The Andean Highlands Galápagos Islands
Optional Post-Trip Extension to
July 20-25, 2013
July 11-20, 2013
M/Y Isabela II
Home for this voyage is the intimate 40-passenger Yacht Isabela II, offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere perfect for exploring the Galápagos. Amenities include kayaks, a glass-bottom boat, Jacuzzi, fitness room, bar, gift shop, natural history library, sundeck and solarium. Wetsuits are available to rent for an additional fee. The dining is excellent, with
a good mix of continental cuisine and Ecuadorian specialties. The attentive staff and naturalist guides ensure your safety, comfort and enjoyment throughout the cruise. All 20 cabins have private bathrooms, small sitting areas and air conditioning. Two of the Classic cabins have a double bed plus accommodation for triple occupancy of a child under 12. The remaining Classic cabins are furnished with twin beds. Yacht Isabela II also has one Master Suite, which offers a larger bed and more spacious layout.
Bar CABIN DECK
Exercise room Jacuzzi
Classic Cabin Double
Classic cabin MAIN DECK
Natural history library
Classic Cabin Twin
Adults Land/Cruise Rates* (per person double occupancy) Classic Suite Master Suite $6,735 $7,525
Teens (12-17 years old
when rooming with an adult)
when rooming with an adult)
Children (under 12 years old
The single cabin price is $11,590. (Note: a limited number of singles are available at this price, 2 cabins). There are four triple cabins that can accommodate a child under 12 as the third person.
SAMPLE AIRFARE MIAMI/GUAYAQUIL/MIAMI: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $737*
*As of November 2012 and subject to change.
OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO MACHU PICCHU . . $2,790 (per person double occupancy)
Single supplement for the extension is $490. The third person sharing the same room on the extension is $200 less. The post-trip extension price is based on a minimum of 10 participants.
Dear Vanderbilt alumni, family and friends: We invite you to join the Vanderbilt Travel Program on an incredible adventure to the Andean Highlands and the Galápagos Islands, July 11-20. 2013. Travelers of all ages will delight in the unforgettable wildlife encounters, white-sand beaches and colonial charm of Ecuador. Savor the palpable culture and history of the Andean Highlands, a breathtaking land of snow-capped mountains, sweeping plains and small artisan villages. Visit indigenous markets where the customs and rhythm of life have changed little over the centuries. In the capital city of Quito, discover the country’s rich pre-Colombian and colonial heritage as you stroll its cobblestone streets. Follow Darwin’s footsteps in the Galápagos Islands, one of the world’s greatest ecological wonderlands. Few places on earth offer such close access to wildlife or such unique animal diversity. Explore the volcanic islands’ varied terrain of lava fields, verdant highland vegetation and sandy beaches. Among these spectacular geological features, we encounter Giant Galápagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and Blue-footed Boobies, Darwin’s Finches and Galápagos Penguins, colonies of Marine Iguanas and sea lions, along with other fascinating sea life. Your “floating classroom” for this voyage is the Yacht Isabela II, an intimate, ideal expedition ship that combines comfortable cruising with several recreational options. Aboard the vessel, a superb staff of local naturalists offers their knowledge and love of the islands. Vanderbilt family programs often sell out quickly, so we urge you to send in your reservation today! Sincerely,
M/Y Isabela II
Carroll Kimball, BA’84 President Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Amazing Photo Opportunities
welcome lunch, visit Cuicocha Crater Lake in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve. The lake lies within a large caldera created by a volcanic eruption some 3,100 years ago. A gentle hike around the rim offers wonderful views.
Hacíenda Cusín (B,
unique gargoyles, and the impressive gilded interior of the stunning baroque Jesuit church of La Compañía.
