We once again return to the Galapagos Islands on the lovely MS Islander. We will have a chance to explore the highlands of Ecuador, visit the Otavalo market and the UNESCO world heritage site of old town Quito before we head to the archipelago for a week of wildlife overload.
The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s best examples of sustainable tourism. The over-abundant wildlife is indifferent to our presence, knowing it has nothing to fear from the friendly human visitors. At many stops, we’ll be the only visitors, feeling like we have the whole island to ourselves. Top-notch naturalist guides are trained at the University of the Galapagos and share their knowledge on land and in the water.
We’ll enjoy a combination of guided nature walks, Zodiac cruises and town visits, along with plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel in the warm waters with sea turtles, colourful fish, sea lions and even the diminutive Galapagos penguin. April is the best time of year for us to visit - the water is warm and calm, the rainy season is coming to an end, and the giant tortoises, seaturtles and land iguanas are all beginning to hatch. April also signals the start of the courtship season for the waved albatrosses on Española.
For those of you continuing on to our Machu Picchu extension, this also corresponds with the end of the rains in the mountains of Peru, and we can expect great weather and smaller crowds at this wonder of the new world.
We do hope you’ll join us in Ecuador and Galapagos islands in 2013.
Arriving this evening we check into our elegant hotel and meet for snacks and cocktails at our welcome reception.
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All prices are per person in United States Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise.
$5495.00 Two twin beds, one pull-out couch, one window
$6995.00 Main deck double, twin beds, one window.
$7495.00 Bridge deck double, twin beds, one window.
$7995.00 Upper deck double, two singles convert to double bed, glassed terrace, large windows.
$8695.00 Upper deck double, two singles convert to queen, glassed terrace, large windows.
$9695.00 Upper deck, two singles convert to queen, larger windows, glassed terrace.
$10695.00 Suite, Upper deck, two singles convert to queen, larger glassed terrace.
$10695.00 Single Cabin - Twin bed, one window
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National Geographic Islander
- Capacity: 48 guests
- Registry: Ecuador
- Length: 164 feet
The 48-passenger National Geographic Islander is a versatile 50 m twin-hulled vessel with 24 spacious cabins. She is a sturdy expedition ship, designed for year-round discovery and active exploration of the Galápagos. Each air-conditioned cabin comes with an outside view and private facilities. Registered in Ecuador, the National Geopgraphic Islander has numerous common areas including a lounge with a bar and facilities for films, slide-shows and lectures. The ship holds a library, and plenty of deck space from which to view wildlife. The luxurious vessel is equipped with Zodiac landing craft, snorkelling gear, wetsuits, a spa, guest e-mail stations, a video microscope, hydrophone and Splash-Cam. A gift shop and doctor’s office complete the list of facilities. Meals are served in one seating, from a menu of international cuisine with Ecuadorian flair. Public Areas: Ship is fully air-conditioned, lounge with bar and facilities for films, slide shows and lectures, library, covered deck with chairs and tables, outside deck, gift shop, doctor’s office. Meals: Served in one seating, the menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair. Cabins: All cabins have a window with outside view. Each has private facilities and climate controls. Special Features: Ship is equipped with Zodiac landing craft, snorkelling gear, wetsuits, spa, guest e-mail station, video microscope, hydrophone and Splash-Cam. A ship’s doctor and underseas specialist will be on board. More
- - Swim with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and even sharks
- - Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Quito
- - Stand on the Equator and participate in Coriolos effect experiments
- - Shop in one of the largest markets in South America in the town of Otavalo
- - Watch the mating dance of the Blue-Footed Booby
- - Visit the Charles Darwin foundation and see their tortoise breeding program
- - Daily chances to snorkel and swim in warm-comfortabel water with hundreds of species of fish
- - Enjoy interpretive hikes on the islands with expert guides, educated in the Galapagos
What's Not Included
- Swim with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and even sharks
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Quito
- Stand on the Equator and participate in Coriolos effect experiments
- Shop in one of the largest markets in South America in the town of Otavalo
- Watch the mating dance of the Blue-Footed Booby
- Visit the Charles Darwin foundation and see their tortoise breeding program
- Daily chances to snorkel and swim in warm-comfortabel water with hundreds of species of fish
- Enjoy interpretive hikes on the islands with expert guides, educated in the Galapagos