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

Itinerary for Mar 8 — Mar 20, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Dann Carlton Quito Hotel is located in the center of the business, shopping and banking area of the city, just 15 minutes away from the Mariscal Sucre international airport. Decorated in a classy English style, it offers 212 comfortable rooms, fully equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay. Enjoy a wide variety of Creole and international dishes at Park 20 Restaurant. Life music and Sushi Time at Picadilly’s Bar starting at 07h00 pm. Plan your business or social events with us! Our facilities include 10 rooms with a total area of 9397 sqft. Audiovisual equipment available

Contact info:
Av. Republica El Salvador N34-377 e Irlanda
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +5932224908
web: www.danncarltonquito.com/english

Room amenities: Free of charge WIFI service (unlimited) | Voice message phones | Direct international dialing | Cable TV (70 channels) | Desk | CD player mini stereo | Mini bar | Safe box | Iron | Bathrobe | Slippers | Hair dryer |

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool, Park 20 Restaurant, Room Service, Picadilly’s Bar, Banquet and meeting rooms, Business Center, Free wireless internet everywhere in the hotel, Dann Fitness Club, Underground parking, Valet parking, Laundry Service, Joker Casino

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check at time of booking.
Please coordinate via Program Coordinator


Day One: Sunday, March 08 - 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: Hotel Dann Carlton

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Dann Carlton Quito Hotel is located in the center of the business, shopping and banking area of the city, just 15 minutes away from the Mariscal Sucre international airport. Decorated in a classy English style, it offers 212 comfortable rooms, fully equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay. Enjoy a wide variety of Creole and international dishes at Park 20 Restaurant. Life music and Sushi Time at Picadilly’s Bar starting at 07h00 pm. Plan your business or social events with us! Our facilities include 10 rooms with a total area of 9397 sqft. Audiovisual equipment available

Contact info:
Av. Republica El Salvador N34-377 e Irlanda
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +5932224908
web: www.danncarltonquito.com/english

Room amenities: Free of charge WIFI service (unlimited) | Voice message phones | Direct international dialing | Cable TV (70 channels) | Desk | CD player mini stereo | Mini bar | Safe box | Iron | Bathrobe | Slippers | Hair dryer |

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool, Park 20 Restaurant, Room Service, Picadilly’s Bar, Banquet and meeting rooms, Business Center, Free wireless internet everywhere in the hotel, Dann Fitness Club, Underground parking, Valet parking, Laundry Service, Joker Casino

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check at time of booking.
Please coordinate via Program Coordinator


Day Two: Monday, March 09 - Quito – Colonial Quito, the First UNESCO Wor...
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.

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 and typical Ecuadorian cuisine.

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.

Evening: Time at leisure at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Dann Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Dann Carlton Quito Hotel is located in the center of the business, shopping and banking area of the city, just 15 minutes away from the Mariscal Sucre international airport. Decorated in a classy English style, it offers 212 comfortable rooms, fully equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay. Enjoy a wide variety of Creole and international dishes at Park 20 Restaurant. Life music and Sushi Time at Picadilly’s Bar starting at 07h00 pm. Plan your business or social events with us! Our facilities include 10 rooms with a total area of 9397 sqft. Audiovisual equipment available

Contact info:
Av. Republica El Salvador N34-377 e Irlanda
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +5932224908
web: www.danncarltonquito.com/english

Room amenities: Free of charge WIFI service (unlimited) | Voice message phones | Direct international dialing | Cable TV (70 channels) | Desk | CD player mini stereo | Mini bar | Safe box | Iron | Bathrobe | Slippers | Hair dryer |

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool, Park 20 Restaurant, Room Service, Picadilly’s Bar, Banquet and meeting rooms, Business Center, Free wireless internet everywhere in the hotel, Dann Fitness Club, Underground parking, Valet parking, Laundry Service, Joker Casino

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check at time of booking.
Please coordinate via Program Coordinator


Day Three: Tuesday, March 10 - Quito - Historic Hacienda/Otavalo Market/And...
Breakfast: Early morning transfer to Imbabura to enjoy a country-style breakfast at a local hacienda.

