April 13th - 24th, 2024

When was the last time you went island hopping? This is the trip of a lifetime!

Enjoy your sea expedition cruising the Galápagos Islands on a private chartered 14-guest yacht. This marine tropical ecosystem provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of unique birds including the infamous blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and Galápagos penguins. Additional wildlife includes marine and land iguanas, Galápagos sea lions, and endless vibrant, eye-catching aquatic life.

If you are only going to go to the Galápagos once in your life, then do it right! You could do this trip on a 50-100+ person cruise, but why? Join us on a private luxury 118-foot yacht!

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  • 2024 Galápagos Photography Tour by Private Luxury Yacht III Travel Plans

    Saturday, April 13

    Arrive at GYE in Guayaquil, Ecuador any time of day. Transfer to our luxury boutique hotel, the Relais & Chateau Hotel del Parque, will be provided for those arriving today.

    Sunday, April 14 (B, D)

    We’ll use this day as a buffer as we prepare for our Galápagos Islands photo excursion by private yacht. Enjoy the many amenities our hotel has to offer—hit the gym, get a massage, take a stroll around the hotel’s lush outdoor gardens—or simply relax in your comfortable, spacious room.

    For those interested, we’ll meet up for an optional tour of Guayaquil today. Tonight we’ll gather for our group welcome dinner. Overnight Relais & Chateau Hotel del Parque

    Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22 (B, L, D)

    Today we’ll fly to the islands, board our private luxury 118-foot yacht, and get settled into our rooms. Let the Galápagos adventure begin!

    Islands Schedule
    Below are the islands and locations (subject to change) we plan to visit during our journey. Activities at each location are noted, along with a list of animals we hope to see along the way.

    Santa Cruz (Highlands and Black Turtle Cove)
    Santa Cruz is located in the center of the Galápagos Islands. It is the most developed island, with a population of about 18,000 people. It is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. The lush Highlands of Santa Cruz provide some respite from the sun, an ideal habitat for Galápagos giant tortoises. Extensive conservation efforts are in place here to protect the remaining population of this once nearly extinct animal. Almost every bird in the Galápagos has been spotted on Santa Cruz, so it’s also a great spot for bird-watchers. Black Turtle Cove is a “Turtle Sanctuary” and also boasts home to many seabirds.

    Activities: Hiking (Highlands), dingy ride (Black Turtle Cove)

    Animals: Galápagos giant tortoise, Galápagos finches, white-tipped reef sharks, seabirds, pelicans, herons, egrets

    North Seymour
    Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigatebirds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship mating dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest. The trees are dotted with male frigatebirds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps.

    Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, snakes, great blue herons, lava herons, hawks, sharks, manta rays, Sally Lightfoot crabs

    Mosquera
    Mosquero is one of the smallest islands yet boasts one of the largest sea lion colonies in the archipelago. The island’s soft white coral sandy beach is a perfect location for them to laze about. Mosquera is also surrounded by many coral reefs, which makes it a great place to snorkel and observe the marine life.

    Activities: Hiking, snorkeling

    Animals: Galápagos sea lions, tropical fish

    Genovesa (Darwin Bay and Prince Phillip)
    Genovesa is known as “bird island” or “bird paradise” due to the numerous and varied bird species that reside here. It’s an especially popular area for red-footed boobies. They’re found en masse here – an estimated 200,000 live on the island!

    Activities: Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Puffballs, yellow-crowned herons, lava herons, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, mockingbirds, frigatebirds, large-beaked cactus finches, Galápagos doves, yellow warblers, storm petrels, red-billed tropicbirds, marine iguanas, hammerhead sharks, tropical fish, Galápagos sea lions, sea turtles

    South Plaza
    South Plaza has a large, unique ecosystem formed of prickly pear cactus. The fruits and flowers of the prickly pear are the main food source for a very large population of land iguanas during the dry season. These land iguanas are the smallest in all the Galápagos Islands. Additionally, South Plaza is the only place on Earth where you may be able to spot a Galápagos hybrid iguana, since some marine iguanas live in close proximity to the land iguanas. A large colony of Galápagos sea lions, mainly retired bachelors and young adolescent wannabes, can also be found on South Plaza.

