Galapagos Islands Cruise Aboard the M/V Evolution Oct 27—Nov 05, 2017

Posted by Paul Greenfield


Paul Greenfield

Paul Greenfield grew up near New York City and became interested in birds as a child. He received his B.F.A. from Temple University where he was an art major at the Tyler S...

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The Galapagos Islands experience is indeed pretty hard to beat…if beatable at all! But who could have ever imagined that a scattered grouping of rather inhospitable (“enchanted”) islands and islets, lost out in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, a once feared hideaway for pirates and buccaneers, a historic whaling hotspot—would become a worldwide bucket-list favorite. I don’t even think Charles Darwin had any high hopes when he heard that he would visiting this port-of-call during his now famous journey on the HMS Beagle; surely not even Herman Melville could have ventured to imagine ecotourism on this archipelago while writing The Encantadas, even less…birding! But here we were, planning to embark on our own journey, each with our own particular expectations that were born from stories, novels, history, TV documentaries, and hearsay about this magical place.

Waved Albatross

Waved Albatross— Photo: Paul J. Greenfield


Our itinerary covered over 400 travel miles and took us to many islands—we encircled Daphne Major after boarding the ship on our first afternoon, sailed over the north end of Isabela Island to Punta Vicente Roca, then to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, and then across Bolivar Channel to Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove; we returned over Isabela and down to Bartolomé and Sullivan Bay, then to Bachas beach and west to Rábida Island. We continued to Puerto Ayora, where we traveled up into the highlands, then down to Darwin Station and the port; sailed to Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island; and, finally, spent a morning in the highlands of San Cristóbal Island before boarding our flight for the mainland. It was an activity-packed week that piled on memorable experiences and sights from the get-go! Each of us took away our own personal moments, and I will try to mention a handful here that I can remember.

Read Paul’s full report in his Field List.