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Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience

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See the S/C Nemo III deck plan and cabins
See the M/C Petrel deck plan and cabins
S/C Nemo III

Location
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The S/C Nemo III is a 75-foot deluxe 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 crew attends to guests’ every need, including three meals a day plus snacks to energize a daily round of nature pursuits. This sailing vessel is smaller and more simple than our larger motor yachts. It has a classic, sporty style and nimble nature, which perfectly complements the focus of our nature adventures.

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Cabin Descriptions

> Cabins 1 and 2 have two twin beds and are approximately 65 sq. ft. Located on the main deck.
> Cabins 3, 4 and 6 have one double bed and an upper twin and are approximately 90 sq. ft. Located on the lower deck.
> Cabin 5 has one double bed and is approximately 90 sq. ft. Located on the lower deck.
> Cabin 7 has two twin beds and is approximately 72 sq. ft. Located on the lower deck at the rear of the ship. This cabin is traditionally reserved for our two Expedition Leaders.
> Cabin 8 has one double bed and is approximately 72 sq. ft. Located on the lower deck at the rear of the ship.

M/C Petrel
Location
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The luxurious 115-foot Petrel is named after a seabird common to the Galapagos. Like its namesake, Petrel is elegant and swift. This motorized catamaran is designed for comfort and stability while conveying guests in style between the islands of the Galapagos. Eight large staterooms, including two suites, accommodate up to 16 guests. Cabins have varied configurations with either two full beds which can convert to a queen or a single king. Each has a private balcony, ample closet storage, writing desk and en suite bathroom. An additional ninth cabin offers cozy single accommodations. Interior decor is as clean and contemporary as the ship's exterior profile, featuring a palette of black and white accented with scarlet and gold. Chrome, leather and glossy teak floors accentuate the modern design. An open top deck offers 360-degree views, while a spacious lounge provides room to relax in the air-conditioned interior. Enjoy fine meals in the dining room or on the aft deck. Two bars offer outdoor refreshments, while a Jacuzzi and library round out the ship's shared spaces.

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Cabin Descriptions

> Cabins 1 and 2 are located on the main deck closest to the dining room. The beds are queen-sized but can be converted to two full-sized beds. The cabins are approximately 323 sq. ft.
> Cabins 3 and 4 are larger suites located on the main deck. The beds are king-sized. There is a chair in the room which can be converted into a small sofabed for triples. The sofabed is recommended for children. The cabins are approximately 463 sq. ft.
> Cabins 5 through 8 are located on the upper deck. The beds are queen-sized but can be converted to two full-sized beds. The cabins are approximately 323 sq. ft.
> Cabin 9 is located on the upper deck. It was has one twin bed and is approximately 151 sq. ft.

Nat Hab's Tortoise Camp
Location
Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

In our constant quest to offer distinctive immersions in nature, we offer this unique one-night safari-style camping excursion on all scheduled Galapagos adventures. Ascend from the sea into the highlands of Santa Cruz to reach Nat Hab's exclusive Tortoise Camp, set on a gently rolling mountainside overlooking the distant Pacific Ocean. Here amid lush Scalesia forest and subterranean lava caves, guests have an intimate encounter with nature found nowhere else in the Galapagos. The environs around our camp are native habitat for several dozen Galapagos giant tortoises, which we regularly see from July through February. From March through June, the tortoises typically move to lower elevations, though a handful often remain at the campsite. During these months, we make an excursion to a nearby tortoise reserve for close-up sightings.

Although Tortoise Camp is rustic, it holds surprising comforts. Accommodations are in two-person permanent tents on raised platforms with large viewing windows, or in charming tree houses, which also have real beds, bedding, pillows and towels. The four treehouses have en suite flush toilets as well as a small sink. The six raised tents have a small sink plus private en suite showers and flush toilets, though the latter are located adjacent, just outside the sleeping tent, a few steps away. For treehouse guests, showers are available in a shared bathhouse about 50 yards away. The camp chef prepares a full dinner and breakfast, served in the covered dining room. The adjoining sheltered lounge space offers comfortable seating in front of a crackling log fire. A bar is also available for evening drinks and socializing.

In the morning, a bus picks us up for the return trip to the sea where we reboard our boat. If you choose to participate in this special camping option, you will not miss any activities on your daily itinerary.

Please Note: While beds and toilets are provided with all accommodations, there is an element of "roughing it" at Tortoise Camp. Some challenges may include walking over uneven terrain and spying a few critters (particularly the wonderful variety of insects and arachnids that inhabit the island). Also, should it be rainy, we'll have to walk through environs that may get muddy. It is our hope that the unique setting and remarkable proximity to wild tortoises will more than outweigh any discomfort. But our guests always have the choice to participate in this overnight stay or to remain on the ship. Camping on Santa Cruz is a special opportunity, though only you can determine if it is one that you will truly enjoy. The great majority of our guests do! A stay at Tortoise Camp is weather-dependent.  
Patio Andaluz
Location
Quito, Ecuador

Patio Andaluz is a luxurious boutique hotel located in the heart of historic “Quito Antiguo,” the beautifully preserved colonial section of the city declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. The charming hotel occupies an original 16th-century house near Independence Plaza and the famous gilded La Compañia church. The many museums and monuments of Ecuador's capital are steps away on the centuries-old cobblestone streets. The hotel, which still exudes all the atmosphere of its historic origins, features 32 guest rooms complemented by distinctive balconies, archways and courtyard patios throughout the property. Each room is beautifully appointed with hardwood floors, custom artwork, en suite baths, writing desk, cable TV and wireless Internet. Public spaces include the Cava Bar, library and El Rincón de Cantuña restaurant, which offers fine dining featuring Ecuadorian, Spanish and classic continental cuisine.
Wyndham Quito Airport
Just minutes away from Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, this premier hotel offers a comfortable retreat in a convenient location. Newly built in 2016 and incorporating striking modern design elements, the Wyndham Quito Airport is an oasis of contemporary comfort. Relax with a book on a stylish sofa in one of the wide-open lounge areas; unwind in the health club, pool, sauna or spa; sip a cocktail in the lobby bar; and enjoy a meal in the sleek full-service restaurant featuring international and Ecuadorian fare. Guest rooms have all the accoutrements including high-speed Wi-Fi,  51-inch flat screen TV, digital safe and an ergonomic chair and writing desk. Spacious bathrooms have large walk-in showers, granite countertops and essential toiletries. 

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