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PACHAMAMA: 13 days - 12 nights
EQUINOX: 9 days -8 nights
THREE PEARLS: 8 days - 7 nights
VOLCANOES & PLANES: 6 days - 5 nights
AMAZONIA ADVENTURE: 7 days - 6 nights
MOUNTAIN & SEA: 4 days - 3 nights
CUE- SOUTH´S CIRCUIT: 3 days - 2 nights
CUE- VALDIVIA: 6 days - 5 nights
CUE- TRANSANDEAN 6 days - 5 nights
CUE- ATAHUALPA 10 days - 9 nights
GYE- MORLACO: 3 days - 2 nights
GYE- SUN´S ROUTE: 5 days - 4 nights
GYE- TAITA: 5 days - 4 nights
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GALAPAGOS
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EXPEDITIONS

This kind of tours combine two or more islands, using yachts to move from one island to another and using hotels to sleep at night. We also offer a selection of the new packages called MULTISPORT because includes in addtion to the traditional observation visits a variety of extra activities not included on yacht itineraries. Perfect for enthusiastic, active and adventurer travellers.

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ISLAND HOPPING WITH THE 3 BEST ISLANDS: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela: 8 - 5 - 4 days

Day 1: Fly to Baltra / Santa Cruz / Our first visit will be to the Charles Darwin Research Station. / Before dinner, we'll prepare snorkelling gear for the next days.

Day 2: Santa Cruz: We will visit the Gemelos or Twin Craters. Later on to the Giant Tortoises Wild Reserve El Chato. PM: Navigable Bay Tour in Academy Bay to observe blue footed boobies, masked boobies, swim with sea lions, sea turtles, sharks and much more!

Day 3: AM: Free Time At The Beach Tortuga Bay , one of the the most pure, wonderful and pristine beaches on earth; you will observe marine iguanas, pelikans, Darwin finches, also great swimming and snorkeling, o ptionally great surf and much more! PM: Cruise to San Cristobal Is land / We will visit and enjoy t he enchant of Cabo de Hornos beach, to fabulous beach with pelicans, frigate birds, blue footed boobies, great swimming and snorkeling with sea lions and perhaps sea turtles: free time on the beach until sunset.

Day 4: San Cristobal: We will visit the Interpretation Centre / Later on visit to "La Loberia beach" -not swimming: it is to walk on the beach photographing the colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions-. Later on we will continue traveling to visit the La Galapagera or the Giant Tortoises Reintroduction Project. / Later on we will enjoy Chinese Port Beach. with it's colony of Frigate birds.

Day 5: We will take our exclusive Flight transfer to Isabela Island: W e will take our special flight (included in the tour) to Isabela island: take-off for to 45 minutes great flight, observing the Galapagos Islands from to different and fascinating point of view.... instead of 5 hours navigation throughout rough sea!. PM: We will have to Great time swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles at "Tunel del Estero beach": this is also to fascinating place for geology enthusiasts. This tunnel was formed by volcanic eruptions that flowed out under the sea. We can walk inside the tunnel at low Beach. (End 5th Day Tour: Cruise from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz island / Transfer to Baltra Airport / Fly back to the mainland / End of our Services). (Begin 4 Day Tour: Fly to Isabela / Free time in Dolphins Beach and it's surroundings ).

Day 6: Isabela Island: Great Expedition to the Sierra Negra Volcano: One of the most active volcanic areas on earth... PM: We will navigate to explore the surrealist Tintoreras Shark's bay: Hike visiting the nesting area of the largest Marine Iguana species in Galapagos, the Sharks bay; observing white tipped sharks resting on the ground of the channels, later on Great swimming and snorkeling in the Bay with Sea Lions, sea turtles, rays, sharks, penguins...

Day 7: Isabela: We will explore the Wall of tears and View Point Orchilla (Historical site) / Later on we will visit the Giant Tortoises Breeding Centre / and also the Flamingo Lakes. / Beach. PM: We will travel to Concha Perla Bay: Great swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles, sea lions, rays, etc!

Day 8 : Early cruise and transfer to Santa Cruz Island with our fast yacht (1,30 Hours) . Transfer to Baltra airport . Fly back to the Mainland / End of services.

