms are alike; some feature high beamed ceilings and hand-crafted doors, while others boast details such as aged leather and nail-head trim, reflecting the roots of tradition, yet maintaining a sense of lightness and a contemporary edge. The effect is comfortably residential with the sophisticated polish and all the modern conveniences one expects of a hotel of this calibre.

Overnight Four Seasons Casa Medina

Meals None

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Bogota City Tour

Today, enjoy a full-day private guided tour of Bogota. Your expert guide introduces you the city’s highlights and the social and cultural issues of Colombia. Learn more about the daily life of Bogotanos and sample the best street food and tropical fruits of a South American market. Visit the Montserrate sanctuary, symbol of the Colombian capital, located on the Andes Mountain at 3,152 meters above sea level and offering a unique view of the city. Next, visit the Gold Museum, which houses up to 34,000 pieces of gold from 13 pre-Hispanic civilizations. As you walk the streets of La Candelaria, a traditional neighborhood that has seen the country’s history, admire the works of the greatest Colombian contemporary artist at the Botero Museum.

Overnight Four Seasons Casa Medina

Meals B

Day3

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Bogota to Coffee Region

Privately transfer from your hotel to Bogota airport for your nonstop flight to Armenia in the Coffee Region.

Flight: Bogota to Armenia

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and privately transfer you to Hacienda Bambusa (approx. 30 min away). After settling in, enjoy a 2.5-hour welcome hike on the property with a naturalist guide, passing through the cacao plantations and bamboo forest, and including some birdwatching.

Overnight Hacienda Bambusa

Meals B,D

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Exploring the Coffee Region

Spend two full days enjoying activities in the Coffee Region from Hacienda Bambusa with a private guide at your disposal during your entire stay. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, visit local coffee plantations and villages, go bamboo rafting down the river with a picnic, visit the scenic Cocora Valley, and more! Or simply relax in the stunning natural setting and enjoy the Colombian countryside; mix activities with relaxation time as you wish.

Overnight Hacienda Bambusa

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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Armenia - Bogota - Cartagena

Take your private transfer to Armenia airport for your flight to the Caribbean coast today, via Bogota.

Flight: Armenia to Cartagena, via Bogota

Upon arrival, your guide greets you and privately transfers you to your boutique hotel (about a 15 minute drive) within the historic walled city.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided introductory walking tour (approx. 3 hrs) in Old Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight Casa San Agustin

Meals B

Day7

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Bazurto Market / Caribbean Cooking Lesson / Leisure Time

AM: Bazurto Market + Caribbean cooking lesson (5 hrs), with lunch.

The Bazurto market is a traditional Caribbean open-air market, barely visited by tourists. Walk through a maze of alleys, where your tour guide will introduce you to different kinds of local fruits, herbs, vegetables, music, fish, seafood and meat. At the end of the tour, learn how to cook seafood, coconut rice and other specialties of Cartagena’s gastronomy. Our chef offers a presentation of ingredients before teaching you how to prepare some typical dishes.

PM: At leisure. Have some time at leisure in the afternoon to explore the city further on your own.

Overnight Casa San Agustin

Meals B,L

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La Boquilla / DAMARTES / Proboquilla

This morning, start your half day tour to explore the fisherman village of La Boquilla and visit the project DAMARTES (‘Women and Mothers of Art’) which began with an association composed of 7 women. These days they produce jewelry, containers, vases, belts and accessories and are the first women of La Boquilla who live with their own incomes. Be invited to a very special workshop and make your own souvenir out of coconut. It is also possible to craft bracelets, keychains, earrings or necklaces. The workshop takes place in a rustic restaurant right on the beach of La Boquilla. Afterwards, visit a local foundation called Proboquilla, founded to provide quality education to children of La Boquilla. A representative describes more about the foundation´s daily challenges and you may possibly interact with some of the children.

This afternoon is yours to further explore the city as you wish and at your leisure. Feel free to ask your Latin Excursions travel designer or hotel concierge for things to see, do, and eat!

Overnight Casa San Agustin

Meals B,L

Day9

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Cartagena

Take your private transfer to Cartagena airport for your international flight home.

Thank you for exploring Colombia with us!

Meals B

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Ecuador Wildlife Cruise: Amazon and Galapagos Islands

Travel aboard the

The Anakonda Amazon Vessel &
The Galapagos Legend

This unique Ecuador itinerary is not only a must-do tour for wildlife lovers, but anyone keen to combine two of the best experiences in South America: a luxury Amazon river cruise and voyage around the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is home to thousands of native and endemic species in each of its varied ecosystems, as seen during this trip. Begin aboard the boutique Anakonda Amazon river cruise, a popular and luxurious 40-guest boat offering the chance to swim in lakes teeming with Piranhas, take early morning birdwatching walks, spot monkeys and Pink River Dolphins during kayaking trips, and listen to the sounds of the jungle at night. Then, after a few days exploring the highlights of Quito, swap the Amazon River for open seas, as you join the comfortable, well-equipped Legend (accommodating up to 100 passengers) for an unforgettable Galapagos Islands cruise. Along the way, visit remote regions in the south-west of the archipelago on San Cristobal and Espanola Islands, as well as some more well-known highlights such as the Charles Darwin Research Center, Post Office Bay and the Santa Cruz Highlands. Throughout this Galapagos Island cruise, cameras at the ready for Sea Lions; Frigate Birds; Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies; Reef Sharks, Giant Galapagos Tortoises; Sea Turtles; Rays; Iguanas and much more besides.

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Day1

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ARRIVE / QUITO / COCA / NAPO RIVER

An exciting start to your Galapagos and Ecuador Amazon river cruise awaits, as you fly from Quito to the port city of Coca, where you board a boat and get an early taste for life in the rainforest. Set off in the direction of the luxurious Anakonda Amazon, a boutique ship which is tailormade for the mightiest river setting of them all. Along the way, you pass native wildlife including monkeys, lizards or onlooking River Turtles, before arriving at the Anakonda itself.

The welcome party once on-deck includes the Anakonda’s expert guides, some early orientation and refreshments. Then, simply enjoying the sounds, sights and smells of the jungle on the ship’s sundeck, an unforgettable sunset, mouthwatering meal and nighttime wildlife walk.

Overnight Anakonda

Meals D

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PANACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR

Nestled between the Yasuni National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, today’s destination–the Panayacu River Delta and Panacocha Lake–is like a mini Amazon biosphere in its own right; and provides plenty of fun along the way. Begin with a gentle cruise downstream in search of Squirrel Monkeys, River Turtles and, with any luck, a glimpse of the famous Pink River Dolphins which are known to visit these waters.

Eventually, arrive at Panacocha or ‘Piranha’ Lake, picturesque and perfectly suitable for swimming, though be warned it is called Piranha Lake for a reason and this is one of their favorite hangouts! Whether taking a dip in the lake or not, keep an eye open for White Caiman, giant Catfish and rare Butterflies too.

Overnight Anakonda

Meals B,L,D

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WESTERN AMAZON RAINFOREST

Day three of your luxury cruise takes in one of the most iconic Amazon experiences of them all, the so-called Parrot Clay Licks of Western Amazonia, your first outing after breakfast. A kaleidoscope of color, this natural spectacle is a joy as hundreds of Parrots, Parakeets and Macaws line the riverbank, attracted by a build-up of minerals and salts which are then exposed every day.

Next up is the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where you can learn a little of the Amazon Rainforest’s cultural heritage, the traditions, daily life and long-held customs of native jungle inhabitants courtesy of a women’s cooperative who help run the institution. Then, another great Amazon highlight, the Anangu Observation Tower; a 36-meter-tall canopy lookout point for views that are nothing short of breathtaking.

Overnight Anakonda

Meals B,L,D

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Coca / Quito

This morning, disembark the Anakonda and transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Quito, ready for an afternoon at leisure to explore the highlights of Ecuador’s capital at your own pace.
Having checked into your hotel, why not visit the real-life line of the equator for a fun-filled afternoon? Or perhaps the beautifully ornate Compania de Jesus Church, Plaza Grande or Basilica del Voto Nacional, for something more cultural. There are artisan food markets to enjoy, bohemian neighborhoods, galleries and museums aplenty, though if you are simply after a few more fantastic photographs then take the Teleferico sky tram to the top of Cruz Loma, hike a little, and prepare for sublime panoramic views of Quito.

Overnight Swissotel

Meals B

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WALKING TOUR OF QUITO

Spend the morning at leisure before an afternoon private walking tour of Quito’s Old Town, providing an interesting exploration of Ecuador’s capital, ahead of tomorrow’s onward journey to the Galapagos Islands. The city’s historical center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978; and it’s not hard to see why, with its exquisite colonial architecture comprising sublime churches, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace and Municipal Building, standing proud along cobblestone streets and the grand Independence Square. The pastel-hued facades with iron-wrought balconies only add to its charm, while a scattering of museums and galleries invite you to learn more about the city’s art, history and culture, such as the prestigious El Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Overnight Swissotel

Meals B/p>

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QUITO / SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

The next exciting stage of your journey begins on day six with a two-hour flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who strode ashore here on his famous voyage to the archipelago in 1835. At the airport, your guide assists with any belongings, whisking you off to the pier and the awaiting Legend vessel for boarding: the beginning of your Galapagos islands cruise.

First, a worthy introduction comes with a visit to the Interpretation Center, where the natural and human history of the Galapagos is vibrantly on show, and later, with a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’. As the name suggests, these verdant cliffs are a popular nesting site for both the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,D

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ESPANOLA ISLAND

Having sailed south overnight from San Cristobal, wake up in your luxurious cabin and prepare for the many wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Punta Suarez, looking out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

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FLOREANA ISLAND / CHAMPION ISLET

Despite its small size, Floreana has a fascinating cultural history. It has served as a penal colony, pirates hangout, and was the first Galapagos island to be colonized in 1832. It’s also home to an 18th century whalers post office, which you’ll discover this morning at Post Office Bay. Here, you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box, and it will find its way home!

From Post Office Bay to Cormorant Point, your guide takes you to two contrasting beaches on Floreana Island: the green volcanic olivine crystals of Papakolea, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds that frequent a lagoon sandwiched between these two bays, before visiting Champion Islet for a spot of snorkeling.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Begin the day with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Witness first-hand the legacy left on the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin, then, learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

After lunch, take to the water once more while exploring the rich seas off Ballena Bay in western Santa Cruz, either aboard a panga boat, kayaking or snorkeling the shores. Among the many fantastic Galapagos snorkeling sites, Bellena Bay is particularly impressive thanks to its abundance of species, including King Angel, Sturgeon and Parrotfish, Rays, Sharks and Turtles.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

As your Galapagos Island cruise draws to a close, there is still one last chance to witness a little more wildlife with a panga boat ride down the Itabaca Channel, a popular waterway separating Baltra and Santa Cruz.

Then, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour Coral I & II

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The Coral I Or Coral II

Combining a land-based adventure and Galapagos cruise in one trip gives you the best of both worlds, with this itinerary being both varied and full of archipelago highlights. So, start your Galapagos Island adventure tour as you mean to go on with VIP service on arrival, before navigating emerald seas towards Santa Cruz Island. Basing yourself at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp on Santa Cruz, you’ll enjoy nature walks, boat tours, delectable cuisine and dramatic ancient landscapes across various central islands, over two days that pack in more than you might have imagined. Then, a Galapagos Island tour to remember, aboard the supremely comfortable Santa Cruz II. This 50-cabin boat, which accommodates up to 90 people across its five decks, is extremely well-equipped with two Jacuzzis, a sun terrace, lounge bars and restaurants, not to mention their expert naturalist guides. They will be on hand as you explore the wonders and wildlife of Santa Fe Island, San Cristobal, Espanola, North Seymour and South Plazas Islands; all completely different and equally unique. Throughout, expect Galapagos multisport tours encompassing snorkeling, deserted beaches, glass bottom boat rides and panga excursions around the coast, all the while on the lookout for the countless native species which make the Galapagos Islands so special.

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Day1

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ARRIVAL BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Your Galapagos Island adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. Start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, the guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. With luck, you may spot the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.

Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next two nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals L,D

Day2

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OPTIONAL NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / BACHAS BEACH / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND / BARTOLOME ISLAND / SULLIVAN BAY

Touring these seas on an iconic boat trip is one of the best ways to explore the Galapagos Islands, and the Magic Camp has access to its own private yacht. This means that–depending on which day of the week you visit–the natural wonders of North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island, Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay are all within easy reach and ready to be explored.

If visiting North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, expect families of Frigate Birds, Herons and Marine Iguanas, even Tiger Sharks prowling the shore. South Plazas is known for its huge populations of Land Iguanas and nesting Seabirds, giant cacti and a rocky coastline, while Santa Fe Island is where abundant Sea Lion colonies line heavenly stretches of golden beach. Lastly, the volcanic hills and lava fields of Bartolome and Sullivan Bay are an otherworldly sight indeed, before heading back to the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz is one of the most diverse and intriguing of all the Galapagos Islands, so is well worth spending the extra time to uncover its many treasures. Begin the day with a walk or kayak along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, an expanse of chalk-white sands, driftwood and sunbathing Iguanas. Next, a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Finally, for anyone keen to pick up last-minute Galapagos souvenirs or simply see some expert local craftsmanship in action, a nearby wooden workshop is the place to do it.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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LOS GEMELOS CRATERS / SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Before being taken to San Cristobal Island for your Galapagos cruise, the second half of this Galapagos land and sea package, there is one last natural wonder to explore on Santa Cruz: the colossal sinkhole craters of Los Gemelos. Hike through a Scalesia forest to reach these caverns, measuring up to 1,300ft across and 2,300ft deep and filled with lush foliage, before gradually retracing the trail towards your awaiting transfer. The Coral I and Coral II luxury yachts will be moored up on San Cristobal, a short boat ride away.

From the pier it’s time for boarding, introductions with the crew and an early visit to the informative Interpretation Center nearby. Then, a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’; a popular nesting site for both the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate.

Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning, navigate to the north of San Cristobal Island for a wet landing near Cerro Brujo or ‘Witches Hill’. These imposing black rock cliffs, made predominantly of petrified lava flows, are home to a wide range of species including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, Great Blue Herons and Sea Lions. Cerro Brujo is best explored from all angles, discovering the coast on a panga boat ride, snorkeling, then walking along the bay in search of a scenic viewpoint.

Next, sail east to one of the most unforgettable Galapagos Island experiences, taking the rare opportunity to spot Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies all occupying the same natural habitat. This all takes place while hiking the rugged, red and green hued terrain of Punta Pitt, still on San Cristobal Island.

Overnight Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D/p>

Day6

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ESPANOLA ISLAND

Your voyage on the Coral continues in fine fashion, courtesy of the many nature and wildlife highlights that await on Espanola Island, beginning at Punta Suarez. Look out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls. The vast array of birdlife here gives Espanola a reputation for extraordinary biodiversity.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay. This is one of the most enchanting days of Galapagos wildlife encounters during your Galapagos cruise and land tour.

Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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FLOREANA ISLAND / CHAMPION ISLAND

From the postcard bays of Espanola Island to Cormorant Point on Floreana Island, south of Santa Cruz. There are two contrasting beaches here: Papakolea, which appears green in color due to its composition of volcanic olivine crystals, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for the Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds here, before snorkeling at the foot of Devil’s Crown and Champion Islet, swimming with reef fish, Giant Mantas and Dolphins.

After lunch comes Post Office Bay, once a pirate’s hangout and home to an 18th century whalers post office, where you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box and it will find its way home to this day! Finally, the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises, Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

Overnight Coral I or Coral II

Meals B,L,D

Day8

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

Despite its small size, Floreana has a fascinating cultural history. It has served as a penal colony, pirates hangout, and was the first Galapagos island to be colonized in 1832. It’s also home to an 18th century whalers post office, which you’ll discover this morning at Post Office Bay. Here, you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box, and it will find its way home!

