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Galapagos on the Evolution

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Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
GPVA
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Premium Adventures, Small Ship Cruises, Guided Group
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
26–32
Ages:
12+

Discover the Galapagos Islands National Park from the comfort of the premium MV Evolution

The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a group of true nature enthusiasts. The Evolution is the perfect haven for relaxing between daily hiking and snorkelling excursions, or for joining fellow travellers for a briefing by our knowledgeable naturalist guides. During our intimate Galapagos Islands cruise, find yourself just inches away from Giant tortoises, comical Blue-footed boobies, Sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals, and 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, and discover the undeniable wonder of these enchanted isles.

Highlights

  • A full week of expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands Archipelago, with two landing sites visited every day, focusing on the North and South.
  • Guided nature walks, snorkelling excursions, Zodiac rides and use of kayaks to discover the best of each landing site  
  • Sail on the Evolution, featuring the most public space and largest cabins of any yacht in her class
  • Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see Giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy the archipelago's best guest-to-guide ratio (10:1) with all guides Level III certified 
  • Learn about conservation efforts affecting the Galapagos National Park at the Charles Darwin Research Station

Key information

  • 1 night Premium accommodation in Guayaquil and 7 nights on board the Premium yacht MV Evolution 
  • Starts in San Cristobal and ends in Baltra
  • Islands visited: San Cristóbal, South Plaza, Sombrero Chino, Santiago, Genovesa, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Floreana, Santa Cruz
  • Group normally 26-32 passengers plus crew. 
  • Countries visited: Ecuador

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • One night at the Premium Oro Verde hotel in Guayaquil and 7 nights Premium accommodation onboard the MV Evolution
  • Arrival transfers in Guayaquil (to/from Hotel Oro Verde)
  • Internal flights from Guayaquil to the Galapagos
  • Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and panga rides
  • Snorkeling gear and wetsuits
  • Use of kayaks during the expedition cruise 
  • Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology, marine life and field interpretation
  • Tips to the crew of the Evolution are included (only the cost of tipping the naturalist guide will be extra)
  • Named tour leaders who meet Level III Certification in the Galapagos National Park, all chosen for their extensive experience and great customer feedback  

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD120, paid locally
  • Tipping for the naturalist guide
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, the environment as well as cultural and social sensitivities within the Galapagos National Park.
  • Guides and other staff are local to the Galapagos, providing local employment and economy benefits.
  • Although much of this tour is spent on board a boat or in nature, wherever the opportunity arises clients are encouraged to use local businesses and to engage with people they meet to promote positive cultural exchange.  
  • Food supplies on the boat are always locally sourced to help bring economical benefits to the area.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • On arrival to the Galapagos Islands all visitors pay a Galapagos National Park fee of USD100 to ensure the protection of this World Heritage Site.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a level 3 naturalist guide who is authorised by the Galapagos National Park, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • Trails are clearly marked throughout the Galapagos Islands and we are always careful to remain on the marked paths and respect all signs.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate and reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles. On board the Evolution there is a zero single use plastic policy and the crew are committed to reducing waste as part of the WWF’s zero waste initiative.
  • In the Galapagos National Park there are tight regulations in place to prevent ecological damage such as: restricting use of biodegradable products (like shampoo, detergent, soap) and recycling of contaminants (oil and fuel) which are sent back to the mainland for disposal and water treatment.
  • We visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island. This centre is dedicated to protecting and conserving the ecology of the islands and carries out educational projects in support of conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Our entry fees help contribute to all the work going on here by improving demand, facilities and creating employment opportunities for scientists. 
  • We are also careful to adhere to National Park guidelines, which, amongst other things, ask that we keep a safe distance from wildlife at all times.
  • Our Animal Welfare Policy ensures all our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regards to working animals and wildlife viewing.

Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Through our Planet Promise, we have pledged to halve the carbon footprint of our trips by 2030 and made rewilding and carbon compensation commitments for every customer who travels.
  • All meals taken on board our boat are produced using local, sustainably sourced ingredients.
  • Vegetarian options are available on the Evolution for all guests
  • Our local partner is working towards making this holiday entirely green in conjunction with the Carbon Fund.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.

