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Galapagos Gay Cruise 2024

Galapagos Ecuador Gay Group Cruise

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Galapagos Gay Cruise & Wildlife Tour

Yacht Isabela II

7 Days From/To Quito, Ecuador

May 25 – 31, 2024

 

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Gay Galapagos CruiseExisting in virtual isolation for millions of years, the Galapagos Islands are home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. Join this gay Galapagos cruise & wildlife tour and experience this abundance and variety of equatorial wildlife closely, as we walk, hike, snorkel, swim and imagine Darwin’s dream.

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Wander among unique animals on a Gay Galapagos tour

Nowhere else in the world can you see and experience such an abundance and variety of wildlife as in the Galapagos Islands. A naturalist’s dream, the Galapagos Islands lie on the Equator, 600 miles west of Ecuador and the South American coastline. Formed as a result of intense volcanic activity, they consist of 61 islands and islets, with 13 main islands. Existing in virtual isolation for millions of years, they are home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. More than 1,900 of its more than 5,000 species are endemic.

Charles Darwin observed the potential scientific bonanza of the islands’ flora and fauna in 1835 and was inspired to write his famous thesis, "On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection". Aside from a few roving pirates and buccaneers, the islands remained untouched by man for centuries.

During the Galapagos tour, our naturalist guide will fill us in on the extraordinary variety of plants and wildlife as we will visit and explore various islands. A bird watcher’s paradise, there are 29 species of land bird found here and 22 of them are endemic to the islands. On this adventure, you will see the world’s smallest penguins, the bright red-chested frigate birds, the flightless cormorants, boobies, hawks, owls, and lava gulls.

In the sea, you’ll experience the wonder of watching giant sea turtles swimming to their homes, and sea lions playfully splashing as you snorkel along looking at multitudes of colorful fish. All this from the comfort of a modern and well-appointed ship.

 

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Galapagos Gay Cruise Highlights

Begin your journey with two nights in Ecuador’s mountain capital of Quito

Relax on an upscale modern ship for four nights and enjoy the peace and quiet of these remote islands.

See exotic birds and wildlife in their native setting.

Visit the breeding grounds and sanctuary for giant green sea turtles.

Swim with sealions and view an amazing bounty of fish and sea life.

Hike along tidal lagoons, mangroves and bright, clean beaches.

Experience Darwin’s inspiration in a lovely and pristine setting.

Ask about availability of cabin types and also about land extensions around Quito and the mountains of Ecuador, such as to the exquisite new Mashpi Lodge.

Sail on our deluxe ship among the islands

Enjoy this once in a lifetime trek with a friendly group of gay men, lesbians, family and friends. (Please note that this is not a charter, so our gay group will be among other passengers on our comfortable ship.)

For a more active adventure, see our Gay Galapagos Land Tour

 

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Galapagos Gay Cruise Itinerary

Days 1 - 2 - Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos gay group cruiseWe arrive in Quito to begin our adventure. Since most flights arrive in the late evening, there are no official activities scheduled on arrival day.

After a good night’s sleep, we will spend today exploring Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, enjoying the Middle of the World and Intinan Museum along with the historic center plazas. We will have our Welcome Lunch today, while on our city tour. Enjoy a free evening tonight.

 

Day 3 - All aboard for the Wildlife Express!
Gay Galapagos cruise - seabirdAfter a morning flight from Quito via Guayaquil to Baltra Airport in the islands, we begin our exploration of the Northern Islands of the Galapagos. Our exact routing will depend on the Galapagos National Park Service, but the following is an example of the islands we may visit. Each day our naturalist-guides will lead us ashore on one island in the morning and another in the afternoon to view the variety of plant-life and marine and land animals, including flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, penguins, marine iguanas and giant tortoises.

Arrival on Baltra Island
After our late morning landing at Baltra Island we will go to the pier to board our ship. Once on-board we will have an orientation to our cruise, the boat drill and lunch.

Gay Galapagos cruise - Galapagos penguinsLas Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
After lunch we go to Las Bachas, on nearby Santa Cruz Island. This stretch of white sand beach that is broken up only by brackish lagoons that provide rich feeding areas flamingos, stilts and other wading birds. While ashore we will follow coastal and inland paths to see bird colonies, marine iguanas and sea lions. Once back on the ship we will meet up for our welcome cocktail, hear about our plan for the next day’s touring, and have our first dinner onboard our ship.

 

Day 4 - Bartolome Island and Santiago (Sullivan Bay) Island
Galapagos gay cruise - iguanasThis morning we will sail to the tiny Bartholomew (Bartolomé) Island. We will embark on our dinghies (inflatable boats for going ashore on islands with no pier) for an optional 375-foot climb on a wooden staircase to the summit, to enjoy a panoramic view of the landmark Pinnacle Rock. A tiny colony of Galapagos penguins resides at the foot of the rock. Ride the dinghy around this colossal-sized rock and enjoy the wildlife.

