Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation

Countries:
Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru
Price:
From US $3849 (14 days) excluding flights
Plus local payment US $500, park fees US $100 & transit control card US $10
Vouchers: not accepted
Dates:
2014: 28 Nov
Availability:
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Reviews:
2 reviews4 star rating
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Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation

Responsible travel: Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation

A portion of proceeds from each tour is donated to the Charles Darwin Foundation, Inc. supporting conservation in the Galapagos. Our boat is a chartered, locally owned and operated yacht, equipped to accommodate 16 passengers. Your voyage is guided by a Level 3 (the highest possible rating) naturalist guide certified by the Darwin Research Station.

In Peru we work closely with the Inca Porter Project (IPP) a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives and working conditions of porters on the Inca Trail. Together with IPP we have provided porter communities first-aid and job training workshops and ensure fair working conditions to all of our porters.

We ensure minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit by traveling in small groups, using local transportation and staying in locally-owned hotels. We also work with experienced local guides who are knowledgeable of local culture, history, flora and fauna. On this tour we visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Galapagos Islands, the city of Cuzco and the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

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The story of the provider of Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation

In 1989, when Bruce went traveling after university, he realised he had limited options, backpacking or a resort stay. Returning to Canada, he created a company bridging the gap, offering young professionals an affordable way to immerse themselves in different cultures. Today, you are helping to fund their charity work across the globe. The company covers administrative costs for their 35+ projects worldwide, meaning that 100% of donor funds go towards helping communities. An average of 10 travelers on every trip ensures that local impact is limited, the community reaps the benefits all without changing their way of life. Company staff in more than 38 countries adhere to Bruce’s original business model of sustainability and happiness.

Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation

Reviewed 29 Jul 2009 by Frances Kidd5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Snorkelling with sea lions and penguins.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Fantastic - go for as long as you can.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not really.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic. Great crew and guide. Wildlife unbelievable.

Reviewed 31 Jul 2008 by David Weller3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The opportunity to see close-up the most wonderful selection of animals and birds.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that a "family" vacation doesn't necessarily make any concessions to the fact children are present. The Naturalist's talks were way over their heads, the food wasn't always child appropriate, and we were not able to book a family room in the pre-trip hotel. Thankfully the hotel itself on arrival soon showed that it can be done - easily! Read the dossier carefully which is well-put together and contains all kinds of very useful information. Be aware that there is considerable pressure to tip and to tip well, despite being told that tipping is a "personal choice". We were told about tipping a total of four times and by contrast, we were given just one Emergency Practice talk.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes in that it provides employment. Yes in that measures are in place to minimise the impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Despite some serious concerns, overall we were very grateful for the well organised opportunity to see the natural beauty. We sincerely hope our constructive criticisms will be acted upon.

Read the operator's response here:

We appreciate the comments in this regard. We are working with our Naturalist guides to tailor their lectures when children are present. Thank you for your comments, and we are working toward improving upon this. The point raised in regard to tipping is always a thorny issue. It is a personal choice, and if there was pressure applied beyond what one would consider normal, we apologize, and are reviewing.
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28 Nov 2014
US $3849
excluding flights
Full
 

Small group adventure vacation

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.
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