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from $9,900 per person (double/twin share)


The Galapagos Islands is a bucket list location for many photographers. Wildlife is abundant, and the lack of natural predators has left the animals fearless of humans. From the playful sea lion pups to the famous Darwin finches, this trip will allow close up opportunities rarely found elsewhere in the world.

Tour Dates:

Starts: Monday, October 21st, 2024 in Quito, Ecuador

Ends: Tuesday, October 29th, 2024 in QuitoEcuador

Galapagos has two seasons - the cool/dry season and the hot/rainy season. This trip takes place in the cool/dry season.

Tour Price:

Tour price (per person) varies according to cabin selection and the number of guests in each cabin.

Double/twin* room occupancy: from $9,900 per person

Single room occupancy: from $11,200 per person

Payment of a $3,000 deposit (per person) and a completed registration form (provided to you after deposit payment) holds your place(s) on the tour. The deposit amount is credited towards the total trip price.

An invoice will be sent to you for the balance of the tour cost and is due within 14 days of paying the deposit.

* Twin room occupancy: If you would like a twin room but need a roommate, grab a spot on the waitlist (select: TWIN option) and we will try to match up appropriate parties. If a roommate is found for you, you will be notified and your deposit will be accepted at that time.

Tour Leaders:

John Greengo and Michelle Greengo

Who is this trip for?

This trip is open to all, no matter where you hail from and no matter what your level of experience in photography. The trip will concentrate on above-water photography but there will be some opportunities for snorkeling and underwater photography for those interested. We expect most photographers will be using interchangeable-lens cameras with lenses reaching out to 300mm or further.

John and Michelle will be your photo guides and instructors in the field, available to answer and help with all photography related questions. Image reviews and critiques will allow for sharing and learning experiences. A certified bilingual naturalist guide is also at your disposal for the duration of the cruise.

Elegant and comfortable, the Natural Paradise ship offers nine cabins, four with private balconies; for a total of 16 guests. John Greengo Photography Tours has secured the exclusive use of the ship and world-class crew. Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find the dining room and a spacious lounge with a large screen for presentations and image sharing. Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and sea kayaks are available on board.

Days are filled with a combination of hiking, panga rides, snorkeling and kayaking - whatever is most appropriate to capture the best shots possible. Transferring between ship and panga, with the assistance of the crew, will require a bit of balance; as well as some of the walks over uneven lava terrain. Walks are usually not very long leaving ample time for your photography. Come prepared to get a little wet when disembarking pangas at “wet landings” - approx. 1 foot deep water.

COVID-19 Note:  Please be certain that you are aware of all the most recent requirements relating to your travel — in your home State/Country/Municipality, any countries you are transiting, and your final destination.

 

John Greengo Photography Tours makes donations to nonprofit organizations that contribute positively to the local communities and environments we encounter. Our chosen nonprofit organization for this trip is Galapagos Conservancy.

Highlights:

  • Numerous opportunities for close-up wildlife photography
  • Tour and schedule customized for photographers
  • Small group of 10-14 travelers
  • Visits to a wide variety of the islands including some of the more isolated locations
  • Onboard and in-the-field photography lessons and tips, sprinkled throughout the trip
  • Small ship of 16 with attentive crew of 10
  • Excellent service and delicious meals
  • Spacious cabins with internet service available

Inclusions:

  • 8 nights accommodation (1 night in Quito, 7 nights on luxury yacht)
  • In-country flights between Quito and Galapagos Islands
  • All breakfast, lunch, and dinners; as per itinerary
  • All scheduled transportation within Ecuador mainland and islands
  • Galapagos bilingual naturalist guide
  • Photographic guides - John & Michelle
  • Tips/gratuities for drivers, local guides & yacht crew
  • All Galapagos Island entry fees (National Park, TCT transit card)

  • Purified or bottled drinking water

 

Wild Galapagos 2024: Itinerary - printable PDF

Wild Galapagos 2024: Terms & Conditions

Wild Galapagos 2024: Ship Deck Plan



Itinerary

Day 1:

Monday, October 21st

Upon your arrival at Quito airport, transfer to our nearby hotel. After checking into your room, wind down from your flight, relax by the indoor pool, or workout in the fitness center. At your leisure, you can then make your way to the hotel restaurant for a buffet dinner. We will all gather in the hotel lobby at 8pm for a meet ‘n greet and welcome drinks.

Retire early tonight; we have an early start tomorrow.

  D  |  Accommodation: Wyndham Quito Airport (or similar)

Day 2:

Tuesday, October 22nd  ~  Baltra Island, Eden Islet

This morning, the group will gather in the hotel lobby at 5:20am for our transfer to Quito airport. We will go through a few special check-in procedures for the Galapagos Islands and board our flight.

