Take advantage of this unique spectacular saving and receive up to 25% off the cruise (plus extras) when travelling during January & February 2020. This represents up to US$2,250 per person in savings!
You will also receive:
• Free round-trip flights to Galapagos from mainland Ecuador
• Free Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
• Free Transit Control Card
Departures with the special discount:
Jan 18-25 / Jan 25-Feb 1 / Feb 1-8 / Feb 15-22 / Feb 22-29 / Feb 29-Mar 7
*All prices per person based on twin share. All prices are inclusive of round-trip flights to Galapagos from mainland Ecuador, Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee and Transit Control Card.
Subject to availability at the time of booking. Don’t miss out, call us now!
This 8-day Evolution Galapagos Cruise itinerary begins on San Cristobal Island and focuses on the wilds of the Northern, Central and Eastern Islands of the Archipelago. It visits San Cristobal, South Plaza, Santiago, Genovesa, Tower, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Floreana and Santa Cruz Islands. During your cruise, there are two landings each full day in the National Park along with snorkelling outings. There will also be opportunities for sea kayaking and panga rides, all led by a top-notch National Park Guide.
This beautiful 32-guest expedition yacht in the Galapagos is ample enough to provide spacious staterooms. It offers various social areas including inside and outside dining, yet is small enough for guests to be able to experience nature in an up-close and personal manner. This artful combination of factors results in a yacht which offers excellent service, accommodations and attention to detail while causing minimal impact on the environment. This vessel is free of single-use plastic.
All cabins on the Evolution Galapagos Cruise come with private bathrooms, hot showers and air conditioning. Your galley and dining staff will turn out quality meals using both local and international cuisine. There is a library containing a wealth of information on the natural history of the Galápagos plus an entertainment centre complete with DVDs. This is your vacation and time to relax, so the boat has plenty of areas to lounge in the sun or shade, and the bar is always open for refreshments. Sea kayaks are available for some extra fun, and we carry snorkelling gear for all.
On arrival in San Cristobal, you will be picked up at the airport by a naturalist guide, and taken to the pier to board the M/V Evolution where you will have a welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests disembark the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
PM: Lobos- Lives up to its name of -Sea Lion Island- with its noisy population of frolicking and barking beasts. It lies just a short navigation north, up the west coast of San Cristobal, separated by a channel that forms an inviting lagoon. This is where you’ll have your first chance to share the water with a playful colony of the “wolves of the sea”. From Lobos, you should have views of Kicker Rock, a spectacular formation that rises 152 meters out of the Pacific. After this visit, you have time for a shower as you get ready for the welcome cocktail and first formal briefing before dinner.
AM: South Plaza Island – start the day with a visit to South Plaza, one of the smallest yet most picturesque islands in the archipelago; with red sesuvium ground cover and green prickly pear cactus. Bright yellow land iguanas also reside here set against a turquoise channel. Visit the bachelor sea lion colony at the crest of the island where swallow-tailed gulls nest and red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and shearwaters fly in dancing displays.
PM: Punta Carrion & Mosquera Island- early afternoon snorkelling at Punta Carrion followed by a visit to Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra. It is one of the smallest Islands resulting from an uplift of sand, made up of coral reefs and rocks. It boasts one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago. There are occasional reports of Orca whales seen praying on the sea lion colony.
AM: Chinese Hat Islet- is named for the resemblance its shape has to a traditional Chinese Coolie’s hat. It rests across a quiet channel from nearby Santiago Islands. Land at a tiny crescent cove with sandy white beach cradled by black lava formations. This is home to sally lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas and further along the coast, Galapagos penguins. You’ll have a chance to see the penguins during your panga ride, as well as snorkel with both sea lions and penguins at the cove.
PM: James Bay- land on a black beach offering excellent snorkelling with sea turtles and tropical fish. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear caves formed of broken lava tubes. This is home to fur seals, sea lions and samurai-like marine iguanas that feed in tidal pools. Keep your eyes open for Galapagos hawk that visits the area.
AM: Darwin Bay- Tower Island could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base! The southern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the throat of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northwest, slightly removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as “Bird Island,” and Darwin Bay, where you’ll first land, lives up to that name in a spectacular way! A gorgeous tidal grotto forms the backdrop to the gaggle of nesting and soaring seabirds birds and path leads up to the rookery cliffs for views of the bay and colonies of gulls, tropicbirds and frigates.
PM: Prince Phillip’s Steps- Take time to kayak beside the walls of the sunken caldera before your afternoon visit to Prince Philips Steps. This is the best Galapagos landing site to see red-footed boobies, comically perched by wrapping big red feet around tiny branches. Walk a short distance to seek out short-eared owls preying on swarms of storm petrels. The snorkelling at the foot of the steps is amazing with large, brightly coloured tropical fish taking on a neon quality against the black lava background.
AM: North Seymour Island- the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo’s trees stands just above the landing. A trail will take you to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds and land iguanas.
PM: Santa Fe Island- home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago. With its crystal clear waters, it is a hotspot for snorkelling. Certainly, one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions and glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark. After a wet landing, you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus.
AM: Post Office Bay- Floreana has had a colourful history: Pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists. Visit Post Office Bay, where, in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel as the island‘s Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day by dropping a postcard into the barrel without a stamp.
PM: Cormorant Point- offers two highly contrasting beaches; a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingos, pintails, stilts and other wading birds. Late afternoon snorkelling at Devil’s Crown, which is home to a myriad of marine species including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish and amberjacks. Hence, this is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.
AM: Charles Darwin Research Station- Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. It was home to Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of this particular species of tortoise.
PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz- In the afternoon, you are off to the Highlands where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Visit the Tortoise Reserve, where you’ll have the chance to see these animals in the wild, walk through lava tubes and see the Gemelos; twin collapsed craters.
AM: Black Turtle Cove- Today you’ll have one last visit to a beautiful mangrove estuary, Black Turtle Cove. You’ll quietly drift in the panga to see spotted eagle rays, diamond-shaped mustard rays, white-tipped reef sharks, pacific green sea turtles and a large variety of shorebirds. Next, head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.