Galapagos Inner Loop

 

Celebrity Cruise Line on the Celebrity Xpedition

November 4 - 14, 2018

11 Days / 10 Nights

(Roundtrip from Baltra)

Quito, Ecuador ~ Baltra, Galapagos ~ Daphne Island, Galapagos ~ Egas Port ~Rabida, Galapagos ~ Elizabeth Bay ~ Tagus Cove, Isabella ~ Sullivan Bay, Santiago ~ Bartolome Island ~ Las Bachas, Santa Cruz ~ North Seymour Island~ Puerto Baquerizo, Cristobal ~ Punta Pitt, San Cristobal ~ Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz ~ Baltra (Galapagos) ~ Quito, Ecuador

 

With more than 12 years in the Galapagos Islands, we’ve learned a lot about delivering award-winning vacations in this unique corner of the world. We understand that while world-travelers share a passion for discovery, there are all sorts of explorers. That’s exactly why we’ve expanded our vacations in the Galapagos to provide even more comprehensive, all-inclusive packages to satisfy the travel styles of every modern explorer.

 

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Galapagos Inner Loop

Celebrity Cruise Line on the Celebrity Xpedition

November 4 - 14, 2018

11 Days / 10 Nights

(Roundtrip from Baltra)

 

Day 1

Quito, Ecuador—On the first day of your journey, you'll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

 

Day 2

Quito, Ecuador—During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you'll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

 

Day 3

Quito, Ecuador—Morning flight to Baltra

 

Day 3

Baltra, Galapagos ~ Depart 2:30 PM
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.

 

Day 3

Daphne Island, Galapagos (Cruising) ~ 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropical birds. In addition, large schools of fish can be observed from the zodiac rides.

 

Day 4

Egas Port ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
With its sandy beach and black rock, blue-water grottos, this stop offers a taste of Galapagos geology, some great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shore birds and Galapagos fur seals. Excursion options include a long walk along the shore to the grottos to see fur seals, followed by optional swimming and snorkeling or a shorter coastal walk, and optional swimming and snorkeling.

 

Day 4

Rabida (Galapagos) ~ 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The landscapes of this small island are visually stunning—it’s the top of an old volcanic cone bathed in crimson. The rocks and sand are hued brilliant red and sit amid coves of clear aqua blue water. A short hike up a steep hill provides for several spectacular overlooks, while you search the high cactus for finches and other birds. A Zodiac ride along the coast is also an option, as you can look for sea lions, fur seals, and birds. A brackish lagoon just behind the landing site sometimes provides an extraordinary opportunity—to get up close and personal with flamingos—a photographer’s dream, when it happens. A swim off the beach or snorkel along the shore afterward is just the way to end the day.

 

Day 5

Elizabeth Bay ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A prized stop along Isabela's coastline. It is a sheltered inlet and one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic zodiac ride offers excellent wildlife viewing and access to a rich mangrove ecosystem. Blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and nesting flightless cormorants perch on small rocky islands in the Bay. Penguins often pop up when you least expect it and nearby blue-footed boobies dive into the sea like missiles. The Zodiacs carefully cruise into the shallower reaches of the ecosystem to look for rays, sea turtles, and schools of fish. Great blue herons and Galapagos hawks can also be seen within the branches of the mangroves.

 

Day 5

Tagus Cove (Isabella) ~ 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, Tagus Cove offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Ever wanted to see a pirate’s autograph? Carved in to the cliffs of the cove you'll find hand-carved names dating back to 1836. Seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found along the shore.

 

Day 6

Sullivan Bay (Santiago) ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Here you have the opportunity for a morning hike over a blackened landscape that is nothing less than a geologic wonderland. At every step, the hardened twists and turns of lava that flowed during a volcanic eruption in the 1900s are visible. Collapse craters, hornitos, and lava cactus dot the trail and where black pahoehoe lava flows between high piles of red volcanic debris (scoria cones). It resembles a strange Martian landscape. A short Zodiac ride along the coast provides additional viewing of the island's interesting geology along with the opportunity to look for blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and more.

 

Day 6

Bartolome Island ~ 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

 

Day 7

Las Bachas, (Santa Cruz) ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.

 

Day 7

North Seymour Island ~ 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM
North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.

 

Day 8

Puerto Baquerizo (Cristobal) ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00AM
Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

 

Day 8

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) ~ 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon" is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.

 

Day 9

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz ~ 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and home to Puerto Ayora (the largest town in the islands). In 1959, the Ecuadorian government declared all the islands, except areas already colonized, as a national park. In the same year, the Charles Darwin Foundation was founded to promote scientific research and ensure the conservation of the Galapagos. In 1992, the waters surrounding the Galapagos were declared a marine reserve. Here, you have the opportunity to visit a giant tortoise reserve in the lushly vegetated highlands, where the animals roam free in their natural habitat. On another excursion, a short drive through town brings you to the Galapagos Park Service giant tortoise breeding station and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Afterwards, there is time to wander through the lovely streets of Puerto Ayora for some shopping.

 

Day 10

Baltra (Galapagos) ~ Arrive 7:00AM

 

Day 10

Return to Quito, Ecuador ~ 1 post night

 

Day 11

Quito, Ecuador

 

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