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Galapagos Quadruple Savings

Here is how to get a quadruple Galapagos savings… thousands of savings for a couple on a four day Galapagos cruise…all from friends of Ecuador Living.


How good are Galapagos cruises?

Here is my opinion.  About 13 years ago during Ecuador political demonstrations, a major news magazine interviewed an engineer with his 14 year old daughter who were milling in the huge crowd protesting the current El Presidente of that time.

The magazine put a negative spin on the fact that 450,000 people were in the streets banging on pots and pans.  Personally I liked the fact that so many people could state their opinion peacefully (not a window was broken and the President did resign) and get results.   My comments at that time were… “ignore the rhetoric.  Just look at where that Latin father was willing to bring his daughter.”

This is a simple truth… if you want to see the real beliefs of a man… look at where he will take or send his daughter.

Having said that, this father… as a wedding gift to our youngest daughter and great new son-in law… Merri and I  gave them a Galapagos cruise… beginning in Quito at Mansion del Angel,


Here is Ele at the mansion.  She wrote:  “Well, as you can see we are at the Mansion del Angel and are so grateful for the amazing room we have.  We really feel like royalty and everyone is so lovely to us.

The Galapagos was amazing. What an experience. Loads of wildlife… so much learned, gorgeous food and friends made.

When we arrived at the islands and whilst waiting to jump on deck, we were greeted by multiple sea lions. As you can see they are very tame and often stole our seats.


Here is a shot of the boat.


The boat was called the Athala and had 10 crew members. There were 16 guests in total, all very friendly.

The first deck is where we ate, met, watched videos and there were 4 double rooms. The second deck had a jacuzzi, bar and again 4 double rooms but ours had balconies, very posh!

We went snorkeling with sharks, turtles, sea lions and a plethora of sea life. The White Tip Reef Sharks, about 7 foot long, are not dangerous due to the large amount of food in the reef but it was scary to come face to face with one.


We saw and swam with a pod of approximately 60 wild dolphins. This was probably the most memorable experience.  Looking down and not being able to count the endless number of dolphins surrounding you was a once in a lifetime experience.


Our second excursion was to Floreana island to see sea lions relaxing on the beach and we had our first encounter with sea iguanas, they spit if you get too close.



are a  few shots of the wildlife we saw.


We had to put our cameras on sports mode in case these giant turtles tried to get away!


Merri and I are delighted that Ben and Ele had such a great time.

The Galapagos Islands are amazing… well worth every penny, but not inexpensive.  So we are happy to be able to put together programs that help readers enjoy the most luxurious Galapagos cruises with four types of savings that amount to a lot.

Savings #1: Your first savings is in Quito at Mansion de Angel.  Because we refer readers to the Mansion with asking for a commission, Ecuador Living subscribers save $49 a night off the room rate plus a suite upgrade when space is available.


See more on The new Mansion del Angel boutique Hotel in Quito here.

Savings #2: We track Ecuador airlines and watch for specials.  Right now Icaro is offering a Quito Galapagos special.  Normally the air fare for the 600 mile Quito Galapagos flight is around $45o.

Icaro has a new flight  Quito – Galapagos  Quito that you can book for just $149.99 including taxes.  This is a $300 savings.


Icaro Air is a small Ecuador airline based in Quito and operates domestic passenger services as well as fixed-wing and helicopter charter flights.

They used to serve Cuenca, Loja, Esmeraldas and Lago Agrio, but since 2009 have focused their fleet of two  Boeing 737-200 and one Boeing 737-200C on flights to Guayaquil, Manta and Coca.

Right now Icaro also has round trip flights from Guayaquil, Coca and Manta for $99.

You can save $300 by booking Quito to Galapagos at www.icaro.aero

Savings #3: You can reduce your tour price in half  on a space available cruise.

For example the current fee for a four day cruise in the low season, September 1 to December 15, is $2,095.  The last minute price for September 18 and 28 cruises is only $1,045. You save $1,050 per person!


The great adventure in the Galapagos of course is the wildlife and nature… the education and the wonderful like minded souls you meet.

However gaining all this can be combined with luxury.

The Athala II offers one of the most luxurious ways to enjoy this unique environmental experience.


The Catamaran Athala II was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos Islands in style. The elegant design provides more comfort, superior speed, excellent stability and meets all the latest safety standards.

You gain generous comfortable accommodations and amenities of larger boats while still preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel.

The layout, furnishings, food and crew to be at an excellent standard. 