From Post Office Bay to Cormorant Point, your guide takes you to two contrasting beaches on Floreana Island: the green volcanic olivine crystals of Papakolea, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds that frequent a lagoon sandwiched between these two bays, before visiting Champion Islet for a spot of snorkeling.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Ecuador Cultural Highlights Tour and Galapagos Cruise

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The Galapagos Legend

To tour Ecuador and visit the Galapagos in one spectacular vacation is always going to be a unique and memorable experience, and this itinerary is no exception. The tour takes in the High Andean beauty of Riobamba, Cuenca and the Las Cajas National Park, with scenic drives and one of the most memorable train journeys in the world to look forward to in between. There are colonial towns to visit, local markets to pick up souvenirs and varied landscapes that set the scene throughout your Ecuador and Galapagos adventure. Then, a day exploring the highlights of Guayaquil, swap the Ecuadorian countryside for open seas, as you join the comfortable, well-equipped Galapagos Legend Cruise Boat (accommodating up to 100 passengers) for an unforgettable exploration. Along the way, visit remote regions in the south-west of the Galapagos Archipelago on San Cristobal and Espanola Islands, as well as some more well-known highlights such as the Charles Darwin Research Center, Post Office Bay and the Santa Cruz Highlands. Throughout, cameras at the ready for Sea Lions, Frigate Birds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Reef Sharks, Giant Galapagos Tortoises, Sea Turtles, Rays, Iguanas and much more besides.

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Day1

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ARRIVE / QUITO / RIOBAMBA

Touchdown in Quito to begin your Ecuador and Galapagos vacation in style, where a guide is waiting at the airport for a private vehicle transfer to Riobamba, a picturesque colonial town at the foot of Chimborazo Volcano. The journey of roughly 130 miles takes between three and four hours, depending on how many times you decide to stop for photographs, passing natural wonders such as the Cotopaxi Volcano, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa and the rolling highlands of central Ecuador.

Depending on the exact time of your inbound flight, you may not have too long to explore the main attractions of Riobamba on arrival. However, the journey south will be scenic and–time permitting–the Museum of Religious Art, Cathedral and central square of Parque Maldonado are all well worth a visit.

Overnight Hacienda Abraspungo

Meals B,L,D

Day2

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ALAUSI / CUENCA

Today is a day of travel that covers nearly 200 miles of fascinating sights, as the journey south continues towards Cuenca, a 16th century colonial town. Departing your Riobamba hotel after breakfast, the drive begins by passing rural settlements and beautiful Ecuadorian landscapes, rivers and rolling hills. Then, reach Alausi Train Station; the last stop on a line-built in 1902 that leads to the famous ‘Devil’s Nose’ Canyon. Today, this High Andean railway is one of the most scenic train rides on earth, a popular tourist attraction and highlight of any vacation to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Board the train at Alausi and enjoy the trip of a lifetime, as each ascent and switchback provide more and more spectacular views, snaking your way through the ravine and valley below. After this jaw-dropping Devil’s Nose journey, continue towards Cuenca in your private vehicle and on arrival, check into the hotel, relax and enjoy one of Ecuador’s best preserved colonial cities.

Overnight Hotel Santa Lucia

Meals B,L

Day3

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A walking tour of Cuenca is a fantastic way to understand and appreciate this culturally significant Ecuadorian city, in the company of an expert local guide. Cuenca’s historic center was established as a Spanish colonial settlement in the year 1557 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterized by its ornate sky-blue domes, columned buildings and wrought iron balconies.

As you pass Cuenca’s terracotta tiled roofs, quaint plazas and parks, cobblestone streets and churches, your private guide will take you to the city’s main attractions. These include the Flower Market, Cathedral, the Inca ruins of Pumapungo, Calderon Park, the Old Church of Cuenca as well as the Museums of Modern and Religious Art; all must see sites before an afternoon at leisure in Cuenca Old Town.

Overnight Mansion Alcazar

Meals B,L

Day4

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GUALACEO / CHORDELEG

The Ecuadorian towns of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, today’s two stops, offer a side of authentic daily culture that not many visiting tourists will have chance to see. Both are famous for their popular artisan craft markets and setting, dissected as they are by a pretty river and surrounded by High Andean hills. Here, all manner of handmade jewelry, traditional shawls, pottery, iconic Panama hats, woodcarvings and locally-inspired artworks can be purchased, not to mention kaleidoscopic fruit and veg stalls bursting with fresh produce.

Depending on exactly which day of the week you arrive, there will always be something to see and do, whether picking up souvenirs, tucking into the regional cuisine of slow-roasted pork or enjoying a coffee in one of the town’s lovely parks.

Overnight Mansion Alcazar

Meals B,L

Day5

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EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

As you make your way south-west to Guayaquil, today’s journey of 130 scenic miles sees you stop at El Cajas National Park en route. With its 200 glistening high elevation lakes and 70,000 acres of mountainous terrain, the varied landscapes and many species encountered on your Ecuador and Galapagos cruise tour continues.

This area is renowned as one of the top hiking destinations in Ecuador, thanks to its myriad trekking trails, streams and mix of altitudes (ranging from 300 m to 4500 m above sea level). In turn, they attract a great variety of Hummingbirds, Partridges, Giant Condors and Hawks, Spectacle Bears, White-tail Deer, even Tapirs and Llamas, as well as Orchids and Bromeliads peppering the tundra. So, having enjoyed a day in the great outdoors it’s onwards to Guayaquil, staying in a beautiful hacienda just outside of town.

Overnight Hacienda La Danesa

Meals B/p>

Day6

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GUAYAQUIL

Today, explore the port city of Guayaquil. Often referred to as the gateway to the Galapagos, Guayaquil has its own attractions–many of which can be seen during an insightful walking tour. Founded in the 16th century though now an up-and-coming Ecuadorian city, the highlights of Guayaquil range from chic restaurant districts to the historic harbor area which saw turbulent times, piracy and looting.

The exact walking route may vary depending on your interests, but popular sites include the waterfront Park of Rio Guayas Malecon, the recently redeveloped and ever-colorful Las Penas Neighborhood–a declared Cultural Heritage Site of Ecuador–and busy cosmopolitan street of Avenida 9 de Octubre. So too the Cathedral, MAAC Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, unique Historical Park and the picture postcard hills of Cerro Santa Anna.

Overnight Hacienda La Danesa

Meals B,L

Days7

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SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning, prepare for stage two of your Ecuador tour and Galapagos cruise package, with a private transfer to Guayaquil Airport and onward flight to San Cristobal Island, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who strode ashore here on his famous 1835 voyage. At the airport, your guide assists with any belongings, whisking you off to the pier and awaiting Galapagos Legend cruise vessel for boarding.

First, a worthy introduction comes with a visit to the informative Interpretation Center nearby, where the natural and human history of the Galapagos is vibrantly on show, and later, with a hike up Cerro Tijeretas, or ‘Frigate Bird Hill’. These verdant cliffs are a popular nesting site for the Great and Magnificent species of Frigate, though also offer nicely elevated views of a tranquil cove below.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,D

Day8

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ESPANOLA ISLAND

Having sailed south overnight from San Cristobal, wake up in your luxurious cabin and prepare for the many wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Punta Suarez, looking out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Days9

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FLOREANA ISLAND / CHAMPION ISLET

Despite its small size, Floreana has a fascinating cultural history. It has served as a penal colony, pirates hangout, and was the first Galapagos island to be colonized in 1832. It’s also home to an 18th century whalers post office, which you’ll discover this morning at Post Office Bay. Here, you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box, and it will find its way home!

From Post Office Bay to Cormorant Point, your guide takes you to two contrasting beaches on Floreana Island: the green volcanic olivine crystals of Papakolea, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds that frequent a lagoon sandwiched between these two bays, before visiting Champion Islet for a spot of snorkeling.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Day10

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Begin the day with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora, where exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs. Witness first-hand the legacy left on the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin, then, learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

After lunch, take to the water once more while exploring the rich seas off Ballena Bay in western Santa Cruz, either aboard a panga boat, kayaking or snorkeling the shores. Among the many fantastic Galapagos snorkeling sites, Ballena Bay is particularly impressive thanks to its abundance of species, including King Angel, Sturgeon and Parrotfish, Rays, Sharks and Turtles.

Overnight Galapagos Legend

Meals B,L,D

Days11

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

As your Galapagos Island cruise draws to a close, there is still one last chance to witness a little more wildlife with a panga boat ride down the Itabaca channel, a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz.

Then, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Land & Cruise Tour – Santa Cruz II

Travel aboard the

Santa Cruz II

Combining a land-based adventure and Galapagos cruise in one trip gives you the best of both worlds, with this itinerary being both varied and full of archipelago highlights. So, start your Galapagos Island adventure tour as you mean to go on with VIP service on arrival, before navigating emerald seas towards Santa Cruz Island. Basing yourself at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp on Santa Cruz, you’ll enjoy nature walks, boat tours, delectable cuisine and dramatic ancient landscapes across various central islands, over two days that pack in more than you might have imagined. Then, a Galapagos Island tour to remember, aboard the supremely comfortable Santa Cruz II. This 50-cabin boat, which accommodates up to 90 people across its five decks, is extremely well-equipped with two Jacuzzis, a sun terrace, lounge bars and restaurants, not to mention their expert naturalist guides. They will be on hand as you explore the wonders and wildlife of Santa Fe Island, San Cristobal, Espanola, North Seymour and South Plazas Islands; all completely different and equally unique. Throughout, expect Galapagos multisport tours encompassing snorkeling, deserted beaches, glass bottom boat rides and panga excursions around the coast, all the while on the lookout for the countless native species which make the Galapagos Islands so special.

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Day1

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Day1

ARRIVAL BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Your Galapagos Island adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. Start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, the guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. With luck, you may spot the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.

Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next two nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals L,D

Day2

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NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / BACHAS BEACH / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND / BARTOLOME ISLAND / SULLIVAN BAY

Touring these seas on an iconic boat trip is one of the best ways to explore the Galapagos Islands, and the Magic Camp has access to its own private yacht. This means that–depending on which day of the week you visit–the natural wonders of North Seymour Island, Bachas Beach, South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island, Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay are all within easy reach and ready to be explored.

If visiting North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, expect families of Frigate Birds, Herons and Marine Iguanas, even Tiger Sharks prowling the shore. South Plazas is known for its huge populations of Land Iguanas and nesting Seabirds, giant cacti and a rocky coastline, while Santa Fe Island is where abundant Sea Lion colonies line heavenly stretches of golden beach. Lastly, the volcanic hills and lava fields of Bartolome and Sullivan Bay are an otherworldly sight indeed, before heading back to the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp.

Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

Day3

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LOS GEMELOS CRATERS / MOSQUERA ISLET

Before the next stage of your combined Galapagos land and sea adventure, there is a chance for one more natural wonder. Hike through a Scalesia forest, frequented by Darwin’s Finches, to reach the Los Gemelos craters: two colossal sinkholes measuring up to 1,300ft across and 2,300ft deep, filled with lush foliage. Then, gradually retrace the trail back and prepare to board the Santa Cruz II cruise vessel.

Having been welcomed by the crew and treated to a delicious lunch, your Galapagos cruise begins, as the captain makes way for the soft sands of Mosquera Islet. This enchanting stretch of beach, peppered with occasional volcanic rocks, is best known for its families of Sea Lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs, as can be seen while wandering the bay or snorkeling offshore.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day4

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SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning, moor up near Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, the capital of the Galapagos Province, and transfer to Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve in the south-east. Cerro Colorado is an inspirational project to protect Giant Galapagos Tortoises and allow them to thrive in their natural habitat, as the reserve organically weaves its way into the landscape. So, in addition to the Tortoises, you can expect to see all manner of birdlife, rare plants and native species such as the San Cristobal Mockingbird and San Cristobal Lava Lizard.

Next, sail east to one of the most unforgettable Galapagos Island experiences, taking the rare opportunity to spot Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies all occupying the same natural habitat. This all takes place while hiking the rugged, red and green hued terrain of Punta Pitt, still on San Cristobal Island.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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SANTA FE ISLAND / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND

The first stop on today’s Galapagos Island tour is Santa Fe Island, a sandy haven of iconic coastline, turquoise seas and lounging Sea Lions. Having anchored nearby and disembarked, there’ll be plenty of walking trails and wildlife observation spots to enjoy. Every walking route here is a joy, so be sure to make the most of them this morning, as well as spending time on the beach, kayaking or snorkeling.

Having conquered Santa Fe, the diversity of your Galapagos cruise continues on South Plazas Island. Nicknamed as the ‘Red Island’, this rocky, volcanic expanse is instantly recognizable thanks to the abundance of scarlet-hued sesuvium plants. The lands of South Plazas are also characterized by a healthy population of cacti, who are joined by a huge colony of Land Iguanas, over a thousand Sea Lions, Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day6

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Begin the day with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora. Here, exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs, allowing you to witness the legacy of Charles Darwin first-hand.

Learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a place of dense, green forests awash with moss and lichen. Then, after a nature hike through subterranean lava tunnels and a Scalesia forest frequented by Darwin’s Finches, spend the rest of the day at leisure. As one of the most diverse of all the Galapagos Islands there are many highlights of Santa Cruz to explore, so take stroll along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, or maybe a bicycle tour in Puerto Ayora, if you’re feeling active.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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ESPANOLA ISLAND

Your voyage on the Santa Cruz II continues in fine fashion, courtesy of the many nature and wildlife highlights that await you on Espanola Island, beginning at Punta Suarez. Look out for Sea Lions frolicking in the water, Marine Iguanas gripping the rocks, and intriguing bird species such as Masked and Nazca Boobies, Lava Herons, Waved Albatrosses and Swallow-tailed Gulls. The vast array of birdlife here gives Espanola a reputation for extraordinary biodiversity.

This afternoon, the Espanola experience continues at Gardner Bay, a pristine stretch of ivory-white beach. Armed with a snorkel or kayak, swim or paddle through the bay’s blue waters to see tropical fish like Yellow-tailed Surgeon and King Angelfish; larger marine life such as White-tipped Reef Sharks, Turtles and Sea Lions are also known to inhabit the bay. This is one of the most enchanting days of Galapagos wildlife encounters during your tour.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

Day8

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EDEN ISLET / NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Looping back to Santa Cruz once more this morning, gear up for a panga boat ride to Eden Islet, a pretty little outcrop where one last chance to spot Blue-footed Boobies beckons. The shoreline of Eden is best admired from the panga or kayak, before jumping in to snorkel with the abundant marine life who reside here, including Reef Sharks and countless Dreamfish.

Next up is North Seymour Island. First with a hike through forests of Palo Santo trees–a favorite nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies–before following coastal trails to view Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Yellow Land Iguanas in their natural habitat. To cool off, swap your walking boots for flippers as you dive into the sea and swim with Rays, White-tipped Reef Sharks and schools of colorful King Angelfish, among many others.

Overnight Santa Cruz II

Meals B,L,D

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BALTRA ISLAND / FLIGHT HOME

As your Galapagos Island tour draws to a close, it’s farewell to the Santa Cruz crew. Your guides will escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Meals B

IMPORTANT:The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Combine the colorful artisan markets and mountainous recreation of mainland Ecuador with the mesmerizing wonder of the Galapagos Islands. Begin in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital perched high in the Andean foothills and constructed on an ancient Incan city. Tour this UNESCO World Heritage site with visits to renowned museums of pre-Columbian art. Retreat to the mountain sanctuary of Hacienda where winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration. The second half of your journey, based at eco-luxury Pikaia Lodge, abounds with opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, kayak and paddle board through turquoise waters, scroll along white-sand beaches, and relax poolside under a warm equatorial sun!  This expertly crafted itinerary covers all the highlights in an ambience of romantic luxury, artisanal character and pioneer adventuring.

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Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador!

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately escorts you to your hotel, primely located in the historical center of Quito. The Hotel Plaza Grande is a restored, Spanish Colonial Mansion offering exclusive lodging in lavishly decorated suites.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

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Walking Tour of Quito

The morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

In the afternoon, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Quito’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a visit to the El Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Otavalo Market / Hacienda Zuleta

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, take your private transfer to Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador’s northern highlands. On the way, visit the traditional artisan market in Otavalo, which is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles, and tapestries. Other highlights are available according to your personal interest.

