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Galapagos Evolution with Quito - North & Central Islands

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Galapagos Evolution with Quito - North & Central Islands
Set sail aboard the majestic Evolution for a journey through the archipelago's northern and central islands. Snorkel with playful sea lions at Chinese Hat, discover the sprawling booby and frigatebird colonies of Genovesa Island and pick up some outgoing mail at Post Office Bay. With a pair of expert naturalist guides ready to lend a hand, you’ll return home with a better appreciation for this delicate region than you’d ever thought possible.

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read more Set sail aboard the majestic Evolution for a journey through the archipelago's northern and central islands. Snorkel with playful sea lions at Chinese Hat, discover the sprawling booby and frigatebird colonies of Genovesa Island and pick up some outgoing mail at Post Office Bay. With a pair of expert naturalist guides ready to lend a hand, you’ll return home with a better appreciation for this delicate region than you’d ever thought possible.

North & Central Islands itinerary details are listed on this page. Click on the following links to view details of the other Galpagos Evolution with Quito itinerary or return to the main Evolution with Quito page.

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Day 1 - FRI - Quito

Day 2 - SAT - San Cristóbal

Day 3 - SUN - South Plaza & Mosquera

Day 4 - MON - Chinese Hat & James Bay

Day 5 - TUE - Genovesa

Day 6 - WED - North Seymour & Santa Fé

Day 7 - THU - Floreana

Day 8 - FRI - Santa Cruz

Day 9 - SAT - Santa Cruz, Baltra & Quito

Day 10 - SUN - Quito


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Day 1 - FRI - Quito

Arrive in Quito at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into your hotel and enjoy the city. A vessel representative will greet you at the hotel and brief you on the various aspects of the tour. Located at 9,348 feet above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 14 miles south of the Equator. Nestled in a valley flanked by mountains, on a clear day several snow-capped volcanoes, including nearby Pichincha, are visible from the city center. Add to its beautiful location a rich history and well-preserved colonial district, and you begin to understand Quito’s appeal to thousands of tourists every year.

In 1978 UNESCO declared Quito a World Heritage site, and any new development in Quito's old town is now strictly controlled. Life in Quito tends to be peaceful, though the drivers are fond of using their car horns! There are approximately 2,000,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, but the pace is relaxed and the residents hospitable.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Hilton Colon
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - SAT - San Cristóbal

Early flight to San Cristóbal, in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the naturalist guide who will assist with the transfer to the Evolution. Visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado in the afternoon to see a piece of land that was been reserved for the repopulation of giant turtles.

The Galapagos Islands are located about 620 miles (1000km) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist.

Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times, and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named.

Covering nearly 3100 square miles (5000 square km), the Galapagos Islands are now a National Park. The Galapagos National Park is the institution that controls the preservation of this environment, assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos Tortoises, which may live up to two hundred years. This is also the training center for naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at more than 40 approved sites on the islands, and members of the international scientific community often come to study at the station.

The National Park charges a visitor fee of $100 USD, payable on arrival, which funds Park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - SUN - South Plaza & Mosquera

Set sail and reach South Plaza Island in the morning. One of the smallest islands in the Galapagos, South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation.

In the afternoon, arrive in Mosquera, which is located between North Seymour and Baltra. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. A snorkel excursion is planned for the afternoon. Follow this by a panga ride to Daphne island for some more time to snorkel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - MON - Chinese Hat & James Bay

In the morning the boat arrives to a small little island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat, for it's unique shape. Here it is often possible to see Galapagos penguins and the marine life is fantastic for snorkeling. There is also a large sea lion colony here as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on your guided walk amongst the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - TUE - Genovesa

Land at Genovesa Island, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigate birds, boobies and other seabirds as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean. Well to the north of the main Galapagos Island group, Genovesa Island itself is the shape of a horseshoe given it's volcanic history. The first landing is at a place called Darwin Bay for some fantastic snorkeling opportunities within the a partially eroded crater on the south side of the island.

In the afternoon, explore a place called "El Barranco," otherwise known as Prince Phillip's Steps, on the southern tip of the island. This site is a major breeding ground for red footed boobies and masked boobies can also be seen. Other birds, like various species of finches, can be seen as well as the Galapagos mockingbird.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - WED - North Seymour & Santa Fé

In the morning reach North Seymour, just north of Baltra, home to sea lions, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, magnificent frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. Seymour Island is probably the most exciting island photographically. Bird life abounds, and close to the trail you will find many nesting pairs and young chicks. Seymour is also home to the Galapagos’s largest colony of magnificent frigate birds. Their mating ritual is an ostentatious display: males expand the red sack at the base of their throat and perch atop a bush with wings fully extended, flapping furiously. Interested females circle overhead, and if so inclined, may join the male on terra firma. Further along the trail you can observe a colony of sea lions.

