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Value Galapagos: Budget cruising in the Enchanted Islands

12 days from £3265pp

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Value Galapagos: Budget cruising in the Enchanted Islands

12 days from £3265pp
 

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Day 1

Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to hotel.
 
Transfer to your hotel in the Pacific port of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second city. Vibrant seaport and powerhouse behind the Ecuadorian economy, Guayaquil still has something of the edgy rawness born from its isolation. But the city is rapidly growing, being upgraded and renovated. You might visit the newly refurbished malecón (promenade) which stretches for 2km along the fast flowing Río Guayas and has an exuberant and bustling atmosphere.  
Guayaquil

Day 2

Fly to the Galápagos Islands, overnight Puerto Ayora.
 

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos Islands (2 hrs). Spend 2 nights in a hotel at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, the archipelago’s principal town and centre for visitors. It is built on breezy Academy Bay, a harbour busy with the comings and goings of cruise yachts and fishing boats.  A short walk from the centre of town is Tortuga Bay, heaving with marine iguanas, birds, and a natural mangrove forest where you can spot white tip reef sharks and the gigantic Galápagos tortoise.

Day 3

At leisure in Puerto Ayora; optional excursions.
 
At leisure on Santa Cruz island. There are many excursions which can be organised locally, or you can just relax after your long journey from Europe or elsewhere. If it isn’t on your cruise itinerary, a boat trip to nearby North Seymour Island yields excellent wildlife viewing.
Puerto Ayora

Day 4

Embark MV Cachalote for your Galápagos cruise.
 
Embark on the MV Cachalote for your 8 day cruise around the archipelago. Once you’ve paid your national park entrance fee (currently $US100 but under revision), your naturalist guide will be waiting to take you to the quayside. />

Cachalote offers guests a true seaborne experience, and will delight those who prefer economical accommodation and to feel close to the ocean than to enjoy luxurious amenities. She carries just 16 passengers in eight compact cabins. The use of polished teak wood décor throughout adds to the cosy nautical ambience.

Galapagos sealions

Days 5-10

Land excursions from the cruise around the Galápagos Islands.
 
The Galápagos Islands emerged in the Pacific Ocean six million years ago following a spate of volcanic activity and, isolated from the continental mainland, have become home to unique animal and plant species.

The islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which formed the basis for his revolutionary book ‘The Origin of the Species’, published in 1859. Without fear of humans, they are sufficiently trusting to allow you to approach them and observe them up close.

Although geologically constantly on the move, these islands remain suspended in time, with giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins, frigate birds, waved albatross and blue-footed boobies and a wealth of rare flora all thriving there. For many, the fascinating and unique wildlife and natural beauty of the islands are matched by the thrill of being at sea. Find a spot on deck as you make your way through the ocean, often trailed by flocks of birds and playful dolphins.

The itinerary for your days in the Galápagos will depend on your date of departure and is subject to change. There are normally two landings a day to seek out the different types of wildlife which inhabit the islands.

flamingoes

Day 11

Fly to Guayaquil, connect with international flight home.
 

Disembark and fly back to Guayaquil, tropical port on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, for your international flight home. 

12 days from £3265pp

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