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Aboard the M/V Evolution

Rugged, wild, and undeniably beautiful, the Galapagos Islands are one of the planet’s most extraordinary places. We are delighted to offer an autumn trip to this remarkable destination, October 27-November 5, 2017. We have reserved space aboard the 32-passenger M/V Evolution, one of the best ships in the Galapagos.

Swallow-tailed Gull

Swallow-tailed Gull— Photo: Michael O’Brien


Our itinerary includes most of the major islands, from Isabela and Fernandina in the west to San Cristóbal in the east to Española in the south. We’ll have a chance to see most of the endemic birds of these wonderful islands in addition to the other wildlife for which the Galapagos are so famous. Among the 19 species of seabirds occurring here is the world’s northernmost penguin, the only equatorial albatross, the strange Flightless Cormorant, and one of the world’s rarest gulls. Outstanding among the landbirds are, of course, the famous Darwin’s finches and several species of mockingbirds.

As wonderful as the birding is, a trip to the Galapagos is also a general natural history trip. Daily landings at each of the islands on our itinerary will put us in the company of basking Marine Iguanas, colorful Lava Lizards, vivid Sally Lightfoot Crabs, and sea lion pups frolicking on beaches of floury white sand. Guided interpretive walks will allow us to experience the remarkable botany of the islands and witness fabulous geologic features.

Waved Albatross

Waved Albatross— Photo: Michael O’Brien


In addition to the legendary natural history, participants will enjoy a true tropical paradise filled with glorious sunrises and spectacular sunsets, relaxing strolls on white and black sand beaches, coastal hiking excursions, fascinating snorkeling, and a chance to walk in the footsteps of Darwin.

The Galapagos Islands, October 27-November 5, 2017. Cabins begin at $8,495 per person in double occupancy from Quito; includes internal flights. Limit 16. This departure will be led by Paul Greenfield, who will be joined by the Evolution’s excellent staff of onboard leaders and naturalists.  

An optional Tandayapa Pre-trip, October 24-27, led by Paul Greenfield, will visit the species-rich cloud forests of the northwestern Andean slopes, where highlights include the world’s greatest hummingbird show and colorful toucans, tanagers, and barbets. $1,295 from Quito. Limit 14.

An optional post-trip, November 4-11, led by Doris Valencia and a local leader, will visit Machu Picchu, one of the most remarkable stone ruins in the world. $3,995 from Lima. Limit 14.

News & Field Reports

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