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Enchanting Elba

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Pisa
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Pisa
Elba is the Italian coastline’s hidden gem. The largest island of the Tuscan archipelago is paradise for walkers: hulking granite mountains, wild lavender fields and dramatic cliffs plunging into the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is where Napoleon Bonaparte was once exiled – though he receives no sympathy from us, considering the exquisite freshly caught seafood and exceptional regional wines, best enjoyed with sweeping coastal views.
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Italy
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Italy
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Italy
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Italy
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners included
  • 7 nights 3-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days walking and sightseeing
  • Leisurely pace on established trails
  • Altitude maximum 872m, average 500m
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Elba has a typical sea climate, with rather mild temperatures and occasional rain during the summer. The most frequent wind is the Scirocco (south-east), not very strong, and in the summer afternoons it alternates with the cooler Maestrale (north-west), that helps make your days on the beach more pleasant and less stifling.

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Discover a true hidden gem of the Tuscan Archipelago.

Breakfasts in Italy are usually continental style and include pastries, yogurt and cereal. The Elban cuisine is a real treat for travellers. Seafood plays an important role, as do wild herbs, vegetables and fresh farm produce.
Activity level: 3 (Moderate) The walks on this trip are graded moderate. Although some walks will get your pulse racing we will also have plenty of time to rest and admire the views. Over the course of the week, the terrain and type of path will vary from man made paved tracks and tarmac to forest trails. Some areas may be rocky underfoot with narrow, overgrown or exposed paths. Although the walks are not technically challenging, you do need to be steady on your feet. All walks take between 4 and 6 hours including lunch stops and require a moderate level of fitness.
Elba weather
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Elba island, Portoferraio aerial view. Lighthouse and fort.
Elba Island
Elba Island, Capoliveri
Elba Island
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Hotels
First and last night in a comfortable 3-star hotel in Pisa, 5 nights in a 3-star hotel on Elba Island. Hotel La Pace- 3 star This Hotel is conveniently located at a short walking distance to the centre of Pisa and offers comfortable, bright rooms and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The en suite rooms include air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro- 3 star Located in Marciana Marina on Elba Island, the hotel is a few metres from the seafront and pebble beach. It is also closed to shops and restaurants and its large garden features a swimming pool sourrounded by palm trees. Rooms are en suite offering air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
Number of Days Activity 
5 days walking
Pace 
Approximately 4 - 6 hours walking per day
Terrain 
Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents
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  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP195)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Admire the unspolit natural beauty of Elba Island
  • Enjoy stunning views to the Tyrrenian sea
  • Indulge in a wine and local products tasting experience
  • Spend time in Pisa and visit the leaning tower

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The Simien Mountains Trek

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5
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18
18
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99
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12
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9
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9
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Addis Ababa - Guided tour
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Addis Ababa
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Addis Ababa
The dramatic skyline of peaks and jagged volcanic plugs which tower over the highland plateaux of the Simien Mountains compete with rugged gorges and deep gullies to form what is, arguably, the most awe-inspiring landscape in Africa. As we trek through this distant mountain range we pass small hamlets where villagers eke out an existence from the limited arable land. We may come across large troops of Gelada baboons foraging on the escarpment; and, with luck, spot Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolves.
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Ethiopia
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Ethiopia
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Ethiopia
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Ethiopia
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Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Sunday, December 31, 2017
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  Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015The Simien Mountains TrekTrip code: TYEValidity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2017 Table of ContentsStyleGroup sizeJoining point ThemesAccommodationFinish point MapMealsItineraryTransport StyleExodusThemesWalking & Trekking, Guided Group, Wilderness, Culture & Discovery, Trek: point-to-point, Trek: summits, Accom: hotel/lodge, Accom: camping Map[DoxHandler=74337]ItineraryDay 1 Start Addis Ababa; half-day city tour.Included Activities

  • Addis Ababa - Guided tour

AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 2 Fly to Gondar; city tour.Optional Activities

  • Castle Complex and Fasilidas' Bath - Free
  • Church of Debre Berhan Sellassie - Free

AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 3 Drive to Debark; start trekking to Sankaber Camp.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 4 Trek to Geech via Jinbar Waterfall.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 5 Day walk to Imetgogo.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 6 Trek to Chennek via Enatyie Escarpment.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 7 Trek to Ambiko with ascent of Bwuhit.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 8 Ascent of Ras Dashen.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 9 Trek to Sona via Arkwasiye.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 10 Descend to Ansiya Wenz River and on to Lamo Camp.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 11 Continue to Mulit Camp.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)Day 12 Short walk to Adi Arkay where the trek finishes; drive to Gondar.AccommodationHotel (1 nt)Day 13 Fly to Addis; trip ends.  

