Galapagos: Kayak & Hike -9 nts
- Pace: Active, walking/hiking each day (up to 2 miles), kayaking, getting in/out of boats
- 10 days/9 nights
- 2016: May 6, 20, 27, Jun 3, Jul 1, 15, 29, Aug 12, Nov 18, Dec 16 2017: Jan 13, Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24, Apr 7, 21, May 5, 19, Jun 2, 16, 23*, 30, Jul 14, 28, Aug 11, 25, Nov 3, 17, Dec 15
- Price: 2016: $5795-Cat 1, $6095-Cat 2. 2017: $5995 - $6295-Cat 1; $6295 - $6595-Cat 2.
- $400 holiday surcharge
- All prices are per person, double occupancy (plus internal flights, park fees)
- Very limited number of singles available at 1.5 X the rate
We know it's on your bucket list, and this itinerary offers an intimate view of the flora and fauna of the Enchanted Isles.
This far-flung archipelago is unique on earth. Giant tortoises roam misty meadows. Sea lions loll, nonchalant, on pristine beaches. Iguanas bask on sun-baked lava while sea turtles, rays and penguins swim with snorkelers in turquoise waters. Paddling this primeval paradise is a privilege few get to enjoy, and on this voyage, a special Galapagos kayaking permit allows you access to remote places that larger ships never see. Special deluxe catamarans, designed especially for this trip, whisks you between anchorages and provides comfortable accommodations. Each day explore a different island, either on foot or by kayak, or sometimes both. The islands are surprisingly diverse, with new discoveries at each spot you visit.
You begin with a couple of nights in the Otavalo area of Ecuador, north of Quito, before flying to the Islands. Once aboard the Nemo II, you begin right away with Kayak orientation before sailing to Santa Cruz and a visit to the Wild Tortoise Camp, a private campsite with safari-style tents and tree houses with distant views of the ocean. Weather permitting, you will camp here for the first night! Imagine waking the next morning to see wild tortoises!
With 7 days in the Islands, your boat takes you to Santa Fe, Florena, Español, San Cristobal, South Plaza and Bartolome. Expect to see the Charles Darwin Research Center, Blue-footed and Masked boobies, Galapagos Hawk, and the many finches, from which Darwin drew his theories. You have a chance to swim with sea lions, snorkel among sea turtles, penguins, and rays, kayak past volcanic features, and hike as you see birds and plants, many seen only here. * Jun 23 travels a northbound itinerary
Kayaking is particularly wonderful on this itinerary, as special permits allow for more time on the water, ahead of others
Accommodations: The Nemo III, catamaran for 14 passengers, all cabins with private bath, some upper/lower berths
Included: All meals beginning on Day 2, naturalist guide, crew, some gratuities, airport transfers, use of snorkel gear and wetsuits
Not included: International airfare ($550 round trip, subject to change), domestic airfare from Quito to Galapagos, guides gratuities, alcohol, Galapagos tax and entry fee (approx $120)
Bring: Details will be sent on confirmation.
* Medical evacuation insurance is required for this trip.