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Detailed Itinerary

 June 7

June 7

Arrive in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly from your home city to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a nearby hotel for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Wyndham Quito Airport or Oro Verde Guayaquil

 June 8-9

June 8-9

To the Galapagos—Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, transfer to the airport to fly to Baltra Island in Galapagos! Spend one and a half days exploring the varied ecology of Santa Cruz Island. During the course of your guided stay, you'll hike in the highlands, walk among giant tortoises in their natural habitat, explore lava tubes, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, and stroll through the bustling town of Puerto Ayora.  Don and Bruce will lead an orientation to their program in the evening.

In the afternoon of July 7, board yacht Integrity for orientation and dinner, then set sail on your Island cruise. 

Hotel: Royal Palm Hotel| BLD
Yacht: Integrity | BLD

 June 10-15

June 10-15

Exploring the Galapagos Islands

Wake with the sunrise and spend as much time exploring the land and marine visitor sites with the trip leaders and naturalists as park rules permit. Every day there will be snorkeling and/or kayaking opportunities. During breaks between shore and sea visits, you'll learn image editing and processing techniques.  Naturalist presentations will be interwoven.  Each night, you'll travel on to a new Island.

Sample Day

6:00am - awake
6:30am - breakfast*
7:15am - morning shore visit*
10:00am - return from shore visit*
10:30am - snorkel
12:00pm - lunch
1:00pm - lecture/workshop
3:00pm - afternoon shore visit
5:30pm - return from shore visit
6:00pm - happy hour
7:00pm - dinner
8:00pm - lecture/workshop

* Depending on conditions, the group may go ashore before breakfast.

Detailed route description:  Eastern Route

Yacht: Integrity | BLD

 June 16

June 16

Baltra Island to Quito or Guayaquil on the Mainland

Have breakfast on board Integrity, then disembark at Baltra Island and fly back to Quito/Guayaquil.  You'll have a room waiting to relax and refresh for your late night flight home, or stay overnight to catch an early morning departure.

Hotel: Wyndham Quito Airport or Oro Verde Guayaquil | B


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