Swissôtel Quito (B,
Day 5 – Monday July 15
Day 3 – Saturday, July 13
Day 1 – Thursday, July 11
Depart the U.S. on a flight for Quito, Ecuador. Arguably the most beautiful city in South America, Quito is nestled in a high Andean valley 9,350 feet above sea level and just 14 miles south of the equator. The cobblestone streets of colonial Quito with its whitewashed walls, heavy wooden doors and gold gilded church interiors echo with history. Due to the city’s preservation of its blended past, Quito was declared the first “Cultural World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1978. Swissôtel Quito
We spend the morning at South America’s most famous indigenous market, Otavalo, a market which dates back to pre-Inca times and where colorful handicrafts are on display. Meander through the open-air market’s narrow cobblestone streets alongside Otavalo Indian men with long braided hair, blue ponchos and white trousers, and women with the distinctive gold beads around their neck and dark headdress. Lunch is at the historic Hacienda Pinsaquí. Built in 1790, the restored colonial hacienda once hosted such illustrious guests as Simón Bolívar, who often stayed here on his way to and from Bogotá. Later, choose to visit the Condor Park at the summit of Curiloma, a magical place home to the majestic Andean Condor, or saddle-up for a horseback ride amongst the beauty of the Ecuadorian highlands.
Hacíenda Cusín (B,
Fly from Quito to Baltra Island in the center of the Galápagos archipelago. Upon arrival, visit a tortoise reserve in the Highlands of Santa Cruz. After lunch, tour the Charles Darwin Research Station, staffed by international scientists. Their research and conservation projects include rearing and breeding giant tortoises. Stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the islands with a population of about 8,000, before embarking the M/Y Isabela II, your floating home for the next four nights.
Isabela II (B,
Day 6 – Tuesday, July 16
SANTA FE and SOUTH PLAZA ISLANDS
Day 4 – Sunday, July 14
After breakfast, return to Quito. Enjoy a city tour of the wonderfully preserved colonial section, including the graceful plazas and arcades, the Cathedral’s
This morning, watch as sea lion bulls vie for dominance of the many harems on Santa Fe’s white, sandy beaches. Hike, snorkel, kayak or swim while spotting a number of endemic species, such as the Galápagos hawk, the massive land iguana and the Galápagos Mockingbird. In the afternoon, disembark on South Plaza Island, one of the smallest yet richest islands in the archipelago. On its cliffs, swallow-tailed gulls nest and masked and blue-footed boobies ride the thermals. Explore its black lava
Day 2 – Friday, July 12
QUITO & OTAVALO
From Quito, we’ll drive north through dramatic mountain scenery and spectacular views towards the town of Otavalo in the northern Sierra. Visit the Equatorial Monument, marking the spot that the French Geodesic Mission determined was the latitudinal center of the earth in 1736. Later, sample the town of Cayambe’s famous bizcochos, delicious traditional biscuits. After a
Horses in the Highlands
Giant Galápagos Tortoise
Sea Lion Pup
shoreline speckled with bright orange Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. Isabela II (B, L, D)
while its brackish lagoons are the feeding grounds for various wading birds, including flamingos.
Isabela II (B,
Day 9 – Friday, July 19
BALTRA ISLAND/ GUAYAQUIL/USA
Day 7 – Wednesday, July 17
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND and LAS BACHAS
Day 8 – Thursday, July 18
BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND and SULLIVAN BAY
This morning, walk the trails on North Seymour, one of the few uplifted islands in the Galápagos. Its interior shelters a plethora of birdlife, including blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallowtail gulls. Snorkel alongside the cliffs to view outstanding marine life. After lunch, visit a white sand beach on Santa Cruz Island that is ideal for swimming. Locals named it Las Bachas, a pronunciation of “barges,” for the US military ships that were beached and abandoned here after WWII. Today, the island is an important nesting ground for the east Pacific green sea turtle,
Disembark at Bartolomé Island and hike to its summit for a superb view of Pinnacle Rock, Sullivan Bay and the immense lava fields of nearby James Island. Take a glass-bottom boat ride for a unique perspective of the underwater world. Near Pinnacle Rock, we may see Galápagos penguins, the only penguins found north of the equator. In the afternoon, travel by Zodiac to Sullivan Bay on James (Santiago) Island. Walk over black lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to learn about the volcanic origin of the islands, ecological succession and the impact of introduced species. Isabela II (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark the Isabela II for the final time and join your flight back to the mainland. Gather tonight for a festive farewell dinner in Guayaquil, a vibrant metropolis on the Guayas River delta. Flights to Miami now depart only in the late evening. Passengers will have use of hotel room up until time for transfer. Passengers on flights to JFK directly and taking the post-trip extension to Machu Picchu will stay overnight in Guayaquil in which case breakfast is included for the next morning. Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Day 10 – Saturday, July 20
Arrive back in the U.S. and transfer to your flights back home.
