GALAPAGOS IN STYLE
“We want the ultimate Galapagos trip with that touch of luxury that makes you feel like royalty. We enjoy our privacy and want an experience where we don’t feel like one of the herd. We really want to learn as much as we can about the Enchanted Islands”
> Early morning hike through the volcanic landscape
> Kayaking through the mangrove swamps and the nurseries of rays and sharks
> Snorkelling with turtles and beautifully coloured fish
city in the clouds
You touch down in Quito, nestling in the Andes, and after a wonderful nights rest at the luxury Casa Gangotena, our local guide will show you around the Spanish colonial centre. This is a cultural World Heritage site; you will see baroque churches packed with enough gold to make you think El Dorado may not be so lost, lively street markets and people watch in a quiet plaza.
The wonderful yacht Reina Silvia wouldn’t look out of place in Monte Carlo and it lives up to the image projected by the fact it’s named after a queen. It’s even been host to Hollywood royalty with Brad, Angelina and family cruising the islands aboard. Landing in the enchanted isles you will soon be paddling through a quiet mangrove lagoon an important nursery site for turtles, rays and sharks. Each day you visit at least two islands and there are plenty opportunities for water based acivities. The cruise visits everything from small islands like Rábida to the largest, Isabela. If you want to find out what is being done to protect the unique environment where better to learn about preservation on these islands than the Research Station named after the islands most famous explorer Charles Darwin. See for yourself one of the programs designed to increase the numbers and reintroduce to the wild one of the islands best known species the Giant tortoise.
You will walk among colonies of nesting seabirds and watch the dance of the blue-footed boobies on Española or Seymour. Hopping to other islands you’ll get the chance to snorkel with reef fish, sea lions, turtles and even penguins and take a dinghy ride into sea caves. One of the highlights will be Fernandina where thousands of marine iguanas congregate to warm up in the sun. It is non-stop action in the day but all the creature comforts at night, with an attentive crew and the Reina Silvia has some of the best guides in the region who are more than happy to share their extensive knowledge with you. Giving instructive briefings and top tips for the best way to get the most out of your wildlife encounters while lessening your impact on this fragile ecosystem. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.
pirates and whalers
The Galapagos is not all about the wildlife you will visit places rich in human history too, such as Post Office Bay where whalers left letters to be sent homeward bound, or Floreana’s highlands where pirates slept in caves and castaways eked out a living growing vegetables. More recently Punta Albemarle, the north point of Isabela island, was an important US radar station preventing any Japanese attempt at destroying the Panama Canal during the second World war and is now home to the unique flightless cormorant. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.
Ideal Length: 11 days