Travel the Enchanted Isles on an Elegant Mega-Yacht

Galapagos Adventure aboard the Passion

Ecuador

10 Days

From $8,995

Level 1+

Easiest

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    Overview

    Framed by dramatic volcanic landscapes and filled with unique wildlife that has no natural fear of humans, the Galápagos archipelago is the extraordinary setting for our active 10-day voyage into Darwin's world. Choose between an Eastern Islands or Western Islands journey aboard the luxurious yacht, the 14-guest Passion. Our Eastern Islands itinerary visits the largest red-footed booby colony in the world, a seasonal breeding site for thousands of waved albatross, and we'll snorkel around the iconic Pinnacle Rock. On our Western Islands journey, explore a shoreline full of endemic flightless cormorants, snorkel at famous Devil's Crown, and visit a colony of magnificent frigatebirds. No matter which journey you choose, you're in for an incredible experience of these enchanted isles, with active days full of wildlife encounters and unforgettable nights aboard a comfortable yacht.

    Arrive: Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Depart: Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Highlights

    • Walk right among nesting blue-footed boobies, giant marine iguanas, and sunning sea lions
    • Enjoy the comfort of a luxurious 14-guest yacht as your home base
    • Visit remote bays, beaches, and set out on wonderful hikes to explore unique landscapes
    • With an expert naturalist guide, witness the diversity of wildlife that inspired Darwin
    • Explore Quito's historic center—2 nights pre-cruise

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      After exploring Quito's historic quarter, fly to Baltra on Day 3 and board the Passion, heading to the mangrove lagoon known as Black Turtle Cove for a panga (Zodiac) ride among golden rays. At remote Genovesa, we land at Darwin Bay to snorkel among colorful fish and hike the coast to see red-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. Our trail on Bartolomé Island leads to magnificent views of Pinnacle Rock and we'll snorkel with Galápagos penguins in the cove below.

      Rábida's red-sand beaches give way to a saltwater lagoon with greater flamingos and white-cheeked pintails. At Cerro Dragon, we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site, then head to Santa Cruz to visit the Darwin Station's tortoise-breeding facility. Back on board and during meals, enjoy talks by your naturalist guide.

      South Plaza Island captivates with its black-lava shoreline and copper-colored land iguanas. On Santa Fé, we see the unique land iguana endemic to the island. Española Island has a high degree of species differentiation due to its remoteness. We follow flipper prints on a white-sand beach to find lounging sea lions, and keep an eye out for Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, and Hood mockingbirds. Fly to Quito on Day 10 and depart, or join one of our extensions.

      Days 1-3: Quito / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station / Puerto Ayora
      After a day of sightseeing in Quito, we fly to Baltra and head to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation work and see the renowned giant tortoises. On the evening of Day 3, step aboard our elegant yacht and let us show you the Galápagos as only WT can.

      Days 4-5: Floreana / Punta Cormorant
      On Floreana Island, we walk the sandy beaches of Punta Cormorant to see flamingos and nesting sea turtles. We visit Devil's Crown, with its great marine life, and Post Office Bay, where sailors once left letters to be posted by passing ships.

      Days 6-8: Isabela / Fernandina / Puerto Egas
      Awaking at Isabela Island, we walk the lava flow at Punta Moreno, snorkel among Galápagos penguins at Urbina Bay, and visit a historic pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove. Punta Espinosa reveals shores brimming with marine iguanas along with flightless cormorants. At Puerto Egas on Santiago, we watch fur seals lounging under lava arches, ride a panga (Zodiac) through Buccaneer Cove, and walk Espumilla Beach in search of yellow warblers and Galápagos flycatchers.

      Days 9-10: Santiago / Sullivan Bay / North Seymour
      After a hike on pahoehoe lava formations at Sullivan Bay, we head to North Seymour Island to walk among nesting colonies of great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Quito and depart on Day 10, or join one of our extensions.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $2,000
      150 days prior to departure: $4,000
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $1,000 per person
      61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotel and yacht
      • All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Use of kayaks, snorkel gear (masks, snorkels, and fins), and shorty wetsuits (3mm)
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Patio Andaluz

      Quito, Ecuador

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      This elegant boutique hotel is located in the center of Old Town just steps from the main square and is a wonderful introduction to the city of Quito. The building itself is a work of art, with beautiful colonial architecture dating to the 16th century. Guest rooms are comfortable and...

