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Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise

MV Natural Paradise

A gay cruise through the wondrous archipelago made famous by Charles Darwin
10 Days from Quito to Guayaquil, Ecuador

November 13 – 22, 2023

 

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Galapagos gay men cruiseExperience Mother Nature at her most extra as you glide through the Galápagos Islands on this boutique gay cruise. Things start and end in Quito, the second-highest capital city in the world. A walking tour is the perfect introduction before we head out of town to see The Equator. Then we fly off the mainland and board a yacht to follow Charles Darwin’s trail of discovery.

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These islands went untouched by civilization for thousands of years and developed exceptional ecosystems. It’s basically Paradise, and the animals are completely comfortable around (or totally indifferent to) the curious tourists. Our Galápagos Gay Cruise also features plenty of snorkelling to immerse you in the marine life. We’ll finish things off with a short flight to Guayaquil on the mainland.

 

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Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise Highlights

• Kickback on a luxe 7-night gay cruise

• Snorkel through awe-inspiring marine biodiversity

• Experience a range of flora and fauna unlike anything else on Earth

• Begin the adventure by exploring Quito, the second-highest capital city in the world

• Feel truly balanced standing on the Equator line, and then enjoy an 'Equator Experience'

• Pay homage to the Father of Evolution at the Charles Darwin Research Station

• Swim through Pinnacle Rock, one of the islands’ most iconic landmarks

• Sunbathe with sea lion pups on pristine beaches

 

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What's Included

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel

• Naturalist Guide and Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour

• Breakfast daily, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners

• Guided tours of Quito, Equator museum, Dragon Hill, “Fausto Llerena” Tortoise Breeding Center, daily guided tours with Naturalist Guide in Galapagos Islands

• All activities (& required equipment) and entry fees and mentioned in the itinerary

• All transportation as part of the organized itinerary in private air-conditioned vehicles with bottled water, unless otherwise indicated

• Domestic flight from Quito to San Cristobal, and Baltra to Guayaquil

• Gratuities for city/activity guides, drivers, included meals and porters

• A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees.

 

Not Included

• International airfare

• Optional activities, meals, and drinks (including alcohol and water at included meals) not outlined in itinerary

• Gratuities for your Local Tour Leader & Ship Crew ($10 USD/day x 7 and $15 USD/day x 7 = $175 per guest)

• International airport departure tax

• $100 USD Galápagos National Park entrance fee

• Entry visa & Covid-19 testing fees

• Travel insurance (medical & repatriation coverage is mandatory for all travellers.

 

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Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito, Ecuador / Arrival Day
Galapagos gay cruise - Quito, EcuadorHola – welcome to Ecuador, and the second-highest capital in the world.

After a 9 AM Kickoff Meeting we’ve planned a full-day city tour including La Compañia de Jesus – the most beautiful church in the Americas, and Calle La Ronda – Quito's oldest street. Then we’re off to the Equator museum where you’ll get a keen sense of what it means to be equidistant from the world’s two poles.

A Welcome Dinner ends our day, but officially starts the holiday.

PLEASE NOTE: Given the city’s high altitude consider arriving the day before, so your body can adjust to the thinner air.

 

Day 2 - San Cristobal, Galapagos
Galapagos gay cruise tortoiseToday we fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the Natural Paradise, our home for the next week.

This is mainly a travel day, but in the afternoon we explore Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours o? the western shore of San Cristobal Island. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel.

Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and dinghy rides allow us to spot a variety of marine life such as manta rays, hammerhead sharks and frigate birds.

 

Day 3 - North Seymour and South Plaza Islands
Galapagos gay cruise - frigateThis morning we visit North Seymour with a chance to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island.

North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava ?ows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity.

In the afternoon we head to South Plaza, a small island with steep cliffs that was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas.

