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VENT Tour Leader Rick Wright lectures at New York City Audubon

VENT tour leader Rick Wright, the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will... read more


Talk & Book-signing at New York City Audubon

Dear friends: I am delighted to announce my participation in the New York City Audubon ... read more


Free Webinar! September 13, 2017: Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll in 2018

On Wednesday, September 13, my colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar, the... read more


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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISEJULY 2018

Aboard the M/V Evolution4 cabins still available!

Our only Galapagos Islands Cruise of the year will operate July 6–15, 2018. For this departure we have reserved space aboard the newly renovated 32-passenger M/V Evolution, one of the best ships in the Galapagos. If you have ever wanted to visit this magical destination, now is the time to reserve your space as only four cabins remain available.

Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguin — Photo: Michael O’Brien

The Galapagos Islands are one of the planet’s most extraordinary places. Our itinerary encompasses most of the major islands including Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and Española. We’ll have a chance to see most of the endemic birds in addition to the other wildlife for which the Galapagos are so famous. Among the special seabirds occurring here is Galapagos Penguin—the world’s northernmost penguin; Waved Albatross—the only equatorial albatross; the amazing Flightless Cormorant; Red-billed Tropicbird; Lava and Swallow-tailed gulls—two of the world’s most limited range gulls; and several species of boobies and frigatebirds. Outstanding among the landbirds are the famous Darwin’s finches and several species of mockingbirds.

As wonderful as the birding is, a trip to the Galapagos offers a complete natural history experience. 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 Galapagos Sea Lions lounging 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.

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 $8,695 in double occupancy from Quito.


News & Field Reports

VENTFLASH #234

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Dear friends, I've only recently returned from co-leading a tour to Cuba, but I am already preparing to leave on my next trip. This Sunday I will be back on the road with colleagues Barry Lyon and ...

Sri Lanka: Blue Whale Extension

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After the Sri Lanka main tour, VENT offered the option of joining an extension to the extreme south side of the island to enjoy some of the Blue Whale congregations in the Indian Ocean. We moved so...

Sri Lanka

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It has been over a decade since VENT’s last visit to Sri Lanka. We felt it was definitely time for a return, and the group and I were very happy we did. Sri Lanka is an amazing tropical desti...

Japan in Winter

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One of the top highlights mentioned by most members of the group was a Ural Owl sleeping in a large, picturesque tree hollow. It was, in fact, an image that could have been plucked straight from an...

Rick Wright lectures at New York City Audubon

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VENT tour leader Rick Wright, the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will lecture on “Sparrows and People and Sparrow People” at New York City Audubon, Tuesday, Febr...