Morning: After breakfast, delight in the colonial architecture and centuries-old gardens of this private hacienda that dates back to the Republican Era. Here you will receive an introduction to one of the major economic activities in Ecuador--the floral industry. Learn about Ecuadorian roses, known worldwide for their beauty and fine quality.

Transfer to Otavalo to pay a visit to its famous market.

The Otavalo Market dates back to pre-Inca times, when people from the Oriente region and the highlands would meet to buy and exchange goods. Otavaleños are well known for their superior weavings. Examples of their craft can be found at this market and throughout stores in the country.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture: The Indigenous Peoples of Otavalo: A Look at their History and Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Travel to Peguche, located just outside Otavalo, to visit a local, family-owned music workshop where traditional Andean instruments are fashioned by hand.

A stop at Jorge Cotacachi's atelier will introduce us to some of the finest weavings made in the area. Jorge and his family use traditional treadle-looms and back-strap looms to create vibrantly colored tapestries, wall hangings and blankets.

Transfer back to Quito.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Time at leisure at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Dann Carlton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Dann Carlton Quito Hotel is located in the center of the business, shopping and banking area of the city, just 15 minutes away from the Mariscal Sucre international airport. Decorated in a classy English style, it offers 212 comfortable rooms, fully equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay. Enjoy a wide variety of Creole and international dishes at Park 20 Restaurant. Life music and Sushi Time at Picadilly’s Bar starting at 07h00 pm. Plan your business or social events with us! Our facilities include 10 rooms with a total area of 9397 sqft. Audiovisual equipment available

Contact info:
Av. Republica El Salvador N34-377 e Irlanda
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +5932224908
web: www.danncarltonquito.com/english

Room amenities: Free of charge WIFI service (unlimited) | Voice message phones | Direct international dialing | Cable TV (70 channels) | Desk | CD player mini stereo | Mini bar | Safe box | Iron | Bathrobe | Slippers | Hair dryer |

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool, Park 20 Restaurant, Room Service, Picadilly’s Bar, Banquet and meeting rooms, Business Center, Free wireless internet everywhere in the hotel, Dann Fitness Club, Underground parking, Valet parking, Laundry Service, Joker Casino

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check at time of booking.
Please coordinate via Program Coordinator


Day Four: Wednesday, March 11 - Quito - Avenue of the Volcanoes/Cotopaxi Nat...
Quito -
Avenue of the Volcanoes/Cotopaxi National Park/Pujili Market.


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Journey an hour and half south from Quito, along the scenic “Avenue of the Volcanoes,” to Cotopaxi.

The iconic snowcapped Cotopaxi Volcano is reputably the world’s highest active volcano, rising more than 19,000 above sea level, and Ecuador’s second highest peak. Its picture-perfect cone and bright white crest stand in sharp contrast to the stark highland plains that encircle its base. Cotopaxi and more than 30,000 hectares of surrounding lands belong to an important national park that bears the name of its centerpiece attraction. Although the park draws mostly mountain climbers and hiking aficionados from all around the globe, the protected lands also offer visitors a special opportunity to get an up-close look at the unique páramo vegetation and wildlife of this area.

Visit the indigenous market at Pujili.

Lunch: At Hacienda San Agustin de Callo.

Afternoon: After lunch, explore Hacienda San Agustin del Callo, built on the site of an Inca palace. As recenly as the 15th century, this location served as an Inca fortress. It was later turned into an Augustinian convent and even served as a temporary base for the French Geodesic Mission in the 1730s.

Transfer back to Quito.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Time at leisure. Participants should try get a good night's sleep in preparation for tomorrow.

Lodging: Hotel Dann Carlton

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Five: Thursday, March 12 - Galápagos - Flight to Baltra Island/Board Ya...
Galápagos -
Flight to Baltra Island/Board Yacht/Black Turtle Cove.


Note: Black Turtle Cove: no landing. 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 for flight to the Galápagos Islands, 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: Upon arrival to Galápagos Islands, proceed through Immigration. Have your passport ready at the immigration counter before proceeding to baggage claim.

After collecting your luggage you will be met by your Galápagos guide and transferred to the ship.

Board and set sail.

Enjoy an orientation, safety drill and a light snack.

