2018: Cruising the Galapagos on the Coral I/II - 4-Night cruise with Ecuador's Amazon (ISJC)

12 days from Quito to Guayaquil

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Tour Operator
Monograms
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2017
Duration
12 Days
Escorted
Escorted - No
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1QuitoArrive in Quito, 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3Amazon LodgeAt 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 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 included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and Spaniards. See Independence Square, the cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 7San CristobalUpon arrival, transfer to the CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE and learn about the island's giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The center includes a large corral, breeding center, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants, as well as birds such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galapagos flycatcher. Next, embark your ship for your 4-night cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 8Cruising: San Cristobal IslandWake up at CERRO BRUJO, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and white-cheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkeling with the sea lions and other marine life. This afternoon, hike up PUNTA PITT for spectacular views and the opportunity to see all three types of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca! (B,L,D)
Day 9Cruising: Espanola IslandDisembark at SUAREZ POINT on Espanola Island, one of the oldest and most isolated islands in the Galapagos. Explore volcanic formations and large colonies of seabirds, including Espanola mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Hike to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies as well as the world's largest colony of waved albatross. Also, see the famous blowhole that shoots water 75 feet into the air. After lunch, land at GARDNER BAY on a beautiful white coral sand beach, where you are welcomed by a colony of sea lions. You may also spot Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, hood mockingbirds, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swimming and snorkeling here offers a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife as well. (B,L,D)
Day 10Cruising: Floreana IslandTake a dinghy ride along CHAMPION ISLET off Floreana Island in search of Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles, sharks, and dolphins. Arrive at CORMORANT POINT and see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit POST OFFICE BAY, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling. (B,L,D)
Day 11GuayaquilDisembark on Santa Cruz Island and travel to the highlands to visit a private FARM and natural tortoise reserve, EL CHATO, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. Continue to Baltra for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 12GuayaquilYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/11/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
01/25/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
02/08/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
02/22/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/08/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
03/22/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
04/19/2018$5,069.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
05/17/2018$5,069.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
09/20/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/04/2018$5,069.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
10/18/2018$5,069.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/01/2018$5,069.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/15/2018$5,069.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
11/29/2018$4,929.00* (USD) / Land Only PriceQuote
Disclaimer
US$ Price Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
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 $798. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Coca; Coca/Quito; Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

Cruise pricing is based on a Standard Plus cabin on the Coral I or Coral II. Cabin upgrades are available.

Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee, transit card and ship's fuel surcharge ($170 value).

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.
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