Greetings from the Galápagos
Our first Galápagos Islands cruise takes off TODAY, and we couldn’t be more excited! In order for us to release that excitement in a constructive and socially acceptable way (the 50,000 person Galápagos blowout bash was quashed for reasons unknown), we want to share all the amazing places you’ll go, things you’ll see and excursions you’ll do.
The vacation begins with a stay at the Casa Gangotena Hotel in Ecuador’s historical capitol city of Quito. This beautiful Spanish Colonial style hotel features luxurious rooms and is a short walk from the famous Plaza de San Francisco.
Plaza San Francisco
The following morning, after an early breakfast buffet, a guided walking tour explores the city’s storied past with stops at the Museo Casa del Alabado and the Basílica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-Gothic basílica in the Americas. The day is topped off with a delicious dinner at Restaurante El Ventanal with sunset views overlooking the city.
Sounds pretty great so far and we haven’t even made it to the islands yet!
On day three, you’ll arrive in the Galápagos Islands. A short flight from Quito to Isla San Cristóbal and a brief panga ride brings you to your home for the next seven nights; the yacht La Pinta. Guest rooms include complimentary books and a reusable water bottle for staying hydrated during excursions. Wifi is also available for no charge in the ship’s lounge.
After becoming acquainted with the ship and crew, you’ll venture to Cerro Colorado and see dozens of bird species, an endemic lava lizard and a tortoise breeding center.
The next morning, following a breakfast buffet on the La Pinta, you’ll explore Punta Pitt and all the wildlife it has to offer. Frigatebirds, three types of boobies and bachelor sea lions all call this place home. In the afternoon, you’ll panga ride to the northern tip of the island and experience the beautiful Cerro Brujo coral sand beach. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas!
Over the following five days, the adventures continue as you’ll snorkel with green sea turtles and walk along the white sandy beaches of Isla Española; visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to see giant tortoises and walk through the lave tubes on Isla Santa Cruz.
On Isla Bartolomé, ride a glass bottom boat and hike to the summit of a volcanic cone. On Isla Genovesa, see giant frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches and take in the stunning views at the top of Prince Phillip’s Steps.
Every day in the Galápagos brings a new island and new experiences until your departure from Isla Baltra.
But even when the trip ends and you leave for home, you’ll forever carry the unforgettable memories of the 10 adventurous, fun and relaxing days in the Galápagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador.