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Journey Snapshot

Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: The Galapagos & Ecuador Adventure
Duration: 13 Days, 12 Nights.
Flight information: Please arrange your flights to arrive into Quito Airport, Ecuador on Day 1 and depart on Day 13
Pickup location: Quito Airport, Ecuador

Overview

November 5, 2019 (Sold Out)
August 11, 2020

Cruise the Galapagos Islands on a luxury class catamaran, including an exploration of the capital and cloud forests of Ecuador

Visit the cloud forests of Ecuador and Cruise the Galapagos Islands, soaking up the unique beauty of this region of the Earth. Our journey starts with a four-day stay on the Ecuador mainland, exploring the culture and cloud forests of Quito, Ecuador. Then we journey on a small and intimate cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard the mega catamaran M/S Cormorant www.cormorantgalapagos-cruise.com.   The Cormorant has only 8 double cabins for guests, guaranteeing you an intimate exploration and making the most of what this environment has to offer.

An adventure through the archepelago which inspired Charles Darwin to write ‘On The Origin Of Species’ is almost guaranteed to leave you feeling invigorated and make you think and feel differently about the world.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Arrive Quito, Ecuador
DAY 2 - Quito City tour & Visit the Equator
DAY 3 - Otavalo Market, Quito
DAY 4 - Mindo Cloud Forest
DAY 5 - Flights to Baltra. Embark. Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
DAY 6 - Isabela Island
DAY 7 - Isabela Island
DAY 8 - Fernandina and Isabela Islands
DAY 9 - Santiago Island
DAY 10 - Bartholomew and Santiago Islands
DAY 11 - Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands
DAY 12 - North Seymour Island and Disembark, Return to Quito
DAY 13 - Goodbye to Ecuador and Home
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Full Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador! Let us have your flights details and you will be met at Quito airport for your transfers to the hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing you some time to acclimatise and soak up the atmosphere of Quito.

Included meals: none 
Accommodation: 4* JW Marriott in Quito 

DAY 2 - Quito City tour & Visit the Equator

After breakfast we will enjoy a city orientation tour. We will walk down quaint cobbled streets lined with beautiful brightly coloured colonial houses with balconies dressed in flowers, watched over by the winged virgin of Quito sitting up on the Panecillo. The Panecillo, so named for its bread like shape, is a parasitic crater formed by magma from Pichincha Volcano. We walk along streets used by the past Incan people on their own route to the Panecillo which is thought to have been a Centre of worship to the Sun and Moon Gods. This Incan avenue was transformed into a place heavily influenced by Christianity when the Spanish arrived. They erected seven crosses along the avenue in an effort to make the indigenous people believe in their God. We walk along this street to the Plaza de la Independencia. On the south side of the square lie one of the oldest cathedrals in South America and the modern sacred heart of the city: La Catedral de Quito, an impressive white walled building with green glazed ceramic domes. Look out for the plaque marking the spot on which President Gabriel Garcia Moreno was killed. The symmetrical Palacio de Carondelet, the Presidential Palace, runs along the western side of the square. Its overhanging balconies were a gift from the French Government and are originally from the Palace of the Tuilleries in Paris. We look in at the ancestral interior courtyard of the Centro Cultural Metropolitano, whose previous lives include: tobacco factory, prison and university. A few buildings up past the Biblioteca Nacional is the incomparable Iglesia de la Compañia, a Jesuit church overflowing in Baroque art, it’s tragic history covered in gold concealing the devastating fire and earthquake that shook it.

Next up, we will head out north-west of Quito, where the landscape becomes dry and sandy. In this desert-like place, we will pass the small towns of San Antonio de Pichincha and Calacalí. As we drive along you will notice that the vegetation becomes denser and the leaves of the plants and trees become larger until we reach the Mitad del Mundo, the middle of the earth as calculated and measured by the French Geodesics Mission. We will also stop at the archaeological site of Tulipe where we’ll look at the ruins of ceremonial pools used for ritual baths and sacraments by the Yumbos, a pre-Incan population. Here an explanation of their way of life and their organization of an important trading route between the coast and the highlands will be given. The Yumbos and the Spanish conquerors were contemporaries and at the museum a guide will tell you more about how the arrival of the Spanish affected the Yumbo people.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: 4* JW Marriott in Quito 