      The Passion

      Days 3-10 (8 nights)

      If you want to experience the Galápagos in supreme comfort, a cruise aboard the 14-guest Passion is the way to go! Originally a private family yacht, she has been adapted for cruising the Galápagos in chic, sophisticated style. The original name of the Passion was Bellissima (“gorgeous” in Italian), and...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Carolina Larrea Angermeyer

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      Rafael Pesantes

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      Patricia Stucki

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      Fernando Ortiz

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy, according to our trip grading system. Trips that are rated 1 have optional walks and little elevation gain or loss. The + indicates that this trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of this level. Our Galápagos journey is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active and enjoys regular moderate walks and hikes, but please consider the following factors when choosing this trip:

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      The daily hikes are not long (up to 3 miles) but often involve uneven ground, either on dry lava, which can be quite sharp, on rocky trails with uneven surfaces, or on sandy beaches.

      Trips ashore are by Zodiac. Boarding the Zodiac involves walking down a gang-plank set of stairs and stepping onto the Zodiac while both the yacht and Zodiac are moving with the roll of the seas. A crew member on the Zodiac will reach for your hand to help steady you, but it can often feel tricky, depending on the amount of ocean swell. Passengers are required to wear life jackets when traveling in the Zodiacs.

      Shore landings are either "dry" (you step out of the Zodiac on to large rocks or a wooden pier) or "wet" (stepping out of the Zodiac into a foot or so of surf and wading to shore). A dry landing is occasionally tricky, especially on days when the seas are active and the rocks you step onto may be slippery. For a wet landing, you may be stepping from the Zodiac into surf that may be up to your knees or higher, so it is important that you have the agility for this. Of course, our boat staff will be on hand to assist with landings.

      Trip members should be able to swim and ideally have previous snorkeling experience. The itinerary includes snorkeling excursions on most days and snorkeling is a major attraction for any visit to the islands. The boat has complimentary shorty wetsuits (3mm neoprene) available on board for your use. Please consult our office (and your Trip Leader on the boat) with any concerns about swimming and snorkeling in the islands. Most snorkeling is in water between 10 to 40 feet deep, but if conditions allow, we may offer open-ocean snorkeling near an off-shore reef. These open-ocean snorkels are not suitable for first-time snorkelers or weak swimmers. Your Trip Leader accompanies the group on all snorkeling excursions and the Zodiac will attempt to stay close, should anyone wish to get out of the water. We do not, however, have staff members available to individually assist snorkelers. It is incumbent on each swimmer to keep track of his or her own whereabouts. Currents in Galápagos can be strong at some sites. You should only choose to swim and snorkel in places where you are completely comfortable. To snorkel, you slide off the side of the Zodiac into the water. Getting back in the Zodiac requires climbing up a small metal ladder attached to the side of the Zodiac. The boat man will help, but it is impossible for him to pull you out of the water — you must be prepared to do most of the work under your own power.

      A variety of snorkeling equipment is available on board, but if you are a serious snorkeler, we highly recommend bringing your own snorkel, mask, and possibly fins to assure a proper fit. A proper fit of your mask is critical for allowing you good vision underwater. There is no scuba diving available on our Galápagos trips (our yachts are not set up for scuba diving but there are places in Puerto Ayora where diving is available if you would like to extend your trip). Depending on your personal tolerance for cold, you may not need a wetsuit, but most trip members prefer a wetsuit. Complimentary shorty wetsuits are available on board for your use. If you easily get cold, you may prefer to bring your own full-length wetsuit. Some people like to swim in lightweight leggings or in "skins" (lycra bodysuits sold at dive shops).

