Galapagos  May 18-26 2019  With David Ziser and Kevin Dooley

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Galapagos  May 18-26 2019  With David Ziser and Kevin Dooley

Galapagos  May 18-26 2019  With David Ziser and Kevin Dooley

Join Kevin Dooley and David Ziser on this amazing Island hopping photographic experience. We will spend our days enjoying and photographing the wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos workshop

 

‘AT A GLANCE’ ITINERARY

DATE

18 May 2019

Arrive in Guayaquil Transfer Airport hotel

19 May 2019

Flight Guayaquil to Galapagos
AM: transfer hotel Airport
PM: Baltra – Charles Darwin Station

20 May 2019

Galapagos
AM: Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz PM: Bartolome Island

21 May 2019

Galapagos
AM: Rabida Island
PM: Espumilla Beach, Bucaneer Cove, Santiago Island

22 May 2019

Galapagos
AM: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz PM: Eden Islet & Whale Bay, Santa Cruz Island

23 May 2019

Galapagos
AM: Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
PM: Espinosa Point, Isabela Island

24 May 2019

Galapagos
AM: Urbina bay, Isabela Island PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

25 May 2019

Galapagos
AM: Egas Port, Santiago Island PM: Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

26 May 2019

Flight Galapagos – Guayaquil AM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz PM: Baltra Airport – Guayaquil International flight assistance

Photo Workshop
Ecuador; Galapagos; Sally Lightfoot crab

Photography workshop

Saturday, 18th May 2019 Guayaquil

Welcome to Ecuador!!

Upon arrival in Guayaquil you will meet and driven by your private guide and driver to the hotel directly.
Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador’s principal harbor and largest city, a bustling city with three million inhabitants. Guayaquil’s strong culture and traditions stand in contrast to the modernity of its new constructions. Guayaquil’s harbor, Puerto Maritimo, is the country’s main port where 80 percent of imports and more than 50 percent of exports are handled. The commercial and industrial center of Ecuador, Guayaquil lies about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the Gulf of Guayaquil and the Pacific Oceanworld.

Early in the morning, a representative will pick you up and transferred to the airport for your internal flight.

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. You will be met and transferred to ‘M/Y Coral II’, where you will check into your cabin then receive an introductory briefing and safety drill.

PM: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George lived for decades. Moreover, admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and

Akorn Ecuador, Av. NNUU E2-30 y Núñez de Vela, Centro Corporativo Metropolitano, Piso 7, Of. 704, Quito – Ecuador Tel: +593 2 450 7751, Fax: +593 2 450 7495 Email: ecuador@akorndmc.com

Wyndham Guayaquil 1 Night Premium room

 

Sunday, 19th May 2019 Guayaquil – Galapagos

Early in the morning, a representative will pick you up and transferred to the airport for your internal flight.

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. You will be met and transferred to ‘M/Y Coral II’, where you will check into your cabin then receive an introductory briefing and safety drill.

PM: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George lived for decades. Moreover, admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin Finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station works in providing environmental education to communities and tourists who are visiting the Galapagos Islands. Difficulty level: intermediate

Workshop

 

Monday, 20th May 2019 Galapagos

AM: Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz

The north shore of Santa Cruz is home to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Your walk includes a brackish lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings and, occasionally, flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site for land iguanas. The arid-zone vegetation is a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galapagos flycatcher and yellow warblers are regular sightings. Difficulty level: Moderate.

PM: Bartolome Island

We discover a fascinating moonscape, as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Pioneer plants observed include Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce, lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White- tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. Difficulty level: intermediate.

Photography tour

 

Tuesday, 21st May 2019 Galapagos

AM: Rábida Island

Rábida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the incredible landscape; Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active. Difficulty level: easy

PM: Playa Espumilla & Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island

Espumilla is a red-sand beach and a sea turtle nesting site, with an inland trail that passes a small lagoon and into the arid zone where it is possible to view many land birds in a beautiful landscape, including Galapagos hawks. While snorkeling at Buccaneer Cove, you may see sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, sharks, pelagic fishes and amazing underwater geological formations.

Photographic tour

 

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019 Galapagos

AM: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. Difficulty level: easy.

