Galapagos Island Voyage – Remote Central and Northern Islands
Spectacular landscapes and distinct endemic wildlife that so intrigued Darwin
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Large Group
The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a small group of true nature enthusiasts. Our group size of just 32 aboard the Evolution ensures you enjoy ample time and attention as you explore. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover the Galapagos. Each day during this Galapagos Islands tour, you “come home” to a comfortable, intimate expedition ship. The Evolution is the perfect haven for relaxing between daily hiking and snorkeling excursions, or for joining fellow travelers for a briefing by our knowledgeable naturalists.During our intimate Galapagos Islands cruise, you will find yourself just inches away from giant tortoises, comical blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals, and you’ll 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.
* Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking &
* Seven nights on the Evolution
* Hotel accommodations pre- and post-voyage
* 23 meals (and lots of snacks)
* Two Level 3 naturalists; Three naturalist guides for groups of 26-32
* Snorkeling gear & shorty wetsuits
* All bottled water
* Onboard doctor
* Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology & marine
life and field interpretation
* Arrival & departure transfers
* Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals
Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel.*Accommodation:* Hotel Oro Verde
Fly to the Galapagos islands and board the Evolution.
Fly to the islands 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, we cruise around Kicker Rock.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago.
At only 426 feet wide, South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago. Look for yellow land iguanas on a walk to a grove of prickly-pear cactus. Non-hikers can enjoy a Zodiac ride, watching for swallow-tailed 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.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
The tiny uplifted island of Sombrero Chino – or Chinese Hat
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 ride and swim before lunch. This afternoon, search the tide pools of Puerto Egas for sea life. During low tide, we may see marine iguanas feeding on algae. Our naturalists will point out the birdlife, including great blue herons, lava herons, oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
Enjoy an opportunity to swim, kayak and snorkel in the calm caldera of this
partially eroded volcano.
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 petrals 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.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
See blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open
North Seymour is the nesting site for a large population of magnificent frigatebirds and the only place where we can always find males showing their red pouches to attract females. Plus, we are sure to see blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open areas. Hike to a scenic lagoon, where we may observe Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds and a variety of Darwin’s finches. You may kayak and snorkel from the beach.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
Swim and kayak in the bay before a walk along the olivine beaches of Punta
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.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
See and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.
Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild. Stop at a family run farm before learning about the work being done to study and preserve wildlife at Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Centre at the Darwin Research Centre.*Accommodation:* The Evolution
Enjoy a Zodiac ride through Black Turtle Cove then fly to Guayaquil.
Enjoy a Zodiac ride through Black Turtle Cove, drifting silently through this area of mangroves. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel.*Accommodation:* Hotel Oro Verde
Board flights home.