 

Day 4 - Rabida and Bartholomew Islands
Galapagos gay cruise - Rabida IslandToday we get our first chance at snorkeling to explore the incredible marine life of Rabida Island. We’ll also visit the famous maroon/red sand beach and take an easy hike up to a spectacular viewpoint.

Later in the afternoon it’s onwards to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations.

We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where we will enjoy one of the best views of the islands!

We’ll also visit a small, beautiful beach which is another perfect spot for snorkeling, if you’re lucky you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

 

Day 5 - Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands
Galapagos gay cruise - flamingoThis morning we’ll visit Sullivan Bay located in the southeast part of Santiago, an area known for its small volcanoes formed by lava ?ows.

Later we head to the visitor’s centre at Dragon Hill and take a short walk along the rocky beach and a 1.5km/0.9mi trail.

While exploring we’ll keep our eye out for iguanas and flamingos.

 

Day 6 - Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos tortoiseWe start the day in the highlands of Santa Cruz which in contrast to the lower part of the islands is a deep green due to the lush forest made up of Scalesia trees. While here we’ll explore the lava tunnels which are over half a mile long.

After a satisfying lunch we’ll visit the Twin Craters, two formations created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers.

Next we’re off to “Fausto Llerena” Tortoise Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. The tortoises range from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults.

You may also have some time to connect with civilization and connect to WiFi in a local cafe in town, or just enjoy the remote natural beauty that surrounds you!

 

Day 7 - Genovesa Island
Galapagos gay cruise - sea lionsToday is dedicated to some easy to moderate walking and hiking around Genovesa Island.

Our first stop will take us up El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face and a marvelous view. This site is home to red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrelsand Galapagos doves.

Later we visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a short trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Look out for Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here.

Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. Those who wish will also have the opportunity for a snorkel.

 

Day 8 - Santiago Island
Galapagos gay cruise - Espumilla BeachToday we have the entire day to experience multiple snorkeling spots on Santiago Island.

In Espumilla Beach, marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes.

While snorkeling you could come face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Later we visit Buccaneer Cove which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers who would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat.

Finally, we head to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur seals bathe in the sun and this is also a great snorkeling site.

 

Day 9 - Santa Cruz Island / Guayaquil
Galapagos gay cruise - marine iguanaWe’ve planned an early start for our final day on the Galapagos. We’re off to Las Bachas, named after the barges abandoned by the American Navy in the 1940s.

The sandy white beaches are a nesting site for the Pacific green turtle with marine iguanas commonly seen. The sand here is particularly white and soft, made of decomposed coral. A lagoon near the beach is home to whimbrels and great blue herons.

Sadly our cruise has come to an end, we bid the Natural Paradise and her crew farewell and fly to Guayaquil for our Farewell Dinner.

 

Day 10 - Guayaquil / Departure Day
As the last day of our tour no activities are planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your Out Adventures Host, and safe travels home.

 

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Welcome aboard our Natural Paradise!

The Natural Paradise Galapagos Yacht, a brand new addition to luxury cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Customized for 16 guests, this ship is built with an intimate setting with the highest level of comfort, well-appointed facilities, large suites, and generous interiors sets the perfect atmosphere for unique encounters in the archipelago.

 

Natural Paradise Sun Deck

 

The Natural paradise Galapagos yacht following its namesake showcases the breathtaking landmarks and iconic islands in the Galapagos. Upper deck guests will appreciate the comfort while sightseeing stunning landscapes from the convenience of their private balconies. Other services include a hot Jacuzzi, exterior teak decks with al fresco dining, and a BBQ area.

 

Natural Paradise lounge

 

Exuding class and comfort, the spacious rooms of the Natural paradise contain all the amenities you desire. Each morning, wake up to a new and exciting view visible from multiple large windows. Every suite contains a private bathroom with hot water, hair and body products made by L’Occitane beauty company, a high dryer.

