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Duration
9
Cost
$From 7675
Arrival Airport
Guayaquil (GYE)
Air Temp
30°C (86F)
Water Temp
23°C (74F)
Camping
0
Hotel
7

Overview


Along with our expert naturist guides, you’ll get the opportunity to explore this fascinating set of islands and their impact on our understanding of how the world works, just as Charles Darwin did, nearly 200 years ago. Unlike Darwin however, you’ll enjoy relaxing aboard our wonderful vessel,in your spacious berth and enjoying fine cuisine.

With a maximum of just 16 guests aboard plus the crew of 10, whether you choose the Eastern Route toward Española, Genovesa and San Cristóbal, or decide on the Western Route for Floreana, Isabela and Fernandina, you will have a trip filled with fascinating flora and fauna that only exist on these very islands, clear oceans to all horizons, delicious food, expert leadership, sea kayaks at your disposal, and most everyone’s favorite: snorkeling with sea lions, penguins, tropical fish, turtles, and rays. With each new dawn, you have a new island to explore and new animals to encounter.

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Destination Map


What you will be up to


1

You’ll arrive into Guayaquil with private transfers to your hotel.

Included: Lunch and dinner

2

We’ll pick you up after breakfast for your flight from Guayaquil to Baltra. After formalities, we will visit giant tortoises in the wild in the Santa Cruz highlands before proceeding to lunch. After lunch, guests visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Late afternoon, we get to the boat, where you’ll be given a full safety briefing, shown to your stateroom and the customary welcome beverage. After dinner, our naturalist guide will present a rough outline of the week’s program with approximate times, events, what to expect and the basic do’s and don’ts of Galapagos shore excursions.

Included: All meals

3-8

Here is how a typical day aboard will work.

6:00 AM Guests awake to the sounds of music with a greeting from the naturalist.

6:30 AM Breakfast buffet including fresh fruit, a selection of cereals and breads, eggs made to order, fresh-squeezed juice, and coffee or tea.

7:15 AM First shore excursion: a 5-10 minute zodiac (dinghy) ride to shore. Leisurely paced walks over a variety of terrains. Plenty of time for bird watching and taking pictures.

10:30 AM Return to the boat. Guests are welcomed back aboard with snacks and fruit juices.

11:00 AM The group usually snorkels once every day.

12:00 PM Lunch: A three-course lunch is served, starting with a salad or a traditional soup, followed by a hot entrée and dessert.

1:00 PM Afternoon siesta. The yacht may be in transit for a few hours mid-day. If the yacht is not traveling, the time may be used for water recreation, swimming or kayaking.

3:00 PM Second Shore Visit. Another short panga ride to shore for more explorations along marked trails. Terrain, vistas, and featured birds and animals will vary. According to park rules, all visitors must be off the island by 6:00 PM, just in time to enjoy the sunset from the top deck with a beverage in-hand.

7:00 PM Dinner. The chef takes special pride in creating fresh, healthy meals. A variety of entrees feature chicken, meat, pork, and fish. Special meal requests and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if notified in advance.

8:00 PM Evening presentation by naturalist guide, review day’s events and preview the next day’s activities. Depending on distance to next site, the crew will pull anchor any time between after dinner and early in the morning.

Included: All meals

9

We generally arrive back fairly late on day 8 into Baltra Harbor. This morning we’ll have an early breakfast and take you to the airport for your return flights. Upon arrival in either Quito or Guayaquil, guests will be met and transferred to their hotel for extended late evening check-out (or overnight stay), based on international flight connections.

Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Friday 29 January 2021 - Saturday 6 February 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 5 February 2021 - Saturday 13 February 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 12 February 2021 – Saturday 20 February 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 19 February 2021 – Saturday 27 February 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 26 February 2021 – Saturday 6 March 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 5 March 2021 – Saturday 13 March 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 12 March 2021 – Saturday 20 March 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 19 March 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 26 March 2021 – Saturday 3 April 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 2 April 2021 – Saturday 10 April 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 9 April 2021 – Saturday 17 April 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 16 April 2021 – Saturday 24 April 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 23 April 2021 – Saturday 1 May 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 30 April 2021 – Saturday 8 May 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 7 May 2021 – Saturday 15 May 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 14 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 21 May 2021 – Saturday 29 May 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 28 May 2021 – Saturday 5 June 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 4 June 2021 – Saturday 12 June 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 11 June 2021 – Saturday 19 June 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 18 June 2021 – Saturday 26 June 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 25 June 2021 – Saturday 3 July 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 2 July 2021 – Saturday 10 July 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 9 July 2021 – Saturday 17 July 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 16 July 2021 – Saturday 24 July 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 23 July 2021 – Saturday 31 July 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 30 July 2021 – Saturday 7 August 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 6 August 2021 – Saturday 14 August 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 13 August 2021 – Saturday 21 August 2021 (E)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 20 August 2021 – Saturday 28 August 2021 (W)9£N/A€N/A$8675
Friday 1 October 2021 – Saturday 9 October 2021 (W) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 8 October 2021 – Saturday 16 October 2021 (E) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 15 October 2021 – Friday 23 October 2021 (W) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 22 October 2021 – Saturday 30 October 2021 (E) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 29 October 2021 – Saturday 6 November 2021 (W) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 5 November 2021 – Saturday 13 November 2021 (E) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 12 November 2021 – Saturday 20th November 2021 (W) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 19 November 2021 – Saturday 27 November 2021 (E) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 26 November 2021 – Saturday 4 December 2021(W) *9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 3 December 2021 – Saturday 11 December 2021 (E)*9£N/A€N/A$From 7675
Friday 17 December 2021 – Saturday 25 December 2021 (E) **9£N/A€N/A$10575
Friday 24 December 2021 – Saturday 1 January 2022 (W) **9£N/A€N/A$10575

In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office’s for advice on who to book your flights with. Alternatively, why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure. Many airlines offer flights to Equador and Guayaquil (GYE), such as Iberia from the UK or contact Trailfinders for your best flight options. Your trip starts and finishes in Guayaquil (GYE). We also recommend contacting the excellent and competitive folks at Exito Travel. Many operators also offer flights from the US, but we suggest for the best deals check out Skyscanner.  If you need any help with flights, please dont hesitate to contact us.

Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.
We have price and departure information about the following trips in Equador (trip prices only – International flights not included).

Dates 2021 (E) shows trips heading East and (W) shows trips heading West

Regular Season: Includes Galapagos Airfare, Galapagos National Park Fee and INGALA Galapagos Transit Card.

Cost USD$8675

*Fall Season: Includes Galapagos Airfare, Galapagos National Park Fee and INGALA Galapagos Transit Card.

Cost USD$7675

**Winter Holiday Season: Includes Galapagos Airfare, Galapagos National Park Fee and INGALA Galapagos Transit Card.

Cost USD$10575

PLEASE NOTE: Deposit for all trips can be made via our website. This is GBP£1000 which will be changed into the USD amount at the relevant exchange rate. The balance will be taken in USD.

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What you should bring


We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

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Current COVID Travel Status To Ecuador (Galapagos Islands)


Travelling from the US

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?   Yes
    • Ecuador has a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel.
    • Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations on June 1, 2020.
    • As of March 22nd, all travelers (including minors) arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than three (3) days before entering the country or present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID vaccine. Minors two years of age and younger, as well as airline crew, are exempt from this requirement.  Airlines are now required to verify that travelers have a negative COVID test before boarding at the point of origin.  As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine (“aislamiento preventativo obligatorio”, or APO) and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador (Special rules apply to the Galapagos Islands; see below).
    • As an alternative to the above requirement, travelers previously diagnosed as COVID positive, but with more than one month since the onset of symptoms, may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health.
    • Regardless of whether a negative COVID RT-PCR test is provided, passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel.  Rapid antigen testing may also be conducted.  If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.  The isolation may take place at a private residency or hotel of the traveler’s choosing.  If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.
    • All U.S. government officials and their dependents are required to quarantine upon arrival in Ecuador.  They may take a PCR test 3-7 days after arrival.  Those who present a negative test, may be released from quarantine after the 7th day.  U.S. government officials and their dependents who do not test must quarantine for 14 days.
    • Please note procedures may change at any time.  We recommend reaching out to the Ecuadorian embassy or consulate nearest you before traveling for the most updated information at https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/estados-unidos/.
  • Is a negative COVD-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    • Travelers must provide the results of a RT-PCR (Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) COVID test or rapid antigen test taken within the last three (3) days prior to arrival in Ecuador or present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID vaccine.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • Regardless of whether a negative COVID test is provided, passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel. Rapid antigen testing may also be conducted. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.  The isolation may take place at a private residence or hotel of the traveler’s choosing.  If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Ecuador on a 90-day tourist visa:  The Ecuadorian government announced on March 20, 2020 a no-fault visa extension for tourists whose visa validity or 90-day visa free stay expired during the health emergency.  The no-fault visa extension terminated on January 21, 2021.  Beginning on January 21, 2021, foreigners had thirty (30) days to renew visas that expired between March 19, 2020 and January 21, 2021.  Foreigners with expired visas who did not act could be subject to fines.  Foreigners seeking Ecuadorian residency (either temporary or permanent) are exempt from the above requirement if they can present proof of a confirmed residency appointment with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, processed during the thirty (30) day timeframe.  Consult with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for guidance on individual visa cases and for the latest guidance regarding the no-fault visa extension.
  • SPECIAL, ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Any international traveler wishing to transit via Quito or Guayaquil International Airport to the Galapagos should first arrive in-country with proof of a negative COVID test taken in the last three days (as per instructions above). In addition, all persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in the Galapagos.  This can be the same test as the test used to get into Ecuador, assuming it was taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos.  If the initial test was not taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos, the traveler will need to take a second test in Ecuador at a laboratory recognized by the Quality Assurance Agency of the Services of Health and Prepaid Medicine (ACESS), at their own expense.  They will need to wait for the results of this test before traveling to the Galapagos.  With the required negative results in hand, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos (nor to return to the mainland of Ecuador).  Travelers to the Galapagos also need a “salvoconducto” from their tour operator, and should contact the operator directly for that document.  For more information, please see the August 1, 2020 protocol released by the Special Regimen of the Galapagos Government Council, Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Public Health.

