A UNIQUE LIVING MUSEUM, the magical Galapagos Islands are on nearly everyone's "must-visit" list. After arrival in Ecuador, we'll spend a full day touring the town of Quito. A short flight brings us to Baltra and our cruise ship, Galapagos Legend. Our exploration begins In Mosquera Islet. Island hop from Santiago Island (after a wet landing we explore extensive lava flows and have a chance to swim or snorkel the volcanic rock pools) to the dark red sand beaches of Rabida Island. We'll also spend a day on Isabela Island—a single land mass made from six ancient volcanoes—choose to either snorkel with the local sea turtles or visit the giant tortoises, and have a chance to see a blue-footed booby on a walking tour near Tagus Cove. On the last day of our cruise we'll visit Punta Espinosa on Isla Fernandina whose dramatic lava flows are home to marine iguanas and Vicente Roca Point and the Bolivar Channel where we might see dolphins and whales. We'll have some time on Santa Cruz Island to visit a giant tortoise reserve before our return to Quito and a visit to Otavalo to browse the market stalls.
$4,809 per person double occupancy
$6,109 for single reservations. Fuel surcharge, air taxes and fees subject to change. Passport required. Per person deposit is $600.
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- Round-trip regularly scheduled flights from Boston to Quito, via a connecting city
- Internal flights
- Four nights' accommodations: Mercure Alameda, Quito or similar
- Four nights' three-star cruise in outside cabins: M/V Galapagos Legend
- Eighteen meals: eight breakfasts, four lunches, six dinners with beer or wine
- Ten guided sightseeing tours
- Round-trip airport/hotel/dock transfers
- Services of professional Tour Director
Quito: tour including Old Town and Cerro Panecillo hill. Cruise: Mosquera Islet wet landing, Santiago Island wet landing, Rabida Island dinghy ride, Isabela Island wet landing, snorkel in Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove, Espinosa Point dry landing, Vicente Roca Point and Bolivar Channel. Otavalo: giant tortoise reserve, Quitsato Sundial, craft market. OPTIONALS: Quito—Mindo Cloud Forest. PERU AND MACHU PICCHU 6n post-tour extension $1,899 pp/do land and air.