GALAPAGOS YOLITA
We   NUMBER OF DAYS: 7 Days / 6 Nights   TRAVEL BY: December-10-15   BOOK BY: November-15-14   DEPARTURE DATE: Friday
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  • 3 Nights in Quito
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    Day 1: Quito
    Upon arrival our representative will meet and escort you to the hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

    Day 2: Quito – Galapagos Cruise: Baltra - Charles Darwin – Highlands- Santa Cruz Island
    Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take your flight to the Galapago’s Islands.(2 ˝ hs. flight) Upon arrival at Baltra’s airport transfer to board Galapagos Yolita. Darwin Research Station has carried out a vast range of activities and made remarkable achievements, from research into land and marine lives and ecology to activities more directly related to the conservation of the Islands' nature, including the protection and propagation of then-endangered elephant tortoises, as well as ecological education for the local public and worldwide information transmission concerning the situation on the Islands. Charles Darwin Station attests to harmonious coexistence with the nature on the volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, while combining scientific research on the evolution of life forms on earth and environmental protection. Santa Cruz Highlands: Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. As you travel through these zones birders are enchanted. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a Vermillion Flycatcher or one of Darwin's Finches almost every bird present in the islands can be found here.Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises. Steve & Jenny Devine's Ranch is is one of the places where these magnificent creatures roam free. As you walk through the forest, listen carefully for the sound of heavy foot steps and the sound of shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush to enjoy a meal. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the Highlands. (All meals on board)

    Day 3: Rabida – Sombrero Chino James Bay or Puerto Egas:
    The island is currently uninhabited. James Bay or Puerto Egas on the west coast of Santiago, with a black sand beach and small cliffs of tuff formations, was once colonized by man. The remains of some buildings still stand on the cliff. With a climb, visitors are rewarded to a spectacular view of two craters of tuff cones and the panorama of the bay. An easier walk is to the grottos, basaltic marine caves with open roof, on the littoral.These natural pools are an enchanting place, where sea lions and fur sea lions come to play. Shorebirds are numerous, including 10 species of the Darwin Finches as well as the Galapagos Hawk, lava herons, oystercatchers, whimbrels, semipalmated plovers and wandering tattlers. Lava Lizards, zayapas, red and turquoise blue crabs are everywhere. Galapagos doves are also common in the area. Puerto Egas is the best site in the Archipelago to watch the Galapagos Fur Seal. Visitors may also enjoy snorkeling and swimming. Santiago Island. The most interesting sites to visit are: Buccaneer's Cove, Sullivan Bay, Espumilla Beach and James Bay or Puerto Egas. Buccaneer's Cove: The beach is home to a large number of sea lions. Originally the beach was a place where ships were hauled ashore for careening (cleaning) in the 17th and 18th centuries. (All meal on board)

    Day 4: Bartolome Island, Sullivan Bay
    Bartolome Island displays a fantastic landscape of lava formations. Pinnacle Rock, the worn away remnant of a cone composed of spewed ashy particles, is one of the best-known landmarks in the archipelago. Near the base of this tall, eroded pinnacle you can see multi-coloured fish and penguins. If you climb up to the summit of the island you can see the varied volcanic formations of Bartolome and the immense black lava flows on the nearby island of Santiago. The resulting combination of moonlike landscape provides probably the most scenic panorama in the Galapagos Islands. The northern beach is a popular snorkeling site where visitors have the opportunity to swim with fish, sea lions and Galapagos penguins. Much larger animals can be found near the southern beach including stingrays, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped sharks, and black-tipped sharks. (All meals on board)

    Day 5 : Baltra -Quito
    The small island of North Seymour, located north of Baltra, is one of the best places to see blue-footed boobies nesting and also sports the largest congregation of red poaches (Frigatebirds) in the Galapagos. Then transfer to Baltra for your flight to Quito. Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Quito and transfer to the Four points Sheraton Hotel (All meals on board)

    Day 6: Quito
    Breakfast. This morning your Quito City Tour starts visiting the Parliament House then the charming Plaza Independencia where you'll see the Cathedral (1562), Municipal Building (town hall), President's and Archbishop's Palaces. The fascinating Plaza San Francisco will be next with its illustrious church, one of the greatest religious buildings in the New World and said to be the first built by the Spanish in South America (1553). You will enjoy colonial art, history and legends in one of the most beautiful cities in South America.The tour ends with a visit to the Middle of the World.(B)

    Day 7: Quito - USA
    Breakfast. Our representative will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport at the indicated time for your flight back home.(B)

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      The Yolita carries only 12 - making her perfect for an affordable charter for families or friends, or getting to know a few other wildlife lovers during your tour. All cabins have upper/lower berths and private half-bath. Outside, she has a large front sun deck and open roof deck for star-gazing and taking in equatorial sea breeze. From the Galapagos, fly back to Quito and enjoy visits to the city’s Old Town and Middle of the World while lodging at the Four Points Sheraton.
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