EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Wild Galápagos (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship: Evolution
Guayaquil, Ecuador to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Dates: 27 Jul 2018 - 05 Aug 2018

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DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
27 Jul 2018
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Board your independent flight to Guayaquil. Transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2
28 Jul 2018
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Air travel
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Islote Lobos, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Fly to the islands and board the Evolution. Snorkel with sea lions at Isla Lobos as well as watch boobies and frigatebirds. Enjoy a sunset stroll with view of Kicker Rock.

DAY 3
29 Jul 2018
South Plaza, Ecuador
Isla Mosquera, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

At only 426 feet wide, South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago. Look for yellow land iguanas on a walk to a grove of prickly-pear cactus. Non-hikers can enjoy a Zodiac ride, watching for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and blue-footed boobies. Since there is no true trail on Mosquera Island, you are able to stroll at your leisure.

DAY 4
30 Jul 2018
Chinese Hat Island, Ecuador
Puerto Egas, Ecuador

The tiny uplifted island of Sombrero Chino – or Chinese Hat – features a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble and lava tubes. The "land" is made of a few adjacent craters and old fragile pahoehoe lava flows. Vegetation is just starting to take hold, including colorful carpetweed plants. Enjoy a Zodiac ride and swim before lunch. This afternoon, search the tide pools of Puerto Egas 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.

DAY 5
31 Jul 2018
Isla Genovesa, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Genovesa is often referred to as "Bird Island" for the vast numbers of pelagic seabirds that come here to nest. And while Genovesa harbors one of the Galápagos' 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 petrels 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.

DAY 6
01 Aug 2018
Isla North Seymour, Ecuador
Isla Santa Fé, Ecuador

North Seymour is 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. Plus, we are sure to see blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open areas. On Santa Fe Island, hike to a scenic lagoon, where you may find Galápagos hawks, mockingbirds, and a variety of Darwin's finches. You may also kayak and snorkel from the beach.

DAY 7
02 Aug 2018
Bahia Post Office, Ecuador
Cormorant Point, Ecuador
Devils Crown, Ecuador

Hike to Post Office Bay, once used by navigators to send mail with homebound messengers. 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 snorkeling at Devil's Crown, where sea water has filled the sunken cone of an extinct volcano.

DAY 8
03 Aug 2018
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild. Stop at a family run farm before learning about the work being done to study and preserve wildlife at Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center at the Darwin Research Center.

DAY 9
04 Aug 2018
Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Baltra Island, Ecuador
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Enjoy a Zodiac ride through Black Turtle Cove, drifting silently through this area of mangroves. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde.

DAY 10
05 Aug 2018
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Air travel

Board your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

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About the Ship

Evolution

The Evolution accommodates just 32 guests. Public spaces include an observation deck and a canopied bar on the roof deck, a single-seating dining room, cozy lounge, and Jacuzzi. All ocean-view staterooms feature an en suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning, and ample storage space.

What's Included

Included

  • All gratuities, landing fees, taxes and port charges

  • Meals. Beer and wine with lunch and dinner

  • Complimentary activities

  • World-class lecture and expedition team

Not Included

  • Alcohol - in addition to beer and wine with lunch and dinner

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

Insider Tip

Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

Terms & Conditions

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Guayaquil, Ecuador - 27 Jul 2018

Guayaquil, Ecuador - 28 Jul 2018

Guayaquil, Ecuador - 04 Aug 2018

Guayaquil, Ecuador - 05 Aug 2018

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