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Galapagos Expedition: Darwin's Playground, Central and North

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Evolution (QU)
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Explore the Galapagos Islands on this unique and diverse 10-day expedition cruise aboard the small ship, EvolutionStroll among pricklypear cactus and look for yellow land iguanas on one of the smallest islands of the archipelago. Take a Zodiac cruise, or frolic in waters teeming with marine life. Genovesa Island, often called “Bird Island”, is home to one of the largest and most diverse bird populations in the Galapagos - bird species here include red-footed boobies, short-eared owls and the rare lava gull.  A true highlight is to swim, kayak or snorkel in the water-filled calderas of extinct volcanoes! Wrap it up with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation efforts on the islands, and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2 : Embark|Playa Ochoa|Kicker Rock
Day 3 : South Plaza Island
Day 4 : Sombrero Chino Island|Santiago Island
Day 5 : Genovesa Island
Day 6 : North Seymour Island|Santa Fe Island
Day 7 : Floreana Island
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 9 : Disembark|Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 10 : Depart Guayaquil

Highlights

  • Snorkel with sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea turtles
  • Walk among giant Galapagos tortoises
  • Zodiac cruise through the Black Turtle Cove mangroves
  • See one of the largest bird populations on Genovesa Island

Ship

Evolution (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Galapagos hawk Enjoying our time in the Galapagos Cruising in the zodiac in the warm waters Approaching kicker rock

Day 1 Guayaquil, Ecuador

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

Day 2 Embark|Playa Ochoa|Kicker Rock

Fly to the islands, landing on San Cristobal, and board the Evolution. Stroll along the beach at Playa Ochoa, where a nearby tidal lagoon plays host to flamingos, finches and Chatham mockingbirds. At sunset, cruise around Kicker Rock.

Day 3 South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At only 426 feet (130 m) wide, South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago. Look for yellow land iguanas on a walk to a grove of pricklypear cactus. Non-hikers can enjoy a Zodiac cruise, watching for swallowtailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and blue-footed boobies. Since there is no true trail on Mosquera Islands, you are able to stroll at your leisure.

Day 4 Sombrero Chino Island|Santiago Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tiny uplifted island of Sombrero Chino – or Chinese Hat – features a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble and lava tubes. The “land” is made of a few adjacent craters and old, fragile pahoehoe lava flows. Vegetation is just starting to take hold, including colorful carpetweed plants. Enjoy a Zodiac cruise and swim before lunch. This afternoon, search the tide pools of Puerto Egas for sea life. During low tide, see marine iguanas feeding on algae. Your naturalists will point out the birdlife, including great blue herons, lava herons, oystercatchers and yellowcrowned night herons.

Day 5 Genovesa Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Genovesa is often referred to as “Bird Island” for the vast numbers of pelagic seabirds that come here to nest. And while Genovesa harbors one of the Galapagos’ largest and most diverse bird populations, there are no land reptiles — with the exception of some very small marine iguanas. This is due to the direction of the ocean currents, which couldn’t carry the terrestrial animals here. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to an area with colonies of red-footed boobies. Watch for short-eared owls which feed on the petrels that fly about. Explore Darwin Bay, home to the rare lava gull. While anchored at Genovesa, enjoy an opportunity to swim, kayak and snorkel in the calm caldera of this partially eroded volcano.

Day 6 North Seymour Island|Santa Fe Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
North Seymour is the nesting site for a large population of magnificent frigate birds and the only place where you can always find males showing their red pouches to attract females. Plus, you are sure to see blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open areas. Hike to a scenic lagoon, where you may observe Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds and a variety of Darwin’s finches. You may kayak and snorkel from the beach.

Day 7 Floreana Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hike to Post Office Bay, once used by navigators to send mail with homebound messengers. Swim and kayak in the bay before a walk along the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant. After hiking to a flamingo lagoon, spot fish and sea turtles during a relaxing stroll along the beach. Enjoy superb snorkeling at Devil’s Crown, where sea water has filled the sunken cone of an extinct volcano.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin at the Charles Darwin Research Station, learn about the work being done to preserve Galapagos wildlife. Head into the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see giant tortoises in their verdant habitat. Walk through the forest surrounding a pair of pit craters, an excellent place to spot vermillion flycatchers. Time permitting, walk underground to explore a lava tube.

Day 9 Disembark|Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a Zodiac cruise through Black Turtle Cove, drifting silently through this area of mangroves. 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.

Notes

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. 

Inlcuded:
-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
-Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
-Arrival and departure transfers in Guayaquil
-One night pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Guayaquil, with breakfast
-Transfers to and from domestic flight to Galapagos

Excluded:
-Mandatory domestic flights and park fees*
-Passport and applicable visa expenses
-Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
-Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
-Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
-Excess baggage charges
-Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
-Phone and internet charges
- Additional overnight accommodation
 

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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