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2015 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES
Aboard M/V Evolution

VENT will operate two birding and natural history cruises to the famed Galapagos Islands in 2015: July 10-19 and October 30-November 8.

M/V Evolution

M/V Evolution— Photo: International Expeditions

We will travel aboard the 32-passenger M/V Evolution, one of the best ships that cruise these waters. Our itinerary visits a majority of the islands in the archipelago and seeks the many special birds and animals for which the Galapagos are so famous. Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Flightless Cormorants, Waved Albatrosses, and Galapagos Penguins are all to be expected, while the Galapagos finches and mockingbirds of Darwin fame will be sought after as well.

Galapagos Penguin at Sunset

Galapagos Penguin at Sunset— Photo: Michael O’Brien

The Galapagos Islands feature an incredible biological heritage, of which birds are but one element. With so many attractions, I want to emphasize that our cruises are birding trips as well as full natural history expeditions. With opportunities to engage in other activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, sightseeing, and more, this trip is well-suited for those whose interest is primarily birding, as well as those who travel with a non-birding spouse or companion. Moreover, our trips are led by VENT leaders who possess years of tour leading experience in the Galapagos.

 

Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard M/V Evolution,   July 10-19, 2015 with Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitis; $6,795 in double occupancy from Quito.

Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard M/V Evolution, October 30-November 8, 2015 with Paul Greenfield and David Wolf; $6,795 in double occupancy from Quito.

 


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