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Walking amongst dozing Galapagos Sea Lions on Espanola Island
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Observing Galapagos Giant Tortoises foraging peacefully on Santa Cruz
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Challenging ourselves to distinguish the Darwin's Finches
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Watching the interactions among the bizarre Swallow-tailed Gulls on South Plaza
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Discovering the unique Chocolate Chip Sea Star clinging to the rocks while snorkelling

Galapagos Islands: Darwin's Enchanted Isles Oct'19

Oct 16-26, 2019

11 days | Ecuador | Expedition Cruise

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Our Galapagos private yacht expedition remains one of our most highly rated natural history programs and is consistently our travellers’ “trip of a lifetime”. Our expert Quest leader and local Galapagos naturalist guide are on board to lead island walks and on-board talks as we set sail to discover these remarkable island ecosystems, skirting past nesting boobies, scouting the seas for breaching whales and snorkeling among colourful fish. Desolate at first sight, these rough and rocky isles are home to wonderfully strange and abundant wildlife. As Charles Darwin did almost 200 years before us, we will marvel at the highly adapted creatures found nowhere else on Earth.

All of the reptiles, half the birds, 32% of the plants, and 25% of the fish are unique to this amazing archipelago. It is a living museum of evolutionary changes. And what is so special about the Galapagos experience is that these creatures act as though humans are nothing more than a passing interest, allowing us to observe them up close. Undisturbed by our nearness, they engage in intriguing courtship displays, groom one another, forage for food and nurture their young. Giant Tortoises graze in the lush highlands and dinosaur-like Marine Iguanas sun themselves on black lava rocks along the shores. Tiny Galapagos Penguins and playful Galapagos Sea Lions dart through the waters like torpedoes, while both Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds patrol the skies.

There is no place in the world quite like the Galapagos Islands!

Read about Justin's encounter with the Swallow-tailed Gull here.
 
Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest, see Machu Picchu or discover the tremendous bird diversity in Ecuador's cloud forest? We offer three different extensions in conjunction with our Galapagos expedition. Please enquire!
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6470 (Incl. US$275 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants
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What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, internal flights, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Quito
2Sightseeing in Quito and a visit to the Quito Botanical Gardens
3Flight to Baltra, Galapagos and board the M/Y Beluga
4 - 9Exploring the Galapagos Islands, including Santa Fe, South Plaza, San Cristóbal, Española, Santa Cruz, Santiago, and Genovesa
10Turtle Cove, Baltra, fly to Quito
11 Depart Quito
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Ship Information

We charter the M/Y Beluga exclusively for our Quest group. This steel-hulled motor yacht is 33.5 metres long, accommodating 14 passengers and 8 crew. She travels at a speed of 12 knots, allowing us to get to 8 islands comfortably during our 8-day expedition cruise. She is well-appointed with comfortable private cabins and ample lounge and observation deck space.

Your Tour Leader

As a former faculty member in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Alan Watson taught nature interpretation, environmental stewardship and a conservation field course. With over 25 years of experience leading nature tours, Alan has guided groups in southern Ontario, Canada's Maritime Provinces, Trinidad and Tobago, the Lesser Antilles, Costa Rica, Brazil, Tanzania, and the Galapagos.

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Expedition Cruise Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6470 (Incl. US$275 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, internal flights, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included.

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