      You should understand that this is not a "large-ship cruise," but once you have adjusted to yacht living, you will find this to be one of the most pleasant journeys imaginable. The day usually starts with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, breads, eggs, fresh juice, and coffee or tea. This is often the time when your Trip Leader gives you a briefing on the day's schedule so you can plan your clothing and equipment. On return to the boat, there may be a chance to snorkel or swim before a multi-course lunch is served. During lunch, the yacht often transits to a new area, and in the later afternoon, you'll make a second landing, taking the Zodiac ashore for more exploration and hikes. Visitors must depart the islands by 6:00 pm. After a relaxing dinner, a wrap-up talk will be given by the Trip Leader.

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      Client Testimonials

      "The Passion was great, the crew was fantastic, and we had a wonderful family experience."

      Barbara R.

      Los Angeles, CA

      "Our guide was phenomenal! The crew was attentive, positive, and, in general, outstanding!"

      Drew H.

      Oklahoma City, OK

      "The trip was fabulous. Our naturalist was very knowledgeable and the entire crew would help with anything."

      Frank P.

      Dalton, GA

      "Fantastic trip! From the moment we landed, the journey was seamless. Excellent attention to detail and warm, enthusiastic communication. The naturalist was best-in-class and really made the trip extra special!"

      Keilan K.

      Denver, CO

      "Thank you so much for the wonderful trip to the Galápagos you organized for us. It was a great experience for the children as well as the adults. The boat was fantastic, the crew excellent, the guide Rafael superb, everything worked out so well. Thank you again."

      Lillian M.

      Scarsdale, NY

      "My husband and I traveled to the Galápagos to celebrate our 30-year wedding anniversary. We were on the beautiful ship Passion in their VIP/Master Suite! Everything about the trip was perfect from our amazing Trip Leader, Juan, who knew everything about the flora, the fauna, and the culture of the Galápagos, to the exquisite food freshly prepared and served topside to the beautiful sunsets. Highlights for me were the penguins literally swimming inches below my feet to the sea lions frolicking over and around my flippers to the truly unique land tortoises. The biomass of all the animals, fish, and sea creatures was breathtaking. Every day was an adventure! I HIGHLY recommend this trip!"

      Mary D.

      Virginia Beach, VA

      "This trip was wonderful. The ship staff were exceptional in their service, professionalism, and interaction with the tour members. The Passion was comfortable, larger than expected and exceptionally clean."

      Mary Lou B.

      Moraga, CA

      "The Passion was our home for the week. Such luxury! The boat was spacious and our room terrific. It was so exciting to be in the thick of this wonderful place—waking up to another striking view, a tall craggy rock structure, crashing waves on a cliff in one direction and low hills in a volcano shape in the other, with a little beach in between, and clouds along the horizon in every direction."

      Sarah B.

