- Sail through the Galapagos archipelago with a naturalist guide in search of sea lions, Galapagos penguins, hammerhead sharks, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas
- Visit a selection of islands including the marine-rich Isabela and Fernandina islands
- Explore the Amazon Rainforest on foot, by boat and from high in the forest canopy
- Get a feel for the vibrancy of South America in the UNESCO capital city of Quito
Begin this journey with a stay in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito before embarking on a voyage to the Amazon Rainforest. Join a motorised catamaran cruise and sail around the islands of the historically and geologically dense Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert naturalist guide. Spend time walking on the islands amongst the fearless wildlife, swim with the playful sea lions and learn about the fascinating evolving archipelago.
A voyage around the Galapagos is the only way to see all that its islands have to offer, and the Seaman Journey navigates to remote regions of the archipelago that are only accessible by boat and zodiac. Venturing away from the inhabited areas of the islands, passengers onboard this catamaran cruise can get up close and personal with the varied native fauna of the region.
As the vessel anchors in these remote regions, passengers can snorkel in the waters surrounded by an abundance of curious sealions, fish, sharks and penguins that have no fear of people.
Pre and post cruise
Begin the adventure in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, renowned for its colonial buildings, plazas and cobbled streets. Wander the cobbled streets of the city, visiting the artisan markets and perhaps venturing up Pichincha Volcano by cable car to take in stunning views of Quito from 4,100-metres.
Then embark on a memorable journey to the amazing ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the flora and fauna of the region. Discover the rainforest from high in the canopy and by dugout canoe, staying at Sacha Lodge where the sounds of the jungle infiltrate the cabin as you fall asleep.
Experience the best of the mainland with time spent in the Andean city of Quito and in the hot and humid rainforest.
While sailing around the Galapagos archipelago is arguably a unique experience in itself, a cruise onboard the Seaman Journey boasts a couple of additional exclusive experiences to its ocean-bound passengers. Take to the upper deck to savour a private sunset dinner, ideal for honeymooners, those celebrating special anniversaries, and even families seeking to make lifelong memories. Additionally, partake in chocolate-tasting and ceviche-making classes with the catamaran’s specialist chef.
While at Sacha Lodge, experience the true rainforest by ambling across the canopy from the lofty heights of a 28 metre high hanging rope walkway, taking in 360-degree views from the least explored area of the Amazon. After a day filled with activities and wildlife-spotting, plunge into the protected lake pool that keeps caiman and giant river otters at bay through utilising a mesh cage.
What is given back?
Preservation, conservation and research are imperative to the Galapagos Islands, so we consciously work closely with partners that support the independent environmental bodies who safeguard the archipelago. In choosing to sail in the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you are supporting these important ongoing projects. For all our sailings we contribute to the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), a UK non-profit organization that runs a number of research projects geared towards the maintenance of the flora and fauna of the archipelago.
The Seaman Journey has completely terminated any use of single-use plastic items such as straws, plastic bottles, disposable plastic bags and food containers. Water bottles are given to passengers onboard and can be refilled throughout the catamaran.
In addition, all of the fresh ingredients utilised in meal preparation, such as carrots, oranges, coffee and potatoes, are purchased from local farmers on mainland Ecuador and the islands. In reducing the amount of imported foods, the farming community is bolstered and supported
The naturalist guides that accompany a cruise on the Seaman Journey are passionate and knowledgeable experts on the Galapagos archipelago and the flora and fauna of the region.
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