This trip offers the best of the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with time spent in World Heritage Quito Old Town, the Antisana Reserve in the central Andes and the wildlife rich Cloud Forest. The Mary Ann is particularly good for families with children or adults. Your Galapagos experience is truly special with seven nights spent on board the sailing ship Mary Ann travelling around the ...
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Private transfers from Quito Airport to The Patio Andaluz Hotel located in the heart of Historic Quito old town. You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and cobbled streets of this Unesco World Heritage Site.
After breakfast, transfer to Quito Airport for flight to Baltra Island. Crossing to Santa Cruz for guided drive across to Puerto Ayora to join Mary Ann. After briefings and lunch, visit Black Turtle Cove for your first wildlife encounters with herons, pelicans and turtles in the mangrove lagoon
Genovesa Island. Here, at Darwin Bay, walk amongst seals, nesting red-footed boobies, gulls and great frigatebirds as you traverse the shoreline amongst the lava rocks and pools. Afternoon, climb Prince Phillip’s Steps for a cliff walk amongst nesting Nazca boobies, storm petrels and other birds. Look out especially for short-eared owls.
Morning visit to Bartoleme Island to climb the volcano for spectacular views to Pinnacle Rock and Santiago Island. Later, land on Sullivan Bay on Santiago for lava walking watching for herons and penguins diving for fish in the surf. Snorkelling to see rays, turtles, sharks and tropical fish.5Day
A morning landing on the red sand beach of Rabida Island. Walk to the saltwater lagoon looking for rare mockingbirds and Darwin’s finches plus yellow warblers. Pelicans nest here too. Sail across to Cerro Dragon to see flamingos and other birds along with an amazing land iguana nesting site. Snorkelling to time too.
A day spent on Santa Cruz. Walk in the lush highlands and visit a giant tortoise reserve and lava tunnels. Look out for Galapagos hawk and vermillion flycatcher. Later, in Puerto Ayora, walk to the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about tortoises and iguanas from different islands.7Day
Land on South Plaza, home to coppery coloured land iguanas amongst the prickly pears and deep red sesuvium. Also, lots of birds and sealions. Later, land on Santa to see endemic yellow iguanas and sealions plus land and sea birds. Snorkelling to see rays, turtles, sharks and tropical fish.8Day
Espanola is the only island with nesting waved albatrosses (April-December). Get close up to these and blue-footed and Nazca boobies as well as brightly coloured iguanas. Climb to the viewpoint to watch the spectacular blowhole and look out for the endemic Espanola mockingbird. Snorkelling time too.9 - 10Days
Disembark at Puerto Ayora and take a water transfer to the first class Finch Bay Eco Hotel. Explore the numerous nature walks to the beaches, feeling at one with nature and wildlife all around you or just relax by the pool after your exciting island expedition.11Day
Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Quito. Met with a private transfer to the Patio Andaluz Hotel three nights with breakfast included.
Two exciting private full day tours high in The Andes, to the Antisana Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. Spectacular views and volcanic scenery combined with good birding – see condors, variable hawks, Andean lapwing and more. In the evenings, enjoy the restaurants and atmosphere of the Old Town.
Early morning drive high into the Ecuadorean Cloud Forest to stay at Bellavista Reserve Lodge for two nights. This conservation reserve is amazingly rich in birdlife with 100s of species, including 14 of hummingbird alone, to be seen from numerous nature trails. Look out for the local cock-of-the-rock amongst lush vegetation.
After an opportunity of an early morning refreshing hike and breakfast we will transfer you back to Quito Airport for onward or return travel.See All Itinerary