The Galapagos Islands are a true wildlife paradise with not only rare and unique species, but complete accessibility. The birds, animals and reptiles here have no fear of humans and your expert naturalist guide will allow you to enjoy amazing close encounters both on land and at sea, either snorkelling or diving. This exciting itinerary, starting and finishing in the fascinating city of Qu...
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.
Arrive Quito and transfer to your central hotel. A group welcome meeting will be arranged with your representative at the hotel that evening detailing important information. 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, early morning group transfer to Airport for flight to San Cristobal Island. $120 per person National Park fee to be paid on arrival. Transfer to your vessel. After orientation and safety drill enjoy lunch on the way to Isla Lobos. Snorkel with sealions and observe your first frigate birds and blue-footed boobies.
Morning landing at South Plaza Island home to colourful land iguanas. Walk through cactus forest and mixed vegetation. Good birding with red-billed tropicbirds and swallow tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, plus juvenile sea lions playing in the waves. Afternoon at Seymour for excellent photography - get close to sea lions, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and marine iguanas. Walking and snorkelling
Morning landing at eponymous Chinese Hat Island, great for snorkelling with sealions and penguins. Beautiful volcanic landscape and white-coral sand beach. Afternoon at Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. Seasonal sea turtle nesting site and abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water’s edge. Many bird species including flamingos and black-necked stilts.
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Morning in lively Puerto Ayora. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see conserved giant tortoises. Free time to explore - see the fish market or do some souvenir shopping. Afternoon excursion to Santa Cruz’s verdant highlands and the El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve, lava tunnels and lagoon. Opportunities of spotting owls.
Morning landing at Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island for guided walk to observe penguins and marine iguanas. Discover a green sand beach, coloured by olivine crystals, and then white sand Flour Beach. Amazing snorkelling with tropical fish, rays, reef sharks and sea turtles. Afternoon, visit Post Office Bay with its historic barrel post box – continue the tradition and leave or pick up mail yourself for posting! Later, visit lava tubes, descending 80 metres to the sea.
Morning landing at Punta Suarez on Espanola, nesting site for waved albatross (April-December) plus boobies, Galapagos hawk, finches and endemic mockingbirds. Later to Gardner Bay with its long sandy beach - sea birds, sealions and marine iguanas. Superb snorkelling with large schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, bump-head parrot-fish and more.
Landing at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island - sea lions and marine iguanas plus flamingos in the nearby lagoon. Afternoon, sail to the iconic Kicker Rock for spectacular snorkelling with sharks, turtles, rays and tropical fish. One of the highlights of the cruise.
Visit the Interpretation Centre before a group transfer to San Cristobal Airport for the flight back to Quito. You will be met with a transfer in Quito to your hotel for the last night’s stay and further opportunity to explore Quito.
Depart hotel after breakfast for onward or return travel. Transfer to airport included.
If you need extra transfer, onward flights or extensions to your itinerary Wild Foot Travel can arrange this for you.