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Day 1 Quito
Touch down in Quito and perhaps head to La Capilla del Hombre for a taste of South American art. Afterwards, why not stroll through Plaza de la Independencia, mingle with the locals and watch the occasional hummingbird flutter past.
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Day 2 Santa Cruz Island
Catch a quick flight to the Galapagos Islands and board the boat which will be both transport and home for the next few days. Explore the eroded coves of Punta Carrion or try to join a school... of fish that is, as you snorkel away the afternoon.
Day 3 Isla Isabela
Surrounded by volcanoes, explore one of the youngest geological areas in the world. Take a stroll along the coast and spot an amazing variety of marine species playing around the shore. Penguins, sea lions and reef sharks can often be seen in the water, but above, the sky is filled with a colourful array of birdlife. Afterwards, visit the Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Centre to meet the five species of tortoise native to Isla Isabela.
Day 4 Isla Floreana
Rich with natural wonders, head to Isla Floreana to watch the awkward yet endearing mating dance of the blue-footed booby. Don a snorkel and mask and swim alongside rays, sharks, sea lions and turtles. You will be surprised how little humans phase these creatures - they just want to chow down on whatever ‘catch of the day’ they can get their flippers on.
Day 5 Isla Espanola
On the southernmost island of the Galapagos, view the unique dance of the waved albatross. The male’s entertaining mating dance will hopefully attract the attention of a feathered, female friend, with whom they will share their lives. Later in the day, cool off in the waters of one of the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago, Gardner Bay, with a little snorkelling.
Day 6 Charles Darwin Research Station/Quito
Meet and greet the superstars of the Charles Darwin Research Station, the giant tortoises. Not only is it the largest of its kind in the world, these hard-shelled reptiles have been known to live up to 160 years. Spend some time wandering the shores of Tortuga Bay alongside marine iguanas before taking a dip or lazing on the beach. Today is all about taking some well-earned rest and relaxation, enjoying the sights of the island and its remarkable inhabitants.
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Day 7 Quito
Farewell the islands of the Galapagos and spend a night reminiscing with the team over a dinner of encebollados (fish stew), fritada (pork stew) and a few nips of aguardiente, the nation's most famed sugar cane-based alcohol.
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