Itinerary

Finch Bay

6 days / 5 nights

THURSDAY   QUITO

Welcome to Quito and Ecuador! At the International airport you will be greeted by a fluent English speaking member of our organization who will escort you all the way to your hotel, giving you a short briefing about Quito and the country in general, with valuable information you need to know. 
Enjoy scenic, Colonial and artistic Quito. Visit museums, monasteries and the golden altars of its many churches. Then, stand with a foot on each hemisphere on the Middle of the World. 

The capital of Ecuador has a setting that few cities can match.  During the 13th century it was the prosperous center of the Kingdom of Quitus.  It later became the northern capital of the Inca Empire. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Colonial architects built formidable temples, monasteries and mansions, creating an urban jewel designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Quito's artistic creativity awaits the visitor in cosmopolitan galleries and boutiques filled with contemporary paintings, sculptures and exquisite traditional crafts.

Accommodation this evening will be in the hotel of your choosing from the portfolio of Sundance Spirit recommended hotels for one (1) night, defined by their individual star quality & category 

FRIDAY  QUITO / BALTRA – Giant Tortoises Reserve(Manzanillo)

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Quito airport for your flight to Baltra. Upon arrival at the airport on Baltra Island,we travel across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island where a bus takes usto the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Here wevisit the Giant Tortoises Reserve in their natural habitat, a once in alifetime experience! Make sure you wear outdoors clothing and sturdy footwearthis day.

Manzanillo is on the natural path tortoisestake every year as they either migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season(June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wetseason. Year round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surroundingvegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-coloured pond(impressively colored by surface red pond-weeds). The area is teeming withlife: chirping vegetarian-, small-tree, large-tree and woodpecker finches,mockingbirds and flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules make thisan exciting morning visit.

After lunch and exploring the tortoisereserve, we continue our road south bound across Santa Cruz Island to PuertoAyora, the Galapagos’ most populous town, where we board the hotel’s fiberglass boat (called a “panga”) for the short hop across to the “GermanNeighborhood”. This part of Puerto Ayora can only be reached by boat and there areno cars. A short walk along a path takes us to the hotel. Welcome to the FinchBay Eco Hotel!

After checking in, guests are free to enjoythe hotel’s attractions: the pool and bar area, the white coral beach in frontof the hotel, or swing in their hammock. In the evening, dinner includes thedelicacies of local and international gastronomy, one of the main reasonspeople choose the Finch Bay Hotel.


SATURDAY 
Bartolome Island

After an invigorating breakfast we leavethe hotel, cross Academy Bay by boat, and boardour bus in Puerto Ayora. In order to shorten travel distance and saveconsiderable time (Bartolome is the furthest island the hotel’s yacht visits),we will cross 42 kmto the Itabaca Channel on the north shore, where the Sea Lion Yacht awaits us. Thisway, all that is left to sail is 21 Nautical miles (39Km/24miles) to Bartolome Island.

Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, atowering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the bestknown landmark in the islands.

Galapagos penguins —the only species ofpenguin found north of the equator — waddle precariously along narrow volcanicledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide intothe water to play with passing snorkelers. Just below the surface, shoals oftropical fish dodge in and out of the rocks past urchins, sea stars andanemones. A perfectly- crescent-shaped, pink-and-white sandy beach lies just tothe east of the pinnacle. Sea turtles use the beach as a nesting site and cansometimes be found wading in the shallow water near the shore, or resting inthe sand to recover from the arduous task of digging nests, laying eggs andcovering them over. We snorkel from this beach following a wet landing.

Penguins dot the nearby rocks of the otherlanding site, less than a kilometer along the eastern shore. Here the submergedwalls of a tiny volcanic crater give the impression of a fountain pool. A drylanding here leads to a 600-metre (2,000-foot) pathway complete with stairs andboardwalks leading to Bartolome’s summit. The route is not difficult andpresents a museum of volcanology: a site left untouched after its lasteruption, where cones stand in various stages of erosion and lava tubes formbobsled-like runs from the summit. At the top you will be rewarded withspectacular views of Santiago Island and James Bayto the west, and far below, Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal bluewaters of the bay cradle our yacht.

