Holidays in the Galapagos: January 1 - 5, 2018

Space in the Galapagos is usually impossible to find for the December & January holidays, even a year in advance. Well, happy holidays! We have space and we want your family to enjoy it.

Spend your days connecting with nature and each other. Encounter giant tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas up close. Explore sparkling beaches and volcanic landscapes, led by expert guides. Create lifelong memories.

Galapagos Safari Camp

You’ll be staying at the top-rated Galapagos Safari Camp, a luxury tented camp nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The location is ideal: a forested hillside near a tortoise reserve, bordering the Galapagos National Park. The camp’s central lodge features a lounge, bar, fireplace, and dining area. Meals are served with flair and prepared with locally-grown produce. A heated infinity pool allows guests to enjoy views of the Pacific and neighboring islands.

The nine tent cabins are elevated on wooden platforms and sheltered by three protective layers. Tent interiors are comfortable and spacious (290 square feet). Each has two twin beds, which can be joined to become a comfortable queen. Additional beds can be added to accommodate children. The private, en suite bathrooms are equipped with hot water and flush toilets.

Other tent features:

  • Full screening, with privacy window panels
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Sliding glass and screen doors
  • Ceiling fan
  • Space heater
  • Electrical outlets
  • Writing desk and tea / coffee station
  • Security box
  • Telephone
  • Robes and slippers

The camp is frequently visited by tortoises, mockingbirds, finches, and warblers. The on-property kids club has a craft room, games, and a trampoline. Because it’s in the highlands, the camp avoids the heat of the coast.

Available Dates: January 1 - 5, 2018 (four nights / five days)

Monday, January 1: Arrival in Galapagos, highlands of Santa Cruz, and tortoise reserve
Tuesday, January 2: Boat excursion* to South Plazas Island
Wednesday, January 3: Land excursion on Santa Cruz Island (beach and private reserve)
Thursday, January 4: Boat excursion* to North Seymour Island
Friday, January 5: Champagne breakfast; Departure from Galapagos

Prior to the Galapagos program, we can arrange itineraries in mainland Ecuador or Peru.

* Group-basis boat excursions (but with a private guide for your family).  These excursions are aboard the Sea Lion or Sea Finch motor yacht, which has a capacity of 20 passengers.  Galapagos Safari Camp reserves the right to change the order of the itinerary based on local weather conditions, park regulations, and force majure.

Weather and Wildlife

High temperatures for January in Galapagos average 81ºF, with low temperatures near 70ºF.  The average water temperature near the surface is 73ºF.  Rainfall is rare: one-half inch for the month.

December marks the start of the warm season in Galapagos; the cool Humboldt Current loses strength, and clear skies are expected.  The sun starts to get more intense during this month. We recommend guests use SPF 30+ sunblock.

This is the start and the end of the breeding and mating seasons for many animals in Galapagos, making wildlife encounters very attractive.  Wildlife activity:

  • Blue-footed boobies nesting
  • Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting
  • Waved albatross nesting
  • Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting
  • Green sea turtles begin mating
  • Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas begin mating
  • California sea lions breeding
  • Fur Sea lions breeding
  • Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting

Extensions

International Extensions 
Before your trip to the Galapagos, we can arrange time in Peru (Cusco / Machu Picchu; 5 nights recommended) or Colombia (Cartagena or Bogota; 3 nights per destination recommended).

Mainland Ecuador Extensions
We can also arrange visits to the Andean Highlands, Quito, the Choco cloud forest, and the Amazon Basin.

At a minimum, we recommended:

  • Two to three nights in Quito (UIO) or the Andean region before visiting the Galapagos.
  • One night in Guayaquil (GYE) before departing Ecuador

Domestic Flights

To ensure arrival and departure at the correct times, the designated flights for this program (not included in the package price) are as follows:

To Galapagos: TAME Airlines Flight EQ193

  • Departs Quito (UIO) at 9:00AM, arrives in Guayaquil (GYE) at 9:50AM
  • Departs Guayaquil at 10:40AM, arrives in Baltra (Galapagos; GPS) at 11:30AM

From Galapagos: TAME Airlines Flight EQ192

  • Departs Baltra (Galapagos; GPS) at 12:30PM, arrives in Guayaquil (GYE) at 3:20PM
  • Departs Guayaquil at 4:00PM, arrives in Quito (UIO) at 4:50PM

Tropic of Candycorn  must arrange these flights. The expected rate per person is US$550. Rates are subject to change. Business class seats may be available.

These flights are programmed with Airbus 320. Luggage is restricted to one checked bag (50 lbs. maximum) or two checked bags with a total combined maximum weight of 50 lbs.

Pricing

The price of this package is US$5,994 per person based on double-occupancy (two per tent). Single occupancy is possible, but the per tent pricing will not be decreased. Only two tents are available for these peak-season dates.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation at Galapagos Safari Camp in double-occupancy tents. The tents can be configured with one large bed (roughly equivalent to a queen) or two twin beds. Triple occupancy is also possible, but at the same per person price as double occupancy.
  • Hotel occupancy taxes at Galapagos Safari Camp
  • Meals at Galapagos Safari Camp (three meals daily)
  • Group-basis land tours with Galapagos Safari Camp on two days while in residence at the camp (as outlined in the itinerary)
  • Group-basis boat excursions through Galapagos Safari Camp on two days while in residence at the camp (as outlined in the itinerary)
  • Use of wetsuits, masks, flippers, bikes, and kayaks on excursions with Galapagos Safari Camp.
  • Access to the VIP airport lounge in Galapagos
  • Wi-Fi in the main lodge (via satellite). Wi-Fi is not available in the tents.

Price Excludes

  • Airfare and related taxes and fees
  • Pre- or post-Galapagos touring
  • Galapagos National Park Tax: US$100 per adult and $50 for children under 12, which must be paid upon arrival in Galapagos in cash
  • Galapagos Visitors Transit Card: US$20 per person in cash, paid at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil prior to your flight to Galapagos. Please note that to avoid a double charge the card must be presented upon arrival in Galapagos and kept until departure.
  • Personal expenses, services and purchases (e.g. laundry, spa services, and telephone calls)
  • Early check-in, late check-out, and day use charges
  • Meals not noted in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages
  • Gratuities for guides, crew, and drivers (recommended: $30 per guest per day)
  • Optional excursions, tours and activities
  • Trip insurance, which is strongly recommended
  • International airport departure fees, which must be paid in cash if not included in your air tickets. Check with your airline, as this is likely included in your ticket.

Testimonial

”Our trip was a huge success. Galapagos was perfect. The guides you arranged could not have been more kind and helpful. Your on-the-ground team was fantastic—knowledgeable and accommodating. It was beautifully organized. The trip of a lifetime.” – J. Cormier (New York, NY)

Contact

For more information, or to book this limited space, please email cornelius@tropicofcandycorn.com

Click on Exploring Ecuador to view Tropic of Candycorn founders’ extended family trip in Ecuador.

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