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August 1, 2011

Galapagos Cruises JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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March 30, 2011

DIVE Galapagos Islands JESS Kalinowsky FriendsTravel.com

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The elegant M/V Galapagos Sky is fully air conditioned and features spacious lounge areas and fine dining on International and Ecuadorian Cuisine. Experience a world of evolutionary enchantment where time stands still with Friends Travel Dive Encounters and the Galapagos Sky.

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February 3, 2011

RED MANGROVE GALAPAGOS LODGES JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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RED MANGROVE GALAPAGOS LODGES

rAh, the Galapagos Islands – fresh, captivating, and never short on surprises. It’s one of the last remaining places on Earth where everything is as nature intended and discoveries are waiting to be found at every turn. About 175 years ago, poor Charles Darwin had no other option but to explore the islands by boat as there was no place to lay his weary head.
Fast forward to today, where amateur explorers from far and wide now have another option besides the standard cruise. Our Galapagos discovery is Red Mangrove Lodges, the only brand in the Galapagos featuring lodges on many of the islands, thus offering a multitude of land activities and completely eliminating the “disembark/slowboat/ground tour/back on slowboat/reboard ship” routine that always leaves you feeling as though you may have missed out on something when time on land runs out. Fear not, these lodges are about as eco-friendly as a lodge can get, never interfering with the natural state of affairs on these beautiful islands.  More time on land means more to explore.
Red Mangrove’s Four Worlds experience is what we recommend if you want to experience the best of this part of the world, blending the historical sights of Quito, the fascinating Equator and amazing Amazon adventures with a unique Galapagos experience putting you up close and personal with nature in its purest form.  Observe it from a different perspective from the comfort of these supremely eco-friendly, sustainable lodges that put you right in the middle of the marvelous magic.
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January 15, 2011

Galápagos + Peru’s Land of the Incas JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Galápagos + Peru’s Land of the Incas aboard

National Geographic Islander Geographic

Endeavour

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Thematically, one might ask, why connect a visit to Peru with an expedition to the Galápagos Islands? For that, we have two distinct answers: Firstly, as magnificent as the Galápagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from an historical and archaeological perspective. Secondly, Peru’s capital city of Lima, is less than two hours away by air from Guayaquil. So, if you have the time, you’re almost there anyway!

There are a couple of key issues to point out following our Galápagos adventure cruise aboard National Geographic Endeavour: We spend a full week in Peru. Even though for many the highlight of the trip is an overnight stay in Machu Picchu, the fact is that rushing from sea level through the high altitudes of Machu Picchu and back to sea level in only a few days is just not wise. It takes time to adjust. The main reason however is that there is just so much more to Peru, including Lima, The Sacred Valley of the Inca and the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, which you can read more about in the Day-by-Day itinerary.

Day 1 — U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to Hotel Hilton Colón, where we spend the night.

Day 2 — Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

After the 1 1⁄2-hour flight to the Galápagos, we’ll immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, our exact routing depends on the National Park Service. (B,L,D)

Days 3 – 8 Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands
The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board: (B,L,D)

North Seymour
Have up-close encounters with colonies of nesting blue-footed boobies (seasonal) and magnificent frigate birds, plus sea lion harems. Spot swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, land iguanas and fur seals along the cliffs. Walks and Zodiac rides to choose from.

North Seymour and Rabida
Enjoy walks, Zodiac forays, or deep- water snorkeling — with hundreds of fish, white-tipped reef sharks, rays, eels and more. Visit rabida’s bright red beach to see wildlife, including a nesting colony of pelicans (sea- sonal), and Galápagos hawks, doves, Darwin’s finches, mocking birds, and more, plus gorgeous scenery. Various walks, kayaking, and snorkeling are on offer.>

Days 3 – 8 Galápagos Islands (continued)

Fernandina
Fernandina Island is the youngest island and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on Earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and to Cormorant point for marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and intriguing tide pools. activities also include Zodiac forays and snorkeling, perhaps with sea turtles, penguins, or cormorants.

Isabela
A small black sand beach, a sea turtle nesting site, offers wonderful morning swimming. a more challenging hike over a rugged area of shoreline, then inland through a land iguana nesting colony; and a shorter walk within the iguana colony. Walking, birding, kayaking and deep water snorkeling, with Zodiac rides are on offer.>

Days 3 – 8 Galápagos Islands (continued)

Santiago
A landing on one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in Galápagos. Walks take us past a salt water lagoon to see shore birds; up a small hill to land bird and endemic vegetation terrain. Snorkeling, plus Zodiac rides and kayaking to Buccaneer Cove. Visit puerto Egas (where our cover shot was taken) for a coastal trek to fur seal grottoes, masses of marine iguanas, sea birds, and more against vivid green sea mosses. Swimming and snorkeling from the beach.

