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Galápagos Wildlife Adventure

10 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil, the commercial center of Ecuador, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 2: Guayaquil | Chocolate Tasting & Organic Lunch
This morning, drive into the rural countryside for a visit to Hacienda La Danesa, a traditional dairy and cacao farm with a rich heritage and history. Learn about growing and harvesting cocoa for famed Ecuadorian chocolate during a hands-on plantation visit that includes tasting artisan chocolate, before enjoying an organic farm lunch. Return to Guayaquil for a brief city tour. Tonight, enjoy a delightful welcome dinner. (B L D)
 
Day 3: The Galápagos | On Board ‘La Pinta’
Fly to Baltra in the remote Galápagos Islands. You are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to ‘La Pinta,’ your home for a six-night cruise through the Galapagos’ Western Islands. Nimble enough to access the Galápagos Islands, yet large and stable enough for safety, ‘La Pinta’ is built for adventure, offering spacious cabins and a comfortable atmosphere. The vessel is ecologically sound as well, and comes equipped with pangas (rubber rafts), a glass-bottom boat, and sea kayaks that allow for independent exploration. After lunch, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear. (B L D)
 
Days 4-8: The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife
Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent even in his own day — to preserve these islands from degradation by humans. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your cruise itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. This cruise itinerary explores the true origins of the archipelago, and includes landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the intriguing red beach of Rabida Island, the Champion Inlet of Floreana Island, and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with a hearty breakfast, before boarding a sturdy panga for the morning shore excursion. As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (differing species, depending on the island), take photos and confer with your naturalist guide. You may see sun-bathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine and land iguanas; penguins, flamingos, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘La Pinta’ for a refreshing lunch, perhaps taken al fresco on deck, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize. Keep your binoculars handy for possible sightings of dolphins or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. You may well come face to face with a water-dwelling inhabitant, such as a curious sea turtle stopping by to inspect those visiting its equatorial home. Back on board ‘La Pinta,’ enjoy time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal. Each evening, your time is your own: Attend a lecture presented by one of your affable guides, who recaps the day and gives a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship’s library for further insight into a species you encountered; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries. Drift asleep in your air-conditioned cabin to the rise and fall of gentle ocean swells. (B L D)
 
Days 9-10: Guayaquil | Farewell Dinner & Departure
Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil. Enjoy time to relax before gathering for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. The next morning, transfer to the airport to board a flight home, or to Lima, Peru, to begin the post-tour extension. (B D - Day 9; B - Day 10)
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All This Included
Cruise for six nights aboard a spacious expedition vessel to the Galápagos, where you stroll pristine beaches among giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel and kayak with sea lions and fish.
  • All accommodations.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Arrival and departure transers.
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director.
Highlights
  • Cruise for six nights aboard 'La Pinta'— an adventure yacht that blends stability, spaciousness and style— in the Galápagos Islands
  • Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water
  • Discover the Galápagos Islands on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your certified naturalist guide
  • Choose from island activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, light trekking or simply relaxing on shore
  • Witness giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats
  • Enjoy a wide range of onboard activities, including stargazing and nature lectures
Accommodations
Guayaquil: Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Cruising: Cabin onboard 'La Pinta' 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu
Days: 5 | From: $3,495 
Internal Air from: $925 | Internal Air Routing: Guayaquil/Lima/Cusco/Lima
 
Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
Days 1-2
Arrive in Lima, Peru, connect to Cusco. Relax and acclimatize at your hotel. The next day, explore Cusco and tour Sacsayhuaman. Belmond Hotel Monasterio. (B - Day 2)

Day 3
Travel to Machu Picchu by train to roam its intriguing ruins. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. (B L D)

Day 4
Hike to Inti Punku or Huayna Picchu. Return to Cusco and enjoy dinner. Belmond Hotel Monasterio. (B L D)

Day 5
Fly to Lima. Tour the city’s highlights. Depart. (B)
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Internal Airfare: Economy class from $575 Guayaquil/Baltra/Guayaquil
  • This journey contains some active elements.
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Triple Occupancy pricing is available upon request.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.