DAY 3 - Otavalo Market, Quito

Today we will visit the Otovalo handcraft market, situated outside of Quito. The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for their weaving, usually with wool. There are also stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewellery, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods and much more, all traditional handicrafts of the local people.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: 4* JW Marriott in Quito 

DAY 4 - Mindo Cloud Forest

Today is our canopy adventure day in the town of Mindo. Here the cloud forest has more than 400 species of bird and the second highest number of endemic species of butterfly in the country. A team of professional and prepared guides will take us on an amazing journey above the cloud forest on a series of zip lines. Harness up and enjoy the forest from above and the adrenalin of flying through the air with the birds. After a safe landing we head to a local restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon we will visit a butterfly farm and see spectacular butterflies in different phases of their life cycle. From here we will take a short walk into the cloud forest, keeping an eye out for exotic birds and mammals amongst the lush vegetation and listening to the gentle background hum of life in this mega diverse place. As the afternoon light fades, we travel back up into the mountains and to Quito.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: 4* JW Marriott in Quito 

DAY 5 - Flights to Baltra. Embark. Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

Today we fly from Quito to Baltra, in the Galapagos Islands. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, we will be met by a cruise staff member to embark and have some time to settle in to your cabin.

First stop on the cruise this afternoon will be at the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept at the centre until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 6 - Isabela Island

We will take a shaort dingy ride and easy hike this morning to Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil. This is home to a great variety of wildlife- its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tip reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. A beach here surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. We also visit the Sierra Negra Volcano, which is the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos with a diameter of 6.2 miles (10 km). This more difficult hike rewards particiapnts with impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to seven species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. They consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. After lunch, the Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path through the swamps. Next we move on to the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre, located about one mile (1.5 km) from Puerto Villamil. In this breeding centre, tortoise populations from South Isabela, Sierra Negra Volcano, Cerro Azul, Cazuela, Cinco Cerros, Roca Union, San Pedro, Tables and Cerro Paloma have been bred as part of a conservation project.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 7 - Isabela Island

Moreno Point is located southwest of Elizabeth Bay and is our first stop of the day. Here a dry landing onto what was once owing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

In the afternoon we visit Elizabeth Bay, located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With mangrove forest unique to the Galapagos, an abundance of marine life and clear waters, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colourful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 8 - Fernandina and Isabela Islands

Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinoza Point this morning. After a hike of about 2km which sees us walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we will reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

After lunch, we visit Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sun fish) while you snorkel.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 9 - Santiago Island

In the morning we visit Egas Port. Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and the quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads us to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos furseals bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

In Espumilla Beach for the afternoon, marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could come face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish. Then we move on to Buccaneer Cove, a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach are a magnificent site.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 10 - Bartholomew and Santiago Islands

In the morning we head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

Today we also visit Sullivan Bay, located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. Sullivan Bay has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 11 - Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands

In the morning we explore Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

In the afternoon we go to Dragon Hill for a Panga ride and short hike. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a 1,600 m long trail that runs through three di?erent environments. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical inter-tidal zone and dry zone.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Onboard 

DAY 12 - North Seymour Island and Disembark, Return to Quito

In North Seymour you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

After this final visit, we will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for flights back to the mainland. Our farewell dinner will be at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Wyndham Quito Airport 

DAY 13 - Goodbye to Ecuador and Home

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred from the hotel to meet your departure flights home...or why not extend your stay in South America with a few days in Peru to see Machu Picchu?

Included meals: Breakfast  
Accommodation: none 

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Return economy flights from Ecuador mainland [UIO] to the Baltra [GPS]
  • Transit Control Card
  • Use of snorkelling equipment & wetsuit
  • Meet & Greet at the airport on arrival
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • 4* Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All meals detailed as detailed in the itinerary
  • Excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • A qualified and experienced English speaking guide.
  • Transport in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle.

What's not included

  • International flights to & from Quito International Airport, Ecuador (UIO)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (currently $100pp paid in cash at the airport)
  • Transfers on arrival or departure, to/from the airport(s), outside of the tour dates.
  • Drinks.
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc.
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance.
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above.
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Any optional activities offered.

Important information

  • Itineraries while cruising are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, safety concerns, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide and captain will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits. 
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Please consult your doctor for advice on vaccinations and innoculations before travel.
  • We can provide you with a list of recommended tipping scales if you wish, or suggest an all-inclusive tips package that we will distribute fairly to ensure the best possible service.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Final payments are due 14 days prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.
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