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An Inspired Journey

A family wildlife adventure with Sandie Salazar Pico

This is an enchanting family adventure filled with wildlife, treasure hunts, mountain biking, cave explorations, swimming with marine life, art classes, cookery lessons and fishing with local fishermen. Based out of an African style safari camp on the island of Santa Cruz, guests will have access to a world of secrets, which cannot be reached by larger yachts.

We have chosen the best guides who will bring these islands to life in a way that no guide book ever could. What we love about the Galapagos Safari Camp is that it is a family-run property and the owners know better than anyone that patience, flexibility and energetic guides and staff are essential to make this a success. We have worked closely with the camp to create a really special and unique trip with plenty of surprises along the way.

We have arranged for our favourite guide, Sandie Salazar Pico to personally lead you and the children through the secrets of the Galapagos. Sandie has worked as a research associate for the Charles Darwin Foundation and has led several scientific expeditions in the islands. A mother of two, she understands how to relate her knowledge of the Galapagos Islands to young children and her passion for conservation and wildlife is immediately infectious.

"Based out of an African style safari camp on the island of Santa Cruz, guests will have access to a world of secrets, which cannot be reached by larger yachts."

At the end of the week we are also holding some cabins on the Athala II, a small 16 passenger, luxury catamaran. For those who would like to extend their time and join this five night cruise, this couldn’t be a better way to reach the more remote, outer islands in true comfort and in the hands of highly experienced staff and guides.

The crew know how to make days fun and inspirational for children and, as most of the cruising is done at night, a new adventure and landscape awaits each morning. Highlights include the bright red, sandy beach of Rabida Island and swimming with sea lions on Bartolome Island.

The cost of this cruise is not included but do let us know if this is of interest and we will be delighted to make all the arrangements to reserve your cabins.

Highlights

-  A treasure hunt and wildlife competition

-  Deep sea fishing with local fishermen

-  Swimming with sea lions

-  A new wildlife adventure each day

29th July

Arrive in Guayaquil

On arrival in Guayaquil you will be met in the arrivals hall and driven to the Hilton Hotel. Depending on when you land, there should be time to rest, have a swim in the pool and perhaps take a stroll along the waterfront. We will be able to make a restaurant reservation for you in advance and book any spa treatments if you require them.

Arrive in Guayaquil

30th July

Discovering Giant Tortoises

You will be driven back to the airport this morning and board your flight to the Galapagos Islands. As you step off the plane in Baltra airport your private naturalist guide will be waiting to greet you and drive you to the Galapagos Safari Camp. Once at the camp you can settle in and relax in the peaceful surroundings of the farm.

After lunch the guides will meet you and the children and explain what has been arranged for the fun and exciting days ahead. With the help of these guides, we have designed a special task list to be completed this week both in teams and individually. This will include wildlife spotting, naming plant and animal species, team sports and much, much more. On the last night prizes will be awarded to all the children.

This afternoon, those that wish to can visit the deep lava tunnels by flashlight to seek out rare and wonderful giant tortoises in this eerie underworld. A delicious welcome supper will be waiting back in the main lodge where the guides will dine with you and recount their inspiring stories of the Galapagos Islands.

Discovering Giant Tortoises

31st July

Swimming with Sea Lions

Not many people can say they have snorkeled up close and personal with playful sea lions and that is what we have arranged for today. A shared boat will sail south-east of Santa Cruz to the beautiful island of Santa Fe. Here you will discover a glorious sandy beach and crystal-clear water for swimming and basking in the sunshine. Spot Galapagos Hawks gracefully circling the air and land iguanas padding lazily over rocks and sand dunes. After plenty of time to explore, the boat will then take you back to Santa Cruz in time for a very special treasure hunt at the farm this afternoon.

Swimming with Sea Lions

1st August

Hidden Coffee Plantations and Tortuga Bay

After breakfast vehicles will be waiting to take you on a short drive to visit Scott Henderson, who runs an organic coffee plantation on the farm next to the camp. Here mountain bikes of all the right shapes and sizes will be waiting for you and the children to explore and learn about responsible farming in the Galapagos.

This will be followed by a short drive to Puerto Ayora where we have left time for parents to do some shopping and explore the town while the kids have a private art class in order to create masks of their favourite animals from yesterday. Everyone will meet for lunch in a lovely local restaurant before you board water taxis to take you to the sugar white sands of Tortuga Bay.

Look out for sea turtles, marine iguanas, pelicans and flamingos, which are all endemic to the island and often spotted on its shores. Later, water taxis will be available to take tired limbs back to the camp or, those that are feeling energetic, can opt for a scenic 2k walk back accompanied by your guide.

Hidden Coffee Plantations and Tortuga Bay

2nd August

Fishing Galapagos Style and Prizes

Today your guides will take you and the children out on a very special day with a local fisherman. This is part of a scheme put in place by the National Park Service to encourage fishermen to continue with their traditional lifestyle of fishing but also to share their expertise with visitors to the islands as a means to divert them from extractive and illegal fishing. Your guides will be with you to translate and point out wildlife as you slip along the ocean. The fishermen are always large and lively characters and are unfailingly a huge hit with everyone who meets them.