PM: Eden Islet & Whale Bay, Santa Cruz Island

Off the western coast of Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers opportunities to see Nazca and Blue-footed boobies, Reef sharks, and Endemic Salemas, either from the dinghy or during snorkeling.

Whale Bay, is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill. The beach is green-colored due to large amounts of olivine crystals found in the sand that were formed when the magma was still underground. Here you have the opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds. Difficulty level: intermediate

Thursday, 23rd May 2019 Galapagos

AM: Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island

Punta Vicente Roca Point is a wonderful snorkeling site where you can usually see turtles and many types of fish. A panga ride along the coast will give you the opportunity to learn about the dramatic geology of the area as your guide explains the spectacular rock formations. This is a nesting place for flightless cormorants. Other wildlife includes sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, Galapagos penguins, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas and noddy terns. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

PM: Espinosa Point, Fernandina Island

Fernandina, one of the most pristine and unique island ecosystems in the entire world, has fostered

the perfect environment for animals such as Galapagos snakes, penguins and hawks. Encounter

flightless cormorants at their nesting sites and, the largest and most primitive-looking marine iguanas in the Galapagos. Observe them in their attempts to share space with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. La Cumbre Volcano, dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. The nearby Bolívar Channel hides the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos beneath its surface. Difficulty level: Moderate.

Idube Photo Safaris

 

Friday, 24th May 2019 Galapagos

AM: Urbina Bay, Isabela Island

Urbina Bay is located at the foot of the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes on the western side of Isabela. These volcanoes were formed as the result of an uplifting from the ocean floor in 1954. Here you can find corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. After a wet landing on a beautiful black-sand beach. This area is known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings, and is one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches as well as large land iguanas and see sea turtle nesting sites. Also be on the lookout for Galapagos tortoises, which like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation. Difficulty level: Moderate.

PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

The secluded Tagus Cove has been a favorite anchorage point for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Centuries-old graffiti remains carved into its walls, recording the presence of these men of the sea. An uphill trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water Crater Lake and offers excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. Vegetation in the area includes fragrant palo santo trees. After the hike, you can go swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. Difficulty level: Moderate.

 

Beautiful empty beach on Galapagos Isabela island, Ecuador

 

Saturday, 25th May 2019 Galapagos

AM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island

Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The landing (wet landing) is on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. Arrive on a beach of black volcanic sand visited by Darwin in 1835. A trail crosses the dry interior, you can see what remains of a salt-mining enterprise before continuing along the coast. The first part of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) while the other half is partially uneven terrain comprised of volcanic basalt that lines the shore. The unique layered terrain of Santiago is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and an astounding array of marine wildlife including sea urchins, octopus, lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swim in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks. After the walk, you will have time to swim, snorkel or kayak off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish and perhaps turtles, rays and reef sharks. There are also rarities such as octopi or squid. Difficulty level: Moderate.

PM: Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos. Arrive (wet landing) at a white coral sand beach and walk over lava that flowed here less than 100 years ago. Formed during an 1897 eruption, the lava was so hot that it evaporated anything in its path, leaving only an imprint of what had been there before. It’s a stark, surreal and strangely beautiful environment. Difficulty level: Moderate.

 

Sunday, 26th May 2019 Galapagos / Departure

AM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island

On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. Difficulty level: easy

After this last visit, everyone will head to the airport in Galapagos for your flight back to mainland. Upon arrival in Guayaquil you will be assisted by our representative for your international flight.

 

Inclusions:

• Accommodation in Guayaquil & Galapagos.
• Wi-Fi in Guayaquil hotel
• All meals as stated on the itinerary
• Private transportation on board the most modern vehicles available at the momment – Air

conditioned vehicle in Guayaquil. Volkswagen Crafter or similar vehicle.
• Lugage Porterage
• Private transfers & guide in main land
• Private excursions & transfers with english speaking guide with charter option in M/Y Coral II • National Flights: Guayaquil – Galapagos – Guayaquil
• Galapagos National Park Entrance Fees

Exclusions:

• Gratuities for guides and drivers • Wi-Fi in Galapagos
• International flights
• Soft and alcoholic drinks

• Personal Expenses

    

 

 

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