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Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Day 1

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Fly from your home city to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Wyndham Quito Airport hotel.

If you wish to arrive a day or two early to explore Quito, we offer options to extend your stay, in which case you will enjoy accommodations in the centally located Hotel Colón or may upgrade to the luxurious Casa Gangotena.  For a variety of options, see Extend Your Stay »

Hotel: Wyndham Quito Airport.


Day 2

Day 2

To the Galapagos—Santa Cruz Island

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galapagos. Meet your naturalist guide and transfer to the Island of Santa Cruz where a spacious air conditioned vehicle takes you up into the highland rainforest.
Following lunch, explore the Santa Cruz highlands to view endemic Galapagos plant species and visit lava tubes and sinkholes. Hike through tall grasses among the grazing tortoises.

Hotel: Santa Cruz Hotel, BLD


Day 3

Day 3

Puerto Ayora, Darwin Station, board our yacht for week 1

Stroll through the town of Puerto Ayora to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you'll learn about conservation issues and the tortoise and iguana hatching and rearing programs. You'll even get to view some of the tiny hatchlings. Afterwards enjoy lunch in Puerto Ayora. You'll board Integrity mid to late afternoon in Academy Bay.

Yacht: Integrity, BLD


Day 4-9

Day 4-9

Exploring the Galapagos Islands—Week 1

You'll live aboard your spacious yacht for a week, spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With your licensed, INCA-selected naturalist guide, learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands. Swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions, turtles and sometimes with penguins!

Yacht: Integrity, BLD


Day 10

Day 10

Santa Cruz, board yacht for week 2

Enjoy breakfast on board and say farewell to your travel companions who will not be joining you on the second week of cruising. Disembark and meet up with your day guide and driver to travel over Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora.

Today is a special day—your group gets to decide in which of the seasonally available excursions to partake with your guide. Some options might include: hiking to Tortuga Bay, visiting a Galápagos coffee plantation, swimming at a locals' favorite beach, spending more time with tortoises in the highlands, and/or shopping in Puerto Ayora.

Lunch is included. You will board the yacht with your new team of travelers before dinner and get ready for another week of adventure!

Yacht: Integrity, BLD


Day 11-16

Day 11-16

Exploring the Galapagos Islands—Week 2

By now you know the routine of exploration and discovery. Morning and afternoon shore visits to view wildlife are interspersed with fine meals, snorkeling and kayaking, guided lectures, and maybe a nap, a lounge on the deck, a drink at the bar and stargazing.

Yacht: Integrity, BLD


Day 17

Day 17

Galapagos to Quito

From the anchorage in the Baltra harbor, you'll say "adios" to our yacht and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await your mid-morning flight to the Ecuador mainland. On arrival, transfer to the Wyndham Quito Airport hotel to refresh, relax and have a leisurely dinner before transferring back to the terminal for your flight home.

 

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