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Galapagos Expedition: Darwin's Playground, Far West

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The Galapagos Islands are a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the best way to explore them is on board the small expedition ship, Evolution. The Evolution will take you were few vessels travel, to the remote western side of Isabel Island and its neighboring island, Fernandina. While on this adventure, swim with sea turtles and penguins; walk among blue-footed boobies and other seabirds nesting on the islands; hike a dormant and active volcano; watch for whales and possibly see the Galapagos’ largest land iguanas while you visit Urbina Bay. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2 : Embark|Whaler Bay|Eden Islet
Day 3 : Isabela Island|Fernandina Island
Day 4 : Isabela Island
Day 5 : Bartolome|Santiago Island|Sullivan Bay
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island|Bachas Beach|Dragon Hill
Day 7 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 : Espanola Island
Day 9 : San Cristobal Island|Depart
Day 10 : Depart Guayaquil

Highlights

  • Swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins, and even sea horses
  • Whale watch from the open-air decks as you cross the Bolivar Channel
  • Hike to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama!
  • Visit the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see giant tortoises

Ship

Evolution (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Pinnacle rock in Bartolome Forrest and the birds of the Galapagos Islands Galapagos penguin Kayak through the beautiful clear waters full of unique wildlife like swimming penguins. Sally Lightfoot Crab

Day 1 Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the pre-expedition hotel.

Day 2 Embark|Whaler Bay|Eden Islet

Fly to Galapagos, landing on Baltra, and board the Evolution. During World War II, Baltra was used as a United States Air Force base. After a safety briefing, hike along Whaler Bay, site of one of the islands’ oldest whaling camps. Just off the coast, discover tiny Eden Islet, where we may spot Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and large schools of mustard rays while on a peaceful Zodiac cruise.

Day 3 Isabela Island|Fernandina Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly even sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, located on Fernandina, the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galapagos. Here, spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution’s open-air decks as you cross the Bolivar Channel.

Day 4 Isabela Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urbina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Our naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board our Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim.

Day 5 Bartolome|Santiago Island|Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bartolomé Island, hike to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit. Your Zodiac drivers will take non-hikers for a cruise around the cliffs, observing a stunning volcanic landscape and Galapagos penguins. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even speedy penguins. This afternoon, hike across the panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, see some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island|Bachas Beach|Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. Named for the area’s large land iguanas, Dragon Hill is an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. Walk to a lagoon where you can find flamingos, common stilts and pintail ducks.

Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin at the Charles Darwin Research Station, famous for its tortoise breeding programs. See baby tortoises and learn about vital work being done to study and preserve Galapagos wildlife. Head into the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in their verdant natural habitat.

Day 8 Espanola Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española’s relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife, but species and subspecies that are endemic to the island, such as Española (Hood) mocking-bird, Española (Hood) racer snake, Española (Hood) lava lizard, waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds and the red-colored race of marine iguana en route to Española’s blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet (27 m) into the air. After a relaxing lunch, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay, or simply bring along your book or a camera and relax on the white sands.

Day 9 San Cristobal Island|Depart

  • 1 Breakfast
End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the post-expedition hotel.

Day 10 Depart Guayaquil

Board independent flights home.

Evolution (QU)

Per person starting at
$6,198
Evolution's Master Suite.
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Category 1
At 263 sq. ft. (24 sq. m), a Category 1 Cabin is equipped with a queen sized bed. Located on the Albatross Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Category 2
Averaging 198 sq. ft. (18 sq. m), a Category 2 Cabin is equipped with either a queen sized bed or twin beds. Located on the Albatross Deck, it has private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
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Category 3
Averaging 183 sq. ft. (17 sq. m), a Category 3 Cabin is equipped with either a queen sized bed or twin beds. Located on the Cormorant Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Category 4
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m), a Category 4 Cabin is equipped with a queen sized bed. Located on the Cormorant Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
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Category 5
Averaging 177 sq. ft. (16 sq. m), a Category 5 Cabin is equipped with either a queen sized bed or twin beds. Located on the Darwin Deck, it has private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.

Child Discount

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Evolution (QU) based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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