Lunch is included in the Otavalo area. Upon arrival at Zuleta, representatives will introduce you to the property and all the activities on offer. Take time to relax and explore before a delicious dinner.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Enjoying Hacienda Zuleta

Spend two full days at Hacienda Zuleta (with private guide), enjoying the property and its array of activities, including hiking, horseback riding (extra cost), biking (extra cost for bike rental) and nature walks. The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito to Baltra, Galapagos Islands

After breakfast at the Hacienda, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Welcome to the Galapagos!

Guides from the Pikaia Lodge meet you at the airport and take you to the Itabaca Channel for a 7-minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge. Check-in at the lodge, then enjoy lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Take time to relax and familiarize yourselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or taking a swim in the infinity pool. An afternoon briefing will introduce you to the following days’ activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and the Galapagos Islands.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Today, enjoy a full-day yacht excursions to neighboring islands, Punta Carrion and South Plazas, aboard the Sea Finch.

This morning, you have the option of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you might observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom.

Located a few hundred meters away from the eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving both a uniquely tilted tabletop quality. Disembark on South Plazas where a colony of sea lions greet visitors. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. The trail gradually leads towards the southern cliff of the island where you may observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Land Exploration

Each morning, Pikaia Lodge plans exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on conditions, you might visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Enjoy a full-day yacht exploration aboard the Sea Finch to neighboring islands, North Seymour and Bachas Beach.

North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event that created its low lying, flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in cliff ledges that sit only meters above the shoreline and a forest of Palo Santo trees lie just above the landing site. The islands are known for emblematic fauna, including sea lions, land iguanas and blue-footed boobies. As the scenic trail turns inland, dynamically active colonies of both “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds engage in courtship displays. The males sport magnificent and ballooned throats, accentuated by their impressive wing spans, which can reach up to 9 feet!

Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, is the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming or simply kicking back to enjoy the soft, white sands. Several brackish lagoons lie only a few steps away from the sea are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to the iconic flamingos.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Baltra / Quito, Mainland Ecuador

After a leisurely morning and delicious breakfast, check out of the lodge and take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Quito: Half-day Tour

This morning, your guide picks you up for your half-day, privately guided tour in Quito. Begin with a visit to the Guayasamin Museum. This compound is a museum dedicated to one of Ecuador’s most famous artists, Oswaldo Guayasamin. Tour his home, a gallery of his artwork, and a museum depicting life in Ecuador. Afterwards, take the Teleferico (cable car) up the slope of Pichincha Volcano for a spectacular, panoramic view of the city and, on a clear day, the surrounding volcanoes. Your guide drops you off at your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax or explore further at your leisure.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Quito / Optional Day Tour

Today is yours to explore Quito at your leisure. Additional day trips to Nono Cloud Forest or the Antisana Ecological Reserve, for example, are available at an extra cost.

In the evening, transfer to Quito airport for your international flights back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Panama in Style

Panama is a country known for its natural beauty of turquoise seas and tropical cloud forests. Home to many Indigenous tribes, diverse plant and animal life and a vibrant music and culture scene, Panama is an eclectic mix of experience perfectly highlighted in this nine-day adventure. Venture on a canoe ride through the Panamanian jungle to visit an Indigenous village, visit coffee plantations and explore a nature reserve with unique bird watching opportunities. Conclude your journey in utter luxury with a full three days on a private island, a true sanctuary of pristine jungle and secluded beaches.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panama!

Upon arrival, your bilingual guide greets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel where you can spend the rest of your day in leisure in the Casco Viejo neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most desirable area to stay in Panama city.

The luxurious boutique American Trade Hotel combines old world elegance with contemporary design. The property and surrounding area are steeped in local heritage and culture in an area known to be a meeting place for creative visionaries and deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City. Enjoy fine dining in the stylish in house cafe, have a drink in the Jazz bar, or simply unwind in your plush suite.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals None

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Embera Native Village

Today, enjoy your Embera native village excursion from Panama City. Visit one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes on the Gatun River and relish in a traditional lunch prepared by the village’s women. The journey to the village by way of a canoe ride through the Panamanian jungle is an adventure in of itself!

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals B, L

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Panama City Tour / Panama Canal Miraflores Locks / David

This morning, enjoy a privately guided tour of Panama City, including a visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Then take your private transfer to Panama City airport for your nonstop domestic flight to David in the Chiriqui Highlands.

Flight: Panama City to David

Upon arrival, your bilingual guide greets you at the airport and privately transfers you to your boutique hotel on a coffee plantation outside of Boquete, about 1-1.5 hours away.

Finca Lerida is nestled within a historic coffee farm and surrounded by a private nature reserve with spectacular mountain views. Ideal for romance, the beautifully decorated and deluxe rooms include honeymoon suites with a jacuzzi and hammocks from which to enjoy the tranquility. The grounds are filled with colorful flower beds and are ideal for bird-watching. A cosy library and bar is the perfect place to warm up by the fireplace before dining on the terrace in the gourmet restaurant.

Overnight Finca Lerida

Meals B

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Visit Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve

A full day privately guided visit to the Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve transports you into another world of hiking amongst exotic birds and includes a gourmet picnic lunch beneath the canopy.

Overnight Finca Lerida

Meals B,L

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Finca Lerida’s Coffee Plantation Tour / Boca Chica

A morning tour of Finca Lerida’s coffee plantation teaches you about the entire coffee production process, with gourmet tastings included.

In the afternoon, your guide privately transfers you to Boca Chica where the staff of the Isla Palenque Resort greet you and take you on a short boat ride (approx. 15 min) to the private island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Begin your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program.

Isla Palenque is an exclusive private island resort set amidst 400 acres of enchanting jungle and surrounded by seven secluded beaches. Living up to its name, which translates as “sanctuary,” lavish rooms inspired by island life and a soothing outdoor spa provide a luxurious experience in pristine nature.

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,D

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All-inclusive Desert Island Discovery Program, Isla Palenque

Enjoy three full days at Isla Palenque, with daily guided island and ocean excursions as part of your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program. Complement these activities with some beach relaxation and cool off in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,L,D

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Isla Palenque to David / Flight to Panama City

Carry the serenity of Isla Palenque with you as you take your transfer to David airport for your flight back to Panama City’s international airport.

Flight: David to Panama City

On arrival, connect with your onward international flights home (no assistance provided at airport in between flights).

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Best of Galapagos & Ecuador for Families

World-renowned as Darwin’s playground, the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos are home to one of the most remarkable wildlife viewing experiences on Earth, having evolved with absolutely no fear of human visitors. This expertly crafted itinerary delivers an entertaining, engaging and safe adventure for families of all ages–children to grandparents and everything in between! Discover the Galapagos by land and sea on an immersive land safari and eight-day luxury yacht cruise aboard the 16-passenger Integrity. Spend two nights in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in luxury African-style safari tents; during the day, enjoy personalized excursions into the islands. Then, don your sea legs for a full week of Galapagos exploration by boat, visiting highlights such as Isabela Island (the largest in the archipelago), Fernandina Island (the youngest island); and some of the gems in the Eastern Islands. Snorkel with sea turtles and other marine life; learn about unique flora, fauna and geology; swim with playful sea lions and kayak along wildlife-rich mangroves and into secluded coves. Return to the mainland for an authentic, upscale hacienda experience on a working local farm, brimming with the vibrant culture of the Ecuadorian Andes.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

After a meet and greet at the international airport, transfer with your guide to your hotel, primely situated in downtown Guayaquil, a port city of colorful houses and a waterfront promenade known as the gateway to sweeping Pacific beaches and the famed Galapagos.

The deluxe Hotel Oro Verde is teaming with authentic Ecuadorian hospitality and with five gourmet onsite restaurants, a wide array of culinary delights await. Rooms feature hardwood or tile floors, plush bedding and exquisite bathrooms, all of which make this sanctuary complete with a spa, fitness center and outdoor pool and hot tub, the perfect place to unwind after your flight and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Overnight Hotel Oro Verde or similar

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Flight to Galapagos Islands

After breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport in Guayaquil for an exciting flight to the Galapagos Islands, a World Heritage Site full of exotic surprises!

Flight Duration 1 hr 55Ms approximately.

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, your guide will warmly greet you and escort you to your hotel, the Galapagos Safari Camp, where an otherworldly family adventure awaits. Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, this stylish camp allows your family to reconnect with nature while enjoying a very flexible and personalized program. Stay in the comfort luxury safari tents, or for added privacy and space, rent out the three-bedroom family suite. A panoramic lodge, an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees, a farm and a seasonal kids club makes this the perfect base from which to creating exciting memories for the whole family.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp Adventures

In an environment characterized by volcanic craters, exotic plants, lava tubes, white sand, turquoise waters, abundant birds and giant tortoises you truly cannot go wrong no matter which adventure you choose. The Galapagos Safari Camp offers an array of activities into this enchanted landscape, including a yacht trip to an uninhabited island, or a day on a private boat with local fisherman, or a naturalist guide to lead you in an exploration of the coastline. Perhaps you fancy snorkeling, sea kayaking or mountain biking, the choice is yours! Arts and crafts activities with a local artist are a great option for crafty kids.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Embark Galapagos Cruise

You are already awed by the exotic beauty surrounding you and today it is about to get even more exciting as a private transfer escorts you from the Safari Camp to Puerto Ayora to board your 7-night expedition cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos aboard the yacht Integrity. Like true adventurers, you will retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on this 8-day cruise to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. At the varied stops, enjoy panga rides to different islands, wildlife watching, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and hiking.

Superb naturalists explain the history of these islands while pointing out unique wildlife at every turn. Dine on exquisite traditional cuisine, relax on the sun deck or in the jacuzzi, and nestle into your spacious stateroom. With its state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity carries you through Darwin’s islands more smoothly than any other yacht.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Cruise: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

The Galapagos is such an ecologically unique place, seeped in the history of Darwin’s discoveries, that an educational visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz islands are an ideal stop-over before embarking on your cruise. Here lies the opportunity to see giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat of lush vegetation. In a forest of native daisy trees, watch vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against the emerald green backdrop where Darwin’s finches reside.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about conservation and research efforts and the refuge for tortoises and iguanas.

Board the Integrity just in time to set sail as you sit for a gourmet meal specially crafted from local ingredients.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Floreana Island

This morning you will awaken to the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island, next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other diverse water birds. Today’s highlights include a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf and a snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Next, stop at the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century. Leave a postcard, or take a postcard to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Afterwards, head into the highlands to visit a collection of tortoises and learn about the island’s ghostly human history at Wittmer Caves. End the day with a walk along Black Beach followed by an onboard barbecue as the sun sets.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows and past numerous prickly pear cacti. The area is dotted with numerous oases of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of wildlife, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.

In the golden light of afternoon, a comfortable skiff will carry you through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay past mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Don’t forget to watch the waters for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish inhabiting the lagoons.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island is a visually stunning landscape. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours and this is the legacy. Walk along the skeletal coral gardens, now home to lizards, mockingbirds and large, colorful land iguanas. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises from the highlands nest in the warm sands of the bay.

The peninsula of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine of the Galápagos. Upon landing, an abundance of marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs litter the sands like drops of paint. Walk out onto the lava flow where, along the sandy shore, you can see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and numerous lounging sea lions.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, sits to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers, whose names are literally carved into the rock. A short, steep hike takes you to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. The cove is an excellent place to view tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes even the woodpecker finch.

At Punta Vincente Roca, the large cave and caldera wall are impressive geological formations that provide a beautiful backdrop for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. A calm, gathering area for sea turtles, the area makes for superb snorkeling full of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and a myriad of other sea life.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santiago Island

This morning, you will reach a fork in the road! Choose from two trails of Puerto Egas, the first meanders along the coast to an inlet where shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and marine iguanas and sea lions abound. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds soar and dance.

Afterwards, sink your toes into the red sands of Espumilla Beach, a sea turtle nesting site. Hike inland to a small lagoon where many land birds fly overhead, including Galápagos hawks. Along the coast, snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to amazing underwater geologic formations where sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks are to be found.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at the exquisite white sands of Bachas Beach.“Bachas” is so named due to the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines still visible today. More striking are the resident flamingos that reside at the small lagoons just over the dune.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, an area also home to three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons. This is the perfect last chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour island to visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the area.

Sit back and marvel at your last sunset at sea, glancing back at the iguanas and sea lions lounging on the shores, and you, alive with memory and adventure inside!

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Disembark / Balta Island / Return Flight

Enjoy breakfast onboard the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island, where you will join your flight back to the mainland.

Fly from Baltra to Quito, Ecuador. Duration 3 hours (with short layover in Guayaquil)

Upon arrival at the airport, you are transferred two hours to your lodge.

Dating from the 16th century, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountains range on a charming, private farm. The atmosphere is one of warmth, characterized by antique gardens, cozy living and reading rooms, and a fireplace in each of the tastefully decorated bedrooms. The homey feeling is accentuated by the Plaza family themselves; who welcome you with their natural warmth and hospitality to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Hacienda Activities (near Otavalo)

Miles of meandering roads through lush pasture land, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking. Hacienda has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area. Whether it’s bird watching, hiking, mountain biking or a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage, the choice is yours!

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito City Tour

After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to your Hotel in Quito, a world renowned World Heritage Site. A half-day private city tour will lead you to exquisite churches, museums and picturesque neighborhoods filled with cobblestone streets, Spanish architecture and impressive plazas.

Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Situated in the heart of Quito’s historical center and surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings, the Hotel Plaza Grande combines vintage taste with modern details. Furnished with fine woods and in a style beckoning Colonial Spanish times, the suites will transport you through time with all the luxury amenities of today!

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande (or similar)

Meals B

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Depart Ecuador

Today, your visit to the Galapagos and Ecuador comes to an end. Relax and reminisce on your flight home, or perhaps fly onto other adventures if the allure of the unexplored has caught your spirit forever!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Culture Tour of Peru

Peru is an intoxicating elixir of ancient mystery and adventure, intricate textiles, world renowned cuisine and a diverse of fusion modern cultures with Incan and pre-Columbian roots. This nine day journey treats you to an array of unforgettable experiences, including cooking classes in the artsy capital of Lima, an exploration of Incan fortress ruins, a romantic train ride to Machu Picchu and casual strolls through colorful weaving villages. Your private guide will lead you through the sacred and historical, as well as the exploration and excitement of archaeological wonders, all balanced with luxurious, whimsical, fairytale-like lodges and elegant stone bungalows in tropical cloud forests.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrival in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Peru!
Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the Airport and privately transfer you to the trendy neighborhood of Barranco. The evening is yours to relax in your hotel at your leisure. Lima is shrouded in history, full of aesthetic delights and just a hint of what is to come.

Also an art gallery, Arts Boutique Hotel B, is located in a turn-of-the-century, refurbished mansion and is a feast for the senses with its impressive collection of art, twenties charm, rooftop deck with ocean views and impeccable service. Rooms are characterized by hardwood floors, high ceilings and in the “atelier” suites, a private balcony. The restaurant is equally elegant and offers a sumptuous selection of Peruvian and Mediterranean dishes.

Overnight Hotel B

Meals None

Day2

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Peruvian Culinary Experience / Lima City Tour

Awaken refreshed and ready for your Peruvian culinary experience, beginning with a visit to the local market for a remarkable glimpse into the daily shopping of limeños. Top chef Yurac will guide you through eclectic stalls to marvel in the sights and immerse the senses in the joy of collecting seasonal ingredients and tasting exotic fruits. A foodie’s paradise, the cuisine of Peru is world renowned as outstanding and unique in its skillful merging of flavors and traditions from the Pacific Ocean, Andes Mountains and Amazon rainforest.

In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Lima, a city oozing sophistication yet perched on an expansive coastline of crumbling cliffs and a cultural heritage centuries old with history. Wander through the famous Larco museum where fuchsia colored bougainvilleas tumble over the white walls that house the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art and intriguing artifacts, such as the thousand year old, ceramic, “portrait heads”.

