Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Tour

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Why You Should Go

In March of 2017, the previously known M/V Eclipse was renamed M/V Xperience, which originally arrived in Galapagos in 1999, and since then has been the best way to see islands.  Offering the ideal combination of facilities, stability for night sailings, excellent naturalist guides, al fresco dining, and small groups of disembarking passengers, the Xperience makes for perfect Galapagos sailing. Onboard comfort is a high priority on the Xperience, and to emphasize this point, the ship offers the most spacious outdoor areas of any boat in the Galapagos. This all adds up to a spectacular way to see this amazing wildlife destination. However, there are other luxury vessels we recommend for visiting the Galapagos, which you can read more about here.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall Winter

The Galapagos is great to travel year-round, but for a more in-depth weather guide, you can visit our blog here.

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Punta Pitt

Sample Itinerary

9 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Guayaquil + Arrive Guayaquil
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Meals:
Accommodations: Hotel del Parque

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Post Office Bay
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Day 2

Fly Guayaquil/Baltra Island
Upon arrival at Baltra, you will be transferred to the M/V Xperience for boarding. After check-in, you will start sailing towards North Seymour Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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El Castillo Hacienda
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Day 3

South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Islands
Today you will disembark to the island of South Plaza, with the striking black lava and white sand shoreline. South Plaza, although quite small, is home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas, and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. Your next stop is Santa Fe Island, hosting a number of unique endemic species. Afterwards, you may wish to embark on deep-sea snorkeling off the beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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Seal on Santa Fe Island
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Day 4

Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo in San Cristobal
Punta Pitt is one of the few places on Earth where it is possible to see all three kinds of boobies: Nazca, Blue-footed, and red-footed; and two species of frigates. Your next stopover is Cerro Brujo where you may see endemic mockingbirds and lava lizards.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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Punta Pitt
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Day 5

Floreana Island
Floreana is one of the Galapagos’ most famous islands due to the many interesting stories regarding past settlers. You will take a tour immersing yourself in the land’s sailing history and encounter such animals like Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and nesting turtles. You will also be able to wander through the black mangroves, lagoons, and unique fauna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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Floreana Island
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Day 6

Isabela Island
By land and sea, you will see a contrasting collection of species. Green sea turtles spotted eagle rays, white tip reef sharks can be seen below while birds like herons and Galapagos hawks can be seen soaring overhead. Try and spot the flightless birds as well like the cormorants and penguins.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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Flamingo at Elizabeth Bay
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Day 7

Charles Darwin Research Station + Santa Cruz Island
At the Charles Darwin Research Station, the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration, you will have the chance to see and learn about the giant tortoises. Following this excursion, you will visit the highlands of Santa Cuz Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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Charles Darwin Research Station
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Day 8

Espanola Island
You will land on the white sand beaches of Espanola Island, you will be greeted by a colony of sea lions, birds of all types, lava lizards, and marine iguanas. This a great spot for snorkeling through the clear waters before continuing on to Punta Suarez with a beautiful vista featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water some 75 feet in the air.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Xperience

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Punta Suarez
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Day 9

Fly Santa Cruz Island/Guayaquil/Home

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Sally Light-foot Crab

Hotels

Opened in January of 2017, this historical 44-room luxury boutique hotel is our new favorite property in Guayaquil! This hotel is located in the lush Guayaquil Historical Park in the upscale Samborondón area of the city. Hotel del Parque offers a surreal, calm oasis from the noisy city centers. Originally conceived in 1891, the building served as a homeless shelter for the elderly and disabled. The rooms are spacious, including extra-large bedrooms with modern bathrooms. Among the amenities is the amazing restaurant, Casa Julian, which overlooks the hazy Daule River. The hotel offers an outstanding spa service, located in the chapel’s bell tower, with spectacular 360° views over the gardens.

Hotel del Parque

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Opened in January of 2017, this historical 44-room luxury boutique hotel is our new favorite property in Guayaquil! This hotel is located in the lush Guayaquil Historical Park in the upscale Samborondón area of the city. Hotel del Parque offers a surreal, calm oasis from the noisy city centers. Originally conceived in 1891, the building served as a homeless shelter for the elderly and disabled. The rooms are spacious, including extra-large bedrooms with modern bathrooms. Among the amenities is the amazing restaurant, Casa Julian, which overlooks the hazy Daule River. The hotel offers an outstanding spa service, located in the chapel’s bell tower, with spectacular 360° views over the gardens.

The highest quality medium-size vessels, the newly launched  Celebrity Xperience (formerly the Eclipse) perfectly balances premier wildlife experiences with comfortability and stability. Each of the 24-staterooms features ocean views, premium bedding, flat screen TVs, internet access, and room service. With a naturalist guide for every twelve passengers, the Xperience provides a personalized luxury sailing experience.

 

M/V Xperience

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The highest quality medium-size vessels, the newly launched  Celebrity Xperience (formerly the Eclipse) perfectly balances premier wildlife experiences with comfortability and stability. Each of the 24-staterooms features ocean views, premium bedding, flat screen TVs, internet access, and room service. With a naturalist guide for every twelve passengers, the Xperience provides a personalized luxury sailing experience.

 

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Location

Overview

Temperature
Highs: Low 70’s
Lows: High 50’s
Area
272,045 sq km
105,037 sq miles
Capital
Quito
Population
14.8 million
Language
Spanish, indigenous languages
Currency
US Dollar

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