The Real Galapagos
Our Canadian naturalist-leader and three expert Galápagos National Park guides are on board to lead island walks and on-board talks as we set sail to discover these remarkable island ecosystems, skirting past nesting boobies, scouting the seas for breaching whales and snorkeling among colourful fish. Desolate at first sight, these rough and rocky isles are home to wonderfully strange and abundant wildlife. As Charles Darwin did almost 200 years before us, we will marvel at the highly adapted creatures found nowhere else on Earth. All of the reptiles, half the birds, 32% of the plants, and 25% of the fish are unique to this amazing archipelago. It is a living museum of evolutionary changes. And what is so special about the Galápagos experience is that these creatures act as though humans are nothing more than a passing interest, allowing us to observe them up close. Undisturbed by our nearness, they engage in intriguing courtship displays, groom one another, forage for food and nurture their young. The islands offer a varied terrain to explore including volcanic heaps, lava fields, lush green vegetation in the high lands and sandy beaches. Among these spectacular geological features, one can encounter Giant Galápagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and Bluefooted Boobies, colonies of Marine Iguanas and sea lions, Darwin’s Finches, and Galápagos Penguins, along with other fascinating sea life.
There is no place in the world quite like the Galápagos Islands!
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 2: Fly to the Galapagos and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 3: Santa Fe Island and South Plaza Island
Day 4: North Seymour and Las Bachas
Day 5: Spectacular view at Bartolome Island and James Island
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island
Day 7: Floreana Island
Day 8: Hood Island
Day 9: San Cristobal Island
Day 10: Disembark at San Cristobal and Depart
Your Tour Leader
Geoff Carpentier is a veteran explorer who has been involved with nature his entire life. He is a past President of the Ontario Field Ornithologists, a seasoned naturalist, and author. Geoff’s book Antarctica - First Journey, in which he shares his extensive knowledge of the White Continent’s wildlife, climate, and history with the first-time visitor in mind, was published to much acclaim. He is a veteran tour leader with Worldwide Quest and he will share his special interest in island ecosystems on our Galapagos expedition.
Ecuador | 10 days
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary. One night accommodation in first class hotel in Quito including breakfast. Round trip flight: Quito / Galápagos / Guayaquil. Eight nights accommodation on board the Isabela II based on double occupancy in selected cabin. All meals while on board. All excursions and on board activities. Fully escorted by Worldwide Quest naturalist leader.
"The Galapagos Islands inspire you to think differently about the world."