We return to the Itabaca Channel, board ourbus, and travel over the island back to the hotel.


SUNDAY 
Santa Cruz Island: Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay is acombination of ecosystems, landscapes, wildlife, sports and a lot of fun! Westart after a (surely) much appreciated relaxed morning’s breakfast at thehotel, and a stroll along the neighbouring brackish lagoons. Our “panga” launchwill take us to Puerto Ayora and a short distance further we reach the startingpoint of the trail to Tortuga Bay. The walking distanceis 2 km (1.3 miles) along a fairlyflat and straight path, where we explore and understand the arid, deciduousforest and its inhabitants. This is a great birding trail, if you take a littletime to wander about and listen to the chirps and songs. You don’t have toworry too much about your day-pack, as you only need to carry the veryimmediate essentials: hat, sunscreen (to add more if rubbed-off), binoculars,camera and your water bottle. Anything else you could need for the rest of theday, will be sent to the end of the trail by boat.

When you reach TortugaBay, you will understand why this isoften referred to as Ecuador’smost beautiful beach. Over one kilometre of snow-white sand and turquoisewaters with the never-ending sound of swells caressing the island. Some guestscan opt for an unusual treat: surf instructors of the Santa Cruz Surf Club (CSSC)give surfing lessons here. If this something you have always wanted to try,this is your chance!

Other activities include exploring theshore birds of “Playa Brava”, Tortuga Bay’s first beach, thenesting grounds of the green Sea Turtles, foraging marine iguanas, and theimpressive change in sand, water, coastal vegetation and landscape, when youreach “Playa Mansa”.

Protected by a natural lava barrier, thislarge, calm bay is surrounded by a gallery of mangroves. This habitat is thehome of different species of marine and terrestrial birds, as well as youngsharks and rays, who spend their youth in the protective, mildly brackishconditions. Kayaking in tandem sit-on top craft is a great way to experiencenature up-close.

In “Playa Mansa” we meet our day-boat.Logistically, our day boat meets up with the rest of the group on Playa Mansa,with anyone who prefers not to walk the 3 Km, carries all day-bags not needed for thewalk, as well as cold beverages, towels, has restroom facilities, and brings us our freshly packed box-lunch from the hotel (during breakfast, all guests canchoose from a wide menu of options).

Generally we end our TortugaBay experience with a soothing dip inthe calm and clear waters of Playa Mansa, before the day-boat leaves the bay tobring all guests back to the hotel’s dock in Academy Bay.The ride takes less than half hour.

For the rest of the afternoon, guests canenjoy the hotel’s facilities (swimming pool, beach, sea kayaks, etc.) orcontinue exploring the island’s vast list of sites including the Charles DarwinResearch Station.

MONDAY Departure & RETURN TO QUITO

After breakfast we leave the Finch BayHotel and on the way to Baltra, stop at the Twin Pit Craters, great geologicaldepressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking ofthe ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can beseen in the surroundings. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra totake the flight back to the continent.

Upon arrival you will be met by a fluent English speaking Sundance Spirit representative & by private air-conditioned vehicle, you will be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Accommodation here for one (1) night in Quito, with buffet breakfast & local tax included.


TUESDAY QUITO

Breakfast
This morning after breakfast you will check out of your hotel & at a time that will be advised to you well in advance, transfer by way of a private air-conditioned vehicle to the International airport so you may check in for your international flight.
This brings to a conclusion the services as provided by Sundance Spirit.

