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Independent Galapagos at the Finch Bay Resort

How deep is your love of adventure? Is it deep enough to follow the course of Charles Darwin to discover your own love affair with the wildlife paradise of the Galápagos Islands? If so, this Independence by Globus vacation in Ecuador is pointing you in the right direction. Begin by exploring the historic heart of Quito and depart for parts unknown where blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, and diving iguanas of the Galápagos give new meaning to mind-blowing discoveries. You’ll stay at the award-winning Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos, offering a private, seaside location to kayak, snorkel, bike, and take boat excursions to the various Galápagos Islands with expert Naturalists. Sail upon pristine waters to discover the perfectly evolved creatures who thrive on this volcanic archipelago. Stroll the sand where sea lions bask and albatross brace against the updrafts above the cliffs. Sail, snorkel, and simply stay in a state of astonishment through the sanctuaries of spectacular species on North Seymour, Santa Fé, and Santa Cruz Islands. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where conservationists work to protect the gentle giants for which the islands are named. You’ll also find the I-time you deserve to fall in love with adventure again!

Highlights of Independent Galapagos at the Finch Bay Resort

City Highlights

Price Details US

This vacation includes the following Intra-Vacation Air segments in the vacation price: Quito/Galápagos; Galápagos/Quito.

Galápagos package includes Galápagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value) but will show separately on your invoice. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

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Notes

Galapagos Islands itineraries are fully subject to change.

Maximum elevation on tour is 9,350 ft. in Quito.

Travelers Notes

Transportation:
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary below and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; Galápagos intra-vacation flights and taxes are included.

Guides:
In Quito; Naturalist in the Galápagos

Product Group

Independent Galapagos at the Finch Bay Resort

Independent Tour

Venture further to enjoy the world your way without the group. The experts at Globus put Peace of Mind first in travel planning. We take care of the details with included hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and select meals, guided sightseeing, and transportation between cities. Explore confidently, knowing your Globus Local Hosts and GlobusGO mobile app provide you with tips and recommendations to personalize your tour and see the world your way.

UNESCO Sites

City of Quito|Galapagos Islands

Meals

Buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 4 three-course dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN QUITO, ECUADOR
Welcome to Quito, where your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2

QUITO
• Your included private city tour showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows.

(B)

Day 3

QUITO–BALTRA–NORTH SEYMOUR–SANTA CRUZ
• Fly to Baltra in the Galápagos.
• Upon arrival, board a yacht bound for North Seymour, an island teeming with life. You might have to give way to a passing sea lion, marine iguana, or blue-footed boobies that nest here. As you walk along the shore, see large flocks of pelicans in a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, and one of the Galápagos’ largest nesting sites of the magnificent frigatebird. In the bushes you can see the males up close with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacs.
• Return to the yacht and continue to the Finch Bay Hotel.

(B,L,D)

Day 4

SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLANDS
• Transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to a farming area called El Manzanillo on the edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Here, tortoises can be seen grazing year-round, along with woodpecker finches, mockingbirds, and flycatchers.
• After lunch, visit a local farm, where coffee, sugar cane, and cocoa beans are grown, harvested, and prepared.
• Return to the hotel and perhaps spend time on the private beach.

(B,L,D)

Day 5

SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO SANTA FÉ
• Board a yacht bound for Santa Fé, where you will see the endemic Santa Fé land iguana and the large opuntia cactus forest. The beach area is covered with California sea lions, and the coastline is an excellent location for snorkeling with sea turtles.

(B,L,D)

Day 6

SANTA CRUZ. EXCURSION TO DIVINE BAY
• Today’s adventure takes you to wildlife-rich Divine Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Marine iguanas, herons, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, and tropicbirds are commonly seen here. You may explore by boat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the sea by kayak. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks as you cruise the tranquil waters.
• Return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitats and protect the area’s famous giant tortoises.

(B,L,D)

Day 7

SANTA CRUZ–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL
• Depart the hotel this morning and visit the Twin Pit Craters en route to Baltra. These great depressions of volcanic material were formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings.
• Then, fly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and transfer to the hotel for your final night in Ecuador.

