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Galapagos. Ecuador
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Average Low 72 75 75 75 72 70 66 66 66 68 70 72
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Quito. Ecuador
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Average Low 49.3 49.5 49.6 49.8 49.3 48.4 47.5 47.7 48 48 48.4 49.8
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* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT-05:00)
Voltage
110-120V
Health requirements
Currency
US Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.00 USD
Visa requirement
No
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Galapagos Cruise & Ecuador

6 days - from $2,099 per person with airfare from the US
Originally$3099 Now$2099 Saving33% Remaining1077 Days
Spend 6 days exploring Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. First, fly into Guayaquil where you will stay for one night. Then fly to the island of Baltra to begin your 4 day/3 night Galapagos Island Cruise. Enjoy excursions each day on different Galapagos Islands, depending on which cruise you choose to embark on. After the cruise, fly back to Guayaquil where you will have the chance to relax one more day before your flight back to the US. Starting at $2,099 from MIA & $2,299 from JFK. Purchase on GROUPON for these special prices. Book by February 9, 2017.

Itinerary

Day 1 - US / Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart for your flight from Fort Lauderdale to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Arriving to Guayaquil our guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival, you can explore the city on your own you can take a walk into Malecon 2000 and enjoy the vibe of the city. (Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar)

Day 2 – Guayaquil/Galapagos (B/L/D)
In the morning take your local flight to the island of Baltra (Galapagos) where a Cruise Guide will meet you and transfer you to your cruise boat. (Overnight on Cruise) 

Day 3,4 – Galapagos (B/L/D)
Two more days to discover the Galapagos. All tours and excursions included while on the board the cruise. (Overnight on Cruise)

Day 5 – Galapagos/Guayaquil (B)

In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take your local flight. Arriving to Guayaquil our guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel where you will have a day room to relax and leave your belongings. (Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar) After arrival, you can explore the city on your own you can take a walk into Malecon 2000 and enjoy the vibe of the city. In the evening, return to the hotel for your transfer back to the airport for your flight departing on Day 6 early in the morning.

Day 6 – Guayaquil/US(B)
Board your flight back to the US early in the morning and arrive back on the same day.


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Departure DatesLand & Air *
Land Only *Single Supplement


All Rates Include Land & Air:

Darwin Yacht - Adventure Darwin Yacht - Discovery
Depart From FLL  From JFK Depart From FLL From JFK
15-Mar $2,099 $2,299 12-Mar $2,099 $2,299
29-Mar $2,099 $2,299 26-Mar $2,099 $2,299
12-Apr $2,099 $2,299 9-Apr $2,099 $2,299
28-Apr $2,099 $2,299 23-Apr $2,099 $2,299
10-May $2,099 $2,299 7-May $2,099 $2,299
24-May $2,099 $2,299 21-May $2,099 $2,299
7-Jun $2,099 $2,299 4-Jun $2,099 $2,299
21-Jun $2,299 $2,499 18-Jun $2,299 $2,499
5-Jul $2,299 $2,499 2-Jul $2,299 $2,499
19-Jul $2,299 $2,499 16-Jul $2,299 $2,499
2-Aug $2,299 $2,499 30-Jul $2,299 $2,499
16-Aug $2,299 $2,499 13-Aug $2,299 $2,499
30-Aug $2,099 $2,299 27-Aug $2,099 $2,299
13-Sep $2,099 $2,299 10-Sep $2,099 $2,299
27-Sep $2,099 $2,299 24-Sep $2,099 $2,299

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Tour Features:

Option 1 -  Departure from FLL

  • Roundtrip airfare from FLL to Guayaquil & Guayaquil to Baltra on Tame Airlines, coach class
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Guayaquil
  • 1 night accommodations in Guayaquil at the Grand Hotel Guayaquil or similar in a standard room before the cruise
  • 4 day/3 nights Galapagos Cruise - Choose from 3 different itineraries
  • 1 day room in Guayaquil at the Grand Hotel Guayauil or similar in a standard room, after the cruise
  • Breakfast in Guayauil
  • All meals included on the Cruise
  • Cruise guide airport meet & greet and transfers in Baltra
  • All Excursions mentioned on itineraries
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Applicable service charge and prevailing government tax

Option 2 -  Departure from JFK

  • Roundtrip airfare from JFK to Quito & Quito to Baltra on Tame Airlines, coach class
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Quito
  • 1 night accommodations in Guayaquil at the Fuente de Piedra or similar in a standard room before the cruise
  • 4 day/3 nights Galapagos Cruise - Choose from 3 different itineraries
  • 1 day room in Guayaquil at the Fuente de Piedra or similar in a standard room, after the cruise
  • Breakfast in Guayauil
  • All meals included on the Cruise
  • Cruise guide airport meet & greet and transfers in Baltra
  • All Excursions mentioned on itineraries
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Applicable service charge and prevailing government tax


