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Adventures Afloat: The Galápagos: Natural and Cultural History

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Elevation Note
Quito is at an elevation of approximately 9,400 feet.

Itinerary for Mar 1 — Mar 11, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in our Fitness Center & Spa, complete with outdoor heated pool. Choose from 5 dining experiences, including gourmet Mediterranean at Portofino and Japanese at Kioto.... more Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in our Fitness Center & Spa, complete with outdoor heated pool. Choose from 5 dining experiences, including gourmet Mediterranean at Portofino and Japanese at Kioto. All Hilton Colon Quito hotel rooms have wireless internet access. Choose a Suite for mountain views or an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access. In the business district, 5 miles from the airport, the hotel has 15 meeting rooms for up to 700, an Executive Lounge and wireless internet access throughout. The Hilton Colon Quito hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Enjoy the fitness center and spa treatments then relax with a massage. Have a flutter at our late-night casino.

Contact info:
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2560666
web: www.hilton.com

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing
.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 01 - Arrive to Quito.
Note: To minimize your chances of experiencing altitude sickness while in Quito, try to get plenty of rest before you travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, consume high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations.

The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito.

Arrive To: Arrive at Quito's international airport.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day.

Lodging: Hilton Colon Quito Hotel

Type: Hotel

Description: Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in our Fitness Center & Spa, complete with outdoor heated pool. Choose from 5 dining experiences, including gourmet Mediterranean at Portofino and Japanese at Kioto.... more Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in our Fitness Center & Spa, complete with outdoor heated pool. Choose from 5 dining experiences, including gourmet Mediterranean at Portofino and Japanese at Kioto. All Hilton Colon Quito hotel rooms have wireless internet access. Choose a Suite for mountain views or an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access. In the business district, 5 miles from the airport, the hotel has 15 meeting rooms for up to 700, an Executive Lounge and wireless internet access throughout. The Hilton Colon Quito hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Enjoy the fitness center and spa treatments then relax with a massage. Have a flutter at our late-night casino.

Contact info:
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2560666
web: www.hilton.com

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing
.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 02 - Quito – Colonial Quito, the First UNESCO Wo...
Quito –
Colonial Quito, the First UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Equator


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Meet your Quito group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Orientation to the program.

Explore Quito’s colonial center; the best preserved colonial and historic center in Latin America, starting with a panoramic view of the city at El Panecillo hill. Before the Spanish arrived, the hill known as El Panecillo (small bread roll) was used by the Inca for sun worshiping. In the early 1800s, the Spanish military took advantage of El Panecillo's strategic location and elevation (9,843 ft), and built a fortress to protect and monitor the city. In present times, the hill is the site of a city monument and lookout point where visitors can get 360° views of Quito. On clear days, it is even possible to spot Cotopaxi's snowy peak in the distance.

Afterwards continue to the colonial center. While walking through the narrow streets, you will learn about Quito’s rich history going from pre-Hispanic times, through the Colonial period, to the Republican era. Admire the wonderful architecture of its colonial buildings and the uniqueness of religious art pieces from the famous Quitenian School of art that combines the European Renaissance and Baroque styles with the indigenous and mestizo influences.

Lunch: At a local restaurant including an introduction to Ecuadorian food products.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue to the famous Middle of the World and celebrate the ability to be in both hemispheres at the same time - a once in a lifetime experience. Learn important facts, myths and legends about the Geography of Earth while visiting the Equator as well as the history of the first group of scientists who had the hard mission to determined Earth’s shape in 1743. Visit the Ethnographic museum where you will get a general vision about Ecuador’s demography, geography and economy.

Return to the hotel.

Lecture: The Past, Present, and Future of Ecuador.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Colon Quito Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in our Fitness Center & Spa, complete with outdoor heated pool. Choose from 5 dining experiences, including gourmet Mediterranean at Portofino and Japanese at Kioto.... more Just 20 minutes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in our Fitness Center & Spa, complete with outdoor heated pool. Choose from 5 dining experiences, including gourmet Mediterranean at Portofino and Japanese at Kioto. All Hilton Colon Quito hotel rooms have wireless internet access. Choose a Suite for mountain views or an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access. In the business district, 5 miles from the airport, the hotel has 15 meeting rooms for up to 700, an Executive Lounge and wireless internet access throughout. The Hilton Colon Quito hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Enjoy the fitness center and spa treatments then relax with a massage. Have a flutter at our late-night casino.