Overnight Hotel B

Meals B,L

Day3

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Flight to Cusco / Pisac / Sacred Valley

At dawn you will fly to Cusco, a breathtaking Andean City and former capital of the Inca Empire. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, you will visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Incan tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come.

After lunch, settle in to Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, a luxury property that runs wild with whimsy and folk art. French-Swiss owned, the lodge will charm you in a playful atmosphere that graces the rooms with carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty rod-iron chandeliers. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment and Peruvian paso horses can be ridden through the countryside by day.

Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Meals B,L

Day4

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Pumamarka Ruins / Ollantaytambo Village & Ruins / Moray Terraces

Awaken the adventurer within and allow your imagination to take flight as you explore the spectacular temple-fortresses of Sacred Valley. Your private guide will take you to to the little visited site of Pumamarca ruins and the village of Ollantayatambo, a formidable stone structure of massive terraces climbing to a high peak with panoramic views.

In the afternoon, visit the impressive Moray terraces, a colossal amphitheater and archaeological wonder, believed to mimic 20 different microclimates and ensure the agricultural protection of the empire!

Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Meals B,L

Day5

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Chinchero, The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco / Hike to Huyllabamba

Begin your second day of discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Andean village of Chinchero, high in the windswept and panoramic plains of Anta. Here in this village where locals move through mud brick adobe houses in their traditional dress, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes, the center features 2000 thousand year old treasures once thought to be lost.

After a beautiful hike over rolling plains and surrounded by the striking Andean snow-capped mountains, you will reach Huyllabamba town, where you may return to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Meals B,L (box lunch)

Day6

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Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Tour

The panoramic windows of the Vistadome train will carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level.

Dinner is included tonight at your lodging, the stunning eco-lodge Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel which boasts rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings set in a mini tropical cloud forest. A land of hummingbirds and orchids, bird watching and twilight nature hikes make for popular excursions.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Days7

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Hike Machu Picchu Mountain & revisit Machu Picchu / Hike to Sun Gate or Inca Bridge / Free Afternoon

Today, your private guide will escort you along the infamous Inca Trail for a three hour hike to reach a summit of 3,000 meters and witness the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from above.
Enjoy lunch at Sanctuary Lodge and then spend the afternoon at leisure as you wish.

Some programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are included in your room rate. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Days8

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Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo / Transfer to Cusco

Awaken inspired by adventure and enjoy the scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo. After lunch, you will continue on to Cusco. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the cosmopolitan Inca capital rich in South American heritage, or unwinding at the Hotel Monasterio.

As its name suggests, Hotel Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery, which dating back to 1952, is considered a national historic monument. The austere beauty of the complex, with lodging even including the original chapel with its ornate gold altar and collection of Cusqueño art, is combined with modern amenities for a luxuriant and atmospheric stay.

Overnight Hotel Monasterio

Meals B,L

Days9

Day9

Flight to Lima / Return Home

After a relaxing morning, your private transfer will accompany you back to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima.

Flight: Cusco to Lima

Connect with your international flight back home (no assistance provided).

Overnight None

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Peru & Galapagos Islands

This expertly crafted, fifteen day itinerary combines the very best of South America’s most alluring and adventurous destinations, the sacred ruins of Peru and the wondrous enchantment of the exotic Galapagos Islands. Begin in Peru’s electric capital of Lima where you visit the city’s main historical highlights. Next, explore the Sacred Valley of Cusco by way of horseback, the Piuray Lagoon by way of stand-up paddle board, and visit the markets and archeological ruins of Pisac. Hike through the famed ruins of Machu Picchu, wander through Incan museums and enjoy decadent meals in scenic settings. The second half of your trip introduces you to the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos, one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth and home to exotic wildlife found nowhere else, by way of a comfortable yacht. White coral beaches, volcanic summits and seabird nesting colonies, combined with pristine seas full of incredible marine life and premier snorkeling experiences await you in a true journey of a lifetime!

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive Lima, Peru / Lima City Tour

Welcome to Peru!

Upon arrival, your guide greets and privately transfers you to your hotel in the San Isidro neighborhood of Lima.

One of the Lima’s loveliest lodging options, Second Home Lima lives up to its name. This century old, Tudor style house is perched on a cliff and surrounded by sweeping gardens and the magnificent sculptures of artist Victor Delfin. Rooms are cosy and charming, with hardwood floors, high ceilings and, in some cases, built into the cliffside with majestic ocean views.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided Lima city tour to see the capital’s main historical highlights and destinations.

Overnight Second Home Lima

Meals None

Day2

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Lima to Cusco Flight / Pisac / Hacienda Huayoccari & Horseback Riding

Privately transfer to Lima airport this morning for your nonstop flight to Cusco.

Flight: Lima to Cusco

At dawn you will fly to Cusco, a breathtaking Andean City and former capital of the Inca Empire. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Inca tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come. Following lunch, enjoy horseback riding through the countryside.

After lunch, settle in to Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, a luxurious property that runs wild with whimsy and folk art. French-Swiss owned, the lodge charms you in a playful atmosphere that graces the rooms with carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty rod-iron chandeliers. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment.

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna

Meals B,L

Day3

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Exploring the Sacred Valley

Spend a full day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas with your private guide: Start with a Stand Up Paddle excursion at the Piuray Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Maras Salt Flats, which rest on the precipices of the Andes and have been excavated for many centuries. Then enjoy a privately guided hike (approx. 2 hours) from Maras into the Sacred Valley, followed by short (15-min) drive back to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna

Meals B,L

Day4

Day4

Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by Train

Private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (about 20 min) for your journey to Machu Picchu.
Train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

The panoramic windows of the Vistadome train carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities, to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level. A buffet lunch is included at the Sanctuary Lodge, with some time at leisure to explore the ruins further on your own.

Dinner is also included tonight at your lodging, the stunning eco-lodge Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel which boasts rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings set in a mini tropical cloud forest. A land of hummingbirds and orchids, bird watching and twilight nature hikes make for popular excursions.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

Day5

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Exploring Machu Picchu

This is your second day at Machu Picchu citadel with your private guide, including entrances and permits to hike up Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views of Machu Picchu from above.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes, and then spend the afternoon at leisure as you wish. Some programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are included in your room rate. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D (box lunch)

Day6

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Machu Picchu to Cusco via Ollantaytambo

Your guide escorts you to Aguas Calientes train station for your train back to Ollantaytambo.
Train: Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Upon arrival, take your private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Then visit Cusco’s traditional San Pedro Market, the Inka Museum and the Archbishop Art Collection with your private guide.

Casa San Blas is located just a block away from Cuesta San Blas, the “staircase” street leading up from Plaza de Armas, and could not be more central for sightseeing. Colonial-style furniture, handmade textiles, hardwood floors and wood-beamed ceilings create a cosy atmosphere in this small hotel known for exceptional service. Top-floor suites with sweeping views and family style apartments are available.

Overnight Casa San Blas

Meals B

Days7

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Cusco to Lima Flight / Lima to Quito, Ecuador Flight

This morning, take your private transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.

Flight: Cusco to Lima

Connect independently with your international flight to Quito, Ecuador.

Flight: Lima to Quito, Ecuador

Your guide receives you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel in the city’s historical center. Patio Andaluz is a beautifully restored colonial mansion, elegantly decorated with many of its original furnishings. Conveniently located close to many of the main historical highlights of colonial Quito such as the San Francisco Church and the Basilica, the hotel also has an exclusive Spanish restaurant and tapas bar.

Overnight Patio Andaluz

Meals B

Days8

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Quito, Ecuador to Baltra, Galapagos Flight / Baltra to Isabela Island Flight

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Private transfer (with guide) back to Quito airport for flight to Baltra, Galapagos.
Upon arrival at Baltra, a representative of Galapagos Safari Camp receives all luggage not being taken to Isabela to safely store until your return.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Isabela Island

Upon arrival, our representative greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure, perhaps relaxing on the beach or walking to the Isabela Breeding Center.

La Casa de Marita is a beachfront hotel which truly immerses you in the wonder of nature, while providing a gourmet restaurant of local, organic ingredients and luxury accommodation just steps from the sea.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

Days9

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Sierra Negra Volcano / Afternoon at Leisure

Today, enjoy a private guided excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest caldera in the world and to Volcano Chico, which is currently active. Return to your hotel around 2:00PM and then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B,L

Days10

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Los Tuneles

Start your day with a dinghy ride and snorkeling at Los Tuneles (shared), a marine paradise for the white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeonfish, Galápagos green sea turtle and the Galápagos sea lion.

Return to Puerto Villamil around 2:00pm and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

Days11

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Isabela Island to Baltra Flight / Santa Cruz Island Tour / Galapagos Safari Camp

Flight: Isabela Island to Baltra

Private transfer to airport for inter-island flight to Baltra, which departs at 8:00 AM (approx. 30 min flight).

Upon arrival, a representative from Galapagos Safari Camp greets you to begin your 5D/4N shared program. Cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide who escorts you to a farm in the highlands for a tasty lunch.

Your guide gives you a complete tour of the area, exploring various vegetation zones and microclimates, walking around pit craters, through lava tunnels and getting acquainted with endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, observe the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat and the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your tour ends at Galapagos Safari Camp where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail and dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days12

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Day12

Cerro Mesa Reserve / Garrapatero Beach

Land excursion: At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher.

After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water – including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days13

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Boat Excursions aboard Altamar: South Plazas Island

An early breakfast prepares you for today´s boat excursion. Drive 30 minutes towards the Itabaca Channel to embark the Altamar day yacht and navigate for 40 minutes to South Plazas Island. South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving them a tilted tabletop quality.

After some exploration, lunch and snorkeling, head back to the Safari Camp. Expect to return at Galapagos Safari Camp between 4:00-5:00pm.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days14

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Boat Excursions aboard Altamar: Bartolome Island

Early morning finds you driving for 30 minutes to embark the Altamar day yacht. You then navigate to Bartolome Island, this will take approximately 2 hours. Bartolome offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galapagos Islands, it is one of the smallest in the archipelago, with two very different visitor sites. Explore the island, have lunch on board and have the opportunity to snorkel or swim. Return to Galapagos Safari Camp in the early evening before dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

Days15

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Baltra to Quito Flight /

This morning, enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk or enjoy the sunrise from the observatory. Then take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Connect independently with your flight back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Journey to Brazil

One of the most enthralling countries on earth, Brazil is a kaleidoscope of diverse culture, awe-inspiring wilderness, and eclectic arts. In this 13-day private vacation tour, you will be seduced by samba, lured by ancient mysteries, awed by opulent, gilded churches and pampered in a hilltop spa with breathtaking views. Highlights include visiting Ipanema and Copacabana, enjoying folkloric shows of Bahia, indulging in a Brazilian cooking course, hiking a virgin Atlantic rainforest, and exploring one of the seven wonders of the world.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive in Rio de Janeiro / Paraty

Welcome to Brazil!

Upon arrival our representative greets you and transfers you to Paraty in a scenic, four hour drive. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure, exploring the charming, colonial town of Paraty, distinctive for its unique architecture and cobblestone streets that meander along the sea.

Pousada Picinguaba is an enchanting hotel perched on a tranquil bay in the center of a tropical seaside forest known as the Atlantic Forest Natural Park. Ideal for travelers seeking the ultimate escape into peace and ancient mysteries, this luxurious and intimate hotel offers access to secret white sand beaches, unknown trails through the jungle, and an opportunity to meet and learn from the locals.

Overnight Pousada Picinguaba (or similar)

Meals Aloft

Day2

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Full day private schooner around Paraty

Enjoy a private schooner cruise through the emerald bay and hundreds of islands surrounding Paraty with carefully selected stops for swimming and snorkeling in glistening waters.

After a day of adventure, take a romantic evening stroll for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Overnight Pousada Picinguaba (or similar)

Meals B,L

Day3

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Paraty city tour / Brazilian cooking class

This morning your guide picks you up for a half-day, private walking tour of Paraty’s historical center, a pedestrian only village full of cobblestone streets and colonial charm.

An afternoon of exploration and relaxation time follows, before a hands-on Brazil cooking class with a local chef, followed by a decadent dinner.

Overnight Pousada Picinguaba (or similar)

Meals B,L

Day4

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Paraty to Rio de Janeiro

After checking out of your room this morning, your local guide escorts you on a four hour drive for the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival in Rio, check in at the Miramar by Windsor hotel, a beautiful location with sophisticated decor, Brazilian paintings and elegantly designed bathrooms.

In the afternoon, your guide leads you to Sugarloaf Mountain to witness impressive views of the city and surrounding bay.

Overnight Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro (or similar)

Meals B

Day5

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Rio de Janeiro City Tour

In the morning, depart for a half day Rio de Janeiro city tour. The excursion includes a stop at a colorful and local outdoor street market, a visit to Corcovado Mountain and a memorable tour to Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Overnight Fasano Rio (or similar)

Meals B

Day6

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Rio de Janeiro

Today is open for you to spend as you wish. You might consider visiting Rio’s Botanical Gardens, check out one of many engaging art museums, rent a bike to soak up the expansive coastal views in style, or just simply relax on the city’s renowned beaches. After sunset, this birthplace of samba comes alive with Brazilian music, creating the ideal ambiance for dancing till the sun comes up!

Overnight Fasano Rio (or similar)

Meals B

Days7

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Rio de Janeiro to Salvador de Bahia

After a delicious breakfast, check out of your hotel and join your guide for a short flight to Salvador. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to Villa Bahia, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Salvador’s historical center and set in two traditional colonial houses featuring a terrace of panoramic views.

Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel and a living museum of 17th and 18th century architecture. The evening’s plans will dazzle you with a memorable Bahia Folklore Show, a local attraction unlike any in the world!

Overnight Fazenda Sao Francisco do Corumbau

Meals B

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Salvador de Bahia

Today your guide leads you on a half day Salvador tour, including a stop at the local market and a visit to the Bonfim Church, known globally a place of miraculous healing and colorful ribbons that are said to make wishes come true.

Overnight Fazenda Sao Francisco do Corumbau

Meals B

Day9

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Salvador de Bahia to Txai Resort

After a short flight to Ilheus, your guide escorts you to Txai Resort where you may enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in this sprawling, luxury eco-resort that sits among seemingly endless coconut groves on one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. You may choose to indulge in the hilltop spa or explore the town of Itacaré, which has long been sought out by hippies and surfers mesmerized by wide stretches of virgin Atlantic rainforest, picturesque beaches and reliable surf breaks.

Overnight Txai Resort

Meals B,D

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Txai Resort

After an exhilarating and adventure filled itinerary, enjoy a full three days at Txai resort, enjoying organic Bahian specialities and contemporary cuisine at the restaurant and utter relaxation in your suite or bungalow with sweeping views of the virgin Atlantic rainforest or panoramics of the ocean, depending on your choice.

Additional activities or services such as spa treatments, guided hikes, canoe excursions, capoeira classes, surf classes or tennis lessons are available at extra cost.

Overnight Txai Resort

Meals B,L,D

Day13

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Rio de Janeiro / Return Flight Home

After a leisurely breakfast, your English-speaking driver meets you in the lobby for your one hour transfer to Ilheus Airport where you will join your flight to Salvador.

Connect on own with your international flight back home this evening and enjoy reminiscing over your Brazilian adventure!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Galapagos Cruise – Coral I & II (Southern)

Travel aboard the

Coral I & II

Travel to southern Galapagos islands of San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz on a cruise designed for families and explorers of all ages. Multilingual naturalist guides provide exceptional learning opportunities by leading shore excursions twice a day, and delivering talks about geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. The charming Coral I & II boast elegant sea-view cabins and suites, ample outer decks with jacuzzi and pool, and a fine selection of meals from buffet breakfast and gourmet dinners to evening barbecues.

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Itinerary

Day1

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San Cristóbal Island

Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the pier to board the Coral I & II.

Before boarding, guests visit the interpretation center in San Cristóbal. Learn about the nature and history of the islands, including the Galápagos’ volcanic origins, native species, and colonization. Guests also have the opportunity to hike the Tijeretas Hill. This one-hour high-intensity hike offers beautiful views of the island and ends with a large frigate bird colony including, if lucky, the San Cristóbal mockingbird.

