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Galapagos Islands :: By Vessel

Galapagos Vessels
Mouse click Galapagos Vessels to check-out each vessels details and images. Email or call Rusty for date availability, current prices or special discounts. Rusty has sailed on each vessel and knows their unique features. Give him a ring to “swim” through vessel differences and availability of the yachts; or the times of the year to visit the Galapagos to suit your weather or wildlife wishes.

The Galapagos Archipelago conjures images of exploration by you, by Captain Cook, by Darwin and other famous explorers. The archipelago brings to mind mysterious islands, hidden coves, beaches, colorful sea birds, dolphins, whales, and a sun drenched yacht. Visiting the Galapagos also means a great naturalist guide, an experienced captain, a great chef, and a small group of fellow explorers and wildlife enthusiasts.

We partner carefully with companies whose vessels attract like-minded travelers, travelers who pour over new and old copies of the National Geographic. Travelers who love to watch nature programs, as well as those who work in the life sciences. Why? Because of the comments we want to receive like; “I really don’t want to go home” and “the wildlife in the Islands exceeded my expectations, I knew the trip would be good, but it was just more fun than I thought it could be, watching hundreds of dolphins, iguanas, and blue foot boobies was just so easy.” There are a few summer departure dates with families in mind, young people over 7 years old seem to appreciate the Islands best. Give us a ring for availability; we’ll help make this the best vacation you have ever had.

The Vessels. This is a “trip of a lifetime” and quality is very important. We’ve chosen the best vessels with this in mind, selecting from well established, responsible companies using only well maintained vessels. Quality features to look for are in choosing a vessel are the itinerarynumber of years the naturalist has been leading superb voyages; and of course, a talented cook staff. I also look at the size of the vessel. A smaller vessel with 32 or fewer guests will allow for anchoring at more exclusive, less busy visitor sites, and greater opportunity to see and enjoy the wildlife.

You are going to find that the wildlife doesn’t know what you are. The animals are approachable and that is a treasured experience you will have every day. Giant long lived giant tortoise, dancing boobies, Humboldt penguins in “tuxedos”, numerous whale species, 14 species of “Darwin’s” finches, languishing Galapagos Sea Lions, the salt snorting iguanas, the list goes on and on, both above and below the waterline.

The Galapagos is an archipelago of islands discovered and named by a Spanish Bishop who became lost at sea. “Darwin’s Enchanted Isles” is an unofficial name you may encounter for this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Observation of wildlife and photography are a phenomenal treat as you walk, sail, swim and snorkel in the Galapagos Islands.

See more of Ecuador. Ecuador is a very friendly country and offers many experiences. If you wish to visit more of Ecuador, give us a ring, we’ll chat about the options you may consider like the Ecuadorian highlands like Otovalo and Cuenca. Or, the Amazon Rain Forest. Ecuador’s environments are very rich in natural history and cultures. It’s a small country yet with a huge diversity from high glacial mountains to the Galapagos to the Amazon rainforest. (Ecuador has 22% of all bird species on Earth! In fact La Selva Jungle lodge is one we recommend and has a bird list equal in number to the US total number of species!) Wildlife lodges in the verdant Amazon include a variety of monkeys, macaws, parrots and brilliant poison dart frogs. There is so much to experience here that you’ll find Ecuador is “a repeatable”.

A few basics to keep in mind. Vessels sail weekly, year round and are 7 nights and 8 day long voyages. For example: You must be sleeping in Quito the night prior and may need a night at the end before coming home. Total time then is 10 or 11 days depending on your flights. Consider that it may be prudent to come in a full day early to Quito to be sure of making your flight to the Islands. The vessels are usually full by 4 months of a date. The availability is constantly changing, so give a ring and check on availability. It’s free to call 888 460 4404 and check; we’re fast and will usually have an update on availability in just a few minutes. Ask all the questions you have, if you forget one of the typical questions, we’ll help you with those too.

RustyComments
I have had the opportunity 16 years of enjoyed reserving travelers on Quasar Nautica vessels. This is one of the oldest and most established companies in Ecuador, but most importantly my guest’s experiences have always been impeccable, resulting in my travelers almost crying and not wanting to leave the boat to fly back to Quito. What better complement than that?

Two itineraries to suggest

The Treasure of Ecuador :: Galapagos Islands
Day 1 Depart home and arrive into Quito Ecuador, transfer to your hotel. Hint: If possible, arrive into Quito a day earlier to allow for “travel challenges”. You don’t want to miss the flight to the Islands, and your vessel. Missing that flight and boat is not an option. (This is a prudent reason to purchase trip cancellation insurance.)
Day 2 Early morning departure to the airport. Arrival at San Cristobal or Baltra Island, meet your naturalist, transfer to your vessel and the fun begins.
Day 2 – 9 Enjoy the Galapagos Islands. Visiting the Islands is typically a 7 night and 8 day adventure.
Day 9 Return to Quito about 3:00 p.m. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 10 Flights to the USA typically leave in the early morning.

Please note: Depending on your flight, you may catch a late evening flight on Day 9, arriving home the morning of Day 10, though a majority of flights leave in the morning for a return to the USA

The Two Treasures of Ecudador :: Galapagos & Amazon Rainforest
Day 1 Depart home and arrive into Quito Ecuador. Transfer to your hotel. If possible arrive into Quito a day earlier to allow for “challenges” so that you are on time for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Missing that flight and boat is not an option. (This is a prudent reason to purchase trip cancellation insurance.)
Day 2 Early morning departure to the airport. Arrival at San Cristobal or Baltra Island, meet your naturalist, and transfer to your vessel.
Day 2 – 9 Enjoy the Galapagos Islands. Visiting the Islands is typically a 7 night and 8 day adventure.
Day 9 Return to Quito about 3:00 p.m. Transfer to your hotel or transfer to the market village of Otovalo for a nights stay at one of several quaint hotels or haciendas.
Day 10. Enjoy the morning at the world famous Otovalo market, bargain and fill your duffel with gifts for Christmas. Return to Quito and your hotel.
Day 11 – 15 A short 45 minute flight will bring you to the Amazon Basin Rainforest lodges. La Selva, Sacha or Kapawi lodges are an option that can be added in front or behind a Galapagos Islands. Wildlife and photo opportunities are all around you, day and night.
Day 15 Return flights to Quito arrive in the early afternoon, typically flights to the USA are in the morning.
Day 16 Continue with your adventures or catch an early morning flight returning to the USA.

When you have a question about travel or would like an opinion about visiting South America, feel free to contact Rusty at 1.888.460.4404
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