HOTEL SELECTION

Quito
Dann Carlton

Hilton Colon 

Galapagos
Finch Bay

Our Rates

PER PERSON PRICE - DBL BASIS VALID UNTIL 28 FEB 2018 SGL BASIS
Dann Carlton/Finch Bay USD 2.610 USD 3.678
Hilton Colon/Finch Bay USD 2.646 USD 3.783

Important Information


Does not include:
International or domestic airfares
Galapagos National Park entrance fee 
Ingala transit card 

Banking fees - 
USD 50, per booking

Flight Quito/Baltra/Quito - approx USD530 per person INCL taxes

National Park Entrance Fee USD100
Ingala Transit Card USD20

Not valid for the Christmas and New Year period.


Terms & Conditions

Sundance Tours is officially licensed by the Argentine Government (Leg. 9361 – Disp.1409 – Exp70/96) doing business as Sundance Spirit & herewith called ‘The Company’. The Company accepts bookings subject to the following terms & conditions:

1. A booking is accepted only after the Company issues the client, their tour wholesaler, or their travel agent a formal invoice, receives the deposit payment & issues a written confirmation of services booked. The balance for land services must be paid in full no later than 30 working days before services commence; the Company cancellation policy applies as laid out in the section below titled Cancellation Fees & No Show policy.

2. Once a booking has been made & confirmed, the Company is your land service operator & as such, we are responsible for supplying your vacation land services arrangements. We buy vacation land services & arrangements from various suppliers, but principally, from those suppliers whose only responsibility is to supply us with the services required & requested by us for the purpose of client travel arrangements. Flights, coach journeys, cruises & other travel & hotel accommodation included in your vacation itinerary are not actually provided by the Company directly, but are supplied by reputable air-carriers, cruise operators, hoteliers, ground transport companies & sightseeing operators. You should note that your vacation is subject to the terms & conditions imposed by those airlines, coach operators, hoteliers, cruise operators, & other suppliers of services, some of which limit or exclude their liability & which are often the subject of International Conventions & Treaties between countries.

3. All possible care is taken to ensure that all of the Company’s suppliers maintain a high standard. However, we do not own or control the transfer supplier companies, sightseeing providers, cruise operators, air carriers or hoteliers & are not an air carrier, or cruise operator, transfer company, sightseeing provider or hotel owner. Accordingly, we cannot be responsible in any way for day to day challenges & logistical issues resulting from the booking of, or any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to persons or property, or any loss howsoever arising. We are unable to accept responsibility for any aspect of your vacation arrangements affected by matters over which we have no control including, without limitation: war or threat of war; riots & civil strife; terrorist activity; natural or nuclear disaster; disruptions due to inclement weather conditions; fire; flood; drought; industrial disputes or governmental action or reasonable apprehension of the foregoing; cancellation or curtailment & re-scheduling of flights; or for any failure on your part to obtain correct visas or travel documentation deemed necessary for travel.

4. While the Company will use its best endeavours to operate all services as described, reasonable changes in an itinerary may be made without notice where deemed necessary or advisable by the Company. 

5. The Company undertakes to take all reasonable steps to ensure that date-related computer issues do not affect our clients’ travel arrangements. We do not accept responsibility for disruption, inconvenience, cancellation or alteration directly or indirectly caused by or aggravated by the failure of any computer data processing equipment or media microchip integrated circuit or similar equipment, software or processing, storage or retrieval system.

6. Prices quoted by the Company are stated in U.S. Dollars (USD) based on costs at the time of reservation. 

The Company cannot be held responsible for any changes or increases that may occur & reserves the right to increase the price of any travel arrangements up to the date of full payment by the client. This includes adjustment for devaluation, fuel surcharges, airfare increases, land transport & hotel increases as well as international exchange rate changes. 

Any air content included in our services is based on airfares & imposed official Government taxes applicable. As airline flight ticket costs are constantly changing, it be may be necessary to impose an air surcharge at any time until flight services have been fully paid for & air tickets are issued. 