 Not Included At Given Rates:

  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee USD 100 per passenger
  • Transit control card USD 20
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Upgrade your hotels for $150 per person to Grand Hotel Guayaquil and Hotel Fernandina in Galapagos


Remarks

  • Book by February 9, 2017 for these special rates.
  • Valid for travel March - September, 2017 on select departure dates.
  • If listed hotels are not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels at the same category or airlines could be used. Prices may differ.
  • Depending on air availabity the arrangement of nights are subject to change.
  • Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required
  • Air ticket non-refundable once ticketed; Pacific Holidays’ general cancellation policy applies; Optional Travel Insurance not included.
  • Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights, extensions to all South Pacific destinations and add-on air fares from various US cities are available
  • This is a small Yacht cruising experience and the waters may get choppy at times. Please be aware before purchasing if you are prone to seasickness.

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Darwin Adventure Itinerary
4 Days – 3 Nights 

DAY 1, THURSDAY: BALTRA – BACHAS PM

Upon arrival at BALTRA Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee ($100), Our guide will meet with you, will help you pick up your luggage, and accompany you to the port of Seymour in a short bus ride, where we set the cruise aboard the Yacht Darwin where the captain and crew will welcome you.

PM, The visitor site Las Bachas is located in northern part of Santa Cruz Island, it consists of two beaches that have a combined length of about 1 km long. The predominant vegetation is of the coastal zone. It represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) on Isla Santa Cruz. It is a good place to see flamingos, as well as migratory and aquatic birds. Allowed tour: Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide; Guided walks: Snorkel.

Permitted Uses: Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide ; Guided walks: Snorkel

DAY 2, FRIDAY: Punta Pitt AM – Cerro Brujo PM

AM, Punta Pitt is located at the east end of San Cristóbal Island. The trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoin. The trip is 1,400 meters with an estimated time of two hours. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. The reason that there are three species of boobies at Punta Pitt is due to the geographic location; there is enough food so there is no competition between them. The blue footed boobies nests in the interior (rare in the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked boobies nest in the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lion. Permitted Uses: Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide; Guided walks: Snorkel; Panga Ride.

PM, Cerro Brujo is located on the north coast of San Cristóbal Island; the trail at this visitors site can be done in about three hours, including the panga ride. Its main attraction is the powder-like sandy beach, other than species of flora and fauna. It is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of lava type a - a. It is formed by low-viscosity lava that contains little gas and breaks while it solidifies and is pushed by lava continuing to flow from behind. Cerro Brujo offers an excellent landscape, where you can see Kicker Rock (geologic formation), the southern part of Upper San Cristobal and the coast adjacent to Cerro Brujo. Permitted Uses: Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide ; Guided walks: Snorkel ; Panga Ride.

DAY 3, SATURDAY: ISLA SAN CRISTOBAL: León Dormido AM - Islas Lobos PM)

AM, Leon Dormido also known as Kicker rock, it is a rocky formation or cone eroded volcanic toba. It is a refuge for many sea birds such as blue-footed boobies and during, as well as for the sea lions. The waters around the rock are home to numerous species of fish, sea turtles, stingrays and hammerhead sharks. It reaches a maximum of 114 meters of height.

PM, Isla Lobos is about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds can be observed; although, snorkeling, it's common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles. Permitted Uses: Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide; Guided walks: Snorkel; Panga Ride.

DAY 4, SUNDAY: ISLA SANTA CRUZ Charles Darwin Station AM - Chato Highlands PM

AM, CENTRO DE CRIANZA "FAUSTO LLERENA" (Charles Darwin Station) The tour starts at the information booth of the GNP, The trail continues to the Van Straelen interpretation Center, then to the breeding center and from there begins an elevated circular path made of wood, where you can see tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot for visitors to be photographed with them. Always remind your visitors not to touch them and not to step on the platform where they're food is placed. The path continues to the CDRS facilities and then to the town of Puerto Ayora. Permitted Uses: Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide ; Guided walks.

Our guide will be checked out at the airport of Baltra. We look forward to a future trip back on our yacht Darwin.

Darwin Discovery Itinerary
4 Days – 3 Nights 

DAY 1 MONDAY: BALTRA – HIGHLANDS PM

Upon arrival at BALTRA Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee ($100), Our guide will meet with you, will help you pick up your luggage, and accompany you to the port of Puerto Ayora in a taxi ride, where we set the cruise aboard the Yacht Darwin where the captain and crew will welcome you.