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San Cristóbal Island

This morning, visit Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill), a lava formation surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches. Snorkel, sunbathe, or explore the nearby lagoon, which is home to many migratory birds including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpipers, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo also offers gorgeous views of Kicker Rock, an islet off the southern coast of San Cristóbal.

This afternoon, embark on a hike along olivine mineral beaches leading to a steep climb to the top of a volcanic tuff, taking in several magnificent viewpoints. See three of the Galápagos’ rare booby species and two types of frigate birds plus a sea lion colony. Guests can also opt to explore the area on a dinghy ride, kayak, or snorkel the crystalline waters as a wide range of seabirds fly overhead.

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Española Island

Today, step onto one of the most unique and oldest islands in the Galápagos, Española Island. Due to its isolation from the rest of the islands, wildlife and plants are some of the most unique in the region. Hike to the nesting grounds of the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos dove, Galápagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls, and see the world’s largest colony of waved albatrosses. The mating season, April to December, provides an unequivocal experience for bird enthusiasts. Other unique inhabitants include turquoise marine iguanas, lava lizards, and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs. Admire the the infamous “Soplador,” a naturally occurring blowhole made from waves rushing into the volcanic sea caves. Water can shoot up to 23 m. (75 ft.) into the air.

Gardner Bay is a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea Lions. Here, there are no trails. Explore the shores, spotting Española Island’s many birds, including three species of Darwin finches, the cacti finch, small ground finch, and the warbler finch. Swim and snorkel among king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, and parrot fish.

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Floreana Island

Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon where the largest flamingo population in the Galápagos lives. Explore the white sand beaches to arrive at one of the most important nesting sites for green sea turtles. Floreana Island features exotic plants only found here, such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, Galápagos Milkwort, and holy stick. Swim or snorkel among amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, even white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins can sometimes be observed as well.

On the north side of Floreana drop an unstamped postcard into the centuries-old post office. A wooden barrel, installed by Captain James Colnett in 1793, served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Today, visitors place unstamped postcards inside the barrel hoping another traveler, going to the letter’s destination, will deliver it. This side of the island also boasts Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, lava lizards and fantastic snorkeling opportunities amongst green sea turtles and groups of playful sea lions.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

Set off into the mountains of the Galápagos for the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Admire tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets along the way. The road winds through the varied landscape of the island, from the coast through the agricultural zone up to the dense humid forests. Giant Galápagos tortoises are often seen wandering through pastures on the way. This is a birdwatcher’s haven. Nearly every land bird of the Galápagos lives or migrates here.

Following the visit, guests return to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control, as well as to readjustment of National Park policies and regulations.

Galapagos Cruise – Coral I & II (Western)

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Coral I & II

Travel to the Galapagos western islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santiago on cruises designed for families and explorers of all ages with naturalist guides providing exceptional learning opportunities. Multilingual naturalist guides provide exceptional learning opportunities by leading shore excursions twice a day, and delivering talks about geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. The charming Coral I & II boast elegant sea-view cabins and suites, ample outer decks with jacuzzi and pool, and a fine selection of meals from buffet breakfast and gourmet dinners to evening barbecues.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in the Galápagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides and shuttled to the pier where you’ll board your ship.

By afternoon, set off into the mountains of the Galápagos for the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Admire tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets along the way. The road winds through the varied landscape of the island, from the coast through the agricultural zone up to the dense humid forests. Giant Galápagos tortoises are often seen wandering through pastures on the way. This is a birdwatcher’s haven. Nearly every land bird of the Galápagos lives or migrates here.

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Isabela Island /Fernandina Island

Start the morning at Vicente Roca Point, a high peak of land made from the remains of a volcanic tuff cone, on Galápagos’ largest island. Two protected turquoise coves surround the point. Snorkel through the Bolivar Channel, one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. Spot red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the “Mola mola” or ocean sunfish as well as dolphin pods, sea lions, schools of tuna. Take a dinghy ride along the coast where a great diversity of seabirds like noddies, brown pelicans, Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and blue-footed boobies often feed, especially during the cooler months between May and December. Whales can also make an appearance during this time.

By the afternoon, explore Espinosa Point across the Bolivar Channel. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas mingle with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. With the exception of mangroves, Fernandina Island’s terrain is otherworldly with its vast volcanic landscape and scarce vegetation. It provides the best opportunity to view flightless cormorants in their nesting sites, as well as Galápagos penguins, the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics, and the Galápagos’ “King of Predators,” the Galápagos Hawk.

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Isabela Island

Wake up to the island’s volcanic black beaches where giant tortoises, land iguanas, and cormorants have begun their day. Swim and snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of flowers blossoming with fantastic colors attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. Explore the island’s uplifted coral reef, the result of seismic activity in 1954. Take in the exquisite views of Alcedo Volcano.

This afternoon, continue exploring Isabela Island. Learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that created it. Hike to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake with excellent views of lava fields. Then, take a dinghy ride along the shore filled with marine wildlife. The greatest population of Galápagos penguins lives on this side of Isabela Island. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is also an intriguing highlight.

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Santiago Island

Darwin visited Egas Port in 1835. This black volcanic sand beach offers trails formed by volcanic ash and basaltic rock. The striking layered terrain of Santiago Island’s shore is home to a variety of animals, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and colonies of fur seals playfully swimming through volcanic rock pools.

Spend a relaxing afternoon on the southeastern portion of Santiago Island. Extensive reddish and yellow-colored volcanic cones cover the landscape of the island. Mollugo plants, with their yellow and orange leaves often sprout from the center of these volcanic fissures. Walk along the solidified lava beds. Look for evidence of tree molds and other large plants that once lived there.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

Spend the morning on the northside of Santa Cruz Island where two flamingo ponds sit just inland from the beaches. This beach is also one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galápagos. Iguanas sunbathe while Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls fly overhead. Search for native plants like red and black mangroves. Snorkel along the reef where remains of barges that sank ages ago when the United States Navy operated a base on Baltra Island during World War II. This beach is so named “Bachas” due to the local people’s term for these sunken barges.

Afterward, guests return to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Cormorant

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Cormorant

Set off for the central and eastern Galápagos islands on the 16-guest Cormorant, a luxury catamaran with kayaking and snorkeling. Offering modern interiors, jacuzzi, sun deck, and elegant staterooms with private balcony, enjoy a high quality, competitively priced Galápagos cruise for the savvy adventurer. This is an excellent cruise to combine with a land program for a more comprehensive Galapagos adventure.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Depart from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing.

By afternoon, swim along Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. See a historical floating dock from World War II, as well as flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.

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Bartholome Island / Santiago Island

This morning, visit the infamous Pinnacle Rock on Bartholomew Island. The terrain here is almost entirely covered by colorful red, orange, black, even green volcanic formations. Hike to the summit of an extinct volcano to enjoy one of the best views of the islands. Explore a beautiful beach, surrounded by the island’s only lush vegetation. Snorkel the crystal waters and keep an eye out for Galápagos penguins.

This afternoon, trek to the southeast where Sullivan Bay, covered by Pahoehoe lava flows, offers extraordinary photo opportunities. The lava here has hardened into accordion-like shapes. Small glass-like bubbles of lava, called “hornitos,” can be found throughout this area, as well as imprints of vegetation burned into the rock during volcanic eruptions. Wear thick-soled shoes as the lava is very hot in the sun. Cool off with a swim, or snorkel with the playful sea lions that live on the shores.

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South Plazas Island / Santa Fe Island

South Plaza Island is a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. It is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The Sesuvium plant also flourishes on this island. During the rainy season it’s greenish-yellow and in the dry season (end of June through January) it’s bright red.

Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift, has a picturesque bay on the northeast coast where you can hike to a scenic viewpoint atop the cliffs or see a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Swim or snorkel the quiet waters of the bay accompanied by friendly sea lions.

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San Cristóbal Island

Explore Witch Hill, or Cerro Brujo, in the morning. With powdered, soft, white sand, this is one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. This area is bustling with life, from blue-footed boobies, egrets, and great blue herons to the turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Hike the many trails or dive in to see for yourself.

By the afternoon, enjoy an easy hike to Pitt Point. Located on the northeastern-most tip, herein lies the only nesting site for all three species of Galápagos boobies. The volcanic tuff formations create a stunning visual landscape to explore and photograph in this wondrous place like nowhere on earth.

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San Cristóbal Island / Departure

This morning visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a short walk to Puerto Baquerizo. Exquisitely colored plants cover the island. The beach is home to a large colony of Galápagos sea lions as well as many varieties of shore birds and marine iguanas.

After this final visit, return to to San Cristóbal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Adventure Tour: Santa Cruz, Floreana & Isabela

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Overview

Visiting the Galapagos archipelago is always a privilege and a joy, even more so on this island hopping Galapagos adventure tour. Not only does this week-long trip take in the natural wonders of four central/western islands (Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Floreana and Isabela), but affords you enough time on each to get to know them and their wildlife intimately, with stays at the Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, Floreana Lava Lodge, and Isamar Hotel. Along the way, you’re in the safe hands of expert naturalist guides who ensure that nothing is missed, and the experiences are varied: snorkeling, kayaking, remote walking trails, volcanoes, and first-hand encounters with native Galapagos species. You are also treated to some of the most memorable sunsets, extreme landscapes and pristine beaches across the whole archipelago, making this Galapagos active tour just too good to miss.

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Itinerary

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ARRIVAL ON BALTRA ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Your Galapagos active adventure begins as soon as you arrive in the archipelago. Start by transiting through a VIP lounge within Baltra Island Airport, the guides assisting with any luggage, before taking to a stand-up paddle board or canoe, crossing the crystalline Itabaca Channel; a popular waterway separating the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz. With luck, you may spot the famous Blue-footed Boobies, Reef Sharks, Pelicans and maybe even a Sea Lion colony.

Upon landing, your next stop is a private reserve which surrounds the rustic Magic Galapagos Tented Camp, just outside the national park itself and home for the next two nights. Here, strap on your walking boots and hit the trails, searching for resident Giant Tortoises before nightfall, when starlit skies come blissfully into view.
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Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

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BARTOLOME ISLAND / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Today, embark on a grand tour of Bartolome Island; its lookout spots and rugged coastline. First, having crossed the Itabaca Channel and moored up, take to the island’s wooden walkways and begin your ascent to one of the best viewpoints in the Galapagos, affording 360-degree panoramas of the wider archipelago.

This then makes a subsequent Zodiac boat ride all the more enjoyable, as you glide past families of Galapagos Penguins, Herons and Hawks, before passing the golden beaches of Pinnacle Rock, home to a large Sea Lion Colony. The waters also teem with marine life, making them perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, which you get to do just off the adjacent ancient lava fields of Sullivan Bay; one of the real-life Galapagos highlights.

Overnight Overnight Magic Galapagos Tented Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Floreana Island

An early start and scenic speedboat navigation is well worth it this morning, departing Magic Galapagos Camp in the direction of Floreana Island; the least populated of all the Galapagos. On arrival, check into Lava Lodge and either walk, kayak or paddle-board to nearby Black Beach, strolling the sands, maybe working up an appetite with some snorkeling or paying a visit to the hidden caves once used by 19th century pirates.

Lunch at a local restaurant is a just reward, before visiting Sea Lions at La Loberia. This white sand bay is a good opportunity to paddle, kayak or snorkel once more, on the lookout for tropical fish and Sea Turtles. As the sun begins to set, journey back to the lodge for a meal under the stars, anticipating more Galapagos active adventures tomorrow.

Overnight Floreana Lava Lodge

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FLOREANA ISLAND

Today is best spent exploring the many hidden treasures of Floreana and learning of its folkloric tales in the company of an expert guide. Wander remote wildlife trails, seeking out birdlife and endemic plant species, hearing plenty of myth and hearsay surrounding the history of Floreana Island, which only adds to its allure. Make for the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises–who prefer the highland conditions–as well as Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

After lunch, the afternoon can be spent completely at leisure, either returning to La Loberia, finding your own secluded spot, visiting the Galapagos’ first ever post office or simply unwinding at the lodge.

Overnight Floreana Lava Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Today is best spent exploring the many hidden treasures of Floreana and learning of its folkloric tales in the company of an expert guide. Wander remote wildlife trails, seeking out birdlife and endemic plant species, hearing plenty of myth and hearsay surrounding the history of Floreana Island, which only adds to its allure. Make for the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises–who prefer the highland conditions–as well as Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

After lunch, the afternoon can be spent completely at leisure, either returning to La Loberia, finding your own secluded spot, visiting the Galapagos’ first ever post office or simply unwinding at the lodge.

Overnight Floreana Lava Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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ISABELA ISLAND

Hiking the trails which crisscross Isabela is one of the best ways to uncover the island’s many natural treasures. Set off after breakfast and head in the direction of Sierra Negra Volcano, an otherworldly terrain of undulating lava fields and scorched soil leading to the second largest volcanic crater on earth, a full six miles wide. Along the way, you might spot Lizards, Hawks and Finches.

Next, it’s onwards to Volcan Chico. The lunar-like landscapes continue as you hike, with jagged, red-hued rock formations lining the way; a truly atmospheric Galapagos experience. On arrival at Volcan Chico, stop for a picnic ‘like no other’ with Fernandina, Pinzon and Santa Cruz Islands all visible as you eat, before one final stop on the golden sand beaches of Puerto Villamil; a just reward.

Overnight Isamar Hotel

Meals B,L,D

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BALTRA AIRPORT

As your Galapagos active tour draws to a close, why not enjoy one last Pacific Ocean sunrise before taking the speedboat first to Santa Cruz and later Baltra, in time for a private airport transfer and your onward journey, or home.

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NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Cruise – Integrity

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Integrity

Experience the very best of the Galápagos Islands aboard a luxury yacht, the 16-passenger Integrity. Retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on 8-day cruises to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. Superb naturalists explain the history of these islands while pointing out unique wildlife at every turn. Dine on exquisite traditional cuisine, relax on the sun deck or in the jacuzzi, and nestle into your spacious stateroom. With its state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity carries you through Darwin’s islands more smoothly than any other yacht.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Before boarding, jump right into the Galápagos. Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island where the infamous giant tortoises rove in their natural habitat. See them up close as these endangered species laze in lush vegetation. Step into a forest of native daisy trees as vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against an emerald green backdrop. Darwin’s finches, particularly the woodpecker finch, also reside here.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about the conservation and research efforts taking place on the islands. Several subspecies of adult tortoises, their hatchlings, and iguanas are nurtured here, helping them build their numbers.

Board the Integrity just in time for dinner. Set sail as you sit down to a gourmet meal made especially from local ingredients while the staff and crew welcome you.

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Floreana Island

This morning, find yourself on the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other water birds. Take a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf. Snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. Try to catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Next, stop at the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century. Leave a postcard, or take a postcard to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Afterward, head into the highlands to visit a collection of tortoises and learn about the island’s ghostly human history at Wittmer Caves. End the day with a walk along Black Beach followed by an onboard barbecue as the sun sets.

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows, past numerous prickly pear cacti. The area is dotted with numerous oases of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of wildlife, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.

By the afternoon, float through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay aboard a comfortable skiff. Pass mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish so close to touch.

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island is a visually stunning landscape. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours. Walk along the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Large, colorful land iguanas also reside here. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises that have come down from the highlands to nest in the warm sands of the bay.

The peninsula of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine of the Galápagos. Upon landing, an abundance of marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs litter the sands like drops of paint. Walk out onto the lava flow where, along the sandy shore, you can see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and numerous lounging sea lions.

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Isabela Island

Along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, sits to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks. A short, steep hike takes you to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. The cove is an excellent place to view tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes the woodpecker finch.

At Punta Vincente Roca, the large cave and caldera wall are impressive geological formations that provide a beautiful backdrop for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. It also forms a calm gathering area for sea turtles, making it a desirable snorkeling spot. See many species of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and other sea life.

