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Global Basecamps' Bucket List Volume 1: The Galapagos Islands

3.4.2012

by ali

We’re introducing a new series on the Global Basecamps’ blog highlighting travel experiences that we feel are bucket list worthy. This week we’ll be highlighting the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s best wildlife and nature destinations. A Galapagos cruise is a truly once in a lifetime experience, where you’ll discover the island’s fascinating volcanic geology, unique flora and fauna, and breathtaking wildlife.

When to Visit

The Galapagos Islands are a great destination to visit year round. Peak tourist season is from December through mid January and mid June to early September. From December to May the water and outside temperature are warmer, though there is more rain during this period. You will experience light, short rains almost daily. The warmer water temperatures make swimming, snorkeling, and diving more comfortable, though there are fewer fish to see during these months. Sea lion mating season also falls during this time and in March and April you can see many newborn sea lions. February to April is a beautiful time of year to visit the islands, as all the flowers are in bloom creating a colorful landscape.

Isabela Island

From June to November the water and temperatures are much cooler. This attracts more fish and birds. It can sometimes be cloudy or windy during this time of year, though there is little rain. This is a great time of year for diving; you can see more fish and penguins. Keep in mind the ocean is not as clam during these months. The ideal time of year to visit depends on your specific travel goals. With warm weather from December to May and more wildlife viewing from June to November both are great times of year to visit.

Galapagos Tour Options

There are a variety of Galapagos cruise options ranging from budget to luxury, and lasting from three to eight days. The cruises include all meals and excursions. Our first class yachts have no more than twenty guests and multiple decks with spacious rooms.

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Green Honeymoon Ideas

1.17.2012

by ali

When planning your honeymoon and trying to create the trip of a lifetime, it can be difficult to narrow down the destinations. Below you’ll find some of our green honeymoon specials designed to create a truly once in a lifetime experience for you and your spouse.

Western Tanzania Safari

Greystoke Mahale

Venture off the beaten path in Northern Tanzania to Mahale Mountains National Park, where you’ll find the incredible safari camp Greystoke Mahale. Located on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale offers a beautiful view of the Mahale Mountains, which is home to around 1, 000 chimpanzees. One of the highlights of the stay is tracking the chimpanzees through the forest and observing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Other species found in the forest include eight other primates, birds, and butterflies. Take a dip in one of the many waterfalls during a hike in the forest. The crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika are also an ideal place for swimming, as well as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.

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Top 5 New Year's Adventures

12.22.2011

by ali

Spend New Year's this year on an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Instead of heading to the crowds in New York or Tahoe, try something different and spend this New Year’s Eve enjoying the fireworks from a cruise ship, hiking the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, or exploring the vast deserts of Egypt. Whatever ecotourism adventure you choose, the following New Year's trips are sure to create an unforgettable start to 2012.

Cruise

The Galapagos Islands is on many people’s bucket lists, and December and January is a great time to visit. Experience the incredible wildlife and scenery on a Galapagos cruise this New Year's Eve! Another ideal travel destination for January is Australia. Sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Go diving, snorkeling, or relax on the sun deck. With white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and incredible snorkeling and scuba diving you can’t go wrong with a cruise in Australia to ring in the New Year!

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