This exciting vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the "Center of the World." You - ll also experience Otavalo in a unique way - explore its famous Indian market, where you can find beautiful textiles, artwork, and more, then on to a local hacienda to sample Andean delicacies. Before taking to the sea, visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve on the Island of Santa Cruz and the Charles Darwin Research Station, a highlight of this vacation. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galápagos Islands. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. You - ll even see abandoned WWII barges that are now important nesting areas for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island. A remarkable adventure!
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Charles Darwin Research Station; guided sightseeing each day with a local Naturalist
Quito: sightseeing with a Local Guide; Legislative Palace, San Francisco Monastery, La Compania Church, Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Equatorial Monument; welcome dinner
Otavalo: guided sightseeing of Otavalo; visit an ancient Indian market
Galápagos Islands Cruising: five days cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Isabela II; Naturalist-guided walks on each island; snorkeling and kayaking, expedition lectures on board; panga rides in the archipelago; visit Charles Darwin Research Station
- American breakfast daily
- 5 lunches
- 5 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Quito and a farewell dinner on board the Isabela II
- Complimentary wine with all dinners on board
- Complimentary coffee, tea, water on board throughout the day
- Maximum elevation on tour: 9,200 ft.