GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE — OCTOBER 2013
Aboard the M/V Evolution
Waved Albatross — Photo: Michael O’Brien
Rugged, wild, and undeniably beautiful, the Galapagos Islands are one of the planet’s most extraordinary places. We are delighted to announce our next autumn trip to this remarkable destination, October 18-27, 2013. For this departure we have reserved space aboard the 32-passenger M/V Evolution, one of the best ships in the Galapagos.
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.
M/V Evolution — Photo: International Expeditions
The Evolution’s staff of onboard leaders and naturalists will be complemented by an excellent team of VENT leaders featuring Paul Greenfield and another leader to be announced.
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.
Cabins for our Galapagos Islands Cruise begin at $6,395 in double occupancy from Quito.
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