Galapagos Escapade - Nemo III (Itinerary B) Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Ecuador
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
WGP
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

Days Flight Inclusive
10 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you. Travel on board the Nemo III, a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran, and explore this enchanted world, characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and turquoise waters. Step over snoozing Sea lions, watch the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies or snorkel with turtles, sharks and rays.

At a Glance

  • Travel by internal flight, catamaran and minibus
  • Island walks and snorkelling excursions included
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min. age 16 years
  • 7 nights on board the Nemo III in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, 2 nights comfortable hotel 

Trip Highlights

  • Spend seven nights on-board a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • Snorkel with iridescent fish, playful sea lions and turtles
  • Experience the fantastic on-board service with an expert naturalist guide
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board.

Is This Trip for You?

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

It is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

Each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark the Nemo III into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types - wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However, in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving the Nemo II and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles, Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be either one or two snorkelling sessions.

Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however, is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort.

We offer Galapagos cruises in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus' minimum age for this trip. 

Please note that there is limited mobile reception in the Galapagos (apart from on the inhabited islands) and no wifi on board the Nemo III. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The cruise is led by an English-speaking guide registered with the Galapagos National Park service.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Quito
End City:
Guayaquil Airport

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Quito.

    There are no included activities for this day so clients are free to arrive at any time.  However, we do suggest you aim to arrive by early evening as a local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.

    Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Discover Quito at your leisure.

    Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.

    Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Fly to Baltra Airport on the Galapagos & Bachas Beach

    Morning Fly to Galapagos: This morning we transfer to Quito Airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. Be prepared for an early start as this could mean leaving the hotel around 6:00am. A USD20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito and a USD100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival in the Galapagos. Please have cash on hand to pay for these.

    On arrival in the Galapagos we are met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to our boat, the Nemo III, which will be anchored a short distance away in Santa Cruz. Once on board we'll be assigned our cabins, meet the crew and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over lunch. For the rest of your schedule you will follow Itinerary B. 

    Afternoon Bachas Beach: Navigate to Bachas beach. The name is “Spanglish” for 'barges', which were wrecked offshore during World War II. There is a delightful swimming beach here with a lagoon behind, and a longer beach for a stroll and wildlife-watching. The saltwater lagoon often has Great Blue herons and small waders such as Sanderlings. Both beaches are nesting areas for Green sea turtles which leave tracks in the sand, especially from November to February.

    Nemo III

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Genovesa Island

    Our overnight navigation brings us to Genovesa. The most northerly island in the Galapagos is renowned for the sheer number of birds living on its volcanic cliffs. There are large populations of Red-footed boobies, Storm petrels, frigatebirds, tropicbirds and nocturnal Swallow-tailed gulls here. A challenging walk up a steep cliff and a trail through a Palo Santo forest takes us past the nesting sites for many of these birds. There is also time at Darwin Bay, where we land on a small coral beach near the caldera of a collapsed volcano - an excellent spot for photography of the many birds in this area.

    Nemo III

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Santiago & Santa Cruz

    Morning Santiago Island: In the morning we take a panga over to Sullivan Bay. The main attraction of this bay are the broad Pahoehoe or rope lava flows.It is one of the most incredible places to compare the lava flows and their characteristics.

    Afternoon Santa Cruz Island: After lunch we navigate to Santa Cruz Island. Cerro Dragon’, situated in the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island, is named after the fact that in 1975, it was one of the only sites in this island where land iguanas were found in a healthy state. The iguanas were studied and then transported to a place specifically designed for breeding these animals in captivity. Luckily this measure allowed them to be saved from wild dogs and other domestic animals gone feral. In 1979 the first specimens were born and the populations were transported to the island of Venice. Several iguanas have reproduced on this island, then they were repatriated on Dragon Hill in 1990. In the lagoons, there are shrimp, which serves as food for flamingos; at certain times of the year the shrimp is more abundant and therefore the population of these birds is larger.

    Nemo III

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Santa Cruz Island

    Morning Santa Cruz Highlands: Today's excursion allows us to discover the highlands of Santa Cruz and its incredible vegetation zones. We visit a private finca called 'Las Primicias' which offers the best possibility to see Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

    Afternoon Charles Darwin Research Station: Our next visit will be the Charles Darwin Research Centre to begin learning about the ecology of the islands, their origin and formation. You can also see the famous Galapagos giant tortoise hatchery which is based here.