Santa Cruz
Look for fur seals, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Walks in the El Chato tortoise preserve for encounters with giant tortoises in the wild. return to sea level and explore bustling puerto ayora before embarking the ship.>

Days 3 – 8 Galápagos Islands (continued)

San Cristobal
Wet landing on a green, olivine beach for a hike and spectacular scenery — tuff stone cliffs “worked” by sea and wind. Zodiac rides along the coastline reveal blue-footed and red-footed boobies. Kayaking, swimming from the beach and snorkeling from Zodiacs off an islet in the bay are all options. In the afternoon — more opportunities for snorkeling and Zodiac adventures. and in between the sights & activities, life aboard our expedition ships is rich and varied — marvelous meals to enjoy in an always-casual ambience. Engaging talks by our Naturalists are part of the Daily recap ritual that binds our expedi- tion community and increases the fun. Socializing with staff and fellow guests, or retreating to one of the ship’s nooks & crannies with a good book is always an option. as is reserving a relaxing massage or revitalizing Wellness treatment.>

Day 9 Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil / Lima, Peru

Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, arriving in early evening. Overnight at the Orient Express Miraflores Park Hotel. (B)

Day 10 Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Inca

This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American camelidae are bred. Visit Pisac, the gateway to the Sacred Valley, and walk through the local food market. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Sacred Valley of the Inca

Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon, choose from horseback riding, a spa treatment, a Paso horse demonstration and other activities. Dinner is an outdoor event at our hotel, complete with a campfire, barbecue and a vibrant dance performance. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu. We’ll have a guided introduction to the site and then stay overnight at the 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge, which means you’ll share Machu Picchu with only a handful of visitors. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Machu Picchu / Cusco

Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch day break over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Cusco

Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuamán Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Relax, shop or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Day 15 Cusco / Lima

Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Day 16 Lima / Home

This morning fly home. (B)

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December 17, 2010

New Ways to Experience the Galapagos from Friends Travel, LLP JESS Kalinowsky

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New Ways to Experience the Galapagos from Friends Travel, LLP

“Galapagos vacations have grown in popularity year after year, and we have expanded the opportunities for visitors to experience this popular destination,”

New for 2011 is a 6-day Galapagos Land & Sea program. “It is the wonderful way to enjoy the Galapagos – three days onboard a 44-passenger ship cruising from island to island followed by three relaxing days on land at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz Island.” The package is priced from $2,955 and includes air transfers from Quito or Guayaquil, as well as ground and boat transfers.

“Another option is our 6-day Darwin’s Triangle program with Red Mangrove Lodges. In that case you stay at lodges on Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela Islands each night and explore the islands each day in a comfortable motor yacht with a naturalist guide. You enjoy the privacy and facilities of a hotel, and guests can both dive and explore the islands.” The Darwin’s Triangle program is priced from $2,849.  All air, ground and boat transfers are included.

Amazing Dive Packages available for one of  the most pristine locations on the Planet!

Friends Travel LLP  continues to offer 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises of the Galapagos and has added the M/Y Isabella II with 21 air-conditioned cabins to its program. In total, Avanti now offers a selection of seven Galapagos cruise ships.

Also available are pre- and post- cruise Ecuador adventures from Quito. For example, new for 2011 is a 3-day luxury eco-escape to a lush biodiverse area just two hours from Quito. The Arashá Tropical Resort & Spa is a tropical hideaway with comfortable thatched-roof bungalows. The 3-day package includes roundtrip transfers from Quito, all meals and one spa treatment. It is priced from $565.

Also new is a 4-day “Spirit of the Andes,” a package that includes spectacular natural attractions along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Highlights include Cotopaxi National Park, the impressive cascade of waters of the Devil’s Cauldron, the thermal waters in the city of Baños, a visit to the beautiful city of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and a host of natural wonders. It is priced from $1,185.

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Galapagos, one of the most pristine places on the Planet.

January 21, 2010

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Offer: Make a new booking today and receive FREE AIR + $500 off for a limited time on select 2010 departures. EMAIL for details. We specialize in small ship expeditions, so our cabin inventory is limited.