Once arriving in Galapagos, we will make our way through immigration and then transfer to our luxury yacht, where we will settle in before lunch, and a welcome and safety briefing.

Our first activity takes place after lunch, with a panga ride (dinghy) at Eden Islet, off the western coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is our first opportunity to photograph the popular Blue-footed Booby and Nazca Booby.

After a busy day, get rocked to sleep while we sail overnight across the equator.

LD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

Day 3:

Wednesday, October 23rd  ~  Isabela Island, Fernandina Island

The largest island in the Galapagos archipelago, Isabela Island, was formed when extensive lava flows of six volcanoes joined to make an island - in the shape of a seahorse. This morning we will visit our first Isabela Island site, Vicente Roca Point, located at the chin of that seahorse.

On our morning panga ride at Vicente Roca Point, sea lions play around (and under) the panga, marine iguanas soak up the morning sun, and a variety of birds sit on, and soar above, the rocky shoreline - Brown Pelican, Blue-footed Booby, Great Frigatebird, terns, as well as Galapagos Penguin; the only penguin to be found in the Northern hemisphere.

Back on board, we’ll have a scrumptious morning tea. All those that are interested in snorkeling will take part in gear distribution and the safety briefing prior to us going back out on the pangas. There will be a snorkeling opportunity here in the area’s calm water where you can swim with the Sea Turtles.

In the afternoon we embark on our first landing, on Fernandina Island, the archipelago’s youngest and most volcanically active island. The westernmost island, it is one of the few that have escaped invasion by introduced species, and as a result the island’s pristine ecosystem has been preserved. Espinoza Point is the island’s only landing site and is arguably one of the best in the archipelago. The mass of Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, and Sally Lightfoot Crabs means we must carefully negotiate our path through on the hardened lava flows. This location is also one of the biggest nesting sites of the Flightless Cormorant.

We finish the day with a briefing from our naturalist guide and an image review with John, ending with a photography Q&A.

Saying farewell to Fernandina Island, we sail, overnight, through the Bolivar Channel; one of the best places to see whales in the Galapagos.

BLD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

 

"We were so happy to meet in person the guy who pretty much taught us (and continues to teach us) almost everything we know about the key fundamentals of photography.  It was great to see how his creative vision worked.  Also, the fact that he's structured and disciplined, yet easygoing and a bunch of fun to hang around with, makes future considerations for a Greengo branded tour a no-brainer."

Jane L.

Day 4:

Thursday, October 24th  ~  Isabela Island

Our morning activity is at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island - one of the many visitor sites in the archipelago that is exclusively available to Galapagos cruise guests (no land based tour operators allowed). This location is our first chance at photographing, up-close, the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoise and the Land Iguana. From the moment we land on the beach and through the nature trail there is ample opportunity to capture images of the shoreline birds - from Flightless Cormorants to Galapagos Hawks.

Moreno Point, also on Isabela Island, will be our afternoon stop. Here we have a slightly longer walk on ancient lava flows. Lava rocks can be difficult to negotiate; the terrain is uneven, so care should be taken. You will be rewarded with a mangrove that is frequented by flamingoes, White-cheeked Pintails, and cranes.

BLD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

Day 5:

Friday, October 25th  ~  Isabela Island

Today is our final day on the magnificent Isabela Island, spending most of our time in and around the island’s main town, Port Villamil. We start with a 30 minute bus ride to the start of our hike to Sierra Negra Volcano’s caldera; an impressive 6.2 miles (10 km) wide. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to photograph up to seven species of finches. It is pleasantly cooler in the highlands, and our hike to the caldera is frequently muddy and misty.

In the afternoon we can witness life in the town; visit the historical site called “Wall of Tears” - constructed by penal colony prisoners; walk through the  nearby wetlands. To end the day we’ll visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center - created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment; an effort to restore the ecological balance that is inspiring.

Today is capped off with an image review.

BLD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

Day 6:

Saturday, October 26th  ~  Chinese Hat Islet, Mosquera Islet

To start the day, we visit Chinese Hat, a small islet located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. The islet’s name comes from the distinct shape of the its summit. It is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows, some of which were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow makes this a great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species, marine iguanas and sea lions. A hike on the islet provides impressive views and opportunities to see Galapagos Hawks.

Mosquera Islet, located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, is our afternoon location. The white-sand beaches of this tiny island are yours to explore. Expect to see a large variety of wildlife - including sea lions, crabs, and many shorebird species. There have been occasional reports of Orcas at this site.