 

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A range of staterooms and suites are available giving you maximum choice. All feature en suite bathrooms with wonderful showers and luxury L’Occitane cosmetics, hairdryers, and stunning sea views. Other upgrade options include the premium full suites accommodating King beds, a luxurious private terrace, and over 3,552 ft of private space.

 

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Head over to the bar any time and grab a tropical cocktail, premium spirit, or local craft beer prepared by the professional onboard bartender.

From there, you can head up to the best hangout spot onboard, the upper deck solarium, where you can enjoy all the fantastic views the Islands have to offer while mingling with your Yacht neighbors. This area is made even better with deck furniture unrivaled in coziness, and the large jacuzzi, perfect for after a snorkeling adventure.

 

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With a guest to staff ratio of 16:10, you will never have a desire unmet. The staff is welcoming, friendly, and willing to assist you in any way possible. The Natural Paradise Galapagos cruise staff includes a highly qualified, professionally trained chef that will be feeding you top-notch meals thrice daily. These meals are a fusion of international and national cuisine, with plenty of options to choose from. Moreover, if you have any dietary restrictions, these chefs will expertly craft meals made just for you.

Finally, enjoy a mouth-watering dessert to top it all off. Between excursions, the chef always provides delicious snacks and a fresh fruit juice that likely you’ve never tasted! Coffee, tea, and water are available 24/7 in the salon, the crew always provide you with welcome snacks on returns from excursions.

 

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Trip Notes & Ecuador Info

How We Travel
OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Ecuador Visa
Ecuador has an incredibly lenient visa policy. Most visitors staying less than 90 days just need a passport that’s valid for six months. There may be exceptions.

A Special Note On Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation may be felt while travelling to high altitudes. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy and a reduced appetite. It is important that you drink plenty of water, and don’t attempt too much in a day.

 

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Culture Shock
Though rich in biodiversity thanks to the Galapagos, Ecuador is an economically developing country. You’re not immune from old-fashioned machismo and religious intolerance, but acceptance is growing along with wages, and the country is incredibly literate (94.4%). Ecuador also legalized same-sex marriage in June, 2019.

Local LGBT Scene
Nightlife is concentrated in Quito, and many gay people retain a low profile until the sun goes down...but they make up for it with amazing nightlife.

Weather
When we visit it’s the dry season, with pleasant warm weather in the Galapagos, and the temperature rarely dipping below 20C/70F high up in Quito.

 

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Required Vaccinations:
Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The WHO suggests immunization against Hepatitis A and B, and Typhoid, before visiting Ecuador. To determine if you should take preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for Type A & Type B sockets.

Connectivity
We’ll be venturing through some remote islands, with cellular signals to match. Wi-Fi is not available on the boat at all while in the Galapagos Islands. There is limited Wi-Fi access and mobile phone coverage on the bigger islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela and there may also be internet cafes for you to use if there is time. There is a radio on board, for the use of shipboard staff, in case of emergency.

 

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Sea Sickness
Water in the Galapagos can often be rougher than expected and cause sea sickness and nausea. Please take proper precautions and have medication available if you are prone to sea sickness.

Diving in the Galapagos
We do not offer diving as a part of our Galapagos program and due to our internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.

Zodiacs
You will be entering and exiting a Zodiac boat (panga) during wet and dry landings and when returning from snorkelling. Although the waters we sail are usually calm, there are times when the sea can get rough and choppy. Steady sea legs (and a sturdy stomach) are needed when walking around the boat during bad weather. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.

 

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CPAP Machines
If you are travelling with a CPAP machine there should be uninterupted power throughout the night however we suggest you travel with a fully charged back up battery just in case. If you are travelling by yourself, we highly recommend that you book a single supplement to limit disruption to other passengers.

Meals
On this trip we include breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 9 dinners. We’ll enjoy a private chef aboard the Natural Paradise.

