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The Galapagos Islands with alumni UBC

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Considered by many to be the archetypal ‘living laboratory’ of evolution, the Galapagos Islands have a natural appeal for ardent travellers. On this exclusive voyage of discovery aboard a 16-passenger yacht, you can explore these magical islands that inspired Charles Darwin and generations since. What’s more, you can do so in the company of a leading, modern-day evolutionary biologist who has worked in the Galapagos and who can provide rare insight into the significance of this archipelago.

This full eight-day cruise ensures you visit several islands and have the opportunity for a fulfilling experience of the landscapes and habitats which, while perhaps desolate at first sight, are home to a wonderfully strange and abundant wildlife.

Dolph Schluter and your onboard Galapagos naturalist guide will lead daily island walks on on-board discussions that put everything into context. And what is so special about the Galapagos experience is that the wildlife here acts 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, and nurture their young. You’ll skirt past nesting boobies, giant tortoises grazing in the lush highlands and dinosaur-like iguanas sunning themselves on black lava shores. While we swim or snorkel, tiny Galapagos Penguins and playful sea lions dart by us through the waters like torpedoes. There is simply no place in the world quite like the Galapagos Islands!

Join fellow alumni UBC travellers for this intimate and exclusive experience of the Galapagos!
 
 
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alumni UBC Travel Club Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions

Ecuador | 11 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Feb 26 - Mar 07, 2020
Cost:
US$6870
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers on arrival and departure; 2 nights hotel in Quito, in double occupancy (in hotel listed or similar); airfare from Quito to the Galapagos / Return to Guayaquil; 7-night Galapagos cruise aboard the exclusively chartered M/Y Beluga based on double occupancy; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all activities as indicated in the itinerary; services of bilingual naturalist guide on board, trained by the Darwin Research Station; gratuities for all group services.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Day 2: Sightseeing in Quito and a visit to the Quito Botanical Gardens
Day 3: Flight to Baltra, Galapagos and board the M/Y Beluga
Days 4 - 9: Exploring the Galapagos Islands, including Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, and Bartolomé
Day 10: North Seymour Island, fly to Guayaquil
Day 11 : Depart Guayaquil
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Ship Information

We charter the M/Y Beluga exclusively for our Quest group. This steel-hulled motor yacht is 33.5 metres long, accommodating 14 passengers and 8 crew. She travels at a speed of 12 knots, allowing us to get to 8 islands comfortably during our 8-day expedition cruise. She is well-appointed with comfortable private cabins and ample lounge and observation deck space.

Your Tour Leader

Dolph Schluter, FRS, FRSC is a professor of Evolutionary Biology and a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. Dolph’s early research was done on the evolutionary ecology and morphology of the famous ‘Darwin’s Finches’, with extensive periods of research in the Galapagos. Dolph’s work was cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Beak of the Finch, a popular non-fiction work that detailed the discovery that evolution by natural selection is still taking place.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions

Ecuador | 11 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Feb 26 - Mar 07, 2020
Cost:
US$6870
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers on arrival and departure; 2 nights hotel in Quito, in double occupancy (in hotel listed or similar); airfare from Quito to the Galapagos / Return to Guayaquil; 7-night Galapagos cruise aboard the exclusively chartered M/Y Beluga based on double occupancy; meals as indicated in the itinerary; all activities as indicated in the itinerary; services of bilingual naturalist guide on board, trained by the Darwin Research Station; gratuities for all group services.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"The Galapagos Islands inspire you to think differently about the world."

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