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The Evolution

Private Charter - Footsteps Back in Time Aboard Evolution

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Embark on a private 8-day journey that immerses you in the wonders of the Galapagos, making this a truly memorable vacation. Enjoy close encounters with the exotic and curious creatures that love to interact with people and make the daily excursions an exceptional experience. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking in the pristine crystalline waters of this incredible area. Indulge your senses and bask in the beauty that surrounds you while on vacation in the incredible Galapagos.
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Highlights
  • Visit South Plaza Island during your private charter
  • Snorkel with sea lions & penguins on the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago
  • Visit Santa Fe, home to one of the most beautiful bays of the archipelago
  • Walk on Punta Cormorant's beaches
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: San Cristobal | Embark | Cerro Brujo

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport in San Cristobal and transfer to the Evolution for your private charter of the Galapagos Islands. After lunch, sail to Cerro Brujo. Then celebrate your first equatorial sunset with a welcome cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner.

Day 2: South Plaza Island | Punta Carrion | Mosquera Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Take a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island.

Spend the early afternoon of excellent snorkeling at Punta Carrion, followed by a excursion to Mosquera Islet. On Mosquera, you may see one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos and possibly an orca whale!

Day 3: Chinese Hat | James Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey on to Chinese Hat. This island derived its name from its distinctly conical shape. Chinese Hat is an ideal destination for viewing volcanic formations, such as lava tubes and flows, and is also home to sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Then head to James Bay in Santiago. Walk along a black beach and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles in the Bay's crystal clear waters. On shore, you may choose to walk on a trail that leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos full of sea lions, fur seals, and samurai-like marine iguanas. You may even spot a Galapagos hawk!

Day 4: Darwin Bay Beach | Prince Phillip’s Steps

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail for Darwin Bay and land on its sandy white coral beach. Hike a half-mile trail through the mangroves and view Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

Snorkel in the water before heading to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 5: North Seymour | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for North Seymour Island to view Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds. Characterized by its arid vegetation zone, North Seymour is unique in landscape and in feeling.

After lunch, sail to Santa Fe Island, where you may explore one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the Galapagos, which is excellent for snorkeling! Santa Fe is one of the best places to find sea turtles, sea lions, and the Galapagos white-tipped shark. Then head to shore and walk up a nearby cliff to observe land iguanas through an area of Opuntia cacti.

Day 6: Post Office Bay | Punta Cormorant, Champion or Devil’s Crown

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today on the historical Floreana Island. Start the day in Post Office Bay, where British whalers set up a barrel as the island's Post Office. The tradition continues today, and you could even send a postcard home!

In the afternoon, visit Punta Cormorant, where you can visit two unique and highly contrasting beaches. One is a green-colored olivine beach, and the other an iron-red beach. In between the two beaches lies a salt lagoon that is frequented by flamingos, stilts, pintails, and other wading birds. In the late afternoon, head to Devil's Crown for some phenomenal snorkeling. This region is home to a variety of coral, wrasses, pencil sea urchins, amberjacks, angelfish, and many other species.

Day 7: Charles Darwin Center | Pit Craters & Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we visit Puerto Ayora, home to both the Galapagos National Park Service Headquarters and Charles Darwin Research Station, the center of the great restorative efforts taking place in the park, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding & Rearing Program run by the research station, which began by rescuing the remaining 14 tortoises on the island of Española in 1970. This program has restored the population of animals there to over 1,000 today. You will see many of these animals, with their sweet ET necks and faces; from hatchlings to juveniles to large, distinguished individuals. This is where the famed tortoise, Lonesome George, lived out his last days as the last of his particular race of tortoise.

A highlight of any trip to the archipelago is a visit to the Santa Cruz Highlands, where the sparse, dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our afternoon destination is the Wild Tortoise Reserve where we will have chances to track and view these friendly ancient creatures in their natural setting. This extends to the adjacent pasturelands, where farmers give tortoise safe quarters in exchange for allowing paying visitors to see them.

Day 8: Black Turtle Cove | Disembark | Baltra Island Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning in Black Turtle Cove, a gorgeous mangrove estuary. Take a panga ride and search for spotted eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, diamond-shaped mustard rays, Pacific green sea turtles, and many different shore birds.

After this last excursion, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.

Ship/Hotel

Evolution

Soak in the jacuzzi on the sun deck
Ample outdoor space to soak in the Galapagos
Swap adventure stories in the lounge

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Crewed Charter Price starting at
$230,000
or $9,583 per person based on 24 max passengers
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Cabins D1-D4
Located on the Darwin Deck, 4 ample deluxe staterooms (twin and double) and port-holes.
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Cabin C4
Located on the Cormorant Deck, premium stateroom.
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Cabins C1-C3 & C5-C9
Located on the Cormorant Deck, 8 premium staterooms (twin and double) with portholes.
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Cabins A2-A3
Located on the Albatross Deck, 2 Master Suite with ocean-view windows.
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Cabin A1
Located on the Albatross Deck, twin suite with ocean-view windows.

Child Discount

15% discount for children under age 15 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, transparent sea kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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