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Evolution Central Western

In the Footsteps of Pirates & Darwin

from $4,620
8 days

Ship Name

M/V Evolution

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin and the bucaneers and pioneers who made their way to the Enchanted Isles. This Central and Western route covers some of the most legendary islands in the Galapagos and a wide and engrossing variety of species - both fauna and flora. This traditionally styled yacht features a lower guest to naturalist guide ratio for an enhanced educational experience with one of the longest operating Galapagos cruise companies. There are ample opportunities to explore by dinghy, kayak or snorkel-- or just relax on the beach.

Activities
Snorkeling
Birding
Hiking
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Daphne Islet

This morning fly to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Flight time is approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival board the M/V Evolution where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route.

We will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls, red billed tropic birds amongst others.

Day 2

Isabela & Fernandina Islands

In the morning we visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. We will have a chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water.

Afternoon visit to Fernandina Island, home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently. We visit Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. 

Day 3

Isabela Island

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). We walk on a stretch of three miles (5 km) of the marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkeling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore.

In the afternoon we visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes.

Day 4

Bartolome Island

In the morning we visit Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, where we will see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. We will also hike a trail to Bartolome's summit where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle your yacht.

Afternoon visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches. relaxing on shore

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

In the morning we visit Las Bachas, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos.

Afternoon visit to Dragon Hill, named for the large number of land iguanas that frequent the area, and an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. A short walk from the beach leads to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon that is frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. From here, they will pass through a forest of the endemic Scalesia tree. There are only 400 specimens of the Scalesia tree left in the world. Past the forest, hike up Dragon Hill for impressive views of the bay. 

Day 6

Santa Cruz Island

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 we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise.

Afternoon visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild.

Day 7

Hood Island

Hood is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit the island. In the morning we visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, masked boobies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff's edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.

In the afternoon we visit Gardner Bay, 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.

Day 8

San Cristobal Island

Today our Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew we pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre on San Cristobal Island. The Centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands' natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna and your naturalist will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both "magnificent-frigates" and "great-frigates" can be seen in the same colony. Next we return to the airport where we began our journey in the Galapagos for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateDeluxe StateroomPremium StateroomSuiteMaster Suite
 Mar 4 - Mar 115780 6140 6650 7120
 Mar 18 - Mar 255780 6140 6650 7120
 Apr 1 - Apr 85780 6140 6650 7120
 Apr 15 - Apr 225780 6140 6650 7120
 Apr 29 - May 65780 6140 6650 7120
 May 13 - May 205780 6140 6650 7120
 May 27 - Jun 35780 6140 6650 7120
 Jun 10 - Jun 175780 6140 6650 7120
 Jun 24 - Jul 15780 6140 6650 7120
 Jul 8 - Jul 155780 6140 6650 7120
 Jul 22 - Jul 295780 6140 6650 7120
 Aug 5 - Aug 125780 6140 6650 7120
 Aug 19 - Aug 265780 6140 6650 7120
 Oct 28 - Nov 44620 4910 5320 5700
 Nov 11 - Nov 174620 4910 5320 5700
 Nov 25 - Dec 14620 4910 5320 5700
 Dec 9 - Dec 154620 4910 5320 5700
 Dec 23 - Dec 305780 6140 6650 7120

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin staterooms booked as a single incur a 50% supplement, suites a 75% supplement.
  • Triples available, inquire for rate.
  • Christmas &  New Year's surcharges: $500 per person / 100% Single Supplement
  • Child Discount: Children under 15 are 15% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults, maximum of 3 child discounts per family, Fall, Christmas & New Year departures are excluded
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $530 - $550 per adult / Child rate available.
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 15 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 15% off with two full fare-paying guests, limit 3 child discounts per family.  Fall, Christmas & New Years departures are excluded from child discounts.

Dry Dock: Vessel is in dry dock from August 26 - October 21, 2017

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear including wet suits, luggage handling and shuttle transfers within the islands

Not Included: Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/V Evolution - 32 Passengers

The Evolution is a large traditionally styled motor yacht carrying 32 passengers in 3 suites, 8 premium staterooms and 5 deluxe stateroom. There are 2 naturalist guides aboard and 3 pangas for daily excursions. There is a large common interior lounge for relaxing as well as lectures, presentations and movies.  The sky lounge on the Albatross deck features another bar and views for miles. An outside sun deck contains deck chairs and a hot tub. There are both interior and al fresco dining areas. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear including wet suits, luggage handling and shuttle transfers within the islands

Not Included: Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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