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Family Galapagos Adventure

An Exciting Marine Odyssey with the Most Family-Focused Fun in the Islands!
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Departure Return Notes
07/10/2015 07/10/2015 07/19/2015 Aboard the M/Y Letty, Southern Itinerary
07/17/2015 07/17/2015 07/26/2015 Aboard the M/Y Letty
07/24/2015 07/24/2015 08/02/2015 Aboard the S/V Nemo II
07/31/2015 07/31/2015 08/09/2015 Aboard the M/Y Letty
06/24/2016 06/24/2016 07/03/2016 Aboard the M/Y Letty, Southern Itinerary
07/01/2016 07/01/2016 07/10/2016 Aboard the M/Y Letty
07/22/2016 07/22/2016 07/31/2016 Aboard the M/Y Letty, Southern Itinerary
07/29/2016 07/29/2016 08/07/2016 Aboard the M/Y Letty
Private Group Charters: Natural Habitat Adventures offers private charters of several different vessels. These charters are great for family, friends, or corporate groups and provide privacy and flexibility for your Galapagos travels. For full details and pricing call an Adventure Specialist at 1-800-543-8917.

Independent Departures: For those travelers whose schedules require travel at a time when NHA does not have a scheduled departure, we can book you on similar ships on alternate dates. Trips begin in Quito every Thursday, Friday or Saturday depending on the ship chosen. The fees are similar and dependent on ship and date selected. Inclusions may vary. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917 for availability.
2015 Letty Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
Iguana (Category 1): $5,995
Booby (Category 2): $6,295
Dolphin (Category 3): $6,595

2015 Nemo II Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
Cabin 1 or 2 Surcharge: $200 (these two cabins are larger than other cabins on board)

2016 Letty Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
Iguana (Category 1): $6,295
Booby (Category 2): $6,695
Dolphin (Category 3): $7,095

Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)

Other Fees
Internal Flights: Adults: $550; Children: $350 (2015 & 2016)
Galapagos Park Fee & Transit Card: Adults: $120; Children 11 & under: $70

Single Supplement
If available, 1.25 (2015) to 1.5 (2016) times the regular rate on a first come, first served basis on our scheduled trips aboard the Letty only (singles are not available on the Nemo II due to space restrictions). If requested, we can also match you with a roommate during your stay on the boat. If one is not available, you will not be charged the single supplement for the boat portion of the trip, but you will be required to pay the supplement for the land portion of the program ($350 for 2015 and 2016 on the Letty and $300 for 2015 on the Nemo II).

Triples & Roommate Matching
Triple cabins on the Letty receive a $75 per person discount. In order to accommodate roommate matches for single guests interested in sharing a room, we may upgrade cabins at no charge to our guests.

Child Pricing
Children 14 and under will receive a $500 discount off all departures upon receipt of a valid passport copy. Children must be at least 7 years old to participate in this trip on the Letty and NHA recommends a minimum age of 12 years old for trips on the Nemo II.

Dates & Pricing Notes
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Dates for 2017 will be similar to 2016 dates and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 2017 dates and fees may change slightly. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.

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Location of Adventure
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Group Size Limit
12-20 Travelers
A very important feature of our family Galapagos trips is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced with fewer travelers. The Letty can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests, while the Nemo II sails with a maximum of 12. Both trips are accompanied by two NHA Expedition Leaders.
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Accommodations, meals from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 10, optional overnight at NHA's Wild Tortoise Camp, drinking water, services of NHA’s professional Expedition Leaders, local guides and boat crew, some gratuities, airport transfers, excursions in Otavalo, use of wetsuits, kayaks and snorkel gear on all scheduled departures, permit fees.
Not Included
Travel to and from Quito, R/T air Quito to Galapagos (added to your invoice and subject to change until day of departure), most gratuities, alcohol, Galapagos tax and transit card (currently $120 for adults, $70 for children under 12, added to your invoice), items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), travel insurance, optional activities.
Physical Requirements
For Trips on the Letty:
Easy to Moderate
The activities on this trip consist of island walks, swimming and snorkeling. Trails are often rough and uneven, over sharp lava fields and loose rocks and gravel. Walking over slippery rocks is sometimes necessary when coming ashore. Passengers must be able to walk two miles to participate in this trip, walk up and down stairs, and be able to get in and out of our motorized pangas (rigid inflatable rafts), which can be very unsteady in rough water. A few wet landings, where we disembark from the panga directly into the water and walk up onto the beach, are included. Snorkeling is a big component of this trip, with excursions offered nearly every day, sometimes twice a day. While no snorkeling experience is required, prior practice is recommended and travelers should be comfortable swimming in moderate currents, near shore and in deep water. Our Expedition Leaders will also offer guidance for those in need of additional snorkeling instruction. Travelers are not required to participate in every activity.

