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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISEJULY 2018

Aboard the M/V Evolution2 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 #235

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