Galápagos — West & Central Islands aboard the Evolution

Marine, Quito to Quito
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Tour description

Charles Darwin may have gotten here first, but his ride definitely wasn’t as nice. Join us aboard the splendid Evolution (G10) and set sail for an adventure to the less-visited western and central islands. Check out Fernandina’s massive marine iguana colonies, meet giant tortoises that are over 100 years old, get a deeper understanding of ecology at the Charles Darwin Foundation and snorkel amidst cavorting sea lions off the shores of Española. Best of all, you’ll have a pair of Level III naturalist guides at your disposal to put it all into perspective.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • 7 nts in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Evolution
  • Arrival transfer on Day 1
  • Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands
  • All meals aboard the Evolution
  • 2 certified Galápagos National Park Service guides and an onboard cruise director
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Sea kayaks
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre

Highlights

  • Seven nights cruising through the galápagos national park aboard the evolution
  • Visit the least-visited islands in the galápagos
  • Explore fernandina island's colonies of marine iguanas
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
  • Snorkel with playful sea lions and search for sea turtles
  • Admire the vast colonies of boobies and waved albatross on española

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Quito/Puerto Ayora Take a morning flight to the Galápagos. Land in Baltra and meet the Galápagos CEO to board the Evolution.

Day 3: Punta Vicente Roca/Punta Espinoza In the morning, visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island – a great site for swimming and snorkelling with spectacular sea life. In the afternoon, visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Witness the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galápagos and a variety of bird life.

Day 4: Urbina Bay/Tagus Cove In the morning, make an easy wet landing at Urbina Bay. Walk along the coast or go snorkelling among the marine life. In the afternoon, visit Tagus Cove to follow a trail along Lake Darwin. Trek up to a ridge high enough to see amazing views.

Day 5: Bartolomé Island/Santiago Island Visit Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see its dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.

Day 6: Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragón Morning excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe birds and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling. Continue to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds.

Day 7: Puerto Ayora Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. In the afternoon, visit the tortoise reserve to get the chance to see various wildlife. Walk through lava tunnels and see the pit craters.

Day 8: Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

Day 9: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito in the late morning.

Day 10: Quito Depart any time.