Our first visit in Galápagos will be Black Turtle Cove. The inlet is surrounded by mangroves and the shallow cove is a haven for wildlife such as white-tipped sharks, sea turtles and a variety of rays.

Swimming and snorkeling.

Return to the yacht.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Legend

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Six: Friday, March 13 - Galápagos - Santiago (Sullivan Bay) & Rabida...
Note: Sullivan Bay: Wet landing and moderate difficulty due to rocky, volcanic terrain. Rabida Island: Wet landing, easy to moderate trail conditions due to hills and sandy terrain.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Wet landing at Sullivan Bay and local explorations.

A volcanic eruption that took place in the early 1900’s formed huge lava flows in the area that is now Sullivan Bay. As the lava cooled off, it solidified into a black sheet of interesting shapes and textures that made their way to the sea. The rope-like lava seen on this island is called pahoehoe lava. Other interesting formations include lava bubbles and tree shapes; ghosts of Santiago’s past. Few plant species have been able to root in this harsh environment.

Snorkeling and swimming from the beach.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon, spend time on one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago, Rabida Island. Its famous red sand beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galápagos Hawks, and Brown Pelicans.

Look for nesting seabirds during a dinghy ride along the coastal cliffs.

Snorkel off the coast where marine life is especially active.

Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

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

Lodging: M/V Legend

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Seven: Saturday, March 14 - Galápagos - Isabela (Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove...
Note: Urbina Bay: Strong waves can make disembarkation tricky at this site. Use a zip-lock bag to protect cameras and binoculars from splashes during the wet landing. Please take steps to remain hydrated during this approximately 2-mile hike.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Wet landing at Urbina Bay's black beach.

Urbina Bay is situated approximately two fifths of the way along Isabela’s western coast. The flattened area of the bay exhibits signs of a coral reef on land; proof that the flat land we see today in that area was once uplifted from the sea. Cormorants, pelicans, marine iguanas, and Flightless Cormorants frequent this site in addition to marine turtles and rays which are sometimes seen swimming in the bay.

Snorkeling and swimming from the beach. If lucky, you might get to witness playful sea lions in the water.

Return to the ship.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Dry landing on Isabela Island. Walk on local trails to the salt water crater lake to view lava fields and other volcanic formations. A dinghy ride along the shore will reveal all nature of seabirds and marine life.

Tagus Cove offers visitors the opportunity to see writings (carved and painted) left behind by pirates and whalers who frequented the area in years gone by. A short trail leads to the base of the Darwin Volcano where different lava formations can be studied. The island is home to Flightless Cormorants, Galápagos Penguins, Mangrove Finches, pelicans, marine iguanas and a variety of other birds.

Opportunity to enjoy some deep water snorkeling before returning to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Legend

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Eight: Sunday, March 15 - Galápagos - Fernandina Island (Punta Espinos...
Galápagos -
Fernandina Island (Punta Espinosa) & Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca).


Note: Punta Espinoza: Challenging landing when the tide is low. Visitors cannot disembark at the dock during low tide and must land on rocks. Punta Vicente Roca: no landing.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Dry landing at Punta Espinoza.

Punta Espinoza, Fernandina’s only land visitor site, is a thin strip of sand and lava that stretches from the sea to the base of La Cumbre Volcano. This young island is the third largest in the Galápagos and is also the westernmost; located next to Isabela. Fernandina has some of the most dramatic landscapes found in the archipelago and is also one of the best places to see the lava cactus. The aa and pahoehoe lava formations create a unique landscape and provide visitors with a great chance to study lava flows and the forces which gave birth to the Galápagos Islands. Although Punta Espinosa is better known for its large colony of marine iguanas (January - June is nesting season), one can also expect to see sea lions, Flightless Cormorants and Galápagos Penguins.

Snorkeling and swimming activities.

Return to the ship.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a dinghy ride along the coast to observe sea and coastal birds.

As cold currents flow around the northwestern tip of Isabela, food-rich waters are brought closer to the surface, attracting all sorts of marine life and birds. Punta Vicente Roca’s coves, rich marine life, and well protected bay have made this into a prized diving location in the islands. Flightless Cormorants, Masked Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies can be seen along the cliffs and the water’s edge.

