Silversea Luxury Cruises À MANTA

MANTA

As home to Ecuador’s second-largest seaport, Manta is a one of the most important economic cities in the country. So, far from rustic shores and a sleepy village, visitors to Manta can expect a modern urban hub, complete with vast beach, high rises, city slickers and lots and lots of fish. This is the city that has a giant tuna statue welcoming its visitors, so it is no surprise that seafood is high on everybody’s list of important things. View more

What was once a small fishing village has today grown into a mighty industry and ultra-fresh seafood – mostly tuna – takes pride of place. Thus, no trip to Manta is complete without sampling at least one of the local dishes. Foodies will salivate at the opportunity of tasting not only amazing tuna ceviche but also exquisitely prepared squid, octopus, lobster and inspired South American style tapas. If tasting the city’s legacy isn’t enough for you, then the Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank of Manta boasts an excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 A.D. Manta’s seafood, beaches and boutiques might be enough for some people, but it is worth noting that picturesque Montechristi is only about 20 minutes away. Jump on a colourful (and colourfully authentic) Chivas bus for the short ride to the home of the Panama hat – which does not originate anywhere near Panama! The enchanting village has retained much of its faded Spanish elegance with its milliners by far its star attraction.

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Excursions depuis MANTA

Agritourism & Coffee Hacienda

Depart the pier and commence the approximately 75-minutes driving through the Manabí region of Ecuador. Today be part of an agritourism experience visiting Hacienda Manantiales del Rocío to delve into the richness of Montecristi and Manabí, shown through its flora and fauna, its customs and its flavors, the essence of this land is present in this charming place. With an area of 420 hectares, the Hacienda is located in the Manantiales rural area, within the canton Montecristi - Manabí.


Upon entering Hacienda Manantiales del Rocío you will be able to see how the plantations of sugar cane, coffee, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, grape, soursop, mango, banana, chili, corn, onion, achiote, moringa, among others, grow harmoniously and become raw material for the development of artisanal products made with the highest quality, based on the traditional recipes of the local people, which makes proud to those who manufacture it and of great flavor to all those who taste them.


Discover the smells, colors and flavors of this magical hacienda through its high-quality Manabita coffee and other gourmet products, which are obtained from their own counties and are processed in their industrial plants, following the strictest health regulations of hygiene and good manufacturing practices. A set of sensory experiences in every way.


Every morning, the hacienda is flooded with the aroma of the richest coffee of the plantations themselves, awakening all the senses. Discover all the benefits that coffee brings to your health direct form the hand of the experts, how to have a good coffee, its processes and selection until it is marketed. Learn with a sip how to identify the coffee of Manabí, simply magical to your palate.


The extensive cane plantations of the farm are the raw material for the development of the high-quality artisanal spirits. Here the purest and most refined "aguardiente" of Manabí and also the Ron Don Carlos which is aged in its French oak barrels is distilled. Try to extract the exquisite cane juice and take it in its pure state.


This Hacienda also is proud to be home of the best dairy cattle in Manabi, giving rise to the own line of dairy products as yogurt, milk caramel, cheese, which are delicious. Do not miss the opportunity to taste them.


Enjoy a delicious typical lunch, and re-board your coach for the approximately 75-minutes journey back to Manta and the port.

Cooking Ecuadorian Style & Lunch

Unlock the secret to preparing Ecuadorian specialities during this interactive cooking class with lunch. This small-group experience is ideal for those who want to learn more about the culture and the cuisine of Ecuador. Savour this experience when your reward is to taste the fruit of your labours.


Ecuadorian cooking is famous for enhancing the natural taste of food. Spices are widely used, especially pepper, cumin, coriander, parsley, garlic, "achiote", and more; other seasoning is done with salt and lemon. One of the main sauces used is a chili sauce called "picante" or "aji" which is can be found on the tables at any Ecuadorian restaurant.


