9 de November de 2015

Ecuador

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2nd Option - 4D/3N GALAPAGOS

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Cruise (Mon - Thu) - 4 days / 3 nights

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DAY 1: MONDAY

AM – BALTRA AIRPORT

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

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PM – MOSQUERA ISLET

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, this flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk & snorkeling

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DAY 2: TUESDAY

AM – SOUTH PLAZA (PLAZAS ISLAND)

Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas. As we reach its highest point, lookout for tropicbirds, maybe a Nazca and/or blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, among others.
In South Plaza there is a large colony of smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk

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PM – SANTA FE

Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling

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DAY 3: WEDNESDAY

AM – PITT POINT / PITT ISLET (SAN CRISTOBAL)

Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk

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PM – CERRO BRUJO (SAN CRISTÓBAL)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

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DAY 4: THURSDAY

AM – CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE (SAN CRISTOBAL)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit

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San Cristobal airport

After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.