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Adventures Afloat: Amazing Ecuador: The Andes and the Galápagos

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Program #21548ENZ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Explore two wonderful worlds as you journey high into the Andes — then from island to island in the Galápagos. Meet indigenous people that have called the highlands home for centuries, visit a flower-growing hacienda and discover the grand colonial center of Quito. Then fly over 575 miles of Pacific Ocean to the volcanic archipelago Charles Darwin called “a little world within itself.” A seven-night small ship voyage gives you plenty of opportunities for up-close encounters with iguanas, tortoises, sea lions, turtles, Galápagos Penguins and more.


Highlights

• Explore the well-preserved colonial center of Quito, one of the first places on earth designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Discover the unique birds of the Galápagos including the Flightless Cormorant, the Blue-footed Booby and Darwin’s finches.
• Attend the historic Otavalo Market, an institution dating back to pre-Incan times, and visit the home of an indigenous family.

Activity Notes

Quito, Ecuador has an elevation between 9,350 ft and 9,500 ft. Some participants find it helpful to fly into the city a day early in order to have extra time to rest and acclimate to the altitude. It also gives participants an extra day to catch-up to the program if there are unexpected travel delays—especially during busy travel seasons and times of year when bad weather is expected.

Wet and dry landings involve transferring in potentially rough waters from the yacht into a zodiac and stepping into either knee-deep water or onto rocky shores. Daily walks on sharp volcanic rocks and loose stones add another level of difficulty. Please view the Galápagos video "Galapagos Fitness Information - What to Expect" in preparation for your program activities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U93d0TxTOQA&feature=youtu.be

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Quito (Ecuador), 2 nights; coach to Otavalo, 2 nights; flight to Baltra Island, embark Tip Top III, 7 nights; disembark Baltra Island, flight to Quito, 1 night; departure.

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12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
3 Flights during the program

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