Experience Darwin’s discoveries up close and enjoy the comforts of a small luxury yacht while receiving instruction from a renowned South American photographer on Travel Vision Journeys’ new Ecuador: Galapagos Magic tour. Before departing the mainland, you’ll stay at an exotic private cloud forest filled with butterflies, birds and waterfalls. Then, against a volcanic backdrop on the equator, you’ll immerse yourself in one of the world’s best conservation success stories. The 11-day tour is $7,500 and is scheduled for Aug. 8-18, and Oct. 24-Nov. 3, 2017. A nine-day itinerary is also available. For more information, visithttp://travelvisionjourneys.com/tour/galapagos.
“Herman Melville first called the Galapagos ‘Las Islas Encantadas’ (The Enchanted Isles), and even today you’ll be mesmerized by them,” said Travel Vision Journeys Founder Lauren Hefferon. “You’ll also be able to completely relax and enjoy the impeccable service of the expert crew aboard the small yacht Beluga.”
The Ecuador: Galapagos Magic itinerary starts in Quito with a visit to the Intinan Museum, which explains the history of the equator and indigenous groups of the area. Then, you’ll stay at the private 700-hectare Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve and Lodge. There, you’ll find a vast array of orchids, rare birds and incredible waterfalls. The remainder of the trip will be spent hopping from island to island aboard the 16-passenger Beluga, which is small enough to gain access to sites closed to larger cruise ships. You’ll swim with seals, turtles, tropical fish and the occasional friendly shark; see schools of dolphins surround the boat; walk pristine white sand beaches; and awe at the volcanic landscape.
Aboard the Beluga, you’ll receive daily instruction and one-on-one reviews from Ossian Lindholm, a nature photographer, filmmaker and teacher from Tucuman, Argentina, who has published five books and hosts a weekly documentary series on TV.
- The islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Espanola, Sombrero Chino, Genovesa and more.
- Charles Darwin Research Station, a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
- Wildlife: Giant tortoises (both in captivity and in their natural environment), iguanas, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, Darwin’s finches, flamingos, toucans, hummingbirds, sea lions and seals, penguins, reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and stingrays, and possibly whales, dolphins and giant rays.
High-resolution photos are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zwv65ux9s1f1a5m/AAAsGRUkkB262G2ShA_rMsAUa?dl=0
Travel Vision Journeys
Travel Vision Journeys offers active adventures for the culturally curious that immerse, inspire and connect travelers with the world’s most photogenic places. On these tours, expert photographers help you improve and expand your photography skills while you learn about the places and people that you see. Travel Vision Journeys was born from Founder Lauren Hefferon’s love of photography and insatiable curiosity for authentic cultural experiences and gorgeous views. Hefferon also founded the award-winning travel company Ciclismo Classico. Learn more at http://travelvisionjourneys.com.
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