OPTIONAL EXTENSION to Machi Picchu and Cusco. ---from Galápagos traveler
The Galápagos Islands, off the coast of South America, are like nowhere else on Earth. Because of the islands' isolation in the Pacific Ocean there is a wealth of animal and plant life found only here. The Galápagos are volcanic islands and have an otherworldly beauty — from the desert landscapes at sea level to tall volcanoes and lush highland forests. Here you will have the chance to get up close with the planet's most captivating and unique wildlife. Join us aboard the Evolution, a 32-passenger ship, perfect for comfort and stability.
--We will delight in up-close looks at Galápagos Hawks and Nazca Boobies among others and swim with sea lions and sea turtles.
--Enjoy up close views of Magnificent Frigatebirds and Blue-footed Boobies, as well as the beautiful Swallow-tailed Gull. Other birds include Striated Heron, Common Noddy, and a variety of Darwin's finches.
--The rare Lava Gull can be found on Genovesa Island (often referred to as “Bird Island”) - known for the vast numbers of pelagic seabirds.
--The rare Galápagos Shearwater can still be seen for those persistent enough to watch for them above decks as we travel from island to island.
--The islands are a living laboratory of evolution. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his examination of the beaks of the Galápagos finches was instrumental in his formulating the theory of evolution.
Pace and comfort: Very comfortable. Easy to moderate hiking opportunities, as well as a few days of snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking.
Lodging: Our ship, the M/V Evolution is a carefully selected choice. With 32-passengers, it is small enough to provide intimacy with the islands and their wildlife. But it is large enough to have good stability, wonderful public space, terrific meals, and great on-board, local naturalists.
Weather: Galapagos is on the Equator, but not tropical. The air temperature will range from 70°-85°F and the water temperature will be comfortable for swimming.
Cabins start at $6950 pp/do.
Machu Picchu & Cusco extension starts at $3999 pp/do.