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With more then 10 years of experience & kosher groups from all over the world, we work in the highst standards and have the knowledge and back up from the Jewish Rabbi of Quito community. We make sure all details are accomplished for our clients. We operate cruises in Galapagos, land based tours in Ecuador & in the Galapagos islands.

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We guaranty 100% kosher services!! We are the only one to provide Jewish traditional tours in Quito.

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ENDEMIC LUXURY CATAMARAN

The M/C Endemic is the newest Galapagos Catamaran, starting operations in July 2018. This luxury catamaran has a capacity for 16 passengers, eleven crew members plus guide, offering a service ratio of almost one to one. Being the first catamaran of a new generation of catamarans, the Endemic gathers elegant exteriors, spacious areas for high-end accommodation, social, and open areas. Navigations between the islands are sleek and fast due to Endemic’s design which delivers transverse stability when cruising around the archipelago.

 

PANORAMIC SUITES

On board the Endemic, the eight Golden Panoramic Suites are airy and comfortable, four of them are located on main deck and the rest on the upper deck. Each suite has a private balcony; all suites have personalized air conditioning control and panoramic views of the islands due to its wall to wall glass doors instead of walls toward the outside. A small social area, closet/drawer, desk and sofa-bed are part of each suite as well. Matrimonial king size or two single twin beds are available in each suite for flexible accommodation. Private bathroom, hot and cold water and amenities.

MAIN DECK

the Endemic in the front features a briefing area for briefings, lectures, and it is also the point of information for Galapagos travel with videos, books, and personalized assistance. The interior passengers lounge and dining area offer also panoramic view of the islands during navigations and excursions, while enjoying exquisite cuisine. Two platforms allow passengers on and off the catamaran, offering super easy access to the yacht.

UPPER DECK

Passengers access our Upper Deck through interior steps. There are four suites, a sun terrace and a secluded social area for relaxation and wildlife observation. The Endemic also counts with a single cabin with private balcony as well. Passengers can also reach the upper levels of the Endemic through our exterior steps.

SKY DECK

On the Sky Deck, the Endemic features al fresco dining, bar, exterior passengers lounge, BBQ station, jacuzzi, sun chair and seating area. It is a shaded area where delicious drinks are served while enjoying the islands.

EXPEDITION GEAR PROVIDED

  • Buffs
  • Water Container
  • Wet Suits (long and short)
  • Snorkeling (mask, snorkel and fins)
  • Sea Kayaks

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

Our Expedition Leaders on board are selected Naturalist Guides who have been raised to the same hierarchical level as the yacht’s Hotel Manager. This means the expedition experience is given the same relevance and importance as other aspects of the expedition....

TYPE OF MEALS

On board the M/C Endemic, breakfast and lunch will be buffet style and, depending on chef’s selection, dinner will be served based on a delicious menu and buffet. Our Cruise Service Officer will make sure passengers have their selection ready for dinner.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Any kind of specific food requests must be informed to Golden Galapagos Cruises in advanced. We are flexible and eager to prepare special and always delicious meals for our guests, based on their food preferences, tastes and ingredients or tradition.

HOTEL

Adorning the Independence Square is located The Hotel Plaza Grande. With more than five centuries of history; during the Spanish founding of Quito, the lot where the house sits was given to the famous conqueror Francisco Pizarro, it was the first house to be built during the foundation of the city in the XVI century, later inhabited by the wealthiest and more recognized families of the city, in the early XX century, was the first luxury hotel in the city. From the beginning, this legendary building broke white the homogeneity of the surrounding colonial houses, and today is set apart because unique location in the historic heart of Quito’s main square – The Plaza Grande – boasting impressive views of the Government Palace, the Cathedral Church, and City Hall, as well as the Panecillo Hill in the distance. Enjoy this outstanding setting and be part of our history !!

 


 

DAY 1 – ARRIVE TO HOTEL & CHECK IN. KOSHER DINNER 20:00 Accommodation in Hotel Plaza Grande.
DAY 2 – FULL DAY QUITO City Tour & Mitad del Mundo. Special Shabbat Dinner in Hotel Plaza Grande.
DAY 3 – Shabbat Free in Hotel. Evening after Shabbat Activity.
DAY 4 – BALTRA AIRPORT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: Las Bachas Beach
DAY 5 – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: Witch Hill – Kicker Rock – Lobos Island
DAY 6 – ESPAÑOLA ISLAND: Osborn & Gardner islets – Gardner Bay – Suarez Point
DAY 7 – SANTA FE – SOUTH PLAZAS ISLANDS
DAY 8 – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: Charles Darwin Station – BALTRA AIRPORT. Fly to Quito. Arrive to Quito Transfer to Otavalo. KOSHER DINNER 20:00 Accommodation in La Mirage.
DAY 9 – FULL DAY OTAVALO. Indian Market and North Villages
DAY 10 – Shabbat Free in Hotel
DAY 11 – TRANSFER OUT

**END OF SERVICES**     **OPTION FOR DAILY TOURS BEFORE OR AFTER CRUISE DATE.

 

DAY BY DAY

Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Endemic.

