Summer 2018 - Galapagos Photo Safari with Don Tredinnick and Bruce Norman

June 7 - 16, 2018

Galapagos

Cost of Workshop - from $9195

July is an amazing time to visit Galapagos.  This gives us a chance to see everything from baby chicks, to the unusual mating rituals of the waved albatross.  INCA’s eastern route will help put is in the right place, at the right time to capture some amazing wildlife interaction.  To learn more about tour route, check out the this video from INCA:

INCA's Eastern Route

A Typical Day:

Most days will begin with a trip to one of the islands where we will spend a couple of hours taking photographs.  While on the island, we will spend time with each participant helping them with everything from camera settings to composition. 

After our morning island visit we will return to the yacht for breakfast.  Depending on location, breakfast will be followed by either snorkeling and/or kayaking.

After lunch, we will meet for either a lecture or an image critique.  The subject matter for the lectures will be timed to coincide with upcoming locations.  The goal is to help you be prepared and ready to capture great images. 

After the lecture, you will have on opportunity for one more on the water activity before we head back on land.  Our afternoon island visit will allow us to take advantage of the late afternoon light.

After dinner, we will meet briefly to discuss the next day’s events, and provide guidance on equipment and initial camera settings for the next day.  This will allow you to get everything ready before bed.

Animals We May Encounter:

Galapagos is teeming with wildlife, but it is not a zoo.  While it is true that most wildlife on the islands are very tolerant of people, we cannot predict that they will be at a given location.  With that being said, we have a very high probability of seeing Blue Footed, Red Footed, and Nasca Boobies, Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas, Frigate Birds, Waved Albatros, Tortoises, Mocking Birds, Galapagos Hawks, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Ghost Crabs, Brown Pelicans, and Lava Gulls.  There are many other wildlife species that we may encounter including the finches that Darwin wrote about.  For a preview of some of the animals we may encounter visit the Galapagos Wildlife Gallery on this site.

The Landscapes:

Galapagos is also a study in birth, and evolution of an island.  Some of the islands we will visit are very young, and consist mostly of lava fields with very little vegetation. Others are more mature with mangroves, grasses, bushes, cactus, and even trees.  In all cases, the islands themselves provide great opportunities for fascinating landscape photos. To see some examples of the fascinating landscapes of Galapagos, visit the Galapagos Landscape Gallery on this site. 

What You Will Need:

  • Wide Angle Lens - for capturing landscapes.

  • Telephoto Zoom lens - wildlife can be very close, and is rarely far away. We recommend a lens that extends to 300 or 400mm for a full frame camera, 200 to 300 for a crop sensor camera.  Some examples are 28 - 300, 70 - 200, 80-400 for full frame, 18 - 200, 18 - 270, 28 - 300, for crop sensor.  

  • Backpack style camera bag - these tend to have better padding and protection.

  • Polarizer - to help remove the glare from the water and rocks.

  • Dry-Bag - salt water is very nasty to camera gear, while transporting to and from the islands you will want to keep your gear safe from any sea spray.

  • Microfiber Towel - to dry off equipment in case it gets wet.

  • Rain Protection for Camera - We will shoot in the rain provided conditions are safe enough to land on the island.

  • Rain Gear for you (in case of rain)

  • Lens Cleaning Equipment - The salt air will cause the front element of the lens, or your filters to get dirty rather quickly.

  • Camera Manual

  • Spare Batteries & Memory Cards

  • Laptop and Card Reader

  • Sturdy shoes for hiking in the lava fields.

Location:

The majority of the trip will be spent aboard the yacht Integrity.  We will also spend a night in Santa Cruz which will allow us the opportunity to photograph tortoises, and the harbour area.

Looking for more information, visit our FAQ Page.

Details:

Workshop size is limited to 12 participants, this allows for a maximum 6 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

Workshop price includes the following:

  • 2 Frozen Hiker Photography trip leaders

  • 7-night Eastern Route cruise aboard yacht Integrity in shared double accommodation

  • 1 Night at Galápagos Safari Camp or Royal Palm Resort in shared double accommodation

  • 2 Nights at Oro Verde Guayaquil or Wyndham Quito in shared double accommodation

  • 2 days Santa Cruz transportation and tours, including admission fees

  • Naturalist guide for Santa Cruz

  • 2 licensed naturalist guides for Integrity

  • All Guayaquil, Quito and Baltra/Santa Cruz airport transfers

  • Meals in Santa Cruz and aboard Integrity

  • Draft beer and soft drinks aboard Integrity

  • Entry fee for tortoise reserves and Lava Java; aqua taxi for harbor

  • Galapagos Transit Card currently $20 (subject to change without notice)

  • Galapagos Traveller’s Guide and INCA luggage tags and T-shirt

  • Gratuities for transfer services, transportation, hotel porters and baggage services while in Galapagos

Workshop price does not include:

  • International airfare

  • Galapagos National Park Fee: currently $100 adult, $50 child under 12 (subject to change without notice)

  • Wetsuit rental (est. $50-$60 US for a week)

  • Gratuities to Galapagos yacht naturalists: (suggested range $200–$300 per traveller per week, subject to change)

  • Gratuities to yacht captain and crew (suggested range $200-$300 per traveller per week of service, subject to change)

  • Gratuities to guide on Santa Cruz (suggested range $15-$20 per traveller per day of service, subject to change)

  • Gratuities to FHP Trip Leaders

  • Alcohol other than complimentary draft beer while on board the yacht

  • Cell phone, satellite phone or internet charges

  • Visas, passport fees or other items of a personal nature

  • Gratuities for transfer services, hotel porters and baggage services while on mainland

  • Any transfers not on designated tour days

  • Any transfers into and out of Quito city 

Cancelation  Policy:

To cancel your trip, written notification must be sent to INCA.  The cancellation date is the date that INCA receives written notification.  Refunds will be issued per the following schedule:

  • 181 or more days prior to departure: The nonrefundable Cruise deposit of $1,000 may be transferred, less an administrative fee of $250 per person, to another regularly-scheduled INCA Galápagos cruise that departs within one year of the original Cruise departure date.

  • 151-180 days prior to departure: Deposit is forfeited.

  • 120-150 days prior to departure: 25% of Cruise price is forfeited.

  • 150-91 days prior to departure: 50% of the Cruise price is forfeited.

  • 90 or less days prior to departure: 100% of the Cruise is forfeited. 

 

Payment Schedule:

All payments will be made directly to INCA per this schedule:

  • To reserve a space, we require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person, payable only by check or wire transfer to INCA.

  • A trip payment of $4,500 per person, payable only by check or wire transfer to INCA, is due 150 days prior to departure.

  • The final trip balance, including for any additional services requested by the passenger, payable only by check or wire transfer to INCA, is due 90 days prior to departure.

  • If a passenger prefers to pay trip payments via credit card, an administrative charge of 3.5% of the total amount of payment will be added to the passenger’s statement. 

Other Details:

  • All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

  • Some of the locations require some moderate hiking. 

  • We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will be given a full refund.

For more information on pricing and to register, Click on the following link to INCA's Website:
 Galapagos Photo Safari