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Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise

Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise

Peregrine Adventures Grand Queen Beatriz

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

November 14 – 23, 2020

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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. We’ve also planned plenty of snorkelling to immerse you in the marine life.

 

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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

• Explore 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

• Paddle through the mangrove wetlands of Black Turtle Cove

• Sunbathe with sea lion pups on pristine beaches

• All meals are included on this itinerary

 

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What's Included

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
• Accommodation
• All meals except two lunches
• Transportation by private coach
• Domestic airfare
• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host
• Hotel porterage
• Gratuities for basic porterage, included meals and day guides

 

Not Included

• International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Alcoholic drinks
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for your Local Tour Leader (approximately $10 USD per person, per day) and ship crew (approximately $15 USD per person, per day)
• International airport departure tax
• Galápagos National Park entrance fee: $100 USD, and Transit Control Card: $20 USD p.p.
• Travel insurance – 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 10 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 Galápagos, and board the sumptuous Grand Queen Beatriz, our home for the next week.

This is mainly a travel day, but in the afternoon we’ll explore Red Hill, a national park with an established breeding program and information center for tortoises. See the creatures in their natural habitat and learn about their origin, evolution and threatened future.

PLEASE NOTE: A US$20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito Airport and a US$100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival on the islands. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as using credit cards can be time consuming.

 

Day 3 - Bartolome Island / Sullivan Bay
Galapagos gay cruise - Bartolome IslandBartolomé is a newer island with traces of its volcanic past visible everywhere – it really feels like you’re on the moon. Here’s where you can check out Pinnacle Rock, one of the most photographed landmarks in the Galápagos that thrusts out from the water like a tooth.

Then consider a hike to the top of a dormant volcano for superb views of Sullivan Bay across the water. We'll also snorkel near Pinnacle Rock where you'll likely see plenty of tropical fish, starfish, white-tipped reef sharks, rays and hopefully penguins.

Finally, we'll enjoy a ride on a panga boat.

 

Day 4 - Espumilla Beach / Port Egas
Galapagos gay cruise - Espumilla BeachRise and shine as another busy day awaits, starting with Espumilla Beach, in James Bay. The beach is an important nesting site for marine turtles. It’s also known for its Palo Santo Forest and extraordinary lava formations.

Check out Buccaneer Cove, a natural rock formation caused by sea erosion, where pirates would careen their ships. If the weather is favourable, we'll enjoy an hour of snorkelling.

Finally, Port Egas is a black sand beach set against Sugarloaf Volcano, where you can walk among marine iguanas and sea lions. We'll enjoy a second snorkelling session here, hopefully encountering friendly sea lions under the water's surface.

 

Day 5 - Santa Cruz Highlands / Charles Darwin Station
Galapagos gay cruise - Charles Darwin StationToday begins with a visit to Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galápagos.

Puerto Ayora, the island’s hub of life, is also home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Undertaking vital conservation work, the station offers amazing opportunities to encounter giant tortoises, their babies, and land iguanas.

Then it’s off to the highlands with a total change of scenery en route: misty forests, inactive volcanic cones, plenty of endemic plants, and perhaps the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher await.

 

Day 6 - North Seymour / Mosquera Islet
Galapagos gay cruise - frigateThis morning we venture to North Seymour. The trail crosses inland through the island and on to the rocky coast. Along the way we’ll see colonies of blue footed boobies and even frigates – large black birds known for the red pouch on their necks. During mating season males throw back their heads and inflate the pouch – sometimes to the size of a soccer ball – in a flashy display to woo the females. We'll end the morning snorkelling in search of white tipped reef sharks.

After lunch the sandy island of Mosquera makes for a picturesque stop. Red lava crabs scamper and skip across pools of water in search of supper. Bright red on top and blue beneath, they are a stunning crustacean contrast to the black lava. Depending on the tides and visibility, there may be another chance to go snorkelling here.

 

Day 7 - Black Turtle Cove / Dragon Hill
Galapagos gay cruise - flamingoBlack Turtle Cove is a mangrove wetland on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Paddle through and discover the region’s underwater riches. It’s a wonderful place to see green turtles, and is a nursery for rays and Galápagos sharks. Birds like the yellow warbler and lava heron also call the cove home.

In the afternoon, a walk on Dragon Hill offers iguana and flamingo sightings.

 

Day 8 - Chinese Hat / Rabida Island
Galapagos gay cruise - Rabida IslandThe small island of Rabida is one of the most striking in the archipelago. Introduced species were eradicated in 1971, letting indigenous wildlife return to a state of splendid isolation. The volcanic activity here produces vivid landscapes like the red sand beaches and scarlet cliffs. Look out for nesting pelicans, pintail ducks, and sea lions. We'll definitely dive into the waters for a prime snorkelling opportunity, hopefully glimpsing penguins and sharks.

Our last stop is Sombrero Chino, or Chinese Hat islet, which takes its name from the island’s shape: snorkel away!

 

Day 9 - Bachas Beach / Baltra / Quito
Galapagos gay cruise - sea lionsWe’ve planned an early start for our final day on the Galápagos. 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. This is the perfect place for our last snorkel session. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, starfish and sea lions.

