ECUADORIAN ANDES AND GALAPAGOS SAILING CRUISE


9 Days

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*Based on twin/double share and includes all internal flights, transfers, hotels, shared Galapagos cruise, activities and excursions, most meals and more. Solo travelers may request a private cabin on the Mary Anne at no additional charge (subject to availability). Single hotel supplement $352.

Treat yourself to a classic sailing experience in the Galapagos aboard the elegant Mary Anne Sailing Ship.

You are cordially invited join fellow LGBT travelers for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience in the Galapagos Islands! Our adventure begins in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, located high in the Andes where we will visit the equator and explore the best-preserved historic center in the Americas. Then it’s on to the Enchanted Islands where we will be based on the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela for our safari adventure. We will visit fascinating sites and have memorable encounters with wildlife on both inhabited and uninhabited islands. Our accommodations include luxurious safari tents and an eco-friendly beach hotel.

11 superb days in a truly diverse range of landscapes and habitats make this tour an experience not to be missed.

From the splendors of Colonial Quito, to witnessing the amazing wildlife of the unique Galapagos Islands, this trip provides an ideal getaway.

Highlights include:

  • 2 nights in Ecuador’s mountain capital: Quito – a UNESCO world heritage site and the best-preserved colonial city in Latin America – staying at the 5-star luxurious Hotel Plaza Grande in the heart of the historic center.
  • Quito city tour including a visit to the Middle of the World.
  • 8 days/7 nights exploring the unique and enchanting Galapagos Islands traveling in great style on board the 3-masted barquentine: S/S Mary Anne.

We look forward to meeting you in Ecuador!


*The 2017 Galapagos tour price of US$ 5,785 per person (based on double occupancy) includes internal flights, 2 nights accommodation in a top-quality luxury hotel, 8-day/7-night cruise on our first class sailing ship, all meals (except for dinner on day 1), all internal transfers, Galapagos National Park entrance fee, transit control card, fully accredited English-speaking guides and all activities and excursions described in the itinerary.

Note: Solo travelers may request a single cabin on the Mary Anne at no additional charge (subject to availability). Hotel single supplement $352.

Contact us for more information and to book.

A 30% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. The balance will be due 60 days before the start of the tour.

Please note: With a minimum of 4 passengers, we have the option to provide a private guide on board the Mary Anne. Our standard terms and conditions apply. Ishpingo Tours is a division of Andando Tours Cía. Ltda.

M/Y WILDAID´S PASSION EASTERN ISLANDS: 5D/4N ITINERARY


After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our naturalist guide to then board the M/Y WildAid´s Passion and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

AM

We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM

At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti.

AM

Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galapagos penguin.

PM

Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

AM

Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation.

PM

We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

AM

This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora and board our transport to reach Santa Cruz Highlands. We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural hábitat.

After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

In addition to the land visits, we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides, and kayaking.

What´s Included

Included in the rates:

  • Two nights’ accommodation in Quito at a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel in double room
  • Accommodation at the safari camp in double tents
  • Meals as specified
  • All airport transfers
  • Transit control card
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • All specified activities and excursions
  • English-speaking certified guides throughout the tour
  • Round trip airfare Quito–Baltra–Quito/Guayaquil
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wet suits

Not included in the rates:

  • International airfare
  • Additional optional activities, services and meals
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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