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Cloud Forests & Galapagos Family Adventure

11 Days | From $4,390 per person


Highlights

  • Zip-line in the Mindo Cloud Forest
  • See Blue-footed, Red-footed, & Nazca Boobies
  • Enjoy multiple snorkeling opportunities
  • Sea kayak alongside sea lions
  • 8 days on the Eric, Letty or Flamingo yacht

Travel aboard one of three identical expedition yachts custom-designed for Galapagos cruising. The cabins are fully air-conditioned with private bathroom (hot and cold water showers), bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. These yachts are also equipped with many comfortable social areas such as a sun deck, library, dining room, well-stocked bar and a conference area with a flat screen TV.

Experience one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet when you visit the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

Contact us for a free custom made itinerary catering to precisely your schedule, budget and needs.

Pricing

  • TRIP LENGTH11 days
  • PACKAGE PRICEFrom $4,390
  • INTERNAL AIRFARE$560
  • Boat capacity: 20 passenger
  • Cabin type: Iguana deck
*Per person prices based on 4 travelers

Included
  • Private tour with professional Andean Discovery guides
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All activities, transfers, and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Most meals as per the itinerary
  • Park fees (except for Galapagos National Park)
  • Internal round-trip flights as per itinerary, priced out separately above (round-trip Quito to Galapagos)
Not Included
  • International round-trip airfare to Quito
  • Fees for passport and travel insurance
  • $110 per person Galapagos Park fees (subject to change)
  • Gratuities

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Surrounded by forested mountains and volcanoes at 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in Latin America. Upon evening arrival, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito

Meet up with your guide this morning and travel by private vehicle to the famous cloud forests of Mindo. Watch the scenery transform as you descend the high slopes of the Andes into the lush green forests below, keeping an eye out for waterfalls and cascades along the way. Located in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Mindo is home to over 300 different species of tropical birds–including toucans, quetzals, owls, and hummingbirds–and countless other plant and animal species. Catch a birds-eye-view of it all during a thrilling canopy zip-line tour, a series of 13 platforms and lines spanning over two miles across the upper levels of the forest. After lunch, travel to zero degrees latitude and visit the Mitad del Mundo equatorial monument. Stand with one foot in each hemisphere and test out the effect of gravity on the equator through a series of interactive experiments. For example, is it possible balance an egg on the equator? Return to your hotel in Quito.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B, L)

This morning fly to San Cristobal Island, Galapagos. Board your yacht for a welcome briefing and lunch. Then travel by bus into the interior of San Cristobal to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where the National Park has established a breeding program for giant Galapagos tortoises. Along the trail, you’ll find the San Cristobal mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island, and the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

Spend today exploring Genovesa, spectacular for bird sightings. Arrive at Prince Philip’s Steps where Red-footed Boobies nest in Palo Santo trees and Nazca Boobies nest near the trail. Find large numbers of Storm Petrels in an open lava field, and keep an eye out for the elusive Short-eared Owl. Then paddle kayaks along the shoreline in search of the beautiful Red-billed Tropic bird often found in the crevices. This afternoon set foot on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where Swallow-tailed and Lava Gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of Great Frigate birds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females. Snorkel from the beach with playful sea lions.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

This morning visit Las Bachas’s interior lagoons in search of the Greater Flamingo. Then explore North Seymour along a trail that leads to Swallow-tailed Gulls, Blue-footed Boobies, and the endemic land iguanas. You’ll also visit the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds found in the Galapagos. As you stroll along the beach, observe marine iguanas and sea lions body surf the northern swells. Snorkel in deep water before returning to the yacht.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

This morning land at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, where hundreds of Marine Iguanas bask in the sun and sea lion harems are carefully guarded by resident bulls. After lunch have your binoculars ready—whales and dolphins may be spotted as your yacht crosses the Bolivar Chanel. The afternoon excursion is a panga ride at Elizabeth Bay, Isabela that begins with a visit to a secluded cove where marine turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. Explore rocky islets where a colony of nesting penguins, Flightless Cormorants, and giant Marine Iguanas are found.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

Disembark at Urbina Bay, Isabela, where four miles of its coastal seabed is exposed as a result of the dramatic uplift when the volcano erupted in 1954. See marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high. This afternoon explore Tagus Cove to discover a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields, and volcanic formations. Graffiti dating back to the 1800’s is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the coves by panga or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, boobies, and pelicans.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

This morning, stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas, Santiago, in search of octopus, starfish, and other sea life caught in the tide pools. Watch for Great Blue Herons, Lava Herons, American Oystercatchers, and Yellow-crowned Night Herons. Your walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where you encounter Fur Sea Lions once on the verge of extinction. This afternoon disembark onto Rabida Island, considered the geographic center of the archipelago. Follow a trail that leads to a salt-water lagoon, and observe Greater Flamingos as they feed.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, including the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. This afternoon visit Santa Fe to observe one of the few remaining land iguanas of the species endemic to Santa Fe Island. You will also find a forest of giant prickly pear cactus.

Overnight: Eric, Letty, or Flamingo (B, L, D)

Explore the small, attractive port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno before flying back to Quito. Lunch and dinner today are on your own.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Quito (B)

This morning transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)



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  • Mercure Hotel Quito

    The Mercure Hotel Quito is located in the heart of the bustling Mariscal district with easy access to shop and restaurants.

  • Eric, Flamingo, and Letty

    The Eric, Flamingo, and Letty are three identical expedition yachts custom-designed for Galapagos cruising.



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