    Nemo III

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Isabela Island

    Morning Punta Moreno: Today we wake up on the south coast of Isabela, the largest island of the Galapagos Archipelago. Isabela was formed by five giant volcanic craters, all of which are still considered active. The island is located in one of the youngest geological areas in the world, having been formed less than 1 million years ago. Our morning begins at Punta Moreno where we take a panga ride along the beautiful rocky shores where Galapagos penguins and shore birds are frequently seen. After a dry landing the path traverses through jagged black lava rock. As the swirling black lava flow gave way to form craters, crystal tide pools formed, some of which are surrounded by mangroves. This is a magnet for Pink flamingos, Blue herons, and Bahama pintail ducks. You can walk to the edge of the lava to look straight down on these pools where you might spot the occasional Green sea turtle, White-tipped shark or Puffer fish.

    Afternoon Urbina Bay: In the afternoon we navigate to Urbina Bay, an area that was uplifted by 4 metres in 1954. Walk here amongst exposed coral heads, wandering Galapagos giant tortoises and huge land iguanas. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and Brown pelicans nest in this area as well.

    Nemo III

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Fernandina & Isabela Islands

    Morning Espinoza Point (Fernandina): This morning we visit Fernandina Island, the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape but wildlife thrives here - flightless coromorants build their nests on the point, Sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and large numbers of Marine iguanas dot the sand.

    Afternoon Tagus Cove (Isabela): After lunch we navigate to Tagus Cove, a beautiful and well protected spot sheltered by two volcanic craters, on the west coast of Isabela, directly east of Fernandina. Thanks to its sheltered position this cove has been used as an anchorage for over 300 years. The walking trail ascends through a dry vegetation zone offering spectacular views of Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the top of the trail it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones and on a clear day we may even catch a glimpse of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes.

    Nemo II

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    Santiago Island

    Morning Puerto Egas: After navigating to Santiago Island, we disembark at Puerto Egas on the dark sand beaches of James Bay. Our visit begins with a walk along the rocky coast to view some of the Galapagos Island's best tide pools. Sponges, snails, Hermit crabs, barnacles and fish including the endemic four-eyed Blenny can be seen, amongst a variety of shore birds, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and Sea lions. This site is named after Hector Egas who attempted to mine salt here, an industry that was abandoned in the 1950's. Bird lovers will be delighted with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of Darwins finches, the endemic Galapagos hawk, or the colourful Vermillion flycatcher. There is a Fur seal grotto here, where Fur seals and Sea lions can be seen swimming in the rocky lava ringed pools.

    Afternoon Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove: We also visit Espumilla Beach today, one of the most idyllic locations in the Galapagos Islands and an important nesting site for marine turtles. Espumilla beach is also well known for its Palo Santo Forest and some extraordinary lava formations. Caleta Bucanero (Buccaneer Cove) is our final stop. This natural monument of rocks caused by sea erosion was used by pirates to careen their ships and is a place of local legends and stories!

    Nemo III

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

    Morning Daphne Island: This morning we have a circumnavigation of Daphne Island, an important centre for scientific research. There are very strict limits about the numbers of visitors allowed on Daphne at any one time and as such, we don't disembark here but will see the volcanic formations and bird life from the boat before returning the short distance to Baltra. 

    Afternoon transfer out to Baltra Airport: We say farewell to the Galapagos Islands after this morning's excursion and head to the airport on Baltra for our flight to Guayaquil where the holiday ends. At Guayaquil airport it's possible to connect with international flights this evening from 6pm onwards. Land only clients may prefer to organise post-tour accommodation for the night in Guayaquil and organise their international flights for the following day in case of any delays returning from the Galapagos.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Post-trip Extensions

Napo Wildlife Centre Extension (XGN)

Spend three nights in a luxurious eco-lodge overlooking Anangucocha Lake, and experience one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet - the Amazon Rainforest. The Napo Wildlife Centre is one of the best eco-lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Located deep within Yasuni National Park, Napo Wildlife Centre is perched on a hillside in the heart of the forest. Its small number of rooms and large private reserve means that visitors have excellent chances of spotting some of the many mammals living in the forest. In this region over 500 species of bird have been recorded, as well as numerous monkey species, tamarins, tapirs, sloths, jaguars (rarely seen), caimans and lizards. The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details. 

