Exotic beauty and wildlife
Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador is a magical place where blue-footed boobies dance, prehistoric tortoises lumber through the forest, and marine iguanas surf the ocean alongside sea lions and penguins. These are the Galapagos Islands, whose exotic beauty and astonishing wildlife, unfazed by human beings, have captivated travelers for centuries. Nowhere else on this earth will you get this up close and personal to such rare and endangered wildlife. To sail on a Galapagos cruise is a true journey of a lifetime, great for individual travelers and couples, yet also a perfect adventure for families and other groups. Hike through dramatic volcanic landscapes filled with amazing creatures, snorkel with a dazzling array of marine life, and marvel at the diversity and adaptability of nature. It won’t take you long to understand why the Galapagos are known as the Enchanted Islands.
We're proud that one of America's top Galapagos experts is right here at Myths and Mountains. Our vice president, Allie Almario, has traveled to the Galapagos more than a dozen times and has worked on several guidebooks and film documentaries about the archipelago. She is also the former executive director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association and is the go-to expert for the media when questions about Galapagos conservation issues are raised. Allie will match your style of travel and budget with the right cruise ship to make your dream Galapagos expedition as flawless as possible.
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This is not just a slogan - it's the way we do business.
Since its inception in 1988, Myths and Mountains has been a pioneer in the field of customized and solo travel. We know that there's no such thing as "one itinerary fits all," and we're committed to matching your particular trip to your dreams. If none of our existing itineraries are perfect, we're thrilled to create a personalized trip just for you, your friends, and your family.
Our custom trips are not just standard "packages" adjusted to fit your travel dates - they're individually tailored itineraries, as unique as you are. We'll ask you lots of questions designed to help us understand your travel style, budget, interests, and wishes, and then we'll channel all our global connections, in-depth destination knowledge, and decades of travel planning experience into creating an extraordinary adventure filled with unforgettable experiences.
Here's how we will collaborate with you:
2. Talk with us about where you want to go, your timeframe, travel companions, budget, special interests and travel style.
3. We will send a brief sketch and approximate land cost for you to review and suggest changes you would like to see.
4. Based on your feedback, we will rework your itinerary according to your guidelines. Should you wish to talk with previous travelers who have asked us for customized itineraries, we are happy to give you references.
5. Review the new program. If it works, we will ask for a deposit: 25% of the cost usually, 50% if you are 120 days out. At that point, we will confirm all of the reservations and guides, send you a full packet of preliminary information and prepare your formal, personalized, detailed daily itinerary.
After all, it?s your unique vacation. Invite your family. Bring your friends. Dream big. Then call us and let us make your dream a reality.