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Какие 5 островов Галапагос посетить?

Кароче выбор идет из 7 туров (цена примерно одинаковая, 6-8 дней)
В них (если все 7 туров соедить) встречаются след. острова:

- Puerto Ayora (это на Балтре, я так понимаю ? )
- Plazas
- North Seymour
- Bartolomé
- Santa Cruz
- Baltra (это тож самое что и Пуэрто Айора, где станция Дарвина и Black Turtle Cove ? )
- Floreana
- Española
- Santa Fé
- San Cristóbal
- Rabida

Получается 10 островов))
но побывать я смогу тока в 5 из них....

Далее приведу список семи туров....
Если лень (или другая причина), можите не читать, но хотябы просто объясните в каких 5 побывать лучше всего? Кроме Бальтры (она так и так будет - типа основа турпакета )
по описанию вроде клевые:North Seymour и Santa Cruz , еще 2 каких бы выбрать?
Жду ваших ответов, оч. нужны...!!!

1 тур:


2007 Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Arrive in Quito at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. A G.A.P Adventures representative will meet you in the evening for an introductory briefing.

Located 2850m (9348 ft) above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 22 km (14 miles) south of the Equator. Nestled in a valley flanked by mountains, on a clear day several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the city centre. Add to its beautiful location a rich history and well-preserved colonial district, and you begin to understand Quito’s appeal to thousands of tourists every year.

In 1978 UNESCO declared Quito a World Heritage site, and any new development in Quito's old town is now strictly controlled. Life in Quito tends to be peaceful, though the drivers are fond of using their car horns! There are approximately 2,000,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, but the pace is relaxed and the residents hospitable.

Quito is separated into two basic sections, the old and the new cities. The old city is full of historical buildings and churches. One of the more noteworthy is the Catedral de Quito, located on the Plaza de la Independencia. Built between 1550 and 1562, it was one of the first neoclassical works in Quito. La Compañía de Jésus Church is considered one of the most beautiful in the Americas. The decorations in the Compañía contain approximately one and one-half tons of gold, and construction of the church took 170 years (1605-1775).

The small, rounded hill dominating the old town is El Panecillo or 'the Little Bread Loaf,' a major Quito landmark. From here there are marvellous panoramic views of the entire city and surrounding volcanoes. You can easily take a trolley (streetcar) or a cab between the Old Town and New Town.

Quito’s large foreign population and steady stream of travellers have given it a varied and vibrant nightlife, and salsotecas and other dance clubs abound. For a real Ecuadorian experience though, be sure and drop by a peña if you can; these are great places for meeting locals and dancing, as well as enjoying local cooking.
Day 2 Puerto Ayora (L, D)
Take a morning flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands (Baltra). Meet our local guide and transfer to our hotel in Puerto Ayora. Later this afternoon we visit the Charles Darwin Station, where we can see giant tortoises and learn about Charles Darwin’s studies of the Galapagos wildlife. The Charles Darwin Research Station is a 10 minute walk from the centre of the town. Here, an exhibition centre displays photos of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species. A corral houses adult Galapagos Tortoises, and a nursery cares for young tortoises until they are about three years old, when their shells have hardened enough to resist attack from feral dogs. Before returning to the hotel there is time for some shopping and exploring on your own in this charming fishing port.

The Galapagos Islands are located about 1000 km (620 miles) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist. Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times, and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named.

Covering nearly 5000 square km (3100 square miles), the Galapagos Islands are now a National Park. Preservation of this environment has been the role of the Charles Darwin Research Station, inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. The station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos Tortoises, which may live up to two hundred years. This is also the training centre for naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at more than 40 approved sites on the islands, and members of the international scientific community often come to study at the station.

The National Park charges a visitor fee of $100 USD, payable on arrival, which funds Park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

Located on the Equator, the Galapagos climate is tempered by the Humboldt Current, so you do not experience extreme heat found elsewhere at this latitude. The warmest weather is December to June, when temperatures range from 22-33°C (72-90 °F), and the water temperature is in the mid 20s (mid 70°F). From July to November, temperatures are cooler and range from 18-24°C (60s -75°F), when average water temperature rarely reach 21°C (70°F).
Day 3 Plazas (B, L, D)
Set sail and reach Plazas Island early in the morning. Learn from our naturalist the secrets to the mangrove tree’s survival in its harsh environment, as well as the features and habits of the prehistoric-looking marine iguanas that roam the island.
Day 4 North Seymour (B, L, D)
Sail to North Seymour Island this morning. Our first landing gives us a great introduction to the extraordinary birds of the island, including the magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. We may also catch a glimpse of sea lions and several species of endemic plants.

Probably the most exciting island photographically, bird life abounds on Seymour Island, and close to the trail you will find many nesting pairs and young chicks. Seymour is also home to the Galapagos’s largest colony of Magnificent Frigate Birds. Their mating ritual is an ostentatious display: males expand the red sack at the base of their throat and perch atop a bush with wings fully extended, flapping furiously. Interested females circle overhead, and if so inclined, may join the male on terra firma. Further along the trail we can observe a colony of sea lions.
Day 5 Bartolomé (B, L, D)
Arrive at Bartolomé Island early in the morning. Disembark for a short hike and enjoy the pure air and awesome views of San Salvador Island. Learn about the geological history of Bartolomé, as our naturalist explains its dramatic volcanic features, including unusual splatter cones. Sometimes it is possible to spot rare Galapagos penguins, of which only 800 pairs exist.

Bartolomé Island (also called Bartholomew) has 2 main areas of interest. A hike to the summit of the island provides a clearer perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and the panoramic view is one of the best among the islands. From here are visible the double-sided beach of Bartolomé directly below, the volcanic tower rising out of the water next to it, and Santiago in the distance. After the summit hike, stop at the beach to relax in semi-tropical tranquility. There is great snorkelling among the submerged volcanic rock and around the base of the tower. A short hike to the beach on the opposite side is worth the minimal effort. It is not unusual to see sharks in these shallow waters, and marine turtles nest here from January through March.
Day 6 Santa Cruz (B, L, D)
This morning we travel by bus into the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. This is our opportunity for one last look at frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and the giant Galapagos turtles from which the islands took their name. We continue for a visit to one of several lava tubes—natural tunnels—on the island. The rest of the day will be spent at Turtle Bay beach.

Home to several wildlife species, including variety of seabirds and land iguanas, this pristine, white sand beach is a tranquil place, with white surf accentuating the Caribbean blues of the deeper waters. If you follow the beach to a small peninsula, on the other side you will find a large lagoon.

Santa Cruz is the second largest in the island group, and has the largest population. It also boasts the most varied of the islands’ vegetation zones: coastal, transition, scalesia, miconia and pampa.
Day 7 Quito (B)
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to our group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8 Depart Quito


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2007 Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Arrive in Quito at any time.
Day 2-7 Galapagos (5B,5L,5D)
Take a morning flight from Quito to the Galapagos Islands (Baltra). Transfer to our hotel in Puerto Ayora and spend the afternoon visiting the Charles Darwin Research Centre.

Using our hotel as a base, take day trips aboard the yacht to visit the islands and their unique wildlife. Typical sightings include blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, albatross, sea turtles and much more! The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions such as wildlife spotting opportunities, weather, and park restrictions. Fly back to Quito on Day 7, where you have the evening at leisure.
Day 8 Depart Quito
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