Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.
See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.
Spot marine iguanas, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.
Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 1 Quito
Day 2 Quito
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From your hotel you'll head out by boat to Santa Fé Island. On your short guided hike through woods of prickly pear cacti and palo santo trees, the aim is to spot the island's endemic species of land iguana. Its cove is one of the most sheltered in the Galapagos, so it's an ideal place for a swim. If you choose to go snorkeling, you might see striking underwater lava formations. It's also a great island for observing lively colonies of sea lions.
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Today you'll embark on a full day trip to Bartolomé Island. It's distinguished by its basaltic obelisk, Pinnacle Rock, as well as tuff cones and other striking lava formations. The water here is often full of playful sea lions who are joined by Galapagos penguins and many tropical fish. The rocks are encrusted with sea urchins and anemones.
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A visit to North Seymour Island is in store for today. This low-lying island is teeming with wildlife: as well as marine iguanas, you could observe pelicans engaged in a feeding frenzy. Other birds include blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. During mating season, you can usually witness the magnificent frigate birds puffing up their scarlet throat sacks. The afternoon sees you visiting Las Bachas beach on Santa Cruz. Named after US military barges abandoned there during World War II, it's a haven for wading birds such as flamingos and common stilts.
Day 9 Galapagos Islands
Today you'll visit the tiny crescent-shaped South Plaza Island. Its cliffs and rocks are thick with green seaweed and low-lying succulent sesuvium plants. Sally Lightfoot crabs can often be seen on the beaches. Look out for sea lions and land iguanas while walking on a guided trail around the island. A walk to an overlook sometimes offers a glimpse of some of the larger marine life to be found in the Galapagos: manta rays.
Day 10 Return home
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