The Experience

DAY 1: U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening. We’ve found that Miami is a convenient gateway for most, but other air alternatives are available. If you choose to take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, we depart in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, it’s a short drive to the Hotel Hilton Colon. DAY 2: Guayaquil / Galapagos / Embark After the 1 1/2-hour flight to the Galapagos, we’ll immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, our exact routing depends on the National Park Service.(B, L, D) DAY 3-8: Galapagos Islands Galapagos Islands The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board: (B,L,D) Bartolome This is an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound, with a chance to snorkel with Galapagos penguins. Santiago Santiago offers close encounters with Galapagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools. (B,L,D daily) DAY 3-8: Galápagos Islands Santa Cruz Look for blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Enjoy walks in the highlands and encounter giant tortoises in the wild. Isabela A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are on offer. Fernandina This is the youngest island in the Galapagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. (B,L,D daily) DAY 3-8: Galapagos Islands Floreana Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. We may also find flamingos, pintail ducks and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Espanola The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Espanola is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions galore, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches (B,L,D daily) DAY 9: Galapagos / Disembark / Guayaquil Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Hilton Colon. (B) DAY 10: Guayaquil/Home This morning fly home. (B) Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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