Itinerary

Guayaquil
to
Guayaquil
  • Day 1

    Arrive Guayaquil

    Welcome to Ecuador! Today is an arrival day into the port city of Guayaquil, often known as the gateway to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the Hotel Oro Verde, a premium hotel with a contemporary design in the heart of the city. Arrival transfers are included for everyone, regardless of which flight you arrive on today.

    Premium accommodation: Hotel Oro Verde (5*)

  • Day 2

    Fly Guayaquil to San Cristobal; Visit Cerro Brujo & Kicker Rock

    Fly 600 miles across the Pacific Ocean to San Cristobal Airport on the Galapagos Islands. After passing through the Galapagos National Park Inspection, your guide will greet you and accompany your onward journey by bus and Zodiac to board the Evolution yacht. The crew will be waiting to welcome you on board, and help you get settled into your cabin and familiar with the boat. There will be a safety briefing and chance to get to know your fellow travellers and guides, before we navigate past Kicker Rock, or Leon Dormido - sleeping lion. Our landing is at Cerro Brujo, on the powdery white beach where we have our first walk and an opportunity to snorkel with Sea lions. As the sun sets on your first day, we get together on deck to toast the voyage with a welcome cocktail. 

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    South Plaza Island

    At only 426 feet wide, South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago, yet also one of the richest with lush and diverse flora. On this mornings landing we'll likely encounter Yellow land iguanas on a walk to a grove of prickly-pear cactus. Our trail takes us up towards cliffs that look out across the turquoise waters. This is a wonderfully colourful island, with a ground cover of red sesuvium, luminescent cacti and bright flashes of Sally Lightfoot crabs against the black lava rocks.

    In the afternoon, we visit Mosquera Island which has a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks and tide pools. Non-hikers can enjoy a Zodiac ride, watching for Swallow-tailed gulls, Red-billed tropicbirds and Blue-footed boobies. Others can stroll or snorkel.

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Sombrero Chino Island & Santiago Island

    The tiny uplifted island of Sombrero Chino – or Chinese Hat – features a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble and lava tubes. Due to its inaccessability to larger ships, it is one of the least visited islands. There are a few adjacent craters and old, fragile pahoehoe lava flows to be discovered on this mornings nature trail. Vegetation is just starting to take hold, including colourful carpetweed plants. Activities this morning include a walk, Zodiac ride and swim.

    This afternoon, search the tide pools of Puerto Egas (James Bay) for sea life. During low tide, we may see Marine iguanas feeding on algae. Our naturalists will point out the birdlife, including Great blue herons, Lava herons, oystercatchers and Yellow-crowned night herons. There is a great spot here to observe fur sea lions as they laze on rocks by the grottos. Snorkelling can be accessed from the shore rather than by dinghy, with opportunities at the right time of year for Golden rays and Spotted Eagle rays to glide by.

    Premium accommodationThe Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Genovesa Island

    Genovesa is often referred to as “Bird Island” for the vast numbers of pelagic seabirds that come here to nest. And while Genovesa harbours one of the Galapagos’ largest and most diverse bird populations, there are no land reptiles — with the exception of some very small Marine iguanas. This is due to the direction of the ocean currents, which couldn’t carry the terrestrial animals here. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to an area with colonies of Red-footed boobies. Watch for Short-eared owls which feed on the petrals that fly about. Explore Darwin Bay, home to the rare Lava gull. While anchored at Genovesa, enjoy an opportunity to swim, kayak and snorkel in the calm caldera of this partially eroded volcano. In the deep water, Hammerhead sharks or large Manta rays may pass by below! There are other more sheltered snorkelling spots to choose from as well. 

    Premium accommodationThe Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    North Seymour Island & Santa Fe Island

    North Seymour is absolutely teeming with life! Here we'll observe the nesting site for a large population of Magnificent frigatebirds and the only place where we can always find males showing their red pouches to attract females. We are also sure to see Blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open areas. Our snorkelling site gives many opportunities to see rays: Marble rays, Golden Eagle rays, Spotted Eagle rays, Sting rays and even Manta rays have all been spotted here. Large shools of fish will likely pass by, or maybe a white-tipped reef sharks.

