Galapagos Conservancy Cruise with Linda Cayot | Day by Day
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Fly from your home city to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to nearby Rincón de Puembo for your overnight stay.
Hotel: Rincón de Puembo.
To the Galapagos—Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, we'll fly to Baltra Island in Galapagos! We'll spend two full days exploring the varied ecology of Santa Cruz Island, while staying at the Royal Palm Resort Hotel in the lush highlands. During the course of our stay, we will hike in the moist highlands, visit giant tortoises in their natural habitat, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, stroll through the bustling town of Puerto Ayora, and explore lava tubes. We'll visit a few Galapagos Conservancy project sites to see conservation efforts in action and learn more about how humans interact with the environment. We'll have time to shop, dine well, and relax. The days will also include special visits and meals with Station scientists and others involved in Galapagos conservation.
In the afternoon of Day 4, we will board our yacht, Integrity, for dinner and set sail on our Island cruise.
Hotel: Galápagos Safari Camp BLD
Yacht: Integrity BLD
Exploring the Galapagos Islands
We live aboard our spacious yacht for a week, spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. We will live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands with Linda Cayot and Richard Polatty as park rules permit. Every day will have some snorkeling and/or kayaking opportunities. Each night, we'll travel on to the next destination. We swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions and sometimes with penguins!
Yacht: Integrity, BLD
Baltra Island to Quito on the Mainland
We'll have breakfast on board Integrity, then disembark at Baltra Island and fly back to Quito. You may elect to have a dayroom at Rincón de Puembo and fly home that evening, or transfer into Quito for a free afternoon and evening to explore the city. Enjoy your final overnight stay at Hotel Colon. Dinner is on your own tonight. You'll depart for home on the 12th day, or continue with your own adventures in Ecuador.
Hotel: Hilton Colón Quito, B