Luxury Cruise to the Enchanted Isles
The Galapagos hold the key to our modern understanding of life. Herman Melville called them “The Encantadas”. Enjoy every comfort as you set after Darwin’s trail.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
You land in Quito, one of the most vibrant and highest capitals in Latin America. The city’s center is one of the best preserved in all of the continent. You learn about Ecuador’s rich history, and experience some of the best colonial architecture. Shopping is seldom an anthropological endeavor, but in the market of Otavalo, you discover a colourful display of culture and tradition.
It is time to sail to the Galapagos. Aboard the Ocean Spray, a Mega-Catamaran, you experience luxury and marine exploration at a time. Your cabin is spacious and luxurious, and the jacuzzi on the sundeck is relaxing, and the conversation in the social areas in stimulating. A naturalist is part of the crew, and he shares the secrets of the natural world. You enjoy the sunset from your private balcony, and absorb all the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Read more
After Darwin’s Trail
You left your copy of The Origin of Species back home. No problem, you can experience firsthand the natural diversity and the wildlife that inspired Darwin. You meet the sea lions and lie next to them on the beach. The flightless cormorants really put on a show. There is a solemn dignity to the giant tortoise long-lived ambling. And of course, Penguins!... near to the Equator.
Fun with the Wildlife
This journey is a naturalist’s dream, but it is also a holiday. You paddle on a kayak as a marine iguana dives below. You snorkel with green sea turtles, and dive with reef sharks. It sounds dangerous but they are very docile. In fact, because of their isolation, most of the animals on The Galapagos have no natural fear of humans. It is true that an enchantment lies on these islands, you too, are subject to the magic.
Top Things Off with an Amazonian Retreat
You left some room for dessert, so you decide to extend your stay and explore the Amazon Forest. La Selva lodge is next to a river, deep in the jungle. You take a spa day and during the night go out for a hike. Wherever you point your flashlight, you discover new natural wonders. The Amazonian canopy is one of the last unexplored frontiers. You take to the heights and see for yourself what they mean, when they say it is a whole new world.