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Christmas 2019 in the Galapagos: Family Suite

FESTIVE SEASON AT GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP

Searching for the perfect family vacation over the December holidays? Tired of boring beach resorts?

If you’re seeking connection and renewal in a magical location, we have the perfect opportunity for you. This is the trip your family will always remember.

The Galapagos is a high-demand destination with strictly limited supply; sought-after options book up 18 to 24 months in advance of the December / January holiday season.

As an exclusive for our clients, LANDED has pre-purchased a special program for Saturday, December 21 – Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Galapagos Safari Camp—our favorite Galapagos option for families.

AFAR, The Times of London, Elle, and Milk have praised Galapagos Safari Camp for its hospitality, comfort, and central location in the cool highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Galapagos Safari Camp looks over a green nature reserve.Outdoor patio at Galapagos Safari Camp family suite.

“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)

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Galapagos Safari Camp Program Dates

Saturday, December 21 to Thursday, December 26, 2019 (five nights / six days)

Day 1: Saturday, December 21 – Arrival in Galapagos, highland of Santa Cruz (lava tunnels and pit craters), and tortoise reserve. Lunch and dinner included.

Giant Galapagos Tortoise Spotted in a lush green field on a private guided wildlife tour in the Galapagos

Day 2: Sunday, December 22 – Boat excursion* (45 minutes per direction) to North Seymour Island—home of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigates, marine iguanas, land iguanas, finches, and sea lions. Snorkeling at the white sand Bachas Beach. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Two blue footed boobies perched on the beach, photographed on a birdwatching tour in the Galapagos Islands

Day 3: Monday, December 23 – Artesanal fishing experience. This day trip is part of a program with Galapagos National Park, which gives fishermen an alternative means to support themselves and reduces strain caused by overfishing.

Sustainable fishing, followed by visits to secluded beaches and snorkeling spots such as La Fe, Playa Escondida, or Bahia Borrero alongside rays, colorful fish, sea turtles, and sea lions. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

A School of Pacific Creole fish, photographed on a scuba expedition at a Galapapgos Island dive site.

Day 4: Tuesday, December 24 – Boat excursion* (90 minutes per direction) to Punta Carrion and South Plaza Island.Snorkel with fish, rays, and turtles.

Explore the trails through giant cacti in search of land iguanas, marine iguanas, hawks, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, and swallow-tailed gulls.Visit the sea lion colony. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

sea lion near the Galapagos Safari Camp

Day 5: Wednesday, December 25 – Exploration of Santa Cruz Island’s eastern side. Visit the Cerro Mesa private reserve to observe Galapagos tortoises, short-eared owls, mockingbirds, and six subspecies of finches.

Biking (or vehicle transfer, as you prefer) to Garrapatero Beach in search of flamingos, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, rays, and sea turtles. Explore the tide pools, swim, or kayak.

En route back to camp, stop at El Trapiche Ecologico to learn about the production of artisanal coffee. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

A pink flamingo wades in the water near the Galapagos Safari Camp.

Day 6: Thursday, December 26 – Breakfast at the camp, with time at leisure for a morning hike or sunrise at the observatory platform. Return to Baltra airport for your departure from the Galapagos. Breakfast included.

* Group-basis boat excursions. These excursions are likely aboard the Sea Lion or Sea Finch motor yacht, each of which has a capacity of 20 passengers. Boat and itinerary substitutions may occur. Galapagos Safari Camp reserves the right to change the order of the itinerary based on local weather conditions, park regulations, and force majure.

A cliff over blue ocean on Galapagos Island.

About Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp was conceived and built with passion.

This African-styled tented camp is a creative alternative—light on the land and surrounded by nature. Nestled on a private reserve in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island, camp offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park.

This is tortoise territory; and the camp is alive with warblers, mockingbirds, and finches.

The camp consists of nine tent cabins, a main lodge, and a family suite. For this departure, we have reserved nine tent cabins (for a total of up to 16 guests).

Nature reserve on Galapagos Safari Camp property.Main lodge with expansive window at Galapagos Safari Camp.

The Galapagos Safari Camp Family Suite

The suite features three bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. The master bedroom is king-bedded.

