Ecuador | Quito and Galapagos with M/C Alya Catamaran

7-days | 6-nights
TYPOLOGIES

Shared

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. TRAVELERS

2 Passengers

$ 3499

Amazing Experience

The Galápagos Islands is one of the greatest destinations on Earth. The Galápagos Islands offer intimate and unique wildlife encounters, after decades of protection, many Galápagos species are not afraid of people, allowing travelers to view their natural behaviors up-close.

 

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers
2 nights in Quito at Sheraton Hotel or similar
4 nights in Galapagos at M/C Alya Catamaran
14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
Quito City Tour
Visit the famous Equator and The Middle of The World
Educational visit to Charles Darwin Stable
Visit Santa Cruz Island
Visit Genoveva island -Barranco
Visit Santiago Island-Sullivan Bay-Bartolome
Visit Dragon Hill -Chinese Hat Kayaks
Unlimited purified water, coffee, and tea
Naturalist Bilingual Guide
Paddleboards
Wetsuits
Beach towels
Snorkel Gear (mask, tube, and fins)
Private services including local English speaking guide

Services NOT included

International or domestic flights
Tips
Galapagos National Park Tax: $100.00 (USD) to be paid only in cash in Galapagos.
Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
Galapagos Transit card

Day by Day

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

DAY 1 - Arrival

Upon arrival in Quito, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in San Jose

DAY 2 - Quito

Today, you are going to visit the capital’s colonial downtown. Declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, Quito invites you to visit its historic and modern treasures. Walk around the Independence Plaza, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipality, and the Carondelet Government Palace. Due to its various temples and cloisters, Quito is known as “America’s Cloisters.” You will visit La Compañía Church and the San Francisco Convent. Later on, you will be taken to El Panecillo, a small hill in the middle of the city with a fabulous view of the 45 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide city and the snow-capped volcanoes.
In the afternoon, you will visit the world’s famous Equator, “Mitad del Mundo” is located only 30 minutes from Quito. From here, you can jump from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. In the 18th century, the French Geodesic Expedition arrived here to perform important researches and investigate the Earth’s actual form. You will also visit the interesting Intiñan Museum where you learn about all the different cultures of Ecuador.

Overnight in Quito | Breakfast

DAY 3 - Galapagos

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will have the transfer to Quito airport to take Galapagos flight (not included to be booked by agent). Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to board Alya Catamaran.
After lunch, our first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Return to Alya, dinner.

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Galapagos

After breakfast, we will visit Darwin Bay, wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling. Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos. Our unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Following the land visit, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay. Snacks and refreshments are available. Lunch.

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Galapagos

After breakfast, we will visit Santiago Island and Sullivan Bay, wet landing and hiking. Virtually uneroded lava flows cover an extensive area of this island. Lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and Mollugo (a lava colonizer) can be seen. Snacks and refreshing beverages await you onboard the ship. Lunch.
Bartolome Island dry landing, wet landing for the beach. Activities on this island include walking, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we can see pioneering plants such as Tiquilia, Chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed. Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a path through mangrove swamps and dune vegetation, to the south beach. At the north beach, guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. We will see penguins in the Rock Pinnacle. Dinner

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Galapagos

After breakfast, we will visit the Chinese Hat: A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It’s shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type “Splatter” (lava ejected as drops which fall close to where they came from, which form an inclined cone) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast.
On the west side, you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows.
The trail is 700 m (round trip) and the minimum time it takes for this trek is 30 minutes. Return to Alya and lunch
Mosquera this islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lion colony; it is also possible to observe several species of birds. Enjoy the white sand beach. Return to Alya and dinner

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 -Depart

After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity.
This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island. Transfer to the airport.

Breakfast

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