Galapagos Islands Adventure

Galapagos-Islands-91 Why go with Wildside to the Galápagos?

  • Kevin has led more than twenty trips to the Galápagos!
  • We choose our itineraries very wisely… every boat has several different itineraries.
  • We choose our boat wisely for comfort and its itinerary.
  • We spend more time on the islands than any other company.
  • We maximize the best light for photography.
  • We maximize wildlife activity viewing time.

 

This is a great trip for photographers, birders and nature lovers, as everyone should visit the Galápagos Islands… the experience is magical! During our adventure we will seek out the endemic species of birds and other animals of the Galápagos. Some of the bird species include Darwin’s finches, Galápagos Penguin, Galápagos Hawk, Galápagos Dove, Swallow-tailed Gull and Waved Albatross—doing their wonderful courtship dance! Other creatures we will see include Land Iguanas, Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards and two endemic species of butterflies.

Photographic opportunities abound as each day will include land excursions on different islands. Most days will also include snorkeling opportunities to enjoy swimming with sea lions, sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish! We will also fit within our schedule mini photo workshops to help you get the best images of each location we visit.

Kevin Loughlin, founder of Wildside, has lead over 20 trips to the Galapagos since 2001 and is intimately familiar with the landscape and wildlife.

“Galapagos and mainland Ecuador was incredible, even better than I expected — and I had had high expectations. Kevin Loughlin, the president of Wildside Nature Tours, is an expert birder, naturalist, and photographer as well as being helpful and a genuinely nice guy. A great tour leader, he smoothly led us through complicated logistics that would have been formidable for a single traveler. The tour was so well done in fact that one of the first things I did upon returning home was to sign up for his tour of Costa Rica. I will be going there next April.”
— David M, Boulder, CO

  • Workshop Cost
  • 11-Days/10-Nights

     

    2015 Cost

    $5975 per person, double occupancy from Quito Ecuador

     

    Prices are per person double occupancy. If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $200 will be charged for the Quito portion only. Please call for possible single room options and cost for the boat portion of the trip.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation, including transfers from arrival airport. R/T flights Quito/Galapagos/Quito. All accommodations (hotel and yacht). All meals from breakfast on first full day through breakfast on departure day. Tips for meal service.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost

    International air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, trip insurance (required), tips for boat crew and naturalist (optional), $100 National Park Entrance Fee, alcoholic beverages, bottled beverages on board the boat, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • TENTATIVE ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH FINALIZATION

     

    BASIC ITINERARY

     

    Day 1 Arrive in Quito, transfer to hotel.

    Day 2 Hummingbirds of the eastern slope of Andes

    Day 3 Fly to Galapagos / Baltra / Afternoon at North Seymour

    Day 4 San Cristobal / Kicker Rock / Cerro Brujo

    Day 5 Española

    Day 6 South Plaza / Santa Fé

    Day 7 Santa Cruz / Darwin Station / Highlands

    Day 8 Floreana

    Day 9 Cerro Dragon / Bartolomé

    Day 10 Black Turtle Cove / Baltra / Quito

    Day 11 Return to USA

     

    FULL ITINERARY

     

    DAY 1 Arrival in Ecuador
    Arrive in Quito and transfer to hotel.

     

    DAY 2 HUMMINGBIRDS AND MORE
    Today’s adventure will offer up to a dozen species of hummingbirds to enjoy and photograph, as well as many other possibilies that show up in the gardens and trails of our Andean lodge.

     

    DAY 3 BALTRA / NORTH SEYMOUR
    Flight to Baltra and transfer to our private yacht, the Yolita II. Our first excursion will be to North Seymour Island to walk along the beach and trails full nesting Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds, as well as many Blue-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls and Lava Gulls!

     

    DAY 4 SAN CRISTÓBAL
    Today we will snorkel below Leon Dormido (aka Kicker Rock), a magnificent rock in the middle of the sea. Turtles are everywhere, along with colorful fish, anemones and sea stars!. Next we will visit Cerro Brujo, a sandy beach full of Sea Lions, Ghost Crabs and birds, plus some cool scenery. Our afternoon will be at Isla Lobos, a Sea Lion nursery as well as nesting frigatebirds of both species!

