Give Mom the Gift of Travel

Intrepid Travel thinks the Galapagos may be calling … your mom

Galapagos Islands // (c) 2014 Janeen Christoff
••• Flightless cormorants in the Galapagos. Janeen Christoff

The Galapagos Islands are one of the top bucket-list destinations and it’s not difficult to count the reasons why. Giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Darwin's finches, flightless cormorants – and that’s just to name a few. There are a million ways to get to the Galapagos and experience the splendor of these isolated islands and the wildlife that abounds within the archipelago.

But none are as perfect for Mother’s Day as Intrepid Travel’s Buy One Mom Goes Free to the Galapagos offer.

Starting today, May 8, through May 11, celebrate the women who fostered your own adventurous spirit with the gift of travel to the Galapagos this Mother’s Day.

This special deal is only available for travel booked over Mother’s Day weekend and for travel before Sept. 30, 2015. You must also provide proof that your mom is who you say she is at the time of booking. But these are simple steps to take when the end result is exploring one of the world’s most heralded natural wonders. The Galapagos are teeming with adventure, from hiking and snorkeling to swimming with rays and sea turtles. Grab your camera – and your mom – and head out on a once in a lifetime adventure.

Here are some examples of what is in store for you and your mom, should you decide to travel south:

Galapagos at a Glance – Southern Islands

This journey includes the Galapagos southern-most islands, including Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Floreana, Isla Espanola and Isla San Cristobal. Discover the enchanting pink flamingoes on Isla Floreana, glimpse Darwin’s finches in the Santa Cruz highlands, see the waved albatross at Punta Suarez and more.

One of the most spectacular parts of the journey is snorkeling through (yes through) Kicker Rock – keep your eyes peeled, you may see sharks below.

The five-night, six-day journey, onboard the Daphne, starts in Quito and includes hotel accommodations, five breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners. Prices begin at around $2,300.

Galapagos Adventure – Northern Islands

This journey, also onboard the Daphne, is seven days and includes five islands – Isla Genovesa, Isla Santiago, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Santa Fe and Isla San Cristobal. The trip visits San Cristobal Interpretation Centre, a visit to the seabird rookeries on Genovesa, a stroll through the Opuntia Forest on Isla Santa Fe, snorkeling among the diamond sting rays off of Darwin Beach, the unique flora of Bahia Sullivan and more.

Included are six breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, two night’s hotel accommodations and four nights onboard the Daphne. Prices begin at around $2,600.

Glimpse of Galapagos – Central Islands

The Glimpse of Galapagos tour is really more than just a glimpse with visits to six islands, including Isla Mosquera, Isla Bartolome, Baltra, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Plaza Sur and Isla Santa Fe. The six-night journey includes a trek to the summit of Isla Bartolome, a stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center, snorkeling in the waters off of Isla Santa Fe, hiking in the Opuntia Forest and more.

Included are five breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, two nights’ hotel accommodation, three nights onboard the Nemo III motorized catamaran.

Departures on all the itineraries run throughout the summer and include airfare between Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Airfare to and from Quito is not included. 

Ready to book? Choose your Mother's Day adventure at IntrepidTravel.com/MothersDay.