Enchanted Isles

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Take a wildlife excursion to the Galapagos islands and experience one of the most intriguing and inspiring natural habitats on earth.

Specialist tour operator Discover the World and the Galapagos Conservation Trust are organising a special charter for September 2006. This exclusive 11-night holiday, sailing through the 'enchanted isles' will be hosted by a Galapagos Conservation Trust lecturer and an on-board guide who will give you all the insight you need into the isles’ diverse wildlife.

Whilst aboard this fabulous wildlife cruise, you will spend some time at the Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz, explore islands including Isabela, Espanola and Floreana, witness the extraordinary array of endemic wildlife and take the opportunity to explore Ecuador's historic capital city.

It's the wildlife that will leave the most lasting impression: prehistoric-looking marine iguanas, the world's most northerly penguins, brightly-coloured crabs, inquisitive and playful sea lions, albatrosses with ritualised greeting ceremonies, scientifically-intriguing Darwin's finches, frigate birds which allow their portraits to be taken while they sit on their nests, geckos that make high-pitched squeaking noises, boobies with bright blue feet, giant tortoises famed for their extraordinary longevity, and much, much more.

Cachalote I is the charming 96 foot motor sscooner that will be your home for the duration.  Built in 2002 and offering First Class service, passengers can relax on one of the three wooden decks while sailing or just anchored in a harbour. She is fully equipped with electronic safety equipment, tenders with outboard motors, life rafts, freezer and refrigerator, desalinator, TV and DVD player. Fully air-conditioned, there is a saloon, bar, large dining room, sun deck. Capacity if for just 16 Passengers and there are 8 en-suite double cabins.

This trip costs £2,710 per person based on twin share and includes flights, accommodation on full board basis aboard vessel, breakfast basis in Quito, transfers in Quito and airport taxes.

For further information visit www.gct.org/charter1.html or contact Discover the World on +44(0) 1737 218802.

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