We are extremely excited to offer this Ecuadorian food demonstration. Join us to have an amazing afternoon with a talented local chef who will be teaching us the secrets, tips and tricks of some Ecuadorian dishes and other delicacies. This is an amazing opportunity to have fun with our friends while see how to prepare an extraordinary meal.


Before the cooking class, enjoy a visit to a local Fish Market to see the fresh produce and learn about the fish you will be using for the Cooking experience, and the head towards a fruit and vegetable market so you can see the local products and handpick the ingredients that will be used in order to prepare the Ceviche for lunch.


You then will enjoy this self-made meal accompanied by an Ecuadorian beer and the wonderful scenery.


Re-board your transportation for the short return ride back to your ship.

Golf at Montecristi (9-Holes)

Embrace the scenic splendour of Ecuador in a relaxing new way during this full-day golfing excursion at the Montecristi Golf Club.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to the Montecristi Golf Club. This lovely, Kris Savignac-designed enclave features an approximately 14-acre (about 5.6-hectare) clubhouse and driving range facility, along with an 11-acre (about 4.5-hectare) private beach club. The approximately 3,280-yard (about 3,000-metre), 18-hole, Par-72 golf course is adorned with tropical foliage, and mountain and coastal views in the distance.


Upon arrival, begin your relaxing, nine-hole round of golf. At the conclusion of your round, some free time is made available for a comfort stop and refreshments before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Highlights of Manta

Explore the rich history, culture and people of Manta during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Manta and Archaeological Museum

Depart the pier for a short drive around Manta en route to the Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank of Manta. The museum boasts a small but excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 A.D. Other local art expositions can also be found on display.


Chorrillo and Cabuya Plant-Weaving

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to a cabuya plant-weaving factory in Chorrillo. Your visit is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this traditional art is, unfortunately, rapidly dying out. In the past, this vibrant local industry prompted the production of approximately 4,000 cabuya plant bags per day in the Manta area. Today, this is the last remaining factory and produces 200 bags per week.


Montecristi Golf Club and Private Artisan Fair

Your tour continues with a drive along the picturesque seaside promenade, and a visit to a Private Artisan Fair at the Montecristi Golf Club. Observe artisans demonstrating the weaving of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats, and meet taqua nut carvers demonstrating their skills. The versatile tagua nut is used to produce a number of different eco-friendly products, from traditional handicrafts to jewellery and shirt buttons.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Montecristi by Chivas

Experience picturesque Montecristi in a unique and fun new way during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion by Chivas bus. In Montecristi, Ecuador live a handful of master weavers, the creators of the finest straw hats in the world "Montecristi Panama Hats".


Chivas Bus

Depart the pier aboard a Chivas bus for scenic, approximately 30-minute ride to Montecristi, home of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats. En route, a local band rides atop one of the brightly-painted Chivas buses, the most important means of transportation used by the local people.

Montecristi

Upon arrival in Montecristi, take a guided tour of this beautiful little town, which still retains the atmosphere and faded elegance of its Spanish heritage. Afterward, some free time is made available here to browse the shops lining the central square and its many narrow streets. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your Chivas bus and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Origins of the Panama Hat

Today you will have the privilege of visiting a local family at their home in this rural community of Pile where the best hat weavers live and work.


Depart the pier and commence the approximately 75-minutes drive to the town of Pile to immerse in the ancient secret of weaving techniques of the toquilla straw, to fabric the well-known worldwide Panama hat, a genuine treasure that begins in the small town of Pile. An introductory briefing will explain the sociocultural characteristics of Pile's traditional straw-hat weaving, emphasizing the status symbols, the ritual logic of the weaving and fabric the hat, and how it outlines, strengthens and delimits the appropriate way of seeing and living the world in Pile.


After, walk through the tiny dirt streets along the town visiting one of the local family of weavers. A demonstration is held in real time and space (weavers' houses, where knowledge is practiced and transmitted ancestrally). You will be witness of the preparation of the toquilla straw to get the fine strands that will become hats. Then a demonstration of the world's finest weaving, in which you can participate, you are allowed to live the experience when trying to knit after they have been taught the technique. The visit is intended to allow the guests to observe and analyze all spatial, symbolic and functional characteristics with respect to the weaving.


