Galapagos 2010


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The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience: 13 1/2 days of photography plus the last morning panga ride: $10,999.

Fly to Quito: July 4, 2010. Travel insurance and rest day: July 5 (optional hummingbird day trip). Fly to Galapagos, board boat: July 6. Fly back to Quito: July 20. Fly home: July 21.

Cost: $10,999 includes three nights in the luxury hotel–the Hilton Quito Colon, round trip airfare to and from Baltra, all meals on the boat, killer buffet lunch with the tortoises!, all park fees and related costs, all transfers, and a five star thank you dinner on the evening of July 13th.

Includes 13 full and one half day of photography plus a 90 minute early am panga ride on the last morning. In-the-field photo instruction and guidance. The greatest ever itinerary. By far. We visit every great spot on a single trip. I have been to most but there are several new exciting stops that I am thrilled about, most with nesting frigatebirds. The great spots that I have visited on various trips will include: Tower Island (including Prince Phillips Steps and Darwin Bay), Hood Island (including Punta Suarez, the world’s only nesting site of the Waved Albatross, and Gardner Bay)—each of the preceding are world class wildlife photography designations that rank right up there with Antarctica, Africa, and Midway), Fernandina, Peurto Ayora for the tortoises, Puerto Egas—James Bay, North Seymour, South Plaza, Black Turtle Cove, Floreana, Urbina Bay, China Hat, and I believe Rabida. Plus tons more.

And the world’s greatest Galapagos guide. By far. We will be the first boat on each island in the morning and the last boat to leave each island every afternoon. If we are blessed with overcast weather, we often spend as long as 6 ½ hours on our morning sessions. Midday snorkeling will be an option on most sunny days depending on location.

Note: some of the walks are strenuous. Great images are possible on all landings with a hand held 70-200mm lens (but I will have my 800 with me :)).

Not included: Your round-trip airfare from your home to and from Quito, beverages, phone calls, and the $500/person tip for the guide and the crew.

Strictly limited to 12 photographers plus the leader.