BirdNote Presents: The Galapagos Islands: Jul 06—15, 2018

Aboard the Evolution

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Departs: Quito
Tour Limit: 29
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Kate Godman

BirdNote Director of Development, Kate Godman, is a beginning birder with roots in England, ...


Paul Greenfield

Paul Greenfield grew up near New York City and became interested in birds as a child. He rec...


Rafael Galvez

Rafael Galvez has been birding and illustrating birds since childhood, a dual passion that d...

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Follow the path of Darwin on a complete natural history exploration of the famed Galapagos Islands, aboard the M/V Evolution.

By any measure, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The sheer abundance of wildlife, the amazing volcanic setting, and the historical significance of the islands are irresistible draws to travelers from all over the globe. In July 2018, BirdNote is teaming up with Texas-based Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions to present a voyage through these enchanted islands aboard the 32-guest M/V Evolution.

Waved Albatross

Waved Albatross— Photo: Michael O’Brien


Arranged for supporters and listeners of BirdNote, this remarkable journey, on which BirdNote has reserved half of the ship, brings us face-to-face with the extraordinary natural wonders of one of the world’s most beloved destinations. With an experienced staff of naturalists, we will encounter wildlife that does not fear people and is so abundant that we may have to watch our footing to avoid disturbing a resting sea lion or passing iguana. Hosting this trip will be Kate Godman, wildlife enthusiast and BirdNote’s director of development. Guiding our activities will be master birders/naturalists from Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions, respected organizations that will operate this trip for BirdNote.

Animal life varies from island to island, but we will encounter the majority of the iconic wildlife that has made the Galapagos justly famous. Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Flightless Cormorants, Waved Albatrosses, and Galapagos Penguins are all to be expected, while the Galapagos finches of Darwin fame will be sought as well.

“Santa Cruz” Giant Tortoise— Photo: Michael O’Brien


Visiting eight islands, we will make efforts to find most of the endemic bird species, but a person shouldn’t come to the Galapagos for anything less than a complete natural history experience. On board the Evolution, a team of Ecuadorian naturalists work with your trip leaders to provide a premium travel experience, ensuring that you will depart with memories to last a lifetime.

The M/V Evolution is well-suited for plying waters where larger ships cannot go, and its fleet of Zodiacs guarantees that we will gain even closer access to the wildlife and reach unspoiled beaches of varying color. Glorious sunsets and starry nights complement exciting snorkeling trips amid tropical fish, curious sea lions, and penguins.

M/V Evolution at Bartolome Island

M/V Evolution at Bartolome Island— Photo: Michael O’Brien


An optional pre-trip to Ecuador’s Tandayapa Valley provides an opportunity to sample the species-rich cloud forests of the spectacular northwestern Andean slopes, where highlights include the world’s greatest hummingbird show and a pageant of beautiful tropical birds including toucans, tanagers, barbets, and more.

Those interested in extending their trip are encouraged to join our optional extension to Machu Picchu, Peru. This tour 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.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that a non-tax deductible portion of the proceeds from this tour go toward the support of BirdNote programs.

A well-appointed small cruise ship providing all meals and accommodations; walking conditions easy to moderate, some rocky terrain; mild weather with cool mornings and warm sunny days; fog and light rain possible in the highlands.