Then board the coach for a s short drive to a local near beach where you will take a bite out of Ecuador with a tasting of ceviche, a centuries-old seafood dish typically made with fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with peppers. Your sensory experience ends with the approximately one-hour a drive back to the pier.

Pacoche Ecological Sanctuary, Cooking Demonstration & Tasting

Discover the splendid traditions, forests and flavours of Ecuador during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. Located at only twenty minutes from Manta, the forest is a green patch in the middle of a semi-desert area of the coast of Manabí. Its fascinating microclimate serves as habitat for countless species that are characteristics of the area. Pacoche is well-known for the howler monkeys, and over 250 species of birds, from which, 55 are endemic.

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. En route, take in panoramic views of the spectacular dry forest, humid forest, beaches, wildlife, and picturesque typical towns along coastal Ecuador. Experience the climatic change of this area as you ascend to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge.


Your visit to the refuge begins with a refreshing fruit juice served upon arrival, followed by a guided walking tour along the trail inside this ecological sanctuary. The refuge is home of the howler monkeys, and over many species of native and regional bird-life. Pass by banana plantations, toquilla straw used to weave hats, sugar cane fields and the palm that produces tagua nuts, locally-known as 'vegetable ivory'.


Afterward, see a mill, or 'trapiche', that is used to extract the juice from sugarcane, then observe a demonstration of a local artisan making a Panama hat from toquilla straw. Following this demonstration, hats are available for purchase.


From here, proceed for a ceviche tasting and a cooking demonstration. Ecuadorian Ceviche is different from the recipes from other Latin America countries but it is just as much as delicious and special. We can say it is like a cold soup of your favorite sea food (fish, shrim, shells, octopus, crab, etc.) spiced with lemon, onion, tomato and other local species, creating a fascinating mixture of flavors and textures that are certainly worth experiencing.


Your visit to the Pacoche Forest concludes with a drive back to the pier.

Scuba Exclusive! Puerto Lopez (Two Tank Dive)

Ecuador is an ocean lover's paradise where beneath the waves, hidden from ordinary sight, is a world that is truly extraordinary. Ecuador's Pacific Ocean teems with a marine bounty few other countries possess, and if you are a scuba diver you will be astonished at the sheer spectacle that awaits you.

Pacific Coast Drive and Puerto López

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Puerto López in the direction of Machalilla National Park. Upon arrival, receive your diving and safety instructions, and be outfitted with your scuba diving equipment.


Scenic Boat Ride

Next, embark a boat for the ride to the first dive site. En route, see marine habitats that include cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky shores and low, rugged continental islands. Ecuador has a rich marine life off its Pacific coast, and scuba diving trips from mainland Ecuador are enriching experiences that allow access to some interesting dive spots.


Diving Session

The sea bottom near Ecuador's coast is largely made up of rock, with large coral reefs and patches of sand, and coral fans, or 'gorgonians', in a wide array of colours. The fauna is very rich and varied, with large groups of fish such as angelfish, butterfly fish, trumpet fish, flute fish, jacks, sea bass, puffer fish, balloon fish, morays, snappers, trigger fish, parrot fish, scorpion fish, manta rays, guitar rays, and white tip sharks. You may also spot green marine turtles, sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.


Before you return to the pier a box lunch will be served on board.


Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.

The Very Best of Puerto Lopez

Coastal Drive and Machalilla National Park

Depart the port on a comfortable coach heading to Agua Blanca, a small community situated approximately 10 km from Puerto López in Machalilla National Park.