(B)

Day 8

GUAYAQUIL
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-01-06 2023-01-07 2023-01-14 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130107 Not Available
2 2023-01-13 2023-01-14 2023-01-21 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130114 Not Available
3 2023-01-27 2023-01-28 2023-02-04 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130128 Not Available
4 2023-02-03 2023-02-04 2023-02-11 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130204 Not Available
5 2023-02-17 2023-02-18 2023-02-25 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130218 Not Available
6 2023-03-03 2023-03-04 2023-03-11 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130304 Available
7 2023-03-10 2023-03-11 2023-03-18 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130311 Available
8 2023-03-17 2023-03-18 2023-03-25 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130318 Not Available
9 2023-03-24 2023-03-25 2023-04-01 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130325 Available
10 2023-04-21 2023-04-22 2023-04-29 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130422 Available
11 2023-04-28 2023-04-29 2023-05-06 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130429 Available
12 2023-05-05 2023-05-06 2023-05-13 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130506 Available
13 2023-05-12 2023-05-13 2023-05-20 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130513 Available
14 2023-05-19 2023-05-20 2023-05-27 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130520 Available
15 2023-05-26 2023-05-27 2023-06-03 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130527 Available
16 2023-06-02 2023-06-03 2023-06-10 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130603 Available
17 2023-06-09 2023-06-10 2023-06-17 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130610 Available
18 2023-06-16 2023-06-17 2023-06-24 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130617 Available
19 2023-06-23 2023-06-24 2023-07-01 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130624 Available
20 2023-06-30 2023-07-01 2023-07-08 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130701 Available
21 2023-07-07 2023-07-08 2023-07-15 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130708 Available
22 2023-07-14 2023-07-15 2023-07-22 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130715 Not Available
23 2023-07-21 2023-07-22 2023-07-29 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130722 Available
24 2023-07-28 2023-07-29 2023-08-05 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130729 Available
25 2023-08-04 2023-08-05 2023-08-12 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130805 Please Call
26 2023-08-11 2023-08-12 2023-08-19 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130812 Available
27 2023-08-18 2023-08-19 2023-08-26 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130819 Available
28 2023-08-25 2023-08-26 2023-09-02 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130826 Available
29 2023-09-01 2023-09-02 2023-09-09 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130902 Available
30 2023-09-08 2023-09-09 2023-09-16 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130909 Available
31 2023-09-15 2023-09-16 2023-09-23 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130916 Available
32 2023-09-22 2023-09-23 2023-09-30 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ130923 Available
33 2023-10-27 2023-10-28 2023-11-04 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131028 Available
34 2023-11-03 2023-11-04 2023-11-11 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131104 Available
35 2023-11-10 2023-11-11 2023-11-18 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131111 Available
36 2023-11-17 2023-11-18 2023-11-25 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131118 Available
37 2023-11-24 2023-11-25 2023-12-02 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131125 Available
38 2023-12-01 2023-12-02 2023-12-09 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131202 Available
39 2023-12-08 2023-12-09 2023-12-16 $5139 $0 $5139 ISQ131209 Available
40 2024-01-05 2024-01-06 2024-01-13 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140106 Available
41 2024-01-12 2024-01-13 2024-01-20 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140113 Available
42 2024-01-19 2024-01-20 2024-01-27 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140120 Available
43 2024-01-26 2024-01-27 2024-02-03 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140127 Available
44 2024-02-02 2024-02-03 2024-02-10 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140203 Available
45 2024-02-09 2024-02-10 2024-02-17 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140210 Available
46 2024-02-16 2024-02-17 2024-02-24 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140217 Available
47 2024-02-23 2024-02-24 2024-03-02 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140224 Available
48 2024-03-01 2024-03-02 2024-03-09 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140302 Available
49 2024-03-08 2024-03-09 2024-03-16 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140309 Available
50 2024-03-15 2024-03-16 2024-03-23 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140316 Available
51 2024-03-22 2024-03-23 2024-03-30 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140323 Available
52 2024-03-29 2024-03-30 2024-04-06 $5469 $0 $5469 ISQ140330 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Hilton Colon Quito - MET The Hilton Colon Quito hotel is 10 minute walk from the colonial Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This modern hotel enjoys spectacular views of the city. Amenities include a fitness center, spa, outdoor heated pool, 5 restaurants/lounges, laundry service, concierge, florist, barber shop, and gift shop. Quito Ave Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1 Superior First-Class
2 Finch Bay Eco Hotel - Finch Bay Room The Finch Bay Hotel offers a seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Amenities include a bar, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, and beachfront access. All rooms offer twin beds, private facilities, and air-conditioning. Galápagos Islands Barrio Punta Estrada S/N First-Class
3 Hilton Colon Guayaquil - Metro Guayaquil Av Francisco de Orellana Mz 111
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