Galapagos Islands,
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Galapagos Islands

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the Galapagos Islands are another-worldly spectacle - a kaleidoscope of intertwining colors of flora and fauna, landscape, sea and sky. Inspiring Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in 1835, this "living museum and showcase of evolution" features an extraordinary diversity of natural environments. It is the ideal location for any nature lover as its unique array of endemic species continues to thrive in this isolated archipelago.

The 13 main and 6 smaller islands in the archipelago are spread out across nearly 20,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean. They are characterized by a rough volcanic landscape that is home to an unfathomable variety of wildlife including marine birds, albatrosses, penguins, boobies, turtles, giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, whales and dolphins. Experience the greatest diversity of living creatures on the planet and discover why Charles Darwin began his ground-breaking theory of evolution here. Witness 10 million puffins just a stone's throw away or have the best snorkeling and reef diving of your life. Swim with tropical reef fish or float eye-to-eye with marine birds.

All this is possible in the Galapagos, the Mecca for nature enthusiasts. The Galapagos archipelago is one of the most significant natural wonders on Earth, and a "must-see" place in a lifetime.

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Quito (2 nights)

Upon arrival of your international flight in Quito, you will be greeted by your personal host and transferred to a colonial boutique hotel in the historical part of Quito. With your personal guide, you will discover the colonial treasures of Ecuador's capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nicknamed "the Florence of South America" for the artistic traditions of the colonial period. You will enjoy a private visit to one of Quito's most picturesque churches and gourmet meals in some of Quito's finest restaurants. You can also enjoy exclusive access to La Compania de Jesus in the evening, a Jesuit church constructed in a Latin American Baroque style.

The Galapagos Islands (4 - 7 nights)

You will then transfer to the airport at Quito for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, you will be met by a host and be transferred by vehicle and zodiac to your yacht, cruise ship, hotel or luxury villa. Each day will offer the opportunity to observe up close the amazing fauna and flora that inhabit these islands - you will walk, hike, swim, snorkel or scuba dive among giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, sea lions, red and blue-footed boobies, turtles and penguins. Please note that Blue Parallel will be happy to organize a private aerial sightseeing tour over the Galapagos Islands at the end of your journey should you be interested in having a complementary bird's eye perspective of the National Park.

Private Charter

One of the best ways of seeing the Galapagos Islands is from your own private motor yacht, accompanied by a group of friends and an expert crew. Our on-board naturalist guides will accompany your explorations, and customize the level of activity according to your profile. The trip is designed to cater exclusively to your interests and those of your companions. Blue Parallel will staff the yacht according to the requirements of your group. Take some of your closest family members, friends or business associates for the experience of a lifetime in the Galapagos.

Sea Based

If you are traveling as a couple or small group, we would recommend experiencing the Galapagos on a small or medium-sized vessel (approximate capacity: 16-40 passengers) where you will benefit from more spacious accommodations and a wider range of amenities, as well as spacious cabins. The boats are all fitted with stabilizers, which will minimize sea-sickness. Blue Parallel only works with the best vessels in the Galapagos to ensure that your trip is as comfortable as possible aboard your 4-7 night cruise.

Land Based Options

We understand that some travelers would prefer not to spend the night at sea and therefore, we also offer a land based option, allowing visitors to explore the islands during the day, but spend the night on land. For smaller parties of up to 4 people, we recommend staying 3 nights at the Finch Bay, Santa Cruz Island, and 2 nights at Iguana Crossing, Isabella Island. Blue Parallel will arrange for a private flight from one property to the next. For larger parties of up to 8 people we suggest a private beach front villa, exclusively staffed to meet your needs. Each day you and your party will explore the incredible archipelago and its fascinating wildlife. You can hike through different islands, snorkel with sea lions, visit a penguin colony or relax on beautiful secluded beaches. In the evening, enjoy a water front barbeque; indulge in a massage or simply relax in your private pool.

Optional Extensions

  • Spend 2 nights before or after your trip in the Andean Highlands to experience Ecuador's highland culture and its breathtaking natural beauty.
  • The Amazon Basin, home to the world's remaining rainforest and unparalleled diversity.
  • Discover the Incan civilization on a memorable journey to Machu Picchu. Visit the colonial treasures of Cusco, the archeological ruins of the Sacred Valley, and explore the fascinating Machu Picchu ruins on different hikes.

The Discovery

  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands

The Adventure

  • Sailing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming

Insider Access

  • Exclusive access to one of Quito's most picturesque colonial churches at night
  • Private diving team can be brought to your cruise or charter boat for a diving excursion
  • Private villa with gourmet meals and a dedicated staff
  • Private yacht exclusively staffed with a chef, a masseuse, and nanny
  • Private aerial sightseeing tour over the Galapagos Islands
  • And much more...

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  • 6-11 days
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Note: Prices per passenger will vary based on the specifics of the itinerary and the number of passengers in your party.

Booking Procedures:

Step 1 Phone Conversation / Email Exchange
A personal travel expert, who knows the destinations of interest first-hand, will discuss with you possible destinations and activities based on your specific preferences.

Step 2 Suggested Itinerary
Your personal travel expert will get back to you with a tailor-made itinerary.

Step 3 Booking
We will ask you to review our "Terms and Conditions" documentation, and to pay a deposit to secure your journey.
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