Contact info:
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2560666
web: www.hilton.com

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for pricing
.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 03 - Quito - Historic Hacienda/Otavalo Market.
Breakfast: Depart hotel early in the morning.

Stop for a typical breakfast at Hacienda La Compañia, built a century ago by the ancestors of the family that owns this hacienda today.

Take a moment to enjoy the hacienda's extraordinary rose plantation and its showroom. Marvel at the incredible variety of roses produced in the area.

Transfer to the Otavalo market.

Morning: Fieldtrip to the Otavalo market with site lecture.

The Otavalo Market is a famous market dating back to pre-Inca times where locals and visitors can buy or barter food, animals, basic necessities and crafts. Otavaleños are well known for their superior business skills. Examples of their craft can be found at this market and throughout stores in the country.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the market.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore the Market at your own pace.

Transfer back to Quito.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Colon Quito Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This newly renovated deluxe motor yacht can accommodate up to 20 passengers in 11 well-appointed cabins. The Coral II offers the best of both worlds--a level of comfort and service usually found on larger boats, but with the intimacy and maneuverability that is typical of the smaller vessels.

Ship Information: Category: Deluxe Mega yacht Length: 112.70 Ft. Decks: 4 Built in: Holland Refurbished: 2012 Passengers: 20 Crew: 9 Speed: 12 knots Cruise Speed: 10 knots Life Raft: 4.2 for 25 passengers each and 2 for 8 passengers each Disembark zodiacs: 2 units 16 passengers each Electricity: 110 v Classified: ISM-SOLAS Safety Equipment: radars, gyrocompass, auto pilot, visual directions finder, echo sounder, radio, telephony GMDSS equipped.

Contact info:
N/A
Galapagos, Ecuador
phone: +593-5-2520 6327
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Cabins are outward facing and air-conditioned. Each room has its own bathroom, intercabin phone, safety box, hair dryer, & TV.

Facility amenities: The Coral II has a sun terrace, whirlpool, dining room and bar, small library, and a comfortable lounge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, March 04 - Galápagos - Flight to San Cristobal Island/B...
Galápagos -
Flight to San Cristobal Island/Board Yacht/Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve.


Note: There is a (44 lb weight limit for checked luggage, please pack accordingly). Excess luggage can be stored at the hotel in Quito. Actual cruise itinerary and islands visited are always subject to change by the Galápagos National Park. Itineraries are not guaranteed.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport where you will be assisted by your Quito group leader. Depart for the Galápagos Islands.

**Note: The Galápagos airline tickets are issued in Ecuador and held by the group leader for safekeeping. The airline tickets will be distributed to participants on-site.**

Lunch: Light lunch served on the flight.

Afternoon: Arrive to San Cristobal Island.

Upon arrival to Galápagos Islands, proceed through Immigration. Have your passport ready at the immigration counter before proceeding to baggage claim.

You will be met by your Galápagos guide outside the baggage claim area and transferred to the yacht.

Board and set sail.

Enjoy an orientation, safety drill and a light snack.

Afternoon visit to the San Cristobal’s Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (40 mins drive) to view giant tortoises and learn about the breeding project and other local conservation efforts.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities.

Lodging: MY Coral II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This newly renovated deluxe motor yacht can accommodate up to 20 passengers in 11 well-appointed cabins. The Coral II offers the best of both worlds--a level of comfort and service usually found on larger boats, but with the intimacy and maneuverability that is typical of the smaller vessels.

Ship Information: Category: Deluxe Mega yacht Length: 112.70 Ft. Decks: 4 Built in: Holland Refurbished: 2012 Passengers: 20 Crew: 9 Speed: 12 knots Cruise Speed: 10 knots Life Raft: 4.2 for 25 passengers each and 2 for 8 passengers each Disembark zodiacs: 2 units 16 passengers each Electricity: 110 v Classified: ISM-SOLAS Safety Equipment: radars, gyrocompass, auto pilot, visual directions finder, echo sounder, radio, telephony GMDSS equipped.