All cabins on board are deluxe, with well-appointed private bathroom, water, air conditioning, wall to wall carpeting. All have ocean views with large portrait windows (not portholes).


All cabins are a minimum 175 square feet and the main deck rooms have the additional luxury of a private balcony.
The main deck also boasts the dining area and a separate comfortable lounge area complete with plasma TVs, lap tops, DVD player, stereo and library. The upper deck has a well-stocked bar, Jacuzzi and a beautiful open teak deck area for relaxation, alfresco dining and barbeques. 
The huge sundeck is great for whale and dolphin watching or to simply relax and soak up the sun between island excursions. In the evenings there is no better place for star gazing. 
You have a crew of 10 + 1 naturalist guide. The crew is friendly, full time, experienced and highly professional. Your guide is guaranteed to be bilingual (minimum fluent English and Spanish) and of the highest standard.

Athala simply offers the best there is in the Galapagos.

Savings #4: Finally since we can place Ecuador Living subscribers on these tours without commission, you can save 15% more… another  $157.

Total savings for a couple are $3,114. $100 (Two nights at Mansion del Angel).  Air fare savings $600. Cruise savings, $2,100 and $314 for Ecuador Living subscribers.

A Galapagos cruise is a trip of a lifetime and Ecuador Living can help you afford one.


See how to subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

If you cannot make it for September 28… let us know dates when you would like to cruise.  We’ll then watch for space available cruises on or near those dates and let you know. Send me a note with “Galapagos Dates” in the subject line so we can file your dates and keep you informed.


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Mid Ecuador coastal real estate offers sun and sea… beauty and convenience from Manta to North of Bahia at a low cost.


View overlooking Crucita.

Ecuadorliving.com was the first website to recommend Ecuador real estate nearly two decades ago and we continue to assist Ecuador Living Club members in arranging Ecuador tours as the most efficient way to learn about Ecuador’s real estate market.

Ecuador real estate markets have evolved to the point that group tours are counter productive. When Ecuador Living began,  there was not enough property… easily reached… for sale.   Little English was spoken and the properties were often hard to reach and spread far apart.

Ecuador real estate group tours helped readers reach these properties.

Today there are many properties and group tours can inhibit zeroing in on specific wants and needs.

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#1: The dates of your tour can be set to fit your schedule.  Ecuador Living makes sure you don’t book a tour on holidays or times when you would not be able to see property.

#2:  The tour service helps you zero in on your particular needs in real estate so you do not want to spend time viewing properties that are not of interest to you.   Once we have your tour dates and specifications, we contact brokers, developers and sellers of real estate in advance to help focus your search.

#3: You can turn these tours into adventures and overall Ecuador introductory tours so you see many different areas of Ecuador as you wish.

Ecuador Personalized Real Estate Tours are the most efficient and inexpensive way to get an overall view of Ecuador real estate.

Because we are publishers who owe our loyalty to our readers and not real estate agents, you can be assured that the tours are based on your wishes, not on any broker’s desire to sell a specific property.   Ecuador Living does not participate in any proceeds, commissions etc. from real estate sales.

For example if you only want to view farms with acreage and want to see farms in three areas… such as Cuenca, Imbabura and the coast we can help you organize a tour for this.

A recent article entitled “Building a charming destination”  by Paola Vellejo in the Bienes Raices Clave (Key Real Estate), Ecuador’s leading real estate magazine shows how experienced we are in Ecuador real estate.

You can see this article below.

Organizing the tour is a three step process.

#1:  This is a service unique to our Ecuador Living Club members.  To begin, become a member here.

If you are already a member please go to your password protected page at the link below.

#2: Once you have enrolled please use the real estate tour page to describe your real estate needs and email to us.

#3: We will research the trip… airfare and internal travel costs… hotel… food… guide and time required for each aspect of the trip.

To begin the set up of your tour please join the Ecuador Living Club here.  

Existing members please go to your password protected page.

The article entitled “Building a charming destination”  by Paola Vellejo in the Bienes Raices Clave (Key Real Estate), Ecuador’s leading real estate magazine shows how experienced we are in Ecuador real estate.


A translation of the article says:    In conversation with Britain’s Steve Marchant, familiar with the housing boom of Cotacachi, you can see the origin of the phenomenon of its growing popularity as a destination for retirees is the result of the sum of a series of coincidences that inevitably arise from one person: Gary Scott.    Scott was the spark that ignited the housing boom of Cotacachi for retirees.

You can read that article in Spanish here.

See a Google translation to English of the article here.