The two other bedrooms have two twin beds each. The master bath has a bathtub, double sinks, separate shower, and toilet.

The three bedrooms are interconnected, but they can also be accessed via their own private doors from a wrap-around terrace.

The terrace offers some of the best views at the camp—the perfect spot for a sundowner. Downstairs, the suite has a family room stocked with children’s toys, games, and books.

The suite is located next to the main lodge building. Meals are provided in the main lodge, but special family dinners can be served on the terrace upon request.

The suite does not have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, television, or telephone.

Galapagos Safari Camp map.

Galapagos Safari Camp amenities and features:

  • Swimming pool
  • Kid’s club building with games and trampoline
  • Viewpoint terrace for sundowners
  • Views of the highlands, Pacific Ocean, and neighboring islands
  • Bicycles
Galapagos Safari Camp outdoor pool.

Weather & Wildlife Activity

High temperatures for the holiday season 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. The highlands are cooler than the coast, and mist is more common.

The December / January holidays fall during 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting

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.

 

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) in the Galapagos Islands, photographed on a private wildlife tour

Domestic Flights

To ensure arrival and departure at the correct times, the expected flights for this program (not included in the package price; subject to change) 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

To ensure proper coordination, LANDED 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 usually 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

For the family suite, the price of this package is US$39,663 (US$6,611 per person based on six travelers). The family suite pricing is always quoted on the basis of six guests. Fewer guests are possible, but the pricing will not be decreased.

 

Booking Instructions

  • A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, paid within seven days of confirmation.The remaining balance will be due 120 days prior to the scheduled date of arrival.
  • Along with deposit payment, a completed copy of the LANDED booking agreement.
  • Within two weeks of booking, the following items are required:
    • A photo of each traveler’s passport photo page.Passports must have at least six months of remaining validity, as measured from the date of return to the USA;
    • The international flight information (flight numbers and record locator numbers);
    • Information about any dietary preferences or restrictions, or about special medical conditions or considerations; and
    • Height and shoe size for each traveler (for wetsuit and swim fin sizing).

 

Payment Policy

  • A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, paid within seven days of confirmation.
  • The remaining balance will be due 120 days prior to the scheduled date of arrival.
  • Where a conflict arises, these deposit requirements supersede any deposit requirements expressed elsewhere in documents provided by LANDED.
  • Galapagos Safari Camp reserves the right to cancel bookings should stipulated policies not be met.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation of booking must be in writing.Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification.
  • Cancellation of the Galapagos Safari Camp booking after confirmation will immediately incur a fee of 20% of the total booking amount, in addition to any non-refundable items, such as the $350 per person booking fee.Additional items, such as airfare, taxes, and park fees are non-refundable.
  • Cancellation of the Galapagos Safari Camp booking at 150 days prior to the scheduled arrival date will incur a fee of 50% of the total booking amount, in addition to any non-refundable items, such as the $350 per person booking fee.Additional items, such as airfare, taxes, and park fees are non-refundable.
  • Cancellation of the Galapagos Safari Camp booking 120 days or fewer prior to the scheduled arrival date will incur a fee of 100% of the total booking amount.
  • Cancellation fees will automatically be deducted from deposits.
  • Where a conflict arises, these cancellation policies supersede any cancellation policies expressed elsewhere in documents provided by LANDED.

 

Child Policy

  • Galapagos Safari Camp is a child-friendly property, welcoming children of any age.
  • Galapagos Safari Camp does expect parents to ensure their children are thoroughly supervised.
  • Children must not disturb the calm or rest of other guests at the lodge and while on safari.
Children observing giant tortoisees in the wild at Chato Conservatory

Price Includes

  • Accommodation at Galapagos Safari Camp.
    • The family suite has three bedrooms, for up to a total of six guests
    • The safari tent can be configured with one double or two twin beds, for up to a total of two guests.
  • 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 frees
  • 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 our airline, as this is likeley not included in your ticket.
Private-Travel-Custom-Travel-Galapagos-Vacation-Itabaca-Channel

