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Yet_family_bg Family Andean Highlands and the Galapagos Islands

Dates: July 18 - July 27, 2019

Total Duration: 10 days

Cost: From $8,295 (adult); $7,845 (age 12-17); $6,995 (age 7-11)

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Marian Chertow
Forestry & Environmental Studies

Vehicle: Isabella II

Tour Operator: Royal Adventures

Region: Central And South America


Our journey begins in Quito, Ecuador, set spectacularly in the snow-capped Andes Mountains where we will tour the city's wonderfully preserved colonial sector, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Quito, we'll travel north across the equator through dramatic mountain scenery to stay two nights at a historic 17th-century colonial hacienda. Here we will visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market, hike in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, explore Cuicocha Crater Lake and nearby volcanoes and have an opportunity to go horseback riding.

Upon our return, we will fly to the Galápagos Islands for a 4-night cruise aboard a beautifully appointed 40 passenger yacht, the M/V Isabela II. Accompanied by a superb staff of resident naturalists we'll observe Giant Galapagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches and Galapagos penguins, colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, along with other fascinating sea life. We conclude with a tour of Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, and its lovely riverfront.

Marian Chertow

Marian Chertow is associate professor of industrial environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is... more>>