Agua Blanca and Archaeological Museum

Travel to Agua Blanca, to visit the small archaeological museum that holds some artefacts from ancient pre-Columbian civilizations that settled in this area. The ruins there form a sort of solar calendar once used to hold ceremonies on the summer and winter solstice. The museum also holds cremation urns from the Manteña culture, the last pre-Columbian civilization to settle in Ecuador near the city of Manta (hence the name Manteña).


After visiting the museum, explore Machalilla National Park, which spans 55,000 hectares in the Manabí province. This park is truly unique because it is home to the only dry tropical forest in the world.


Pass through the park, you will notice mangroves, cactus and cotton plants, as well as unique local fauna. In the marine part of the park, it is also possible to see whales that return to the coast of Ecuador every year from the Antarctic.Inside the park, we will also visit a small village inhabited by the descendants of the Manteña culture, who still live as their ancestors did, thanks to the proceeds from the community-based tourism project. The inhabitants of the village are proud to show us their lifestyle and customs, which also include shared use of the land.


Puerto López, Pacha Chocolates

Then, we will travel to Puerto López, a small fishing village on the coast of Ecuador and part of Machalilla National Park where we will stop for a double visit.

First of all, we will head to Pacha Chocolates, where we can buy all kinds of chocolate treats carefully prepared by the owners.

After shopping in the store, we will go to the wild animal rescue centre where, if you are lucky,you may be able to see the moment that a turtle is put back into its natural habitat. Or a local pre-Columbian Museum in Salango,


After visiting the village, we will head to a local venue for lunch in the restaurant and, before leaving you can also relax at the pool

After lunch, board your coach and return to the port and the ship.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis MANTA

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley & Cusco

Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', breathtakingly situated amongst craggy peaks and billowing clouds. Visit historic Cusco high up in the Andes and travel to Machu Picchu via the Vistadome and back via the Hiram Bingham luxury trains.


03MIDMTA-M: Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley & Cusco

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Departure: Manta

Rejoin ship: Callao

Reserve by: at least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Ecuador and Peru'. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is Peruvian Nuevo Sol; however US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. (There is no shopping stop planned during the program.)


Discover one of South America's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', one of the most beautiful and enigmatic sites in the world. In the morning, from Callao port a scheduled flight takes us to Cusco, nestled in the Andes. Travel via the luxury train 'Hiram Bingham' to Machu Picchu and visit the Inca's breath-taking 'Citadel in the Clouds' ringed by green-clad mountain peaks. Stay in the historic city of Cusco high up in the Andes before re-joining the ship.


DAY ONE - Friday, December 4th, 2020 - Manta / Guayaquil / Lima

Transfer from Manta to the Hilton Hotel in Guayaquil. After lunch at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima, Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel where we have dinner and spend the first night of this wonderful journey.


DAY TWO - Saturday, December 5th, 2020 - Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Return to the Lima Airport and check in for our flight to Cusco, taking us from sea level to the heights of the Andes.


Transfer to the Sacred Valley. En route, visit Awanakancha, a center where South American Camelids (members of the camel family), Llamas, Alpacas, Guanacos, and Vicunas are all bred. Learn about the renowned fibers created from their coats, as well as the ancient weaving techniques which are still used.

Next, drive to Hacienda Sarapampa for lunch, then transfer to Hacienda Urubamba and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.


Finally, we transfer to the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel for dinner and overnight.


DAY THREE - Sunday, December 6th, 2020 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

In the morning, transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome train.


The climax of our day, however, is the timeless wonder and grandeur of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Our guided walking tour explores the terraces and aqueducts leading to the Temple of the Three Windows. See the sun's rays pass through the temple to light the Sacred Plaza and visit the curious stone block believed to be a solar clock. As we explore this Inca retreat perched between Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) and Machu Picchu (Old Peak), we can't help but be moved by the wonder of the place. It hovers two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba River and contains misty palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation.


Carved from the granite of the mountain top, many of the building blocks weigh 50 tons or more yet are so precisely sculpted and fitted that the mortar-less joints will not permit the insertion of even a thin knife blade. After our tour, we return to Ollantaytambo Train Station on the Hiram Bingham train with dinner served on board. Upon arriving at the train station, transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel.


