Odyssey - 9 Days B
This 9-day vacation package combines a 5 night cruise aboard the comfortable M/Y Galapagos Odyssey yacht with the colonial charms of Quito. Departs Tuesday.
Day 1: M/Y Galapagos Odyssey 6-day Cruise C plus Quito
Tuesday - Arriving in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Once you have checked in the remainder of the day is free to acclimatize of start exploring this historic city on your own.
Day 2: Quito
Wednesday - Breakfast at your hotel. Today your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Colonial District of Quito. While walking, your guide will tell you about the Inca Empire, the Spanish invasion, the independence phase, and finally all about Ecuador and Quito's ancient history in Colonial times. You will visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings in the City, including The Independence Plaza; San Francisco Square and Convent, one of the oldest Churches of Quito and its golden Chapels; La Basilica of Quito, the oldest Church in South America, made almost completely out of volcanic stone & finally La Ronda Street, a great way to feeling the traditional life in Quito while you stroll this cobble stoned street. After the visit to the "Old-Town" of Quito, you will be driven towards the Middle of the World (Mitad Del Mundo) for approximately 45 minutes. Return to the City by mid-afternoon and drop off at your Hotel.(B)
Day 3: Quito | Galapagos Cruise - Santa Cruz Island
Thursday - A transfer will take you from your hotel in Quito to the airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. A representative of our M/Y Odyssey I will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a bus ride to the Itabaca Channel and then transfer to Puerto Ayora. PM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island - Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.(B.L.D)
Day 4: Galapagos Cruise - Isabela Island
Friday - AM: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal, Isabela Island - A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. "Tintoreras" are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters. PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island - Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope, and later we will do some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 -mile-wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands.(B.L.D)
Day 5: Galapagos Cruise - Isabela Island
Saturday - AM: Punta Moreno, Isabela Island - Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves. PM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island - This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead whilst schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B.L.D)
Day 6: Galapagos Cruise - Fernandina & Isabela Islands
Sunday - AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island - Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and some time block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators, had to adjust their way of survival and improve their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins. PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island - Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B.L.D)
Day 7: Galapagos Cruise - Santiago Island
Monday - AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island - Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island - Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B.L.D)
Day 8: Galapagos Cruise / Quito
Tuesday - AM: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal - This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. It is common to see shorebirds. After this final visit transfer back to Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival, our driver and guide will be waiting for you in order to take you to your hotel, rest of day and evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast at your hotel & depending on your international flight schedule, our driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the International Airport, it's time to say farewell to Ecuador. (B)
M/Y Galapagos Odyssey cruises are also available for shorter or longer cruise durations.
Important: Itineraries and activities subject to change without prior notice. Depending on weather conditions and water currents, some wildlife described above may not be visible.