Contact info:
N/A
Galapagos, Ecuador
phone: +593-5-2520 6327
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Cabins are outward facing and air-conditioned. Each room has its own bathroom, intercabin phone, safety box, hair dryer, & TV.

Facility amenities: The Coral II has a sun terrace, whirlpool, dining room and bar, small library, and a comfortable lounge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, March 05 - Galápagos - San Cristobal Island (Cerro Bruj...
Galápagos -
San Cristobal Island (Cerro Brujo, Punta Pitt & Pitt Islet).


Note: Cerro Brujo: Wet landing on a coral sand beach. Easy walking on a sandy, coastal trail. Punta Pitt: Wet landing on a beach frequented by sea lions (young males and retired adults). Keep your distance to avoid disturbing them. Parts of the trail are challenging as it requires climbing a steep ravine on slippery terrain.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing on San Cristobal Island in preparation for walking explorations at Cerro Brujo.

Cerro Brujo has one of the nicest white-sand beaches found in the islands. Walk along the beach trail in search of marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions, or enjoy swimming and snorkeling off the beach.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Wet landing at Punta Pitt. Join your naturalist on a walk in search of local flora and fauna.

Punta Pitt is located at the northeast end of San Cristóbal Island. This is the only site in the islands where visitors can watch all three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. The abundant supply of food in the area makes it unnecessary for the birds to compete, leading to a peaceful coexistence among the species. Blue-footed Boobies generally nest in the interior areas of the island, while Red-footed boobies nest on bushes, and Masked Boobies (a.k.a. Nazca Boobies) nest along the cliffs. The wind-carved landscape of this seemingly barren island is quite breathtaking. A closer look reveals a surprising array of plant life that, against all odds, continues to thrive here. Look for Palo Santo trees, small cacti, saltbush, and red Vesuvius.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities and lecture.

Lodging: MY Coral II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This newly renovated deluxe motor yacht can accommodate up to 20 passengers in 11 well-appointed cabins. The Coral II offers the best of both worlds--a level of comfort and service usually found on larger boats, but with the intimacy and maneuverability that is typical of the smaller vessels.

Ship Information: Category: Deluxe Mega yacht Length: 112.70 Ft. Decks: 4 Built in: Holland Refurbished: 2012 Passengers: 20 Crew: 9 Speed: 12 knots Cruise Speed: 10 knots Life Raft: 4.2 for 25 passengers each and 2 for 8 passengers each Disembark zodiacs: 2 units 16 passengers each Electricity: 110 v Classified: ISM-SOLAS Safety Equipment: radars, gyrocompass, auto pilot, visual directions finder, echo sounder, radio, telephony GMDSS equipped.

Contact info:
N/A
Galapagos, Ecuador
phone: +593-5-2520 6327
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Cabins are outward facing and air-conditioned. Each room has its own bathroom, intercabin phone, safety box, hair dryer, & TV.

Facility amenities: The Coral II has a sun terrace, whirlpool, dining room and bar, small library, and a comfortable lounge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, March 06 - Galápagos - Mosquera Islet & Bartolome Islan...
Note: Mosquera Islet: Easy walk on sandy terrain. Bartolomé: The walk to the lookout point at the top of the volcano involves climbing 375 steps up a long wooden staircase. The stairs have railings, but there are no sitting areas along the way.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing at Mosquera Islet. Enjoy a leisurely walk on sandy terrain for a chance to view the islet's large sea lion colony and search for shorebirds.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Dry or wet landing on Bartolomé Island for a hiking field trip up a dormant volcano.

Bartolomé Island is home to Pinnacle Rock, the "Guardian of the Isles" which rises sharply from the coast. The lunar-like landscape is home to one of the islands' most endearing residents, the Galápagos Penguin. During part of the year, they leave the island in search of cooler waters found around Fernandina and Isabela. Once the penguins return to Bartolomé in August, they waste no time in getting ready for romance. By September they can be observed going through courtship rituals.

On Bartolomé Island we will be able to view volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. Hike to the summit (375 wooden steps) to enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock's eroded tuff cone. On the way to the summit, watch for colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla and various cacti.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation of next day’s activities.

Lodging: MY Coral II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This newly renovated deluxe motor yacht can accommodate up to 20 passengers in 11 well-appointed cabins. The Coral II offers the best of both worlds--a level of comfort and service usually found on larger boats, but with the intimacy and maneuverability that is typical of the smaller vessels.

