Galapagos on the Evolution

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Activity level:
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Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
GPV
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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 premium 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. 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 these enchanted isles.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a full week of expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands, with two landing sites visited every day, focusing on the East and West.
  • Immerse yourself in the diverse scenery with guided nature walks, snorkelling excursions, Zodiac rides and use of kayaks to discover the best of each landing site  
  • Sail on the stunning M/V Evolution, an intimate yacht featuring the most public space and largest cabins of any yacht in her class
  • Discover the rugged 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 extraordinary 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 Baltra and ends in San Cristobal
  • Islands visited: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Bartolomé, Santiago, Española, Rabida, Baltra
  • 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:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
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.

Responsible Tourism

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

    Guayaquil / Baltra / Daphne Major

    Fly 600 miles across the shimmering Pacific Ocean to Baltra 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 elegant 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. M/V Evolution is a beautiful and intimate yacht, carrying only 32 passengers at a time. Because of its size, you can enjoy a more personal experience with nature and the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. There will be a safety briefing and chance to get to know your fellow travellers and guides. 

    Begin this exciting voyage with a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as the magnificent frigatebird. As the sun sets over the Pacific, enjoy a welcome toast with your fellow voyagers and inhale the ocean views. 

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

    Punta Vicente Roca is at the northern edge of Isabela Island and a well known snorkelling spot. Our landing site this morning is near an ancient volcano which has formed two stunning turquoise coves with a protected bay. Board the Zodiac and enjoy a dramatic ride into the heart of this partially sunken volcano. Experience one of the greatest wildlife adventures as you take to the water and swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly even sea horses.

    The Galapagos Islands is an incredible volcanic archipelago and today we explore the magnificent lava fields of Punta Espinosa. Located on Fernandina, this is the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galapagos and is also home to one of the biggest marine iguana colonies in the Galapagos. Look out for flightless cormorants and the extraordinary marine iguanas. The Evolution's open-air decks are perfect for wildlife spotting, and as we cross the Bolivar Channel we may witness these immense creatures gliding through the ocean.

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Isabela Island

    Isabela is the Galapagos archipelago's largest island, home to diverse wildlife as well as several volcanoes – Cerro Azul, Sierra Negra, Darwin, Wolf and Alcedo – all of which are considered active. Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urbina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano and marvel at the boulder sized dried coral heads. Our expert naturalist guide will explain how this landscape was created, amongst a backdrop of Giant tortoises, colourful land iguanas and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Jump on board the Zodiac for a thrilling excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants and pelicans along the cliffs before snorkelling in the turquoise waters. 

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Bartolomé / Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

    Experience nature's finest handiwork at Bartolomé Island, where we hike to the top of a dormant volcano. From here, admire the dramatic panorama of Pinnacle Rock - probably the most iconic landscape in the Galapagos. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit, creating a unique lunar-like landscape. Bartolome is home to sea lions, penguins and turtles, as well as an underwater kaleidoscope of tropical fish, sea anemones, urchins and sea stars.

    The hike is not too strenuous and follows a set of steps to the summit, however, Zodiac drivers will take any “non-hikers” on a journey around the cliffs to observe the stunning volcanic landscape. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even penguins. This afternoon, hike across the unusual, swirly panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay and see some of the hearty flora colonising the landscapes. As we stroll along the coralline beach, we may spot American oystercatchers characterised by their black and white plumes and orange beaks. 

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach / Rabida Island

    Towards the northern end of Santa Cruz Island is the exotic Bachas Beach, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg laying site for sea turtles. Las Bachas is also home to one of the last remnants of the US World War II presence in Galapagos. Discover this floating pier, where Sally Lightfoot crabs, Black necked stilts and whimbrels often congregate on our morning walk before snorkelling in the azure waters where sea turtles nest.

    Explore the colourful red sand beach of Rabida Island at the archipelago’s geologic centre, where up to nine species of Darwin’s finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds can be found. A small saltwater lagoon on the island is also home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Rabida is a great place for snorkelling and getting up close to sea lions, sea turtles and reef fish such as damsels and pufferfish. Embark on a guided kayaking excursion and watch out for brown pelicans and Blue-footed boobies while savouring views of the island’s sloping volcanic peak.

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Santa Cruz Island

    Today we visit Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, a small picturesque port town with restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops and other faciltiies. This coastal town is also the home of the Charles Darwin Research Station.

    After breakfast on board the Evolution, learn about the Giant tortoise and the vital work being done at the breeding centre. 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.

    Later, visit the Wild Tortoise Reserve in the forested highlands of Santa Cruz to see and photograph these wonderful creatures in a natural setting. Before returning to the Evolution, enjoy some free time in Puerto Ayora to discover more of the town.  

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    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 captivating 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 huge waves spout 90 feet into the air.

    After lunch on board the Evolution, swim, snorkel and kayak in the glistening waters off Gardner Bay, a long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, and schools of tropical fish can be found. Owing to the sheer quantity of wildlife and variety of species on the island, Espanola will no doubt be one of the greatest highlights of your Galapagos adventure.

    Premium accommodation: The Evolution

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    San Cristóbal Island / Guayaquil

    Discover the fascinating natural history and learn about the settlements at the Interpretation Centre in San Cristóbal, which was opened by the park in 1998, before your Galapagos adventure comes to an end.

    From San Cristóbal 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

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.

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.

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. Our wonderful guides 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 and masks) is provided, however, 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:

Isabela: One of the youngest and most volcanically active islands with stark lava fields blackening the landscape, Isabela is larger in size than all of the other islands put together! Isabela was formed when six volcanoes merged. The lunar-esque landscape of its interior is perfect for an unusual trekking experience, and the island's cloud forest is home to five distinct subspecies of the giant Galapagos tortoise. Marine life here is rich and varied, and it's possible to see stingrays, White-tipped reef sharks and turtles in the mangroves and submerged lava tunnels, as well as playful dolphins and the odd glimpse of breaching Humpback whales

Fernandina: The third-largest island, Fernandina is an active shield volcano that is noted for its fine examples of Aa and Pahoehoe lava flows. The ecosystem on Fernandina is remarkably untouched, and the island has never been invaded by foreign species and predators. As a result, the cormorants here had no real need to fly in order to find ample fish stocks, and gradually evolved into flightless birds with small wings and feet that are extremely well-adapted to swimming. Land iguanas have also flourished due to the lack of predators, and the island is home to the largest colony in the Galapagos.

Bartolomé: One of the most photographed of all the islands! Bartolomé is an extinct volcano with many interesting geological features and a semi-lunar landscape. The famous Pinnacle Rock, seen in countless photos, is actually a tuff cone – a column of hardened volcanic ash formed when molten rock fused together after coming into contact with seawater. It's possible to swim with Galápagos penguins here, and the island is home to Sea lions, nesting marine turtles and White-tipped reef sharks.

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.

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.

Rabida: The striking russet sand differentiates Rabida from the other islands; rich in iron, this is one of the most colourful islands in the Galapagos. Nesting pelicans can be seen amongst the red cliffs, while pink flamingos are found feeding in the island’s saltwater lagoon. 

Española: The southernmost island of the chain, Española is also the oldest. As it is relatively isolated from the other islands, it has developed its own endemic fauna, including the only Marine iguanas that change colour in order to attract mates during the breeding season. The island is the favoured breeding ground for almost the entire world population of Waved albatross due to its easy access to prime fishing grounds and the steep cliffs that provide an ideal place for the large birds to take off. There are also large colonies of mockingbirds, boobies, Darwin finches and doves, as well as Sea lions, which surf the breaking waves.

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.

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:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
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.

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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Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
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