    In the afternoon we'll arrive at Santa Fe, with its sheltered cove and large sea lion colony where bulls contend for the right to be 'beach master'. Kayaking and snorkelling can be done from the beach.

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Floreana Island 

    Florena's colourful history includes pirates, whalers and convicts. This morning we'll hike to Post Office Bay, used by navigators to send mail with homebound messengers. The tradition continues to this day and you can join in and try it for yourself! Swim and kayak in the bay before a walk along the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant. After hiking to a flamingo lagoon, spot fish and sea turtles during a relaxing stroll along the beach. Enjoy superb snorkelling at Devil’s Crown, where sea water has filled the sunken cone of an extinct volcano.

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Santa Cruz Island

    This morning we'll visit Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, a small port town with restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops and other faciltiies. This area is also the home of the Charles Darwin Research Station. After breakfast on board the Evolution, we'll visit the Giant Tortoise breeding programme to learn about the vital work being done. Since 1970, more than 2,000 tortoises have been hatched, raised and released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center at the Charles Darwin Research Station, which was founded in 1959 and was once the home of Lonesome George. Today we'll also visit the Wild Tortoise Reserve in the forested highlands of Santa Cruz to see and photograph Giant tortoises in a natural setting. 

    Later enjoy some free time in Puerto Ayora before returning to the Evolution. 

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Black Turtle Cove & fly to Guayaquil

    Located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz, Black Turtle Cove has a rich habitat of mangroves. Enjoy a Zodiac ride in this area, drifting silently through the mangroves. After this early morning excursion, we'll disembark the Evolution and head to Baltra Airport. 

    From Baltra fly to Guayaquil, where it's possible to connect with international flights later this evening. If organising your own flights, we would recommend speaking to your sales consultant about post-tour accommodation in Guayaquil so that you can fly home the following day and avoid any tight connections. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Ecuador

British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy. 

Vaccinations

Ecuador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Ecuador you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

If you will spend any time in the Amazon Rainforest we recommend a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that your certificate of vaccination may be inspected on arrival to this region.

Malaria is also a risk in some areas of the country (including the Amazon Rainforest) so we suggest you consult a doctor for more advice. 

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador will be required to show valid medical insurance on arrival and cannot enter the country without it.

Eating and Drinking

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Meals are served in one seating in the dining room, and each meal boasts international and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine, fresh fruit and sumptuous desserts.

Weather

It is possible to visit the Galapagos at any time of year, but seasonal variations do affect what you see and there are climatic changes to be aware of. The weather is controlled by the two main ocean currents of the region, the Humboldt, bringing cold water from the Antarctic, and El Nino, which brings tropical water from the Gulf of Panama. How close to Galapagos they converge (which varies from year to year) is the key to the weather.

'Dry season'

Generally speaking, late May to early December is the cooler 'dry' season. In this period it is not necessarily dry, as there is a persistent light mist (garua) and often light drizzle, and the higher mountain slopes are covered in cloud and fog or rain. At this time the winds are in the southeast and are higher than at other times, so seas can sometimes be choppy and anyone worried about seasickness might be better advised to avoid it. Daytime maximum temperatures lie between 27ºC and 31ºC, the cooler months being July to November. In July and August the fairly strong winds introduce a chill factor, and it can feel quite cold at nights, though throughout the year the official night temperatures vary between 19ºC and 24ºC.

'Wet season'

Depending on how close the convergence of the two currents comes to Galapagos, there may or may not be a wet season from January to April or May. Approximately every seven years the El Nino current actually hits the islands and there will be heavy rains in these months. In other years rain usually falls sporadically from otherwise clear skies. The ocean temperatures are higher, with generally calm seas and strong sunshine: pleasant, but potentially very hot. Apart from an El Nino year, the weather is usually better from December/January to April/May than at other times even if there is some rain, and most people would regard these months as the best time to go.

