Cruise
Isabela II
Aurora Expeditions
Isabela II, Galapagos Discovery ex Quito to Guayaquil
Cruise Line: Aurora Expeditions
Selected Sailing Date: 10 Nov 2018
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Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Baltra to San Cristobal aboard Isabela II. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Quito.

Day 1 Quito
Arrive in Quito airport where you will be greeted by an Aurora Expeditions representative and transfer you to your hotel located in the historic old town.

Day 2 Quito
A visit to downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere.

Day 3 Quito to Galapagos, Santa Cruz
Your Galápagos Odyssey expedition begins with a flight from Quito to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival in the Galápagos you will be greeted by your expedition team and transferred to Isabela II, our floating base camp for the next nine days. We’ll start our adventure by exploring Santa Cruz Island, a true wildlife oasis and geological centre of the Galápagos – as well as home to the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Station, where we’ll spend time exploring to find out more about these unique islands.

Day 4 Santa Fe Island & South Plaza
Our first stop today will be Santa Fe Island, where we’ll trek some of the scenic trails offering close encounters with more wildlife and stunning vistas of the island’s interior. On the very special environment of South Plaza Island: we’ll witness the succulent plants that carpet the ground, turning from bright green to beautiful red, orange and purple, as well as the prickly pear cactus. Birding enthusiasts will revel in the red-billed tropicbirds, shearwaters and frigate birds, and you may have a chance to snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles.

Day 5 North Seymour & Las Bachas
Picturesque North Seymour Island is home to one of the archipelago’s largest sea-lion colonies as well as a thriving population of land iguanas, as the result of past conservation efforts in the 1930s. Further bird watching opportunities will include blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Later we’ll visit the mesmerising, white-coral sand of Las Bachas which offers a great place to relax and swim on the north coast of Santa Cruz.

Day 6 Bartalome
Bartolomé Island features one of the most photographed landmarks in the Galápagos: Pinnacle Rock, a towering geological feature made of hot lava. The island is also home to one of the youngest volcanoes in the archipelago. You’ll trek up the 114-metre summit for breathtaking vistas of Pinnacle Rock and lava flows of Sullivan Bay. If time allows you’ll have a chance to snorkel with colourful fish, Galápagos penguins and reef sharks.

Day 7 Puerto Ayora
Back on Santa Cruz, we’ll spend some time exploring the Galápagos’ largest town, filled with excellent cafes, restaurants and art galleries and shops. We’ll venture out to the highlands and learn about the several Galápagos giant tortoise breeding programs.

Day 8 Floreana
On Floreana Island we’ll visit Post Office Bay, site of the ‘first post office’, a wooden barrel left by whalers in 1832 in the hopes that mail left there would be found by subsequent seafarers heading in the same direction as the letters. We’ll head to one of Cormorant Point’s green-sand beaches (sand has a green tint due to olivine, a green mineral found in basalt rocks) and enjoy some more bird watching including flamingos, pin-tailed ducks and large-billed flycatchers, as well as the endemic Floreana mockingbird.

Day 9 Epanola Island
One of the most popular islands, Española features a four- million-year- old volcano as well as an impressive variety of wildlife, including the endemic Española mockingbird. We’ll walk over lava and boulders and get up-close to large bird colonies, including a 30,000-strong colony of wave albatross. Española’s boasts the most fantastic conservation story of all, with the re- introduction of nearly 2,000 giant tortoises bred in captivity that saved the island’s dwindling population!

Day 10 San Cristobal
The easternmost of the Galápagos Islands, San Cristobal was where Charles Darwin first made landfall in 1835. Today the island boasts a permanent freshwater lake and a giant tortoise breeding centre. Punta Pitt is the only place where you’ll witness the three types of boobies nesting together (red-, blue-footed and Nazca). Sea lions, frigate birds and brown pelicans also inhabit the island.

Day 11 Galapagos to Guayaquil
This morning you arrive into San Cristobal and farewell M/Y Isabela II. You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil.

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