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Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure

Las Palmeras Inn

Las Palmeras is a 150-year-old hacienda tucked within a lush mountain valley at the base of the volcanic summits of Imbabura and Cotacachi, less than two hours north of Quito...

Las Palmeras Inn

Location
Otavalo, Ecuador

Las Palmeras is a 150-year-old hacienda tucked within a lush mountain valley at the base of the volcanic summits of Imbabura and Cotacachi, less than two hours north of Quito. Accommodations are in charming cottages, each replete with historic ambience evoked through wooden beamed ceilings, heavy plaster walls and log fireplaces, where a roaring fire can be set to take the chill off the cool mountain nights. Within the compound's tile-topped earthen walls, towering palm trees rise above a perennial garden abloom with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado, black currant and more, which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds and vermilion flycatchers.  From such rural tranquility, it is a brief downhill walk to the bustling indigenous market town of Otavalo.

S/C Nemo III

The S/C Nemo III is a 75-foot luxury motor sailing catamaran. The vessel accommodates up to 16 guests in eight cabins of varying configurations, though we cap our trip at...

S/C Nemo III

The S/C Nemo III is a 75-foot luxury motor sailing catamaran. The vessel accommodates up to 16 guests in eight cabins of varying configurations, though we cap our trip at approximately 14 guests for a more comfortable and intimate nature adventure. All cabins are air conditioned and have en suite bathrooms with hot and cold water, plus storage space for personal items. Public spaces include lounge areas inside and out, a dining salon and small bar, and a sundeck with Jacuzzi, banquette seating and lounge chairs. The boat’s hospitable crew attends to guests’ every need, including three meals a day plus snacks to energize a daily round of active pursuits. Although this sailing vessel is smaller and more simple than our larger motor yachts, Nat Hab has chosen it for our hiking and kayaking trip because of its classic, sporty style and nimble nature, which perfectly complement the focus of this active adventure.

Cabin Categories
Category 1: # 2, 7, 8
Category 2: # 3, 4, 5, 6

Cabin 2 has two twin beds and is approximately 65 square feet. Located on the main deck.
Cabins 7 and 8 have one double bed and are approximately 72 square feet. Located on the lower level at the rear of the ship.
Cabin 5 has one double bed and is approximately 90 square feet. Located on the lower level.
Cabins 3, 4 and 6 have one double bed and an upper twin and are approximately 90 square feet. Located on the lower level.

Natural Habitat's Tortoise Camp

In our constant quest to offer exclusive immersions in nature, we are pleased to include a unique one-night deluxe camping excursion on all scheduled Galapagos adventures. Ascending...


Natural Habitat's Tortoise Camp

Location
Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

In our constant quest to offer exclusive immersions in nature, we are pleased to include a unique one-night deluxe camping excursion on all scheduled Galapagos adventures. Ascending from the sea into the highlands of Santa Cruz, we reach Natural Habitat's exclusive Tortoise Camp, perched high on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here amid lush mountains, scalesia forest and volcanic caves—native habitat for wild tortoises—guests enjoy an intimate encounter with nature found nowhere else in the Galapagos. The environs around our campsite are home to several dozen giant tortoises, seen at the campsite from June through February. During the months of March, April and May the giant tortoises generally move to lower elevations, though a handful sometimes stay at the campsite.

In this secluded natural setting, we'll enjoy a night of first-class "camping" high atop Santa Cruz Island, where the sounds of nature and the starry skies overhead are the backdrop for a savory dinner served in the camp's covered, open-air lounge and dining area. A fire crackles in the grate for added ambiance. Our unique accommodations are in either individual tree houses or semi-permanent, raised walk-in tents reminiscent of an African safari camp—but with tortoises! Guests share two bathhouses that have flush toilets and hot showers.

In the morning, after a light breakfast, we drive back to the dock to meet our private ship once more and continue on our marine-based journey through the Galapagos.

IMPORTANT — Please Note: A stay at Nat Hab's Tortoise Camp is part of our Galapagos Hiking and Kayaking expedition trips. An optional stay is also included at no additional cost with all Classic, Photo and Family Galapagos trips. Keep in mind that while accommodations at our Tortoise Camp include real beds and shared showers and bathrooms, this is still very much like a camping situation with a "roughing it" element. Also, should the weather be rainy, as in all camping situations, the experience can become more challenging. At times, the camp may be closed due to poor weather conditions.

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