Travelling from the UK

You may travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (please read info below regarding entry criteria) however on your return to the UK, given that Ecuador is still currently on the ‘Red List’ you will be required for 14 days in the hotel at your own cost.

Testing / screening on arrival

Upon arrival, all passengers will be required to sign a health declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) qualitative test for COVID-19, or a negative antigen rapid test, taken up to 3 days prior to their arrival in the country. This is a mandatory requirement, which airlines are responsible for enforcing in order to allow passengers to board.

As of 22 March 2021, travellers who have had their complete COVID-19 vaccination can present the official vaccination certificate instead of the above negative RT-PCR or rapid test result. However, the use of “Immunity Certificates or Vaccination Certificates/Cards” from foreign passengers will be subject to constant review. You should arrange to take a private test.

Passengers who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a positive RT-PCR test, if over a month has passed since the beginning of the symptoms, and who continue to show a positive test result, can be exempted from the above general requirement to enter the country (only if they no longer have symptoms, and if they present an official Medical Certificate which certifies their health condition, issued in their country of origin).

Only airline crew members, children under 2 years old and passengers on transit to other countries are exempt from the RT-PCR or Antigen rapid test or the COVID-19 vaccination certificate requirement.

If, on arrival, a passenger presents COVID-19 related symptoms, they will be evaluated by a health care worker and if necessary will be taken to the nearest health centre for a full evaluation.

Quarantine requirements

Passengers who test positive in the antigen test taken at the airport will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Self-isolation for non-residents can be carried out in any hotel. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes.

As of 9 April 2021, passengers arriving from Brazil, including those who had been in transit only, will need to self-isolate for 10 days in any hotel accredited by the Ministry of Tourism, regardless of the results of any test for COVID-19. This new requirement was announced by Ecuador’s National Emergency Committee on 6 April.

Travel to and from the Galapagos

From 1 July, tourist activities are allowed in the Galapagos Islands. Commercial flights connecting the Islands resumed on 3 August. The local authorities have created a ‘safe travel corridor’ for travel to the Galapagos Islands.

Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to the Galapagos islands.

On arrival in Ecuador tourists may be requested to take another PCR test, at their own expense. Tourists must also present a return flight and a safe passage document (‘salvoconducto’) issued by the Ministry of Tourism to be exempt from doing 14 days of self-isolation on the islands. The tour operators or hotels are responsible for arranging this safe passage document on behalf of tourists, given that visitors are required to have previous contracted travel and accommodation arrangements. The Galapagos Transit Control Card, will need to be filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight. On arrival in Ecuador you will be required to fill in a Health Status Declaration, including a local address. Travel health insurance is mandatory for foreign tourists.

If you have any queries regarding travel back to mainland Ecuador, you can contact the Galapagos authorities via email at galapagosresponder@gmail.com

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