OPTIONAL EXTENSION to Machu Picchu and Cusco.
"The trip preparation information and communication with Mass Audubon was excellent. The on-board lectures were informative and interesting. All guides and staff were friends and generous with their time, and I really liked the variety of activities. It was a great trip."---from Galápagos traveler
The Galápagos archipelago consists of 13 major islands, 6 minor islands, and 42 volcanic islets. The landscape and wildlife on each island is special and singularly fascinating! The variety inspired Darwin and will certainly thrill you.
There are 2 major cruise routes through the Galápagos, and for the past six years or so, Mass Audubon has explored Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Española, and San Cristóbal. This year, however, we shall explore a different set of islands, including the remote “Bird island” (Genovesa)—known for the vast numbers of pelagic species. Darwin Bay, here, is home to the rare Lava Gull.
This cruise begins on San Cristóbal island with snorkeling with sea lions as boobies and frigatebirds soar overhead. South Plaza Island is small in size, but large in fascination for its iguanas and Blue-footed Boobies. Santiago, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, and Floreana islands: they all have their unique landscapes and wildlife. Join us!
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: Galápagos 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.