For Trips on the Nemo II:
General physical fitness is required to participate in this trip. If you do not have prior experience with kayaking, we ask that guests are prepared to learn and that they sign on knowing their participation may be limited if they cannot meet minimum abilities. Activities include mainland and island hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. Our island hikes in the Galapagos are often on trails that are rough and uneven, sometimes traversing lava fields and navigating sharp or slippery rocks. Constrained by the nature of the park trail systems and the size of the islands, most of our hikes will be 1-2 miles in length with one walk that's roughly 5 miles over very gentle terrain. When weather and conditions permit, our trip will include five opportunities for sea kayaking, each outing about two hours long with some excursions taking place early in the morning. Most activities on this trip will range in length from 1-3 hours, and we will often have several activities during one day. Travelers are not required to participate in every activity.
Important Information About This Trip
There may be no more appropriate destination on the planet for nature travelers than the Galapagos Islands. With rare and friendly wildlife found at every turn, these islands unveil the beauty and intricacies of the natural world in a truly unique manner. The key to the success of our Galapagos adventures is our small group size. On the Letty we accommodate just 20 guests and on the Nemo II we can accommodate up to 12. Both itineraries are staffed with two Expedition Leaders. We generally break down into even smaller groups ashore. Splitting the group also allows our guests to move at their chosen pace, although it is important that guests be able to walk on some uneven terrain up to a mile or two, as well as to disembark the panga (motorized raft) in sometimes rough conditions. Snorkeling is a regular part of the itinerary in the Galapagos, as well as kayaking on the Nemo II itinerary. Both trips include an optional stay at our deluxe camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz, with accommodations in permanent safari-style tents and treehouses, with shared bathhouse facilities. On this private property the Galapagos' famous giant tortoises roam freely and often wander in close proximity to camp. Some families may prefer to charter their own vessel – please call us for details: 1-800-543-8917.
Age Limit on Family Galapagos Trips
Aboard the Letty:
We welcome children ages seven and older on scheduled Letty departures. However, while some seven-year-olds are well suited for our Galapagos adventures, others may not be ready for the requirements of group travel. We believe it's best to consider this minimum age limit a guideline – you, as a parent or guardian, are best qualified to decide whether your child would enjoy the experience without compromising the comfort of others. We strongly encourage you to speak with one of our Adventure Specialists about the specific requirements of the trip so you can make an informed decision. We do not permit children younger than seven on our scheduled departures due to safety regulations, physical limitations and concerns regarding group dynamics.

Aboard the Nemo II:
Our more active itinerary aboard the Nemo II is most appropriate for children ages 12 and up. However, we believe that you, as a parent or guardian, are best qualified to determine whether your child would enjoy and be well suited for this particular trip. While 12 is our recommended minimum age, we encourage you to make the judgment on whether your child can comfortably handle this experience without compromising the comfort of others. The Nemo II is a sailing catamaran with compact quarters, limited deck space, and an open stern. The itinerary features more physical activity, with multiple kayaking excursions and more hiking, than our Letty trips. We think it's a perfect option for adventurous families, but it may not be appropriate for all children. We strongly encourage to you call our office to speak with an Adventure Specialist about the specific requirements of the trip.

Please note: The itinerary provided is meant as a guideline, and is subject to change without notice. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to deviate from our regular itinerary for reasons beyond our control. In these instances we will provide the best available alternative.
Mandatory Insurance
Medical Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for departures on the Nemo II. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage provided by Natural Habitat, note that the cost of a medical evacuation policy will be added to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage, including your insurance company’s name and contact number, and your insurance policy number.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrival for trips starting before August 2015: You are free to arrive in Quito anytime on Day 1.
Arrival for trips starting after August 2015: Please arrive in Quito no later than 4 pm on Day 1 in order to attend a welcome/orientation dinner at 7 pm.
Departure: You are free to depart from Quito after 9 pm on Day 10 for trips on the Letty and after 7 pm on Day 10 for trips on the Nemo II.

We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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