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Aboard M/V Evolution, October 30-November 8, 2015

This fall VENT will return to the famed Galapagos Islands for a birds and history cruise, October 30-November 8, 2015.

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby — Photo: Michael O’Brien

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.

The Galapagos Islands feature an incredible biological heritage, of which birds are but one element. With so many attractions, we emphasize that our Galapagos 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, this trip will be led by VENT leaders Paul Greendfield and David Wolf who together possess years of tour leading experience in the Galapagos and the American Tropics.

Velvet-purple Coronet

Velvet-purple Coronet — Photo: Paul J. Greenfield

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.

An optional two-day Tandayapa Pre-trip visits the upper-middle elevation Andes outside Quito, where you’ll experience mountains clad in cloud forest; an array of beautiful tanagers, trogons, and other tropical birds; and visit a private residence to witness one of the world’s greatest hummingbird shows.

Galapagos Cruise: Tandayapa Pre-trip, October 28-30, 2015 with Paul Greenfield and David Wolf; $895 in double occupancy from Quito.

Extend your trip on the back-end and join our Machu Picchu Extension, which visits the incomparable ancient capital of the Inca in addition to seeking many of the special birds of the Peruvian Andes in the regions of Cuzco and the Urubamba River Valley.

Galapagos Cruise: Machu Pichu Extension, November 7-13, 2015 with Doris Valencia and David Wolf; $3,695 in double occupancy from Quito (internal flights included).

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