- Eight days sailing on board the high-end motor launch Infinity with the best guide to passenger ratio in the Galapagos
- Get up close to wildlife including all three types of booby, giant tortoise, sea lions and nine species of finch
- Visit seven different islands including Floreana and Espanola
- Spend time in the Cloud Forest at the impeccable Mashpi Lodge
This land and water-based itinerary will appeal to those who wish to be surrounded by wildlife in the pristine archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, whilst also having the opportunity to explore the Cloud Forest from the comfort of a contemporary lodge and stroll the cobbled streets of Quito. This combination of a colonial city, dense forest and spectacular island scenery offers the ultimate in South America exploration.
Experience the wondrous Galapagos Islands by sea and by land, sailing to some of its most spectacular and other lesser known regions that are only accessible by boat. This cruising voyage through the archipelago offers an immersive insight into the living laboratory that is the Galapagos Islands, and there are plenty of opportunities for up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters along the way.
Begin your adventure in the beautiful UNESCO city of Quito, a stunning location on the edge of a volcano. Wander the cobbled streets and admire the colonial churches and buildings during the daytime, or watch the sunset from the hotel roof terrace before eating at one of the many fabulous restaurants in the evening.
Also visit the Cloud Forest, an area of thick forest that is shrouded in mist. Explore the wonderful vegetation, home to many ferns, bromeliads and hundreds of orchids as well as monkey and hummingbirds. Stay at the stylish Mashpi Lodge, a cocoon that boasts floor to ceiling windows just a stone's throw away from the forest.
Sail on a 49-metre motor yacht that was purpose-built to cruise around these spectacular islands, soaking in the epic landscapes from the comfort of private balconies during navigations or relaxing in the hot jacuzzi while anchored at one of the stunning sites.
Wildlife viewing and photography opportunities are plentiful in the archipelago, owing to the unique relationship between mankind, mammals and reptiles that sees friendly sea lions, fearless marine iguanas and curious birds keenly approaching the new visitors to their islands. Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks are available to use during the cruise, enabling passengers to swim with penguins, sharks, dolphins and an array of brightly coloured fish.
What is given back?
Our commitment to the Galapagos Islands goes far beyond our desire to share its wonders with adventurous travellers. As such, we are conscious of the importance of preserving the islands and ensure that 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 operator of the Infinity boat as well as supporting GCT, also supports an orphanage near Quito.
All boats that are granted permission to sail around the Galapagos Islands are subject to a number of carefully managed regulations that are set in place by the Galapagos National Park. Aimed at meeting the best sustainable practices, the Infinity ensures that fresh water is available to all passengers through a decanter, and so avoids unnecessary single-use plastic bottles. Plastic straws are not onboard the vessel and where possible biodegradable toiletries are provided in refillable bottles. Additionally, the yacht boasts its own onboard waste treatment plant as well as a desalination plant to utilise sea water.
Steppes value adds
We offer a complimentary night in Quito or Guayaquil prior to any sailing on the Infinity, as well as shared transfers between the hotel and the airport.
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