      Alexandria, VA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Her interest and commitment to the Gal&aacute;pagos began at an early age&mdash;she once raised funds for the archipelago by selling Swiss chocolates. As a journalist for the Swiss news agency, Pati developed a genuine fascination for travel and natural history, and her journeys took her to Asia, Australia, and Central America before finally landing in the Gal&aacute;pagos in 1996, where the ocean and islands fully captured her awe. Her work as a naturalist and dive guide in the islands is fueled by her passion for the flora and fauna.&nbsp;&ldquo;One of the things I love most is to explore the underwater world and show people the part of Galapagos that Charles Darwin never got to see,&rdquo; she says. When not guiding, she enjoys gardening, photography, and tending to her organic cocoa plantation in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island (ask her about her &ldquo;Dark Shark&rdquo; chocolates!). 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We would love to have you join us!<br><br>\nAttached please find our 2024 Galapagos itineraries, with more details on the yacht, departure dates, weather, flight logistics, trip costs, terms and conditions, and our optional extensions to Ecuador's highlands, the Amazon rainforest, and Machu Picchu.<br><ul><li>\nGalapagos Adventure aboard the Passion<\/li><li>\nUltimate Galapagos aboard the Passion<\/li><li>\nGalapagos Private Journey aboard the Passion<\/li><li>\nForthcoming: Galapagos Adventure aboard the Coral II - 2025<\/li><\/ul><br>\nYou can also explore a wealth of additional information&mdash;and inspiration!&mdash;for WT's Galapagos adventures here:<br><ul><li>\nWT Webpage: <a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.829dev.com\/latin-america\/galapagos\/\">Experience the Galapagos Islands<\/a><\/li><li>\nWT Galapagos Brochure 2024<\/li><li>\nWT Travel Blog: <a href=\"http:\/\/photoblog.wildernesstravel.com\/?s=galapagos\">Galapagos<\/a><\/li><li>WT Video: <a href=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=VLRqxiDTYN4\">Galapagos Islands Cruise<\/a><\/li><\/ul><br>\nPlease reach out in the meantime with any questions, by phone 800-368-2794 or by email.<br><br>\nWe look forward to planning with you!","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Payment_Terms":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region":"","Custom_Sales_Email_-_Region_Sales_Points":"","Custom_Emergency_Evac_Insurance":"","Custom_Welcome_Letter_Reading_List":"<strong>Reading List:<\/strong> Elevate your travel experience by delving into this <a href=\"https:\/\/bookshop.org\/lists\/wilderness-travel-galapagos\">curated collection of books<\/a> tailored to your upcoming adventure.","Custom_Valid_Passport_Alternative":"","Custom_Visa":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:05:16 --><p>WEATHER NOTE: Temperatures in the Galapagos are higher than average (El Nino pattern). 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Carefully review your ESC and double check that your international flight details have not changed.<\/p>","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:08:02 --><p>On the Galapagos flights, each traveler can have one checked bag (not to exceed 50lbs.), one carry-on bag (not to exceed 22lbs.) and one personal item. There is a fee for checked luggage that exceeds 50lbs. Due to limited space in our vehicles and the boat cabins, please limit your luggage to one soft sided suitcase, duffle, or roller bag and a daypack.<\/p>","Custom_Carry-On":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:08:19 --><p>Valuable or essential items, such as camera equipment, binoculars, and prescription medications should be hand carried on your flights to avoid loss or damage. 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For Ultimate Galapagos travelers (2 week-cruise), there will be an opportunity to have a small amount of laundry done on the Saturday between East and West Cruises.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>PHONE CALLS: We strongly recommend WhatsApp - please download the app on your phone in advance and enter your family contacts and the WT local\/emergency contacts for easy (and free) communication abroad.<\/p><p><br \/>Otherwise, when dialing an Ecuadorian phone number from a foreign phone (including your cell phone), you must first dial your country's international dialing code, symbolized by the + symbol, then the Ecuadorian country code (593).<\/p><p><br \/>International dialing code for the United States: 011<\/p><p><br \/>When dialing an Ecuadorian phone number from an Ecuadorian phone, replace the Ecuadorian country code (593) with 0 before dialing the rest of the number. You do not need to use an international dialing code.<\/p>","Custom_Arrival":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:22:43 --><p>Upon arrival to Ecuador, proceed to immigration and present your passport. Continue to baggage claim to collect your luggage.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>Our local guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals area, with a Wilderness Travel sign, to transfer you to the hotel. If you cannot locate our agent, exit the terminal through the arrivals doors and he\/she will be waiting for you as you exit. If you are delayed or you cannot connect with your transfer agent contact +593 99 919 2012 or ecuador@tropiceco.com. Be sure to confirm your new arrival time has been noted by our local agent.