PRICES PER PERSON IN $USA (Min 2)

DAYS
OPERATION
DOUBLE-TRIPLE
4
DAILY
506
5
DAILY
607
8
DAILY
911

Include: * All transportation and visits to mentioned places / * 3 daily food, menu style (Vegetarian also available / * Local Guide– Representative / * Tourist Class Hotel. NOT INCLUDED: * Air ticket, / * Alcoholic drinks / * Admission to National Park, TCT nor Reserva El Chato $6. / * Snorkeling equipment: USD. 20 (8 days) Wet suit USD. 45 (8 days). There are special departures with Naturalist Guide Level III (English, German, French, Spanish) ask for dates

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GALAPAGOS MULTISPORTS (MAVERICK): 8 days / 7 nights (Beginning: Sundays)

SUN.- FLY TO SAN CRISTOBAL island upon arrival our guide will pick you up and take you to the hotel. In Puerto Baquerizo Moreno we will have Lunch in to local restaurant . Then we will navigate to Kicker Rock - León dormido, an old tuff cone eroded by the ocean and now serves as nesting place for frigate birds, blue footed boobies and nazca (ex masked) boobies, tropic birds and of course this magnificent volcanic formation. Kayaking in Puerto Grande will complete our visit. Dinner and overnight at hotel, free time to explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Hotel Chattam / Miconia o similar.

MON.- After breakfast we will drive to El Junco lagoon , the only natural source of fresh water in the islands, frigate birds feed on the fish in the lagoon, lots of land birds such as Darwins finches and mocking birds can be found. Along with to spectacular view coming down from El Junco. Drive through Cerro Verde , to small traditional village where we will have lunch on our way back from Puerto Chino to La Galapaguera which is to part of the Galapagos National Park where we will be able to find to great number of giant tortoises in its natural habitat , in other words to privilege of our journey. After exploring the surroundings we will walk to Puerto Chino . to beautiful and pristine beach will be the perfect spot for to laid back afternoon where you can, swim/snorkel or simply relax . Back in the bus we will start our drive back to Puerto Baquerizo and if we have enough time we will visit the Interpretation Centre. Dinner and overnight . Hotel Chattam / Miconia o similar.

TUE.- Breakfast at hotel and navigation to Santa Cruz,on the way we will pass by to perfect site for to snack and to sightseeing journey along cliffs ,Santa Fe island where we can spot blue footed bobbies, iguanas, frigates birds, as we continue to Puerto Ayora for lunch . We will move on to Punta Estrada and Bahia Divine, to calm shallow water place where rays, mullets and sharks can be seen while kayaking along the rocky coast line and snorkelling if time permits. Back in Puerto Ayora dinner and hotel overnight will meet dawn. Hotel Fernandina / Red Mangroove o similar.

WED.- Breakfast at hotel and yacht ride to Floreana . Visit Puerto Velasco Ibarra , the smallest town in the Galapagos with to population of around 60 people. Box lunch and car ride to the highlands of Floreana where pirates and whalers used volcanic caves as hiding places. Dinner and overnight at hotel. Hostal Wittmer o similar.

THU.- Early wake up call, breakfast on board and navigation to Isabela island the largest and one of the youngest in the Galapagos. Puerto Villamil - Isabela island which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with around 1500 inhabitants is still pristine and untouched. to delightful place will be reached by to zodiac ride, tintoreras grotto , small shallow channels in between lava flows with sandy bottom in which we usually find white tiped reef sharks this is also to perfect palce for snorkelling . Isabela also has penguins populations and normally we find them along the coast, after this we come back to the hotel. Lunch at hotel and in the afternoon we will have to walk to the muro de las lagrimas to wall of lava rocks made by inmates from an old penal colony established on the island. To finish our day we can relax on the miles long white sand beach right in town with many shore birds and marine life. Dinner and overnight. Hotel Isabela del Mar / Casa Marita o similar.

FRI.- Breakfast at hotel and then we will take to bus ride to Sierra Negra volcano which is still active and in October 2005 it showed us the most recent volcanic eruption in the archipelago. to horseback riding adventure along the crater of the volcano will fulfil every expectation (normally we find giant tortoises on the way). This day we will have to box lunch on the volcano rim and then we start trekking on to trail of lava to volcan Chico to smaller crater of Sierra Negra. We will walk on to large lava flow and fortunately we might see fumaroles and an incredible landscape from the top. Late in the afternoon we will go to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Hotel Isabela del Mar / Casa Marita o similar.

