Galapagos cruise on board Evolution - 8 days

From Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Join an 8-day Galapagos cruise on board the Evolution and retrace the footsteps of Darwin. From your first stop at Daphne Major Islet you will be met by a prolific array of bird life -  a hint to the incredible biodiversity you can experience when you visit Galapagos. When snorkeling at Punta Vicente Roca you will be met by dazzling schools of fish, sea turtles and playful sea lions, and on Isabela Island you can experience giant land iguanas and giant tortoises up close. The unique landscape of the Galapagos National Park will captivate you at every turn on your Galapagos cruise. Stroll among volcanic spatter cones at Tagus Cove, hike to the summit of the volcano at Bartolome Island for spectacular views, discover the lava flow of Sullivan Bay and explore the yellow saltwater lagoon of Rabida Island where pelicans and flamingos nest.

A visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station is a must do activity on any Galapagos Islands vacation. You can learn about the conservation and research efforts of the team here, as well as observe these ancient creatures in their natural habitat at the tortoise reserve in the highlands. Wildlife overflows on Espanola Island as your Galapagos cruise draws to an end. You can encounter marine iguanas, swim among sea lions, sea turtles and witness a vast number of birds such as the famed Waved Albatross and nesting Blue Footed Boobies. Experience all this natural wonder from the comfort of the intimate yacht, Evolution. The well-appointed cruise ship offers the ultimate in small group travel with an attentive crew and experienced guides taking you on exciting excursions. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are at your disposal to get even closer to that prehistoric wildlife that makes a Galapagos Islands vacation so unique.

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Baltra

*EXAMPLE ITINERARY – ITINERARY MAY VARY DEPENDING ON DEPARTURE. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS**

Fly from Quito to Baltra (return flights are not included & will be added at the time of booking).

Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the Evolution, by dingy (panga).

Afternoon: Daphne Major and Minor Islands
Daphne Minor, a tuff cone (giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaped like a cone), sits off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island, west of Baltra Island and North Seymour Island. While off limits to all but limited scientific parties going ashore, we've obtained permission from the National Park to navigate around the island. Here we can spot colonies of blue-footed boobies, Nazca bobbies, Frigate birds and much more.

Dinner is included today

Day 2
Punta Vicente Roca and Punta Espinoza

Here the remnants of an ancient volcano forms two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. A great place for is to take a panga ride along the cliffs to view a partially sunken cave. The passange, only reachable by an underwater passage, opens to calm waters of the hidden cove where sea lions laze on the beach. Punta Vicente Roca likes on the flank of 2,600 foot Volcano Ecuador.

Afternoon: Punta Espinoza
When snorkeling off Punta Espinoza, you may spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and sea lions. Because these waters reach out into the Bolivar Channel they can be quite cold. Sea turtles like to hang out in the warm water of the troughs. if your lucky you may be able to swim with the dolphins, kayak with melon headed whales or even spot a sperm whale.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 3
Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove

Morning: Urbin Bay
Isabela is the largest island in the archipelago, accounting for half the total landmass of the Galapagos at 4,588 square kilometers. Isabela is known to have 6 volcanoes that merged into a single landmass.
Urbina Bay is directly west of Isabela’s Volcano Alcedo, where we will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water) onto a gently sloping beach. Walk along the boulder sized dried coral heads. See giant land iguanas and giant tortoises (wet season). Snorkel among the marine creatures or just relax on the shore.

Afternoon: Tagus Cove
Heading north to Tagus Cove, historically known for pirates and whalers, the coves quiet waters make this ideal for a panga ride beneath the cliffs. From our landing, a wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance for a view of Darwin Lake; a perfectly round saltwater crater, barely separated from the ocean but above sea level! The cove is formed by a breached and flooded section of the crater with Darwin Lake forming the very center of the same cone. When snorkelling here, you will see a carpet of green algae that covers the floor of the cove gives the impression of a submerged pasture, and really that is just what it is. You can find marine iguanas grazing the algae along with numerous sea turtles gliding and munching their way along. Because the cove opens to the rich waters of the Bolivar Channel this is one of the best snorkeling sites in the island. You also have a good chance of snorkeling with underwater feathered friends including Galapagos penguins and rare flightless cormorants. For those who want to dive deeper there are special rewards waiting for you at 3 meters where camouflaged creatures await, including scorpion fish

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 4
Pinnacle Rock and Sullivan Bay

Morning: Pinnacle Rock
Bartolomé is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best known landmark in the Galapagos. It served as a back drop in the film Master & Commander. Galapagos penguins—the only species of penguin found north of the equator—walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkellers.