<\/p><p><br \/>Please also alert our local contacts below if you need any assistance in Ecuador. If you don't already have <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, we highly recommend downloading it to your phone, and entering the local 24\/7 emergency contacts in advance. WhatsApp is free, and used widely in Ecuador.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>DEPARTING FOR THE GALAPAGOS<br \/>Our local guide will pick you up on Saturday morning, Itinerary &quot;Day 2&quot; in the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport. Please allow time for breakfast and checkout beforehand. For early morning departures, a boxed breakfast has been arranged -- please review with the reception staff at check-in for details.<\/p><p><br \/>Once you arrive at the airport, proceed to the domestic departure main door. Our airport dispatcher will be waiting for you there with a sign that says Passion. He will provide you with your tickets and further assist you with check-in. Your Transit Control Card has been prepaid and will be provided at the airport. Keep the Transit Control Card in a safe place. You will be required to present your card before departing the Gal&aacute;pagos.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>AIRPORT DISPATCHERS FOR FLIGHT TO THE GALAPAGOS<br \/>Quito to Galapagos April 8: Alejandro +593 98 781 4055<\/p><p>April 15: Giovanny +593 99 133 0118<br \/>Guayaquil to Galapagos: April 8 &amp; April 15: Francisco +593 99 937 0699<br \/><\/p><p>ARRIVING IN THE GALAPAGOS<br \/>Upon arrival at the Baltra Airport in the Galapagos, have your passport ready and proceed through immigration. Your Galapagos National Park fee has been prepaid. Present your passport upon arrival to the park authorities to confirm your entry. Once through immigration proceed to baggage claim to collect your luggage (after inspection). The Baltra Airport is tiny, and our transfer agent will meet you at baggage claim, holding a sign that says Passion.<\/p>","Custom_Arrival-_Meeting_Place":"","Custom_Arrival_Transfer":"","Custom_Departure":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:19:00 --><p>On the final morning of the cruise (Saturday) you will disembark the Mary Anne and transfer with the group to the Baltra Airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Services":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:20:36 --><p>AMAZON RAINFOREST EXTENSIONS<br \/>Tickets for flights between Quito and Coca will be provided to you in Ecuador.<\/p>","Custom_Contact_Information_for_Friends_and_Family":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T12:24:00 --><p>If friends or family wish to contact you during the trip, we encourage them to call, text, or email you directly. In case of emergency, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contacts (information listed below) and also leave a message with our office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>Due to the remote location, cell phone service and WiFi are not available during the cruise. The Galapagos Islands are notorious for weak signal and spotty connectivity. 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For an emergency outside our office hours, advise them to contact both Wilderness Travel, and our yacht operations manager: Marcia Vasconez: +593 96 738 2771 \/ marcia.v@icloud.com<\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"galapagos-islands-luxury-cruise-passion","Custom_Meta_Description":"Cruise the Eastern or Western islands of the Galapagos by deluxe 14-guest yacht with an expert naturalist, enjoy daily hiking, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking","Custom_List_Description":"Aboard our deluxe 14-guest yacht, set out for an 8-day cruise through the Eastern or Western islands with an expert naturalist, daily hiking, snorkeling, and optional sea kayaking","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise aboard the Passion","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Western Islands Itinerary<\/body>","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"<strong>Days 1-3: Quito \/ Santa Cruz \/ Darwin Research Station \/ Puerto Ayora<br><\/strong>After a day of sightseeing in Quito, we fly to Baltra and head to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation work and see the renowned giant tortoises. On the evening of Day 3, step aboard our elegant yacht and let us show you the Gal&aacute;pagos as only WT can. <br><br><div><strong>Days 4-5: Floreana \/ Punta Cormorant<br><\/strong>On Floreana Island, we walk the sandy beaches of Punta Cormorant to see flamingos and nesting sea turtles. We visit Devil's Crown, with its great marine life, and Post Office Bay, where sailors once left letters to be posted by passing ships. <br><br><\/div><div><strong>Days 6-8: Isabela \/ Fernandina \/ Puerto Egas<br><\/strong>Awaking at Isabela Island, we walk the lava flow at Punta Moreno, snorkel among Gal&aacute;pagos penguins at Urbina Bay, and visit a historic pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove. Punta Espinosa reveals shores brimming with marine iguanas along with flightless cormorants. At Puerto Egas on Santiago, we watch fur seals lounging under lava arches, ride a panga (Zodiac) through Buccaneer Cove, and walk Espumilla Beach in search of yellow warblers and Gal&aacute;pagos flycatchers. <br><br><\/div><div><strong>Days 9-10: Santiago \/ Sullivan Bay \/ North Seymour<br><\/strong>After a hike on pahoehoe lava formations at Sullivan Bay, we head to North Seymour Island to walk among nesting colonies of great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Quito and depart on Day 10, or join one of our extensions.