    Activities: Hiking

    Animals: Galápagos sea lions, hybrid iguanas, land iguanas, marine iguanas, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, Darwin’s cactus finches

    Santa Fe (Barrington Bay)
    Many animals on Santa Fe are endemic only to this location. Its vegetation is a highlight, populated with many large Optunia Echios, a very large prickly pear variety.

    Activities: Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Galápagos hawks, Galápagos snakes, mockingbirds, finches, Santa Fe land iguanas, Santa Fe lava lizards, Santa Fe rice rats, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, sharks, manta rays, tropical fish

    San Cristobal (Kicker Rock – Witch Hill – Colorado Hill)
    San Cristobal is the capital of the Galápagos Islands. Kicker Rock, with its characteristic shape, is one of the most photographed landscapes of the islands and also a great place to snorkel. Witch Hill features a stunning beach and was one of the first sites where Charles Darwin made landfall on his famous journey on HMS Beagle. Colorado Hill has a giant tortoise breeding station, and here you can see the baby hatchlings and young tortoises before they are released into the wild.

    Activities: Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Sea turtles, manta rays, marine iguanas, Galápagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, tropical fish, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, frigatebirds, Galápagos sea lions, pelicans, Galápagos giant tortoises

    Española (Gardner Bay – Suarez Point)
    Española is probably home of the ancestors of flora and fauna species that now populate the other islands. If we’re lucky, the Galápagos waved albatross will begin to arrive to begin their breeding season; about 30,000 individuals nest here each year. Gardner Bay is an excellent place to snorkel.

    Activities: Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Española mockingbirds, marine iguanas, Galápagos sea lions, Galápagos waved albatross, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos giant tortoises, Nazca boobies, doves, herons, gulls, hawks, reptiles, Galápagos lava lizards, red-billed tropicbirds, tropical fish, Sally Lightfoot crabs, white-tipped reef sharks

    Floreana (Cormorant Point – Champion Islet – Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout)
    Floreana offers a variety of opportunities. Comorant Point is an ideal location for bright pink Galápagos flamingos and is also home to nesting green Pacific sea turtles. Champion Islet is considered one of the most beautiful places to snorkel in the Galápagos. Finally, at Post Office Bay, we can leave our post cards and letters in the hopes they will be delivered in a timely manner 🙂

    Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Galápagos flamingos, green Pacific Sea Turtles, tropical fish, Galápagos sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, Galápagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, herons, frigate birds, pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, Darwin’s finches, manta rays, Floreana mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards

    Santiago (Sullivan Bay)
    Sullivan Bay is a perfect location to see and feel the volcanic origins of the Galápagos, as it features the most beautiful Pahoehoe (“easy to walk”) lava flows. These lava flows are rare to most of the world, only found in the Galápagos and Hawaii. Sullivan Bay is a premium place for snorkeling.

    Activities: Hiking, snorkeling

    Animals: Santiago lava lizards, Galápagos penguins, Galápagos sea lions, whitetip sharks, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, green sea turtles, tropical fish

    Bartolomé (AKA Bartholomew)
    Bartolomé is in the center of the Galápagos Islands. Near the iconic Pinnacle Rock, there are great snorkeling opportunities with Galápagos penguins and sea lions. Enjoy breathtaking views here – on a clear day, you can see panoramic views of up to 10 other islands!

    Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, dingy ride

    Animals: Galápagos penguins, Galápagos sea lions, tropical fish, sharks, manta rays, green sea turtles, whitetip sharks, Galápagos hawks

    Tuesday, April 23 (B, D)

    Now fulfilled with inspiring memories and photographs of the flora and fauna of the Galápagos Islands, we’ll make our way to the airport and return to Guayaquil. Rest, repack, and get ready for your flight home tomorrow. We’ll gather tonight to reminisce and enjoy one last dinner as a group. Overnight Hotel Wyndham Guayaquil

    Wednesday, April 24 (B)

    Depart at GYE in Guayaquil, Ecuador, for your flight home today.

