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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Trip Length

Trip Code

14 days GSEG

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Start City

End City

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Tips for snorkelling: spit on the inside of your goggles to stop them fogging up; if water gets into your snorkel just say the word 'two' to clear it; if you see a mermaid you are probably dreaming and not actually snorkelling at all.

(Was Ecuador & the Galapagos)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

In 1978, Quito was named UNESCO's first ever World Heritage site. As far as records go, it's definitely more exciting than "World's First Cat Hotel" or "World's First Necktie Vending Machine".

Day 2: Baltra, Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Our boat is called The Pelikano. She's got a bar, a chillout area and comes complete with all your snorkelling gear and wetsuits. NB there are no pelicans on this boat.

Day 3: Isabela

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Back in the 16th century, tortoise meat was considered a bit of a delicacy. "The oil from their bodies as pure as butter," is how one bloke put it. We'll just have to trust him on that one.

Please note there's a US$20 fee paid upon arrival.

Day 4: Fernandina - Punta Espinoza - Bahia Urbina

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

When Charles Darwin first saw marine iguanas back in the 19th century, he wrote: "The black lava rocks are frequented by large, disgusting, clumsy lizards." Pretty rough, but we see where he's coming from.

Day 5: Isla Santiago - Playa Espumilla - Buccaneer Cove

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Cabin fever setting in? Shake it off with a swim and a trip to the sea lions, Galapagos fur seals and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Other famous Sallys in history include: Mustang, Cinnamon, When Harry Met and Fletcher (from Home and Away).

Day 6: Daphne – Baltra – Quito

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Grab yourself a bowl of locro de papa (Ecuadorian potato soup) and strike up a conversation with one of the friendly local shoeshiners. Then it's onto Las Bachas, something of a hotspot for egg-laying sea turtles.


Day 7-10: Colonial Quito - Otavalo - Amazon Jungle

Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Falling asleep in the Amazon is like having one of those "Sounds of the Jungle" tapes comes to life. Expect the occasional squawk. Visit Amazoonica, a rescue centre for injured wildlife like jaguars, monkeys and toucans (non-Froot Loop related we hope)

Day 7

Day 8

Days 9-10

Day 11-14: Banos - Cotopaxi Volcano - Quito

Meals included: 4 breakfasts

It's time to climb. Cotopaxi is the highest active, snow-capped volcano in the world so come and make your mark (not literally, just get a photo like everyone else). Spend the last few days of your trip mountain bike riding, white-water rafting and horse riding. 

Days 11-12

Day 13

Day 14


Your Trip

What to know

On arrival in the islands you must pay US$110 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park (this includes the US$10 transit fee). There is also a US$20 fee that must be paid when you arrive at Isabela island.

There is a naturalist guide onboard for the Galapagos cruise, but no Geckos tour guide. Your Geckos guide will join you on Day 6 for the land section of your adventure.

Nuts and Bolts

- An English speaking naturalist guide on board the Galapagos vessel - Shore excursions during your voyage - Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands - Jungle excursions during your Amazon stay - Quito city tour including One museum, Compania Church & Panecillo - Short hike to 'El Pailon del Diablo" (waterfall) - Entry to Cotopaxi National Park - Entry to Cuicocha Lake in Otavalo - Transport, accommodation and meals as listed below

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, entrance fees, US$10 Galapagos transit card, US$100 Galapagos National Park fee, other meals, drinks, optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature. Wetsuit hire US$5 per day

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Important Information

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, many museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.

Small Groups on the Ecuador land portion of this tour.

For groups of less than 4 passengers this trip will run with a a driver/guide. From  4 passengers onwards there will be both a guide and a driver

Gecko's Community Trust & The Galapagos Conservancy
If, after having visited this unique and precious region of the world, you would like to make a donation towards the protection of the Galapagos, the recently launched Gecko's Community Trust is the easiest and most convenient way to do so.

The Trust supports the Galapagos Conservancy, an organisation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Galapagos conservation. It is a membership-based organisation and the largest source of private support for conservation efforts. The 11,000 Friends of Galapagos are individuals and institutions who care deeply about the Galapagos Islands, and understand the scientific importance of preserving this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

Funds raised by the Galapagos Conservancy support the core operations of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), both located on the island of Santa Cruz.

Please see below for details on how to make a contribution to the Gecko's Community Trust or refer to the Pledge Card provided at your pre-cruise briefing which contains details for making a donation.

Meals & Dietary requirements

All meals are included whilst on the Nemo I. There is a chef on board who cooks up local and international cuisine daily, including a buffet breakfast.

Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Peregrine of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

22 May 2013


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