CHRISTMAS GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE

Ecuador Galapagos islands

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Karina Safari
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Dec 22 - 26, 2017
Group size: 6-14
CHRISTMAS GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE
Ecuador Galapagos islands

Karina Safari
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7 reviews

$1375
Deposit: $700
Dec 22 - 26, 2017
Group size: 6-14

About this trip

Trip highlights:


1) BEST wildlife and active adventure experience on the remote and unique archipelago in the world, a perfect place for an active traveler and photographer


2) Follow the steps of Charles Darwin. Meet and interact with unique Galapagos wildlife, terrestrial and marine creatures can be found only here:


- Take a 500-pound giant tortoise for a walk :-)

- Snorkel in a company of sea lion puppies, colorful reef fish, sea turtles and rays

- Relax and soak in the sun with a family of lazy marine iguanas on a picturesque white-sand beach

- Learn a bridal dance of blue-footed boobies, see how Pacific bird raise their chicks

- Look for Galapagos penguins and pelicans fishing


3) Every single day will be full of ACTIVITIES: 


- Hiking to gigantic volcano crater with the best jaw-dropping panoramic views 

- Snorkeling in the lava tunnels, see abundant marine world

- Exploring pristine white-sand coast, hidden lagoons and mangroves on kayaks

** Swimming and snorkeling in the warm Pacific equatorial waters! Snorkeling equipment provided. Average water temp: +23C/73F, air +26/ 79F


4) This is island-hopping tour. Travel between the islands on a speedboat ferry (2h rides). Overnight on land, in the basic hotels and guest-houses.  You will have a plenty of free time in the evenings for bar-hopping and relaxing and exploring on your own


5) This tour is a great deal for budget conscious travelers and families without spending all their savings! We do not sacrifice on visits, you’ll see the best parts of Galapagos and have a great travel experience! :-)


Just hurry up, flights and hotel rooms are taken up really fast for the Holiday season.

What’s included

* ALL mentioned tours
* Meals (breakfast and lunch)
* Assistance of professional English-speaking local naturalist guides (rangers) certified by Galapagos National Park
* All transportation between islands (regular ferries), land transportation, airport transfers
* Lodging: standard/basic hotels and eco-lodges, clean rooms with private facilities

* Snorkeling equipment is provided for day-tours

Not included

* International flights
* Domestic flights to Galapagos from mainland  (~$440 roundtrip)
* Admission fee to Galapagos National Park $120 per adult ($50 per child up to 12 y.o) - paid at the airport immigration office on arrival

* Any optional tours not included in the mentioned itinerary

* Hotel stays on the mainland prior or after Galapagos
* Drinks & alcoholic beverages, dinners
* Travel insurance (~$50)

Before You Go

The trip cost is based on a group of 8 or more participants

Tours are shared or private depending on the number of participants in the group
There is also an option to upgrade hotels for more comfortable category (4*)

DIFFICULTY: EASY/MODERATE


CHILDREN: recommended age 9+
Kids up to 12 y.o get a discount for domestic flights


ECUADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:  
* Travel document - valid passport at least 6 months after your planned departure
* Visa is not required for the citizens of the most countries

* VACCINATIONS: NOT required


PACKING LIST AND TRAVEL INFO: will be provided for the registered participants

Available Packages

Early bird
Available until Sep 306 left
$1375
Deposit: $700
Count me in!


Available until Oct 318 left
$1475
Deposit: $700
Child up to 12 y.o
Available until Oct 316 left
$1275
Deposit: $700

Available options

Uninhibited Island day-tour12 left
$260
Single accommodation supplement only 2 left
$200
$1375
Deposit: $700

Early bird

Itinerary

Day 1.
Santa Cruz highlands: A walk with Giant tortoises

Arrival to Baltra airport, meet with English-speaking local guide, expert in Galapagos wildlife. Drive to hotel, with a stop in Santa Cruz highlands on the way. Watch giant tortoises in free environment, these creatures are the oldest residents of the islands, they live up to 200 years! After lunch continue to the white-sand beach Garrapatero to swim and relax. Evening free to explore a small town of Puerto Ayora,  fisherman market and best sea-food dining at local restaurants,

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
7 reviews
I'm originally from Moscow (Russia) and I reside in San Francisco bay area since 2012 . I'm registered as official seller of travel in CA. Before moving to United States I lived 4 years in Ecuador and Colombia, where I dedicated myself to traveling and worked as a travel guide. Later, I opened my local tour operator agency in Quito (Ecuador). But my passion for tourism started long time before that, in my hometown, when in 2006 I decided to quit my comfortable and well-paid office job in search for adventure. I joined a Traveler Club, where we created exclusive expeditions around the Globe with well-known leaders of Russian Geographic society. Having 10 years of expertise in adventure tourism, I could build an exceptional and reliable team of guides and partners in every destination I work. All connections are proven by years of successful cooperation. But no matter how many years I’ve been in the industry, I’m a constant student of the best practices and always ready to adapt new ways of creating the best travel adventures for you! Let's connect and go travel together! My favorite travel experiences: - Hiking the "Avenue of volcanoes" in Ecuador - See the sunrise over Machu Picchu - Dancing with locals at Latin American festivals - Everest Base camp trek, Nepal - Snorkeling with lea lions and iguanas at Galapagos

Reviews

MN
It was a trip of a lifetime! Karina organized it very very well! The group composition was the key and this is what Karina does better than any other company. The team was compatible and supportive of each other and this is what makes a good trip GREAT!.
TS
It was a well organized trip. We had the best guides, the best hotel accommodations and the best meals during this trip. The hiking part was challenging but very rewarding. Best memories from this trip! Thank you, Karina!
OI
I'm giving 5 stars to this perfectly organized hike to Machupicchu. Even though Karina couldn't join us she was still able to take care of every aspect of the trip. Everything was just awesome including food, transfers, accommodation, treks, and our guide company. I'd recommend it and be happy to come along again! Let me know when you're heading towards Bolivia and Torres del Paine. Спасибо! ))
MR
Thank you Karina! Trip was amazing, very well organized and lots of fun! Would gladly do another trip with you. Just say WHEN!!
MB
Short version: great trip, do it with Karina for the ultimate experience. Longer version: Both my wife and I are avid travelers and don't trust our vacations to anyone lightly. We did good trips with REI and Active Adventures in the past, so we were on the fence about this one. But once we met Karina in person, we were completely sold by her knowledge of the area and its culture as well as Karina's outpouring positive energy. All the communication during the preparation was timely and informative. The hiking guide operators were excellent. All transitions between hikes and hotels were problem free. The food was better than expected. It also helps to have good like-minded group members and that's where we got really lucky. Already miss my new friends! But again, kudos to Karina as good leaders attract good people.
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