Hidden Wonders of Life & Galapagos Hidden Wonders of Life & Galapagos

Hidden Wonders of Life & Galapagos

Join 20 like-minded people in March 2021 for an environmental 16-night overload. For logistical reasons, we’ll commence with 2 nights in Chile before spending a night in Quito. Transfer to Mashpi Lodge in the upper Amazon nestled between lower montane rainforest and cloud forests. The Lodge is a luxurious outpost in the middle of a lush, green world, 70 percent of which is primary forest. The Mashpi Reserve – a steaming, breathing and living place.  

Return to Quito for 2 more nights at Quito’s most luxurious hotel, Casa Gangotena, which occupies a pivotal spot in Quito’s Old Town.

For the next phase of the journey, we fly to San Cristobal where we’ll board Silversea’s first purpose built expedition ship, Silver Origin. Never before have the islands been so superbly presented: a team of Ecuadorian national expert guides, the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos, 8 Zodiacs, seamless hybrid spaces that offer an extraordinary voyage – for extraordinary people. All-suite accommodation, Horizon Balconies, butler service, sophisticated interiors, interactive basecamp and Ecuadorian inspired cuisine.

Spend 7 amazing nights exploring Galapagos Islands which requires no introduction. This amazing tour is limited to just 20 people. We await your call.

Destinations: Galapagos, South America

Commencing: San Cristobal, Ecuador

Duration: 16 nights

Departure Date: 26 Mar 2021

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Highlights

  • Click here to view our tour video (coming soon)
  • Small group limited to only 20 guests
  • Fully hosted by a professional Latitude 33 Tour Host

Mashpi Lodge | Part of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

  • Uniquely located in Mashpi Reserve - a mega-biodiverse private forest reserve
  • A hideaway in the forest only accessible to its privileged guests
  • Built using the latest techniques in sustainable construction
  • A steaming, breathing and living place
  • A staggering 400 species of birds, of which 36 are endemic, are estimated to inhabit the forests of Mashpi​

Silver Origin | First destination specific ship built by Silversea

  • Newest ship in the Silversea fleet
  • All suite accommodation
  • A team of Ecuadorian national expert guides onboard
  • Highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos
  • All shore excursions
  • Highest number of Zodiacs® per guest in the region
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship –select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Friday 26 Mar 2021

    Australia | Santiago, Chile

    Welcome to Santiago!

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check in.

    The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

     

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    Day 02

    Saturday 27 Mar 2021

    Santiago, Chile

    Today is a day at leisure.

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    Day 03

    Sunday 28 Mar 2021

    Santiago, Chile | Quito, Ecuador

    This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Quito.

    On arrival in Quito we will be met and transferred to our hotel for the evening, Hotel Casa Gangotena.

    Hotel Casa Gangotena (B)

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    Day 04

    Monday 29 Mar 2021

    Quito | Mashpi, Ecuador

    After breakfast we will transfer to the Mashpi Reserve and the stunning Mashpi Lodge.

    Mashpi Lodge sits at 950 meters (3,117 feet) above sea level. Nestled between lower montane rainforest and cloud forests in the heart of a 1,200-hectare (3,000-acre) private reserve, the Lodge is a luxurious outpost in the middle of a lush, green world, 70 percent of which is primary forest.

    Species thrive here, not only those within the realms of our understanding, but also those yet to be discovered. The Mashpi Frog and Magnolia are both endemic to this very forest and were only identified in the last few years – imagine what other creatures remain undiscovered!

    Mashpi Lodge (B-L-D) 

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    Day 05

    Tuesday 30 Mar 2021

    Masphi, Ecuador

    Mashpi, located in the northwest corner of the Metropolitan District of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, provides guests with an unprecedented opportunity to explore both cloud forest and rainforest – two types of ecosystems that are highly rich in species and biodiversity.

    From the roots of the trees all the way up and over the canopy, guests will always be accompanied by experienced and insightful guides, most of which grew up playing around inside these same forests.

    Mashpi Lodge (B-L-D) 

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    Day 06

    Wednesday 31 Mar 2021

    Masphi, Ecuador

    A staggering 400 species of birds – of which 36 are endemic (meaning they are found nowhere else in the world) – are estimated to inhabit the forests of Mashpi. Monkeys, peccaries and even pumas make their homes inside the Reserve’s dramatic, verdant hills which are dotted by majestic waterfalls.

    A myriad of invertebrates and amphibians inhabit this world. While you’d be lucky to catch a glimpse of many of these shy creatures, a network of camera traps allows to us to sneakily observe their movements in breathtaking proximity and clarity.

    Mashpi Lodge (B-L-D) 

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    Day 07

    Thursday 01 Apr 2021

    Mashpi | Quito, Ecuador

    Today we bid farewell to Mashpi Lodge and transfer back to Quito. On arrival in Quito we will check into our hotel, Casa Gangotena and the rest of the day is at your leisure. 