After lunch, we will head to Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. Located here is a white coral sand beach that is ideal for enjoying some time swimming and snorkeling, perhaps with penguins. As we set sail, look for the dolphins that live in this area, and which sometimes enjoy swimming alongside the boats.

 

Day 5 - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) Salt Mine – James Bay (Santiago Island)
Galapagos gay cruise - cactusThis morning we will enjoy a walk and enjoy the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. We will head past a brackish-water lagoon, frequented by ducks, American Flamingos, and shorebirds. As we make our way inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and western islands of the archipelago. Afterward, enjoy some snorkeling from the shore.

Galapagos gay adventureNext up is James Bay, as we follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. He spent about 6 days exploring this island in 1835. Mockingbirds, lava lizards, yellow warblers doves, hawks, and finches are just a handful of the species he encountered. We will head uphill for an amazing panoramic view. The salt from this lagoon was mined in the 20th century, but luckily the business didn’t take off.

 

Day 6 - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) / Fernandina Island
Galapagos gay cruise - Genovesa (Tower) IslandWe head to shore by dinghy today, to seek out colonies of Galapagos fur seals, Nazca boobies, penguins, and much more. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles. Back on board, we navigate along the Bolivar Channel, where nutrient-rich upwellings provide fertile fishing grounds for cetaceans.

We will end our journey on a high note by visiting the island of Fernandina, the youngest island of the archipelago, and arguably one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet. Punta Espinoza boasts a fantastic combination of apparently barren landscapes and abundant wildlife, all dominated by the lofty volcano at the heart of the island. Highlights to spot include hawks, penguins, vast numbers of marine iguanas, and the famous flightless cormorant, with its beguiling blue eyes.

 

Day 7 - Farewell to the Islands
Galapagos gay cruise - red feet birdsToday we make our way back to Baltra Island to the airport, for our flight back to Quito, with a stop in Guayaquil.

We will arrive in Quito in the late afternoon. We will reserve a hotel room in Quito tonight for anyone joining the Mashpi Extension or flying home the next day. However, if your flight home departs around midnight, you can stay at the airport or get a "day room" at a nearby hotel, and depart tonight.

 

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Mashpi Lodge, Andes Highlands Extension

After your immersion in the carefully preserved natural environment of the Galapagos, please consider joining our extension to the incredible new Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest in the Andes highlands outside Quito. This lodge opened in 2012 and quickly won awards for its unique architecture and commitment to blend as seamlessly as possible into the natural environment of the Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve.

 

Day 7 - An evening in Quito
Our Galapagos tour ends after we return to Quito on the last evening. For those staying on, we’ll spend tonight in Quito and begin our journey to the Andean Highlands the next day.

 

Day 8 - Journey to Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi Lodge gay tripA stay at Mashpi Lodge starts with a morning drive from Quito to the Lodge. Along with way make a stop at the recently-opened Tulipe archaeological site. This was the ceremonial grounds for the Yumbo people who lived in the region between about 800 AD and 1660 AD. They were known for their keen observation of the heavens from their high-mountain location right on the equator. Being near a major pass of the Andes, they also prospered as merchants on the trade routes between the Pacific coast indigenous communities, and those of the Amazon basin.

This 2.5-hour drive takes you to the edge of the Reserve, where you stop at the Hummingbird Viewpoint and change to an electric cart for the final 4 miles to the Lodge. (To give an idea of the variety of birds here, 22 species of hummingbirds alone have been found in the reserve, along with such fascinating species like the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and Club-Winged Manakin). In the afternoon, the Naturalist Guides will give you an overview of the Reserve and your activity options. All meals at the Lodge are included in the extension price, including night walks after dinner, accompanied by one of the Naturalist Guides.

 

Day 9 - Bird-Lover’s Paradise
Mashpi Lodge experienceThe day’s activities start with a guided hike before breakfast, when you can be out with the myriad species of birds and other animals as the actively (and noisily!) start their day. You will see why this region is considered one of the richest birding habitats in the world.

The Naturalist Guides offer a variety of activities throughout the day including hikes through the dense jungle or a chance to cool off under a cascading waterfall. Rubber boots, rain ponchos and binoculars are provided during your stay. There is even an aerial bicycle to let you glide through the jungle, leaving literally no footprint.

On the outbound journey there will be a mile-long gondola ride that allows hikes deeper in the rainforest, far from any roads. The 6-passenger gondolas ride high above the trees, allowing an overview of the vast forest canopy, and on the return journey the cables are much lower, so that visitors can get a more intimate view of the rich profusion of plants and animals that thrive below the tree canopy.

When you return to the Lodge, you can relax on the terrace, or in your room, each of which features north-facing floor-to-ceiling windows. One window can be opened, so if you wish you can wake up to the profusion of birds calling to each other at dawn.