Our Galápagos gay cruise is over, but we have one final night – and a Farewell Dinner – in Quito after our flight to the mainland.

 

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

 

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Welcome aboard our Queen Bea!

Experience the 'Enchanted Islands' in our new custom-built yacht, the Grand Queen Beatriz. Custom built, with a stylish modern design, ensuite bathrooms, outward-facing windows in all cabins (and private balconies in some), and a jacuzzi on the sundeck, the Grand Queen Bea is be one of the newest boats operating in the Galapagos.

Whether she’s coming or going, it’s easy to fall in love with The Grand Queen Beatriz as she glides through gorgeous marine surrounds. The crew will make you feel welcome from the moment you step aboard. And imagine diving off those decks for a little dip and snorkel...

 

Grand Queen Beatriz Sun Terrace

 

Punch yourself in the face then get a load of our common ground on water. The staircases are fit for dramatic exits. The hot tub is the place to simmer your sun-kissed torso after a day of snorkelling. Did we mention there’s going to be *LOTS* of snorkelling? It’s not a euphemism.

To enjoy the tropical climate of the islands our sun terrace is the perfect place, there is an open bar for you to enjoy your favorite drinks. Here you can take a sun bath or rest in the shadow, enjoy the panoramic view. Once a week we have a lunch or dinner in this spacious terrace

To offer a great experience on board, the boat counts with a jacuzzi for six people, you can use it when the boat is anchored. Here you can relax at fresco with a cold beer , if you are willing to use the jacuzzi please talk to the barman in advance.

 

Grand Queen Beatriz Dining Room

 

After all that snorkelling you’ll have a hearty appetite and may long for libations. Good thing Bea’s inner sanctum offers serene respite from the wild kingdom outside. Her living room is the hub of the boat; an easy place to meet for pre-dinner cocktails or to curl up with a thick book. A well-stocked bar awaits your cocktail ambitions and the dining room is a chill escape (not only for the AC).

The living room is the place where the guide briefs the group each day about the next activities, here you will find a TV with DVD player, books, and board games.

In the dinning room you will enjoy the best dishes of the international and national cuisine, as well will find a selected wine stock and a bar with exquisite drinks. This place has a fantastic panoramic view.

 

Grand Queen Beatriz Cabin

 

Since Out Adventures are equal parts exhilarating and exhausting, we care about where you unwind. The rooms aboard are awfully spacious for a boat: all face outward, many with balconies. Coming from swimming salty waters you’ll love your loo the most. It delivers one hot and steamy shower, Honey.

All cabins include: Air conditioning; All linen; Ensuite bathrooms; Toiletries (soap and shampoo); TV’s with on demand movies; Safety deposit box

 

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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.

 

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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:
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. The sockets on board the Grand Queen Beatriz are the two pronged plugs used in the US, Canada and Japan.

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 cruise, all meals except two lunches are included. We'll enjoy a private chef aboard The Grand Queen Beatriz.

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 $50,000.

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 $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.

 

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Starting Point
Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars, Quito

Standard check-in time is after 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check-ins, but you may store your luggage if you want to explore the area while you wait. If you want to guarantee an early check-in, you’ll need to reserve an extra night of accommodation.

This 5-star design hotel is located within the business and financial district of Quito. It offers free Wi-Fi, a gym and luxurious rooms fitted with modern furnishings. Each room has a flat-screen TV.

 

Le Parc Hotel, Quito

 

All air-conditioned rooms at Le Parc Hotel have a seating area. An elegant, marble bathroom with luxurious details designed by Philippe Stark is included with every room.

For relaxation, a sauna and massage treatments are offered at Le Parc Hotel. The hotel’s restaurant serves an a la carte menu of local and international dishes. Le Parc’s rooftop bar offers cocktails and drinks with an view of the city.

 

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Galapagos Boutique Gay Cruise Prices

Cabin Description
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Grand Queen Beatriz Deluxe Balcony Suite

These 2 cabins are located in the upper deck, all with a private balcony and diret view to the sea. Cabin Size 24 Mts2; Private Balcony 2.7 x 1.3 Mts; 1 cabins with Queen Size Bed; 1 cabin with Twin Beds; Private Bathroom; Hot water; Air Conditioning; Reading lamps; Safe box

$ 9,195

Grand Queen Beatriz Junior Balcony Suite

These 2 cabins are located in the upper deck, all with a private balcony and diret view to the sea. Cabin Size 24 Mts2; Private Balcony 2.7 x 1.3 Mts; 1 cabins with Queen Size Bed; 1 cabin with Twin Beds; Private Bathroom; Hot water; Air Conditioning; Reading lamps; Safe box

$ 8,995

Grand Queen Beatriz Standard Cabin

All the standard cabins are located in the main deck with ocean view with 3 windows. Cabin Size 20/25 Mts2; Ocean View; 2 cabins with Queen size beds; 3 cabins with Twin beds; 1 twin cabin can be converted in double; Private Bathroom; Hot water; Air Conditioning; Reading lamps; Safe box

$ 8,195

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