Disclosures

  • Upon arrival at Galapagos Safari Camp, guests are asked to read and sign an indemnity agreement.Galapagos Safari Camp management retains the right to refuse admission should the indemnity form not be signed. Galapagos Safari Camp and LANDED will not be liable for any claim or refund should the indemnity form not be signed.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change due to Galapagos National Park weather conditions; park regulations or administrative decisions; or force majure.
Pristine sand beach with large rocks in background. Bartolome, Galapagos Islands

Christmas 2019 in the Galapagos: Luxury Tented Camp

FESTIVE SEASON IN THE GALAPAGOS

Searching for the perfect family vacation over the December holidays? Tired of boring beach resorts?

If you’re seeking connection and renewal in a magical location, we have the perfect opportunity for you. This is the trip your family will always remember.

The Galapagos is a high-demand destination with strictly limited supply; sought-after options book up 18 to 24 months in advance of the December / January holiday season.

As an exclusive for our clients, LANDED has pre-purchased a special program for Saturday, December 21 – Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Galapagos Safari Camp—our favorite Galapagos option for families.

AFAR, The Times of London, Elle, and Milk have praised Galapagos Safari Camp for its hospitality, comfort, and central location in the cool highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Galapagos Safari Camp looks over a green nature reserve.View inside a luxury glamping tent at Galapagos Safari camp showing screened windows and large luxurious bed

“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)

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Program Dates

Saturday, December 21 to Thursday, December 26, 2019 (five nights / six days)

Day 1: Saturday, December 21 – Arrival in Galapagos, highland of Santa Cruz (lava tunnels and pit craters), and tortoise reserve. Lunch and dinner included.

Giant Galapagos Tortoise Spotted in a lush green field on a private guided wildlife tour in the Galapagos

Day 2: Sunday, December 22 – Boat excursion* (2 hours per direction) to Bartolome Island. Hike through ancient red, black, orange, and green lava fields to the viewpoint and lava cones. Beach visits, and snorkeling near Pinnacle Rock among penguins, reef sharks, and Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Galapagos island is surrounded by bright blue ocean water, green grass, orange sand and blue sky.

Day 3: Monday, December 23 – Exploration of Santa Cruz Island’s eastern side. Visit the Cerro Mesa private reserve to observe Galapagos tortoises, short-eared owls, mockingbirds, and six subspecies of finches.

Biking (or vehicle transfer, as you prefer) to Garrapatero Beach in search of flamingos, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, rays, and sea turtles. Explore the tide pools, swim, or kayak.

En route back to camp, stop at El Trapiche Ecologico to learn about the production of artisanal coffee. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

A pink flamingo wades in the water near the Galapagos Safari Camp.

Day 4: Tuesday, December 24 – Boat excursion* (90 minutes per direction) to Punta Carrion and South Plaza Island. Snorkel with fish, rays, and turtles. Explore the trails through giant cacti in search of land iguanas, marine iguanas, hawks, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. Visit the sea lion colony. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

sea lion near the Galapagos Safari Camp

Day 5: Wednesday, December 25 – Boat excursion* (90 minutes per direction) to Santa Fe Island, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago.

At Barrington Bay, visit the sea lion colony on the beach, then hike through Opuntia cacti and red & green carpet plants to a lava cliff viewpoint.

Along the trails, you may observe land iguanas, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and hawks. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming at the beach with sea lions. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Young girl in white swim coverup standing near a heard of sea lions in the Galapagos Islands on Isla Santa Fe

Day 6: Thursday, December 26 – Breakfast at the camp, with time at leisure for a morning hike or sunrise at the observatory platform. Return to Baltra airport for your departure from the Galapagos. Breakfast included.

* Group-basis boat excursions. These excursions are likely aboard the Sea Lion or Sea Finch motor yacht, each of which has a capacity of 20 passengers. Boat and itinerary substitutions may occur. Galapagos Safari Camp reserves the right to change the order of the itinerary based on local weather conditions, park regulations, and force majure.

A cliff over blue ocean on Galapagos Island.

About Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp was conceived and built with passion.

This African-styled tented camp is a creative alternative—light on the land and surrounded by nature. Nestled on a private reserve in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island, camp offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park.

