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INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS – DARWIN’S GALAPAGOS VOYAGE

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Location

Galapagos

Cost

$/50% OFF

Deposit

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DARWIN’s Galapagos voyage

During our intimate Galapagos Islands cruise, you’ll find yourself just inches away from giant tortoises, comical blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals, and you’ll gain an appreciation for how remarkable life on Earth can be. Voyage the famed waters of Galapagos amid the spectacular landscapes and distinct endemic wildlife that so intrigued Charles Darwin. From the spouting whales crossing the Bolivar Channel to the waved albatrosses nesting along the cliffs of Espanola, you’ll experience the undeniable wonder of Darwin’s Enchanted Isles.

Highlights

  • Spend 7 nights aboard The Evolution – a 32-guest boutique luxury small adventure ship
  • Immersive off-ship explorations of the stunning Galapagos archipelago with expert field guides
  • Snorkel, kayak, hike & even enjoy an intimate picnic in the highlands with giant tortoises
  • Spend seven nights aboard the Evolution, featuring the most public space & largest cabins of any yacht in her class
  • Visit a family-run coffee & sugar cane farm
  • Enjoy the archipelago’s best guest-to-guide ratio on small-group departures of just 26-32 guests
  • Learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station

ADVENTURE CLUB MEMBER SPECIAL OFFER

ADVENTURE CLUB MEMBERS RECEIVE 50% OFF

This is a THIRDHOME Adventures preferred cruise partner voyage operated by International Expeditions. Voyage has a set departure/return date as noted. Each voyage date will include specific guided excursions along with regional opportunities. This Special Offer rate is exclusive to Adventure Club Members, family and friends. 

Itinerary

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Arrive Guayaquil

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde.

Guayaquil / Baltra / Daphne Major

Fly to Galapagos and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, enjoy a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as magnificent frigatebird. (B,L,D)

Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Take to the water, where we swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly even sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, located on Fernandina, the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galapagos. Here we spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution’s open-air decks as we cross the Bolivar Channel. (B,L,D)

Isabela Island

Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urvina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Our naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board our Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim. (B,L,D)

Bartolomé / Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit. Our Zodiac drivers will take “non-hikers” for a ride around the cliffs, observing a stunning volcanic landscape and Galapagos penguins. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even speedy penguins. This afternoon, hike across the panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers. (B,L,D)

Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach / Rabida Island

Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. Our afternoon is spent along the distinct red-sand beaches and cliffs of Rabida Island. While exploring this uninhabited island at the archipelago’s geologic center, watch for up to nine species of Darwin’s finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds. A small saltwater lagoon is home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Snorkelers may take to the water with sea lions, sea turtles and reef fish such as damsels and pufferfish. During a guided kayaking excursion, watch for brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies while savoring views of the island’s sloping volcanic peak. (B,L,D)

Santa Cruz Island

Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild. Stop at a family run farm before learning about the work being done to study and preserve wildlife at Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center at the Darwin Research Center. (B,L,D)

Española Island

As the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española’s relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife, but species and subspecies that are endemic to the island, such as Española (Hood) mockingbird, Española (Hood) racer snake, Española (Hood) lava lizard, waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas. Enjoy a Zodiac ride before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds and the red-colored race of marine iguana en route to Española’s blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet into the air. After a relaxing lunch, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay, or simply bring along your book or a camera and relax on the white sands. (B,L,D)

San Cristóbal Island / Guayaquil

End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde. (B,L)

Depart Guayaquil

Board independent flights home. (B)

Accommodations

M/V Evolution

For our Galapagos Islands cruise ship we have selected the M/V Evolution, accommodating just 16 cabins/32 guests. This intimate ship features a great deal of public space, including an observation deck and a canopied bar on the roof deck, perfect for enjoying a snack and drink on the canopied roof deck while whale watching or chatting with fellow passengers. Two-person kayaks also are available and a doctor is aboard on every voyage and even accompanies your small group off-ship.

What’s Included

  • Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking & panga rides
  • Seven nights on the Evolution
  • Hotel accommodations pre- and post-voyage
  • 23 meals (and lots of snacks)
  • Two Level 3 naturalists; Three naturalist guides for groups of 26-32
  • Snorkeling gear & shorty wetsuits
  • Kayaks
  • All bottled water
  • Onboard doctor
  • Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology & marine life and field interpretation
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals

rEQUIRED Add-ON COSTS

  • Galapagos National Park Fee $120 per person
  • Internal Flights from Guayaquil or Quito to Galapagos Islands $698-$725 per person 
  • Onboard Gratuities (approx $240 per person) 
  • Optional Post Cruise Machu Picchu Extension 
  • Single Occupancy Fees (for 1 person in cabin) – please inquire for voyage cost
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals/beverages not mentioned in Itinerary

Passports & Visa Requirements

  • Bring a valid passport. We recommend that your passport remain valid for at least six months after your departure date. Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens.

Traveler Reviews

The Naturalist of International Expeditions and crew of the MV Evolution were exceptional, the boat is beautiful, perfectly sized and the experience of walking amongst and snorkeling with the ‘wild’ life that is completely un-phased by your proximity is a once in a lifetime privilege you can give yourself. We are soaking in the memories of the soulful landscape and it’s inhabitants.

Stephanie Ryan

This was my second International Expedition arranged through THIRDHOME and it won’t be my last. Kudos to our guides Christina and Boli and all the staff on the M/V Evolution for great customer service and great food.  The M/V Evolution was a cozy place to hang out and get to know our fellow boat mates while learning important information about the volcanic Galapagos terrain and the indigenous animals. We even got treated to an evening of Ecuadorian music and dancing with complementary shots of Caña Manabito, a local spirit.

Larry Grossman

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