Entries tagged: Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands: Above & Below

Galapagos Islands: Above & Below

Charles Darwin once said “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the true value of life.” Michael McQuarn takes this advice to heart on his journey from the Galápagos Islands to the cloud forest of Ecuador. As I board the plane those words from Darwin echo within my head. Ecuador has always been a country on my short list of places to visit with the Galápagos Islands being the crowning gem. I make my way to my seat, put on my headphones and drift into a higher state of consciousness. I awake to the wheels touching down in Quito, […]

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Unique Water Adventures from Ker & Downey

Unique Water Adventures from Ker & Downey

Journey beyond the land to experience exciting and unique adventures in the some of the most beautiful waters of our world. Snorkel, dive, and paddle your way through the waters to uncover treasures deep below the surface and discover remote islands. Contact us today to begin planning your water adventure.

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Ecuador Adventure

Ecuador Adventure

Searching for a family-friendly journey full of variety? Explore three distinct environments over 10 days in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Ker & Downey. An array of wildlife encounters and historic sites await discovery on this journey, the perfect balance of adventure and luxury. Mashpi Lodge, Mashpi Reserve The incredible Andean cloud forest is home to this eco-friendly haven in the trees and a number of unique birds and animals. Look down on the scene from the Canopy Gondola and learn about the reserve’s efforts to reintroduce howler monkeys into this habitat. M/Y La Pinta, Galapagos Islands A constant […]

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Holiday in the Galapagos

Holiday in the Galapagos

This December, spend your holiday creating new memories on a unique adventure with Ker & Downey. Explore the natural beauty and untamed wildlife of the famed Galapagos Islands on a spectacular 7-night cruise fit for the whole family, and opt to extend your stay into the New Year in the lush Andean cloud forest at Mashpi Lodge. Space is limited – book by Friday, August 9 and start packing your bags for an unforgettable journey! For more information about adding a cruise in the Galapagos Islands or a stay at Mashpi Lodge to your next Ker & Downey journey, contact […]

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Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Summer is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to plan the ultimate Ker & Downey journey with your family, and world travel is not out of the question. There are plenty of places where children of all ages are not only welcomed, but truly engaged. Plan a summer vacation that will create unforgettable memories and maybe even give the “travel bug” to your own little trailblazers. We’ve put together some options, sure to please everyone in your family. Cruise the Blue Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey For a truly unique and tranquil holiday, board a luxurious private gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden […]

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Explore the Galapagos Islands for Less

The Galapagos Islands – the captivating archipelago off of Ecuador’s west coast, home to a vast number of endemic species of flora and fauna. The 19 volcanic islands were the first of the world’s marvels to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ker & Downey’s Galapagos Getaway brings you to this enchanting corner of the globe in a rich 7-day journey. As part of the Luxury for Less collection, the Galapagos Getaway is ideal for families and those looking for a speedy trip without compromising on quality and comfort. Aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend, you will cruise between the […]

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Visit the Galapagos Islands for a Luxury Vacation

The Galapagos Islands are widely known for being the subject of Charles Darwin’s landmark work, The Origin of Species. Notably, the islands’ fauna display a characteristic known as island gigantism, which is a biological phenomenon whereby the size of animals isolated on an island increases dramatically over generations. The Galapagos Islands first appeared on maps in 1570 when Dominican bishop Fray Tomás de Berlanga mistakenly landed on one of the islands after attempting to sail to Peru to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and his lieutenants after the conquest of the Incan Empire. The islands were mostly forgotten until […]

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