7. All monies received by the Company are deposited in its name with its bankers. It is a condition of the acceptance of your deposit in respect of our services that all monies paid to the Company whether by way of deposit or otherwise, in respect of travel arrangements may be disbursed by the Company to the Company suppliers as & when it sees fit. 

8. Receipt of a deposit will be taken as an understanding by the Company that the participant has read & agrees to abide by these terms & conditions stated.

9. These booking conditions & the supply of services herein shall be governed by & interpreted according to the laws of Argentina, & both the client & the Company irrevocably submits themselves to the jurisdiction of Argentine courts in respect of any disputes or proceedings arising out of, or relating to these booking conditions or services provided hereunder, as stated. This premise is taken as an understanding by the Company, that the traveller / client / participant has read & agrees to abide by these Terms & Conditions stated.


IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION

BOOKING YOUR VACATION: As early as possible after commencing your itinerary reservations, an invoice will be sent stating the required deposit per person payment, required & the date it is to be paid by. 

If you are working with a professional Travel Agent or Tour Wholesaler who is placing the request for travel services with Sundance Tours, they will then be sent a confirmation & advised of any mandatory deposit requirements which are to be passed to you. The final balance will be due 30 working days prior to services commencing, or immediately for bookings within that time. Ticketing & documentation will normally be issued with 14 to 10 days prior to the guest’s departure from point of origin.

AMENDMENTS: If you need to amend any arrangements after your original booking, please notify us in writing. One amendment can be made free of charge. 

Due to extra administration costs involved any further changes to the original reservations will incur a fee of not less than USD$30.00 per amendment. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking & not a transfer to another itinerary, wherein cancellation fees may apply.

PAYMENT OF TRAVEL SERVICES: The most uncomplicated & simple method of payment for travel services is by electronic bank to bank transaction. The deposit invoice & final balance due invoice will include detailed banking instructions for each traveller / client / participant to pass on exactly as they appear, to make simple the electronic transfer process.

In relation to foreign credit cards, while VISA & MASTERCARD can be used for payment of land services, they are not always easy to process. Therefore the credit card holder is responsible for contacting their bank or financial institution that issued the credit card, advising that a charge which is directly related to both the deposit invoice & the final balance due invoice, to avoid the possibility of payment being rejected by the Credit Card Authorisation centre.

The Company does not offer CREDIT terms of payment for any booking, no matter the source of origin, whether the booking comes direct from the client, via a professional tour wholesaler or from a professional travel agency.

By Argentine law, the Company is unable to accept foreign checks drawn on foreign banks as payment for any travel services. 

Deposits are required for ALL bookings & some suppliers – such as cruise companies & hotels & accommodation suppliers have their own conditions & regulations that are strictly enforced. Therefore failure to comply with the prior payment dates stipulated on the deposit invoice is likely to result in the component supplier cancelling the reservation without further notice.

All travel service bookings made with the Company must be paid in full, within the prescribed payment terms of the Company, by electronic transaction, or by VISA or MASTERCARD at least 30 days or more, in advance of the first services being provided.

BANK CHARGES: The Company applies to each reservation the bank fees we incur to receive a electronic payment to our bank account. This is reflected in the tax invoice for each booking. 

CREDIT CARD CHARGES: VISA & MASTERCARD both have a schedule of fees that apply to any payment made by credit card that are the sole responsibility of the credit card holder to pay & comply with.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: If you or your travel agent or tour wholesaler decides to cancel reservations made & confirmed, it is a mandatory requirement the Company is notified in writing. Monies will be refunded less the applicable cancellation fee per person, per arrangement, as a percentage of costs: 

Cancellation of services booked & confirmed greater than 90 days prior to services commencing, the deposit paid is fully refundable, however cancellation fees may apply to any airline seat allotment, or other stipulated component supplier service such as hotel room allotments where seasonal inventory demands are in effect.