    • Guest Limits

      Maximum 14 Guests

    • Trip Cost

      12,300 DBL occupancy

      Single sup: 650 (limited space available)

      All pricing in USD

    • Deposit

      $2500 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      May 1, 2023: $6,000 pp first installment
      November 1, 2023: Final payment

      Check or Zelle only for first and final installments. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures
      810 N. Wallace, Suite E
      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Private small group travel with Daniel J. Cox
      • Accommodations for 3 nights in Guayaquil and 8 nights on private yacht
      • Meals where indicated in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
      • Unlimited water, coffee, and tea on yacht
      • All island excursions mentioned in itinerary (itinerary subject to change)
      • English-speaking naturalist guide on yacht
      • Kayaks and snorkeling gear (masks, flippers, and snorkels)
      • Galápagos National Park entrance fees
      • Internal flights Ecuador – Galápagos – Ecuador
      • Airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure days
      • Local Guayaquil tour
    • Not Included

      • International airfare
      • Visa fees and Ecuador entry/departure taxes
      • Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
      • Airport transfers on non-itinerary days
      • Miscellaneous personal expenses including alcohol, soft drinks, Internet, phone, etc.
      • Gratuities for yacht guide/staff
      • Wet suit/other rental equipment
      • Accommodations pre/post trip
    • Flights to Book

      April 13, 2024
      Arrive at GYE in Guayaquil, Ecuador any time of day.

      April 24, 2024
      Depart GYE, Guayaquil any time of day. Checkout time from the hotel is at noon.

    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance

      All guests MUST carry emergency evacuation insurance. It is required by our tour operators and the information will be collected prior to trip time. We recommend InsureMyTrip.com and/or Global Rescue (use code natexp).

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2024 Galápagos Photography Tour by Private Luxury Yacht III

    April 13-14, 2 nights
    Relais & Chateau Hotel del Parque
    Discover Hotel del Parque, standing elegantly, wrapped in the tropical bosom of a vast botanical garden. Sitting on the waterfront, the hotel’s restaurant, Casa Julián, specialises in the finest seafood and freshest fish. Having embraced the local culinary tradition of soups and stews, its chef is also known to skillfully play with the flavors and textures of avocado, banana, and cocoa. Amenities include air-conditioning, hairdryer, and Wi-Fi.

    April 15-22, 8 nights
    Private Yacht
    Our spacious first-class 118-foot motor yacht has 10 guest cabins, each with a panoramic ocean view window and private bath with both hot and cold water available. Social amenities on the yacht include a sun deck (partially shaded) and a dining room, bar, and conference area on the main deck.

    5 cabins with a single bed for single occupancy (cabins 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)
    3 cabins with a queen bed + a single bed for double occupancy (cabins 8, 9, and 10)
    2 cabins with a queen bed + a sofa bed for double occupancy (cabins 11 and 12)

    April 23, 1 night
    Hotel Wyndham Guayaquil
    Situated just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous Lighthouse, and minutes to the vibrant Malecon 2000, this high-rise hotel offers an ideal location near Guayaquil’s many attractions. Unwind at the rooftop pool, spa, and fitness center. Room amenities include air-conditioning, hair dryer, and free Wi-Fi.

  • Helpful Information for 2024 Galápagos Photography Tour by Private Luxury Yacht III

    Passport and Visa

    Your US passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of travel. One blank page is required for the entry stamp. A visa is not required for stays less than 90 days in any 12-month period.

    Passport/visa requirements may change prior to trip time. Please visit the US Bureau of Consular Affairs for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

    Vaccinations

    It’s always best to make sure you’re up to date on routine vaccinations and to check in with your doctor/a medical professional at least 4-6 weeks before travel. Routine vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio. Also recommended but not required are:

    • Hepatitis A and B (combo shot series)
    • Typhoid

    Yellow fever is only required for travelers arriving from Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, or Uganda, including transit in an airport greater than 12 hours in any of these countries.

    Please visit the CDC for the latest requirements/recommendations for Galápagos Islands/Ecuador health information.

