Isolated for thousands of years, the creatures of
the Galapagos Islands evolved into the unique species which inspired
Charles Darwin to develop the Theory of Evolution.
We arrive in the lovely mountain city of Quito, capital
of Ecuador. A former Inca capital, Quito boasts an old town area as well
as a beautiful modern city.
In the morning, we fly from Quito to the island of Baltra,
where we board the yacht to begin our Galapagos journey. After lunch,
we visit Las Bachas Beach or Black Turtle Cove, on Santa Cruz Island,
where we may see our first blue-footed boobies.
In the morning, we disembark at Rabida, a small island
with the best pelican nesting sites. Behind the beach there is a salt-water
lagoon with flamingos, white-checked pintails, and a sea lion bachelor
colony. At the end of the trail there is a great snorkeling spot. After
lunch, we visit Bartolomé Island for a hike among volcanoes. From
the beach, we can snorkel near Pinnacle Rock, one of the most photographed
sites in the islands.
Today we explore the naturalist’s paradise of Tower
(Genovesa) Island. We see many bird colonies, including red-footed and
masked boobies, lava gulls, and frigate birds, on the white coral sand
beach and among the mangroves. There is also an opportunity for some
This morning, we visit South Plaza Island, inhabited
by land iguanas, audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropic birds, pelicans,
and the ever-present sea lions. In the afternoon we return to Santa Cruz
Island to visit the Darwin Institute, where we see the giant tortoises,
including “Lonesome George,” the last survivor of his species.
In the morning we travel to the nearby highlands, with
its miconia bushes, scalesia trees and more species of endemic flora
than on any other island in the Galapagos, before returning to Baltra
Island for our flight back to Quito.
Today we tour Quito, its historical plazas, cathedrals
and colonial government buildings, and visit the Mitad Del Mundo, the
“Center of the Earth,” where we can stand right on the equator.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home, or fly
on to Lima to begin our Peruvian Adventure.
Air travel within Ecuador, transfers, transportation,
accommodations, guided tours, and all meals aboard ship. National park
fee of $110 is not included.
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