|Starts||Jul 17th 2017|
|End||Jul 27th 2017|
|Participants||14 (only 4 spots left)|
Do you love the thought of being around wildlife that shows no fear towards humans? Does the thought of walking on the same island that Charles Darwin once walked intrigue you? How about snorkeling with playful dolphins and curious sea lions, or watching manta rays and sea turtles gliding near shore?
If you are looking for an epic, once in a lifetime photography tour destination that focuses on wildlife, then look no further! All you have to do is book your flight to Quito, Ecuador, and let us take care of the rest, your only concern should be that you have charged batteries and plenty of memory cards!read more
While in Quito, we will be guests at the Casa Aliso, a four star luxury hotel for the first two nights of our trip. This schedule provides us with an important buffer day to solve any unforeseen travel problems i.e. missed connections, lost luggage etc. This also gives us time to explore Quito, one of the trendiest, most interesting and culturally vibrant cities in South America. There is also “old town”, which is packed with historical architecture, gold embellished churches, culture, food, and shopping. We will be back in Quito, at the same hotel for the last night of your trip.
While touring the Galapagos Islands, we will be aboard the very accommodating and freshly remodeled Millennium, an 82 foot diesel powered catamaran. The Millennium features spacious twin bed cabins, each having a spectacular ocean view. Each cabin has individually controlled air conditioning, and a private bath with full shower. Most cabins have a private balcony as well!
The boat features many common areas, including numerous sun decks, a bar and lounge area, a dining area and living room. Meals will consist of the finest international and local dishes prepared by our Chef using fresh ingredients. Meals will include a choice of meat, poultry or seafood. Special dietary choices and needs will gladly be accommodated. You can relax and feel safe knowing that there are 10 highly professional and experienced crew members taking care of your every need. Also throughout our entire voyage we will have the benefit of our very own Galapagos Islands tour guide a virtual encyclopedia of all things Galapagos with years of experience, and a real passion for sharing their knowledge of the islands wildlife, biology, geology and natural history of the islands.
July 17th, 2016
Arrive in Quito
Explore the beautiful historic city of Quito
Morning: Flight to Galapagos from Quito Airport. (The cost of this flight is included in the cost of the tour.)
Guides will meet us, collect our luggage and escort us on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport us to the Millennium, where we will be welcomed aboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Highlands // Rich with wildlife, volcanoes, lava tubes, pit craters and the Scalesia Forest. Home to the giant tortoise, Darwin’s’ finches, mockingbirds, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Bahama ducklings, and many other wildlife species. With a guide and flashlights, we will explore the ½ mile long underground lava tubes, a totally surreal and memorable experience //Evening: depart for Isabela Island
July 20th, Isabela Island
Morning: Tintoreras Islet – snorkel in the pristine turquoise waters. These beautiful waters are abundant with a diversity of marine life. Home to the white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, starfish, and so many more!
Afternoon: Wetlands (Puerto Villamil) // Explore and photograph diverse and abundant flora and fauna species as you walk along the winding paths of the lagoons, swamps, and giant mangroves // Evening: depart for Fernandina Island
July 21st, Fernandina Island
Explore a maze of sandy trails that wind through visually interesting lava flows. Visit a Sea Lion nursery, and see marine iguanas, flightless Cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and more // Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center to photograph and learn about tortoise and the conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands.
July 22nd, Fernandina Island
Visit Espinosa Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks also. Espinosa point is also the best place to see the rare flightless cormorant, and beautiful Galapagos Hawks // Walk around to see the various lava flows.
Evening: Depart for Santiago – Chinese Hat
July 23rd, Santigao – Chinese Hat
Visit and photograph a colony of sea lions on the beautiful white coral sand beach. Explore marine life in tidal pools. Home to American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, Sally-Lightfoot Crabs, and more. Snorkel with playful sea lions and view an abundance of brightly colored tropical fish
Evening: Depart for Santa Cruz
July 24th, Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove- North Seymour
Blue-footed Boobies, and a very large Frigate bird colony, as well as a great snorkel adventure. View black and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cow-nose rays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional hammerhead shark
Evening: Depart to Bartolome – Santiago
July 25th, Bartolome – Santiago
Visit Pinnacle Rock and the White Sand Beach for opportunities to photograph the Galapagos penguin. Snorkel and play with sea lions as they scoot towards you on the sand. The white sand beach is also a nesting site for Green Sea Turtles that can often be seen here.
Evening: Depart to Santa Cruz
July 26th, Santa Cruz Island – Bachas Beach – Return to Quito
Morning: Bachas Beach – one of the primary Green sea turtle nesting sites in the Galapagos. Home to land and marine iguanas, endemic flora, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, flamingos, pelagic birds, and more.
Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight back to Quito // Transfer back to hotel Casa Aliso and enjoy an evening of leisure // Overnight at the hotel Casa Aliso in Quito
July 27th, Transfer to airport for flight home
Unless you are lucky enough to be joining me for the optional extension to The Cloud Forests of Ecuador!
|Starts||Jan 13th 2017|
|End||Jan 17th 2017|
After your incredible Galapagos photo tour, you have the option to join us for four more days and three more nights at the beautiful Tandayapa Lodge. This amazing lodge is located on the west slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is one of the premier locations in the cloud forest for photography.read more
With over 30 species of hummingbirds recorded at the feeders and over 15 species seen on most days it is the best place we know of to photograph these tiny jewels.
View this video taken at one of the feeders in Tandayapa.
We will be bringing our high-speed flash setup for participants to use. This high-speed flash system will give you the ability to capture images of hummingbirds that you could only dream of! All you will need is a camera that accepts with a hotshoe and a 200mm or greater lens.
In addition to the hummingbirds, there are over 300 species of other birds. The lodge also has butterfly feeders and lights set up at night that attracts the most amazing collection of moths and insects you have ever seen. A great trail system winds through the forest that allows you to photograph the many unique plants and insects that inhabit the cloud forest.
On our last day, on the way back to Quito, we visit Refugio Paz in search of the stunning Andean Cock-of-the-rocks displaying on their lek.
This refuge, being at a very different elevation than Tandayapa, will offer up a new and diverse variety of plants, birds, and insects for us to photograph. This is also very likely the best place in the world to be virtually guaranteed to see and photograph an Antpitta, which is a highly sought after and very elusive bird of the jungle!
Then one more night in Quito to relax and recharge before we begin our journey home the next morning.close
Balance due June 1st, 2016