    Activity Level

    Activity level on this trip will be easy moderate. You should be in fairly good physical health – able to walk over uneven terrain, carry your camera gear, and get in and out of a Zodiac. Activities include some walking/hiking and dinghy (Zodiac) rides. Snorkeling and kayaking are optional.

    Weather

    Guayaquil
    High Temp: 88°F
    Low Temp: 76°F
    Mean Temp: 82°F

    Galápagos Islands
    High Temp: 86°F
    Low Temp: 66°F
    Mean Temp: 76°F

    April water temperatures are pleasantly warm, about 77°F, making it a great month for swimming and snorkeling.

    Time Zone

    Mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands are in two different time zones, Ecuador Time (ECT) and Galápagos Time (GALT). In March and April, Ecuador Time is one hour behind EDT, and Galápagos Time is two hours behind EDT.

    Sunrise and Sunset

    Since the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador are situated near the equator, days are about 12 hours long year-round. The sun rises at around 6:00am and sets at around 6:00pm.

    Currency

    The US dollar is the currency of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

    Language

    Spanish is the official language of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, but many people also speak English.

    Electricity

    In Ecuador and on the Galápagos Islands, the power plugs and sockets are type A and B (same as US). The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz (same as US).

    Camera Gear

    Dan will phone each guest prior to trip time to discuss camera gear and make suggestions for what to bring. Please feel free to email at any time if you have questions regarding camera gear for the trip.

    Have a question?

    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.

  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "Hi Tanya and Dan, Thank you very much for the goodies. Thank you also for such a great trip. I used to say that my best trip was Antarctica, but the Galapagos has it beat. I shared our experience with my friend who went before us, and she admitted that her tour was very ordinary. You both put yourselves into your trips and make us feel like family. That will stick with us always. We are now negotiating with each other about our next trip with you all."

      Jim and Mimi Heywood, Virginia

    • "What a wonderful trip. Everything exceeded our expectations. You did a terrific job of planning and orchestrating all the details that made the trip enjoyable, pleasant, and easy. It was a great group; varied, interesting, and fun. Being in close quarters for that length of time tests new relationships, but it worked well. Thanks, too, for the itinerary and list of species identified. It will be fun to go through it. Ditto for Dan’s pictures. Can’t wait to go through them."

      Denis and Barbara Prager, Montana

    • "This Galapagos trip was the BEST! We had so much fun this year when we took it (2012). Saw lots of wildlife and got FANTASTIC pictures!! The yacht, the food, snorkeling and the Captain & crew and having Dan and Tanya there to guide us...it couldn't get much better!!"

      Lani Dillon, California

    • "For us was a experience will not forgot, Tanya and Dan are excellent tours organizers, very good friends, problem free trips; will love to make other trips with them."

      Ricardo and Patty Siman, El Salvador

    • "WOW!!! This trip was a once in a lifetime event. I got to take a big one off my “bucket list” and had just a wonderful time while fulfilling a lifetime dream. The islands, the tour operators, the guides, the yacht, the food, the crew, the wildlife and the other guests made the experience even more fun than I had thought that it would be and I can recommend to anyone thinking of going to these magical islands. There are very few unique places left in this world and you should not miss out on a chance to see and experience this thrill of a lifetime. I am very glad that I did not let another chance go by while waiting for the right time. Do yourself a favor and if you like this type of adventure then do not delay. Thanks to Dan and Tanya of Natural Exposures for a trip to remember. I will be taking more trips with these people whenever I can."

      Ken Pettapiece, Manitoba

    • "Tanya and Dan, Thank you for everything you've done to create and execute an experience that has never been matched in our 50 years of experience together. You made an excellent choice of a combination of places to visit - allowing time for photography, snorkeling, hiking, relaxing, discussion and great meals. The group happened to be very compatible - no doubt you had a lot to do with that. We will stay in touch and hope to arrange to have you visit Charleston for lectures, etc. Please send us your email messages and blogs. We'll try for a second trip within a year. Many, Many thanks."

      John and Karen Vournakis, South Carolina

For additional information please contact Tanya at info@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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