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9 Night Galapagos Cruise and Land Tour from Guayaquil

Ship: National Geographic Endeavour II
Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Sailed:  Friday, Dec 8, 2023 from Guayaquil, Ecuador
Ended: Sunday, Dec 17, 2023
The itinerary information below reflects the original day-by-day port of call schedule for the Friday, Dec 8, 2023 departure of the National Geographic Endeavour II. If Lindblad Expeditions modified this itinerary for weather or operational reasons after departing , the modified schedule would not be reflected here.
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Day by Day Summary and Map

Day 1 - Friday - Dec 8, 2023
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
Arrival Time: Arrive anytime. Arrival City: Guayaquil or Quito. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil, a convenient locally-owned hotel, for an overnight stay. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city in the highlands, take a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes, or arrive a day early in Guayaquil to rest and relax. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa.
Day 2 - Saturday - Dec 9, 2023
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
Air Travel      
Cruise Begins      
In the morning, we will fly to the Galapagos and embark the National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, our journey begins as we explore the islands and their remarkable wildlife.
Day 3 - Sunday - Dec 10, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Below are a selection of islands we may visit during our expedition. Itineraries are subject to Galapagos National Park regulations. North Seymour: Follow coastal trails past playful Galapagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus. Isabela: Cross the Equator at Volcan Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela's six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore. Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galapagos - and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows. Espanola: See swallow-tailed gulls, Espanola mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world's only population of waved albatross at this bird paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the white-sand beach, and snorkel offshore at Gardner Bay. Floreana: Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon sometimes frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the historic mail barrel at Post Office Bay. Santa Cruz: Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. Witness the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands. Bartolome: Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim, and snorkel from the beach. Catch a glimpse of Galapagos penguins, one of the world's rarest. Santiago: Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard along Santiago's spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked. Genovesa: Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galapagos into this flooded caldera, home to over one million seabirds. Visit Prince Philip's Steps at the top of the island. Highlights along the trail are many, from Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies and frigates, to gulls, owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles, and manta rays. San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard - found only on this easternmost island. Walk along the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.
Day 4 - Monday - Dec 11, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 5 - Tuesday - Dec 12, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 6 - Wednesday - Dec 13, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 7 - Thursday - Dec 14, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 8 - Friday - Dec 15, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Day 9 - Saturday - Dec 16, 2023
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador      
Cruise Ends      
Air Travel      
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
Disembark this morning for a return flight to Guayaquil, where we transfer to Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Ask your expedition specialist about Peru, Quito, and other post-voyage options.
Day 10 - Sunday - Dec 17, 2023
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador      
After breakfast, leave Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil for the airport and flights home, unless an extension has been arranged. Departure Time: Anytime on Day 10, or anytime after 7:00 PM local time on Day 9. Departure City: Guayaquil or Quito.