Set sail and reach Santa Fé, a fairly small and dry island. Also called Barrington, Santa Fé Island is well-known as a great place for watching (and swimming with) sea lions. Along the island's northern shore you can view the forest of giant prickly pear cactus. Santa Fé is also home to a number of endemic species which have bounced back from various threats to their survival. You may get a chance to see the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, a variety of finches and the Galapagos mockingbird.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - THU - Floreana

Make your way to Post Office Bay, on Floreana Island. The history of Floreana Island (also called Charles) has gradually evolved to reach near mythic proportions. The story begins when a baroness and her two lovers, a German doctor and his mistress, and a German couple and their young son all came to settle on this land. Their dalliances and disasters, shrouded in mystery, were chronicled in John Treherne’s book The Galapagos Affair. Descendants of the German family, the Wittmers, still live on the island in the small community of Puerto Velasco Ibarra. Mrs. Margaret Wittmer has also written a booked entitled "Floreana" and this can be purchased at the airport in Baltra or at a local bookstore.

Morning visit to Punta Cormorant. In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay that has an older and less mysterious history. A barrel was placed here in the late 18th century by English whaling vessels to be used as a post office. Passing ships would stop to leave mail for loved ones, collecting at the same time any mail destined for ports on their itineraries. Today the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. The remains of a Norwegian canning factory are the only evidence of the Island’s history prior to its designation as a protected area. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave. With the aid of a flashlight, you can descend about 80 m (262 ft) to the point where the sea enters the cave.

Later in the afternoon, make your way towards Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. The landing is on a beach of green sand, colored by olivine crystals, volcanic-derived silicates of magnesium and iron. The trail leads to a lake normally inhabited by flamingos and other shore birds and continues to a beach of fine white sand particles known as “Flour Beach”, an important nesting site for turtles. Around the point, Devil's Crown derives its name from the broken remains of a partially submerged volcanic cone. This is a perfect spot to go snorkeling from the boat, as the waters are home to a multitude of colorful fish and sea lions. Please make sure you are a comfortable swimmer as the currents here can be rough and strong.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - FRI - Santa Cruz

In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second largest in the island group, and has the largest population, with Puerto Ayora as its main town. It also boasts the most varied of the islands’ vegetation zones: coastal, transition, scalesia, miconia and pampa. The Charles Darwin Research Station is a ten minute walk from the center of the town. Here, an exhibition center displays photos of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species. A corral houses adult Galapagos Tortoises, and a nursery cares for young tortoises until they are about three years old, when their shells have hardened enough to resist attack from feral dogs. In the afternoon you may have the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - SAT - Santa Cruz, Baltra & Quito

In the morning, take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove, to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.

Disembark at Baltra and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Hilton Colon
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 10 - SUN - Quito

Depart Quito at your leisure.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive and depart at your leisure in and out of Quito. Please note that Day 1 and Day 10 are an arrival and departure day and no activities have been planned other then the welcome meeting which takes place in the late afternoon/early evening on Day 1.

Internal Flights

Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening. Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refueling stop in Guayaquil.

Activities

Daily hikes/walks range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours, over sometimes rocky or muddy terrain (depending on season). There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) and wet suits are provided for the duration of the cruise. Wet suits are recommended from June to December.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Jan 23 - Feb 01, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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2       Feb 06 - Feb 15, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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3       May 29 - Jun 07, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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4       Jun 26 - Jul 05, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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5       Aug 21 - Aug 30, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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Included

Two nights deluxe hotel in Quito, seven nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Evolution; arrival transfer on Day 1 from airport to hotel; airport to hotel transfer on Day 9; flights to and from the Galápagos Islands; all meals aboard the Evolution (9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners); two certified Galápagos National Park Service guides, cruise director and local vessel representative in Quito; all landings, excursions, and transportation; snorkeling equipment and sea kayaks; visit to a wildlife interpretation center; local flight; zodiac.

Exclusions

Airfare to Quito, Ecuador; drinks and tips while on the yacht; $10 Transit Control Card fee at the Quito airport; $100 (cash) Galápagos park entry fee immediately upon arrival to the Islands (subject to increase); departure transfer from Quito hotel to airport on Day 10; activities other than welcome meeting while in Quito.

Room Configuration

Single travellers who are willing to share accommodation will not be charged a single supplement rate. Some of the independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Explorations Specialist for more details.

Families & Children

Due to the expeditionary nature of this cruise, there is a minimum age of 10 years old. Several departures for this itinerary have family-friendly departures; please enquire with an AdventureSmith Explorations Specialist for more details.

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $750 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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