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AAAS PACIFIC DIVISION GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION
August 25-September 1, 2009

You are cordially invited to join the AAAS Pacific Division Expedition to Quito, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands on board the 100-passenger M/V Galapagos Legend, August 25-September 1, 2009.

In 2009 is the 200th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday, the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species, and the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Galapagos National Park. It is truly a year of celebration in Galapagos.

Please invite your friends and colleagues to join you on this trip of a lifetime! The itinerary will take you throughout the islands, with excellent Galapagos naturalist guides.

Space is limited, so please contact us right away for cabin selection, phone Marisa at (800) 252-4910.

Day 1 USA TO QUITO, ECUADOR
Fly USA to Quito on American Airlines or Continental.
Arrive Quito in the evening and transfer to Hotel Hilton Colon. Quito is a charming city with excellent hotels and services, situated at 9,000 feet in a high Andean valley surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes.

Day 2 QUITO, ECUADOR
Full breakfast buffet at Cafe Colon.
Morning tour of the historic city of Quito.
Lunch on your own.
Afternoon free.
6:30 Welcome social. (B, D)


Day 3 QUITO TO GALAPAGOS - BARTOLOME ISLAND
Morning transfer to Quito airport for flight to Galapagos.
Board M/V Legend for 5 days/4 nights.
Introduction to the ship and safety drill.
Lunch on board ship.
Excursion to Bartolome Island to discover the undersea life while snorkeling, and take a walk to the summit of Bartolome for a spectacular view.
Enjoy sunset at Bartolome over the Galapagos Islands.
7:00 pm Introductory lecture on the Galapagos Islands.
Welcome dinner on board ship. (B,L,D)

Day 4 GALAPAGOS - URBINA BAY & PUNTA ESPINOSA
Breakfast on board ship.
Morning visit to Isabela Island’s Urbina Bay, an area of uplifted coral from the 1954 earthquake which is now populated by large land iguanas.
There may be possible sightings of young Galapagos tortoises and Darwin’s finches.
Lunch on board ship.
4 - 6:30 pm Afternoon excursion to Punta Espinosa, an extraordinary location for marine iguanas, green sea turtles, and sea lions, with vistas of the famous volcanoes of Isabela Island -- Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul.
7:00 Lecture on the Galapagos Islands.
Dinner on board ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5 GALAPAGOS - SANTIAGO ISLAND (JAMES BAY) & RABIDA
Breakfast on board ship.
Morning excursion to Porto Egas (James Bay) on Santiago Island.
Here we will look for blue-footed boobies, sally lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and fur seals, and have an opportunity to explore the undersea life while snorkeling and swimming.
Lunch on board ship.
4:00 Afternoon excursion to the beautiful shore of Rabida Island, with dramatic red cliffs, mangroves, sea lions, and slopes covered by silver-trunked palo santo trees. Zodiac cruise along the shore and look for blue-footed boobies, frigate-birds, and brown noddy terns.
7:00 Lecture on the Galapagos Tortoises.
Dinner on board ship. (B,L,D)

Day 6 GALAPAGOS -- SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (Porto Ayora) & N. SEYMOUR
Breakfast on board ship
Special morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the Galapagos tortoise breeding program, and see the famous Galapagos tortoises.
See the community of Porto Ayora, and zodiac back to the ship anchored in Academy Bay (named after the California Academy of Sciences expedition).
Lunch on board ship.
4:00 Afternoon excursion at North Seymour Island to look for nesting frigate-birds, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and sleeping sea lions.
Farewell dinner on board ship.
(B,L,D)

Day 7 GALAPAGOS (BACHAS BEACH) TO QUITO
Breakfast on board ship.
Morning excursion to spectacular Bachas Beach, where white sands edge flamingo lagoons.
Look for boobies flying overhead, see green sea turtles, and snorkel.
Return to ship and prepare to disembark.
Transfer to Galapagos Airport.
Return flight to Quito.
In transfer to Hotel Hilton Colon.
Passengers have dinner on their own. (B,L)

Day 8 QUITO TO USA
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Quito airport for flights back to USA.

The Quito/Galapagos package for all expedition members will include:

  • Group in transfers August 25 and out transfers September 1, 2009.
  • Hotel Hilton Colon August 25, 26 and 31, 2009, based on twin share of a Deluxe Room. All participants without a roommate must pay the single supplement of $225 (total for the 3 nights).
  • Breakfast buffet at the Hilton Colon August 26, 27 and September 1.
  • Transfers to the Quito Airport for Galapagos flights August 27 and return August 31.
  • Galapagos National Park Tax.
  • Accommodations, meals, and activities on board M/V Legend in the cabin category of your choice based on twin share (two to a cabin).

Participants can register as a twin share and we will assign a roommate.

Very limited single accommodations are available; please inquire.

TOTAL PACKAGE COST PER QUITO/ GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION MEMBER:
Superior Twin Cabin $3,225 per person + air USA/Quito* + $330 air Quito/Galapagos.
Junior Suite $3,625 per person + air USA/Quito* + $330 air Quito/Galapagos.
Legend Suite $3,995 per person + air USA/Quito* + $330 air Quito/Galapagos.
Balcony Suites $4,295 + air USA/Quito* + $330 air Quito/Galapagos.

Expedition Fee Excludes: Air fare; independent transfers; tips to staff and naturalists on board ship; any personal costs of any sort (room service, use of internet, phone, fax, laundry, alcoholic beverages, sodas, bottled water), Ecuador Airport Departure Tax ($40.85 per person as of 2/19/09); anything not explicitly listed as included in the conference package. Costs are subject to unavoidable increases in fuel costs for the ship.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy: An immediate deposit of $500 per person is recommended to confirm your preferred cabin category, phone Marisa at Betchart Expeditions Inc. (800 252-4910). Per Galapagos National Park regulations, the ship is limited to 100 passengers. Deposit is refundable until 3 months before departure, less a $100 per person cancellation fee. Within 3 months of departure, it is non refundable. The final payment is due 90 days before departure (May 25, 2009) and is non refundable. Trip cancellation insurance will be offered which will protect passengers in the event of unexpected medical problems. Passengers with pre-existing medical conditions can be protected by purchasing the insurance within 15 days of the date on their confirmation letter. This would allow you to be reimbursed for your trip payments by the insurance company.

*Air Fares for the expedition will be confirmed through our air consolidator. Air fare on Continental from San Francisco via Houston is approximately $675 + tax or from Houston is approximately $595 + tax. Air fare on American Airlines from Miami is approximately $450 base fare + tax of approximately $225 per person + $35 per person ticketing fee. Air fares are subject to change.

Questions:

Please call Marisa Eide at Betchart Expeditions Inc.
17050 Montebello Road
Cupertino, CA 95014-5435

Tel:  (800) 252-4910
       (408) 252-4910
Fax: (408) 252-1444

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