Galapagos Islands Small Yacht Cruise IVS
Cruise the Galapagos in an upscale yacht (limited to 18 passengers) on this exciting International Veterinary Seminars 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.
We have selected the “Coral II” motor yacht for our travels as it is a spectacular small yacht with only a maximum of 18 people, making this is the ideal way to explore these enchanting islands.
Along the way, Dr. David Twedt from Colorado State University will present 18 CE hours on “managing common gastro-intestinal problems in practice”. Dr Twedt is a world renowned GI specialist and a regular IVS presenter because of his practical and informative presentations. Seminar registration fee is $795.00.
Topics to be discussed include how Dr Twedt manages a large variety of common problems: acute and chronic liver disease, PLE, using diets in practice, what are his favorite GI drugs, canine & feline pancreatitis, acute & chronic diarrhea and managing the vomiting dog & cat. Clincial cases will be also presented for group discussion.
IVS 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
(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.