Itinerary

Journey to the Galapagos Islands March Cruise 2021
Date:
March 24, 2021 - April 06, 2021
Meeting point:
Palm Beach, FL (KPBI)
Length:
14 days / 13 nights
Mileage:
3,825 NM
Day 1 - Wednesday, March 24: West Palm Beach, Florida → Tikal, Guatemala (800 Nautical Miles)

Air Journey along with your Journey Director will greet you at Signature Flight Support FBO at Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI) for a briefing about the forthcoming flight.

Our flight today will take us directly into Tikal. Once clearing customs, we will transfer to our all-in-one hotel, museum, and spa, Las Lagunas. Located within a private reserve, we will find ourselves in the heart of Maya world.

The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the exclusive experiences this private reserve offers. The hotel offers a daily afternoon expedition that will take you for an ATV ride around the property. You will be able to get a good overview and feel of the preserve, by land.

This evening we will gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Hotel : Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Welcome cocktail and Dinner included
Day 2 - Thursday, March 25: Tikal, Guatemala

After breakfast we will head out for a day of discovery. Tikal translates to “City of Echoes”. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park, which in 1979 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tikal is the best understood of any of the large lowland Maya cities, with a long list of dynasty rulers, the discovery of many of their tombs, monuments, temples, and palaces.

We will enjoy lunch together at the Jungle Lodge, a hotel located just minutes from the Tikal center plaza.

Once our time at the Tikal Ruins comes to an end, you are free to explore on your own or enjoy more of what our hotel has to offer. With five lagoons and Monkey Island located within one of those, there’s a lot to take in

This evening before dinner we will meet for a pilot’s briefing for tomorrow’s flight.

Hotel : Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 3 - Friday, March 26: Tikal, Guatemala → Liberia, Costa Rica (455 Nautical Miles)

Fly to Liberia, Costa Rica, once clearing customs, we will transfer to the Peninsula Papagayo for our stay at the magnificent Four Seasons.

Located on a hillside, it is perched overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort is a center point for endless adventures and a place where you will most certainly find your “Pura Vida”.

Hotel : Four Seasons Papagayo
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 4 - Saturday, March 27: Liberia, Costa Rica

After breakfast we will board our private Catamaran to sail past and explore the beauty that surrounds this part of Costa Rica. There will be opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.

After lunch together, we will head back to our hillside-nestled paradise. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

 

Hotel : Four Seasons Papagayo
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 5 - Sunday, March 28: Liberia, Costa Rica

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

This evening before dinner we will meet for a pilot’s briefing for tomorrow’s flight.

Hotel : Four Seasons Papagayo
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 6 - Monday, March 29: Liberia, Costa Rica → Guayaquil, Ecuador (835 Nautical Miles)

Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador – Gateway to the Galápagos Islands. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and an important trade center.

Strategically located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil is only a short transfer from the airport.

Hotel : Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 7 - Tuesday, March 30: Guayaquil, Ecuador → Baltra, Galápagos (commercial flight)

Morning: Embarkation

Today we will fly via commercial airline (ticket not included) to Baltra in the Galápagos. Upon arrival we will transfer to our vessel.

Afternoon: Charles Darwin Research Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station provides an unmissable opportunity to find out about the vital work that is being carried out to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystems.

One element of this is a significant breeding program for Galápagos tortoises, whose numbers have been in decline since the 1970’s. These captivating enormous reptiles are very accustomed to humans, so be sure to bring your camera for some close-ups.

Hotel : Elite Luxury Galapagos Cruise Ship
Lunch and Dinner included
Day 8 - Wednesday, March 31: Galápagos Islands

Morning: Prince Philip's Steps/El Barranco

El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a rocky stairway that will lead you past a colony of nazca and red-footed boobies up to a plateau of dried lava. Continuing through the thin Palo Santo forest and looking out over the plain, visitors are often treated to sites of storm petrels launching out over the ocean.

A panga ride or kayaking/paddle boarding along the edge of the cliffs provides a good chance to see the elusive Galápagos fur seals nestled on the rocks, and snorkeling is a great activity if you fancy a dip with a variety of shark species.

Afternoon: Genovesa – Darwin Bay

Darwin Bay has a small sand and coral beach that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding in calm, sheltered waters in the company of hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. Onshore, a short trail leads along a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including Nazca and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls.

