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Galápagos Islands – In Darwin’s Footsteps Plus Mac Cruise

  • Departure DateSat 20th Apr 2024
  • HX Hurtigruten Expeditions MS Santa Cruz II
  • 11 Night Cruise From Lima
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Itinerary

  • Lima, Peru
  • Cusco/Lima
  • Quito
  • Galapágos Islands
  • San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands
  • Santa Fe Island, Galapagos
  • Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
  • Espanola Island
  • Baltra, Galapagos Islands

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Day 1 - Lima, Peru

Arrive: Sat 20 April 2024

Callao is a seaside city on the Pacific Ocean in the Lima metropolitan area. Callao is Peru's chief seaport and home to its main airport, Jorge Chávez International Airport. Callao municipality consists of the whole Callao Region, which is also coterminous with the Province of Callao

Day 2 - Lima, Peru

Depart: Sun 21 April 2024

Callao is a seaside city on the Pacific Ocean in the Lima metropolitan area. Callao is Peru's chief seaport and home to its main airport, Jorge Chávez International Airport. Callao municipality consists of the whole Callao Region, which is also coterminous with the Province of Callao

Day 3 - Cusco/Lima

Arrive: Mon 22 April 2024 / Depart: Mon 22 April 2024

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.

Day 4 - Ollantaytambo

Day 5 - Quito

Arrive: Wed 24 April 2024

Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

Day 6 - Quito

Depart: Thu 25 April 2024

Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

Day 7 - Galapágos Islands

Arrive: Fri 26 April 2024 / Depart: Fri 26 April 2024

The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It's considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution.

Day 8 - San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands

Arrive: Sat 27 April 2024 / Depart: Sat 27 April 2024

San Cristóbal Island and named previously by the English as Chatham Island, is the easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago, as well as one of the oldest geologically. It is administratively part of San Cristóbal Canton, Ecuador.

Day 9 - Santa Fe Island, Galapagos

Arrive: Sun 28 April 2024 / Depart: Sun 28 April 2024

Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after admiral Samuel Barrington, is a small island of 24 square kilometres which lies in the centre of the Galápagos archipelago, to the south-east of Santa Cruz Island. Visitor access is by a wet landing in Barrington Bay on the north-eastern side of the island.

Day 10 - Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

Arrive: Mon 29 April 2024 / Depart: Mon 29 April 2024

Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Channel Islands, off the coast of Southern California. Its many sea caves include the vast Painted Cave, on the northwestern side. The island has many trails, including around Scorpion Canyon, with opportunities to see the island scrub jays. Scorpion Beach features kelp forests. Smugglers Cove has tide pools. Cavern Point offers Pacific Ocean views and seasonal whale sightings.

Day 11 - Espanola Island

Arrive: Tue 30 April 2024 / Depart: Tue 30 April 2024

Española is a city primarily in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. A portion of the central and eastern section of the city is in Santa Fe County.

Day 12 - Eden Islet

Day 13 - Baltra, Galapagos Islands

Arrive: Thu 02 May 2024 / Depart: Thu 02 May 2024

Baltra Island, or Isla Baltra, is a small island of the Galápagos Islands. Also known as South Seymour, Baltra is a small flat island located near the center of the Galápagos. It was created by geological uplift. The island is very arid and vegetation consists of salt bushes, prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees.

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