     

    DAY 5 ESPAÑOLA
    The only nesting area of the endemic Waved Albatross! Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies nest along the trails. Warbler finches and Large Cactus Finches flit among Sea lions and Marine Iguanas. We will also enjoy the beautiful white beach at Garner Bay to laze with the Sea Lions and photograph birds, crabs and great scenery!

     

    DAY 6 SOUTH PLAZA / SANTA FÉ
    Enjoy a cactus forest populated by land iguanas sunning themselves and feeding on cactus pads. Swallow-tailed gulls nest on the rugged southern cliffs, along with Red-billed Tropicbirds and Galapagos Shearwaters. Santa Fé is well-known as a great place for watching (and swimming with) sea lions. Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, Galapagos Rice Rat, Galapagos Mockingbird and a variety of finches will all be seen here.

     

    DAY 7 SANTA CRUZ
    Our morning on Santa Cruz will include a visit to the Darwin Station to learn more baout the wildlife of the islands, especially the Giant Tortoises. Our afternoon will be in the highlands where we will see the domed-shell variety of the Giant Tortoise in the wild! We will also enjoy the beautiful ‘Twins’, volcanic calderas surrounded by Scalesia forest.

     

    DAY 8 FLOREANA
    On Floreana we will find several more of Darwin’s finches. Flamingos and White-cheeked Pintail Ducks patrol the shallow pools. Snorkeling opportunities here offer the best sea turtle views!Plus we will enjoy Flour Beach, often full of sting rays and the Sailor’s Post Office.

     

    DAY 9 CERRO DRAGON / BARTOLOMÉ
    Bartolomé Island’s Pinnacle Rock is an icon of the Galapagos landscape and the snorkeling at its base is the best in the islands! A hike on Cerro Dragon will offer a fantastic hyper-saline pool full of shjorebirds and possibly Flamingos, plus many Land Iguanas along the trails.

     

    DAY 10 BLACK TURTLE COVE / BALTRA / QUITO
    We’ll visit North Seymour, a nesting area for Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies before we disembark at Baltra and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Quito.

     

    DAY 11 RETURN HOME
    Fly back to the USA

  • Accommodations
  • Our accommodations on the mainland will be wonderful, small haciendas with quaint, colonial-style rooms all with private bath.

     

    M/Y Yolita II (or similar yacht)

    More info at: http://www.yachtyolita.com

    Category: Tourist superior class motor yacht.

    Length: 110 ft.

    Beam: 24 ft.

    Capacity: 16 passengers

    Cabins:

    Construction: Steel hull, wood interior and trim.

    Accommodations: 8 large cabins are all above deck with doors that open outside to the deck. Each has private bath, hot showers and air conditioning. A rear sun deck and large bow area offer great pelagic viewing. A comfortable bar and lounge areas with TV and DVD rounds out our boat.

    Crew: Captain, 5 sailors, chef and mechanic plus a National Park naturalist/guide.

    Electricity: Two 110/220v generators, standard two-prong receptacles

  • Additional Info
  • Additional Costs

    $100 Galapagos Islands National Park Fee

    $120 (Optional, but recommended) Boat Crew Gratuities

  • Previous Trips
  • The Galapagos Islands are very regulated and every trip has a different itinerary. The birds and wildlife we see will vary with the islands we visit as many species are only found on one or two islands.

     

    Kevin Loughlin, your trip leader, has been to the Galapagos more than 15 times and he chooses our itineraries wisely in order to see the most possible birds and wildlife as well as the most diversity of scenery and habitat on every trip!

     

    Galapagos Island Trip 2012 by Sarah

     

    TRIP REPORT Galapagos Oct 2005

     

    Galapagos-Birds-2002

     

    Systematic List of Species Seen GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Oct 2005

     

    2012 galapagos bird list