The trail culminates at a viewpoint that offers a stunning view overlooking the cliffs and the bay below.

Hotel : Elite Luxury Galapagos Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 9 - Thursday, April 1: Galápagos Islands

Morning: Santiago - Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove

Espumilla beach, located on the northern coast of Santiago island, is an exquisite white sand beach, whose name refers to the meringue-like trails of foam left by the lapping of the waves. Sally Lightfoot crabs are in abundance here and as a result, it is common to see predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans.

This idyllic location is perfect for snorkeling or kayaking/paddle boarding amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopus, eels and sharks. Buccaneer Cove has an interesting history as it is where sailors, buccaneers and whalers frequently anchored their vessels in search for food and water. In more recent times, it has become an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions.

A panga ride along the eroded shoreline provides views of intriguing rock formations that provide excellent ledges for boobies, pelicans and gulls.

Afternoon: Egas Port

Egas Port was once the site of a salt mine, but now this impressive black sand beach is an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas.

A stroll along the wide trails inland leads you past tidal pools and rocky volcanic formations known as grottoes where it is possible to spot fur seals enjoying a spot of shade.

Hotel : Elite Luxury Galapagos Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 10 - Friday, April 2: Galápagos Islands

Morning: Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach

Bachas Beach is a glorious white sand beach on which the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWI, can be seen. It is a popular nesting site for turtles, so if you go for a snorkel, you might find yourself sharing the water with these wonderful creatures.

The beach is also full of vibrant Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs and elegant pink flamingos that frequent the salt water lagoon behind.

Afternoon: Twin craters and the Highlands of Santa Cruz

The best way to appreciate these remarkable, almost identical crater-like holes, caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers, is to take the trail that leads up and around the rims.

From this vantage point, one can revel in the beauty of the surrounding highlands, lush with ferns and an abundance of Scalesia trees.

Here, Bird enthusiasts can also enjoy spotting the distinct red feathers of Vermilion Flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and, with a bit of luck, an endemic short-ear owl.

Hotel : Elite Luxury Galapagos Cruise Ship
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 11 - Saturday, April 3: San Cristóbal, Galápagos → Guayaquil, Ecuador (commercial flight)

Morning: San Cristobal - Kicker Rock

Kicker Rock, is an iconic feature of the Galápagos that has been formed over time by the erosion of the cone of an extinct volcano.

The channel that runs between two imposing shards of rock is often described as one of the most thrilling sites for snorkeling and diving where it is common to see spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, marine iguanas, Galápagos sharks and even hammerhead sharks.

Afternoon: Disembark

Our time aboard the Elite comes to an end. We disembark on San Cristobal island, where we will transfer to the airport to take the commercial flight (not included) to Guayaquil.

Upon arrival to Guayaquil, we transfer to the Hilton Colon Guayaquil.

This evening before dinner we will meet for a pilot’s briefing for tomorrow’s flight.

Hotel : Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 12 - Sunday, April 4: Guayaquil, Ecuador → Panama City, Panama (665 Nautical Miles)

We will retrieve our planes and fly to Panama. Enjoy a scenic approach to Panama City including a beautiful view of the Panama Canal.

Hotel : Waldorf Astoria Panama
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 13 - Monday, April 5: Panama City, Panama

After breakfast we will depart for our full-day sightseeing tour including a one-hour tour on the Panama Canal with the pleasure to enjoy the vegetation and wildlife (monkeys).

We will continue to the Miraflores Lock where you will be able to watch ships entering the lock and discover the new museum where you will have the opportunity to enter the Lock on a simulator. A buffet lunch will be served at the Miraflores Restaurant offering a great view of the canal.

In the afternoon, we will continue our tour including the Old City with the most important sites.

This evening before dinner we will meet for a pilot’s briefing for tomorrow’s flight.

Hotel : Waldorf Astoria Panama
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 14 - Tuesday, April 6: Panama City, Panama → Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands → West Palm Beach, Florida → Home (625 + 445 + Nautical Miles)

We will transfer to the airport and fly to West Palm Beach to clear US Customs. There will be an optional technical stop in Grand Cayman to refuel.

Breakfast included