MONOGRAMS 2017: Cruising the Galapagos on the Galapagos Sea Star Journey with Ecuador's Amazon (ISDC)

13 days from Quito to Guayaquil

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Tour Operator
Globus
Duration
13 Days
Escorted
Escorted - No
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1QuitoQuito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2Amazon LodgeFly to Coca and travel by motorized CANOE to your selected Amazon lodge, your home base for the next three nights. (L,D)
Day 3Amazon LodgeAt the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view Spider Monkeys, aracaris, toucans, Blue and Gold Macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the Red-Rumped Cacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, manioc, or preparing chichi. (B, L, D daily)

At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge's butterfly house, one of Ecuador's largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys-and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes. (B, L, D daily)

At the La Selva Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. Breakfast is served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. The activity included will depend on many factors, including the weather and what you prefer to do. After lunch, try your hand at piranha fishing, take a nap, or read a book during the hottest hours of the day. In the afternoon, included activities consist of a canoe ride around the lagoon, a short trail walk to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm. Included evening excursions will be available after dinner, if you so choose. Alternatively, many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink or have a soothing massage in the spa! (B,L,D daily)
Day 4Amazon LodgeAt the Napo Wildlife Center: Your time in the Amazon accompanied by a Local Guide includes early morning EXCURSIONS to parrot clay licks; dugout canoe rides in search of river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys; and walks along the canopy platform to view Spider Monkeys, aracaris, toucans, Blue and Gold Macaws, numerous species of tanagers, and the Red-Rumped Cacique. In your free time, consider a walk through the jungle in search of interesting plants and colorful or well-camouflaged insects. You are also invited to join families of the Anangu indigenous community on their daily activities, such as harvesting bananas, coco, manioc, or preparing chichi. (B, L, D daily)

At the Sacha Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. On the suspended rainforest canopy walk your Naturalist points out many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Jungle walks show off the immense biodiversity and medicinal plants that have been used by the native cultures for hundreds of years. Visit the lodge's butterfly house, one of Ecuador's largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys-and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth. After fishing for piranhas, arrive at the Kapok Tree tower, perched 135-feet high. Get close-up views of birds as the sun sets on volcanic Mount Sumaco and the Andes. (B, L, D daily)

At the La Selva Lodge: During your stay, enjoy EXCURSIONS with a Naturalist who introduces you to the Amazon. Breakfast is served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. The activity included will depend on many factors, including the weather and what you prefer to do. After lunch, try your hand at piranha fishing, take a nap, or read a book during the hottest hours of the day. In the afternoon, included activities consist of a canoe ride around the lagoon, a short trail walk to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm. Included evening excursions will be available after dinner, if you so choose. Alternatively, many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink or have a soothing massage in the spa! (B,L,D daily)
Day 5QuitoDepart your Amazon lodge and fly from Coca to Quito today. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 6QuitoYour private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable Cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 7Cruising: Santa Cruz IslandFly to the Galapagos and visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where you will learn about conservation in the archipelago and see the tortoise breeding center. The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of tortoises interact with one another and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans visiting and looking for great photo opportunities. Board the Galapagos Sea Star Journey later this afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 8Cruising: Isabela IslandA panga ride brings you to TINTORERAS, small islands named after the white-tipped reef sharks found in the crystal-clear waters. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters. You may also see the Galapagos penguin, rays, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and sea lions. Isabela Island is the largest and one of the young¬est islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This afternoon, we land in Puerto Villamil and head up to the highlands of Isabela to see SIERRA NEGRA volcano. Learn about the seismic evolution of the archipelago as you veer into Sierra Negra's crater, the second-widest one in the world. From this viewpoint, you'll enjoy fantastic sights and the option to hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B,L,D)
Day 9Cruising: Isabela IslandAt PUNTA MORENO, walk a lava flow formed into a complex of lagoons that hosts a wide variety of life, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. This afternoon at ELIZABETH BAY, see the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos on a scenic zodiac ride. The excursion continues into a cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. Here, you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead while schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B,L,D)
Day 10Cruising: Fernandina & Isabela IslandsA walk on Fernandina Island's PUNTA ESPINOZA reveals a large colony of marine iguanas as well as the flightless cormorant, a bird that swims the ocean for its food and no longer flies. This bird, due to the lack of predators, has adjusted its way of survival and improved its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swim¬ming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Other wildlife includes penguins, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galapagos hawks, and land iguanas. Back on Isabela, visit TAGUS COVE to see the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, and other sea birds. Tour along the cliffs in a zodiac for a good chance to see these fascinating species and enjoy a short hike along a trail to the top of the cliff. From the cliffs you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake, saltier than the sea, as well as volcanos. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 11Cruising: Santiago IslandA short panga ride to Espumilla Beach on SANTIAGO ISLAND reveals a mangrove forest and common nesting area for sea turtles. Learn how the last presence the El Nino phenomenon caused one of the two lagoons in this site to undergo a process of sedimentation, causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. Keep an eye out for Galapagos finches, marine iguanas, and sea lions, as well as flamingos and pintail ducks in the nearby lagoons. Land at PUERTO EGAS, known for its black-sand beach and landscape of lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds as well as a colony of fur sea lions and marine iguanas. You have the chance to snorkel or swim from the beach. (B,L,D)
Day 12GuayaquilDepart for ISLA LOBOS, home to sea birds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and various shore birds. Explore the island by a trail leading across a dry vegetation zone, volcanic rocks and sandy areas. Also watch for the Chatham mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard seen nowhere else in the Galapagos. Head to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 13GuayaquilYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $870. Required intra-vacation air segments are Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Cruise pricing is based on Galapagos Suites on the Sea Star Journey. Cabin upgrades are available.

Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

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