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Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorSally lightfoot crab, Fernandina, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorHacienda Zuleta, Otavalo region, EcuadorGalapagos sea lion and frigate bird, Rabida, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorBlue-footed boobies, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorNHA's Wild Tortoise Camp, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorGiant Galapagos tortoise, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorBottle-nosed dolphins, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorGreat frigatebird, North Seymour, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorBlue-footed booby, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorM/C Athala, Galapagos Islands, EcuadorRed-footed booby, Genovesa, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eric Rock: Sally lightfoot crab
Roberto Plaza: Sea lion sunset, NHA's Wild Tortoise Camp
Holly Glessner:  Giant tortoise
Patricia Potter: Frigate bird
Matt Goddard: Sea lion
Jennifer Bravo: Athala
Greg Courter: Otavalo Market

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Home Galapagos Islands Cruises & Tours Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience Dates, Prices & Inclusions

Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience

Our Exclusive Small-Group Nature Immersion Led by the Islands' Best Guides
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Departure Return Notes
05/12/2016 05/12/2016 05/21/2016 Aboard the Athala II | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
05/20/2016 05/20/2016 05/29/2016 Aboard the Letty | Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo
06/03/2016 06/03/2016 06/12/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
06/17/2016 06/17/2016 06/26/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
06/23/2016 06/23/2016 07/02/2016 Aboard Athala II | Sacha Ji in Otavalo
06/24/2016 06/24/2016 07/03/2016 Aboard the Letty | Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo | Family Trip *
07/01/2016 07/01/2016 07/10/2016 Aboard the Letty | Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo | Family Trip
07/15/2016 07/15/2016 07/24/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
07/21/2016 07/21/2016 07/30/2016 Aboard the Athala II | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
07/22/2016 07/22/2016 07/31/2016 Aboard the Letty | Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo | Family Trip *
07/29/2016 07/29/2016 08/07/2016 Aboard the Letty | Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo | Family Trip
08/12/2016 08/12/2016 08/21/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
08/25/2016 08/25/2016 09/03/2016 Aboard the Athala II | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo *
09/01/2016 09/01/2016 09/10/2016 Aboard the Athala II | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
09/09/2016 09/09/2016 09/18/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
11/10/2016 11/10/2016 11/19/2016 Aboard the Athala II | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
11/18/2016 11/18/2016 11/27/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
11/24/2016 11/24/2016 12/03/2016 Aboard the Athala II | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
12/16/2016 12/16/2016 12/25/2016 Aboard the Origin | Hacienda Zuleta in Otavalo
12/22/2016 12/22/2016 12/31/2016 Aboard Athala II | Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo
12/23/2016 12/23/2016 01/01/2017 Aboard the Letty | Sacha Ji in Otavalo *
01/19/2017 01/19/2017 01/28/2017 Aboard the Athala II
01/27/2017 01/27/2017 02/05/2017 Aboard the Letty
02/10/2017 02/10/2017 02/1/2017 Aboard the Letty
02/16/2017 02/16/2017 02/25/2017 Aboard the Athala II
02/22/2017 02/22/2017 03/03/2017 Aboard the Petrel | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
03/11/2017 03/11/2017 03/19/2017 Aboard the Letty | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
03/16/2017 03/16/2017 03/25/2017 Aboard the Athala II
03/22/2017 03/22/2017 03/31/2017 Aboard the Petrel
03/24/2017 03/24/2017 04/02/2017 Aboard the Letty
03/30/2017 03/30/2017 04/08/2017 Aboard the Athala II
04/20/2017 04/20/2017 04/29/2017 Aboard the Athala II *
04/21/2017 04/21/2017 04/30/2017 Aboard the Letty | Photo Trip
05/03/2017 05/03/2017 05/12/2017 Aboard the Petrel | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
05/11/2017 05/11/2017 05/20/2017 Aboard the Athala II
05/19/2017 05/19/2017 05/28/2017 Aboard the Letty
06/14/2017 06/14/2017 06/23/2017 Aboard the Petrel
06/16/2017 06/16/2017 06/25/2017 Aboard the Letty | Family Trip
06/23/2017 06/23/2017 07/01/2017 Aboard the Athala II | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
07/06/2017 07/06/2017 07/15/2017 Aboard the Athala II
07/12/2017 07/12/2017 07/21/2017 Aboard the Petrel
07/21/2017 07/21/2017 07/29/2017 Aboard the Athala II | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
07/21/2017 07/21/2017 07/302017 Aboard the Letty | Family Trip *
07/28/2017 07/28/2017 08/06/2017 Aboard the Letty | Family Trip
08/18/2017 08/18/2017 08/26/2017 Aboard the Athala II | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
08/25/2017 08/25/2017 09/03/2017 Aboard the Letty
09/01/2017 09/01/2017 09/09/2017 Aboard the Athala II | Patio Andaluz in Quito (9-Day Trip)
11/09/2017 11/09/2017 11/18/2017 Aboard the Athala II
12/21/2017 12/21/2017 12/30/2017 Aboard the Athala II
12/22/2017 12/22/2017 12/31/2017 Aboard the Letty
* Departures denoted with an asterisk follow our southern itineraries in the Galapagos Islands. Click here to see our Origin and Letty Southern Itinerary or click here to see our Athala II Southern Itinerary.