This is tortoise territory; and the camp is alive with warblers, mockingbirds, and finches.

The camp consists of nine tent cabins, a main lodge, and a family suite. For this departure, we have reserved nine tent cabins (for a total of up to 16 guests).

Nature reserve on Galapagos Safari Camp property.Main lodge with expansive window at Galapagos Safari Camp.

Safari Tents

The camp’s tents are top quality, and were custom built in Australia. Each tent is constructed on a raised platform, approximately three feet above grade (four or five steps).

The tents feature a three-layer canopy: one for sun protection, a moisture barrier, and an inner canvas shell. They are cool, airy, and comfortable.

Each has a private balcony. Each has an en suite bathroom with good water pressure, 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
  • Writing desk and tea / coffee station
  • Security box
  • Telephone
  • Robes and slippers
  • Electrical outlets

Some tents are located in close pairs, approximately 20 feet from door to door—perfect for families. The tents are located a short walk (approximately three minutes) from the main lodge building.

Meals are provided in the main lodge. The lodge also features bar service, a fireplace, and a collection of games.

Galapagos Safari Camp map.

Camp amenities and features:

  • Swimming pool
  • Kid’s club building with games and trampoline
  • Viewpoint terrace for sundowners
  • Views of the highlands, Pacific Ocean, and neighboring islands
  • Bicycles

The tents do not have air conditioning (rarely needed in the cool highlands), Wi-Fi (complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge), or television.

Galapagos Safari Camp outdoor pool.

Weather & Wildlife Activity

High temperatures for the holiday season 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. The highlands are cooler than the coast, and mist is more common.

The December / January holidays fall during 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 Flamingos breeding and nesting
Large yellow and brown Iguana, crawling down the beach, spotted during a Galapagos Yacht tour of the Galapagos Islands, EcuadorTwo blue footed boobies perched on the beach, photographed on a birdwatching tour in the Galapagos Islands

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.

 

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) in the Galapagos Islands, photographed on a private wildlife tour

Domestic Flights

To ensure arrival and departure at the correct times, the expected flights for this program (not included in the package price; subject to change) 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

To ensure proper coordination, LANDED 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 usually 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

For each safari tent, the price of this package is US$13,894 (US$6,947 per person based on double-occupancy). Single occupancy is possible, but the pricing will not be decreased.

 

Booking Instructions

  • A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, paid within seven days of confirmation.The remaining balance will be due 120 days prior to the scheduled date of arrival.
  • Along with deposit payment, a completed copy of the LANDED booking agreement.
  • Within two weeks of booking, the following items are required:
    • A photo of each traveler’s passport photo page.Passports must have at least six months of remaining validity, as measured from the date of return to the USA;
    • The international flight information (flight numbers and record locator numbers);
    • Information about any dietary preferences or restrictions, or about special medical conditions or considerations; and
    • Height and shoe size for each traveler (for wetsuit and swim fin sizing).

 

Payment Policy

  • A 40% deposit is required to secure a booking, paid within seven days of confirmation.
  • The remaining balance will be due 120 days prior to the scheduled date of arrival.
  • Where a conflict arises, these deposit requirements supersede any deposit requirements expressed elsewhere in documents provided by LANDED.
  • Galapagos Safari Camp reserves the right to cancel bookings should stipulated policies not be met.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation of booking must be in writing.Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification.
  • Cancellation of the Galapagos Safari Camp booking after confirmation will immediately incur a fee of 20% of the total booking amount, in addition to any non-refundable items, such as the $350 per person booking fee.Additional items, such as airfare, taxes, and park fees are non-refundable.
  • Cancellation of the Galapagos Safari Camp booking at 150 days prior to the scheduled arrival date will incur a fee of 50% of the total booking amount, in addition to any non-refundable items, such as the $350 per person booking fee.Additional items, such as airfare, taxes, and park fees are non-refundable.
  • Cancellation of the Galapagos Safari Camp booking 120 days or fewer prior to the scheduled arrival date will incur a fee of 100% of the total booking amount.
  • Cancellation fees will automatically be deducted from deposits.
  • Where a conflict arises, these cancellation policies supersede any cancellation policies expressed elsewhere in documents provided by LANDED.

