- Explore the Galapagos Islands with Sue Flood, a photographer, author and wildlife filmmaker
- Visit eight different islands from west to east, covering a diverse mix of wildlife
- Travel in July, to witness Albatross chicks hatching on Espanola
- Spend seven nights sailing on Natural Paradise, a yacht purpose built for cruising the Galapagos
Join our exclusive Galapagos cruise on the Natural Paradise motor yacht, travelling with wildlife and travel photographer, Sue Flood. Sue will accompany the group on all excursions during the cruise giving tips, advice and workshops aimed at improving photography skills.
Spend eight days on our private charter, the Natural Paradise, and visit islands such as San Cristobal, Espanola, Bartholomew and Santa Cruz. The Galapagos Islands with an abundance of wildlife, seemingly unafraid of humans, is a place few others can rival. There will be daily opportunities to explore and get close to the islands' unique wildlife, either on foot, by kayak, by panga (small boat) or when snorkelling in the warm seas. With a naturalist guide on board as well as Sue Flood, be assured of receiving personalised and insightful narrative on all the wildlife seen. Wildlife highlights include blue-footed and Nazca booby, the endemic waved albatross, frigate birds, Galapagos penguins and sea lions.
Steppes Travel is a supporter of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and in 2018, donated £5,000 to the Trust to help fund a new Discovering Galapagos citizen science web portal. This will enable people from around the world to get involved in the GCT's Galapagos Plastic Pollution Free Programme, through analysing data and images of plastic rubbish found on beaches. This scientific evidence will be used as part of work with the Galapagos National Park to identify sources of plastic arriving at the Archipelago and to help stop it. Anybody joining this Galapagos holiday will receive six month's membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
A TYPICAL DAY WITH SUE FLOOD IN THE GALAPAGOS
"As a wildlife photographer, filmmaker, and nature-lover, I am incredibly excited about this trip to the Galapagos, which will afford us some incredible photographic opportunities. Being based on board our yacht Natural Paradise will allow us to make the most of this archipelago as we cover many miles around the islands. As with any great wildlife photography trip, the wildlife will sometimes dictate our agenda. Early morning light and stunning sunsets can be great times for photography, but a great photo opportunity can occur at any time of day and I’ll be on hand to ensure we make the most of every wildlife encounter. Whether you have a simple point and shoot or a more sophisticated SLR, you'll pick up tips on how to improve your photography, whatever your level of expertise. Composition, framing, use of light, and simply “capturing the moment” - how do you turn the scene in front of you into a stunning photo? I’ll be giving lectures on photo tips throughout the voyage, but will be available for informal one-to-one advice and feedback throughout so that you come back from this wonderful trip with images that do your memories justice. The Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime journey that should be on every bucket list! Please join me on what is bound to be an unforgettable adventure"
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS TOUR?
This is a unique opportunity to travel around the Galapagos archipelago with experienced wildlife photographer Sue Flood. The Galapagos Islands are a wildlife photographer's dream, combining the world's most fascinating animals living in the world's most beautiful archipelago. Time will be spent at each landing and at each point of interest to give photographers all the time they need to capture memorable images. Sue will be on hand throughout the trip, to offer one-to-one advice, tips on composition, use of light and framing.
DO I HAVE TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER TO JOIN THIS Galapagos cruise?
No, not at all as the Galapagos Islands are a special place for anyone to visit. The experienced naturalist guide will accompany each excursion and give evening lectures on the natural history and fascinating geology of the islands. Activities other than taking photographs include the chance to swim and snorkel, exploring the islands by kayak as well as taking panga rides and guided walks.
WHAT IS THE Galapagos BOAT LIKE?
The Natural Paradise is a spacious and stylish yacht, purpose-built to sail around the Galapagos islands. The boat can accommodate 16 people across nine cabins so there will be plenty of space on board. There is a lounge, both indoor and outdoor eating areas and a generous sundeck with loungers and a hot tub.
IS July A GOOD TIME TO TRAVEL TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS?
Although the weather is cooling down in July, it is still a lovely time of year to travel to the Galapagos islands. The days cool down slightly with clear skies and temperatures averaging 22 C.
WHAT WILDLIFE WILL I SEE in the Galapagos islands in July?
Whilst not guaranteed, you are likely to see a huge number of both land and sea birds and an eclectic mix of mammals and marine life. Some of the seabirds likely to been seen are magnificent frigate birds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies as well as the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin to nest in the Tropics. Land birds such as the endemic waved albatross, Galapagos hawk, the curious mockingbird and most of the 13 species of Darwin finches are likely to be seen during the cruise. Marine creatures may include rays, turtles, marine iguanas and playful sea lions that love to swim with snorkellers.
what are the KEY WILDLIFE PHENOMENA ON THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, IN July
July is a major month for mating and breeding and the Humboldt current strengthens from the South seas making micronutrients more plentiful and marine life is more active.
Blue-footed boobies are nesting, allowing the opportunity to possibly see all four life stages: eggs, chicks, juveniles and adults.
- Witness waved albatross chicks congregating in small nurseries while the parents go out to the sea for hunting
MAKING A DIFFERENCE | GALAPAGOS CONSERVATION TRUST
Steppes is a Gold Corporate Member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK charity that is focussed solely on conservation in the archipelago. As such we continue to support ongoing conservation projects in the archipelago and recently donated to the development of a citizen’s science website on which the public can post information about single-use plastic pollution in the Galapagos. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.