the galapagos islands, ecuador
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The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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The Facts
Flight timefrom UK: 21hrs; from US: 9hrs 40mins
Ideal length13 Days
LocationEcuador
PriceFrom £3,899 pp
When to goDecember - August

Look forward to...

Kayaking amongst the sea lions and seals as they play in the water - an incredible experience.

Hiking to one of the Galapagos’ most prolific wildlife habitats, Punta Suarez.

Paddling to fantastic snorkeling spots like The Devils Crown, in the centre of an eroded volcano.

When our favourite scientist stumbled across the Galapagos Islands way back when, he found a treasure trove of natural wonders that led him to challenge generations of inherited wisdom. Well, at Black Tomato, we like a challenge – and we think we’ve found the ideal Galapagos experience with a difference.

sunset kayak

Following in the footsteps of pirates, whalers, colonists and good old Darwin, you will re-discover the natural wonders of the spectacular Galapagos. But this time it will be up close and personal.

Galapagos seal

venture out by kayak

With our exclusive access, you will paddle through aquamarine waters and past pristine beaches, as turtles come up for air right at your side. Surrounded by frozen lava flows you will feel like you are drifting across the moon, but nothing can take you further from the daily grind than the steep craggy rocks of San Salvador that loom above as Galapagos raptor Hawks soar overhead.  Gliding into solitary bays, your only neighbours will be the indigenous sea lions, turtles, flamingos and iguanas going about their daily routines. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump out of your kayak for a snorkel with the friendly fur seals – this is about as close to prehistoric nature as you can get.

capital cool to catamaran chic

And now for the (not so) nitty-gritty: Starting your trip in Ecuador’s throbbing capital, Quito, you will have a day to stretch your legs. Explore the bustling city and blow some cash in Otavalo, South America’s largest market. The next day your adventure begins… After a short flight to San Cristobal, you will meet your expert naturalist

galapagos sunset

guide and settle into your home for the next eight days: the luxurious M/Y Vision. On this spacious 48ft catamaran your evenings will be spent in absolute comfort – eating gourmet food under spectacular sunsets and drifting off to the gentle lap of waves.

dreaming of darwin

As the boat sails silently by night, you’ll wake each morning to a new and unique view. So each day, paddling to a new coral sand beach, you will discover a different island. After taking in the abundant wildlife, trekking to breathtaking viewpoints and exploring the cool caves and narrow channels of the coastline you will be picked up by your catamaran. And the best bit? It starts all over again the following day.

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