An included sightseeing tour showcases Quito's treasures: the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, the Jesuit's La Compania Church with its stunning golden altars, and the impressive paintings at the Workshop & Museum of Oswaldo Guayasamin. Later, visit the Equatorial Monument, which marks the centre of the world, before tonight's welcome dinner.
Today, visit Otavalo's famous Indian market, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables and much more. Next, in Peguche, famous for its exquisite weavings, you will have the opportunity to visit homes and observe handicrafts being made. Finally, enjoy Andean delicacies prepared the traditional way at a former hacienda before returning to Quito.
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Island of Baltra and head to the pristine highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where your Naturalist will introduce the island's lush and vibrant landscapes. Visit the giant tortoise reserve for a chance to see the famous Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Next, see the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses, and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Later, board the Isabela II for five days of cruising among the various Galápagos Islands. Each day travel ashore to the remote islands with your expert naturalist. On board the ship, enjoy a captains welcome cocktail and dinner.
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