DAY FOUR - Monday, December 7th, 2020 - Sacred Valley / Cusco / Lima

This morning we drive to Cusco, upon arrival we collect our bags and head straight to Sacsayhuaman. Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, Sacsayhuaman was constructed without mortar, like many other Inca structures. Yet the enormous stones (some weighing 200 tons) of the remaining walls fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca's sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.


Visit the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman fortress. Continue to the sacred site of Qoricancha. Here, we admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is considered to be one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework.


Next, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Cusco before the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to Callao to embark the Silver Moon.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the local operator without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or other un-avoidable disruptions. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing. You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. Insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel - Lima

· Two-night stay at Hacienda Urubamba - Sacred Valley

· Three breakfasts, Four lunches, and three dinners with drinks included.

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Guayaquil / Lima / Cusco. At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

· Sacred valley train round trip

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: The World of Galapagos Islands

Immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture of the coastal region. Depart the pier for an introductory tour of the area around Manta. Begin with a visit to the Archaeological Museum, which highlights the local culture and ethnic origins of the area. Then be part of a traditional dance performance at one of the nicest venues. Ecuadorian dance troupe will perform a variety of modern and traditional dances that reflect the multicultural character of the country. You'll notice the influence of African rhythms and Andean beats as the performers gracefully dance across the stage in brightly colored costumes. Discover the history of the Panama hat as you are treated to a demonstration on how to make these famous items of headwear.Ecuador's Galápagos Islands are one of the world's most remarkable destinations: an open-air wildlife museum that stirs the explorer within everyone. The archipelago, located about 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador, is home to an astonishing variety of endemic species - enough to inspire a theory that would change the world - and proves an irresistible destination for adventurers and nature-lovers to this day.


03MIDCAO-G: The World of Galapagos Islands

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Departure: Callao

Rejoin ship: Manta

Reserve by: at least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Ecuador. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising. According to Ecuadorian Immigration regulations, every foreign passenger entering the Country must have a passport with a time validity of at least 6 months from the day of arrival to Ecuador. Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is Peruvian Nuevo Sol; however US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. (There is no shopping stop planned during the program.)


DAY ONE - Friday, December 4th, 2020 - Manta / Guayaquil

Depart the pier for an introductory tour of the area around Manta. Begin with a visit to the Archaeological Museum, which highlights the local culture and ethnic origins of the area. A visit to the Archaeological Museum reveals a collection of pre-Columbian artefacts that include some of the oldest ceramics produced in South America. The exhibition 'gestures engraved in the face' illustrates the cultural background of the region. Then be transferred to Montecristi, to experience a unique and special morning where we take part on the age old process of making a Panama Hat. Despite its name, the famous Panama hat has its origins in Ecuador. A private demonstration where you will have the opportunity to see a display of the various stages in the making of Panama hats. These hats have historically been an extremely important part of the Ecuadorian economy, and across the country there are many family run companies that continue to use traditional, age-old techniques to produce their merchandise.


First, we see how the fibre is obtained from the Carludovica palmate plant that grows only in tropical areas. Once the leaves have been harvested, the fibre is cooked in huge pots of boiling water to soften the material. After drying the material in the shade, the hard work begins. Row by row the hats slowly take their form. The finer the hat is, the longer it takes to work on it. A super fine hat takes at least four months to make and when rolled up will fit through a typical wedding ring! Once the weaving is completed, the hats are shaped, ironed and fitted with a traditional black band. Finally, we will learn how the hats are rolled so that customers can take them home in a little balsawood box. Each guest will be given their very own Panama Hat as a gift!


Next, we will enjoy a local dance performance. The dance performance mixes modern and traditional Ecuadorian theatrical dance. Through this passionate and unique performance we are shown the highlights and traditional activities of the Manta region. After the show there will be an informal opportunity to be taught some of the local dance steps before we continue to Montecrist. Enjoy a typical lunch before to transfer via private coach to Guayaquil City.


Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's principal harbour and largest city, with about 3 million inhabitants. Guayaquil's strong culture and traditions stand in amazing contrast to the modernity of its new constructions. Guayaquil's harbour, "Puerto Maritimo", is the main sea port of the country and is where 80% of the country's imports and more than 50% of its exports are handled. The commercial and industrial centre of Ecuador, Guayaquil lies about 60 kilometres from the Gulf of Guayaquil and the Pacific Ocean.


Check in and rest of the afternoon and diner at leisure.


DAY TWO - Saturday, December 5th, 2020 - Guayaquil / Galapagos

Our guide will meet us to transfer to the Guayaquil airport to take our flight to Galapagos. Upon arrival at Baltra airport, a Galapagos Naturalist Guide will welcome us and help with our luggage and guidance towards the public bus that heads towards the Channel of Itabaca which separates the island Baltra from Santa Cruz. A public ferry crosses the azure waters of the channel towards Santa Cruz, which will take approximately 5 minutes. On Santa Cruz, board a private vehicle to transfer to Puerto Ayora on the other side of the island. Driving through the rural areas of the island, travelers can experience the agriculture of the archipelago as well as the diversity of its flora. Surrounded by wild landscapes and different species, keep a lookout for the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution.


During our first visit, to the Santa Cruz Highlands, we watch the famous Galapagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how the private ranches aid to protect these special animals. We can hear their sounds while they are trying to eat the leaves of the trees or crashing through the undergrowth. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here: Small young ones with shining carapaces, and older ones which are a little bit more laggard and cracks in their shells showing evidence of a long life. Lunch will be served at a local venue in the highlands.


After lunch, we continue to Puerto Ayora to visit Charles Darwin Research Station. The center is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos clicked with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds.


Transfer to the hotel for check-in. We have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner is served at the hotel after an exciting and memorable day.


DAY THREE - Sunday, December 6th, 2020 - Galapagos Islands

Today we take a full day boat tour to ONE of the following nearby Islands: (Subject to confirmation)


BARTOLOME

Prepare for an early start - 6 AM. The bus departs from the Hotel to take us to the Channel of Itabaca, where the yacht awaits, ready to depart. Experience a day in paradise with beautiful white beaches, outer space ambient, clear water, and observe as many native animals start their day. On the two hour boat trip breakfast is served while watching the sunrise at sea. There may be an opportunity to observe dolphins and other marine residents very close to the boat in the early hours. Landing in Bartolome, approximately 300 steps lead up through the moon-like landscape to the highest point of the island. The reward is an amazing view over the islands Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz and Rábida. Also in view is Chinese Hat Island, as well as the well-known Pinnacle Rock, which is all that remains of an ancient volcano. The rock is home to a large quantity of sea birds, and is the most photographed landscape in the Galapagos Islands.


After changing clothes for the beach visit, we board the dinghy-ride for a short ride to Sullivan Bay for snorkeling. Those who don't wish to snorkel may stay on the dinghy to go search among the rocks for the diminutive Galapagos Penguin. Look for one standing on the cliff or shooting like a bullet through the clear waters. Back at the beach after snorkeling or the dinghy ride, enjoy some time to relax or swim. The shallow sea invites us to go swimming and snorkeling while we search for Galapagos penguins, sharks, starfish, rays, sea turtles and other exotic and colorful fish. Enjoy the diversity of native residents such as marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans, and more.


After this amazing adventure, lunch is served on the boat. The day trip ends with a late afternoon return to the hotel.


