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The Galapagos

A wildlife haven

If you’re pondering possibilities for getting away from it all, may we suggest the Galapagos?
 
What better remedy for news blues than to sail among the whales and iguanas aboard a sumptuous yacht?
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Unique Wildlife
Each island has a unique topography which supports populations of animals and birds peculiar to that island. As the seasons progress, birds nest and young are born, migrant albatross arrive and begin courting.
Unique Wildlife
Eggs of turtles and iguanas hatch. Whenever you visit something amazing will be happening, and the best yachts order their itineraries to show you the season’s highlights.
Unique Wildlife
Expert guides will lead you on foot past giant tortoise and magnificent frigate birds. Aboard a zodiac you’ll cruise the shoreline watching marine iguanas and nesting blue footed boobies.
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How to Explore?
The classic way to experience the Galapagos is by yacht over four to seven days. Undoubtedly the best yachts for this purpose are those taking fewer than 50 guests.
How to Explore?
These attract the finest guides and enable you to enjoy a relatively private experience aboard and on excursions.
How to Explore?
Alternatively, you can enjoy a land-based safari from the Finch Bay Eco hotel or the more rustic Galapagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz Island.
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Cruise in Style
As an independent specialist we are free to select the yacht that will best suit your needs and interests. Whether you are a family or group of friends wishing to charter a smaller expedition vessel, or a couple preferring a stateroom aboard a forty eight berth luxury motor yacht.
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Perhaps an ideal combination of privacy, stability and comfort can be found aboard the 20 berth motor yachts “Origin” and “Theory”.

These are the only Relais & Chateaux vessels currently operating in the Galapagos and the owners have devised sailing itineraries that allow you to experience a rich variety of wildlife and activity.
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There’s plenty of choice. One day you will have the option to hike the 400 wooden steps that wind around Bartolome Island for a panoramic view of pinnacle rock, seeing lava cones and “bombs” which litter the way.

Or you can choose a zodiac ride around the magnificent island watching tiny penguins swimming, diving and playing in the clear waters.
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Protecting the Environment
We believe in the practice of “travelling well”; that your trip should benefit the people, wildlife and places that you will encounter. Every trip we arrange gives something back and we seek out partners who share this commitment.
Protecting the Environment
For example, the owners of “Origin” and “Theory” are enthusiastic supporters of the Charles Darwin Foundation which protects some of the most fragile ecosystems in the Galapagos.
Protecting the Environment
They have so far raised $270,000 specifically for scientific equipment and education projects which will help conserve these unique places.
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When to go?
Whenever you like. The Galapagos are located around the Equator making the islands an all year round destination.
When to go?
December to May are generally warmer months with the calmest seas – ideal for snorkelling.
When to go?
The slightly cooler months of June to November are best for spotting whales and dolphins.
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Where to go afterwards
Having travelled all the way to the Galapagos for a week, you’ll probably want to combine it with a mainland location in South America. We recommend Peru or Ecuador where you can enjoy a complete contrast of pace and scenery.
Where to go afterwards
The Andes are the setting for the Inca fastness of Machu Picchu and further south, the spectacular Avenue of Volcanoes.
Where to go afterwards
Then, a short hop eastwards will allow you to continue the wildlife theme, by boat if you wish, in the Amazon rainforest. If you can devote three weeks we can combine these locations for you into a trip of spectacular proportions
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Your time is precious and in a world of uncertainty, our aim is to give you the best possible advice. If you are considering an escape to one of our world's wild places, your dedicated travel designer can answer any questions you may have.

UK & ROW: +44 (0)1604 628979

USA: +1-866-871-3829

Email: inspireme@journeysmiths.co.uk
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