SAT.- Early wake up call and breakfast on board on our way to Santa Cruz Island (with to population of about 15000 has to large variety of sites to visit). Upon arrival bus ride to El Camote , which is located in the highlands of Santa Cruz and it offers to spectacular view and it is where we will have lunch . From here, we will start biking downhill through El Caserio until we get to El Garrapatero beach and now it is time to swim/snorkel relax and enjoy the beach.Back in Puerto Ayora dinner and overnight . Hotel Fernandina / Red Mangroove o similar.

SUN Early wake up and breakfast at hotel. Our first stop will be the world famous Charles Darwin Research Centre where all the efforts to protect and preserve the native and endemic animals are developed; we will also find Giant tortoises rearing programs and of course Lonesome George . Transfer to the Baltra airport to take flight back to Quito or Guayaquil,on the way we will have to short stop to Los Gemelos , to pair of sink holes in the scalesia forest which are endemic trees to the Galapagos and continue our way to the airport

PRICE PER PERSON IN $USA

DOUBLE BASIS: 2.320 (Sun to Sun)

Single Supplement: 80%. Childs: under 12, discount 20%. Not included: Air tickets, Admission, TCT, Extra drinks nor alcoholic nor tips. Important: on certain dates will be possible to practice scuba diving with extra charge.

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GALAPAGOS MULTISPORTS: 10 days - 09 nights

Día 1: Arrival in Quito or Guayaquil.- Pickup at the airport. Our guide will welcome you and take you to the hotel. Check-in.

Día 2: Quito – San Cristóbal Island.- Transfer to the airport for the flight to San Cristóbal. Today our local guide will receive you and begin the excursion towards the high part of the island where we will have the opportunity to visit the Center where giant Galapagos turtles are raised. After this visit, we will enjoy to wonderful barbecue at to nearby farm. Then we will continue our excursion to the Junco Lake –the only sweet water lake- where we will see marine birds. Just to few minutes from this place, we will stop at to lookout where we there is to beautiful view of the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Bay. Return to the hotel and lodging. L/…..

Día 3: Lobos Island – Leon Dormido – Puerto Grande.- to sail to Lobos Island where we will walk around. Here we will observe colonies of sea lions and then continue on to the famous Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) where we can watch the high-flying boobies and Viegate birds. Our main recreation here will be snorkeling and we will have the opportunity to swimming with rays, seals, iguanas, multicolored fish, and much more. The same Día we will continue on to Puerto Grande with its beautiful white sand beach to enjoy to well-deserved rest and to box lunch. Return to the hotel and lodging. B/L/…..

Día 4: Santa Fe Island - Santa Cruz Island.- Departure in fast launch from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to head for one of the most important islands in the Archipelago: Santa Cruz Island. Before arriving, we will stop at Santa Fe Island. This island has the most beautiful beaches where colonies of sea lions lie basking in the Dom on exceptionally white sand. Here we will have the opportunity to snorkel in quiet, transparent dark blue and turquoise-colored waters. As we snorkel, we will see sharks, rays and marine iguanas as well as blue-footed boobies, the tropicbird, fork-tailed seagulls and other species. At noon, we will reach Puerto Ayora where we will enjoy to well-deserved lunch. In the afternoon, we will take to jeep to the high part of the island to the Primicias Ranch. Our descent will begin at the edge of the main road down to the base of the Ranch on to muddy road good for mountain biking. As we descend, we will pass through to rich farming area and then reach the base of the ranch and be able to see the very famous giant Galapagos turtles in their natural state. After to short rest, we will return to the hotel. B/L/…

Día 5: Punta Estrada – Las Grietas - Charles Darwin Station.- After breakfast , we will leave in our sea kayak and go down Ninfas Lake , which borders the coast. We will pass Punta Estrada and continue until Las Grietas. During the trip, we will be able to see sea birds, sea lions and sea iguanas. The trip will end at to beautiful natural pool surrounded by volcanic rock where the crystal-clear turquoise water is good for snorkeling aLung sea lions. Return to Puerto Ayora for to delicious and well-deserved lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the very important Charles Darwin Station –it is impossible to go to Galapagos and not see it! Visiting this place is an excellent introduction to the formation and evolution of the islands. We will be able to see the giant Galapagos turtle-breeding center and also meet the famous unique living fossil known as “Solitary George.” Accommodations at the hotel. B/L/..

