Galapagos Islands Cruise Aboard the M/V Evolution: Jun 23—Jul 02, 2017

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Price: $8,495
Per person starting price based on double occupancy; see the itinerary for complete details. The cruise fee includes all internal flights. This tour is sold out.
Departs: Quito
Tour Limit: 29
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien is a freelance artist, author, and environmental consultant living in Cape M...


Louise Zemaitis

Louise Zemaitis is an artist and naturalist living in Cape May, New Jersey where she is a po...


Stephanie Mason

Stephanie Mason is Senior Naturalist for the Audubon Naturalist Society with over two decade...

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Blue-footed Boobies

Blue-footed Boobies— Photo: Greg Greer

Follow the path of Darwin on an 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 make them irresistible to travelers from all over the globe. VENT and International Expeditions are teaming up to bring you the opportunity to participate in a voyage through these enchanted islands aboard the 32-guest M/V Evolution.

This remarkable journey 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 the nap of a resting sea lion or a passing iguana.

giant tortoise

Giant Tortoise— Photo: Michael O’Brien

Animal life varies from island to island, but we will encounter the majority of the birds and animals that have 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. This itinerary visits 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 VENT leaders to provide a premium travel experience, ensuring that you will depart with enough knowledge and memories to last a lifetime.

M/V Evolution

M/V Evolution— Photo: International Expeditions

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 wide open beaches of varying color. Glorious sunsets and walks on lonely beaches complement exciting snorkeling trips amid tropical fish, curious sea lions, and penguins.

An optional Tandayapa Pre-trip 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 colorful toucans, tanagers, and barbets.

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.