NEW! Hacienda Zuleta—Spectacled Bears & Condors
Select Nat Hab/WWF departures include a guided stay at Hacienda Zuleta, the only luxury lodge in the Andes where rare spectacled bears may be spotted. Named as one of the best hotels in Ecuador by National Geographic Traveler, our stay there includes private visits to on-property ancient pyramids and to Ecuador’s only licensed condor protection site. We also often have the opportunity to view spectacular Andean condors soaring overhead!

Private Charters & Independent Departures: For private charters or for travel on dates not listed above please call us at 1-800-543-8917.
2016 Letty Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
Iguana (Category 1): $6295 - $6495
Booby (Category 2): $6695 - $6895
Dolphin (Category 3): $7095 - $7295
Special Photo Trips: From $6795. Click here for details.

2016 Athala II Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
Category 1: $7695 - $8195
Category 2: $7995 - $8495

2016 Origin Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$7845 - $8295

2017 Athala II Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
Category 1: $8295 - $8995
Category 2: $8695 - $9395

Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)

Other Fees
Internal Flights: Adults: $550; Children 11 & under: $350 (2016, subject to change)
Galapagos Park Fee & Transit Card: Adults: $120; Children 11 & under: $70
2016 Holiday Surcharges: $600 (Letty); $700 (Athala); $400 (Origin)
2017 Holiday Surcharges: $700 (Athala)

Single Supplement
If available, 1.5 times the regular rate on a first-come, first-served basis on our scheduled trips only. 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 mainland portion of the program ($350 for 2016).

Triples and Roommate Matching
Triple cabins on the Letty and Origin 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.

Dates & Pricing Notes
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. 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.

Please click here to read our Payment & Refund Policy.
Location of Adventure
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Group Size Limit
16-20 Travelers
A very important feature of our Galapagos tour is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced with small groups of travelers.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 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, use of wetsuits and snorkel gear on all scheduled departures, permit fees.
Not Included
Travel to and from Quito, R/T air Quito to Galapagos (to be added to your invoice and subject to change through day of departure), most gratuities, alcohol, Galapagos tax and transit card (approximately $120 for adults, $70 for children under 12, collected in advance), items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), travel insurance, optional activities.
Physical Requirements
Easy to Moderate
Our Galapagos adventures are quite busy with early mornings and long days filled with various activities. 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. Itineraries that feature a visit to Bartolome include a walk with more than 300 wooden steps to reach the viewpoint at the top of the island. 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.

Elevation: Please note that the first two nights* of our adventure will be spent in the Andes mountain region of Otavalo, at elevations between 8,500 and 10,500 feet above sea level. The Quito airport is situated at 8,700 feet and the city of Quito (should you join our Extra Day Program) is at roughly 9,400 feet. The relative lack of oxygen at these elevations may manifest in altitude-sickness symptoms that can include headaches, dizziness, tiredness and nausea during the first few hours or days spent at elevation. Hydration and rest usually help symptoms to resolve, though participants may wish to talk with their doctor about taking along a prescription for a medication such as Diamox to better manage potential physical reactions to high altitude. We recommend arriving one day early to Otavalo or Quito to acclimate. *Our 9-day itineraries will spend one night in Quito instead of two nights in Otavalo but the same recommendations apply.
Important Information About This Trip
Perhaps nowhere else on Earth is a more appropriate destination for Natural Habitat guests than the Galapagos Islands. With rare and friendly wildlife found at every turn, the islands provide a wonderland for nature travelers, which our Expedition Leaders unveil in a warm and intimate manner. The key to the success of our Galapagos adventures is the small group size. The M/Y Letty accommodates just 20 guests and two Expedition Leaders. The M/C Athala II holds a maximum of 16 guests and two Expedition Leaders.Once we step ashore, we break our group down into even smaller groups. Splitting the group also allows our guests to move at varied paces, although guests must be able to walk over uneven terrain up to two miles, as well as disembark the panga in sometimes-rough conditions. In addition to land excursions, we have the opportunity to snorkel almost every day while in the islands. Another important and exciting element of this trip is a unique opportunity (optional, but included) to stay in the highlands of Santa Cruz at our first-class private camp, with accommodations in walk-in safari-style tents and tree houses overlooking the Pacific. On this private land the famed Galapagos tortoises roam freely and often wander in close proximity to camp.

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.
Age Limit on Galapagos Trips
We welcome children ages seven and older on scheduled 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.
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Getting There & Getting Home
Arrival: 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 8 pm on Day 10 for trips on the Athala 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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