After a morning of fishing the boat will anchor at a deserted beach full of wildlife where you can snorkel in some hidden spots that cannot be accessed by larger cruise boats. You will then sail back to the camp with time to rest by the pool. Before supper the head chef will open his kitchen for the children to make Galapagos style fish fingers using the fresh fish caught earlier today. And, after a very special farewell supper, the guides will award prizes for all the children and the winning teams.

Fishing Galapagos Style and Prizes

3rd August

Departure from Galapagos Safari Camp

This morning we have a very special surprise breakfast arranged as a final farewell to this magical place. You will then say goodbye to your guides and the camp’s staff before private vehicles take you on your onward journey. Those continuing onto the Athala II will be driven to the pier where you will board the yacht and settle onto your cabins. Families that are not able to join the cruise will be driven to Baltra airport in good time for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. If you have time and want to see some of the mainland, we can highly recommend a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, where there are some excellent family-friendly jungle lodges.

Departure from Galapagos Safari Camp

29th August – 30th August

Hilton Hotel

The Hilton is one of the best hotels in town and conveniently close to the airport. There is a large swimming pool, spa and a good choice of restaurants within the property.

Hilton Hotel

30th July – 3rd August

Galapagos Safari Camp

Perched above the Pacific Ocean this tented camp has some of the best panoramic views in the Galapagos Islands. The sunsets rival any of those that drop down over African plains and the experience is just as much of an adventure. A stylish central lodge and infinity pool look over the tumbling landscapes below and each of the 9 en-suite tents is on a raised platform with a private veranda to take in the views at peace.

The camp is also part of a 55 hectare private farm, which is home to an abundance of birdlife and tortoises from the neighbouring reserve are often seen pottering about in and around the lodge. This is a truly special family-run home and we cannot think of a better place from which to base this equally special family safari.

Galapagos Safari Camp

3rd August – 8th August

M/C Athala II (not included)

We are holding some cabins on board the M/C Athala II for a 5 night cruise to the south-west of the Galapagos Islands. This is an exclusive 16-passanger catamaran with the perfect balance of effortless style and a homely atmosphere. The yacht was built specifically to cruise the Islands and excellent stabilisers mean that you barely feel the motion as you glide across the water. The upper deck is kitted out with all that you need to watch the world go by in complete comfort from an open bar to sun-loungers and a bubbling Jacuzzi.

On the main deck meals are taken in the dining room and, one of the many things that stand out on the Athala, are the thoughtful and exquisite meals on board. Child-friendly options are available at every course and the chef is prone to a bit of creative food art in order to wow kids and encourage them to wipe the plate clean (as if they need it). The cost has not been included for this extension but do let us know if you would like to join the cruise and we will be very happy to give you a quote and reserve cabins for you and the family.

M/C Athala II  (not included)

Sandie Salazar Pico

cazenove+loyd uses Sandie Salazar Pico particularly for clients with children and teenagers visiting the Galapagos. She was born in Quito and fell in love with the Galapagos after a special visit to the islands given to her by her father as a gift when she was a young girl. Since then she has dedicated a lifetime to conservation in her beloved Galapagos Islands. This led her to become a research associate for the Charles Darwin Foundation and to head up several scientific expeditions within the Galapagos. A mother of two, she understands how to relate her vast and profound knowledge to young children in order to make each discovery exciting and educational.

Sandie Salazar Pico

Flights

We recommend the following flights:

Outbound with Iberia IB7443 London Heathrow to Madrid 10:10 13:30
IB7303 Madrid to Guayaquil 15:50 21:10

Inbound with Iberia IB7756 Guayaquil to Madrid 17:50 11:55 (overnight)
IB3176 Madrid to London Heathrow 13:35 14:55

Please contact us for a quote including these flights.

We can also include flights from the United States so please do let us know where you are travelling from and we will send you the best flight routes with a quote.

The domestic flight to and from the Galpagos Islands are included and flight times will be confirmed.

Pricing Information

Prices per person, based on two sharing:

£2845
€3190
$4325 

The price quoted includes the following:

Accommodation at Galapagos Safari Camp on a full board basis
Child discounts
All road transfers as specified
Domestic flight to and from the Galapagos Islands
Guiding and excursions as specified
Park fees and other entry fees

The price quoted does not include:

International flights
A stay on the Athala yacht
Travel insurance
Drinks and tips
Visas
Vaccinations
Any other extras
Single supplements (please contact us for details)

 

FIVE NIGHTS ON THE ATHALA II

For those who would like to join the Athala II Cruise please contact us to book a cabin. Double and twin cabins start from approximately £3000 per adult and £2,300 per child under 12 for a five night cruise. This includes fuel surcharges, park entry fees, transit cards, all shore excursions, full board and soft drinks.

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