Ship Information: Category: Deluxe Mega yacht Length: 112.70 Ft. Decks: 4 Built in: Holland Refurbished: 2012 Passengers: 20 Crew: 9 Speed: 12 knots Cruise Speed: 10 knots Life Raft: 4.2 for 25 passengers each and 2 for 8 passengers each Disembark zodiacs: 2 units 16 passengers each Electricity: 110 v Classified: ISM-SOLAS Safety Equipment: radars, gyrocompass, auto pilot, visual directions finder, echo sounder, radio, telephony GMDSS equipped.

Contact info:
N/A
Galapagos, Ecuador
phone: +593-5-2520 6327
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Cabins are outward facing and air-conditioned. Each room has its own bathroom, intercabin phone, safety box, hair dryer, & TV.

Facility amenities: The Coral II has a sun terrace, whirlpool, dining room and bar, small library, and a comfortable lounge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, March 07 - Galápagos - Rabida Island & Chinese Hat.
Note: Rabida Island: Wet landing, easy to moderate trail conditions due to hills and sandy terrain.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Wet landing at Rabida Island.

Spend time on one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Its famous red sand beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is also a birdwatcher's delight and features some of the archipelago's rarest species such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galápagos Hawks, and Brown Pelicans.

Swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the yacht.

Lunch: On board the yacht.

Afternoon: Enjoy an hour walk from the beach to a sea lion colony. Observe the various lava formations and search for local wildlife such as marine iguanas, lava lizards, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galapagos Penguins, and more.

This small island can be seen a short distance from Santiago Island’s southeastern tip. The name, meaning Chinese hat, describes the volcanic cone’s unique hat shape. A cove on the northern side of the island offers good conditions for swimming and snorkeling; it is also a favored sea lion hangout. A trail along Sombrero Chino’s coastline allows for closer inspection of lava formations and native vegetation. Because of very tight restrictions on the number of visitors allowed to this site, it is oftentimes not included in most cruise itineraries in the Galápagos.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the yacht.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities and lecture.

Lodging: MY Coral II

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Rebuilt in 2006, the Hotel Solymar features 17 oceanfront rooms overlooking Pelican Bay located in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. With AC, restaurant, bar, pool and patio, this property is features and atmosphere of relaxation just a short distance from restaurants, boutiques and local craft shops.

Contact info:
Av. Charles Darwin y Tomas de Berlanga
Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
phone: +59352526281
web: www.solymargalapagos.com

Room amenities: Rooms feature ocean front views, balcony, nightly turn down service, AC, in room safe, desk, telephone, reading lamp, hypoallergenic pillows, hair dryer, environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner, filtered water.

Facility amenities: 17 ocean front rooms overlooking Pelican Bay the with AC, restaurant, bar, pool and patio, conference rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, March 08 - Galápagos - Disembark on Santa Cruz Island/G...
Galápagos -
Disembark on Santa Cruz Island/Group 1 & 2 Activity Options.


Note: Participants will be split into two groups for activities on this day. Fausto Llerena Breeding Center: Easy walking on paved grounds and well-kept trails. El Chato Reserve: Moderate to difficult trail conditions due to uneven terrain and sometimes muddy conditions. Los Gemelos: Easy to moderate trail conditions due to uneven terrain and possible muddy conditions. South Plaza Island: Dry landing, moderate trail conditions due to uneven, rocky terrain.

Breakfast: On board the yacht.

Morning: Disembark at Santa Cruz Island. Participants will be split into two groups for activities on this day. One half will take part in activities on Santa Cruz Island and the other half will spend time exploring South Plaza Island and Punta Carrion.

Group 1: Transfer to El Chato Reserve in the highlands for a chance to view giant tortoises living in the wild.

Group 2: Board a yacht and navigate to South Plaza Island. A dry landing on a jetty will lead us to a cactus forest where we will take a close look at land iguanas and their habitat before continuing our hike in search of local sea lion colonies. This small island is known as a great place to watch seabirds in flight. A walk along the cliff top provides perfect views of Red-billed Tropicbirds, Frigatebirds, pelicans, Swallow-tailed gulls, and others.