PM, Los Gemelos or The Pit Craters are, geologically speaking, seen as craters and its formation is not directly due to volcanic action. They were created as a result of the collapse or sinking of surface materials into cracks or manholes. In 1989 a circular path around the largest crater was opened, which passes through the interior of the Scalesia forest, an excellent place to observe land birds, especially the woodpecker finch and the vermillion flycatcher. The vermillion flycatcher is the most outstanding terrestrial bird in the upper parts of most of the islands. The Pit Craters is perhaps the best place for observing them, since they arrive in large numbers in the Scalesia forest. They are curious and usually fairly tame. They feed on insects they often trap with their peak in mid-flight. Their nesting season is from January to April; they put 3 eggs in a nest constructed of moss and lichen. The vermillion flycatcher inhabits many areas of North and South America. Another plant that draws attention at the Pit Craters is the Galapagos Guava or guayabillo tree, Psidium galapageium, which have a clean and smooth bark. Its branches are covered with epiphytes and brown liverworts, Bryopteris liebmanniana that many people confuse with moss. Allowed tour: group tour with a naturalist guide; guided walks.

DAY 2 TUESDAY ISLA SANTIAGO Puerto Egas AM – Playa Espumilla /Caleta Bucanero (pr/sn) PM

AM, The visitor site Port Egas is a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay and northwest of Santiago Island. South of the beach is Sugarloaf Volcano, which has deposits of volcanic tuff, the same that has favored the formation of the black sand beach. The Crater is just north of this site; it has a saltwater lagoon, which during the summer dry season becomes a salt mine. Allowed tour: group tour with a naturalist guide; guided walks: Snorkel.

PM, The Espumilla visitor site is on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. The main attractions here are a palo santo forest, beach and the landscape. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles (Chelonia midas agassizi). Allowed tour: group tour with a naturalist guide; guided walks: Snorkel; Panga Ride.

DAY 3 WEDNESDAY ISLOTE BARTOLOME AM – BAHIA SULLIVAN PM

AM, Bartolome Playa, The Bartolomé visitor site, is a flagship site in the Galapagos Islands because of its wonderful beauty. It possesses masterful landscapes and its main attractions are the beaches, the dunes and Pinnacle Rock. Among the local species, there is the sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), which choose this place as a nesting site and the Galapagos penguin. This site has two beaches: North Beach and South Beach. The north beach is the landing site where you can practice swimming and snorkeling. South beach is accessed by a small path along the mangroves and over the great sand dune. Bartolome Escalera, The top of this hill is about 115 m and the route is performed on a path of 795 meters. No one knows the exact age of this island but according to its geological composition and general characteristics it is quite young. The few plants found on the island are called pioneers because they are the first plants that arrive and settle there. E.g. Tiquilia nesiotes, Tiquilia fusca and Chamaesyce spp. East of the summit there are spatter cones, consisting of thick lava droplets. To the west lie tuff cones (volcanic ash sediment) and their eroded remnants. The Tower or Pinnacle is part of a tuff cone. A small colony of penguins, Spheniscus mendiculus, breeds in the small bay. Bartolomé is one of the best places to see them. Allowed tour: group tour with a naturalist guide; guided walks: Snorkel; Panga Ride.

PM, BAHÍA SULLIVAN, This site is of great geological interest. It is located southeast of Santiago Island; the landing can be performed either in the rocky shore (dry landing) or the white sand beach (wet landing). The length of the trail is approximately 1.5 km; travel time is one hour and a half. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows (solidified lava in corrugated or accordion form). It was very active in the last 25 years of the nineteenth century. The Sullivan lava was formed in 1897. Geologically this flow is very young. The formed magma is flat but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places. These formations have a thickness of 1.5 m and did not cover much of the previous relief forming "kipukas" (Islands of vegetation surrounded by newer lava tides). Allowed tour: group tour with a naturalist guide; guided walks.

DAY 4 Thursday: ISLA SANTA CRUZ - NORTH SEYMOUR - BALTRA

AM, North Seymour is located north of Baltra (or South Seymour). The total distance of the trail is 2 miles. Seymour North, Plaza Sur and Plaza Norte, Baltra, northeastern Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and part of Española, were formed by uprisings of underwater volcanic lavas. They were part of a volcanic lava table deposited in sheet form along cracks located on the ocean floor. The uprisings occurred sporadically and lasted more than a million years to reach its current level. The vegetation is bush and hosts the largest nesting colony of Great Frigatebirds in Galapagos. Importantly, the Galapagos is the westernmost distribution for this species. The common frigate is also present. Permitted Uses: Interpretive Group Tour with a Naturalist Guide; Guided walks: Snorkel Panga Ride.

Our guide will be checked out at the airport of Baltra. We look forward to a future trip back on our yacht Darwin.

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