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Gaily in the Galápagos

It’s a whole new cultural and natural adventure specifically for the gay community!

First, take a flight to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, located at the foot of the Pichincha volcano and surrounded by the Andes, for a short rest at a lovely boutique hotel and a walk through the famous colonial district of La Mariscal.

Then, a second flight will take you to the Galápagos Islands, where a luxurious catamaran with cabins – The Queen Beatriz – is waiting for the 16 passengers who will be blessed by the gods with this opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Darwin, exactly where he developed his theory of evolution.

A daydream

We are now in the Pacific, where an archipelago of volcanic islands erupted. Passengers step off the boat on Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana, Santa Fe, Plaza Sur, Espanola and San Cristobal Islands. Of course, swimming or snorkeling will be involved.

Our two-winged or four-legged hosts

They are the primary reasons for staying on the Galápagos: giant sea and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, penguins, pink flamingoes, giant turtles, sea lions, rays and even some sharks.

Properly coached

The greatest respect has to be paid to the survival of these species, which are sometimes endangered, even while trying to learn more and observe them up close to better appreciate their roles on land and in the sea. Experienced naturalist guides always accompany the groups.

Caution

Quito is high above sea level. It is therefore important to take some precautions against altitude sickness that could cause discomfort, such as vomiting, dizziness and shortness of breath, which might affect walking or climbing stairs.

And beware of seasickness that could also impact you on this trip, even if you have never experienced it before.

You will happily and fully enjoy the exceptional gifts offered by these islands, which are a UNESCO Heritage site!

www.happygaytravel.com

Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge

The Queen Beatriz

Hotel boutique in Quito

 

  

 

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