Alcohol & Drinks
Please make additional allowance for bar expenses. Please note, all produce is freighted in to the Galapagos making the price of food, alcohol and other goods more expensive on the islands and on board than what you will find on the mainland. Please note that a 10% service charge from the boat and a 12% government tax will be added to the total of your bar bill when your tab is settled at the end of your trip. It is not permitted to bring your own alcohol on board the boat.

 

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Travel Insurance
For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.

Your Guide
All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!

 

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Fellow Adventurers
Out Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

Traveling Solo
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Group Size
Minimum 10 guests, Maximum 16.

 

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Optional Activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

Tipping
On this trip tips for basic porterage, included meals and day guides are included in the trip fee. However, tips for your Local Tour Leader (approximately $10 USD per person, per day) and ship crew (approximately $15 USD per person, per day) are not included.

Money
Ecuador’s local currency is the American Dollar (USD). Credit cards are widely accepted in the city, but cash is king in rural parts. Fortunately most meals and expenses are included on this trip, but we recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

What to Bring
Please keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb to avoid costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller to carry a water bottle, your camera and souvenirs on day trips. This packing list is a guideline, not gospel, but we are happy to answer any specific questions about how much (or little) to bring.

 

Swissôtel Quito Hotel, Quito

 

Starting Point
Swissôtel Quito Hotel, Quito

Swissôtel offers elegant accommodations in Quito’s affluent commercial and residential district. It features 2 pools, tennis and squash courts, as well as a spa with hydromassage tub and massage treatments. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Featuring wood accents and Egyptian cotton linens, rooms at Swissôtel Quito are bright, air conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi access. They all come with cable TV channels, mini-bar and in-room safe.

 

Swissôtel Quito Hotel room

 

Five on-site restaurants offer a range of dishes from renowned French, Swiss and Japanese culinary traditions. The hotel’s modern meeting and event center is one of the largest in the city.

Quito’s Old Town district is 1.9 mi from the Swissôtel and is the most intact in South America, according to UNESCO. Mariscal Area is popular with expats for its clubs and bars and is a 15-minute drive away.

 

Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel

 

Finishing Point
Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel, Guayaquil

Offering complete, secure luxury accommodations, 0.6 mi from San Marino Shopping Center and the down town district, the Hilton Colon offers spacious rooms with LCD TVs, a pool, 5 restaurants and 2 bars.

Hilton Colon Guayaquil provides air-conditioning rooms with electronic locks, soundproof windows, hairdryer, and a work area. Some also offer a terrace or solarium. You will also find a tropical garden area and a wellness center and spa.

 

Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel room

 

When dining, guests can chose from different cuisine types such as the Kioto Sushi Bar or Vereda Tropical Restaurant. Enjoy relaxed drinks by the pool at the Coco Bar or along music at the Atrium Bar.

The Hilton is just 5 minutes' drive from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, 250 m from San Gabriel de la Dolorosa Church and 1 and a half hour from Galapagos Islands by plane.

 

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Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise Prices

Cabin Description
Double
Per person
$ (USD)
Availability

Natural Paradise Upper Deck Suite

Upper Deck Suite, 355 sq.ft. / 33 sq.m, King bed

$ 9,195

Natural Paradise Junior Suite

Upper Deck & Main Deck Junior Suite. 226 sq.ft. / 21 sq.m, Double twin beds, or King bed

$ 8,995

Standard Main Deck Cabin

Standard Main Deck Cabin. 172 sq.ft. / 16 sq.m, Double twin beds, or King bed

$ 8,195

Standard Lower Deck Cabin

Standard Lower Deck Cabin. 183 sq.ft. / 17 sq.m, Double twin beds, or King bed. Porthole windows

$ 7,895

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25% deposit required at time of booking.
Balances are due 90 days prior to departure.

Single Supplement - Main/Upper Deck Junior Suite: $4,495
Single Supplement - Main Deck Standard: $4,095
Single Supplement - Lower Deck Standard: $3,950
Single Supplement - Upper Deck Suite: $4,595

 

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