    Hotel Casa Gangotena (B)

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    Day 08

    Friday 02 Apr 2021

    Quito, Ecuador

    Today we venture out on a day tour of Quito.

    We will visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture.  Quitos colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. We will visit also the temple of *La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior.  We continue to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World.  Then we will continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. north of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where we can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. 

    Hotel Casa Gangotena (B)

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    Day 09

    Saturday 03 Apr 2021

    Quito | San Cristobal | Embark

    Today we will transfer to Quito Airport and fly to San Cristobal to board Silver Origin and begin our Galapagos adventure!

    Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 10

    Sunday 04 Apr 2021

    Bartolome/Playa Espumilla

    Playa Espumilla is located on the northwestern side of Santiago Island and is home to a variety of wildlife including nesting green sea turtles, and plentiful birds such as flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels, and American Oystercatchers.

    Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life. The trail then leads inland to a fragrant Palo Santo (incense tree) forest before looping back to the beach in a lazy circuit past the mangrove-fringed lagoon, where you can watch shorebirds work the mudflats for their dinner.

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 11

    Monday 05 Apr 2021

    Punta Vicente/Punta Espinoza

    With the gentle slopes of La Cumbre volcano in the distance, the low, lava-forged coast of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of marine iguanas rest on the black rock of recent lava flows absorbing heat from the stone and defending their territories against one another.

    Galapagos sea lions and their pups also take shelter here, resting on the beach and playing in the shallow tide pools sprinkled along the coast. Walk past high sandy areas where marine iguanas lay their eggs and along low, shallow mangrove ponds ringed with bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs and Flightless Cormorants drying their stubby wings in the sunshine.

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 12

    Tuesday 06 Apr 2021

    Caleta Tagus/Bahia Elizabeth

    The tranquil inlets of Elizabeth Bay are the perfect spot for a Zodiac cruise. First pass the “Las Marielas” islets, which are home to Blue-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Then journey on into the bay flanked by the massive volcanoes of Sierra Negra and Alcedo and continue past fresh and desolate lava fields heading towards tall green mangrove trees growing out of black lava shores. In the easternmost embayment lies a hidden inlet. Our nimble Zodiacs can enter this small cove to look for sea turtles, rays and even sharks. 

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 13

    Wednesday 07 Apr 2021

    Islote Campion/Punta Cormorant

    Floreana Island’s northernmost point is called Punta Cormorant – named after the British naval vessel HMS Cormorant and dating back to the late 19th century. From the landing beach a short track leads to a shallow lagoon that is famous for its flamingos.

    The trail then scales a low hillside through scattered Palo Santo trees to reveal an idyllic white-sand beach on the other side of the point. Standing at the edge of the lapping waves, you might spot mammoth female sea turtles hauling themselves out of the sea to lay eggs in the sugar sand dunes that lay high above the tide line. 

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 14

    Thursday 08 Apr 2021

    Cerro Dragon/Santa Cruz

    On the northern shore of Santa Cruz stretch the Las Bachas beaches. The two beaches together span a full kilometer. A short track leads visitors inland towards a shallow pond with the opportunity to spot flamingos, migratory birds in season, and scavenging shorebirds.

    The name “Las Bachas” derives from the mispronounced term “barges” –which the American forces had left behind after World War II. On our visit to Las Bachas there will be the chance to swim from one of the two sandy beaches and to look for sea turtles that use Las Bachas as one of their major nesting sites in the islands.

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 15

    Friday 09 Apr 2021

    Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora

    Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.

    Silver Origin (B-L-D)

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    Day 16

    Saturday 10 Apr 2021

    Disembark | Baltra | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today our journey aboard Silver Origin comes to an end. On disembarking we will transfer to the airport for our onward flight to Guayaquil. 

    On arrival into Guayaquil we will transfer to our hotel for the evening.

     

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    Day 17

    Sunday 11 Apr 2021

    Guayaquil, Ecuador | Australia

    Today you will transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)

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Inclusions

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01 | FLIGHTS AND TRANSFER

  • Return airport transfers in Australia*
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia (Premium & Business Class Upgrades Available)
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability 
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

  • Five star hotel in Santiago | 2 nights
  • Hotel Casa Gangotena, Quito | 3 nights (1 night pre & 2 post Mashpi Lodge
  • Mashpi Lodge | 3 nights
  • Silver Origin | 7 nights
  • Guayaquil | 1 night Post cruise
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03 | MASHPI LODGE

  • All gourmet meals included
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day 
  • Customized tours of the Reserve with one local and one specialized and experienced Naturalist Guide
  • Daily excursions exploring the surrounding, primary forest
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the Lodge
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  • Superior-veranda-suite
  • Origin Lounge-Terrace
  • Origin Dining
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04 | SILVER ORIGIN

  • All suite accommodation
  • A team of Ecuadorian national expert guides onboard
  • Highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos
  • Highest number of Zodiacs® per guest in the region
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship –select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
 
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