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

Hidden Wonders of Life & Galapagos

Join 20 like-minded people in March 2022 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: Baltra, Ecuador

Duration: 16 nights

Departure Date: 25 Mar 2022

Pricing: from $21,422

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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 25 Mar 2022

    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 26 Mar 2022

    Santiago, Chile

    Pleasure your palate with the robust flavors of Chilean wines on a full-day wine-tasting tour of the Casablanca Valley from Santiago. Famed for its agricultural perfection, the splendid scenery and smooth wines of the Casablanca Valley are sure to impress during visits to four vineyards. 

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    Day 03

    Saturday 27 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 28 Mar 2022

    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 29 Mar 2022

    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 30 Mar 2022

    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 31 Mar 2022

    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 01 Apr 2022

    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 02 Apr 2022

    Quito | Baltra | Embark

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

    Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is truly the entrance to the Galapagos Islands. Despite not being considered as part of the National Park proper, Baltra definitely offers a taste of the weird and wonderful nature that thrives on the islands.

    Silver Origin (B/D)

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    Day 10

    Sunday 03 Apr 2022

    Genovesa Island

    Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. 

    Silver Origin (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Monday 04 Apr 2022

    North Seymour Island

    The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead.

     

    Silver Origin (B/L/D)

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    Day 12

    Tuesday 05 Apr 2022

    Fernandina Island/Isabela Island

    Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves. A rewarding place for bird-watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds and land birds all in the same place. The different species of mangroves: Red, White and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juveniles’ sharks and green sea turtles. 

    Impressive Pahoehoe lava field that lies between two active volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the south coast of Isabela Island. The rich waters of Cromwell current wash the shores, and as a result, you can see the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks, flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins diving for food. 

    Silver Origin (B/L/D)

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    Day 13

    Wednesday 06 Apr 2022

    Santa Cruz Island/Isla Santa Fe

    Silver Origin 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 centre’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs.

    The island is home to a reptile that exists nowhere else in the world: The Santa Fe Land Iguana. A beach covered by sea lions is the beginning of our adventure where sea lions’ pups welcome the visitors with their naive curiosity. Then a rocky terrain will guide us to explore the island and the view from the cliff becomes a reward by itself. View some of the tallest and the widest prickly pear cactus of the islands. Also know for beautiful snorkelling and kayaking.

    Silver Origin (B/L/D)

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    Day 14

    Thursday 07 Apr 2022

    Isla Champion/Espanola Island

    Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. 

    Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. 

    Silver Origin (B/L/D)

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    Day 15

    Friday 08 Apr 2022

    San Cristobel

    An impressive tuff cone has been carved by erosion into an outstanding natural sculpture, being a resting place for marine birds such as blue-footed bobbies and brown pelicans. One of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galapagos (swim or snorkel). View sea lions, sally lightfooted crabs, blue-footed bobbies. Behind the dunes, you find a coastal lagoon, which was visited in the past by the locals to extract salt, today it is home to some shorebirds such as stilts and plovers. 

    Silver Origin (B/L/D)

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    Day 16

    Saturday 09 Apr 2022

    Disembark | San Cristobal | 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 10 Apr 2022

    Guayaquil, Ecuador | Australia

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

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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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  • 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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