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Santiago Island

This morning, choose one of the trails to explore Puerto Egas. One meanders along the coast to where the shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and swimming inlets. Spy American oystercatchers, marine iguanas and more sea lions. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds can be found.

Afterward, sink your toes into the red sands of Espumilla Beach, a sea turtle nesting site. Hike inland to a small lagoon where many land birds fly overhead, including Galápagos hawks. Snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks, and amazing underwater geologic formations.

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at Bachas Beach, an exquisite white sand beach. Two small lagoons just over the dunes often host flamingos. “Bachas” is so named due to the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines still visible today.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, and where three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons live.

Make the most of today’s final chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour Island. The trails here head inland to where the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds call home.

Catch your last island sunset as the ship travels along the coast, catching one last look at sea lions and marine iguanas on the shores.

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Baltra Island

Enjoy a gratifying breakfast on board the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island for the flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Isabela II

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Isabela II

Explore the northern Galápagos Islands in comfort aboard the luxury yacht, Isabela II, for a 7-day islands cruise from San Cristobal to Santiago, Fernandina, and Isabela. For an elegant, relaxing adventure, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to an intimate experience of this unique part of the world. With gourmet meals and al-fresco dining created by a Cordon Bleu chef, dine on five-star cuisine aboard this exquisite ship that also boasts flawless service, a hot tub, fitness room, and deck-side bar serving handcrafted cocktails while you sunbathe between island hops.

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Itinerary

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive on San Cristobal Island in time to transfer to the Isabela II. Settle into your cabin, then gather for an introduction by your guides as you sit down for lunch.

This afternoon, visit the Cerro Colorado Breeding Center at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center specializes in saving the highly endangered giant tortoise, as well as many bird species and the native San Cristobal lava lizard.

Return to the ship to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and a specially prepared dinner as the ship sets off for tomorrow’s destination.

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Genovesa Island

This morning, arrive at Genovesa Island, a bird haven for Nazca and red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and storm petrels. On shore, you find colonies of Galápagos fur seals as you explore this dramatic island. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps, a set of stairs built into the rocks, overlooking the turquoise waters. Snorkel or kayak to see the many tropical fish right below the surface.

In the afternoon, walk Darwin Bay, an easy stroll to observe herons, finches, mockingbirds, and more Nazca and red-footed boobies. Take the opportunity to traverse the lava, stepping onto this alien-like terrain, or return to the waters for more snorkeling and swimming in this beautiful natural harbour.

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Santiago Island

After breakfast, find yourself along the impressive beaches of Buccaneer’s Cove, surrounded by sea lions, birds, and tidal pools filled with interesting creatures. Gaze upon tremendous rock formations, such as “The Bishop,” an impressive natural cave. This is a fantastic site to snorkel or hop aboard our glass-bottom boat to float above the wide variety of tropical fish below.

This afternoon, explore Puerto Egas, a landscape filled with volcanic stone and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds while birds flock high above.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

This morning, visit Punta Espinoza on the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. A stunning visual landscape, this island has an amazing combination of barren lands contrasted with abundant wildlife. Spot the Galápagos hawk, penguins, flightless cormorants, and many colonies of marine iguanas. Dive into these waters for an up close and personal view of marine life.

After lunch, just across the narrow Bolivar Channel from Punta Espinoza, spend the afternoon at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. This cove, once a popular anchorage for pirates and whalers, features an uphill hike that takes you to the rim of Darwin Crater, a submerged crater filled with salt water. Take a panga ride or your own kayak around the island to spot local wildlife, or dive right in and snorkel amongst Galápagos penguins.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, step onto the shores of Urbina Bay, an area with a strange origin. Once the ocean floor, a seismic event in 1954 pushed it to the surface along with the coral reef once living on it. Now, find the remains of those corals and shells leading you to the beach. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, as well as the occasional giant tortoise. Along the shoreline you’ll find flightless cormorants and penguins.

This afternoon, hop into a skiff to explore the beach-less Punta Vicente Roca. Your naturalist guides explain the dramatic geology of the area while you keep an eye out for abundant wildlife. If the weather is right, you’ll have a chance to snorkel along the cliffs in the company of green sea turtles and penguins.

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Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, lay eyes upon the heart of the Galapagos: Rabida Island, with its red sands and cliffs. Sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches live on this red rock. This is a fantastic place to snorkel or hop in a kayak. The glass-bottom boat will also be available.

After lunch, find yourself on Dragon Hill, Cerro Dragón, on Santa Cruz Island. Take a leisurely walk past a lagoon frequented by flamingos, ducks, and stilts. Further along, the trail brings you to the nesting area of land iguanas, and finally it opens up to a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands.

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Baltra Island

Today, the journey ends back at Baltra Island where your guides will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta (Northern)

Travel aboard the

La Pinta

For luxurious cruises in the Galápagos, climb aboard the expedition ship, La Pinta. Spend 5 days touring the northern islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and others aboard this brand new yacht marked by an upscale design with plush cabins that feature air conditioning and gorgeous wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows. The ship also boasts an outside bar, observation lounge, gym, sun deck, and jacuzzi. New engines are of the highest quality, designed to cut emissions and reduce environmental impact. Explore the islands on foot, kayak, and glass-bottom boat while on board delighting in an exquisite cuisine of Ecuadorian and international dishes prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef.

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Balta Island / Santa Cruz Island

Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you’ll transfer to the Itabaca Channel where a small ferry takes you to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Your naturalist guides detail Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and wildlife as you travel to the Santa Cruz highlands where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, a short ride to Santa Cruz’s nature reserve brings you into contact with the endangered giant tortoise. In their natural habitat, the tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools. You’ll also have the chance to explore several underground lava tunnels before a short bus ride takes you down to Puerto Ayora to board the La Pinta.

Settle into your cabin, explore the observation deck, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made from exotic fruits and local liqueur. Dine on a specially prepared dinner al fresco under the setting sun.

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Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, hop aboard a panga that takes you to Eden Islet, just off the Santa Cruz coast. Explore the volcanic terrain, filled with stunning volcanic cones and eroded lava flows. Observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks, and frigates. Dive in yourself, snorkel, or tour the shallows in a glass-bottom boat.

Next, visit the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, named for its resemblance to a traditional Chinese hat. Walk along its crescent-shaped white sand beach. The cove here offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

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Bartolomé Island / Santiago Island

Start the day with a climb up Bartolomé Island. At the top of a wooden staircase catch the view of surrounding islands and the iconic Pinnacle Rock. Get closer in a dinghy ride around this colossal rock formation. Then relax on the beach, snorkel amongst tropical fish, or take a ride in the glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Hike a trail over a lava field that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is a beautiful place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

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Genovesa Island

Start the day with an easy stroll along the beach, observing marine and land birds. Take the chance to hike over lava fields before returning to the beach to swim and snorkel in this spectacular natural harbour. This area’s calm waters make it a perfect spot to kayak and tour the cliffs looking for birds nestled in the cracks.

This afternoon, take a panga ride along the cliffs before stepping out for a short but steep climb up Prince Philip’s Steps, a wooden staircase. At the top of the stairs, where the land is flat, take a captivating walk to the other side of this small island where you’ll find large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, and the elusive short-eared owl.

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Baltra Island

Return to Baltra Island where you transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Legend (Western)

Travel aboard the

Legend

Adventure deep into the Galápagos for a 5-day cruise to the western islands of Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz aboard the luxury expedition ship, Legend. This boutique vessel was designed specifically with comfort in mind. With 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins, balcony suites, and an option to connect suites, families and friends can stay close together. With two daily excursions onto the islands, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, swim, kayak, and hike through the wilds before returning to the ship. Boasting three decks, there are spacious social areas and room to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, dine on the restaurant’s five-star gourmet cuisine, soak in the pool, or stargaze from the jacuzzi while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

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Arrive Baltra Island / Mosquera Islet

Arrive in the Galápagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides. After just a ten-minute bus ride to the pier you’ll board the Galápagos Legend.

This afternoon, explore Mosquera Islet, between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe herons and lava gulls. With no trails, the islet calls you to forge your own across the wide open sands and barren lava rock. Keep an eye out for the little sea purslane, a reddish herb that grows in the sand.

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Santiago Island

This morning, step onto the black volcanic sand beach of Egas Port on Santiago Island. Visited by Darwin in 1835, the first part of the trail is formed of volcanic ash and basalt rock. This island’s unique, layered terrain is truly striking. Home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, lobster, starfish, marine iguanas grazing on algae, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fur seals swim playfully in the volcanic rock pools.

Touch down on the heart of the Galápagos, Rabida Island, with its red sands and cliffs. Sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches live on this red rock. This is a fantastic place to snorkel where the marine life is particularly active, or take a dinghy ride around the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, walking along the visually stunning landscape of Urbina Bay. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours. Walk along the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant on the volcanic black beach. See a wide variety of colorful exotic flowers that attract insects, birds, and reptiles. After a short walk inland, snorkel alongside sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish.

As you travel from Urbina to Tagus Cove, your next stop, you can often spot whales, especially between May and December. This cove, named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks like graffiti. Hike to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. See tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes the woodpecker finch. Take a dinghy ride along the shoreline to admire blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, terns, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins. The largest population of penguins in the Archipelago live on this part of Isabela.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

This morning, walk along the lava-covered Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of marine species in the Galápagos. The largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas mingle with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galápagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galápagos hawk. Vegetation is scarce inland, with just a few cactus and mangroves along the shoreline growing out of the rope-like lava that covers most of the island.

After lunch, dive into the waters surrounding Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island for tremendous deep water snorkeling. The upwelling of cold water currents here attracts more species of marine life than any other in the Galápagos. This area, known as the Bolivar Channel, is only accessible by water. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island Airport

After breakfast, take a tour into the mountains of Santa Cruz Island to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Along the way, witness tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets, the birds usually standing atop giant tortoise shells. This island is a convergence of the coastal zone that passes through agricultural lands and then gives rise to the dense humid forests. The reserve brings you into contact with the endangered Galápagos giant tortoise. In their natural habitat, the tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools.

Following the visit, you’ll return back down the mountain for the trip back to the airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Legend (Southern)

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Legend

Adventure deep into the Galápagos for a 5-day cruise to the southern islands of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz aboard the luxury expedition ship, Legend. This boutique vessel was designed specifically with comfort in mind. With 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins, balcony suites, and an option to connect suites, families and friends can stay close together. With two daily excursions onto the islands, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, swim, kayak, and hike through the wilds before returning to the ship. Boasting three decks, there are spacious social areas and room to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, dine on the restaurant’s five-star gourmet cuisine, soak in the pool, or stargaze from the jacuzzi while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island / San Cristobal Island

Arrive in the Galapagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides. After just a ten-minute bus ride to the pier you’ll board the Legend.

This afternoon, explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos Islands. Wander through this quaint port town filled with local souvenir shops, or stop at the Museum of Natural History to learn about the islands’ volcanic origins and its incredibly unique species of wildlife and plants that only live here.

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Española Island

This morning, wake up to the beautiful white coral sands at Gardner Bay. Visit the colony of sea lions that live on the beach. Spot Galápagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galápagos ground doves, Hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches. Swim and snorkel amongst king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

After lunch, explore the volcanic formations and riveting wildlife at Suarez Point, like the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbird. Cross paths with iguanas, lava lizards, and the scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Hike up to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies. You’ll also witness the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight between May and December, mating season. Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a natural blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m (75 ft) into the air.

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Floreana Island

After breakfast, find yourself at Post Office Bay on Floreana, an island with a colorful history of pirates, whalers, and convicts. In 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. They’d take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, you can partake in this tradition. Drop a postcard into the barrel, take a postcard from the barrel, and deliver it. You will also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards. Snorkel with Pacific green turtles and playful sea lions. Hike through the island’s unique flowers, like the longhaired scalesia, yellow wing-fruited leocarpus, and the Galápagos Milkwort.

By the afternoon, walk along a green olivine beach at Cormorant Point. Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon where the largest population of flamingos in the Galápagos resides. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach where Pacific green turtles nest. Swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and a small colony of penguins.

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, go ashore to Santa Cruz Islands, into the highlands to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station runs a breeding program for the endangered Galapagos giant tortoise and also provides environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists. You will have some free time to visit the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs.

You’ll get the chance to see more giant tortoises at the Tortoise Reserve in the mountains. Along the way, spot many different kinds of birds, like tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets, which are usually standing atop the tortoises themselves. The journey to the reserve takes you from the coast, through the agricultural zone, and up to the dense humid forests where you’ll find the tortoises wandering through pastures and pools, lumbering freely through the expansive acreage of the reserve.

After lunch, explore Ballena Bay, meaning Whale Bay, a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of the island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals, a mixture of magnesium, iron, and silica, created by underground magma. Take the opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas while seabirds fly overhead.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Airport

Following an exquisite breakfast, spend a relaxing morning at Carrion Point, snorkeling amongst the colorful fish and rays, soaking in your final hours in the tropics.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Islander

Travel aboard the

National Geographic Islander

Spend 10 days aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, fully equipped with elegant, spacious accommodations and five-star cuisine. Indulge in this highly specialized, in-depth itinerary under the sure guidance of three top-rated naturalists, including a NatGeo certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist who’ll share undersea video footage everyday during cocktail hour. Snorkel, hike, paddleboard, and cruise by Zodiac, exploring the islands and all of its wonders on this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

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Itinerary

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Miami tends to be the most convenient gateway to the Galápagos from the US, but there are alternatives. If you take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, departure is in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you’ll stay at the exclusive Hotel del Parque, a restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens.

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Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

Take the short hour and a half flight to the Galápagos, after which you’ll immediately board the ship.

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Exploring the Galápagos Islands

This is a sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:

Bartolomé:
An enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves, and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.

Santiago:
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

Santa Cruz:
Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park Service, learn about their breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises and see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Isabela:
A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayak along the shores or deep water snorkel amongst the colorful varieties of tropical fish.

Fernandina:
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Hike over relatively recent lava flows and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Floreana:
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. You may also find flamingos, pintail ducks, and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Española:
The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Española is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches.

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Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil

Disembark the vessel and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening is yours to explore the city. Spend one last night at Hotel del Parque.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Ocean Spray

Travel aboard the

Ocean Spray

A cruise in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Ocean Spray is essential for the eco-friendly adventurer. Indulge in a 5-day excursion aboard this luxury mega catamaran. Featuring spacious cabins with private balconies, a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, cozy lounge, and al fresco dining, the chef will spoil you with five-star locally inspired cuisine at every meal. Kayak, snorkel, and hike every day, guided by well-informed, bilingual naturalists. Get up close with marine iguanas, albatross, giant tortoises, baby sea turtles, flamingos, and spectacularly colorful fish.

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Arrival / Bartolomé Island

Arrive on Baltra Island where your guides will greet you and take you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin followed by a welcoming lunch.

This afternoon, explore the area around Bartolomé, including the infamous Pinnacle Rock. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed. It was also featured in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander.” Pinnacle Rock is an intriguing formation, a volcanic cone formed by lava from an underwater volcano. Along its beach you can see a small population of green sea turtles and Galápagos penguins. You’ll have the opportunity to swim amongst colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

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Genovesa Island

After breakfast, step onto Genovesa Island, a horseshoe shaped island with large, sloping lava flows. Also known as “Bird Island,” you’ll find it lives up to this name with its unusually dense variety of birds, including the rare red-footed booby. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the Palo Santa forest of Genovesa.

By the afternoon, climb El Barranco, better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path that passes through a tremendous bird colony and leads to a cliff with marvelous views.

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Santiago Island

In the morning, you’ll step onto the white sands at Buccaneer’s Cove. Santiago Island, once a refuge for pirates, whalers, and convicts, and the second island Charles Darwin visited, today it’s one of the most visited islands. With its beautiful beaches and stunning underwater formations that attract many different species of fish, this is one of the top snorkeling destinations in the Galápagos. You’ll have the day to bask in these turquoise waters and swim amongst the marine wildlife.

After lunch, you’ll be at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Snorkel through the grottos amongst fur seals, or stroll the beaches crossing paths with quick-footed lava lizards.

