Quito and Galapagos with Mario Corvetto
May 8th to May 17th, 2020.
Our extraordinary journey begins in Quito, Ecuador and continues to the Galapagos Islands.
Our first full day in Quito starts with a private visit to the home of Ecuador’s most beloved artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin. We will have access to the section of his home that is not open to the general public. Our private guide will share Guayasamin’s passion for art and culture and will explain the most significant pieces of his private art collection. This is a unique look inside the life of one of Latin America’s most creative minds in this past century.
After the tour, we will take part in a tasting and pairing of To’ak chocolate with a chocolate expert. To’ak chocolate is considered on the top chocolates in the world and the most valued. The tasting will be held in Guayasamin’s private wine cellar, where he entertained some of the 20th century’s most notable people, such as Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Francois Mitterrand, the Prince of Monaco, and the King of Spain.
From Quito we set out to explore the Galapagos Islands. Our expert English-speaking naturalist guides will make our experience both fun and educational since we will have ample time to learn about the evolutionary and geological significance of the islands while still having the opportunity to relax, enjoy the warm Ecuadorian sun, kayak, snorkel and swim in the pristine turquoise waters.
During this once-in-a-life-time experience we will have the opportunity to view and photograph extraordinary wildlife, many of them endemic, including species such as: the marine iguana, 7 species of lava lizards, two species of land iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, giant tortoises, Galapagos fur seals, Pacific green sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and over 100 species of birds. Some of the bird species include the blue-footed booby, brown pelican, masked booby, red- footed booby, frigate birds, Galapagos hawk, lava gull, Galapagos dove and thirteen finch species made famous by Charles Darwin.
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