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Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil, tropical port city and gateway to the Galápagos, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Guayaquil

This morning, drive into the lush countryside for a visit to Hacienda La Danesa, a charming, family-owned dairy and cacao farm. Begin with a hands-on tour, learning how cocoa is grown and harvested. Then, sit down to an artisan chocolate tasting followed by an organic farm lunch. Return to Guayaquil for a brief city tour. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel featuring a feast of local Ecuadorian specialties.

Cruising the Galápagos

Fly to the remote Galápagos island of Baltra, where you join your naturalist guide for the ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. Disembark and drive up into the island’s mist-shrouded highlands in search of giant tortoises. Next, delve below the island’s surface to explore the lava tunnels that run beneath this volcanic archipelago. Continue on to Puerto Ayora and board ‘La Pinta,’ your Galápagos expedition ship for the next four nights. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Dinner on board this evening is followed by a summary of the next day’s shore excursions.

Cruising the Galápagos

After breakfast, board a panga (small open boat) for a shore excursion to Eden Islet, a biodiverse enclave secluded off of Santa Cruz. Here, observe the island’s iconic blue-footed boobies against a backdrop of cinder cones and semi-eroded lava flows. Take this opportunity to snorkel the reef or observe marine life aboard a glass-bottom boat. Back aboard ‘La Pinta,’ cruise onward to Sombrero Chino, yet another secluded islet of the Galápagos archipelago. Disembark your panga to hike Sombrero Chino’s wilderness trails, swim its sandy cove, and snorkel among white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

Cruising the Galápagos

Disembark on Bartolomé Island to hike the volcanic terrain leading to its summit. After a panga ride to visit the penguins of Pinnacle Rock, snorkel the reef, relax on the beach or take in the local marine life aboard a glass-bottom boat. Then, embark by panga to swim or snorkel along the white coral sand beach of Sullivan Bay.

Cruising the Galápagos

This morning, hike and snorkel Genovesa Island, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Explore Darwin Bay, snorkeling along the cliffs or paddling out in sea kayaks. After a panga ride exploring the island’s cliffs, disembark to climb the steep, rocky pass of Prince Phillip’s Steps. Your ascent leads to a clifftop frequented by Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl.

Quito

Disembark ‘La Pinta’ at Baltra Island, where you transfer to the airport for the flight back to mainland Ecuador. Upon arrival in Quito, you are transferred to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure among this historic capital perched high in the Andes. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner at the hotel.

Quito

This morning, embark on an A&K-exclusive chartered trolleybus for an interactive tour spanning the length of the capital. After lunch in a scenic colonial square, set out to explore Quito on foot. Your guide reveals the Church and Monastery of St. Francis, Presidential Palace and Cathedral of Quito, all resplendent in festive holiday decorations. Enjoy a special choir performance by local students at La Compañia church, one of the most significant baroque structures of South America. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner celebrating your unforgettable adventure.

Depart Quito

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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