Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, & Cloud Forests
With San Diego Botanic Garden
Led by Julian & Leslie Duval
Tuesday, September 25 – Sunday, October 7, 2018
$7465 per person/double occupancy. $1740 single supplement (subject to availability)
Price includes transportation, accommodations and meals.
Price based upon a minimum of 16 passengers
Visit 3 different eco-systems on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, including the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, and Cloud Forests – all of which are on many travelers ‘bucket lists’ – and for good reason!
The Amazon Rainforest makes up the largest region in Ecuador and is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. It stretches across nine countries and takes up 7% of the earths land mass. Yet, it houses half of the earth’s plant species. Because of that, rare and unusual birds, mammals, reptiles and insects thrive there. Just 62 acres of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador supports over 1,100 species of trees – more species of trees and bushes in one hectare than in all of North America!
Thanks to a lack of natural predators, the Galapagos Islands is a naturalists paradise with access to friendly wildlife such as playful sea lions and Giant Galapagos Tortoises that let visitors get up close and personal. This archipelago of 19 islands and many smaller inlets is a Double World Heritage site (both land and sea are protected) and served as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
On this trip, we will visit the such unique places as:
• The Mindo Cloud Forest, where you’ll hike through pristine forests that house 450 different species of birds, as well as an amazing array of butterflys, orchids, mammals, reptiles and amphibians
• The Canopy Walk on Liana Chica walking trail, where you’ll get an up-close and personal view of the rainforest canopy, giving you a ‘birds-eye view’ of the wonders of the tropical rainforest
• The Museum of Natural History on Galapagos Island, that showcase the origin of the islands, the arrival of the different species on the islands, and significant events relating to the discovery and the colonization of the islands
• A beautiful white coral sandy beach on Galapagos, guarded by a colony of sea lions, where you can walk along the shore and spot lava lizards, marine iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird, and the worlds’ largest colony of Waved Albatross
• Charles Darwin Station where the Giant Galapagos Tortoise breeding program takes place as part of the Island’s effort to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment for generations to come.
Valid passport mandatory
To register, please contact:
Specialty Travel Consultant & Garden Tours Director
Photos by Dain Van Schoyck, Pelin Karaca, Lisa Palmese Graubard, Laura Hare.