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Group sizeMaximum of 18 travellers per group.AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (9 nts), Hotel (3 nts)Meals12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 DinnersTransport4x4, Minibus, PlaneJoining pointGhion HotelRas Desta Damtew St Stadium around Meskel SquareAddis Ababa1643ETHIOPIA Phone: +251 115 513 222Finish pointGhion HotelRas Desta Damtew St Stadium around Meskel SquareAddis Ababa1643ETHIOPIA Phone: +251 115 513 222

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  • 9 nights wild camping, 4 nights standard hotels with en suite facilities
  • 10 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Good physical condition required
  • Altitude maximum 4543m, average 3300m
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Comma Seperated Trip Codes 
AYF,TXM,TZS
  • It is likely to be sunny most of the time on all departures. Most of Ethiopia is high, so although the sun is powerful, the temperature is usually very pleasant. There is, however, the risk of sunburn at high altitude, so it is essential you ensure you are adequately protected. Nights are generally cool to cold, depending on altitude and frosts are possible overnight in the mountains, when the night temperature could drop to 0degC and exceptionally to -5degC. Daytime temperatures seldom rise above 25degC except at lower altitudes. It can be very hot in the lowlands in December, January and February. The main rains come between June and late September, and while November is one of the coolest months of the year it is also generally one of the clearest. January and February will be hotter and much drier. The landscape is likely to be more arid than in October and November, which can still be quite lush after the rains. Please note that there is a possibility of rain on all departures (especially October).

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Trek through Ethiopia's dramatic Simien Mountains.

All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Hotel meals are generally good although they can lack variety. Local dishes tend to be very good if you like hot, spicy food although milder versions can be requested. Local food is traditionally eaten with the hands. The sour bread known as injera is used as a scoop for the casserole dishes known as wat. All food on trek is cooked for you and, although local produce can be a bit limited in the mountains, it is usually of a high standard. Vegetarians can be catered for, though you may find the diet somewhat limited. Clients who have specialist dietary requirements must contact us to discuss if they can be accommodated. Ethiopia is a poor country and they are not familiar with gluten or lactose free diets. Please note that you should not drink the tap water in Ethiopia. We also suggest that clients bring snack food as this can be difficult to obtain outside of Addis Ababa.
This is a strenuous trek with several days spent close to or above 4,000 metres. There are a number of long days including the optional ascent of Ras Dashen, at 4,543m the highest mountain in Ethiopia; this involves 1,300m of ascent and descent in one day. There is also a lot of ascent and descent on many of the other days, and some fairly exposed rough trails. We do not suggest that you attempt this trek unless you are confident of your ability. The total cumulative amount of ascent is 6,500m, and the descent is 7,650m. There are 10 days walking with full porterage, and the trip is graded C (this is at the tougher end of the grade C scale though). On the October departures there is the possibility of some river crossings. The trails in the Simien Mountains are generally well marked and the landmarks are distinctive. We will be walking for about 6-7 hours a day (although on 4 days as much as 10-12 hours) and the terrain can be quite tough in places. Much of the trek is in remote areas. If you suffer from vertigo, you may want to carefully consider this trip before booking. There are steep drops in the Simien Mountains, which is what makes the scenery so spectacular. There is never an occasion when you need walk close to the edge of the cliffs so if you are happy to stand back you should not be discomforted in any way.
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Wild Camping & Hotels
You will spend 9 nights wild camping and 4 nights in standard hotels. Tents will be erected by local staff members, who will also cook and wash up. Limited single accommodation is available and we can arrange extra accommodation before or after the trip. Single supplement available from GBP200
Number of Days Activity 
10
Pace 
Approximately 2.5-12 hours walking per day
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High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain
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  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Trek through spectacular natural beauty
  • Visit remote mountain villages
  • Spot fantastic endemic wildlife

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Glimpse of Galapagos - Central Islands