Snorkeling and swimming activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

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

Lodging: M/V Legend

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Nine: Monday, March 16 - Galápagos - Santa Cruz (Highlands) & Mosquer...
Note: Santa Cruz Highlands: Moderate to difficult trail conditions due to uneven terrain and sometimes muddy conditions. Mosquera Islet: Easy walk on sandy terrain.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Dry landing on Santa Cruz. Transfer by bus to a highland reserve for a chance to view giant tortoises living in the wild.

Most of the island's wild population of giant tortoises lives in the highlands. In June to August the tortoises make their way to lower ground to begin nesting. The eggs start to hatch with the arrival of the warmer season (December - April).

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Wet landing at Mosquera Islet. Enjoy a leisurely walk in search of shorebirds.

Snorkeling and swimming.

Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

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

Lodging: M/V Legend

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Ten: Tuesday, March 17 - Galápagos - South Plaza & Santa Fe Island.
Note: South Plaza Island: Dry landing, moderate trail conditions due to uneven, rocky terrain. Santa Fe Island: Dry landing, moderate trail conditions due to uneven, rocky terrain.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Dry landing at South Plaza Island.
Walk on rocky trails to view land iguanas, Opuntia cacti, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, and more.

South Plaza is the larger of two islands located off the east coast of Santa Cruz 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.

Return to the ship.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Wet landing on a white sand beach at Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is located southeast of Santa Cruz and has some of the tallest stands of opuntia cacti in the Galapagos. Some have been reported to grow as high as 33 feet! A trail into the highlands of Santa Fe Island leads visitors to the only place in the archipelago where the illusive Santa Fe land iguana can be found.

Deep water snorkeling activities.

Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Legend

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

Description: The M/V Legend is a 301 ft long expedition ship. It has 58 comfortable cabins and can accommodate up to 100 passengers. As one of the larger vessels operating in the Galápagos Islands, the M/V Legend is able to provide an added level of space, comfort, and amenities not available on expedition yachts.

Ship Information: Length: 301 ft (92 mts) Wide: 47 ft (15 mts) Decks: 5 Made in: Germany Refurbished: September 2007 Cabins: 58 Passengers: 100 Crew: 60 Guides: 7 multilingual naturalists Speed: 17 knots Cruise speed: 15 knots

Contact info:
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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
phone: +59399456205
web: www.kleintours.com

Room amenities: Staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths (with showers), closet space, phones, safety deposit boxes, and TVs. Cabins vary in size and amenities based on category.

Facility amenities: The ship has a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, sun deck, pool, jacuzzi, jogging track, sauna, massage services, gift shop, infirmary, library, and auditorium.

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


Day Eleven: Wednesday, March 18 - Galápagos - San Cristobal Island (Punta Pitt...
Galápagos -
San Cristobal Island (Punta Pitt & Pitt Islet/Cerro Brujo)


Note: 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. Cerro Brujo: Wet landing on a coral sand beach. Easy walking on a sandy, coastal trail.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Wet landing at Punta Pitt. Join your naturalist guide on a walking exploration 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 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 ship.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: 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 ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Orientation of next day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Legend

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, 00000 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 Twelve: Thursday, March 19 - Galápagos and Flight to Quito- San Cristobal...
Galápagos and Flight to Quito-
San Cristobal Island (Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve).


Note: San Cristobal: Dry landing and easy, flat terrain.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island. Transfer by bus to the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (about a 40-minute drive).

The tortoise breeding project at the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve was founded by the Galápagos National Park in 2003 in the hopes of protecting San Cristobal's tortoise population. The reserve has an information center where visitors can learn about the origin and evolution of this island's tortoises (Geochelone chatamensis) and current efforts to protect these iconic creatures. The site also has a herpetology lab, tortoise breeding pens, and interpretive trails. A walk along the interpretive trails reveals all nature of native and endemic plants including Galápagos guava (Psidium galapageium), romerillo (Macraea laricifolia), lechoso (Scalesia pedunculata), matazarno (Piscidia carthagenensis), and more.

Transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to Quito.

Lunch: Light snack served on the flight.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Quito.
Transfer to the hotel.

Free time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: 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 Thirteen: Friday, March 20 - Depart from Quito. Arrive to the U.S.
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.

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.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

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