Ecuador | Quito and Galapagos with M/Y Bonita Galapagos Cruise

7-days | 6-nights
TYPOLOGIES

Shared

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. TRAVELERS

2 Passengers

$ 2899

Amazing Experience

Ecuador is one of the most magnificent countries. Ecuador has everything from history, archaeological sites, and beautiful Amazon rainforest, it is also known for having preserved colonial cities. Galapagos island with its unique species is found nowhere else on the earth.

 

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers
2 nights in Quito at NH Collection Quito Royal or similar
4 nights in Galapagos on M/Y Bonita Lower Deck
14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
Quito City Tour
Visit the famous Equator and The Middle of The World
Visit Floreana Island
Visit Española Island
Visit San Cristobal island-Kicker Rock
Visit Santa Cruz Kayaks
Unlimited purified water, coffee, and tea
Naturalist Bilingual Guide
Paddleboards
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
Wetsuits
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 Bonita Catamaran.
After your arrival and lunch on board, we will visit the interesting Highlands of Santa Cruz where we will hike and encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat, a natural wonder. For this visit, we recommend using sport shoes, long pants, a raincoat, a hat, and sunblock. Dinner.

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Galapagos

After breakfast, we will visit Floreana Wet landing, snorkeling, and short trekking. This point is located west of Floreana Island and it is famous for its dark green beach (due to the great number of olivine crystals). You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.
Devil’s Crown, Activities in this place: panga ride and optional swimming. Enjoy a panga ride around a small island, a satellite islet of Floreana Island. Here, we will find a group of rocks that resemble a Crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to snorkel (shallow diving) in the interior and around the crown. Excellent visibility allows guests to admire a great variety of fish and sea animals. Lunch
Floreana-Post office (Mail Bay): Wet landing. Activities: short walk, swimming, snorkeling, explanation of the mail system. Description: Mail Bay is located on the north side of Floreana Island. Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel to be used as a post office for the whaling fleets that stopped at the Galapagos Islands. You can leave postcards to your friends and relatives here and/or pick up mail to deliver. Back at the ship, Delicious snacks and beverages are waiting for you. Dinner.

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Galapagos

After breakfast, we will visit Española Island
Suareez Point Dry landing. Activities: Walking, sight-seeing. We recommend sports shoes, a hat or cap, and sunscreen. There is no color more amazing and outstanding in this tropical desert island than that of the blue-foot boobies. These birds have an impressive form of “greeting” and it is a real thrill to see their mating dance. The blue-footed booby can be seen on several of the islands as nesting grounds and feed is located in several coastal locations. The albatross, an aristocratic bird weighing up to four kilograms, can be observed here. One of the largest birds of the islands, approximately 12,000 couples nest on Espanola Island and a smaller number nest on Silver Island, near mainland Ecuador. This species is considered endemic to this island; during our walk, we will observe these fantastic birds while taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by this island. It is important to note that albatrosses will not be seen between January and March (non-breeding) season. We will also see colonies of marine iguanas, Zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola Cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Our walk will be on lava rock where we will be able to see lava tubes. Red mangroves are found here. Delicious snacks and fresh beverages are waiting for you on the ship. Lunch
Gardner Baywet landing, activities for this visit: short walk, swimming, snorkeling, and observation of seal colony. The sea lion is one of the animals in Galapagos which gets the total attention of the visitors in the Galapagos: they are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, we are going to find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying the sun. In addition to observing these fascinating animals, while snorkeling, we will be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, etc. Dinner.

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Galapagos

After breakfast, we will visit San Cristobal, this center is a location in the main port. After breakfast, our first visit is to the Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. This modern and sophisticated architectural space was designed for the natural interpretation of the Galapagos. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, the history of human settlement, and complex systems and management models. Lunch
Lobos Islands Panga Riding, swimming and snorkeling. Here, we can walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. Here, we can swim and snorkel in the same place. Dinner.

Overnight in Galapagos | Breakfast

DAY 7 - Depart

Have breakfast before visiting this beautiful sandy white-coral beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island; the beach is one km long. The site was named during WWII (World War II) when the American army left two barges on the beach. The early colonists couldn’t pronounce barges correctly, so they called the area “Bachas”. It is considered as one of the nesting sites for sea turtles. We can also observe, flamingos, seabirds and white-cheeked pintail ducks. Transfer to the airport

Breakfast

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