Price from: £1749 (compulsory supplement of £820 for single travellers)

Accommodation

Catamaran - Nemo III

The Nemo III is a First Class Motor Sail Catamaran with an outside lounge and dining area, an inside lounge/bar area and a spacious sun deck, perfect for relaxing and observing the incredible Galapagos landscape. There are three Superior cabins with one single upper bed and one lower double bed, two Comfortable cabins with two single lower beds, and three Standard cabins, two with double beds and one with two single lower beds. All cabins have air conditioning and en suite bathrooms - as this is a catamaran, cabin space is limited and some of the cabins are accessed by a small wooden staircase since they are below deck. Beach towels are provided and there are also two sea kayaks on board for passenger use.

Please note that a lot of the travelling between islands is done overnight, so some cabin noise and movement should be expected.

Boat specifications:

First Class Motor Sail Catamaran
16 passenger capacity with 3 superior cabins, 2 comfortable cabins and 3 standard cabins. 
Crew: 6 + 1 naturalist guide 
Length: 21.88m 
Beam: 10.39m 2 Engines

Virtual 360 Tour - Nemo III
http://nemofleet.com/360/virtual-tour-nemo-iii/

 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included. 

Meals onboard the Nemo III are included and will be served in a buffet style. There is a wide choice of food available, including vegetarian options.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. US$4 per beer, US$30 for a bottle of wine, around US$7 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea and coffee is freely available at no additional charge.

Should you have specific dietary requirements it is essential that you inform us at least 2 weeks prior to your departure.

Transportation

On the mainland transport is in private air-conditioned minibuses and in the Galapagos we use the Nemo III for our main navigation and small semi-inflatable pangas (motorised boats or Zodiacs) for landings.

Internal flights between Quito/Guayquil and the Galapagos Islands are included for all clients and will be booked by Exodus.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

In Quito and the highlands it should be warm by day and generally dry. Maximum daytime temperatures are almost constant throughout the year at 20ºC, nights 8ºC. Some rain can be expected in February to May and October to November but storms, though heavy, are generally short, and Quito is considered to have quite a pleasant climate.

It is possible to visit the Galapagos at any time of year, though the weather patterns are complicated and cannot be reduced to easy formulas. The weather is controlled by the two main ocean currents of the region, the Humboldt, bringing cold water from the Antarctic, and El Nino, which brings tropical water from the Gulf of Panama. How close to Galapagos they converge (which varies from year to year) is the key to the weather.

'Dry season'

Generally speaking, late May to early December is the cooler 'dry' season. In this period it is not necessarily dry, as there is a persistent light mist (garua) and often light drizzle, and the higher mountain slopes are covered in cloud and fog or rain. At this time the winds are in the southeast and are higher than at other times, so seas can sometimes be choppy and anyone worried about seasickness might be better advised to avoid it. Daytime maximum temperatures lie between 27ºC and 31ºC, the cooler months being July to November. In July and August the fairly strong winds introduce a chill factor, and it can feel quite cold at nights, though throughout the year the official night temperatures vary between 19ºC and 24ºC.

'Wet season'

Depending on how close the convergence of the two currents comes to Galapagos, there may or may not be a wet season from January to April or May. Approximately every seven years the El Nino current actually hits the islands and there will be heavy rains in these months. In other years there will be more or less rain, usually falling sporadically from otherwise clear skies. The ocean temperatures are higher, with generally calm seas and strong sunshine: pleasant, but potentially very hot. Apart from an El Nino year, the weather is usually better from December/January to April/May than at other times even if there is some rain, and most people would regard these months as the best time to go.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 10 days starting in Quito and ending in Guayaquil

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Quito in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival transfers for any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients, so no matter which flight you choose to arrive on you will be met and transferred to your hotel. We do not offer free departure transfers on this trip because the tour ends at Guayaquil airport. All those taking advantage of the free airport arrival transfers must provide full flight details in advance; unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge; transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.