 

Day 10 - Tulipe Archaeological Site
Ecuador gay tour - Tulipe Archaeological SiteTake one more nature hike this morning, then in late morning, start your return drive to Quito.

Along with way make a stop at the recently-opened Tulipe archaeological site. This was the ceremonial grounds for the Yumbo people who lived in the region between about 800 AD and 1660 AD. They were known for their keen observation of the heavens from their high-mountain location right on the equator. Being near a major pass of the Andes, they also prospered as merchants on the trade routes between the Pacific coast indigenous communities, and those of the Amazon basin.

We’ll be back in Quito in late afternoon.

Our tour extension ends with a drop-off at Quito Airport in time for evening flights. An optional overnight stay near Quito Airport can be added if you are taking a flight the next day.

OR Stay Longer and Visit Machu Picchu in Peru!

 

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Included:

• All accommodations in double occupancy for four nights on our ship, with private bath, and for two nights in a Quito hotel before the cruise;
• Cruise price shown is for a Classic Cabin, with one Master Suite Cabin available for an additional charge (all categories subject to availability at time of booking);
• Breakfast each day and one dinner in Quito, plus all meals on board our ship;
• All transportation from Quito to ship and back to Quito;
• Transfers between flights and hotel in Quito;
• Services of local guides, three naturalists on the ship, and a professional tour director (subject to minimum participation);
• Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100) and Migration Control Card ($20);
• All hotel service charges, government taxes, porterage, and meal gratuities when dining together.
HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.

 

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Mashpi Lodge Extension
• Mashpi Lodge Extension includes one night in Quito, two nights at Mashpi Lodge;
• Round-trip transportation between Quito and the Lodge (about 2.5 hours each way);
• All meals at the Lodge and non-alcoholic beverages;
• Guided touring each day;
• Use of rain ponchos, rubber boots and binoculars;
• Visit to Tulipe archaeological site.

 

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Not Included:

• Transportation to and from Quito;
• 2 lunches and 1 dinner;
• Airport departure fees (though this will be included in air ticket fees);
• Gratuities to naturalists, ship crew, and guides;
• Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.

 

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Trip FAQ

Where does the tour start and end?
This tour starts and ends in Quito, Ecuador.

 

What is the Activity Level of This Tour?
Many of the twice-daily shore excursions require wading through shallow water as there are often not piers for the boats to tie off on. Walking on the islands is often across rugged terrain without smooth paths. Snorkeling is available on many days, but is optional.

 

What if I am traveling alone?
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.

 

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Yacht Isabela II

Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 21-stateroom Isabela II goes beyond traditional cruising. It's an expeditionary approach that allows you to authentically discover and explore the natural wonders of this region. The Isabela II is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Isabela II's crew and expert Naturalists, who share their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world.

 

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The Isabela II features a Jacuzzi, exercise room, outdoor lounge, and an observation platform for dolphin and whale watching on the top deck. The ship's dining room, lounge, and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room. All staterooms are outside and feature air-conditioning, private bathrooms, hairdryers, and safety deposit boxes.

 

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Ship Amenities
• Friendly, English-speaking crew
• Cruise Director
• Multilingual Naturalists
• Multimedia natural history lectures
• Stargazing program
• Observation lounge
• Bar/Lounge and Sun Deck Bar
• Gift Shop
• Reading Room & Natural History Library
• Business center with Wi-Fi access
• Jacuzzi
• Snorkeling equipment including wetsuits
• Glass-bottom boat
• Sea Kayaks
• Hydrophone and "splashcam" for exploring the underwater world
• Air-conditioned throughout
• Resident physician
• Cultural highlights on board

 

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Dining on ship
• Menus that feature the very best international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes
• Cocktail party
• Spacious, open-seating dining room
• One sitting at mealtimes
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, coffee, and cookies throughout the day
• Social hour and drink specials in the Lounge
• Buffet breakfast and lunch
• Complimentary juices
• Upscale bar serving premium spirits

 

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Stateroom Features
• Bedside tables with reading lamps
• Easy under-bed luggage storage
• Complimentary reusable water bottle
• Individual climate control
• Shower
• Hairdryer
• Internal communication system
• In-room safe
• Large mirror in bathroom

 

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Galapagos Gay Cruise & Wildlife Tour 2024 Prices

Tour Date Description
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Per person
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Single Occupancy
Per person
$ (USD)
Availability

Classic Cabin. Cruise/Tour Only.

$ 6,998

$ 10,498

Tour Only, Per Person

$ 3,100

$ 4,400

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Min. Deposit: $1000. Balance Due not later than 90 days before departure

Price does not include payment card charges.

Owner’s Cabin: $ 7,348 (Per Person in a shared cabin – just 1 cabin of this type available)

Smaller Single Standard Cabin: $ 9,988 (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private cabin and bathroom – just 1 cabin of this type is available)

Owner's Cabin Single: $ 10,698 (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a deluxe private cabin and bathroom – just 1 cabin of this type is available)

 

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