There are plenty of wildlife highlights throughout the year:

January: Nesting land birds; Green sea turtles arrive to lay eggs on the islands beaches; land iguana’s start breeding on Isabela.
February: Nesting Marine iguanas on Santa Cruz; Greater flamingos start nesting on Floreana. 
March: The bright red throat pouches of frigatebirds are inflated during mating season on Genovesa and San Cristobal. 
April: Huge numbers of Waved albatross on Española displaying courtship rituals; eggs of Green sea turtles begin to hatch; land iguana eggs hatch on Isabela. 
May: Courtship of Blue-footed boobies begins on North Seymour; Waved albatross on Española start laying eggs. 
June: Giant tortoises migrate to the lowlands and start nesting; migrating birds stop in the Galapagos to rest; migrating Humpback whales can often be seen around the western islands. 
July: Dolphins and whales are more likely to be seen around the western islands; Blue-footed boobies on Española start breeding. 
August: Nazca boobies nest on Genovesa Island; Sea lions start giving birth to pups. 
September: Penguins seen in the water when snorkelling around Bartolome. 
October: Galapagos Fur seals start mating; Blue-footed boobies start raising chicks. 
November: Curious Sea lion pups found in the water amongst snorkelers. 
December: Mating Green sea turtles; Waved albatross chicks fledge.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

This trip is great for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

In the Galapagos, each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types - wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However, in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles, Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be one or two snorkelling sessions.  Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins, masks and wetsuits) will be provided. It is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort. 

We offer this Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than Exodus' minimum age for this trip.

Booking Conditions:

Please note this tour is excluded from our standard booking conditions, and instead the following conditions will apply:

Deposit:              25%
Balance:             Due at 90 days 
Cancellation within 90 days:     
89 days to 71 days: 50% of trip costs retained
70 days of less: 100% of trip costs retained

Islands Visited on this Itinerary:

San Cristóbal: The easternmost island of the archipelago and the first landing point for Charles Darwin in 1835. The Galapagos Islands' provincial capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is on San Cristóbal, and the town is home to the excellent Galapagos Interpretation Centre. Popular sites for visitors to the island include El Junco Lake (one of the archipelago's few freshwater lagoons), Frigatebird Hill (unsurprisingly named for the large colonies of magnificent and great frigatebirds), and Kicker Rock, a towering split rock that rises over 100m from the ocean. The highland cloud forests provide a natural habitat for giant tortoises. Huge numbers of Sea lions are also present on San Cristóbal and nearby Isla Lobos, reachable by boat, is a big nesting site for Blue-footed boobies.

South Plaza: A tiny island formed of lava and carpeted with cacti and plants that give it a luxurious red surface. There is abundant bird life on South Plaza (including Tropic birds and Swallow-tailed gulls), as well as a large number of land and Marine iguanas that feed on the cacti.

Santiago: Home of the Galapagos Fur seal, which likes the rocky shoreline and shady spots of Santiago. Around 30,000 to 40,000 Fur seals live on the islands, and the majority can be found close to Puerto Egas, either on the rocks or on its black beaches. The island is a good place to see Galapagos hawks and Darwin finches, and there’s a popular snorkelling site called Chinese Hat where penguins, rays, turtles and playful Sea lion pups reside.

Genovesa: Renowned for the sheer number of birds living on its volcanic cliffs, Genovesa is a true paradise for birdwatchers. There are large populations of Red-footed boobies, Storm petrels, frigatebirds, Tropic birds and nocturnal Swallow-tailed gulls. Prince Philip's Steps lead to a plateau where the visitor is almost totally surrounded by different species of bird. It's not just the land that provides a great natural habitat – the nutrient-rich waters make for great snorkelling too.

North Seymour: A tiny island with a huge Sea lion colony and a very large colony of frigatebirds – it's one of the best places to see the males displaying their bright red pouches during mating season. You may also get to see one of these relatively aggressive birds performing some aerial tricks as they steal food from boobies or gulls.

Santa Fe: The dense vegetation of Santa Fe is made up of some of the largest species of cactus, including a forest of prickly pear. Large numbers of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana reside here – one of the largest land iguanas found on the islands.

