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Quasar Expeditions eyes the Australian travel landscape

Travel Weekly

Quasar Expeditions, an Ecuador-based touring company specialising in the Galápagos Islands, Patagonia, and bespoke tours of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Colombia, has signalled its intentions of breaking into the Australian market.

Speaking to trade press in Sydney last Friday, visiting Quasar Expeditions sales manager Eric Andrews said that the company had done some groundwork in Australia as far back as 2013, but other projects took priority. “But we’re now back and assessing our options for Australia more seriously,” Andrews said.

Founded in 1986, Quasar Expeditions offers boutique upscale yacht cruises in the Galapagos Islands courtesy of its two vessels, the 32-passenger, 16-cabin M/V Evolution and the 18-passenger, nine-cabin M/Y Grace. A former submarine hunter and rescue vessel during the Dunkirk operations of 1940, Grace has also accommodated famous guests such as Winston Churchill as well Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.

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The eight-day, seven night expeditions include a full six days on the Galapagos Islands, and a feature of the expeditions is the Ecuadorian cuisine, provided by four lauded mainland chefs.

The company also runs a series of Jeep-based touring expeditions through Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia. History lectures, photography, spa treatments and high quality cuisines are hallmarks of the voyages. A bespoke puma tracking safari is another option for nature-loving travellers.

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For those wanting to see wider South American destinations, Quasar also caters for bespoke trips through Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, with a focus on tourism that is immersive and authentic with many experiences focused on product 100% run by native communities, ensuring the benefits of travel are returned to local people.

Andrews highlighted Quasar’s commitments to giving back to both guests and locals. “We are aware and we care.”

“This is travel for education, and travel for the traveller, rather than for the tourist,” Andrews summed up.

 



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