Cancellation of services booked & confirmed from 89 days to 75 days prior to services commencing, the deposit paid 10% cancellation of the deposit applies, however cancellation fees may apply to any airline seat allotment, or other stipulated component supplier service such as hotel room allotments where seasonal inventory demands are in effect.

Cancellation of services booked & confirmed from 74 days to 60 days prior to services commencing, the deposit paid 25% cancellation of the deposit made applies, however cancellation fees may apply to any airline seat allotment, or other stipulated component supplier service such as hotel room allotments where seasonal inventory demands are in effect.

Cancellation of services booked & confirmed from 59 days to 45 days prior to services commencing, the deposit paid 35% cancellation of the deposit made applies, however cancellation fees may apply to any airline seat allotment, or other stipulated component supplier service such as hotel room allotments where seasonal inventory demands are in effect.

Cancellation of services booked & confirmed within 44 days to 31 days prior to arrival 50% cancellation fee of the total reservation applies, however cancellation fees may apply to any airline seat allotment, or other stipulated component supplier service such as hotel room allotments where seasonal inventory demands are in effect.

Cancellation of services booked & confirmed within 30 days prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee of the total reservation applies

The above cancellation policy is applicable for individual bookings & Groups unless other more stringent conditions for Groups have been pre-advised. Some accommodation suppliers have their own cancellation terms for deposits & final payments which are more stringent than those of the Company. 

In the case of Groups where the Company is the contractor of group airline seat blocks & hotel room allotments, the client will be advised of deposit & final payment terms & cancellation penalties.  If the invoice sent stated NON-REFUNDABLE – that is in line with the component supplier terms & conditions of carriage.

BOOKING FEES: For bookings of total gross value less than USD$500, a fee of USD$75 per person, per booking will be levied. 

For last minute bookings, made within 7 days of departure, a fee of USD$125 per booking will be levied as this is to cover dispatch of documentation.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel insurance is not included in the price of your vacation. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance that includes adequate cover for the duration of your overall vacation & for cancellation, trip interruption or delay, loss of luggage / personal property, medical expenses, emergency evacuation & any accidental damage. By booking, you agree that The Company  has no liability whatsoever under any circumstance for any such loss, medical situation or damage you may incur, & you accept that it is your sole responsibility to insure yourself fully. A professional Travel Agent should be able to advise you on applicable Insurance Policies available in your country of origin.

LAND ARRANGEMENTS: We endeavour to ensure that all your arrangements proceed smoothly. If you have a problem whilst on vacation, please contact the local Sundance representative office immediately to enable it to be rectified. In the unlikely event you are still dissatisfied, please contact Sundance headquarters in Buenos Aires immediately. 

Any further correspondence must be sent within 28 days of the problem occurring. We regret we cannot accept liability in relation to any customer service issue or claim that is not notified in accordance with this clause.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES: If you decide to purchase any additional services whilst on vacation, any dealings must be direct with the local operator, & not with contracted guides/drivers. The Company cannot & will not accept responsibility for any additional services clients’ book with local operators or contracted staff after commencement of travel.

YOUR VACATION PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Visas, insurance, excess baggage, extra meals, laundry, any drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, fax or internet use, items of a personal nature including medication, international & domestic departure taxes, porter fees & tipping. In some South American countries, porter fees & tipping may be compulsory.

PRICING VALIDITY: Every effort has been made to compile the information accurately as at the time of quoting, but circumstances may necessitate changes in itineraries & costs, of which you will be informed as soon as possible. The Company shall not be liable for any resulting changes & reserves the right to increase the price of any travel arrangements up to the date of client’s full payment being received & lodged in the applicable bank account stated on the invoice. This includes adjustment for devaluation, fuel surcharges, airfare increases as well as international exchange rate fluctuations. 

PASSPORT, VISAS, MEDICAL INOCULATIONS & DOCUMENTATION FOR TRAVELING WITH A CHILD / MINOR UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS: 

A valid Passport is required for all clients to travel internationally & many countries require it to be valid for a period varying between 30 days & up to 6 months after your dates of travel. 

