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Ecuador and the Galapagos

Trip Length

Trip Code

16 days PSEG

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Start City

End City

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Ecuador and the Galapagos

As we fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, located in the equatorial water of the Pacific Ocean, we suddenly find ourselves in a very different world. As we board our vessel, M.C Queen Beatriz, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, we start to encounter nature at its finest. This is indeed the Galapagos journey with something for everyone.

Why we love it:

Ecuador and the Galapagos


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Cafe Cultura, Quito

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Day 2: Otavalo

Accommodation: Cusin Hotel, Otavalo

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Day 3: Otavalo- Papallacta

Accommodation: Termas De Papallacta, Papallacta

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Day 4-5: Cotopaxi

Accommodation: Cienega Hotel or similar, Cotopaxi

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Day 6: Cotopaxi- Quito

Accommodation: Cafe Cultura, Quito

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Day 7: Quito

Accommodation: Cafe Cultura, Quito

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Day 8: Morning flight to San Cristobál, transfer to the M.C Queen Beatriz. Visit Galapaguera.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 9: Visit Bartolomé Island and Sullivan Bay.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 10: Santiago Island, including Espumilla beach, Bucanero Cove and Puerto Egas.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 11: Santa Cruz Island, visiting Charles Darwin Station and the highlands.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 12: North Seymour and Mosquera Island.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 13: Visit Black Turtle Cove and Cerro Dragón.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 14: Rabida Island and Sombrero Chino.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 15: Bachas Beach and onto Baltra for our flight to Quito.

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cafe Cultura, Quito

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Day 16: End Quito (Mon).

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Your Trip

What to know

The National Park and Transit Card fee of US$110 is not included in the trip cost and must be paid in cash upon arrival at Baltra airport.

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Ecuador
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Canadians and British do not currently require a visa for Ecuador. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
Visa requirements for Galapagos Islands are the same as Ecuador.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Ecuador

Ecuador - A Fragile Democracy-Corkill & Cubitt The Panama Hat Trail-T Miller Galapagos - A Natural History Guide-M Jackson

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Watching Wildlife: Galapagos Islands - David Andrew - Lonely Planet Galapagos – Kurt Vonnecut Galapagos: A Natural History – Michael H Jackson

On The Ground Payments
Please note: The Galapagos National Park fee and transit card, USD110 are not included in the price of this tour. These must be paid locally in cash on arrival in Baltra, Galapagos.

Entrance

You must pay US$110 entrance fee to Galapagos Islands National Park upon arrival at Baltra or San Cristobal Airport in the Galapagos (this includes the $10 transit card fee). In the interest of speed and efficiency, this is best paid in cash. If your trip visits Isabela Island, there is also a US$20 park fee to be paid upon arrival.


Important Information

M.C Queen Beatriz

The Queen Beatriz is a modern Catamaran. She has a comfortable lounge and dining area, as well as a sun deck where you can view the wildlife or just kick back and relax. She has eight well-appointed, air-conditioned cabins and yet, at 30 metres, she is small enough for us to offer an individual level of service. She's just perfect for a more personal look at this great marine reserve.

Cabins:

3 Standard twin cabins
4 Deluxe cabins with balconies – 2 x Twin and 2 x Double
1 Suite
All cabins are fully air-conditioned with private facilities
 

Specifications:
Built: 2008
Length: 30.2 m
Beam 11.2 m
Engines: 2
Speed 12 knots
Passengers: 16
Crew: 8 + 1 English speaking naturalist guide

Accommodation on board is based on twin or double share. Single supplements are available on request should you require a cabin to yourself.

Please remember that the sun in the Galapagos can be quite fierce. Make sure you bring along a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. You should also bring insect repellent for use on some shore excursions and excursions into the mangroves.


Peregrine Community Trust & The Galapagos Conservancy
We support the work of The Galapagos Conservancy. The Conservancy is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Galapagos conservation. It is a membership-based organisation and the largest source of private support for conservation efforts. The 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands, and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

Funds raised by the Galapagos Conservancy support the core operations of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), both located on the island of Santa Cruz.

If, after having visited this unique and precious region of the world, you would like to make a donation towards the protection of the Galapagos Peregrine Community Trust is the easiest and most convenient way to do so. Please visit: https://donate.cafaustralia.org.au/Peregrine/

 

Meals & Dietary requirements

All meals are included whilst on the Queen Beatriz. There is a chef on board who cooks up local and international cuisine daily, including a buffet breakfast.

Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Peregrine of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

8 April 2014


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