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North Seymour & Highlands / Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, adventure onto the unique landscape of North Seymour Island, formed by uplifted submarine lava. Home to a vast colony of land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, you’ll find blue-footed boobies, common noddies, frigatebirds, as well as the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds.

By the afternoon, tour the highlands of Santa Cruz filled with rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes. Explore underground lava tubes near the Charles Darwin Research Station’s historic giant tortoise restoration program. See these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat where they lumber calmly through the dense, humid forests or grassy pastures amongst many varieties of birds, particularly the cattle egret that often sits atop these gentle giants.

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Mosquera Islet / Baltra Airport

Explore Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks, coral, and a great white sand beach. See the largest population of sea lions anywhere in the Galápagos, as well as several species of shorebirds, and if you’re lucky, orcas.

Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Origin (South Central)

Travel aboard the

Origin

Take luxury cruising to the next level aboard one of the most eco-friendly yachts in the Galápagos, the 20-guest Origin. Embark on an 8-day cruise to south-central Galápagos, exploring San Cristobal, Española, Floreana Islands and others on this decadent yacht specially designed for comfort. Featuring spacious staterooms with panoramic windows, world-class cuisine, elegant sundeck with daybeds and hammocks, jacuzzi, bar, boutique, and fitness room, Origin takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Each day, take the opportunity to kayak, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel these crystal waters alongside sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and more under the guidance of your expert naturalist guide.

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Take a short bus ride to the dock where a boat transfers you to the Origin. Settle into your cabin after a welcome briefing and safety drill, then sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, tour Cerro Tijeretas, or Frigatebird Hill, one of two sites where you’ll find nesting colonies of the two species of frigatebird, the Great and the Magnificent. Walk the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, crossing paths with lava lizards, the medium ground finch, and the San Cristobal mockingbird. Return to the Origin for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and specially prepared dinner.

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San Cristobal Island

Go ashore this morning to Punta Pitt, considered one of the best sites to see the many types of Galápagos birds nesting inside this volcanic formation. See blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies, both types of frigatebird, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Snorkel or swim with sea lions off Pitt Rock where you’ll also encounter colorful fish such as the king angelfish and surgeonfish.

After lunch, spend your afternoon at Cerro Brujo, or Witch Hill. This breathtaking white coral beach features expansive views and more birdwatching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, swim with sea lions, or use the kayaks or stand up paddle boards to take yourself on a tour of the island. Enjoy a zodiac ride through the mysterious cave called The Cathedral before returning to the ship for dinner and later, take a dip in the jacuzzi under the starlit sky.

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Española Island

Disembark at Punta Suarez on Española Island, home to the greatest number of native species in the Galápagos. Sea lions and curious mockingbirds greet you on the beach while colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in an aerial show. From April to December you’ll have the chance to see the waved albatross, found only on this island. In addition, spot Darwin’s finches, Galápagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos Hawks, and fiery-colored marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Follow a trail to the uniquely created blowhole that sprays ocean water through the volcanic rocks.

By the afternoon you’ll be in Gardner Bay on a seemingly endless white sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll on the beach watching for the Galápagos hawk or Hood mockingbird. Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach or snorkel near Tortuga Rock where a colorful array of underwater life is on full display. Explore the bay and islets by kayak or take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with starfish and other marine wildlife.

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Floreana Island

After breakfast go ashore to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-colored mineral beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins. Hike to a lagoon where Bahama ducks, stilts, Galápagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, and flamingos reside. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut-leaf daisies, several varieties of mangrove, palo verde, and scalesia.

The trail ends at Devil’s Crown, a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and stingrays swim in the shallow water. Take the opportunity to snorkel the shallow, sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, and sea stars.

After lunch, visit one of the most famous sites in the Galápagos, Post Office Bay. Named for the barrel placed here in the late 18th century that English whaling vessels used as a “post office.” Continue the tradition by leaving a postcard, then picking up someone else’s postcard to hand deliver it to the address. Swim with sea lions, stroll along the beach, then take a Zodiac ride to Baroness Point to search for sea turtles and rays.

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Santa Cruz Island

Today you’ll tour Santa Cruz Island starting at Puerto Ayora. Travel by bus into the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galápagos to reach Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Explore the largest lava tunnels in the Galápagos at El Mirador, and visit Los Gemelos, or The Twins, a pair of large craters before returning to the ship for lunch.

This afternoon, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the tortoise breeding center with hatchlings and baby tortoises, as well as a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island.

Afterward, you’ll have the chance to shop and stroll through town for souvenirs or a museum tour. Stop at a local chocolate shop to learn how high quality Arriba cacao is produced in Ecuador. You can also kayak Punta Estrada or bicycle around the island if you desire.

You have the option to return to the Origin for dinner or remain on shore to dine on your own at a local restaurant. A Zodiac will shuttle you from the yacht to the main dock throughout the evening.

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Santiago Island

Sombrero Chino, or Chinese Hat, is a small island off the southern tip of Santiago shaped like a coolie hat. Land on a beach with colonies of sea lions, then hike a trail to a primeval landscape of cracked lava and tubes. Marine iguanas and oystercatchers frequent the area, as well as large numbers of Galápagos penguins, which you’ll have the chance to snorkel alongside from the beach.

After lunch, disembark at Bartolome, a young Island with an alien-like landscape covered by a dormant volcano that is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb a long wooden staircase to the summit. Pass lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones, until you reach the top where you are treated to a panoramic view of the islands, including the distinct volcanic formation known as Pinnacle Rock.

Return to the beach to snorkel with schools of tropical fish, reef sharks, and Galápagos penguins or take a Zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline.

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South Plaza Island / North Seymour Island

Today’s adventure starts on South Plaza Island, a small island with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters, and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. Hike the trails that lead through prickly pear and Sesuvium, and past land iguanas that feed on cactus leaves. Back on the beach, you’ll have the chance to snorkel in deeper water between North and South Seymour Islands before lunch.

Go ashore at North Seymour where you’ll witness the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galápagos. Watch marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Spot blue-footed boobies, gulls, and land iguanas before returning to the ship for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

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San Cristobal Island

Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the history of the islands. Spend some time exploring this port town before heading to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Origin (Northwestern)

Travel aboard the

Origin

Take luxury cruising to the next level aboard one of the most eco-friendly yachts in the Galápagos, Origin. Indulge in an 8-day cruise to northwestern islands, exploring San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz Islands and others on this decadent yacht specially designed for comfort. Featuring spacious staterooms with panoramic windows, world-class cuisine, elegant sundeck with daybeds and hammocks, jacuzzi, bar, boutique, and fitness room, Origin takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Each day, take the opportunity to kayak, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel these crystal waters alongside sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and more under the guidance of your expert naturalist guide.

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Itinerary

Day1

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Take a short bus ride to the dock where a boat transfers you to the Origin. Settle into your cabin after a welcome briefing and safety drill, then sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve where the national park has established a breeding program for the endangered giant tortoise. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Along the trail, spot the native San Cristobal mockingbird and flowering Calandrinia plant. Return to the Origin for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and specially prepared dinner.

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Genovesa Island

After breakfast, spend your day on Genovesa Island, one of the most spectacular places in the Galápagos for bird watchers. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps where you’ll find red-footed and Nazca boobies nesting in the palo santo trees, storm petrels gathering in the crevices of lava fields, and elusive short-eared owls hiding amongst the bushes.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch aboard the Origin on the sun deck. Then, explore the cliffs where red-billed tropicbirds gather, either from a kayak or stand up paddle board. You can also dive into the turquoise waters for some fantastic deep water snorkeling where you will encounter a myriad of exotic tropical fish.

At nearby Darwin Bay, step onto a coral sand beach inhabited by swallow-tailed and lava gulls. Hike into a forest of prickly pear cactus and mangroves where great frigate birds with their red-throated pouches nest. Relax on the beach or swim with sea lions before returning to the yacht for dinner. Spend the evening basking under the illuminated sky filled with stars.

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, adventure onto Las Bachas on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. With a long stretch of white sand beach you’ll have an opportunity for some wonderful snorkeling, as well as the chance to explore the nearby lagoons frequented by groups of flamingos.

After lunch you’ll find yourself on Cerro Dragon, or Dragon Hill, where you’ll find a landscape covered in prickly pear cactus, palo santo forests, and the bright yellow cordia plant. You’ll also have an excellent opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Galápagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters, as well as land iguanas. In the saltwater lagoons, find pink flamingos, stilts, pintail ducks, and sandpipers.

This evening, sit down to another exceptional dinner as you set sail for the western islands, crossing the equator for the second time.

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Isabela Island

Take a Zodiac ride to Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Enter a wave-sculpted cave with incredible views of the remaining volcanic walls. Don’t pass up the chance to snorkel around this incredible volcanic formation where penguins and sea turtles also frequent.
At lunch, sail through the Bolivar Chanel, witnessing the dramatic scenery around you. Watch for whales, dolphins, and occasionally the mola, an odd looking giant sunfish, that swim near the ship.

Disembark at Urbina Bay, an incredible piece of land that was once the sea floor. Four miles of coastal seabed uplifted during a volcanic eruption in 1954 leaving a long trail of coral reef bleached white in the sun. Large, colorful Galápagos land iguanas and marine iguanas now climb over these remnants of the reef. Darwin’s finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, and the occasional giant tortoise also reside here.

Return to the Origin for dinner and a restful evening of stargazing.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Step onto Fernandina Island, the youngest and most pristine Island in the Galápagos, at Punta Espinoza. Explore the lava flows that stretch around the coast. Observe sea lion colonies, hundreds of marine Iguanas, and flightless cormorants building their nests close to shore. Snorkel with large sea turtles that frequent this area before returning to the Origin for lunch.

Following lunch, go ashore at Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. See where many of them left their marks, dating back to the 1800s, on the rocky cliffs. Hike to a saltwater lagoon and a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields, and rock formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove to explore the shoreline by kayak or paddleboard in search of Galápagos penguins, boobies, and pelicans.

Return to the Origin for a briefing and dinner as you cross the Equator for the last time.

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Rabida Island

Disembark on Rabida Island, a small island considered the geographic center of the Galápagos. Its volcanic rocks are the most diverse in the archipelago. Because of the high iron content the rocks and sand are dark red. Follow a trail to a saltwater lagoon where flamingos migrate. Spot marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and Darwin’s finches. Snorkel with a colony of sea lions and rays.

After lunch, hop into a Zodiac for a ride to Caleta Tortuga Negra, or Black Turtle Cove, through a series of inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles between September and February, white-tipped reef sharks, and the spectacular golden cownose rays.

This evening enjoy the Captain’s farewell cocktail party following dinner, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

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Santa Cruz Island

Tour Santa Cruz Island, starting at Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the Galápagos. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galápagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Walk through an underground lava tunnel that leads to Los Gemelos, The Twins, a pair of large craters.

This afternoon, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the tortoise breeding center with hatchlings and baby tortoises, as well as a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island.

Afterward, you’ll have the chance to shop and stroll through town for souvenirs or a museum tour. Stop at a local chocolate shop to learn how high quality Arriba cacao is produced in Ecuador. You can also kayak Punta Estrada or bicycle around the island if you desire.

You have the option to return to the Origin for dinner or remain on shore to dine on your own at a local restaurant. A Zodiac will shuttle you from the yacht to the main dock throughout the evening.

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San Cristobal Island / Depart

Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the history of the islands. Spend some time exploring this port town before heading to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Passion (Western)

Travel aboard the

Passion

Travel in luxury to the Galápagos aboard the Passion, an exclusive, intimate yacht fully endorsed by WildAid. Take an 8-day small ship cruise to Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela and other western islands aboard this previously private luxury yacht. Retaining most of its original elegance, such as the rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks, 12 guests travel comfortably, staying in spacious, air-conditioned suites with luxurious bathrooms. Dine on gourmet cuisine from the lavish panoramic sky lounge and bar, or al fresco on one of three decks, including a sun deck with a secluded jacuzzi. Explore the magic of the Galápagos on foot, by kayak, or panga ride at every stop along the way. Treat yourself to world-class personalized service with local guides who specialize in fields you request.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra Airport where your guides will greet you. Start your adventure right away at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see tortoises from the many islands in their different stages of life, from eggs, juveniles, and adults as they are nurtured until they are ready for release.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Puerto Ayora’s shops and local history before boarding the Passion around 5 pm. Meet the captain and crew, settle into your room, then sit down to a specially prepared dinner. As the sun sets over the tropics, take in the exquisite colors as they give way to a beautiful star-filled sky.

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Floreana Island

Start the day on Floreana Island, the legendary homestead of the infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Walk along the green olivine beaches at Punta Cormorant where you will pass greater flamingos on your way to a white sand sea turtle nesting ground. Take a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown where you can snorkel, swimming amongst myriads of tropical fish and rays.

After lunch walk the historic beach at Post Office Bay, visiting the barrel that served as the “post office” for whalers centuries ago. Continue the tradition of mail delivery by picking a card from the barrel with an address you can hand deliver, and leave one yourself. Kayak the waters once traveled by whalers and pirates.

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Floreana Island

This morning walk along Black Beach learning about the mysterious past of Floreana Island. With one of the few fresh water sources in the Galápagos, Asilo de La Paz, this was the first island to be inhabited. Explore the caves that pirates used as hideouts and where the first Galapegueño was born to the Baroness and one of her many lovers, all of whom began to disappear after settling on the island.

Afterward, spend the afternoon searching for whales and dolphins, which make up a large percentage of the Galápagos marine wildlife. Travel the waters between Floreana and Isabela Island where you will touch down on the white sand beach at the foot of the Cerro Azul volcano. You’ll have the chance to dip into the waters in your own kayak to continue searching for whales and dolphins, or snorkel amongst the vast number of fish just below the surface.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast step onto Punta Moreno, a gorgeous landscape covered by the rope-like pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active. Hike to a lagoon where flamingos reside and brightly colored land iguanas roam.

This afternoon walk the black sand beach at Urbina Bay, a prime nesting site for green sea turtles. Notice the remnants of coral heads and marine fossils that were lifted off the seafloor during a seismic event. Hike inland to search for giant tortoises as they migrate to and from the highlands. Snorkel in search of more fossils and witness the active underwater life that has taken over.

Day5

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Land near Tagus Cove, an historic pirate hideaway where many of them wrote the name of their ships on the cliff face. Hike the beautiful trails to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lagoon surrounded by volcanic rock.

After lunch cross the Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites. Stroll the shoreline of Punta Espinosa where you will find flightless cormorants, sea lions, Galápagos penguins and hawks, marine iguanas, and flame bright Sally Lightfoot crabs.

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Santiago Island

Step onto the dark volcanic beach at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island. Sleepy Galápagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean. Crystalline pools, also known as “grottos” punctuate the shoreline like honeycomb, attracting schools of fish you can see up close when snorkeling. Kayak along the shoreline with sea lions at your side and birds flying overhead.

At nearby Buccaneer Cove, so named after the British buccaneers who sought refuge here centuries ago, take a panga ride to view the scenic cliffs, beaches, and two unusual rock formations known as “The Monk” and “Elephant Rock.”

This afternoon, head to central Santiago Island where you’ll disembark at Espumilla Beach, a golden-colored beach where green sea turtles nest. Hike the trails through the largest Palo Santo trees on the islands, home to yellow warblers, Galápagos flycatchers, and the ever-intriguing Darwin finches.

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Santiago Island / North Seymour Island

After breakfast, explore Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay, covered by a recent lava flow. Hike across the fresh pahoehoe lava formations and lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and plants. Spot Galápagos penguins and herons along the shoreline.

On North Seymour Island, a small uplifted island, walk right up to bird nesting colonies of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls.

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Mosquera Island / Baltra Airport

Spend the morning on Mosquera Island, a small islet between Baltra and North Seymour Island. Home to one of the largest sea lion colonies, orcas also occasionally come into the islet to feed.

A haven for shorebirds, you’ll find a myriad of Galapagos birds throughout the island. Take one last opportunity to glimpse the many unique species of wildlife before sailing back to Baltra.

Return to Baltra for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Passion (South Central)

Travel aboard the

Passion

Explore the eastern Galápagos Islands aboard the Passion, an exclusive, intimate yacht fully endorsed by WildAid. Embark on an 8-day cruise adventure to Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Española, among others, aboard this previously private luxury yacht. Retaining most of its original elegance, such as the rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks, 12 guests travel comfortably, staying in spacious, air-conditioned suites with luxurious bathrooms. Dine on gourmet cuisine from the lavish panoramic sky lounge and bar, or al fresco on one of three decks, including a sun deck with a secluded jacuzzi. Discover the magic of the Galápagos on foot, by kayak, or panga ride at every stop along the way. Treat yourself to world-class personalized service with local guides who specialize in fields you request.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra Airport where your guides will greet you and shuttle you to the Passion. Settle into your room, then sit down to lunch on deck.

After lunch you’ll spend the afternoon at Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Take a panga ride through the mangroves where pelicans and herons roost while sea turtles and golden rays cruise alongside the boat. Return to the Passion for a specially prepared dinner and night of exquisite stargazing.

Day2

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Genovesa Island

This morning, travel to Genovesa Island where you’ll have the opportunity to explore Darwin Bay. Red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds reside in the red mangroves and soft-haired prickly pear cactus that line the island’s interior.

After lunch climb the cliffs of El Barranco where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Follow your guides on a quest for the impressive red-billed tropicbird and Galapagos storm petrels that hide within volcanic crevices.

Day3

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Bartolomé Island

After breakfast hike the wooden steps on Bartolomé Island. From the summit, take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock, neighboring Santiago Island, and other central islands in the distance.

Explore the tiny island of Sombrero Chino this afternoon, named for its shape which resembles a Chinese hat. This unique landscape was once the seafloor before seismic activity raised it out of the water. See remnants of coral heads and other marine life in the lava. Swim or snorkel alongside playful sea lion colonies. Kayak or take a panga ride alongside marine iguanas and Galápagos penguins.

Day4

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Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

Today you’ll step onto Rabida Island, the center of the Galápagos. With its deep, red-colored beaches and rocks, it’s only fitting that it should also be known as the heart of the Galápagos. You’ll find Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and brown pelicans nesting throughout the island.

Following lunch visit Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island. Hike to a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black-necked stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland you’ll find a number of land iguanas nesting.

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Santa Cruz Island

Spend the day touring Santa Cruz Island´s most famous sites. Start at Puerto Ayora, then take a bus to the highlands, passing from the island’s coastal region into the lush, humid forests. Visit one of the ranches where giant tortoises reside in their natural habitat. These forests are also filled with Galápagos hawks, barn owls, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow warblers.

Sit down to lunch at the ranch before heading back to Puerto Ayora to visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. See tortoises from the many islands in their different stages of life, from eggs, juveniles, and adults as they are nurtured until they are ready for release.

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South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island

Step on the oldest dock on the archipelago at colorful Plaza Sur. Home to vibrant green prickly pear cactus, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery-orange land iguanas, this impressive landscape is also home to a variety of coastal birds. Take the chance to snorkel or kayak along the shores where adult and pup sea lions swim.

This afternoon you’ll be on Santa Fe Island, a white sand beach where sea lions often rest and several brightly colored land iguana species reside. Hike to see the largest prickly pear cactus in the Galapagos before taking a dip in the crystalline waters.

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Española Island

Spend the morning on Española Island, starting at the outstanding beaches of Gardner Bay. Sea lions, marine iguanas, and the exotic Española mockingbird live here. Dive into Gardner Islet for a chance to play with the sea lions. Snorkel or kayak nearby Osborn Islet, a perfect place to observe the many varieties of vivid tropical fish, rays, and turtles.

After lunch hike the trails of Punta Suarez that lead you to a geyser that sprays water 25 m (75 feet) into the air. Watch as sea lions bodysurf in the waves while Española lava lizards roam the shores. Look for oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Española mockingbirds. If you’re here between April and December, you’ll be treated to colonies of waved albatross. Kayak or take a panga ride around the island for even more chances to spot the numerous birds and animals living here.

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Twin Craters & Baltra Airport

After breakfast step onto Puerto Ayora for a short visit to see Los Gemelos, The Twins, two underground volcanic tubes that stretch to the other side of the island. Glimpse Galapagos hawks, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow warblers nesting in the dense forests.

Return to Baltra Airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Petrel

Travel aboard the

Petrel

See the Galápagos Islands in luxury aboard the newly built Petrel for a 4-night cruise. A proud new addition to the fleet of luxury touring yachts, this elegant ship features spacious suites with private balconies, a comfortable lounge, chic interiors, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Get up close with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales, and more with knowledgeable guides schooled in the Galápagos’ remarkable natural history. Equipped with kayaks, wetsuits, and snorkel gear, explore carefully chosen sites where contact with wildlife is a given. Named after the petrel, a sea bird common to the Galápagos, this ship is elegant, swift, and silent at sea just like its namesake. Designed for comfort and stability, the Petrel is your perfect gateway to the magic of the Galápagos.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrive Baltra / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in Baltra where you will be greeted by your guides who will take you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Start off with a short hike to the Santa Cruz highlands, one of the most popular tourist sites with rich wildlife, lush greenery, and volcanoes. Hike into underground lava tubes for a surreal experience. Spot the many varieties of birds that make their home in the forests and along the shores.

Afterward, board the Petrel, where you’ll have a chance to settle into your cabin and sit down to a specially prepared dinner.

Day2

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Santiago Island / Bartolomé Island

Start the day on the second Island Charles Darwin visited. With a good source of salt, water, and food, it was popular with whalers and buccaneers centuries ago. Today, it’s popular with tourists who love to see the plentiful Galápagos fur seals that swim along its shores and its unique volcanic landscape. Snorkel the waters of Sullivan Bay, swimming amongst fur seals and a plethora of tropical fish.

After lunch, explore Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, a multi-layered volcanic rock formation created by an underwater volcano. Walk along the beach surrounding its base where a small population of green sea turtles nest, Galápagos penguins gather, and curious sea lions swim. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed and was featured in the movie “Master and Commander.

Day3

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Genovesa Island

Also known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is home to a wide variety of birds, including rare red-footed boobies that gather here in one large mass. It’s estimated that over 200,000 of these birds live in the trees and bushes on Genovesa. This horseshoe shaped island was formed by a volcanic eruption that left behind large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. Spot the island’s many birds and the marine iguanas that inhabit the waters and shores of Darwin Bay, a partially submerged caldera.

Climb El Barranco, otherwise known as Prince Philip’s Steps, a steep and rocky trail that passes through a Palo Santo forest, home to nesting red-footed boobies, and up to a cliff with a fantastic view of the surrounding islands.

Day4

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Santiago Island

This morning’s trip starts at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Home to quick-footed Galápagos lava lizards and Galápagos fur seals, the island is spotted with grottos and tide pools that make this a coveted snorkeling site. Snorkel alongside seals and lizards while exploring the island’s underwater architecture and schools of tropical fish that dart in and out.

By the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to snorkel Buccaneer’s Cove. Once known as a refuge for British buccaneers and pirates, this cove also features dramatic underwater formations where many different species of fish gather.

Afterward, visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and Sally Lightfoot crabs dot the shoreline.

Day5

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Day5

Santa Cruz Island / Departure

After breakfast, hop aboard a panga or snorkel on your own to explore Carrion Point. This sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island lies at the entrance to the Itabaca Channel. With no beach to land on, you’ll have the chance to explore the water in any manner you wish, from panga ride, snorkeling, to kayaking.

Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Reina Silvia (Western)

Travel aboard the

Reina Silvia

Known as the “Queen of Galápagos,” the Reina Silvia is a 90-foot yacht dedicated to providing an elegant, comfortable, small ship cruise adventure for up to 16 travelers into the heart of the Galápagos Islands. Spend 8 days exploring the western Galápagos Islands (Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Baltra) enjoying spacious staterooms complete with ocean views, a classic lounge to dine on world-class cuisine, and relaxing salon area for guide presentations. Relax with a luscious, handcrafted cocktail at sunset from the upper deck lounge that features a panoramic view of the islands. From the swimming platform to the extended bow for whale and dolphin watching, the Reina Silvia is committed to inspiring your adventurous spirit. Carefully arranged itineraries, along with pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment, let you dive into an intimate, unique adventure exploring this magical part of the world.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the airport on Baltra Island where guides from the Reina Silvia will greet you and whisk you off to an exquisite lunch in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

Afterward, visit the breathtaking Twin Craters, two collapsed underground fissures located on either side of the main road leading into the port. You’ll find giant tortoises, finches, warblers, and mockingbirds in this area.

By the afternoon, visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center where giant tortoises are bred and reared until they can survive in the wilds on their own. See tortoises in all ranges of life, from hatchlings to adult.

Board the Reina Silvia and settle into your cabin. Dine on a specially prepared meal as the sun sets over the islands and the stars spread across the sky.

Day2

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Floreana Island / Champion Island

This morning, head to Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. Enjoy a hike to a saltwater lagoon, home to flamingos and other island birds. Swim in the crystal clear waters off Devil’s Crown, an extinct volcano that peeks out of the waters. Put on your snorkel gear to see the myriads of tropical fish that gather just under the surface.

Visit Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, a small island just off Floreana’s southern coast. Continue your snorkeling experience here, considered one of the most beautiful places in the Galápagos to see reef fish, rays, sharks, even dolphins.

After lunch, make your way to the infamous Post Office Bay where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. Without stamps back then, whalers relied on other ships to pick up their mail and hand-deliver them to the letter’s recipient. Keep up the tradition. Bring your own postcard, take a postcard.

In the afternoon, visit Asilo de la Paz, also known as Peace Haven, a 450m-high hill behind Straw Hill in the agricultural area of Floreana. See the pirate caves where many pirates hid out, and the freshwater spring at the base of the hill.

Day3

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, visit Moreno Point on Isabela Island, you’ll find yourself standing atop once flowing lava. The lava left craters in its wake that have since formed unique tidal openings where you might see whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and other marine life passing by. On land, catch sight of pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and common gallinules.

In the afternoon, visit Elizabeth Bay, on the east coast of Isabela. This bay contains many islets that you will get to visit by panga. Spot penguins and blue-footed boobies on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, this area is also perfect for snorkeling amongst schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, penguins, rays, and sea lions.

Day4

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

This morning, step onto Urbina Bay, a fascinating geological formation. In 1954, an earthquake caused this area, once the seafloor, to lift high above the water. Walk along the trail of now sun-bleached coral reef that makes up Urbina. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface, as well as flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. Notice the dazzling view of the Alcedo Volcano looming nearby, a haven for hawks, the biggest land iguanas in the Galápagos, and giant tortoises.

After lunch, land at Espinoza Point. Walk past colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions until you reach the highlight of this island, a flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also gives you the perfect opportunity to see the Galápagos hawk, penguins, blue-footed boobies, and terns. Snorkel in search of sea turtles, rays, and puffer fish.

Day5

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Isabela Island

Today starts off with a visit to Tagus Cove. Located near the Bolivar Channel, the cove provides a sheltered area that invited pirates, whalers, and buccaneers during the 1800s and beyond to anchor and rest. Hike trails winding past Lake Darwin, a saltwater lagoon inside a partially submerged volcano where many birds reside including tree finches, hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers, and sometimes the woodpecker finch. From the ridge high above the island, take in the sweeping views of the surrounding islands, including Punta Tortuga with its lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. Snorkel or kayak the shores of Tagus alongside penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions, rays, and other tropical fish,.

By the afternoon, hop in a panga to explore Vicente Roca Point, a large bay with spectacular sea life. You may also snorkel on your own where you are sure to find seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, and the strange yet fascinating mola, a large sunfish. From the boat, keep an eye out for blue-footed boobies, terns, and Nazca boobies.

Day6

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Santiago Island

Step onto Espumilla Beach at Santiago Island this morning. Marine iguanas lounge and Sally Lightfoot crabs attract hunting herons. Snorkel along the reef where you may come face-to-face with octopus, moray eels, and a wide variety of tropical fish. You may also choose to explore the area by panga ride or in your own kayak.

Next, visit Buccaneer Cove, named for its history as a refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates anchored in the cove to repair their ships and stock up on tortoise meat. Hike the steep cliffs where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or get into the water with a snorkeling excursion, panga ride, or kayak around the shoreline.

After lunch, visit Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Home to the curious Galápagos hawk and quick-footed Galápagos lava lizards, oystercatchers and finches, hike along trails leading to gorgeous tide pools and grottos. Galápagos fur seals and marine iguanas dive in and out of these underwater grottos, making for a memorable snorkeling experience.

End the day with an 8 km round-trip hike at Minas de Sal, or Salt Mines, on the northwest side of Santiago Island, or take a more leisurely walk along the shore, watching for lava herons, Galápagos hawks, American oystercatchers, and whimbrels.

Day7

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Day7

Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Spend the morning exploring Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, where remnants of abandoned U.S. World War II barges poke out of the water. Touch the past, quite literally, by snorkeling around the barges. Shipwrecks and other sunken ships are the perfect calling card for sharks and other tropical fish. This island is also home to flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles nesting on the beach.

This afternoon, visit North Seymour Island where Galápagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds live in great abundance. Formed by a series of submarine lava flows, the island is characterized by an arid vegetation zone. Explore the shores by panga ride, or snorkel with rays, reef sharks, and many colorful fish.

Day8

Day8

Balta Airport / Departure

After breakfast, depart the Reina Silvia and arrive at Baltra airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Reina Silvia (Eastern)

Travel aboard the

Reina Silvia

Known as the “Queen of Galápagos,” the Reina Silvia is a 90-foot luxury yacht dedicated to providing an elegant, comfortable expedition for up to 16 travelers into the heart of the Galápagos Islands. On this special cruise, spend 8 days exploring the eastern Galápagos Islands (Santa Cruz, Española, San Cristóbal, Genovesa, Santiago, Baltra) enjoying spacious staterooms complete with ocean views, a classic lounge to dine on world-class cuisine, and relaxing salon area for guide presentations. Relax with a luscious, handcrafted cocktail at sunset from the upper deck lounge that features a panoramic view of the islands. From the swimming platform to the extended bow for whale and dolphin watching, the Reina Silvia is committed to inspiring your adventurous spirit. Carefully arranged itineraries, along with pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment, let you dive into an intimate, unique adventure exploring this magical part of the world.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the airport on Baltra Island where guides from the Reina Silvia will greet you and whisk you away for your first excursion. Explore the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, passing through the dry coastal region up to the deep green, lush forests made up of Scalesia trees. Step into a large underground lava tube that stretches over half a mile. Hike into its dark interior along a well lit path.

By the afternoon, visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center where giant tortoises are bred and reared until they can survive in the wilds on their own. See tortoises in all ranges of life, from hatchlings to adult.

Board the Reina Silvia and settle into your cabin. Dine on a specially prepared meal as the sun sets over the islands and the stars spread across the sky.

Day2

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Española Island

Spend your first morning touring the spectacular Gardner Bay. Walk along a lovely white sand beach crossing paths with a busy sea lion colony. Dive into the water to swim or snorkel with sea lion pups, or kayak along the coastline looking for curious mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatross, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galápagos hawks, and blue-footed boobies. Watch the ocean spray high in the air through the magnificent, naturally-created blow hole in the rock.

Next, visit Gardner Islet, a small island that will bring out the explorer in you. Made up of curvy tunnels at one end of the island and caves at the other, feel what it was like to be a pirate back in the 1800s, hiding from the law or hiding treasure. Take the opportunity to snorkel where you are sure to find eels, batfish, eagle rays, hammerheads, and peacock flounders. You can also take a panga ride around the island to explore the cliffs for birds.

After lunch, snorkel Osborne Islet, a marine site home to sea lions, parrot fish, butterfly fish, and sometimes the rare red-lipped batfish.

End the day at Suarez Point on the western end of Española Island. Hike the trails to find a large population of albatross and wild seabirds, including the mesmerizing carnivorous mockingbird.