Galapagos Islands Small Yacht Cruise CME
Cruise the Galapagos in an upscale yacht (limited to 18 passengers) on this exciting Wilderness Medicine CME course.
The Galapagos are a wildlife treasure. Nothing quite compares to the joy of observing animals in the wild here, or the sense of wonder and privilege felt while spending time with creatures that don’t run or fly away when humans approach.
An outstanding natural history guide will lead us on exciting hiking trips each day through incredible habitats in this unmatched wildlife spectacle.
You’ll enjoy watching the world’s only seagoing lizards, to flightless cormorants and penguins, flamingos, inflatable frigate birds, wave albatrosses, clownish boobies, patriarchal giant tortoises, and 13 species of Darwin finches. There can often be thrilling encounters with animals–up close and in large numbers.
This expedition often provides extraordinary opportunities to swim with marine mammals such as sea lions, fur seals, dolphins, and manta, eagle, and golden rays, as well as thousands of the 300 species of colorful fish.
Wilderness Medicine in the Galapagos Trip Highlights:
- Deluxe, upscale yacht limited to 18 passengers
- Enjoy up close and personal encounters with wildlife in one of the world’s top nature destinations!
- The most comprehensive Galapagos experience available, with nature hikes, swimming, and sea kayaking excursions
- Knowledgeable and personable naturalist on board our yacht to lead all hikes and activities.
- Optional opportunities to SCUBA dive
Gene Allred, MD Ashland, Oregon; Emergency Physician; whitewater guide for over 20 years; swiftwater rescue instructor; avid backpacker, canyoneering, backcountry skier, scuba diver, sea kayaker. Has taught wilderness medicine on six continents. Director of National Conference on Wilderness Medicine.
“Dr. Allred is a great speaker; personable; well-versed in the subject …adding personal anecdotes to make it a great experience as well as addressing questions and comments.”
George Reimann, MD – NYC
“Dr. Allred’s Wilderness Medicine course is excellent, well planned and flawlessly executed… a wonderful course. It is both interesting and practical for people who spend time outdoors.”
Janet Fenwick, CRNA Los Angeles
“Dr. Allred is just outstanding… such a good speaker… warm, gracious and inclusive of others. I might have graduated AOA from med school if all the lecturers had been as good.”
Cynthia Payne, M.D., Radiology Raleigh, NC
(Meals included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Day 1 Arrive to Quito and check in to hotel, SwissÔtel. Hotel website: http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/quito/
Day 2 Walking tour of historic Quito. B
Day 3 AM – Depart from Quito to Baltra. PM – Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Station with some free time to visit town and shop. B, L & D
Day 4 AM – Santa Fe wet landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling. PM – South Plaza, Plaza Island dry landing. Walking tour. B, L & D
Day 5 AM – North Seymour dry landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling. PM – Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz wet landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling/swimming. B, L & D
Day 6 AM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill, San Cristobal dry landing. Capital of Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to visit Interpretation Center and Museum of Natural History. Walk up Tijeretas Hill. PM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve, San Cristobal dry landing. Visit Breeding Center with opportunity to visit village for a drink, shopping, exploring. B, L & D
Day 7 AM – Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal wet landing. Walking tour on lava formations and beaches. Snorkeling/Swimming. PM – Pitt Point & Pitt Islet, San Cristobal wet landing. Rocky terrain walking tour. B, L & D
Day 8 AM – Mosquera Islet wet landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling. PM – Bartolome dry landing. Walking tour in volcanic zone followed by snorkeling/swimming. B, L & D
Day 9 AM – Rabida wet landing. Walking tour along beach and dunes. Dinghy ride with snorkeling. PM – Egas Port, Santiago wet landing. Walking tour on varied volcanic terrain, followed by snorkeling/swimming. B, L & D
Day 10 AM – El Chato, Santa Cruz dry landing. Visit to a private farm then catch return flight to Quito. PM – Check back into SwissÔtel. B&L
Day 11 Fly out of Quito. B
*Note: depending on availability we may choose a different hotel of similar type and equal quality.