<\/div>","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"<p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE), Ecuador<\/p><p><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time<\/strong>: Day 1, anytime&ast; (hotel check-in is at 2:00 pm)<br \/><br \/>If you plan to arrive early or extend your stay in Ecuador, we recommend flying roundtrip through Quito. Flights from the US typically arrive in the late evening. Most trip members prefer to arrive a day early, allowing an extra day to account for any missed connections or airline delays. Since the yacht must adhere to a strict sailing itinerary, it can take a few days to join the group if you miss the group flight to the Gal&aacute;pagos and embarkation on Day 2.<br \/><br \/>Upon arrival, you will be met by a private transfer representative (as you exit Customs) and be transferred to the hotel.<\/p>","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"<p><strong>Suggested Airport:<\/strong> Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE), Ecuador<br \/><strong>Suggested Date &amp; Time:<\/strong> Day 9, anytime after 8:00 pm (GYE) or 10:00 pm (UIO)<br \/><\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2022-12-12T12:13:16 --><p>Trip members are responsible for making their own international air arrangements to and from Latin America.<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found on Exito's website at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com<\/a>.<br \/><br \/>The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the US. <br \/><br \/><strong>Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip.<\/strong> Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for the trip.<\/p>","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"EXTENSIONS","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"Please note that if you are adding a post-trip extension in Ecuador, you should fly through Quito (UIO).","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"INTERNAL GAL&Aacute;PAGOS FLIGHTS","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"Your internal round-trip flights to\/from the Gal&aacute;pagos will be issued and distributed by our local agent in Ecuador (the airfare will appear on your final Wilderness Travel invoice).","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"galapagos-adventure-passion","Custom_Passport":"A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. <strong>Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Ecuador.<\/strong> In addition, we recommend your passport have at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\/passport_1738.html\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> (the service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016) or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisaexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire or renew your passport before your trip. <br><br>It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for Ecuador. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Ecuador. Half of the card is collected upon your entry to the country, and you keep the other half to present upon your departure. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements. <br><br><strong>Inspection &amp; Quarantine for the Gal&aacute;pagos Islands<\/strong><br>The native animals and plants of Gal&aacute;pagos are highly vulnerable to pests and diseases. Because of this, the introduction of exotic organisms may put the biodiversity of the Gal&aacute;pagos Islands at risk. A quarantine inspector will check your luggage at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil, as well on your arrival in the Gal&aacute;pagos. You must declare any kind of organic product in your possession: fruit, vegetables, plants, food, or animal products of any type. The inspector will inform you if such items are permitted in Gal&aacute;pagos. You should also make sure that shoes and clothes are free of soil and seeds. <br><br><ul><li><strong>Food Products: <\/strong>Fresh and perishable food products such as fruit and meat are restricted or prohibited.<\/li><li><strong>Animal Products:<\/strong> Animal products or those derived from animal sources may be prohibited or restricted as they could be carriers of pests and diseases.<\/li><li><strong>Vegetable Products: <\/strong>Articles manufactured from vegetable products could be carriers of transferable seeds, viruses, insects, and fungi. In all cases, an inspection is required to determine the risk level.<\/li><li><strong>Plants and Fresh Flowers: <\/strong>Plants and fresh flowers are absolutely prohibited. Only seeds that are authorized and certified may be brought in.<\/li><li><strong>Live Animals: <\/strong>Live animals may not be brought into the Gal&aacute;pagos Islands.