Kontiki Expeditions is start operations in the small luxury yacht expedition cruising category this Autumn.
The company claimed that its product is a new concept in luxury ocean vacations focusing on conscious travel and immersive experiences.
Kontiki’s first two itineraries, The Toquilla Expedition and The Spondylus Expedition, will sail along the Ecuadorian coastline to take advantage of the country’s wealth of birds, animals, flora, fauna, indigenous foods and cultural traditions, while adhering to a philosophy of sustainability and giving back to communities.
“We are pioneers in offering luxury sea expeditions along seldom-travelled routes,” said Carlos Nuñez, Kontiki Founder and CEO. “Our new expeditions reveal the beauty and authenticity of coastal Ecuador, passing through small, uncrowded towns and historical sites; forests and wetlands; pristine beaches; and protected ecological reserves.”
A fundamental part of the Kontiki programme will be supporting the communities visited, while also enriching the guest experience, the company said.
“We believe strongly that conscious travel is especially important as we connect our guests with local communities. Giving back is as important as receiving,” Nuñez explained.
The first ship is scheduled to sail in December, offering two eight-day itineraries.
Kontiki’s yachts will be fitted with only nine staterooms each.
The programmes will be led by 10 crew members and two local experts committed to sustainability and conscious travel, according to the company.
On board, wellness professionals, naturalist guides and a local chef will add to the experience, Kontiki said.