Galapagos Wellness Adventure | Day by Day
Day 1 | Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Fly from your home city to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Hotel: Hilton Colón Quito
Day 2 | Quito
Enjoy a full day tour of Ecuador’s capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site. In the morning, visit La Campañia Church to see its ornate golden interior, Basílica del Voto Nacional for its impressive architecture, Museo del Alabado for an exploration of Ecuadorian history and art, and El Panecillo Hill for an up-close look at the famous winged Virgen de Quito. In the afternoon, ride on the Teleférico (gondola) for a spectacular panoramic view of Quito. In the evening, Phyllis will provide an orientation for the week.
Hotel: Hilton Colón Quito | BLD
Day 3 | To the Galapagos—Santa Cruz Island
Arrive Baltra Airport, Galápagos. Meet your guide and transfer from the airport across the Itabaca channel to the Island of Santa Cruz.
On Santa Cruz, have lunch in the highlands then search among the lush grasses for grazing giant tortoises. Time permitting, explore a lava tunnel.
Continuing to the town of Puerto Ayora, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, stop to rent a wetsuit, then board INTEGRITY to begin your cruise.
Yacht: INTEGRITY | BLD
Days 4-9 | 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. Naturalist presentations and Phyllis' wellness program will be interwoven. Phyllis will be leading yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation. Each night, you'll travel on to a new Island.
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/wellness activity
3:00pm - afternoon shore visit
5:30pm - return from shore visit
6:00pm - happy hour
7:00pm - dinner
8:00pm - lecture/wellness activity
Detailed route description: Eastern Route
Yacht: INTEGRITY | BLD
Day 10 | Baltra Island to Quito
Have breakfast on board INTEGRITY, then disembark at Baltra Island and fly back to Quito. 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 | B