Day 1: Daphne Major Islet

This morning board your hour and a half flight to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Upon arrival we board M/V Evolution where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to the first visitor site: Daphne Major Islet. The ship will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls and red billed tropic birds amongst others.

Take your first of many amazing photos and enjoy the breeze and open waters from the deck before dinner.

Day 2: Isabela Island & Fernandina Island

After a delicious breakfast, you head out to visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. The snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. Put on your masks and jump in for the chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and large sea turtles drifting with the current.

After lunch, and some time for a rest, climb into the ships comfortable skiffs for your afternoon adventure to Fernandina Island, home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). Sail along Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity.

Wake up early, or head out after lunch before your afternoon excursion for a paddle about in one of the ships sit atop kayaks.

day 3: Isabela Island

Urbina Bay is directly west of Isabela's Volcano Alcedo, where the skiffs will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). From here, begin your walk along a three mile stretch of marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to snorkel along side playful seals, or just relaxing on the pristine beach and take in the amazing surroundings. Return to the Evolution for lunch and some time to rest up before your afternoon excursion.

Back in the skiffs, you will head to the rocky shore of Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of your ship anchored in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. An incredible variety of birds can be found here.

Wake up early, or head out after lunch before your afternoon excursion for a paddle about in one of the ships sit atop kayaks.

Day 4: Bartolome Island & Santiago Island

This mornings adventure takes you to Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, to visit Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. Stretch your legs on an easy hike along a trail to Bartolome's summit where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and the Islands beautiful beach. Make your way back down the trail and spend some time taking photos, or gazing at the crystal blue water before heading back to your ship for lunch.

This afternoon is a visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools surrounded by smooth black landscape. After exploring the lava flow, wade into these perfect waters once more to swim or snorkel with the playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches.

Wake up early, or head out after lunch before your afternoon excursion for a paddle about in one of the ships sit atop kayaks.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

After a good breakfast, board the skiffs and head to Las Bachas, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos. Take some time before heading back to the ship to swim or snorkel.

After lunch, depart the ship for a visit to Dragon Hill, named for the large number of land iguanas that frequent the area, and an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. A short walk from the beach leads to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon that is frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. From here, hike through a forest of the endemic Scalesia tree. There are only 400 specimens of the Scalesia tree left in the world. Past the forest, continue your hike up Dragon Hill for impressive views of the bay and the chance to take in the unique flora and fauna along the way.

Day 6: Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning depart the Evolution for the docks of Santa Cruz and a visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise.

This afternoon head into the Highlands where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Your destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where you can sit with these amazing, prehistoric animals in the wild. Enjoy a cup of tea and take in your lush, green surroundings before heading back to the docks.

Day 7: Hood Island

Hood is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit it. This mornings excursion takes you to Punta Suarez where the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos resides. Masked boobies and blue footed boobies nest along the cliff's edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.

After lunch, visit Gardner Bay with its' magnificent long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim just offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. Enjoy relaxing on the beach, swimming or snorkeling.

Wake up early, or head out after lunch before your afternoon excursion for a paddle about in one of the ships sit atop kayaks.

Day 8: San Cristobal Island

Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before you bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew, pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre on San Cristobal Island. The Centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands' natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna and your naturalist will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both "magnificent-frigates" and "great-frigates" can be seen in the same colony. After collecting your bags, return to the airport to began your return to the Ecuadorian mainland for your next adventure.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Sept 2, 16, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9 from $4,620 depending on cabin from $2,310 depending on cabin
Jan 7, 21; Feb 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; June 10, 24; July 8, 22; Aug 5, 19; Dec 23 from $5,780 depending on cabin from $2,890 depending on cabin
Pricing does not include regional flights (approx. $550 per person), Galapagos National Park Entrance fee ($100 per person), Galapagos Tourist Card ($20 per person).
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