Floreana: One of the first islands to be inhabited, the human history of Floreana is as interesting as its natural history. At Post Office Bay, 18th-century sailors (and now tourists) left mail in a wooden barrel so it could be picked up by other ships and delivered to its final destination. It's still common practice for visitors to see if there are postcards or letters from their home town and deliver them on their return from the Galapagos. Notable wildlife on the island includes large flamingo colonies, the Galapagos petrel and, between December and May, nesting Green turtles. Just off Floreana's coast is the Devil's Crown, an underwater coral-filled crater that offers some of the best snorkelling on the islands.

Santa Cruz: The second-largest island in the archipelago, Santa Cruz is home to Puerto Ayora – where most Galapagos ships are docked for embarkation – and the Charles Darwin Research Station, which conducts tortoise research programmes and is heavily involved in the management and conservation of the islands along with the national park authorities. The Santa Cruz highlands are much greener than the dry lowlands of the other islands and are home to freely-roaming groups of tortoises. In common with the rest of the group, Santa Cruz has many interesting volcanic features such as pit craters and lava tunnels, and there is also a noted flamingo lagoon at Cerro Dragón.

All guides have Level 3 National Park Certification

Guides will join all excursions and activities, providing daily recaps and briefings, and are always on hand to answer any questions. We can’t guarantee which guides will be available on which departure date but guide profiles are on our website to show who maybe leading your Galapagos adventure. If the boat is at full capacity, there will 3 guides on board and an average of 10 guests per guide. 

Please see our COVID Travel Guide for Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands) for more information on current guidelines for travel in Ecuador.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

The Evolution

Evolution double deluxe stateroom
Evolution double deluxe stateroom

Fantastic accommodation awaits you on this Premium Adventure!

Oro Verde Guayaquil:

  • Enjoy a stay at the premium 5* Oro Verde in Guayaquil
  • Relax in your spacious room with contemporary, fresh design and modern bathrooms featuring rain showers
  • Located in the heart of Guayaquil, this premium accommodation is the perfect base for exploring local attractions 
  • Unwind in the outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and bar and sample local cuisine at one of the four restaurants 

M/V Evolution:

  • Our highlight accommodation and our base for the entire week we are in the Galapagos is the classically styled M/V Evolution.
  • This yacht was built to allow its guests to experience the islands in comfort, with elegance and distinction.
  • The interior has been perfectly designed, is fully air-conditioned and offers cabins of four categories on three decks.
  • All cabins have ample storage space, a writing desk, bedside tables and private facilities. The Evolution's cabins are the largest on average in the Galapagos and act as the perfect haven to rest between your excursions. 
  • The Evolution has more outside space than any other yacht in its class with 360-degree exterior walkarounds.

While the Evolution may carry a group of just 32 guests, she is generous in size with a host of amenities. From relaxing on the sun deck to reading in the lounge, you're sure to relish the friendly ambience. Enjoy briefings by your naturalist guides in the comfortable lounge or spend time with a snack and your fellow passengers at the canopied bar - a superb place for watching the sun set over the Pacific. After excursions, relax in the hot tub or find a comfortable deck chair to soak in the views. 

Because there is an "open bridge" policy aboard the Evolution, you are welcome to visit the captain and crew and learn all about the ship’s operation and navigation. A convenient boarding platform makes it easy and safe to board our excursion boats.

Cabins

All cabins feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, writing desk and safe-boxes, plus ample storage space. During every excursion, stewards will service your cabin. There are four cabin categories; 

  1. Deluxe Stateroom (cabins D1 to D4): 19.2 sq.m with ocean-view portholes, two twin beds, one queen bed or one king bed. 
  2. Premium Stateroom (cabins C1 to C9):  Between15.3 sq.m and 19.2 sq.m with ocean-view portholes, two twin beds or one queen bed. 
  3. Suites (cabins A2 and A3): 19.2 sq.m with large ocean-view windows and a queen bed or two twin beds. 
  4. Master Suite (cabin A1): 24.4 sq.m with seating area, large ocean-view windows on both sides and a king bed. 

Evolution deck plan

 

Evolution twin deluxe stateroom

The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance, however we may need to make changes to a property of a similar or higher standard after you have booked. While we will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.

Evolution exterior at Bartolome
Evolution exterior at Bartolome
Evolution sun deck and hot tub
Evolution sun deck and hot tub
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