GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE
PHOTO TOUR – November 2/7, 2023
One of the worlds most incredible nature experiences!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ADVENTURE
* Birds and nature up close.
* Anyone with any camera can join.
* Beautiful swimming/snorkeling locations.
* We explore during the day and cruise at night.
* Well built and comfortable vessel.
* Fantastic deck space.
* Quality shore time to explore.
* Professional skipper, naturalist and crew.
* Two WPA professional guides.
YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
* We expect 12-14 adventures plus 2 WPA
professional photo guides on our exclusive.
16 birth vessel.
* Professional local guide.
* Twin Share Cabins on ship and all meals.
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
This will be our 8th tour to the amazing Galapagos Islands. Nature is unafraid of humans – this offering one of life’s great nature experiences. For our cruise, we are targeting the islands with lovely warm days to enjoy the water and nature and flatter sea conditions. We sail at night, arriving for daily activities, this again offering the best comfort and maximising your nature adventures. Imagine joining a small group for 6 days on our 1st Class motor yacht. This will not be a standard tour of the Galapagos Islands. Our vessel will offer a great stable platform as we aim for a combination of comfort and value for money.
Darran is happy to help you extend your time in the Galapagos. He highly recommends a few days land based. Great 4 star accommodation right on the water with mixed daily activities available to suit your interest and budget.
We travel in a small group which provides flexible arrangements that ordinary tours with their usual large groups can not provide. We can not stress enough how the following combination of leading world experts will make this a holiday of a life time: Local expert crew, skipper, naturalist guide and two professional WPA photo guides.
PHOTO adventure …
In 2023, we invite you to photograph some of the best landscapes, culture and nature locations in the world! The diversity will blow you away!
1. Galapagos Islands
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
This is an exclusive ship photo adventure! (Subject to minimum numbers of 12 bookings.) The following itinerary is a guide only, for 6 days of photo adventures. All meals, accommodation, local expert naturalist and your personal WPA photo guides are included. Your guides will help to optimise all adventure options.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION – we will suggest a great hotel central to the city that we have used in the past. We do not include pre tour accommodation. As an option, you might like to fly across earlier and spend a few days land based in the Galapagos. It is easy to link up to the start of the cruise. Darran can help you with best options.
DAY 1: GUAYAQUIL TO BALTRA ISLAND
We depart Guayaquil (as a group) and transfer to Guayaquil Airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands – how exciting! (This flight is included.) We land at Baltra airport near Santa Cruz Island. Reception at airport – welcome drink and lunch on board the EcoGalaxy. We then head to the famous Charles Darwin Station, located in the Main Port of Santa Cruz Island. We will take our private bus to the entrance of the centre of breeding where we go to appreciate tortoises and land iguanas. This centre is the main site of breeding of the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction in the different islands are maintained in captivity, thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions.
DAY 2: ISABELA ISLAND
TINTORERAS: Located to the south of Puerto Villamil, we will arrive at Tintoreras by Panga. There is a small bay with turquoise water where you can appreciate sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas and rays. The most part of this trail we will find volcanic lava of type AA. Lunch. PM BREEDING CENTER – HUMEDALES & WALL OF TEARS: The Breeding Centre is located 1.5 Km from Puerto Villamil. This place is dedicated to the reproduction of several species of tortoises in captivity; we will find 330 tortoises between young and adult. The Breeding Centre has beautiful gardens composed by native plants. Visit Humedales: complexes of paths which include sites like: The Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay, Puerto Villamil, Volcano Sierra Negra, islets and rocks. El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunel Del Estero are others paths located in Humedales area, each one with its beautiful landscape and characteristic. After this, we have a walking to Wall of Tears, a big wall build by prisoners; in our pathway to this site, we will see land tortoises.
DAY 3: ISABELA IS. ELIZABETH BAY
This is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit red mangrove cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, and golden ray’s and sea lions are often seen. Lunch
URBINA BAY: this place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walking we can observe land iguanas, hawks, tortoises; also it is possible to see red and blue lobsters.
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