It is each passengers sole responsibility to consult by contacting the nearest EMBASSY or CONSULATE of the countries to which you are traveling to, or through on your travels, to receive the most accurate & up to date mandated regulations with which you must comply.  Some foreign nations post the regulations & requirements to enter their borders or your country requires administered for you to return home, on a Government internet website. 

The Company accepts no responsibility whatsoever for clients arriving to a foreign country or departing to return home from a foreign country, with an invalid passport or incorrect travel permits, visitor visas, or medical requirement documentation, or documentation required if you are traveling with a child under the age of 18 years.

MEDICAL INOCULATIONS: Some countries within the South American continent are deemed by the World Health Organization zones whereby defined medical inoculations are mandatory for Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever & other specified humanly transmitted diseases. It is the sole responsibility of the client in all instances to have checked with their point of origin travel professional & in addition, the nearest Embassy or Consular representative of the countries where they are traveling to  ensure they have the mandated medical inoculations prior to arriving & an International Medical Certificate as evidence verifying the fact.

The Company accepts no responsibility whatsoever for clients arriving to a foreign country or departing to return home from a foreign country, with invalid medical certification which may prevent them being allowed to enter that country, or countries.

VITALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO BE READ, UNDERSTOOD & ADHERED TO FOR YOUR TRAVELS

The Company has no part whatsoever in the creation or implementation of laws pertaining to foreign sovereign nations, therefore all passengers who are visiting, holidaying within, or transiting through foreign nations have the sole responsibility themselves, to comply with & adhere to the laws that relate to every foreign nation on their itinerary.

IRRESPECTIVE OF NATIONALITY, OR THE COUNTRY OF THEIR PASSPORT ISSUE BEING USED FOR TRAVEL, IT IS THE SOLE & TOTAL RESPONSIBLE OF EACH & EVERY INDIVIDUAL PASSENGER, TO PERSONALLY CHECK & ENSURE ALL OF THEIR PERSONAL OFFICIAL TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION RELATING TO: PASSPORT VALIDITY & COMPLIANCE PROCUREMENT OF ANY & ALL VISAS OF ANY TYPE REQUIRED FOR THEIR JOURNEY ANY OTHER OFFICIALLY STIPULATED RELEVANT & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO ENTER & DEPART COUNTRIES THEY ARE TRAVELING TO, OR FROM ALL REQUIRED OFFICIALLY ISSUED MEDICAL CERTIFICATES DETAILING STIPULATED INOCULATIONS & MEDICAL CONDITIONS 

ALL OFFICIALLY REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR TRAVEL WITH MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS ACCOMPANYING THE PASSENGER(S) ARE COMPLETE, ACCURATE & IN COMPLIANCE. SHOULD ANY PASSENGERS OFFICIALLY REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION BE NON-COMPLIANT, RESULTING IN THE PASSENGER(S) BEING DENIED BOARDING BY ANY AIRLINE, DENIED ENTRY TO, DEPORTATION FROM,  OR IMPRISONMENT WITHIN ANY COUNTRY THEY ARE TRAVELING TO, OR EN-ROUTE THROUGH, IT IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY & TOTAL ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE PASSENGER CONCERNED.

AUSTRALIAN & CANADIAN PASSORT HOLDERS & CITIZENS – please note very carefully:

Citizens of Australia & Canada as applies currently are required to pre-pay online, a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina. This MUST be done online in advance of arrival. Information may change therefore it is the responsibility of the traveller to review as applicable the website that can be sourced from the following internet site: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/

The Company  accepts no responsibility whatsoever for citizens of Australia or Canada arriving to Argentina without having pre-paid their Argentina Reciprocity fee & bringing the supporting documentation & receipt which must be printed out, that the Argentine Immigration Department provides online as a result thereof of that pre-payment having been made.


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