Curious Traveller presents the best of Galápagos

Red footed boobies with their beak colours enlivened for breeding season at Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, Galapagos. Red foots are the only boobies in the Galapagos to nest in trees

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Calling on its experience from several previous Galápagos journeys, the team from Curious Traveller has curated a unique, quality trip. Although every trip to the Galápagos is extraordinary, there’s actually a great deal of variation in the experience guests can have, and what they’ll see.

Currently, more than 100 boats take tours around the Galapágos. Only three meet Curious Traveller’s very particular criteria for size, comfort, accessibility and itinerary. The Curious Traveller experience enables access to the absolute pick of places at the time of year when the best is on show. The carefully selected, comfortable vessel – Seaman Journey – has easy on-and-off access for the many daily excursions, including walks, snorkelling and small boat rides to get up close to the islands’ amazing geology and littoral zone plants and animals.

The Galapágos “green” season is a period of life and plenty. Lowland shrubs and trees such as the palo santo are in leaf and the abundant flowers are in blossom. The mesmerising waved albatross return after months at sea, meet up with their partners and perform their extraordinary, detailed acquaintance ritual. It’s also when the blue-footed boobies get their groove on, brighten up their delightful feet and tap dance their way into each other’s hearts. Sea turtles are hatching, newborn sea lion pups are exploring, frigate birds are nesting and Darwin’s finches are making the most of the season.

The planned March Curious Traveller trip covers iconic Galápagos favourites: marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and sally lightfoot crabs. Land bird species such as Darwin’s finches and Galápagos mockingbirds will feature throughout, and guests will see Galápagos tortoises at breeding centres on San Cristóbal island and at the Charles Darwin research station.

The water is warm, and days are sunshiny bright. The Curious Traveller group is small, with a maximum of 16 people (including your Curious expert hosts Ian and Gail as hosts).

Upon return to mainland Ecuador the group will stay in the celebrated old town of Quito – the first built environment to be World Heritage site listed by UNESCO. It’s a great place to spend a couple of days exploring the architecture, lesser-known food spots and the artisanal markets in this cosmopolitan city nestled among Andes volcanoes.

Cost and booking info

11-day trip, 16- to 27 March 2017.

US$6650 per person, twin share. Maximum group size 14 people, plus hosts.

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Guests enjoy the bird show at last light near Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa Island

Marine iguanas are cold-blooded, and their underwater search for food requires a constant cycle of sunbaking and determined cold current swimming. Galapagos

The most difficult part of swimming near green turtles considering courting is that their focus is so intense it can be hard to snorkel out of the way. Galapagos

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