Galápagos Adventure 2019
Private Charter to photograph the Galápagos Islands, March 16-25, 2019
10-night photo tour and wildlife photography workshop round trip from Quito, Ecuador.
The Galápagos archipelago is one of the most unique ecosystems on earth. On this photo safari, we'll spend 8 days aboard our private charter boat cruising the islands. We'll photograph the islands diverse wildlife species, including marine and land iguanas, birds, tortoises, and invertebrates. Our group is limited to a maximum of 14 participants (double-occupancy). We'll have our own private naturalist guide to teach us about the amazing flora and fauna of these volcanic islands. Our privately led photo tour covers the entire Galápagos archipelago, including the north, west, and central islands.
Wildlife Photography Workshop
On board, you'll also get hands-on photography mentoring from professional photographer, Jason P. Odell. Not only Jason will show you how to capture amazing wildlife photos as well as provide you instruction in the field, but he also holds a Ph.D. in biology and understands the biological forces at work in this unique environment. You'll participate in group photo review and critique sessions. You'll also have the opportunity to capture unique landscape photos plus underwater photos (underwater camera not included) during this once in a lifetime safari! This trip is perfect for photographers of all levels who wish to photograph the unique wildlife and explore the Galápagos!
- Lodging in Quito (2-nights)
- Airport transfers
- Air transportation to the Galápagos islands
- 7 nights aboard our private charter cruising the Galápagos
- Breakfast, lunches & dinners aboard our charter
- Land excursions to the Galápagos
- Certified Galápagos National Park Guide
- Snorkeling gear & wetsuits
Day 1: Quito
Arrive at anytime. Arrival transfer included.
Optional: Arrive a day early to maximize your time exploring Quito (ask about hotel arrangements)
Day 2: Transfer to Galápagos
Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands. Head to Bachas Beach to see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos and sea lions.
Day 3: Genovesa Island
Visit Darwin Bay and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the many trails. Head to El Barranco in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including red-footed boobies.
Day 4: Bartolomé Island/Sullivan Bay
Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.
Day 5: Isabela Island
Early landing in the small town of Puerto Villamil before beginning the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. In the afternoon, explore the tortoise breeding centre in the Puerto Villamil area.
Day 6: Elizabeth Bay/Urbina Bay
Pay a morning visit to Elizabeth Bay which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the pangas and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins. Visit Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. Hike the trail to get a view of the caldera and watch for land iguanas along the way.
Day 7: Tagus Cove/Punta Espinoza
Stop for a visit at Tagus Cove and hike to a lookout to get a stunning view of the bay. Spot old graffiti on the cliffs from whalers and pirates who once visited the the cove. Continue to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Witness the large colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life.
Day 8: Rábida Island/Playa Espumilla
Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. in the afternoon, visit Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites.
Day 9: Islas Daphne/Quito
View Daphne from the boat, the tiny conical island is home to nesting blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Darwin's finches, after, fly back to Quito. Enjoy an evening in Quito.
Day 10: Quito
Depart at any time, or extend your stay in Ecuador on your own!
Pricing and Reservations
$7295 per photographer, double-occupancy cabin.
I strongly recommend a travel insurance policy to protect your investment in this adventure. You will have the opportunity to purchase affordable travel insurance at the time of booking.