In the afternoon, visit to Las Bachas, which is a beautiful white-sand beach, located on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There you can go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation. You can also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. In fact, “bachas” is a poor pronunciation of “barges,” two of which were wrecked offshore at that time: the locals mispronounced the name and it stuck.

(-, Lunch, Dinner)

In the morning, the first spot to be visited is Witch Hill, a tuff cone hill located south west from San Cristobal. This name comes from the Spanish name of the bird known in English as Vermilion Flycatcher.

A zodiac ride will take passengers into amazing rock formations along the island shore. A white sand beach and crystal-clear waters are part of this enchanted location. Fantastic opportunity for snorkeling.

The next attraction to see is Kicker Rock, an impressive geological formation due to erosion. This is a nesting place of sea birds. Additionally, curious sea lions, and marine life can be found, such as fish, turtles, sharks, rays, representing the main attraction for snorkeling. This is a nice spot to take pictures.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to Lobos Island, where a small population of blue-footed boobies, frigates, marine iguanas, and great frigate birds nesting can be observed. Snorkeling with sea lions in this calm bay is also part of the excursion.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Española Island will be explored today. You will have the chance to observe endemic wildlife such as the Hood-Mockingbird. This is the southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago, and home to several wildlife species, including masked and blue-footed boobies. Spectacular views from the top of a cliff.

In the morning, after breakfast, the first attractions to be seen are the Osborn and Gardner islets that are amazing for underwater discovery. Snorkeling is a highlight on this visitor point.

Later, visit to Gardner Bay that provides an excellent beach for swimming. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by colonies of sea lions which like to swim with you.

After lunch, Point Suarez will be visited, which represents one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beach.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

In the morning, after breakfast, Santa Fe island will be visited, which is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos. While the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be seen. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sea lions will be pretty tempting.

In the afternoon, island South Plazas is the next island to be discovered. It has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observations available in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, frequently under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

In the morning, visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which has an information center, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station, you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably the Lonesome George turtle, that already died in 2012.

After this last visit, Baltra.

Assistance and farewell at the airport.

(Breakfast, -, -)

OUR ITINERARIES INCLUDE | THEY DO NOT INCLUDE | IMPORTANT NOTES

Shore excursions
Accommodation
All meals
Bilingual naturalist guides
Conferences and lectures
Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
Transportation to / from the airport in Galapagos
Snorkelling equipment
Internet and WiFi (intermittent and low-bandwidth).

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TESTIMONY

My husband and I wanted to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary with a trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest yet were unsure how to manage kosher food and Shabbat. We were lucky enough to find Offir through an internet search, and from the moment we made contact with him, we saw that we would be taken care of. His services extended way beyond finding us a beautiful cruise ship and arranging to send kosher food there and to the lodge in the Amazon. He personally arranged our Shabbat accommodations, set up all hotel/airport transfers and found us a tour guide for the free time between. Offir met us at our hotel the evening we arrived and brought with him additional food and patiently answered all of our questions. He checked up on us during our stay to insure that each detail went smoothly and we felt that he would be there for us if any issues came up. It is hard to imagine how we could have managed this trip without his help. We are so grateful to Offir for all his help in making our vacation the trip of a lifetime!

Kenny and Rachel Cohen


"Ecuador Nature took care of every detail of our trip. We booked the trip at the last minute and thanks to Offir’s expertise, everything went smoothly. Every accommodation was fantastic and no detail was left to chance. He gave us a lot of personal attention and even arranged for special dietary accommodations for our family. We had the trip of a lifetime!”

Nancy and David (Harrison, NY)


On behalf of Great Grand Nachas & More group, Milton Pfeiffer, president and myself, I would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for a wonderful tour you organized for our group in Quito and the Galapagos Islands Last November.

You took care of all our kashrut needs, including preparing kosher kitchens, kosher food of high quality and accommodating all of our needs in a most beneficial and welcoming manner.

We also appreciate your great efforts and the friendliness everything was done on your side, which is not less important. We all had the feeling that there is someone who cares and worries about every detail, from arranging vans for our tours, excellent guides, full touring program, full Shabbat service to early comers up to having a rich and a 5 star service and meal standards in the islands.

Thank you so much for everything. We'll sure use your services in the future and recommend your company to everyone.

Best regards and a lot of success

Michael Tuchfeld


CONTACT

Phone: 593 222 2341
Whatsapp: 593 9 9964 7021
Quito-Ecuador