Photography Lovers Tour to Scenic Galapagos, Mindo, Otavalo & Quito

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Galapagos / Ecuador

Places Visited

Quito, Mindo, Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal Island...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

Intimate encounters, prolific wildlife, endemic subjects, and surreal landscapes... the Galapagos Islands excel in creating an evocative haven for wildlife photographers. On this eight-day photography tour to Galapagos and Ecuador, you explore the sublime sites that lie both above and below the water. The remarkable wildlife congregations are devoid of other tourists and there's no need to rush. Zicasso's tours...

Detailed Description

Wildlife photography tours should always offer new and interesting subjects, intimate encounters, plus surreal landscapes that challenge and reward your skills. The Galapagos Islands excel on all these promises, taking you into a realm of prolific wildlife and mystical backdrops. On these isolated volcanic pinnacles, you're close enough to hear the delicate interaction between mating seabirds. You're close enough to reach out and touch giant endemic reptiles. And you're close enough to take your time and truly savor the photographic challenge. There's no waiting for tourists to depart the frame as this custom photography tour to Galapagos and Ecuador takes you in a small group to the iconic locations on the islands. At each wildlife site, you have near-exclusive access to its prolific wildlife, whether that's a mass seabird breeding ground or magical marine realm.

Your tailored itinerary is centered around an eight-day yacht cruise through the Galapagos Islands. This length of time enables you to visit the fringes of the archipelago and its rarest sights, like the red-footed boobies of Genovesa as well as the penguins and flightless cormorants of Fernandina. Panoramas of the islands come from the upper sundeck while the well-appointed ensuite cabins ensure you're fresh for each early-morning of wildlife photography. Snorkeling excursions are a huge part of the Galapagos experience, and you'll be in the water every day, capturing pelagic creatures like rays and reef sharks. Dolphins and whales are also regularly encountered so always have the camera to hand. Over the eight days, you tick off all the iconic Galapagos creatures, culminating with thousands of giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island.

The Galapagos provides a fresh alternative to other popular wildlife photography destinations. There's no guessing about what you will see. Guides already know exactly where these rare species will be found. There's also no need to fumble and rush your first glimpse of an animal; while the range of most species is small, they inhabit the Galapagos in their tens of thousands. Patience isn't as compulsory as many other wildlife destinations. And neither is a gargantuan zoom lens. You're guaranteed to get within just a few meters of almost all the archipelago's famous characters. Our Galapagos Islands tour companies and agents ensure that you get the closest and most exclusive peek at the endemic wildlife.

On either side of the luxury cruise, there are two very different subjects to photograph. Spend a day with hummingbirds in the Mindo cloud forest, attempting to capture the rapid wings of a dozen different species. Then complete the trip in the Andes, where colorful markets and quiet traditional villages fill another camera roll. A historic hacienda offers pristine views of the mountains and a gentle two-night base for scrolling through and selecting the best photos from this 12-day trip.

Starting Price

$8,995 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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