<\/li><li><strong>Inter-Island Trips: <\/strong>When traveling between islands, do not take food, plants, or animals. Make sure to clean your shoes and clothes of all soil and seeds before visiting new sites and islands.<\/li><\/ul><div><br><\/div>","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards are accepted in major hotels, restaurants and shops. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. ATMs are available in Guayaquil, Quito, and Puerto Ayora. Check with your bank for information about international transaction fees, daily maximum withdrawal limits, and PIN codes for international ATM use.<br><strong><br>Be sure to bring an appropriate supply of US cash with you.<\/strong> You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, personal items, any meals not included in the trip itinerary (approximately $15-$20 for lunches and $20-$35 for dinners in Guayaquil or Quito, cash or credit card), medical expenses, and extra beverages aboard the yacht. <br><br>Tea, coffee, water and natural juices are complimentary aboard the Passion. Alcohol and sodas are at additional cost. There is an individual bar bill that is tallied over the course of the cruise to be settled at the end and paid by credit card or USD. <br><br>USD bills are accepted in Ecuador and aboard the yacht, including $50 and $100 bills. We recommend that you bring a combination of small and large bills in good condition for expenses during your free time, as merchants are less willing to accept large bills for small purchases.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides and local staff for excellent service. Aboard the <em>Passion<\/em>, a range of reference would be:<br><ul><li>For the boat crew, $190-$250 per trip member for the week-long cruise.<\/li><li>For the Naturalist Guide (Trip Leader), $190-$230 per trip member for the 8-day cruise.<\/li><\/ul> <br><br>On your own in mainland Ecuador, a range of reference would be:<br><ul><li>For luggage porters, we suggest $1 per bag. <\/li><li>For airport transfer drivers, $2-$5 per person.<\/li><li>Better restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. If the service is good, you can add an additional amount.<\/li><\/ul><div> <br><br>If you are adding extra days with guided activities and private transportation, a range of reference would be:<br><ul><li>For the guide, $20-$25 per person per day for a full-day tour.<\/li><li>For the driver, $10-$15 per person per day for a full-day tour.<\/li><\/ul> <br><br>For extensions to Napo, Otavalo, or Peru, please refer to your Extension Pre-Departure booklet.<\/div>","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Time Zone<\/strong><br>Mainland Ecuador is 2 hours ahead of US Pacific Daylight Time (3 hours Pacific Standard Time). The Gal&aacute;pagos Islands are 1 hour ahead of US Pacific Daylight Time (2 hours Pacific Standard Time).<br><strong><br>Phone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Ecuador is 593. Please contact your cell phone company for specific instructions for international use. Sporadic signals are available while cruising the islands, but cannot be guaranteed. <br><br>If you don't already have WhatsApp on your phone, we encourage you to download this free app before your trip. WhatsApp is used widely in Ecuador and is a convenient way to contact our local team and the emergency contacts on your trip.<br><strong><br>Email &amp; Internet Access<\/strong><br> The <em>Passion<\/em> offers high-speed internet service with Starlink. For making or receiving phone calls with WiFi, we suggest using WhatsApp. When you are away from the ship on island excursions, cell phone reception ranges from occasionally spotty and weak, to generally nonexistent. However, internet service is available at cafes in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. If you opt to stay offline during your Gal&aacute;pagos cruise, we recommend having friends and family members contact our office should they need to get an emergency message to you. ","Custom_Electricity":"Ecuador and the Gal&aacute;pagos use 110\/120V current. There are two types of plugs: A (two flat pins) and B (two flat pins and a round grounding pin&mdash;the same as the US). Aboard the <em>Passion<\/em> and in most hotels, you can use either type of plug. Cabins aboard the <em>Passion<\/em> also have at least two USB ports.","Custom_Laundry":"Laundry service is not available on the yacht but is available at the hotel in Guayaquil or Quito.","Custom_Ship_Notes":"","Custom_Inoculations":"No inoculations are currently required for entry to Ecuador and the Gal&aacute;pagos. Entry requirements are subject to change. We recommend you discuss the following with your physician:<br><strong><br>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><div><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).<br><strong><br>For Travel to Ecuador's Amazon:<\/strong><br><strong><br>Yellow Fever<\/strong><br>A Yellow Fever immunization is not required for Quito, Guayaquil, or the Gal&aacute;pagos but is recommended for travel to Ecuador's Amazon. For most travelers, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine provides long-lasting protection and a booster dose of the vaccine is not needed. However, some travelers may require a booster dose. Also, certain countries might require a booster dose of the vaccine; visit the CDC Travelers' Health link (<a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\">cdc.gov\/travel<\/a>) for information on specific country requirements. Have proof of the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. For more information, refer to the CDC website.