Each year Think Galapagos co-founder, photographer and Galapagos expert Santiago Bejarano leads a special Galapagos and Ecuador group tour. These Galapagos group tours are for a maximum of 15 guests on board our own private yacht led by Santiago along with expert local guides ensuring an unparalleled level of service.
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Our group trip starts when you arrive to Quito airport, where you will be met by one of our team. From this point onwards you will be looked after every step of the way from that moment until your flight home.
In the past most guests arrived on the same flight, but in recent years guests have arrived at slightly different times, so we can pick you up at whatever time your flight arrives, and then the program begins in the hotel in Quito with our welcome dinner.
The next day, chance to explore Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its amazing colonial architecture before we head down to the cloud forest for a few nights. The forests here are literally buzzing with hummingbirds in some parts. We have identified the very best spots to stop along the way to see and photograph some of the amazing bird and plant life. From here we head north to the Andes to experience some of the scenery and culture from this region, staying in a beautiful hacienda.
After a few days in the Andes, the group then will take a flight that takes us 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to Galapagos to board our private yacht. We then have 8 days on board our beautiful live-aboard cruise visiting some of the most remarkable islands in the Galapagos.
Every step of the way is taken care of, all your meals, accommodation and excursions are taken care of. As one guest once said, they only thing we had to think about each morning was which shoes we should wear!
What makes Galapagos so special?
The Galapagos Islands are truly remarkable in that they have spent much of their history isolated from predators (most notably humans). As a result, a rare and diverse range of animals that are completely fearless of humans has emerged. The fearlessness of the fauna here is astounding, from breeding boobies to flightless cormorants, iguanas, and giant tortoises.
Each island has its own unique flora and fauna, which have been blown or washed across from mainland South America and forced to adapt in order to survive. Every island, from the newest, Fernandina, which is still forming, to the oldest, Espanola, which was formed 3.5 million years ago, has its own distinct landscape and ecosystems.
Galapagos National Park was established in 1959 to protect and preserve 97 percent of the island’s total land area, and thanks to ongoing conservation efforts by the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station, the Galapagos Islands remain largely as Darwin saw them nearly two centuries ago — a pristine natural paradise and an inspiration for everyone who loves the natural world.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the world’s second largest marine reserve and the largest in any developing nation. It encircles the archipelago and occupies 133,000 square kilometers (51,352 square miles). With over 2,900 marine species known, sea lions, marine iguanas, rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, whales, and dolphins are only a few of the incredible aquatic life found here.
Quito has one of the most spectacular locations of any city in the world, nestled high in the Andes at 2800 meters and flanked by volcanoes. Because of its magnificent colonial architecture, the former northern capital of the Incan Empire has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The locals’ daily lives pulsate alongside beautifully restored blocks, picturesque plazas, and some truly magnificent architecture.
A unique ecosystem known as “cloud forests” thrives where rainforests meet mountains. One of Ecuador’s little-known jewels is the unique and magnificent cloud forests that flank the eastern and western slopes of the Andes. They’re just 2 hours from Quito and make a great addition to a Galapagos cruise, giving you a glimpse of tropical forests. With orchids, ferns, and bromeliads, waterfalls and crystalline rivers, butterflies, and perhaps most importantly, some of the finest and easiest bird watching in the world, with stunning tropical birds that will delight both beginner and seasoned bird watchers.
Ecuador’s Northern Andes
Beautiful mountain scenery, colourful Indian markets, and Hacienda Cusin, a charming restored historic hacienda, can all be found in the Andes to the north of Quito. Otavalo Market, one of the largest and most colourful markets in the Andes, is also located here, with fantastic handicrafts.
This downloadable pre-trip information document will help you plan for your Galapagos trip as well as answering some key questions you may have. Despite being quite long it is by no means exhaustive, so please do get in touch with any questions you may have and we would be delighted to help.
Read accounts from former guests in these inspirational guest blog posts.