Location start:
Quito
Location end:
Guayaquil Airport

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sunglasses

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Strong-soled shoes for walking on the islands

Flashlight/Torch

Due to the limited storage facilities available on the boat, hard suitcases will be difficult to store so we recommend that you take a soft holdall or rucksack for this trip so that your bag can be unpacked into the cabin storage and your holdall stowed away in the cabin.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 20kg

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Canvas shoes or waterproof sandals for wading ashore if you don't like wet landings

Swimming gear

Waterproofs

Camera

Spare memory cards and batteries

Binoculars.

Practical Information

Passport

Ecuador

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Ecuador

British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy. 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

If you are travelling via the USA and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British and western European citizens with a machine readable passport are), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a US$14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa for further information. All other nonresidents passing through the US must get a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy or consulate for more details on how to obtain a visa.

Vaccination

Ecuador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

If you will spend any time in the Amazon Rainforest we recommend a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that your certificate of vaccination may be inspected on arrival to this region.

Malaria is also a risk in some areas of the country (including the Amazon Rainforest) so we suggest you consult a doctor for more advice. 

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador will be required to show valid medical insurance on arrival and cannot enter the country without it.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Ecuador's Timezone:
America/Lima -05 (GMT -05:00)

Electricity

Ecuador's Electricity:

120 Volts. Plug types A & B; establishments often take two flat parallel pin plugs.

Money

Ecuador's Currency

The national currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2018) of approximately 1.28 to the GBP,  0.76 to the CAD, 1.14 to the EUR, 0.73 to the AUD and 0.67 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

You should carry your money in US Dollars cash, since sterling can be difficult to change and may incur a poor exchange rate. Please note that obtaining change for larger denomination banknotes (USD100 and USD50) can be difficult. Try to carry a number of small notes (USD1 or USD5) as many small businesses and taxis do not carry large amounts of change. 

ATMs accepting major credit and debit cards are readily available in Quito and Guayaquil, but access in the Galapagos is limited. Please contact your bank before travel to ensure compatibility and take more than one card with you as we have had reports of some debit cards not being accepted. 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

On this trip there is a compulsory Galapagos Tax of USD100, which can only be paid locally and will be collected by the National Park Service on arrival at Baltra. In addition, all visitors to the Galapagos are required to obtain an immigration control card in mainland Ecuador - this costs USD20 per person and will be supplied and paid for locally. The port of Isabela has started charging a disembarkation fee of USD20 which can only be paid locally. When travelling to Isabela Island on the B itinerary, this fee will apply and be collected on arrival.

Please note that Galapagos taxes are subject to increase without notice, and any such increase will be collected in Quito or Baltra. 

All food is included onboard Nemo III, but for the days before and after the cruise we provide breakfast only and you should budget roughly USD10 - 15 for lunch, and USD15-20 for your main evening meals (22% tax included). It is of course possible to eat more cheaply or expensively than this, and the cost estimates don't include alcohol. Tipping is customary in restaurants and cafes throughout Ecuador, and we recommend leaving a tip of between 10 and 15% of the total bill if the service charge is not already included. Drinks and incidentals are quite expensive in the Galapagos as everything is imported from the mainland.

Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) is available free of charge on the Nemo II, and wetsuits can be hired for USD5 per day. Additional fees apply if the equipment is damaged. Alternatively, you can bring your own equipment to ensure a good fit.

It is not possible to pay by credit card or travellers cheques for incidentals or other costs incurred whilst on board.

Tipping

Tipping is an optional but very much customary practice in Ecuador and forms part of the service culture. Due to the dominance of US visitors in the destination, tips are reasonably high and this is likely to add up during your stay. Please remember that you are never under any obligation to give a tip and you should only do so when you are happy with the service you have received. To show appreciation to local guides on the mainland, a tip of around USD3-5 per day from each group member is sufficient. Drivers and other local staff may be given closer to USD1-2 in tips per day. On the Nemo II we recommend each passenger consider USD15 per day for the crew and USD10 per day for the guide. You can leave tips in envelopes that are placed in your cabin on this last day of your journey.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.