<\/div><a href=\"https:\/\/wwwnc.cdc.gov\/travel\"><\/a><div><a href=\"cdc.gov\/travel\"><br><\/a><br>Please note: According to the CDC, people 60 years or older may be at increased risk for serious adverse events following vaccination, compared with younger persons. This is particularly true if they are receiving their first yellow fever vaccination. 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Evacuation by air may or may not be available and costs approximately $36,000. Wilderness Travel <em><strong>highly<\/strong><\/em> recommends that each traveler purchase trip insurance that includes Evacuation in case such an emergency arises. Our preferred insurance carrier, Travelex, offers such coverage and details of their policy can be found at <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/resources\/travel-insurance\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a>. <div><strong> <br><br>Medical Services<\/strong><br>Please understand your local guides do not necessarily possess first aid training. The Captains have some basic first aid training, and they can contact the nearest big cruise ships that have onboard doctors. For health problems, you should always carry your home doctor's phone number. People with serious medical concerns must take this into account in choosing Gal&aacute;pagos as a destination. 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In general, try to stay away from products with phosphate, surfractants, triclosan, and antibacterial ingredients. For sunscreens we recommend mineral-based products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, Raw Elements, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores. Please avoid all sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are harmful to coral reefs.","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"","Custom_Seasickness":"In general, the waters are calm. However, we recommend bringing some type of anti-seasickness medication, especially if you have never been on a boat before and don't know how your body will react. There are several medications for seasickness, from ZenTrip sublingual strips to tablets (Kwells or Dramamine) to acupressure wrist bands to Scopalomine patches (by prescription). Check with your doctor. Most people adjust naturally after a day or so of cruising. 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The itinerary includes snorkeling excursions on most days and snorkeling is a major attraction for any visit to the islands. The boat has complimentary shorty wetsuits (3mm neoprene) available on board for your use. Please consult our office (and your Trip Leader on the boat) with any concerns about swimming and snorkeling in the islands. Most snorkeling is in water between 10 to 40 feet deep, but if conditions allow, we may offer open-ocean snorkeling near an off-shore reef. These open-ocean snorkels are not suitable for first-time snorkelers or weak swimmers. Your Trip Leader accompanies the group on all snorkeling excursions and the Zodiac will attempt to stay close, should anyone wish to get out of the water. We do not, however, have staff members available to individually assist snorkelers. It is incumbent on each swimmer to keep track of his or her own whereabouts. Currents in Gal&aacute;pagos can be strong at some sites. You should only choose to swim and snorkel in places where you are completely comfortable. To snorkel, you slide off the side of the Zodiac into the water. Getting back in the Zodiac requires climbing up a small metal ladder attached to the side of the Zodiac. The boat man will help, but it is impossible for him to pull you out of the water &mdash; you must be prepared to do most of the work under your own power.<\/p><p>A variety of snorkeling equipment is available on board, but if you are a serious snorkeler, we highly recommend bringing your own snorkel, mask, and possibly fins to assure a proper fit. A proper fit of your mask is critical for allowing you good vision underwater. There is no scuba diving available on our Gal&aacute;pagos trips (our yachts are not set up for scuba diving but there are places in Puerto Ayora where diving is available if you would like to extend your trip). 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On return to the boat, there may be a chance to snorkel or swim before a multi-course lunch is served. During lunch, the yacht often transits to a new area, and in the later afternoon, you'll make a second landing, taking the Zodiac ashore for more exploration and hikes. Visitors must depart the islands by 6:00 pm. After a relaxing dinner, a wrap-up talk will be given by the Trip Leader.<\/p>","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. 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For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $2,000<br>150 days prior to departure: $4,000<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $1,000 per person<br>61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>60 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><em><br>Please note that this differs from our standard policy<\/em><\/p>"}}