BLD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

 

"John was great at keeping track of people, offering photo tips or equipment when needed, and making sure everyone was getting what they wanted out of the trip. He often offered extra shoots for anyone interested, before our planned day began or after it ended, so that was like getting "bonus tracks." (And I especially appreciated that he didn't discount my commitment or skills, just because I brought a very simple camera with me!) He made a point of being very inclusive, and was also a lot of fun!!"

Jean B.

Day 7:

Sunday, October 27th  ~  Floreana Island, Champion Islet

Today is dedicated solely to Floreana Island; the smallest of the four human-inhabited islands in the archipelago. It was the first of the Galapagos islands to support a permanent human population, and has a mysterious history.

We’ll make landings at a few different locations on and around the island; Post Office Bay being the most well-known. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver upon their return home.

In the afternoon, we visit Cormorant Point, a site that hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. A short walk will take us from one side of the peninsula to the other, stopping at lagoon viewpoints on our way. The beaches on this island are distinct: one named for its green color, with the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

Champion Islet is our final site for the day. It’s a small island and is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Galapagos for snorkeling and offers an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

BLD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

Day 8:

Monday, October 28th  ~  Espanola Island

Overnight, we sail to the remote island of Espanola. At the western tip of the island, Suarez Point is a great area for spotting the Blue-footed Booby and Nazca Booby. A dry landing leads us to a trail towards cliffs. This ideal site for photographic opportunities is the breeding site of nearly all of the worlds 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses; the albatrosses use the cliffs as a launching pad. This site is teeming with birdlife; hawks, oystercatchers and finches, to name a few.

Unique to Espanola is a marine iguana subspecies, nicknamed “Christmas Iguana”, that are splotched with bright red and green colors around the end of the year.

In the afternoon we’ll explore the white sand beach of Gardner Bay, where you can often see the Espanola Mockingbird. Endemic to Espanola, it is the only carnivorous mockingbird species. Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs congregate at the eastern end of the beach.

On our final night of the cruise we will have a final image review and celebratory dinner.

BLD  |  Accommodation: Natural Paradise

Day 9:

Tuesday, October 29th  ~  Lobos Island, San Cristobal Island

Waking up on our final day of the tour we head to, the aptly named, Lobos Island - “Sea Lion Island”. The noisy sea lions frolic in the shallow water and pull ashore to snuggle with their pups. A tricky walking path through marine iguanas basking in the sun leads you to the nesting grounds of Blue-footed Boobies and frigatebirds.

Later in the morning, we disembark from our home on the Natural Paradise, and arrive at the Galapagos Islands’ capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. This island was Charles Darwin’s first stop on his voyage of the archipelago in 1835.

To end the trip, enjoy the free time exploring the town and the shoreline walks or visit the Interpretation Center. Later in the morning we head to the airport for our flight back to Quito on the mainland.

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What animals might I see on the trip?

Birds:

Galapagos Penguin, Waved Albatross, petrels, Brown Pelican, Blue-footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Flightless Cormorant, frigatebirds, gulls, Great Blue Heron, egrets, herons, American Flamingo, Pied-billed Grebe, White-cheeked Pintail, American Oystercatcher, Black-necked Stilt, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, sandpipers, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Galapagos Hawk, Osprey, owls, Belted Kingfisher, mockingbirds, Vermillion Flycatcher, Galapagos Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Smooth-billed Ani, 8 of the 14 species of "Darwin's" finches

Reptiles:

Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguana, Land Iguana, Lava Lizard, Gecko, Yellow-bellied Sea Snake, Galapagos Land Snake

Mammals:

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Fur Seal, Killer Whale (Orca), Short-finned Pilot Whale, Finback Whale, Humpback Whale, Bryde's Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Striped Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Hoary Bat

Invertebrates:

Sally Lightfoot Crab, Painted Locus, Gulf Star

Underwater Wildlife:

Green Sea Turtle, Leatherback, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, White-tipped Reef Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead, Galapagos Shark, Spotted Eagle Ray, Golden Ray, Stingray, Butterflyfish, King Angelfish, Yellow-tailed Surgeonfish, Parrotfish, Sergeant Major, coral

 

Ship Details

Elegant and comfortable, Natural Paradise offers nine cabins, four of them with private balconies. Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room. Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and sea kayaks are available on board.

  • Year of construction: 2016
  • Length: 111 feet (34 meters)
  • Beam: 26 feet (8 meters)
  • Draft: 4 feet (1.4 meters)
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Safety & Navigation: FURUNO Radar, GPS, Depth sounders, ACR radio, VHF - DSS radio, ABC Fire Extinguishers, all required navigation equipment

 


 

 

"I'd tell someone thinking about traveling with John to jump at the chance. That they'd get great opportunities, the trip will be well planned (yet flexible) and they'd get tons of good opportunities for photos."

Tom D.

 

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