 

Child Policy

  • Galapagos Safari Camp is a child-friendly property, welcoming children of any age.
  • Galapagos Safari Camp does expect parents to ensure their children are thoroughly supervised.
  • Children must not disturb the calm or rest of other guests at the lodge and while on safari.
Children observing giant tortoisees in the wild at Chato Conservatory

Price Includes

  • Accommodation at Galapagos Safari Camp.
    • The family suite has three bedrooms, for up to a total of six guests
    • The safari tent can be configured with one double or two twin beds, for up to a total of two guests.
  • 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 frees
  • 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 our airline, as this is likeley not included in your ticket.
Private-Travel-Custom-Travel-Galapagos-Vacation-Itabaca-Channel

Disclosures

  • Upon arrival at Galapagos Safari Camp, guests are asked to read and sign an indemnity agreement.Galapagos Safari Camp management retains the right to refuse admission should the indemnity form not be signed. Galapagos Safari Camp and LANDED will not be liable for any claim or refund should the indemnity form not be signed.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change due to Galapagos National Park weather conditions; park regulations or administrative decisions; or force majure.
Pristine sand beach with large rocks in background. Bartolome, Galapagos Islands

Hacienda La Danesa

HACIENDA LA DANESA 

Hacienda La Danesa is a private ranch located in Ecuador’s green coastal region, east of the Guayaquil and near the Andean foothills.

The main house at Hacienda La Danesa is covered in green grass, green trees and set beneath a blue sky.

Food is a highlight at Hacienda La Danesa — fresh cheese, vegetables, and fruits are served in the al fresco restaurant, and picnics can be arranged.

Hacienda La Danesa prides itself on farm to table meals using fresh and natural ingredients with an Ecuadorian influence.

The table of food at Hacienda La Danesa is made with fresh fruit and only local ingredients.

Hacienda La Danesa has six guest rooms, located in or near the historic hacienda house.

Additional rooms, gardens, and an ambient temperature swimming pool (to be completed in 2020) will be located nearby.

The full board program at Hacienda La Danesa includes meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and several on-site activities—hiking, biking, river tubing, milking, and visits to the cacao plantation.

Riding, yoga, beekeeping, cacao and cooking classes are offered for an additional fee.

A woman is smiling while milking a cow at Hacienda La Danesa

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HACIENDA LA DANESA LOCATION

Hacienda La Danesa is a 1 hour drive from Guayaquil, located in the inlands of Ecuador between Naranjito and Bucay, right before the Andes.

Hacienda La Danesa has been owned by the Olsen Peet family for more than 50 years and its 1,200 acres produce fine cacao, teak, 2,000 liters of milk per day, fresh cheese and pinto quarter horses. 

HACIENDA LA DANESA ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests at Hacienda La Danesa have the option of staying in a charming restored stable, historic farmhouse or intimate garden cottage. The 6 guest rooms feature warm tones and teak furnishings produced from the Hacienda’s plantation. 

Hacienda La Danesa has a private terrace that looks onto a green field with a white hammock and table and chairs.

In-room amenities include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • bathrobes, slippers
  • Hair dryers
  • Security boxes
  • Room service and massages are available 

Restored Stables

The 2 Restored Stable rooms are 860 square feet and about 30 yards from main house.

They are designed to have an open-living space with white brick walls and exposed wood beams.

The room is fitted with a king or two full beds, ideal for 3 guests (2 adults and 1 child).

The bathroom has twin vanities, marble shower and an outdoor shower.

The stables are also equipped with a television, yoga mat, binoculars and coffee service delivered each morning. 

The bathroom at Hacienda La Danesa has white brick, wood drawers and two vanity mirrors.

Heritage Rooms

The 2 Heritage Rooms rooms are 270 square feet and connected to the main farmhouse. 

They are designed with smooth wood accents, including a large wooden bed frame, wood framed windows and tables.

The room is fitted with a king or two full beds, ideal for 2 guests.

Hacienda La Danesa's Heritage room has a large while bed, wooden bed frame, and tile floor.

