Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1 Friday
Guayaquil or Quito
Welcome to Ecuador! You will be met, assisted with baggage, and trasnfered to your first class hotel in Quito(Posada del Maple or similar) or Guayaquil(Orilla del Rio or similar).

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Day 2 Saturday
Guayaquil or Quito
Colonial City Tour of Quito
(4 HOURS)
Visit the colonial center of Quito and see a variety of colonial churches, plazas and museums. Finally, drive up to el Panecillo Hill to have a spectacular view of Quito and to see the amazing 20 meter high statue of the winged virgin over looking the city.
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Guayaquil City Tour
(3 HOURS)
Experience downtown Guayaquil; walk through Las Penas, a lively 1900's neighborhood, experience the bustling riverfront at Malecon 2000 and the many attractions featured at this walkway.
BLD

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Day 3 Sunday
Central Islands
Quito or Guayaquil, Baltra, Galapagos island travel, Santa Cruz
Transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Baltra airport in Galapagos. As you board the Rumba yacht, receive a safety briefing. Your first visit and introduction to your Galapagos island cruise is at Bachas beach, here we find nesting sea turtles, flamingos and other migratory birds. First opportunity for snorkelling. Welcome cocktail before dinner, evening briefing. BLD


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Day 4 Monday
Galapagos island travel, South Plazas island, Santa Fe island
We will sail to Plazas Island, where a large colony of sea lions lounges daily in the equatorial sun. Isla Plaza is also peppered with hundreds of land and marine iguanas, towering cacti "trees" that form the principal diet for both the land iguanas and the cactus finch. After lunch we visit Santa Fe Island and the local sealion colony. The main attraction, a towering forest of giant cacti, marine and land iguanas, the rainbow-streaked lava lizards and, if you are lucky, Galapago land tortoises. BLD

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Day 5 Tuesday
Galapagos island travel, Hispaniola island
Disembark at Suarez Point in the morning and Gardner Bay in the afternoon. Enjoy open areas where you can spot lava lizards, iguanas, and many birds: blue footed boobies, masked boobies, Galapagos hawk, Frigate bird, giant waved albatross. Time is allowed for swimming and snorkeling. BLD

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Day 6 Wednesday
Galapagos island travel, Floreana island
Floreana, one of the greenest islands in the archipelago. Ask your guide to tell you about its mysterious history laden with rumors of witches, murderous baronesses, blackmail and dubious disappearances.
Our first stop is Punta Cormorant, we will see flaming-pink flamingos, a sea turtle nesting area and a superb spot for watching sea birds and sea rays.
At La Corona del Diablo (the Devil's Crown), a sub-marine crater that offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos.
After lunch, sail on to Post Office Bay, where the island's original post office was established in 1793. Visitors drop off unstamped letters and postcards AND pick-up whatever mail they can hand deliver themselves when they return home! (Try it, it actually works!).

BLD

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Day 7 Thursday morning
Galapagos island travel , Santa Cruz island
Visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Station, a non-profit institution that dedicates itself to studying and protecting Galapagos wildlife. This is one of the best places to see land tortoises, including Lonely George, the last survivor of his subspecies. We will also visit the station's Tortoise Rearing Center. If your tour is a 5 day tour, our visit to Charles Darwin Station will complete our Galapagos cruise. From the station we will take a bus to the airport for departure flight to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
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Extensions are available.
Eastern Islands
Thursday afternoon
Santa Cruz island, Galapagos island travel
Welcome at Baltra Airport! New arrivals, lunch in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Our cruise "veterans" after shopping in Puerto Ayora and lunch, will join our new arrivals and explore the upper region ('parte alta'). Learn about the vegetation and animal life of this zone, strikingly different than that found at lower elevations. Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and bright red vermillion flycatchers. Beautiful views of the surrounding archipelago. In the late afternoon we return to town. For those who wish to familairize themselves with Galapagos nightlife, this is your chance: the boat will be docked in port most of the night. Orientation. Afternoon . ([B],L,D)

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Day 8 Friday
Galapagos island travel, Rabida island, Santiago island
We visit the seashell pink sands of Rabida Island. Here we will see a pelican nesting area and many sea birds flying above. One of the best snorkelling spots in the islands. After lunch, arrive at Egas Port we disembark and follow a footpath across the island to find marine iguanas, Darwin finches, rainbowed lava lizards, and endemic Galapagos hawks along the way. A special sight on Santiago are the fur seals cooling off in the shade formed by the seashore grottos.
BLD
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Day 9 Saturday
Galapagos island travel, Santiago island, Bartolome isle
We visit Sullivan bay and walk on lava fields, both types pahoehoe and aa lava, enjoy watching a colony of penguins. After lunch, visit Bartolome, if you hike to the summit of this small island you will have one of the most impresive landscapes of the Galapagos. Great opportunity for snorkelling with a vast marine life.
BLD
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Day 10 Sunday
Galapagos island travel , North Seymour island, Baltra, Guayaquil or Quito
After an early breakfast we will disembark at North Seymour Island. Here we will see frigatebirds, the clownish blue-footed booby, and of course the ubiquitous sea lions. Depart to Airport. Flight to Guayaquil or Quito. Upon arrival you will be met and transfered to your hotel. BL

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Day 11 Monday
Guayaquil or Quito
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for homebound flight($25USD departurte tax from Quito, $10 from Guayaquil) or trip extension. Thank you for joining a Latin Trails Expedition.


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IMPORTANT: itineraries are always subject to change without previous notice due to operational purposes, policies of the Galapagos National park authorities, wheather conditions and for comfort of our passengers.
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