Afternoon: Sullivan Bay
Enjoy a bit of relaxing time in the hot tub or on a lounger before we reach the larger island of Santiago in the north. We drop anchor in the channel just to the east of the well know Galapagos landmark called Pinnacle Rock. From this vantage point the Pinnacle rock looks a bit like a leaning tower.
Here in Sullivan Bay we head on a walk to see brightly colored painted locusts and lava lizards. We hike south into the flow taking time to admire the Earth’s craftwork as we proceed. Upon our return to the shore our panga is waiting to take us on a ride along the black rocky coast in search of the Galapagos penguins that dot the shore.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included

Day 5
Las Bachas and Rabida Island

Morning: Playas Las Bachas
At the north end of Santa Cruz Island is Las Bachas, comprised of two sandy white-coral beaches that is are major egg-laying sites for sea turtles. We go ashore the white sandy beach and are greeted by patrolling blue-footed boobies. A brief walk inland takes us to a lagoon where pink flamingos are often found along with great blue herons, common stilts, brown noddys, white-cheek pintail ducks and migratory birds. Snorkeling today is from the beach and you can also enjoy a swim in these waters which are typically warmer than in other places in the Galapagos.

Afternoon: Rabida Island
Rabida Island offers a nice kayaking route starting on the eastern side of the peninsula,
then around and along it. The route continues west past the beach, then beneath the
island’s towering red cliffs. This is a great place to spot sea turtles from your kayak.
They sometimes swim right up without noticing you and then dart into the depths
once they see you.
Beneath the ocean surface, Rabida offers excellent snorkeling along the shore of the little peninsula. The sea turtles you just saw topside are easier to see once you are in the water. Giant schools of stripped salemas have been seen to carpet the deeper sections, attracting Galapagos sharks. Large schools of yellow tail surgeon fish thread through passages between the rocks. You can look for chances to swim with sea lions and penguins as well and keep your eyes open for marine iguanas grazing the underwater greenery. We’ve also have had groups watch orca right off the shore on rare occasions but this pod can also be seen elsewhere as they patrol the islands.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included

Day 6
Santa Cruz - Darwin Station and Puerto Ayora

Morning: Darwin Station and Puerto Ayora
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos. We begin our day in Puerto Ayora home to both the Galapagos National Park Service Headquarters and Charles Darwin Research Station, the center of the great restorative efforts taking place in the park, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding & Rearing Program run by the research station, which began by rescuing the remaining 14 tortoises on the island of Española in 1970.

Afternoon: Highlands
Santa Cruz Highlands - where you will see a dry coastal vegetation transition to lush wet fields and forests, overgrown with moss and lichens. Our afternoon destination is the Wild Tortoise Reserve where we will have chances to track and view these friendly ancient creatures in their natural setting.
Time is allowed for a bit of shopping in Puerto Ayora town or visiting an internet cafe before boarding M/Y Grace in time for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included

Day 7
Punta Suaraz and Gardner Bay

Mourning: Punta Suraz
Today we begin with a stop atPunta Saurez, where the quantity and variety of wildlife is remarkable. Sea lions surf the waves beyond the breakwater landing, and tiny pups are known to greet your toes upon arrival. We take a walk towards the western edge of the island where masked boobies (also known as Nazca boobies) nest along the cliff’s edge. The trail descends to a rocky beach before rising to an open area where you may see a large gathering of nesting blue-foot boobies.

Afternoon: Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay offers a magnificent long white sandy beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. You will be lured from the powdery white sand into the turquoise water for a swim, but just a little further off-shore the snorkeling by Gardner Island offers peak encounters with playful young sea lions and schools of surprisingly large tropical fish, including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-head parrot fish. Gardner Bay and Islet also offer inviting waters for those interested in kayaking. For all who visit here, Española is
a highlight of the Galapagos.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 8
San Cristobal Island - Interpretation Centre Depart San Cristobal

Morning: Interpretation Centre
In 1998 the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre, opened for the benefit of islanders and travelers alike, presenting a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora and fauna. This is our last stop in the islands and it is also the place where cultural activities take place, including theatre, exhibitions and workshops. From the Interpretation Center, a short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both “magnificent-frigates” and “great-frigates” can be seen in the same colony—ideal for learning to distinguish the two bird species.

After this visit, we will make our way to the airport for the flight to Quito

Breakfast is included today.

*Although the flight is not included in the price, this will be added & included to your booking

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Standard Cabin
  • Included Copy 7 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals during the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea
  • Included Copy 7 Bar consumption onboard
  • Included Copy 7 Alcoholic beverages (option to add on all-inclusive package)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers while in Galapagos
  • Included Copy 20 All guided services throughout the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Use of snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel & fins) and wetsuits
  • Included Copy 20 Sea kayaks
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
  • Included Copy 7 Tips and personal expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Medical insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 OPTIONAL Diving on selected departures. Additional costs apply
Transportation
Evolution | Galapagos Cruise Ship

32 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Snorkeling
  • Included Dinghy ride
  • Included Scuba Diving
  • Included Bird watching
  • Included Star-gazing
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$6,700 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Selected Saturdays - dates available on request