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8 Night Galapagos Islands In Darwins Footsteps (Eastern Route) Cruise and Land Tour

From Quito, (Ecuador) to Quito, (Ecuador)

MS Santa Cruz II
Hurtigruten Cruise Line
3 Stars
Cruise #: 8326037
Sail Date: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2025
Return Date: Thursday, Feb 6, 2025
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8 Night Galapagos Islands In Darwins Footsteps (Eastern Route) Cruise and Land Tour

Land Segment of Itinerary

Wednesday - Jan 29, 2025
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Quito, Ecuador
  • Quito, Ecuador
Begin your adventure in the vibrant city of Quito. Your journey begins on the Equator in the lush Andean foothills. At 9,350 feet, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world, and its main draw is the exquisite Old Town, which was founded on an ancient Inca settlement. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with well-preserved colonial architecture, including colorful plazas, magnificent churches, and stately monuments. Settle into your hotel, then head out to explore. If you have time, come a few days earlier and join one of the optional Pre-Programs. ...
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Thursday - Jan 30, 2025
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Quito, Ecuador
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Bus Travel
  • Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador
  • Bus Travel
  • Quito, Ecuador
Straddle the Equator in the Middle of the World City. Today, enjoy a guided tour of Quito's remarkable Old Town, one of the largest and best-preserved colonial-era quarters in South America. Wander through cobblestone streets as you admire the architecture and sample delicious chocolate made from the finest Ecuadorian cacao along the way. Next, you'll head to the iconic 'Middle of the World City', located around 16 miles north of Quito. After lunch, you'll visit the famous monument that delineates the imaginary line that is the Equator. Have your camera ready to capture the moment you stand with one foot in each hemisphere. ...
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Friday - Jan 31, 2025
Day
3
Quito, Ecuador
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Air Travel

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Day 3 - Friday - Jan 31, 2025
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3
Cruise Begins
  • Cruise Begins
  • Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Isla Mosquera, Ecuador
Get ready to explore the spectacular Galapagos Islands. After breakfast, a short flight will take you to Baltra Island, a part of the spectacular Galapagos Archipelago. A transfer will take you straight to the port, where your comfortable expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II awaits you. Get your first glimpse of the islands' incredible wildlife on Mosquera Islet, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the archipelago. We'll take our small panga boats ashore for a closer look. As you stroll across the flat, sandy dunes, look out for blue-footed boobies and Sally Lightfoot crabs, and learn about the marine and terrestrial ecosystems from your naturalist guides. ...
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Saturday - Feb 1, 2025
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San Cristobal Island (Puerto Baquerizo), Ecuador
  • San Cristobal Island (Puerto Baquerizo), Ecuador
  • Bus Travel
  • Galapaguera, Ecuador
  • Bus Travel
  • San Cristobal Island (Puerto Baquerizo), Ecuador
  • Punta Pitt, Ecuador
Meet the famous giant tortoises. Your first stop today is the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve, a breeding center for the endangered giant tortoise. It's also home to other endemic species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the lava lizard. The giant tortoise is probably the most iconic of all Galapagos wildlife, with a lifespan of over 100 years. They thrive here, ambling around forests similar to their natural habitat. Our small panga boats will then take us to Punta Pitt, the only site in the Galapagos Islands where we might see three species of boobies. Enjoy a nature walk, explore the coastline by boat, or snorkel and swim in the crystal-clear water. ...
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Sunday - Feb 2, 2025
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Santa Fe Island, Ecuador
  • Santa Fe Island, Ecuador
  • South Plaza, Ecuador
Spot wildlife against idyllic backdrops. We start the day with a scenic nature walk on the blissful beaches of Santa Fe, home to the endemic Barrington land iguana and a colony of sea lions. You can swim or snorkel from the small panga boats, take a kayak for a paddle around the island, or join a trip in a glass-bottomed boat to observe the marine life below. After a delicious lunch prepared by our onboard chefs, we head to South Plaza Island. Keep an eye out for frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and Galapagos shearwaters gliding on the breeze. Here, among a dazzling array of flora, land iguanas laze by the shore while marine iguanas slip in and out of the water. ...
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Monday - Feb 3, 2025
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Learn about local conservation efforts on Santa Cruz Island. Today, we pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. At this giant tortoise breeding center, you can see recently hatched tortoises and Darwin's famous finches - the birds he used as a basis for his theory of evolution by natural selection. There's also an impressive forest of prickly pear cacti that is home to many land birds. Enjoy a cooler climate over lunch in the lush highlands, where giant tortoises shuffle about munching on grass and wallowing in pools. You'll also have time for another activity, such as mountain biking or visiting a sugar plantation. ...
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Tuesday - Feb 4, 2025
Day
7
Punta Suarez, Ecuador
  • Punta Suarez, Ecuador
  • Gardner Bay
  • Islote Osborn, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Ecuador
Lava lizards and incredible birdlife. Your Galapagos Islands cruise reaches Espanola, the archipelago's southernmost island. Birdlife here is truly extraordinary. On cruises from April through December, look for Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and the mighty waved albatross. This is also a great chance to spot red Espanola lava lizards and marine iguanas, as well as see El Soplador, the famous blowhole that blasts water 75 feet into the air. After lunch onboard the ship, we'll head to the picturesque coral beach of Gardner Bay and nearby Osborn Islet to seek out sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches. If you're feeling active, you can go snorkeling or kayaking. ...
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Wednesday - Feb 5, 2025
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  • Eden Islet, Ecuador
  • North Seymour Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Green turtles, sharks, and rare bird colonies. The abundant wildlife-watching opportunities continue at Eden Islet, where we hope to see Galapagos green turtles, rays, and friendly reef sharks. On shore, look for distinctive frigatebirds with their rubbery, red throats. You can swim or snorkel to explore the reefs. You can also see the reefs from our glass-bottomed boat or by kayak. After lunch, we'll sail to North Seymour. The island is a great site for spotting colonies of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Sea lions and marine iguanas also congregate here, attracted by the bountiful sea life in its waters. ...
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Thursday - Feb 6, 2025
Day
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Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Cruise Ends

Land Segment of Itinerary

Day 9 - Thursday - Feb 6, 2025
Day
9
  • Air Travel
  • Quito, Ecuador
From the Galapagos Islands back to Quito. Your expedition cruise draws to a close as you disembark at Baltra Island. A transfer will take you to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito to connect to your international flight. Flight to Quito must be requested at the time of booking. If you prefer, you can continue to Guayaquil for another adventure. To explore more of Ecuador, stay and join one of the optional Post-Programs. As you leave this fascinating region, you'll take with you incredible memories of amazing wildlife and wonderful experiences few have the privilege of enjoying. ...
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