Día 6: Isla ISábela – Muro de las Lagrimas – Beach Villamil Town.- Early after breakfast, we will sail to ISábela, the largest island of the Archipelago composed of 6 volcanoes, 5 of which are active. to fast launch takes us to the southern part of the Archipelago. This trip takes about 2½ hours. After an interesting sail in the South Pacific, we will reach the island's main dock where our transportation will be waiting to take us to the hotel. At noon, lunch will be in to typical restaurant in the town. In the afternoon, we will take to long, but easy, walk towards the Muro de las Lagrimas. This historical place was build by prisoners from Ecuador's first jail. As we walk to our destination, we will see the Flamingo Lake, the Center where the giant turtles are raised, areas of mangrove trees, and to lookout from which we will be able to see the southern part of the island and the sea where it meets the immense blue sky. After returning, we will stop for to well-deserved swim on the enchanting beach of Puerto Villamil. Accommodations at the hotel. B/L/..

Día 7: Sierra Negra Volcano – Chico Volcano.- Today will be very special because our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. The crater of this volcano called “Sierra Negra” is approximately 7 kilometers in diameter. We will go slowly on horseback in order to enjoy the wonderful scenery and then have to box lunch. The Día will continue with walk to Chico Volcano where we will walk through the fumaroles of this active volcano and look down on the sea. Return to the hotel and lodging . B/Box Lunch/…

Día 8: The Tunnels of Cape Rosa.- Prepare yourself for one of the best days of your trip! After sailing for an hour and to half from Puerto Villamil , we will reach Cape Rosa on the western side of the island. This is one of the most beautiful places nature has bestoMié upon humankind. Here we can walk over the connected lava tunnels situated in the blue sea waters. From the surface, we will very easily be able to see dozens of sea turtles, penguins and rays and we will also be able to do snorkeling and swimming alongside this rich marine fauna. Box lunch. As we sail to and from ISábela, we will see manta rays of different sizes that will make this trip different, and if it is the mating season, we will see them diving upside-down on the surface, waiting to have their pictures taken. Return to the hotel and lodging . B/Box Lunch/..

Día 9: Isabela – Baltra - Quito.- Early departure to take the fast launch to Puerto Ayora . We will immediately take to bus across Santa Cruz Island to the Baltra Airport where we will check in for our flights to the Continent. Those who want can take an inter-island flight in to 5 to 9 capacity plane. The flight from ISábela to the Baltra Airport is 30 minutes and connects to the flight to the continent (no flights on Doms). This service is optional and is charged extra but can be canceled at any time. In Quito or Guayaquil our people in charge of transfer will be waiting to take you to the hotel . B/L/..

Día 10: Departure from Quito or Guayaquil.- Transfer Out from the hotel to the airport. International flight. Happy return home! B/….

PRICES PER PERSON IN $USA (2.007)

4-5 pax

6-7 pax

8-9 pax

10 pax

TOURIST HOTELS

WITH GUAYAQUIL

Double / Triple

$ 1.564

$ 1.296

$ 1.200

$ 1.061

Single

$ 1.700

$ 1.432

$ 1.336

$ 1.197

WITH QUITO

Double / Triple

$ 1.523

$ 1.255

$ 1.159

$ 1.020

Single

$ 1.673

$ 1.405

$ 1.309

$ 1.170

SUPERIOR TOURIST HOTEL

WITH GUAYAQUIL

Double / Triple

$ 1.748

$ 1.457

$ 1.361

$ 1.278

Single

$ 1.884

$ 1.593

$ 1.497

$ 1.414

WITH QUITO

Double / Triple

$ 1.707

$ 1.416

$ 1.320

$ 1.237

Single

$ 1.857

$ 1.566

$ 1.470

$ 1.387

INCLUDE: Accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch at islands and during navigation, bilingual naturalist guide, land transportation, snorkel equipment. Not included: Air tickets, Admission, TCT, foods not specifiyed, personal expenses, tips, etc.

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S/C VALKIRIA: MULTISPORTS CRUISE

Length: 15,5 m / Beam: 8,4 m / Draft: 1 m / Crew: 4 + bilingual naturalist guide / Social areas: bar, lounge, library / Security equipment and navigation: complete with 1 raft with motor outboard 10 HP, life jackets, radar, GPS, Sonar, automatic pilot, solar panels / Acomodation: 10 passengers at 5 cabins and private bathroom / FACILIDADES: Restaurants interior and exterior. YACHT USED ONLY FOR SEA TRANSPORTATIOPN INTER-ISLANDS. Operation on each islands is made by local operators and/or hotels.

