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Galapagos – In the Steps of Pirates & Darwin

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Discover the Galapagos in comfort with world-class service on the MV
Evolution

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All about the Galapagos – In the Steps of Pirates & Darwin.

The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a group of true nature enthusiasts. The /Evolution/ is the perfect haven for relaxing between daily hiking and snorkelling excursions, or for joining fellow travellers for a briefing by our knowledgeable naturalists. During our intimate Galapagos Islands cruise, find yourself just inches away from giant tortoises, comical Blue-footed boobies, Sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals, and gain an appreciation for how remarkable life on Earth can be. Voyage the famed waters of Galapagos amid the spectacular landscapes and distinct endemic wildlife that so intrigued Charles Darwin. From the spouting whales crossing the Bolivar Channel to the Waved albatrosses nesting along the cliffs of Espanola, you’ll experience the undeniable wonder of these enchanted isles.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
* One night at the Oro Verde hotel in Guayaquil and 7 nights accommodation
onboard the MV Evolution
* Internal flights from Guayaquil to the Galapagos
* Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking
and panga rides
* Snorkeling gear and wetsuits
* Kayaks
* Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology, marine
life and field interpretation

  1. Day 1 Arrive Guayaquil

    Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde. *Accommodation*: Hotel Oro Verde

  2. Day 2 Fly Guayaquil to Baltra on the Galapagos & Daphne Major

    Fly 600 miles across the Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos Islands and board the /Evolution/. After a safety briefing, enjoy a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as magnificent frigatebird.*Accommodation:* *The Evolution*

  3. Day 3 Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca.

    Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Take to the water, where we 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 we spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the /Evolution/’s open-air decks as we cross the Bolivar Channel.*Accommodation: The Evolution*

  4. Day 4 Isabela is the Galapagos archipelago's largest island.

    Isabela is the Galapagos archipelago’s largest island, and is composed of five volcanoes – Cerro Azul, Sierra Negra, Darwin, Wolf and Alcedo – all of which are actually still considered active! 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.*Accommodation:* *The Evolution*

  5. Day 5 Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock.

    Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking 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. Our Zodiac drivers will take “non-hikers” for a ride 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, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers.*Accommodation:* *The Evolution*

  6. Day 6 *Bachas Beach is home to one of the last remnants of the US World War II presence in Galapagos.*

    Bachas Beach is home to one of the last remnants of the US World War II presence in Galapagos-a floating pier- which we’ll see on our morning walk along with Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. While exploring uninhabited Rabida Island at the archipelago’s geologic center, watch for up to nine species of Darwin’s finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds. A small saltwater lagoon is home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Snorkelers may take to the water with sea lions, sea turtles and reef fish such as damsels and pufferfish. During a guided kayaking excursion, watch for brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies while savoring views of the island’s sloping volcanic peak.*Accommodation:* *The Evolution*

  7. Day 7 We head to a private reserve in the forested highlands to see and photograph giant tortoises.

    After a tasty breakfast onboard our Galapagos cruise ship, head to a private reserve in the forested highlands to see and photograph giant tortoises. Stop at a family run sugar cane farm that also produces small-batch moonshine. Since 1970, more than 2,000 tortoises have been hatched, raised and released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center at the Darwin Research Center, which was founded in 1959. Learn about the vital work being done here before returning to the /Evolution/.*Accommodation:* *The Evolution*

  8. Day 8 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.

    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) mockingbird, Española (Hood) racer snake, Española (Hood) lava lizard, waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas. Enjoy a Zodiac ride 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 into the air. After lunch on our yacht, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay. You are also welcome to bring along your book or a camera for a relaxing afternoon on this white-sand beach.*Accommodation:* *The Evolution*

  9. Day 9 End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center.

    End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Centre, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, where it’s possible to connect with international flights later this evening. Alternatively please ask your sales consultant about post-tour accommodation in Guayaquil. 

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