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Photo Tour: Nate Chappell is leading this tour to the Galapagos Islands. We will stay on 3 different islands at very highly rated lodges. We will also visit 2 other islands on this trip and you will have a full day for hummingbird and tanager photography in Quito before we fly to the Galapagos. You will get a lot of time with the following iconic Galapagos species: Blue-footed Booby, Galapagos Tortoise (in the wild), Marine Iguana, Galapagos Sea Lions as well as many other Galapagos birds including finches, frigatebirds and flamingos.
Why a lodge based tour? Almost every other photo tour to the Galapagos is a yacht based trip. There are several advantages to going on a hotel based tour. First and foremost in many of the photography locations we are not time limited - we can spend as much time as we like in a particular location and we can plan the tour to take advantage of the best lighting situations. This is not the case on the vast majority of yacht based tours. Secondly the rooms are much larger and more comfortable, you will get better sleep. Lastly if you are a single customer the single supplement is much less expensive than going on a yacht. If you want your own room on a yacht you typically have to pay double the normal price to get the privacy you want.
Itinerary: We will fly from Quito to Santa Cruz Island. We will spend 3 nights on Santa Cruz Island, staying at Semilla Verde Lodge. This lodge has it's own waterhole that often attracts Giant Tortoises and many other birds. While on Santa Cruz we will visit a ranch that has large numbers of wild Galapagos Tortoise and many birds. We will take a boat trip to North Seymour Island and to Bachas Beach on the north end of the island to photograph Blue-footed Boobies, Frigatebirds, Flamingos, Land Iguana and other species. We will also visit the highlands, see the lava tunnels and photograph several species of Galapagos Finch and other endemic land birds. Next we take a boat trip to transfer to Isabela Island. We stay at Casa de Marita on Isabela Island for 2 nights. This excellent lodge is right on the beach and we can photograph Marine Iguanas right in front of the lodge. While on Isabela we will take a boat trip to photograph Galapagos Penguins, Sea Turtles and other marine creatures. We will also visit the highlands to look for Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Rail and others. Then we take a boat trip to San Cristobal, stopping at Floreana Island on the way. On San Cristobal we stay at Casa Playa Mann for 3 nights. This excellent lodge is right across from Playa Mann beach where there is a large group of resident Sea Lions we can photograph. While on San Cristobal we will take a boat trip to the northern part of the island to photograph up to 3 species of boobies and take a trip to a highland lake where frigatebirds come in to drink. Then we will fly back to Quito, have our farewell dinner and transfer you to the airport the next day.
Leader and Guide: Nate Chappell will be the tour leader and photography instructor. He will help you get the most out of your Galapagos trip by giving instruction in the field, a presentation on photographing birds and wildlife and by planning the best locations and times to photograph. He has previously led 2 Galapagos hotel based photo tours. We will also have a Master Galapagos Naturalist Guide with us the entire tour. He has been a guide in the Galapagos for 20 years. He is an expert on Galapagos birds and wildlife and will help us find the difficult species.
Maximum photographers: 7 with a maximum of 10 total participants.
Cost: $5,400 with a $900 single supplement. Nonphotographer spouse/companion $4,900. Deposit is $1,000. Cost includes round trip airfare from Quito to the Galapagos and back, all lodging, meals, transportation, guiding and instruction. It does not include drinks, Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100 (required to be paid in cash), or round trip airfare from your home to Quito, Ecuador.