The bathroom has a marble shower and an outdoor shower.

The rooms are also equipped with a television, yoga mat, binoculars and coffee service delivered each morning. 

Garden Cottage

The Garden Cottage is 750 square feet and about 30 yards from the main house. 

The Garden Cottage enjoys private access through a garden tunnel, allowing guests ample privacy.

The room is fitted with a king or two full beds, ideal for 3 guests (2 adults + 1 child). 

The Garden Cottage at Hotel La Danesa has a big white bed, white brick walls, two lamp shades and wooden ceiling.

The bathroom has twin vanities and a marble shower with two shower heads.

The cottage is also equipped with a television, yoga mat, binoculars and coffee service delivered each morning. 

Family Garden Cottage

The two-bedroom Family Garden Cottage is 1,080 square feet and about 30 yards from the main house. 

The Family Garden Cottage features exposed brick, wood furnishings and pressed flower art.

The first bedroom is fitted with a king bed. The second has two twin beds.  The cottage is ideal for a family of four (2 adults + 2 children). 

The garden cottage features stone walls, a white hammock and wooden tables.

The bathroom has twin vanities, marble shower and an outdoor shower.

The cottage is also equipped with a hammock, television, yoga mat, binoculars and coffee service delivered each morning. 

EXPLORING

In addition to the curated experiences that Hacienda La Danesa offers (biking, tubing, chocolate making, beekeeping, spa, yoga, etc.), guests can explore nearby areas.

Visitors can enjoy fishing, buffalo encounters, waterfall hikes and even discovering Guayaquil and ecological reserves.

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The Vines of Mendoza

THE VINES OF MENDOZA

The Vines is a garden-style wine lodge located in the Uco Valley, near the foothills of the Andes. The hotel is surrounded by vineyards cultivated by more than 130 small-batch Winemakers.

The Vines is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

The vines features villas a small pond and acres of vineyards.

The main building houses the Siete Fuegos Restaurant (by famed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann), a lounge, fireplace, wine bar, outdoor swimming

pool, and sundeck.

Nearby, within the vineyard, is one of our favorite hotel gyms featuring treadmills, elliptical machines and weight equipment. 

The vines offers a platter of potatoes, salsa and other meats.The vines has a bright blue lit pool lined with lounge chairs.

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THE VINES LOCATION

The Vines is located at the base of the Andes in Mendoza’s Uco Valley.

The Vines is best known for their private vineyards where guests can work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the world’s best winemakers to craft their own wine.

the vines

THE VINES ACCOMMODATIONS

The 21 spacious villas have a contemporary finish, with panoramic windows, natural stone, terraces and lounge chairs.

the vines rooms are framed by a circular roundabout and mountains in the background.

In-room amenities include:

  • Minibar or kitchenette
  • LCD televisions with Netflix
  • Security box
  • Luxury linens
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main building and the guest rooms

Two Bedroom Deluxe Villas

The Vines’ 7 two bedroom deluxe villas are 2,700 square feet, including indoor and outdoor space.

The deluxe villa at the Vines of Mendoza opens to a large rolling hill with wood accents.

The room features a deck with a fireplace, outdoor clay tub with Andes mountain view and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Vines has a patio that looks out onto a blue lake and fireplace.

One Bedroom Deluxe Villas

The Vines’ 8 one bedroom deluxe villas are 1,900 square feet, including indoor and outdoor space.

The room features a deck with a tub, shower or plunge pool. Spa inspired bathrooms. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces and a rooftop terrace in select units.

The Vines living room has panoramic views of the valley outside with couches, chairs and full kitchen.The vines one bedroom villa has a large king bed, window view and rug.

One Bedroom Villas

The Vines’ 6 one bedroom villas are 1,002 square feet featuring an outdoor deck with lounge chairs, next to a quiet stream.

The room features outfitted kitchenettes, spa-inspired bathrooms and a cozy bedroom.

This one bedroom villa at the vines features a king bed and looks out onto a grassy area outside.The vines villa patio features lounge chairs and green grassy area.

