This is exciting! We’re running our first ever Galapagos Islands Photography Tour and Workshop.  And, to top it off, we’re also going to the Amazon!  Even more exciting yet, I’ve managed to convince one of the world’s best wildlife photographers, Morten Hilmer, to join on as a co-leader.

Even more exciting, I’ve managed to secure a “YouTuber” special on an incredible luxury boat in The Galapagos meaning that we’re going to be travelling in style for the same price as the mid-range and budget trips. How awesome is that?

The trip to Ecuador is still quite a bit in the future, and will run December 2019, but this trip is definitely going to fill up quickly.  So, get at this quick if you’re interested in joining.

**Note** It should be noted that while this is the first time running this particular trip, I’ve run 6-7 other trips to Ecuador and am very familiar with the country.  I’ve also been to The Galapagos Islands twice already on assignment.

Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands + Amazon Photography Tour and Workshop

The main focus of this trip will be capturing the amazing wildlife found all over Ecuador. But, there will also be ample opportunities for landscape and travel photography.

We’ll be in the Galapagos for 5 days, photographing some of the beautiful endemic species out on the islands.  It’s also Giant Tortoise hatching season in December, so with some luck we’ll see some incredible things there.  In the Amazon, we’ll go looking for pink dolphins, caiman, monkeys and other on the rivers and nature walks.

All-in-all, this is the journey of a lifetime.

Dates: December 8, 2019 – December 18, 2019
Start/End City: Quito Ecuador
Price: €4990 (Deposit is €800)
Participants: Maximum 13 Participants
Skill Level: Any
Activity Level: No major hiking, only walks. Low fitness requirements.

North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands

Headshot of a Blue-footed Booby.

The Itinerary

I wanted to build an itinerary that would show the best of Ecuador in a short time.  I wanted to show you the two extremes of this beautiful country: the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon basin.  To do so, we’ll do some travelling – by plane, bus, and boat.

  • Day 1: Participant arrival – Overnight in Quito
  • Day 2: Sunrise in Quito, Bus to Cuyabeno (The Amazon Basin), Jungle Walk.
  • Day 3: Full day in Cuyabeno Wildlife Preserve
  • Day 4: Full day in Cuyabeno Wildlife Preserve
  • Day 5: Sunrise in Cuyabeno, bus back to Quito.
  • Day 6: Flight from Quito to Baltra Island, Afternoon Santa Cruz Island (Giant Tortoises)
  • Day 7: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill, Batchas Beach
  • Day 8: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil’s Crown
  • Day 9: Espanola Island: Suarez Point, Gardner Bay/Inlet
  • Day 10: San Cristobal Island, then flight back to Quito.
  • Day 11: Tour Ends after breakfast
    **Note: The itinerary in The Galapagos Islands is not set in stone and can change based on environmental variables.

About the Yacht

We’re extremely lucky.  The luxury yacht “Infinity” offered us a great discount so that we could travel in style.  The Infinity is one of the newest yachts in The Galapagos and is absolutely special.  Each room is equipped with its own bathroom and balcony.  It’s incredible. And, with the luxury boat we also have our own local guide/naturalist, and an amazing ship crew.

Below, I’ve attached a couple images.

** Note: Had we gone with a mid-range or budget boat, the price would have been the same.

Who is Morten Hilmer?

Morten is one of the world’s premier wildlife photographers.  But, more than that, he’s just a genuinely nice guy who has a love for nature and conservation.  Be sure to check out his YouTube channel to see the sort of things he gets up to in his home country of Denmark and beyond.

What’s Included/Not

  • What’s Included
    • Transportation within Ecudaor
    • National Park Fees
    • All Meals while in the Amazon and Galapagos
    • Accommodation
    • Professional Photography Instruction by Brendan and Morten
    • Professional Naturalist/Guide in The Galapagos
    • Local Guide in The Amazon
    • 1-on-1 Sessions
    • 2 Clinics
  • What’s Not Included
    • Transport to/from Quito
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Visas for Ecuador (if needed)

Ready to Book?

If the trip is sold out when you try to book and you’d like to join the waiting list, please send me an email to brendanvanson at gmail dot com.

Payment/Refund Terms


Due to the fact that I had to put a MASSIVE deposit down on the yacht, I am going to ask for 2 deposits.  The first deposit is to be paid now and will hold your space.

The second deposit will be also be for 800 Euros and I’ll be asking for that 6 months before the tour start date (June 2019).

Refund Terms

  • If participant cancels 120 days before the start date, a full refund will be given minus a 50 Euro Fee.
  • Full payment required 120 days before the start date.
  • If participant cancels within 120-91 days of the start date a full refund minus 1200 Euros will be offered.
    • A full refund minus a 400 Euro fee is possible if the vacated spot can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
  • If participant cancels within 90-60 days of the trip, a 50% refund will be given.
    • A full refund minus a 800 Euro fee is possible if the vacated spot can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
  • If participant cancels within 60 days of the trip start date no refund will be given.
    • A full refund minus a 800 Euro fee is possible if the vacated spot can be filled by someone on the waiting list.

Single Supplement?

I’m afraid that there is no single supplement available for the Galapagos portion of this trip simply due to lack of space on the boat.  If you book as a solo traveller, you’ll be paired up with a fellow participant of the same gender.

I can offer a single supplement for the nights in Quito and the Jungle.  That rate is an extra 600 Euros.  There’s no need to pay the single supplement now if you want it. I’ll be asking in emails down the road.

North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands

Can’t Join This Trip?

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