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Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience


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Patio Andaluz
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.
S/C Nemo III

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.

Cabin Descriptions

> Cabins 1 and 2 have two twin beds and are approximately 65 square feet. Located on the main deck.
> Cabins 3, 4 and 6 have one double bed and an upper twin and are approximately 90 square feet. Located on the lower deck.
> Cabin 5 has one double bed and is approximately 90 square feet. Located on the lower deck.
> Cabin 7 has two twin beds and is approximately 72 square feet. 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 square feet. Located on the lower deck at the rear of the ship.

M/C Ocean Spray
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Experience the Galapagos from the luxurious M/C Ocean Spray, a 113-foot motor catamaran built in 2011 and designed to cruise the islands in elegance and comfort. This high-performance yacht with a 43-foot beam accommodates a maximum of 16 guests on two decks. The third-floor sundeck offers 360-degree views. While quarters are exceptionally spacious, the ship's small size ensures intimacy and maneuverability. Eight large double staterooms and one smaller single stateroom each have private balconies with chairs and a table for quiet lingering. A sprawling sundeck offers deluxe lounge chairs and ample room for socializing, plus a Jacuzzi—warm up after snorkeling or soak beneath the stars. The Ocean Spray is equipped gear for a range of off-ship adventures, carrying kayaks, snorkel gear and wetsuits.

Cabin interiors feature a crisp blue and white nautical theme with accents of gleaming woodwork and stunning Galapagos wildlife photography. Each stateroom has a comfortable sofa or plush chair, and ample storage space with a closet and drawers. Private en suite bathrooms include a hot-and-cold freshwater shower, toilet and sink, plus robes, fluffy towels and bath products. An additional mirror and vanity area are located outside the bathroom.

In addition to the ship's captain and our two Nat Hab Expedition Leaders, eight crew members are on board to attend to every detail. Enjoy fine meals with a view as you're seated alongside picture windows in the air-conditioned main floor dining room, or dine under the shade canopy on the upper deck. Bright and inviting, the lounge has giant windows, long lengths of couch spaces and shining wood floors.
Natural Habitat's Tortoise Camp
Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

In our constant quest to offer exclusive and distinctive immersions in nature, we are pleased to include this unique one-night camping excursion on all scheduled Galapagos adventures. Ascend from the sea into the highlands of Santa Cruz to reach Natural Habitat'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 camp from July through February. From March through June, the giant tortoises generally move to lower elevations, though a handful sometimes remain at the campsite. During these months, we make an excursion to a nearby tortoise reserve for close-up sightings. 

Though Tortoise Camp is rustic, it holds surprising comforts. Accommodations are in 2-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 those staying in treehouses, showers are available in a shared bathhouse located about 50 yards away. Our well-trained chef prepares a tasty, full dinner and breakfast served in the covered dining room, while 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 sea level 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 most certainly 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 camping is weather-dependent. 
Wyndham Quito Airport
Just a couple short minutes away from the Quito's Mariscal Sucre Airport airport, the Wyndham Quito offers a tranquil escape. Sink into a lounge chair in one of the wide-open relaxation areas, or enjoy a beautiful meal at the full-service restaurant, which features international and Ecuadorian food alike. There's a gym, spa, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi to accompany the restful solitude of your spacious accommodations. Each comfortable rooms features a modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, including full en suite bathroom and plush beds that offer a perfect respite for your layover.
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