Galapagos Islands 2015 Vacation (INCA Tours)

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Brief Itinerary

Below is a brief description of our vacation day-by-day

Click on links (above: “Brief   Day1   Day2…”) to see information about each day May 6, 2015 – Day 1 3:10am Alarm went off at 3.   Car service is scheduled to arrive about 3:30am. 3:15am Driver is in the driveway and waiting. 5:25am Okay.  Whirlwind.  We are on the plane. 6:10am The plane has taken off. 8:40am We have landed and deplaned in Miami.  9:25am On flight 947 headed for Quito! 12:50pm We are on the ground in Quito taxiing to the gate. 2:15pm We were met by Gloria from INCA. 3:20pm We are in room 1764 on the 17th floor of the Hotel Hilton Colon Quito.  May 7, 2015 – Day 2 6:35am We were on the road headed to the airport. 7:30am Gloria guided us through the airport.  9:20am We are in the air heading from Quito to Guayaquil. 10:00am We are on the ground in Guayaquil.  10:40am About to take off from Guayaquil. 11:25am We have just landed on Baltra Island. 12:05pm We made it through arrival, found our suitcases, were met by INCA representative, Maria. 12:20pm We are now on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. 1:40pm We stop at “Los Gemelos” (The Twins) in the Santa Cruz highlands.  2:15pm We saw our first giant tortoise. 2:30pm We are at the Galapagos Safari Camp.  6:15pm We are back in our tent.  Too cloudy and we didn’t see a sunset. 7:30pm Met Julian and Jenny and Craig and Alison who are the other two couples on the cruise. 9:00pm Our plan is to shower and cool down then get some sleep. May 8, 2015 – Day 3 6:40am This is our first whole day in the Galapagos Islands. 8:00am Another very nice breakfast is done.  8:35am We are now in a van headed for Puerto Ayora.  8:50am We see our first Galapagos Sea Lion and watch a few Blue-footed Boobies. 9:20am The boat to the beach was cabin cruiser style. 10:00am We are now on the beach at Tortuga Bay. 10:40am We witnessed a Frigatebird harassing another bird for food. 11:50am We are back on the Spondylus (a boat). 1:10pm We are back in the Galapagos Safari Camp.  2:30pm With the other two couples, we are on our way to visit “Los Gemelos” 3:40pm We see a “STOP Tortoises Crossing” sign and near it a large Giant Tortoise. 4:15pm We are at El Chato 2 Ranch where the Giant Tortoises are allowed to roam free.  5:10pm Craig became the Human Tortoise.  5:25pm We just left the Tortoise Ranch and are heading back to the Safari Camp. 8:00pm Just finished dinner.  8:15pm On the way back to the room we stopped and did some star gazing.  May 9, 2015 – Day 4 6:15am Up early.  8:30am A smallish Galapagos tortoise digging in the dirt right next to the steps.  10:30am We are now in Puerto Ayora.  10:45am Just entered the Charles Darwin Research Center.  12:45pm Left Charles Darwin Research Center. 2:30pm We had a delicious lunch at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.  3:10pm We are on the Luxury Yacht Integrity.  5:30pm We are all gathered in the lounge area of the Integrity for our welcome briefing. 7:00pm Dinner.  9:40pm We are in our little stateroom.  May 10, 2015 – Day 5 6:00am We set our alarm for 5:45 to make sure that we woke on or before the wake up call.  7:23am We are in the panga and motoring towards our first wet landing at Punta Cormorant. 8:20am Galapagos Flamingos 9:55am Back on Integrity and we have about 25 minutes before our first snorkel. 11:45am We are just back from snorkeling.  12:25pm We just landed on the beach in Post Office Bay. 1:40pm Just finished lunch. 3:15pm We are back on Floreana Island  at the village of Puerto Velazco Ibarra. 4:20pm Floreana Island was settled around 1930 by a few Europeans. 5:45pm My first, and only, chance to pet a real live Galapagos Tortoise.  7:00pm Back on board the Integrity. We got a chance to meet the crew. May 11, 2015 – Day 6 6:10am Our wake up PA system call was at 6am and breakfast is at 6:30am.  7:35am We are on Isabela walking on old lava flows. 8:15am We are hiking on a lava field at Punta Moreno.  9:45am Back on the Integrity.  11:15am Just returned from a wonderful snorkel.  Noon Showered and dressed and sitting in the lounge area having a cup of coffee. 12:30pm Lunch.  3:00pm We are meeting in the lounge area for a talk from Richard on weather. 4:10pm We are in a panga and doing a tour of a mangrove forest area.  7:30pm A very nice dinner.  9:00pm Getting ready for bed. May 12, 2015 – Day 7 6:00am Wake up announcement on the PA system by Richard. 6:30am Breakfast. 7:30am Meet aft and board the panga for a quick ride to Urbina Bay. 7:45am The wet landing was a little on the rough side. 7:58am We are also seeing our first Land Iguanas in the wild. 9:40am The wet landing was a little rough and so was getting back on the panga.  10:30am We are transiting north between Fernandina and Isabela Islands. 12:30pm Lunch. 1:30pm We are now anchored off of Fernandina Island. 3:30pm We are just back from the snorkel.  4:45pm We are on the island of Fernandina. 6:25pm Back in our room.  Fried shrimp was our snack 7:30pm Another nice dinner. 9:00pm Bed time.
"Leave only footprints, take only memories" (...and maybe some pictures)
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