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<div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Glimpse of Galapagos - Central Islands</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: WAN</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2015</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Physicalpreparation">Physical preparation</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#Joiningpoint">Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#Finishpoint">Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravelprojects">Responsible Travel projects</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Exodus</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">[DoxHandler=61161]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1Quito" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Quito</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. </div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day2IslaSantaCruz" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Isla Santa Cruz</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">This morning we transfer to Quito Airport for our early morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. Be prepared for an early start as this could mean leaving the hotel as early as 4am. A US$10 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. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as using credit cards can be time consuming.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">On arrival in the Galapagos we are met in the arrivals hall and then transferred to our boat, the Nemo III, anchored a short distance away. Once on board we'll be assigned our cabins, meet the crew members and get to know our naturalist guide and fellow travellers over a delicious lunch.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"> We head to the Highlands of Santa Cruz for a total change of scenery. Beginning at the coast we travel across Santa Cruz through the agricultural region and into the misty forests where we can see the Unique Scalesia cloud forest, dome shaped giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and possibly the world famous woodpecker and warbler finches as well as vermillion flycatchers. </div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Santa Cruz Highlands</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day3SouthPlaza/SantaFe" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 South Plaza/Santa Fe</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">A small island, Plaza Sur or South Plaza is nonetheless a place of great beauty, where we get close to sea lions and onto trails past one of the Galapagos’ largest land iguana populations, resting amid cacti and volcanic landscapes coloured bright red and green by sea-purslanes. The island’s rugged southern cliffs are an excellent place to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as ‘the gentlemen’s club’, a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be ‘beach masters’!</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Santa Fe is home to more sea lions, and these ones are very eager for swimming partners! It’s a lovely place to take a dip, offers a dense concentration of wildlife, and is a fantastic place to see many of the stars of the Galapagos in one relatively small area. Expect to see the Galapagos hawk, land Iguanas, a variety of finches and the Galapagos mockingbird, sea lions, marine turtles, frigatebirds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. It’s a naturally beautiful island as well, with one of the most attractive coves in the archipelago, the waters jade green and wonderful for snorkelling. . Our trail follows the coast into the Opuntia Forest Santa Fe's trees are the largest in the Galapagos. Hiking into the island you can see a forest of giant cacti and palo santo trees. Once back at the beach we have free time to snorkel in the jade green water. Playful sea lion pups and fluorescent fish make for fascinating company.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Plaza Sur</li><li>Santa Fe Island</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4IslaBartolome/SombreroChino" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Isla Bartolome/Sombrero Chino</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Bartolome Island is one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the Galapagos, full of parasitic spatter cones, lava flows, Galapagos penguins and lava lizards. Bartolomé is a relatively new island in the archipelago and walking shoes are required as we will climb over 360 wooden steps to the summit where the scenery is spectacular and we have a great view of Pinnacle Rock - one of the most photographed sites in the Galapagos, it is an abrupt jag of rock protruding from the earth like a tooth, while nearby two golden bays back onto each other. Here we can hike to the top of a once-active volcano and enjoy superb views across to Sullivan Bay, on nearby Santiago Island . If we are in luck we might catch a glance of the Galapagos Hawk here. We will also have the opportunity to go snorkelling with plenty of tropical fish, sea stars and hopefully with penguins, white tipped reef sharks and rays. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We approach Sombrero Chino via a beautiful crescent-shaped, sandy beach that is home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The island is a miniature volcano, shaped like a Chinese hat (hence its name), and along its trails we explore the island’s volcanic origin with its fascinating lava tubes. Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. We follow a trail that circles the cove and passes through a sea lion colony and innumerable marine iguanas. The cove also offers some great snorkelling opportunities, hopefully with Penguins and Sharks</div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Bartolome Island Visit</li><li>Sombrero Chino Visit</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5IslaMosquera/Quito" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Isla Mosquera/Quito</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We sail to Isla Mosquera, an Islet situated between Baltra and North Seymour. This stretch of water is rich in sea life and is a popular spot for both sea lions and marine birds. Watch out for the boobies making their spectacularly quick headlong dives into the water. Isla Mosquera is a relaxing and picturesque spot with its uplifted coral reef with long stretches of white sand and rock pools. Along the rocks and in the tide pool, Sally Lightfoot crabs (red lava crabs) scamper back and forth, skipping across small pools of water in search of food. These crabs with their bright red shell tops and blue under shells are stunning against the black lava. The island also has a very large colony of sea lions as well as a sizeable resident brown pelican population. We also have the chance to go snorkelling.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Sadly all good things must come to an end and this is our final excursion. We say farewell to The Galapagos Islands and head to the airport for our flight back to Quito for the last night of the tour. Upon arrival in Quito Airport we are transferred back to our hotel for an overnight stay.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Isla Mosquera Beach Trip</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6Quito" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Quito</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">There are no activities planned for the final day so we are able to depart the accommodation at any time. There are many fascinating things to do in and around Quito so please speak to our customer service representative about any optional activities that might be of interest. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.</div></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Physicalpreparation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Physical preparation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available on board the boat at no additional charge</div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar (USD).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please note that in Ecuador automatic money machines often limit the amount you can withdraw. This can be $100 or $200 per day depending on your card. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money in Latin America (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Please check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to US$100 per day.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>It's also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations bills, for those times when ATMs may not be available. US$ dollars is the most readily changeable currency.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>VERY IMPORTANT:<br />US$100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other US$ bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.</div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">BOAT CREW NEMO III:<br />If you have enjoyed the services provided by your guide and crew, a tip would be very much appreciated by them. As a guideline we recommend each passenger consider US$12-14 per day for the crew and US$8-10 per day for your guide. You can leave tips in envelopes that are placed in your cabin on the last day of your journey. </div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">GALAPAGOS PARK AND TRANSIT CARD FEES:<br />The Galapagos park fee (US$100) and transit card fee (US$10) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only)..This amount is in additional to your trip payment.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When booking, please ensure that your details are correct, and double check them on your documents prior to departure. If your passport does not match your booking details, you may be refused entrance to Galapagos National Park. Please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">CHANGES TO ITINERARY:<br />This maritime component of this trip is operated by a fully licensed Ecuadorian shipping operator. The Captain of the vessel will do all that is possible to adhere to the outlined itinerary however it may be changed without previous notice due to such reasons as weather conditions or changes to the Galapagos National Park's regulations. We ask you for your patience and understanding with any changes outside our control.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: <br />Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Intrepid of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">MINIMUM AGE:<br />The minimum age on this trip is 15. Please note that triple cabins are not available. If travelling with a child, the child will need to share with one of the adults, and the other adult will share with another adult passenger, or pay a single supplement.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Motorised yacht (3 nts), Hotel (2 nts)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The Nemo III is a twin hull sailing catamaran. There are 8 double cabins all with private bathrooms and air-conditioning. Single supplements are available on request should you require a cabin to yourself; however, be warned, they are expensive.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners</div></div><div id="Mealdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All meals are included whilst on the Nemo III. There is a chef on board who cooks up local and international cuisine daily, including a buffet breakfast.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Intrepid of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies. </div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Plane, Minibus, Boat</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">On this trip you'll be met by a local representative in Quito on Day 1 and on return to Quito on the second last day, and a Naturalist guide will accompany you on the Galapagos Islands.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">For our Galapagos trips we have a highly experienced shipboard staff and crew. Our guides are registered and trained in conservation and natural sciences by the Charles Darwin Foundation and licensed by the Galapagos National Park Service.</div></div><div id="Joiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel Cafe Cultura</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Robles &amp; Reina Victoria Esquina, Robles 513 </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Quito</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ECUADOR</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: 593 22558858</div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operators Emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="Finishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Hotel Cafe Cultura</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Robles &amp; Reina Victoria Esquina, Robles 513 </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Quito</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ECUADOR</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: 593 22558858</div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Ecuador Operations Office can be reached on:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Outside Ecuador: +593 9 94014877<br />From within Ecuador: 09 94014877<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page: </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/... /></div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Visaspecifics" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ECUADOR TOURIST VISA<br />Australia: Not required<br />Belgium: Not required<br />Canada: Not required<br />Germany: Not required<br />Ireland: Not required<br />Netherlands: Not required<br />New Zealand: Not required<br />South Africa: Not required<br />Switzerland: Not required<br />United Kingdom: Not required<br />United States: Not required</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">There is not a lot of extra space on the boat in the Galapagos, so our general advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Life aboard the yacht is pretty informal, so casual comfortable clothing is best.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">WATER BOTTLE:<br />Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">SNORKELLING<br />There are many opportunities for snorkelling during your Galapagos voyage. Diving masks, snorkels, fins and some wetsuits are provided onboard the vessel and are for use by all passengers. Some passengers choose to bring their own, however this is a personal choice. Beach towels are also provided.<br />An underwater disposable camera is also recommended.<br /></div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">YELLOW FEVER:<br />A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">ALTITUDE SICKNESS: <br />Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Before your trip. <br />Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>During your trip. <br />While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/527... id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">AIRPORT TAXIS: <br />If you are taking a taxi from the airport by yourself, agree on the price beforehand and tell the driver to bring you straight to your hotel and that you ALREADY have a reservation. Both the tourist information booths at the airport as well as the independent taxi drivers receive commissions to persuade you to go elsewhere by using any type of argument.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">WATER SAFETY:<br />Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.</div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insu... /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intr... /></div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.</div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravelprojects" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel projects</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Ecuador include:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>* The Charles Darwin Foundation protects species in the Galapagos that are on the borderline of extinction. Focusing on the island of Floreana, they hope to re-introduce several locally extinct and critically endangered keystone species that are integral to the ongoing balance and sustainability of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems.</div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>

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