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Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands provide a natural habitat for some of the world’s most interesting and unusual animals. Only in Galápagos will you come face to face with wildlife that has never developed a fear of people.

With an expedition to the Land of Darwin, you have the opportunity to study blue-footed boobies performing a courtship “dance”, snorkel with playful sea lions, watch a male frigatebird ballooning his crimson chest pouch to attract a female, kneel beside marine iguanas, and marvel at Galápagos penguins.

Our Galápagos cruises features nimble Zodiacs and kayaks that take us to the volcanic shores and pristine beaches of Galápagos, and an undersea program utilizes underwater video, glass-bottom boat and hydrophone that bring seldom seen or heard worlds to life. Every expedition in Galápagos is led by a team of five Naturalists, (including an Underwater Specialist), a videographer, and Expedition Leader, providing a multitude of resources for a rich and unmatched understanding of all that you’ll see.

Day 1 U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2 Guayaquil/Galápagos/Baltra/Embark Ship
Day 3 Floreana
Day 4 Isabela and Fernandina
Day 5-6 Santa Cruz
Day 6-7 Bartolome and Santiago
Day 8 Espanola
Day 9 Baltra/Disembark Ship/Guayaquil
Day 10 Guayaquil/Home

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June 30, 2008

Galapagos Islands FriendsTravel.com

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Featured Departure: The Galapagos Islands with FriendsTravel.com

Galapagos Sea Lions at play

The M/S Alta

Our naturalist-led cruise on a private yacht introduces us to many wonders that are unique to the Galapagos Islands. We visit blue-footed boobies, land iguanas basking in the sun, lively sea lions, and families of penguins, among many other diverse species. Our active adventure allows us to discover the Galapagos from many different perspectives. We enjoy snorkeling with sea lions, walking on volcanic islands, paddling kayaks through peaceful mangrove lagoons, strolling bare-footed along sun drenched beaches, or simply lying back and relaxing in the equatorial sun. Imagine New Year’s eve under the stars in one of the world’s great wildlife destinations. 

Land Cost: from $4595

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

There is no better synonym for Ecuador than diversity. This small country has a cultural and biological richness that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. The Galapagos Islands live up to our dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual concerns. The skies are almost always sunny, and the sea breezes create that perfect air temperature, instantly relaxing the body. The ocean is an ever inviting turquoise blue, matched by long sandy beaches of crystal white, pink, and volcanic black. There are quiet coves and mangrove lagoons, and that’s just for starters. What will make your exploration of the Galapagos Islands truly exceptional are the many opportunities for close-up encounters with wildlife. The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teeming with exotic and colorful creatures that have never learned to fear humans.

Our naturalist-led cruise on a private yacht introduces us to many wonders that are unique to the Galapagos Islands. We visit blue-footed boobies, land iguanas basking in the sun, lively sea lions, and families of penguins, among many other diverse species. Our active adventure allows us to discover the Galapagos from many different perspectives. We enjoy snorkeling with sea lions, walking on volcanic islands, paddling kayaks through peaceful mangrove lagoons, strolling bare-footed along sun drenched beaches, or simply lying back and relaxing in the equatorial sun.

Galapagos Islands Tour Overview

Days 1-2: Arrive in Quito, Ecuador and transfer to our hotel. Drive into the Andes and visit Otavalo, Ecuador’s famed market town.

Days 3-9: Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board our private yacht. The next eight days are sure to be among the most memorable of your life as we cruise the Galapagos, visiting many of the same places Charles Darwin did over 150 years ago. Each day provides one-of-a-kind experiences. With a naturalist guide, discover the wonders of the islands. Visit several islands, each with its own special highlights: beautiful beaches, great snorkeling, volcanoes, marine iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises, and other delights. Cruise the islands in style on our comfortable yacht.

Day 10: Return to Quito for departure or to further explore this colonial city.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Active 8-day Galapagos Islands cruise aboard a deluxe private yacht
  • Breathtaking nature walks, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming
  • Fascinating Galapagos wildlife, including blue-footed boobies, playful sea lions, giant tortoises, and land iguanas
  • Swimming with sea lions and snorkeling with penguins
  • The Otavalo market in the beautiful Andean highlands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOUR DETAILS

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Create your own unique and memorable cruise for family and friends by chartering our deluxe yacht for just your group. We can customize your tour by offering longer cruises, or tailor an itinerary to your specific interests, such as birding, snorkeling, photography, or hiking. Why wait?

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