Our pre-cruise Land Adventure allows you to explore even more of your destinations before sailing with Hurtigruten.
Day 1 Guayaquil/Galápagos Islands
Depart your hotel and drive to Guayaquil Airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra/Galápagos airport, we meet a local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the channel’s azure waters to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes.
On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna.
See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Lunch will be served in the highlands.
The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience. Formed by lava flows from island volcanoes, they extend from the highlands down to the sea. Join an amazing half-hour hike through one of the tunnels to where it gets too small to pass. A naturalist guide will share in detail the story about the origin of these fascinating tunnels.
Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts exhibits about the history and development of the Galápagos Islands, and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site.
The afternoon is at your leisure to explore tiny yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel´s cozy restaurant.
Day 2 & 3 Galápagos Islands
Breakfast at the hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby, uninhabited islands by boat. Please note that only one of the four islands listed below will be visited per day:
Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago.
The visits are regulated by Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served onboard the vessel during the tour. Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 4 Galápagos Islands/Guayaquil
This morning we transfer to Baltra’s airport for the flight to Guayaquil. En route to the airport, we stop at “The Twins” or “Los Gemelos,” two huge volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrrival in Guayaquil, a local representative will meet you and transfer you to the pier. Embarkation on MS Amundsen.
Please note that due to changing conditions, the order of sights may vary.
The price includes coach-class flights between Guayaquil and Baltra/Galápagos Islands, including current taxes; Galápagos National Park entrance fee; three nights, including full board, at hotel on Santa Cruz Island/Galápagos Islands; and all transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking naturalist guide.
Not included: drinks, gratuities.
Remarks and requirements:
This tour is available as a pre-cruise Land Adventure in combination with your cruise starting or ending in Guayaquil.
The land-based tour Includes walking on uneven terrain and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. It also entails long stretches of physical activity, including climbing in and out of a boat. The physical condition of participants should be prepared for tropical weather.
Minimum number of participants: 10
If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.
Tour date: 04.13.2020-04.17.2020 (The overnight prior to the pre-cruise tour is part of your cruise.)