Male Magnificent Frigatebird
Optional Post-Trip Extension
July 20-25, 2013
Discover the breathtaking Lost City of the Inca, Machu Picchu. After our arrival in Lima, we will fly the next morning to Cusco, the capital city of the Inca Empire. From here we’ll transfer to the lovely town of Yucay in Urubamba Valley. We will overnight in Yucay, which is located at a lower elevation, to allow for an easier acclimatization. On our journey to Yucay, we’ll explore the massive fortress of Sacsayhuamán among other sites. In the afternoon, we’ll stop at the colorful native market in Pisac. The next day a dramatic train ride through the Urubamba Valley takes us to the enchanting and mystical site of Machu Picchu where we’ll overnight at the MAPI hotel. On our return we spend two nights in Cusco, where we’ll absorb a colorful mix of past and present. This five-night, six-day pre-tour extension
(one night in Lima at the Ramada airport hotel and four nights in the highlands) includes first-class accommodations; all excursions; five breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners; air transportation Lima/ Cusco and Cusco/Lima; airport taxes; airport-to-hotel transfers; and the services of a Peruvian guide. Airfare from Guayaquil to Lima is not included.
Terms and Conditions
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:
Internal roundtrip airfare to the Galápagos (Quito/ Galápagos/ Guayaquil); all accommodations as specified in the itinerary use a 5-star hotel in Guayaquil; a four-night cruise aboard the deluxe M/Y Yacht Isabela II; airport/hotel/pier group transfers; all meals throughout the Galápagos cruise and on the mainland as specified in the itinerary, Galápagos National Park entrance fee; professional English-speaking guides throughout; taxes, service and porterage charges; basic land gratuities to guides and drivers; leadership; coordination and administration.
PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: International airfare
such as wetsuit rental, laundry, fax or telephone calls; alcoholic beverages, dishes or beverages not included with meals; room service; passport fees; individual transfers; medical expenses, travel insurance, optional extension or deviations from the scheduled tour. Any increases in the in-tour airfare (included as part of the program cost), airport taxes, security, or fuel surcharges imposed after the initial pricing of this program are not included. Tip to tour director is at the passenger’s discretion.
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The Andean Highlands Galápagos July 11 - 20, 2013 Islands
What To Expect
This exclusive program is designed for Vanderbilt alumni, family, children and friends to explore the natural and cultural histories of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. In the Andean Highlands, activities include gentle hikes and visits to cultural and historical sites, along with the opportunity for horseback riding. Although only 22 miles from the equator, Quito has a spring-like climate for most of the year due to its high altitude (9,252 feet). Travel is during the dry season, when temperatures range from the 50s F at night to the high 70s F during the day. In the Galápagos, walks are approximately one to two miles long (sometimes over uneven and rocky terrain) at a leisurely pace suitable for wildlife observation. There will be wet landings on many islands. Dinghy rides along the coast and shorter walks are available for participants as an alternative to longer and more challenging excursions. Daily activities vary, but Sullivan Bay include opportunities Santiago Island Bartolomé Island for kayaking, swimming (James) Sombrero and snorkeling, and Seymore Island Chino Islet talks by local naturalist Las Bachas Beach guides. The GalápaBaltra Island gos Islands are at sea South Plaza Islands level and temperatures Santa Cruz Island Charles Darwin range between the 70s Puerto Research Station Ayora and 90s F. The average water temperature in June is 73º F. Travel Santa Fe Island on this program is by regularly scheduled commercial airlines, to allow for an easier acclimatizamotor coach, air-conditioned ship, tion when we travel to the Andean and “Zodiac-style” dinghies. This is a Español Island highlands by overnighting in the moderately active program. Urubamba Valley at approximately The Post-Trip Machu Picchu optional extension is a moderately active program. Throughout Andean cities, temperatures range from 30° – 40° F at night to 60° – 75° during the day, and we’ll spend several days at elevations from 7,600 to 11,200 feet. The Machu Picchu extension has been designed
8,000 feet. We continue to Machu Picchu at 7,600 feet, leaving Cusco for the end when you have had a chance to get acclimatized. There is significant stair and step climbing at the ruins. Lima, the capital city of Peru, is at sea level.