The Real Galapagos
A Galápagos charter yacht expedition is one of the most highly rated natural history programs and is consistently a travellers’ “trip of a lifetime”. I invite you to join this extraordinary expedition to the Galápagos Islands on a unique itinerary designed exclusively for the Canadian University Alumni community and friends. There are only Canadian University alumni travellers on board and no other groups. The itinerary is specially designed to provide the greatest educational impact; expert naturalists on board will put everything into context, noting the differences – sometimes small, sometimes great – between the wildlife we see from one island to the next.
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!
- Walking amongst dozing Galapagos Sea Lions on Española Island
- Gaining knowledge to let us see the island through Charles Darwin's eyes
- Observing Galapagos Giant Tortoises foraging peacefully on Santa Cruz
- Walking the varied terrain, from lava fields to green vegetation
Itinerary at a glance:
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
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
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Geoff Carpentier writes extensively for nature publications and is an expert on the flora and fauna of wild places. An experienced tour host, he is equally fascinated by cityscapes and landscapes.
Alumni Expeditions | 10 days
|Leader: ||Geoff Carpentier|
|Dates: ||Mar 22-31, 2015|
|Cost: ||Classic or Standard Cabin: US$6895 |Master Suite: US$7295|
|Includes: ||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.|
M/Y Isabela II
Home for our voyage is the comfortable 40-passenger expedition yacht M/Y Isabela II which we are exclusively chartering for our Canadian University Alumni group. A luxurious and stylish vessel, the M/Y Isabela II has 20 air-conditioned cabins, most with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view and all with private bathroom and small sitting areas. Two of the Classic Cabins have a double bed; the remaining Classic Cabins have twin beds. One Master Suite has a larger bed and more spacious layout. Amenities include kayaks, a glass bottom boat, Jacuzzi, fitness room, bar, gift shop, natural history library and sundeck. The dining is excellent with an appealing mix of continental cuisine and Ecuadorian specialties.
Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available aboard the M/Y Isabela II at no extra charge and wet suits may be rented aboard the ship, if needed.
Three highly trained Galápagos National Park naturalists are aboard the vessel to share their knowledge and contribute, with our Canadian naturalist leader, to the onboard educational program.
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Did You Know?
Worldwide Quest has a division devoted entirely to natural history touring called Quest Nature Tours. We provide our travellers with the opportunity to experience wild spaces and learn about wildlife in its natural habitat. Our tours are all about exceptional nature experiences, education, camaraderie and fun. Our small groups of 14 - 18 participants are accompanied by knowledgeable and congenial Canadian leaders and expert local naturalists. We believe the more time we spend in the field, the better the experience. Please visit our website for our current programs.