Lunch: Group 1: Enjoy lunch at a highland hacienda.

Group 2: Return to the yacht for lunch.

Afternoon: Group 1: After lunch, enjoy a field trip to Los Gemelos ("The Twins") craters. The surrounding Scalesia forest is a great place to view vegetation that is unique to this island and search for land birds. Upon return to Puerto Ayora, pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Participants will rejoin the rest of the group in time for dinner.

Group 2: Sail to Punta Carrion for snorkeling and swimming activities. This marine site is a great location for spotting eagle rays, sharks and tropical fish. Sea turtles sometimes make an appearance, so be on watch! Participants will return to Santa Cruz Island and rejoin the rest of the group in time for dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy Puerto Ayora's evening entertainment options.

Lodging: Hotel Solymar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Rebuilt in 2006, the Hotel Solymar features 17 oceanfront rooms overlooking Pelican Bay located in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. With AC, restaurant, bar, pool and patio, this property is features and atmosphere of relaxation just a short distance from restaurants, boutiques and local craft shops.

Contact info:
Av. Charles Darwin y Tomas de Berlanga
Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
phone: +59352526281
web: www.solymargalapagos.com

Room amenities: Rooms feature ocean front views, balcony, nightly turn down service, AC, in room safe, desk, telephone, reading lamp, hypoallergenic pillows, hair dryer, environmentally friendly shampoo and conditioner, filtered water.

Facility amenities: 17 ocean front rooms overlooking Pelican Bay the with AC, restaurant, bar, pool and patio, conference rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Monday, March 09 - Galápagos - Group 1 & 2 Activity Options.
Note: Participants will be split into two groups for activities on this day. Fausto Llerena Breeding Center: Easy walking on paved grounds and well-kept trails. El Chato Reserve: Moderate to difficult trail conditions due to uneven terrain and sometimes muddy conditions. Los Gemelos: Easy to moderate trail conditions due to uneven terrain and possible muddy conditions. Santa Fe Island: Wet landing and moderate walking on sandy and rocky terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Group 1: Board a yacht and navigate to Santa Fe Island. Wet landing on a sandy beach--site of a large sea lion colony. Walk along local trails in search of local highlights (e.g., opuntia cacti and Santa Fe iguanas).

Group 2: Transfer to El Chato Reserve in the highlands for a chance to view giant tortoises living in the wild.

Lunch: Group 1: Return to the yacht for lunch.

Group 2: Enjoy lunch at a highland hacienda.

Afternoon: Group 1: After lunch, cool off with some snorkeling and/or swimming activities from the beach. Later, return to Santa Cruz and join up with the rest of your Road Scholar group in time for dinner.

Group 2: After lunch, enjoy a field trip to Los Gemelos ("The Twins") craters. The surrounding Scalesia forest is a great place to view vegetation that is unique to this island and search for land birds. Upon return to Puerto Ayora, pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Rejoin the rest of the group in time for dinner.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy Puerto Ayora's evening entertainment options.

Lodging: Hotel Solymar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located conveniently near the Quito airport in the beautiful village of Puembo.

Contact info:
Manuel Burbano N66 y Francisoc Ruiz
Puembo, Ecuador
phone: +593-22391106
web: www.rincondepuembo.com/en/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, telephone, wi-fi, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Las Cúpulas Restaurant
, El Grill Bar and Restaurant, large gardens, heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym
, business center, soccer, basketball, and volleyball courts. Billiards, table football, karaoke room, TV and reading room, laundry service, cable television, 24 wi-fi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: Subject to availability
Additional hotel nights are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and prices.


Day Ten: Tuesday, March 10 - Galápagos and Quito- Free Explorations in Pu...
Galápagos and Quito-
Free Explorations in Puerto Ayora /Flight to Quito.


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning at your leisure to explore Puerto Ayora one last time before flying back to Quito.

Check-out of the hotel.

Lunch: Light lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for flight back to the mainland.

Late afternoon arrival in Quito. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Free time. Spend your last evening in Ecuador with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.

Lodging: Hotel Rincon de Puembo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, March 11 - Depart from Quito. Arrive to the U.S.
Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Depart From: Transfer to the international airport for flight to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the hotel restaurant (dependent on flight times).

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
28 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
2 Flights during the program

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