ITINERARY: 8 days / 7 nights (Thu-Thu / Sun-Sun)

  • Day 1 Flight to Baltra / Punta Estrada – Bahia Divina
  • Day 2 Isabela - Sierra negra - Volcan chico
  • Day 3 Isabela - Tintoreras – Muro de las Lagrimas – Playa Puerto Villamil
  • Day 4 Floreana – High lands
  • Day 5 San Cristobal – Roca Kicker - Puerto Grande
  • Day 6 Laguna El Junco - La Galapaguera - Puerto Chino
  • Day 7 Santa Cruz Los Gemelos - El Garrapatero
  • Day 8 Estacion Charles Darwin / Flight to Quito

PRICE PER PERSON

DOUBLE BASIS $ USA 2.230

Single Supplement: 80%. Childs: under 12, discount 20%. Not included: Air tickets, Admission, TCT, Extra drinks nor alcoholic nor tips. Important: at certain dates will be possible to make scuba diving with extra charge.

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ISABELA – THE BEST TOUR : 5 days / 4 nights (Beginning: Tuesdays)

Day 1: Quito – Baltra- Puerto Ayora.- Arriving to Baltra Airport , our guide will receive and transfer you to Puerto Ayora. Lunch in a local restaurant and visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Accommodation at the hotel in Puerto Ayora. L /…

Day 2: Isla Isabela: Flamingos lake - Muro de las Lagrimas and Mirador.- Breakfast. Morning free. Passengers can go to visit the Charles Darwin Station on their own. After lunch we will take a fast launch to Isabela, the largest island of the Archipelago composed of 6 volcanoes, 5 of which are active. A speed boat takes us to the southern part of the Archipelago. This trip takes about 2½ hours. Our guide will pick you up from the port   to the hotel, this day we will do a long, but easy, walk towards the Muro de las Lagrimas . This historical place was build by prisoners from Ecuador 's first jail. As we walk to our destination, we will see the Flamingo Lake and a lookout from which we will be able to see the southern part of the island and the sea where it meets the immense blue sky. Accommodation at the hotel. B/L

Day 3: Sierra Negra Volcano – Chico Volcano.- Today will be very special because our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. The crater of this volcano called “Sierra Negra” is approximately 7 kilometers in diameter. We will go slowly on horseback in order to enjoy the wonderful scenery and then have a box lunch. The day will continue with walk to Chico Volcano where we will walk through the fumaroles of this active volcano and look down on the sea. Return to the hotel and lodging . B/B. LUNCH

Day 4: The Tunnels of Cape Rosa.- Prepare yourself for one of the best days of your trip! After sailing for an hour and a half from Puerto Villamil, we will reach Cape Rosa on the western side of the island. This is one of the most beautiful places nature has bestowed upon humankind. Here we can walk over the connected lava tunnels situated in the blue sea waters. From the surface, we will very easily be able to see dozens of sea turtles, penguins and rays and we will also be able to do snorkeling and swimming  alongside this rich marine fauna. Box lunch. As we sail to and from Isabela, we will see manta rays of different sizes that will make this trip different, and if it is the mating season, we will see them diving upside-down on the surface, waiting to have their pictures taken. Return to the hotel and lodging . B/BLUNCH

Day 5: Isabela Is. – Baltra - Quito.- Early departure to take the fast launch to Puerto Ayora. We will immediately take a bus across Santa Cruz Island to the Baltra Airport where we will check in for our flights to the Continent. Those who want can take an inter-island flight in a 5 to 9 capacity plane. The flight from Isabela to the Baltra Airport is 30 minutes and connects to the flight to the continent (no flights on Sundays). This service is optional and is charged extra but can be canceled at any time. B. Happy return home!

PRECIOS POR PERSONA (2.007)

Base double - triple US$ 784

Include: Accommodation at cozy hotels-hostals Tourist Class, breakfast and lunch as per itinerary, fast lunch during navigation, naturalist bilingual guide (local) during excursions, surface transportation, snorkel squipment. NOT Included: Air tickets, dinners, personal expenses, tips, drinks. Admission nor TCT. The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable

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