THE VINES DINING

The Vines’ Siete Fuegos restaurant reflects Chef Francis Mallmann’s tradition of open-flaming cooking inspired by Argentine gauchos.

Some of the specialty meals include a 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, baked salmon, seasonal fruits, all paired with Argentine wines.

The Vines also includes options for kosher guests, vegetarians and vegans.

The vines worker stands by a large bonfire and cooks various meats and veggies over the fire.The Vines' meals include fresh chicken and a variety of colorful veggies.The vines breakfast and dessert includes fresh, seasonal fruite cooked in a skillet over a fire.

EXPLORING UCO VALLEY

The Uco Valley region offers a variety of activities for all types of travelers.

Besides being one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, guests can go white water rafting on Rio Mendoza, mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding through the Andes.

two men play the guitar while their horses graze behind them in Uco Valley.The vines is located in the Uco Valley and thousands of acres of vineyards are seen.

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Hotel AWA

HOTEL AWA

Hotel AWA rests on a 50-acre private estate on the sparkling shore of Lake Llanquihue.  The hotel is flanked by southern beech and pine forest, and overlooks the lake and a private dock.  The snow-capped cone of Osorno Volcano rises through the clouds above the opposite shore. 

This lake is one of the most accessible wilderness destinations in all of Chilean Patagonia. Nearby, guests can explore Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, the Petrohue Waterfall, Alerce Andino National Park, the Llanquihue National Reserve.

Hotel Awa is located 30 miles (18 minutes) northeast of the town of Puerto Varas, approximately 40 minutes from the Puerto Montt (PMC) airport.

Hotel Awa sits on the shores of a bright blue lake with a snowcapped mountain in the distance.

Large picture windows fill the hotel with light, maximizing views of the lake and surrounding woodlands.

Interior spaces are accented with local flagstone, volcanic rock, wool textiles, and guaitecas cypress.

The full board program includes

  • Privately guided touring (hiking, fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, and cultural excursions; rafting is group basis with maximum of eight guests)
  • Three meals daily
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Select Chilean wines
  • Private transportation to and from the Puerto Montt airport

Laundry and massage treatments carry an additional charge.  Premium beverages and other tours carry an additional surcharge.

HOTEL AWA ACCOMMODATIONS

Guest rooms at Hotel AWA have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the lake and the Osorno Volcano.

In-room amenities include:

  • Television
  • Fireplace
  • Separate shower and whirlpool tub
  • Wi-Fi
  • Security box

Superior Rooms

Hotel AWA’s 12 Superior Rooms are about 500 square feet (46 square meters) and fitted with a king or two twin beds. Each room accommodates 2 guests.   

Each rooms offers a view of Llanquihue Lake and the Osorno Volcano.

Awa Superior room has a floor to ceiling lake view with wood floor and white king bed.

Suites

Hotel AWA’s 4 suites are just over 800 square feet (75 square meters) and fitted with a king or two twin beds. Each suite accommodates up to 3 guests.

The living room includes a sofa bed and bar.

All the rooms have view to Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano.

The suite at Awa includes a large window with lake views, a large king bed, bathroom and window chair.The living room at Awa hotel includes light wood paneled interiors with a TV, rug and chairs.

HOTEL AWA AMENITIES

Hotel amenities include:

  • Restaurant: Chef Oscar Bermudes prepares a new menu every day with ingredients taken from AWA’s organic garden
  • Bar: Master distillers create innovative cocktail recipes
  • Lounge
  • The nearly 2400 square foot spa includes an indoor heated pool, dry sauna, steam room, massage room, and hydro-massage pool
The Awa restaurant has wood flooring and tables with a large window overlooking the lake below.

EXPLORING CHILEAN PATAGONIA 

Visitors at Hotel AWA have access to a wide variety of activities:

  • Seaplane rides
  • Hiking and birdwatching in the nearby Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park 
  • Tour of Llanquihue Lake
  • Fishing
  • Kayak and Rafting
  • Bicycle rides
  • Horseback riding
  • Diving
A small plane lands on the lake water with a snowcapped mountain in the distance.A person kayaks through deep blue water with a large blue mountain and sky as the backdrop.

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