Ecuador's treasures: Galápagos, November 2017

24 November – 5 December, 2016

$US6350 per person, twin share. Maximum group size 14 people.

(Previous CT expeditioners $US6100).

Join us for 12 days exploring the magical Galápagos islands and the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador’s high-in-the-Andes capital.

From snow-crowned volcanoes, to World Heritage-listed old cities, to Amazonian rainforests teeming with diversity, and the fabled Galápagos Islands – Ecuador might be one of Latin America’s smallest nations, but it’s big on natural beauty, culture and history.

We’re taking a detailed look at two of Ecuador’s treasures – with the option of a third – in November 2016, and we’d love you to join us.

In 2016, more than 100 boats will take tours around the Galapágos. Only three meet our criteria for size, comfort, accessibility and itinerary. On our eight-day Galápagos route, we’ll be aboard the first-class catamaran Seaman Journey, maximum 14 people plus us, visiting the three islands at the top of our wildlife highlights list.

November is a great time to visit the Galápagos: it’s the end of the cool, dry season and temperatures are generally mild. Although the ocean temperature is warming, the cold Humboldt Current still brings abundant nutrients to archipelago waters and the marine life is very active. Snorkelling excursions include encounters with inquisitive young sea lions, turtles and a host of other marine animals.

On land, young blue-footed boobies are finding their feet and waved albatross chicks are approaching fledgling size at nesting sites on Española. We’ll see magnificent and great frigatebird chicks at North Seymour; at Genovesa, red-footed and masked booby chicks will be in their nests. Land bird species such as Darwin’s finches and Galápagos mockingbirds will feature throughout, as will land and marine iguanas. We’ll see Galápagos tortoises at breeding centres on San Cristóbal island and at the Charles Darwin station.

Upon return to the mainland we’ll stay in the celebrated old town of Quito – the first built environment to be World Heritage listed by UNESCO. We’ll spend a couple of days exploring the architecture, lesser-known food spots and – of course – the artisanal markets in this cosmopolitan city nestled among Andes volcanoes.

The trip includes all accommodation, all airport transfers, all meals while in the Galápagos, breakfasts in Quito and flights between the Galápagos and Quito. 

At the end of the 12 days, we’ll be heading to Ecuador’s Amazonia region for 4–5 days of wildlife and bird watching. Ecuador’s 1630 listed bird species are about double the number known in Australia – in a country more than 25 times smaller. We urge you to consider staying with us by adding on this Amazon visit.

Please send us an email if you've got any questions, comments or would like more information – or even just to chat …