SEYMOUR AND BACHAS

Starting at 8 AM, this tour offers the golden chance to get to know Seymour Island and Bachas beach. We first transfter to the yacht at Itabaca Channel. During the 1-hour navigation to Seymour Island, we observe the slow awakening of the archipelago as the day begins. We disembark via dinghy onto the rocky coast near a small forest consisting of gray and silver Palo Santo (Holy Stick) trees, which are without leaves for most of the year. Seymour is famous for its large colonies of birds. The unique male frigate birds with their inflated red pouches attract females during breeding season, and the famous Galapagos blue-footed boobies can be observed as well. These seabirds have a wedge shaped tail, long pointed wings and for courtship, the males lift first one, then the other blue foot into the air and dance to impress the female. Other highlights of this excursion are a beach with small cliffs, seagulls, many sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans, most only an arm's length away.


The freshly cooked lunch consists of two courses, and is served on the yacht. During siesta time, the yacht navigates to Bachas beach along the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. We take a short hike to the flamingo pond just behind the beach, and afterwards refresh with swimming and snorkeling at this isolated paradise beach with white sand and turquoise waters. Sea lions, rays, sea turtles, and tropical fish may join in our underwater experience!


The day trip ends with a late afternoon return to the hotel.


PLAZAS AND PUNTA CARRION

We depart at 8 AM from the hotel for the Itabaca channel, where we board our yacht to cruise to South Plaza Island. The island welcomes travelers with a bright colorful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant, spread over the Island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands where the yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white shining beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.


The hike is easy and goes alongside relaxing sea lions and land iguanas which can be found on most parts of the island. The trail leads to the highest cliff where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming. Here lie the sea lions which could not persist against their competitors climbing up the almost vertical wall. At the same time, tropical birds, blue-footed boobies, and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind. We suggest you bring along binoculars in order to get an extraordinary close view of these animals, as well as the other marine life. The view from the highest point over the ocean and the powerful waves breaking at the cliffs is an experience that visitors will not forget.


Afterwards, the trip continues to Punta Carrion, where lunch is served on board the ship. This is a great spot to snorkel and swim among rays, sharks, and hundreds of colorful tropic fish.


SANTA FE

Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos. Some of the island's endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, land iguanas, various types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions will usually accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time. The day trip ends with a late afternoon return to the hotel.


Dinner is served at Hotel´s restaurant.


DAY FOUR - Monday, December 7th, 2020 - Galapagos / Guayaquil / Lima

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the mainland. After flying to Guayaquil, an Akorn representative will assist us checking in for our international flight to Lima. Set menu lunch will be offered at a 5 minutes distance hotel at Guayaquil. Upon arrival in Lima, an Akorn representative will meet us and transfer us to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of activities and walking of approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) in total and 600 steps. Due to the volcanic origin of the Islands, and the fact that most of the treks are on irregular volcanic terrain, guests must be in good physical condition for this type of excursion. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.

Pack carefully, light and smart. Lightweight fast drying cotton is recommended: cotton pants, sShorts, T-shirts, bathing suit, long sleeved shirt, a windbreaker or light sweater and comfortable walking shoes. Don't forget to bring with you a hat, preferably that cover the ears, lots of sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, sunglasses, small backpack to carry on land visits (for your camera and bottled water), a plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry. If you wear glasses, it is a good idea to bring contact lenses for diving and snorkeling. Expect wet landings: during wet landings in Galapagos, you have to get off the zodiac into the water (and you will get wet up to the knees) please be aware that it can be a little bit uncomfortable since you may want good shoes for walking. Our recommendation is to bring on a back pack your walking shoes and wear your sandals or water shoes.

The wildlife described below is not guaranteed to be seen during your visit. Please remember to respect your distance between any and all wildlife. Please stay on marked trails and heed the directions of your Naturalist Guide.

This description is a general overview of the programme only. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change without prior notice depending on weather conditions, water currents, and sea conditions, and or Galapagos National Park regulations.

Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Hilton Colon - Guayaquil

· Two-night stay at Galapagos Habitat Hotel - Puerto Ayora

· Three breakfasts, Fours lunches, and two dinners with drinks included.

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Guayaquil / Galapagos / Lima . At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

· Sacred valley train round trip

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

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