Ishpingo Tours: The Nomadic Boys, two of the world’s most popular gay travel bloggers, are returning to Ecuador to host their 2nd annual luxury gay Galapagos cruise! Join them on board the luxurious M/Y Passion in one of the most exciting destinations on the planet, the enchanted Galapagos Islands. This promises to be the adventure of a lifetime!

10 superb days in a truly diverse range of landscapes and habitats. This gay group tour is an experience not to be missed. From the splendors of Colonial Quito, to witnessing the amazing wildlife of the unique Galapagos Islands, the trip provides an ideal getaway.

Ecuador is yours to discover. We at Ishpingo Tours look forward to sharing with you the country’s unique culture and diversity in sophisticated style. Let us take care of everything and come join us in the true spirit of adventure!

Highlights:

  • 2 nights in Ecuador’s Andean capital of Quito, an UNESCO world heritage site
  • 8 days/7 nights exploring the unique and enchanting Galapagos Islands.
  • Stay at the luxurious gay-friendly Hotel Plaza Grande in the heart of Quito’s historic center.
  • Travel in great style on board the archipelago’s most luxurious charter yacht, the 12-passenger M/Y Passion.
  • Spot sea lions resting on Santa Fe Island and Gardner Bay
  • Other activities during the trip include snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking

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ITINERARY
Day 1: Thursday, International arrival and transfer to Hotel Plaza Grande
Situated in the heart of Quito’s historic center, gay-friendly Hotel Plaza Grande offers an authentic colonial setting with excellent services and elegant, well-appointed suites. The hotel’s rooftop terrace is a great vantage point from which to enjoy magnificent views of Independence Plaza. This is a perfect base from which to start our adventures in Ecuador.

Day 2: Friday, Quito
A day designed to give us a taste of our new environment. First we visit Mitad del Mundo for a great photo opportunity with one foot simultaneously in both northern and southern hemispheres. Then for lunch we go to El Crater, a restaurant perched spectacularly above the extinct Pululahua Volcano. In the afternoon we head to Quito’s superb historic center – the best-preserved colonial center in Latin America. Spend time exploring the cobbled streets, squares and churches of this fascinating area. 
 
Day 3: Saturday, Quito to Baltra Island
Our naturalist guide will meet us at the Baltra airport before taking us onto the yacht. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as we make our way through the mangroves.
 
Day 4: Sunday, Genovesa Island
The horseshoe shaped island of Genovesa is one of the youngest in the archipelago being a mere one million years old. At Darwin Bay, we will take an easy walk along the white sands through winding mangroves to turquoise tidal pools. For those looking for a bit of action, there is also a more demanding walk over lava rock to reach the cliff for stunning views of the bay.
 
After lunch we disembark at Prince Phillip Steps locally known as El Barranco, a series of steep, roughhewn steps in the cliff face, which we climb to follow a path through busy seabird colonies to a forest of Palo Santo. At the end of the path is revealed the highly impressive sight of over 200,000 pairs of Galapagos storm petrels seemingly all taking to the skies at the same time.
 
Day 5: Monday, Bartolomé Island
Dry landing at Bartolomé to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breathtaking panoramic view of the island’s  Pinnacle Rock, views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Later we head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) on Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons looking for small fish.
 
Day 6: Tuesday, Rabida Island and Santa Cruz Island
Wet landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. We head across to Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black-necked stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
 
Day 7: Wednesday, Santa Cruz Island
We will have a dry landing at the pier in Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled with birds such as the vermilion flycatcher and yellow warbler.After this visit, we will have some time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora and its many souvenir shops.
 
Day 8: Thursday, Plaza Sur Island and Santa Fe Island
Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Suris home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores. After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
 
Day 9: Friday, Española Island
Punta Suárez (dry landing) is where we will take a spectacular walk to give us insight into the intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of blue-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of the waved albatross. Lined with lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing view point to see the famous blowhole. We will spend the afternoon in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.
 
Day 10: Saturday, Santa Cruz Island
This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport making a short stop to visit the lava tunnels found in the highlands. These intriguing tunnels were formed by a lava flow that hardened on the outside while still maintaining its fluid scolding state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where it passed. We will walk inside one of the tunnels (that are artificially illuminated to help visitors) to have a close look at the formations and learn more about the origin of the very volcanic archipelago.
 
After this visit we will make our way to the Baltra airport for our flight to mainland Ecuador.
  

ACCOMMODATION
The M/Y Passion
The M/Y boasts an exceptional amount of space for its 12 passengers. The four exterior staterooms and two VIP master suites are fully air conditioned and each VIP suite features two en-suite bathrooms and private lounge area. Social areas include a panoramic sky bar and lounge and ample sun decks – one of which is very secluded with a large Jacuzzi.

The ratio of one staff member per guest ensures first class, personalized service and the finest gourmet cuisine is served throughout the cruise.

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RATES
Per Person
Stateroom: $7,275
Suite: $8,235

Rates are based on double occupancy. Contact us for single supplement availability.

What’s Included:

  • Two nights accommodation in Quito at the luxurious Plaza Grande in double room
  • Accommodation on board the Passion in double cabin
  • Meals as specified
  • All airport transfers
  • Transit control card
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • All specified activities and excursions
  • English-speaking certified guides throughout the tour
  • Round trip airfare Quito–Baltra–Quito/Guayaquil
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wet suits
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages on board the Passion

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage
  • Additional optional activities, services and meals
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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SHIP 
M/Y Passion Luxury Yacht
The luxurious M/Y Passion, originally built as a private yacht, has been recently refurbished and adapted to cruise exclusively in the Galapagos. Many of her original elegant features including rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks were retained to help make this impressive vessel truly one of a kind. Standing four decks high and measuring 159 feet (48.5 meters) in length, the yacht boasts an exceptional amount of space for its 12 passengers. The four exterior staterooms and two VIP master suites are fully air conditioned and each VIP suite features two en-suite bathrooms and private lounge area. Social areas include a panoramic sky bar and lounge and ample sun decks – one of which is very secluded with a large Jacuzzi.

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