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Travel to Ecuador’s beautiful capital Quito and cruise the enchanting Galapagos Islands.
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Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodation: 3 nights in hotel, 4-night Galapagos Cruise.
Transportation: private air-conditioned vehicle transfers, return domestic flight between Quito-San Cristobal and Baltra- Guayaquil, Galapagos Transit Control Card.
Sightseeing: Colonial Quito & Andean Flavours tour, up to 3 daily excursions in Galapagos, accompanied by experienced naturalist guides.
NOTE: Galapagos National Marine Park Fee of USD100 per person is paid locally and subject to change.
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Experience the ultimate fusion of culture and nature with our Quito colonial city tour and Galapagos Islands cruise. Immerse yourself in Quito's rich history, exploring its colonial charm and vibrant streets. Then, venture to the Galapagos, encountering unique wildlife and pristine landscapes aboard the remarkable catamaran Treasure. Guided by sustainability principles, MC Treasure offers eco-friendly operations to minimize its impact on the fragile ecosystems. This journey seamlessly blends heritage and natural wonder, offering a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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Explore picturesque bays and stunning beaches of the southeast Galapagos islands, guided by a native naturalist expert.
Dive into pristine waters for snorkeling, explore diverse islands, and witness iconic species up close.
Discover the charming city of Quito, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America.
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Arrive in the beautiful city of Quito, the world’s first city to be declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to a heritage boutique hotel in La Ronda, a traditional neighborhood within the historic colonial quarter, offering a glimpse into the city's vibrant history and creativity.
Quito is a treasure trove of culture and colonial architecture and it;s identity is etched in the exquisitely adorned colonial churches and monasteries. Today, explore the colonial quarter, a charming maze of cobbled paths, picturesque squares, and remarkable colonial edifices. Noteworthy sites include Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, San Francisco church, and La Compañia de Jesus church.
On your journey, you will have the chance to savour Andean bites, supporting local traditions and economies. Indulge in Ecuadorian tamales, hearty corn pies with tender chicken or beef, wrapped by achira leaves. Delight in quimbolitos, delicate corn cakes cocooned in achira leaves, and humitas, corn cakes wrapped in corn husks. For a refreshing option, consider the helado de paila, a frozen treat and Ecuadorian favourite.
Concluding your Quito journey is an ascent to the 3,016m-high hill, offering breathtaking panoramas of the city and surrounding volcanoes. (B)
Today, start your Galapagos adventure! Fly to San Cristobal Island airport and upon arrival you will be met by your naturalist guide and transferred to the MC Treasure.
M/C Treasures recognises environmental preservation and allocates a portion of their earnings to the Charles Darwin Station & Galapagos Conservation Trust supporting initiatives dedicated to conserving and rejuvenating Galapagos ecosystems.
The Galapagos Islands, renowned for their ecological significance, house diverse and endemic species. Conservation initiatives and sustainable practices safeguard fragile ecosystems, allowing remarkable wildlife like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies to thrive undisturbed.
In the afternoon, visit the Colorado Hill Tortoises Protection and Growing Center. This center aims to enhance the island’s tortoise population. It features a spacious corral, a Visitors Center, a breeding hub, and an interpretative trail. Along this trail, native plants, and endemic birds like the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, various finch species, and the Galapagos flycatcher can be observed. (B)(L)(D)
This morning you will explore Gardner Bay. Nestled on Hood's northeastern coast, Gardner Bay offers a tranquil beach for relaxation, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and observing sea lions. The pristine ocean waters also unveil the presence of sharks.
Spend the afternoon at Suarez Point. This rugged land spot hosts an astonishing array of Galapagos Sea birds. Along the southern shore, towering cliffs offer breathtaking vistas of soaring avian species and a blowhole, where water shoots up to 50-75 feet, its intensity varying with the surging sea. (B)(L)(D)
Today, explore the iconic Post Office Bay. Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. The letters found inside the barrel would be picked up and delivered by sailors returning home. This mailbox and its honor system are still in use today. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists.
Continue to Punta Cormorant. The Point reveals dual personalities with its twin beaches and a flamingo-dotted lagoon; strangely, it's void of its namesake cormorants, abundant in the west on Fernandina and Isabela islands. The verdant sandy landing beach is a favorite among sea lions, while a brief stroll unveils a stunning white sand counterpart. (B)(L)(D)
SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO)
The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular amongst photographers, still offers a lot to see. There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.
The island of Bartolome rises 114m above Sullivan Bay. Climb the steps of the Bartolome Peak Trail and you'll be rewarded with panoramic views over volcanic peaks, lunar craters and lava fields. Afterwards you can refresh yourself at the foot of the famous "Pinnacle Rock" and explore the underwater world in the shallow water while snorkelling. Although there is little vegetation on this island, it has two breathtaking beaches, where sea turtles live. At the foot of the mountain you can also discover a small colony of Galapagos penguins. (B)(L)(D)
The Twin Craters flank the road to Puerto Ayora. These formations, not true volcanic craters, resulted from magma domes. External hardening and internal lava flow led to colossal empty chambers that later collapsed, forming two vast cavities. Carpenter finches, adept at using tools for food, inhabit the area. Look out for the vermillion flycatcher, a small red-breasted bird, enhancing the experience.
Concluding the visit, you'll be transferred to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil, bidding farewell to this natural wonder.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, situated just steps from La Peña historic neighborhood, renowned for its charming cobblestone streets, colorful colonial-style houses, and vibrant cultural atmosphere. Perched on a hill overlooking the city and the Guayas River, it holds significant historical importance as one of the oldest neighborhoods in Guayaquil. (B)
Explore La Peñas narrow alleys, adorned with artistic murals and quaint boutiques. The area also hosts art galleries, cafes, and restaurants, offering a blend of creativity and traditional Ecuadorian flavors.
Later, you will be transferred to Guayaquil’s airport for your onward arrangements. (B)
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