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Independent Galapagos at the Finch Bay Resort 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

How deep is your love of adventure? Is it deep enough to follow the course of Charles Darwin to discover your own love affair with the wildlife paradise of the Galápagos Islands? If so, this Independence by Globus vacation in Ecuador is pointing you in the right direction. Begin by exploring the historic heart of Quito and depart for parts unknown where blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and diving iguanas of the Galápagos give new meaning to mind-blowing discoveries. You’ll stay at the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos, offering a private, seaside location to kayak, snorkel, bike, and take boat excursions to the various Galápagos Islands with expert Naturalists. Sail upon pristine waters to discover the perfectly evolved creatures who thrive on this volcanic archipelago. Stroll the sand where sea lions bask and albatross brace against the updrafts above the cliffs. Sail, snorkel, and simply stay in a state of astonishment through the sanctuaries of spectacular species on North Seymour, and South Plaza Island, and Santa Cruz Islands. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where conservationists work to protect the gentle giants for which the islands are named. You’ll also find the I-time you deserve to fall in love with adventure again!

Countries Visited

Ecuador

Cities Visited

Guayaquil , Quito , Santa Cruz

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR

    Welcome to Quito, where your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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  2. Day 2
    QUITO

    • Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ

    • Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos.
    • Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs.
    • Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel.

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS

    • Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers.
    • After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared.
    • Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO PUNTA CARRION & SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

    • This morning, travel to Punta Carrion on Santa Cruz Island for some time to snorkel. The shallow reefs and mangroves make this an ideal site to snorkel with plenty of reef fish as well as occasional sea lions and sharks.
    • Next, sail to South Plaza Island, a small island full of fascinating wildlife, both along its shore and along its dramatic, wind-swept cliffs. Here you will see large, yellow land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, masked and blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and much more during your guided walk.
    • Return to the hotel this afternoon.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY

    • Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters.
    • Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises.

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL

    • Depart the hotel this morning for the airport in Baltra. Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador.

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    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    GUAYAQUIL

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Maximum enjoyment of this vacation requires walking on uneven pathways and climbing stairs. Elevations exceeding 8,000 feet can make even modest exertion a challenge. Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,350 ft. In the Galápagos, there will be “wet landings” meaning guests will need to be able to jump in the water, out of the boats/zodiacs and walk a couple of meters to the beaches. Terrain is rocky and uneven.

Galapagos Islands itineraries are fully subject to change.
Meals:
Buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 4 three-course dinners

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Accommodations

This vacation includes the following Intra-Vacation Air segments in the vacation price: Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Quito.

Galápagos package includes Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) but will show separately on your invoice. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Quito: Hilton Colon Quito - MET
The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop.
Address:
Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito , Ecuador
Santa Cruz Island: Finch Bay Eco Hotel - Finch Bay Room
The Finch Bay Hotel offers a seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private facilities, and air-conditioning.
Address:
Barrio Punta Estrada S/N
Galápagos Islands GAL, Ecuador
Guayaquil: Hilton Colon Guayaquil - Metro
Address:
Av Francisco de Orellana Mz 111
Guayaquil , Ecuador

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

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3
Accommodations
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Professional Staff
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Value for Money
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I loved staying at Finch Bay Hotel and not on a ship. It was a wonderful experience and everyone was so helpful and nice ! We felt very safe . Food was so good!!

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