May 7 to 14, 2024
- Starting Price: $5,495 per person, double occupancy, air not included
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Travel type: Small-ship cruise, Isabella II deck plan
- Group size: 40
- Add-Ons: Mashi Rainforest Pre-Tour; Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley
- Tour Partner: Orbridge
- Brochure: Brochure PDF
- More information: NC State + Orbridge website
- Reservations: To ask questions or make a phone reservation, call WolfTreks Travel Manager Kathy Hart at 919-515-0508. To book online, use this NC State reservation form or this Orbridge link.
Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.
Accommodations for this adventure are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine, and a staff dedicated to ensuring both your comfort and maximum enjoyment of this truly extraordinary destination and its diverse inhabitants. And sailing by small ship allows for flexibility in the itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing, as well as access to exclusive ports.
- During a full day tour of Quito, marvel at the gold leaf interior of the Jesuit Church of la Compañía—a fine example of the mix of European influences and indigenous art called the Baroque school of Quito; enjoy a lunch of Ecuadorian specialties; and view a unique collection of pre-Columbian art.
- Benefit from the participation of naturalist guides who bring their knowledge and passion to impart the beauty, mystery, and intricacy of the Galapagos Islands.
- Observe with remarkable proximity the diversity of endemic species such as the Nazca and blue-footed boobies; giant tortoises; marine and land iguanas; the flightless Galapagos cormorant; and the famous Darwin’s finches.
- Discover the myriad of aquatic wildlife in the clear waters of the world’s second largest marine reserve.
- Snorkel with sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles—or observe them through a glass-bottom boat.
- Explore secluded inlets and stroll sweeping white sand beaches such as Punta Espinoza, where flightless cormorants nest nearby and sea lions, Galapagos penguins, and turtles can be seen frolicking in a fine display of multi-species tolerance in the nearby lagoon.
- Visit dramatic and historic places, including the Charles Darwin Research Station—the iconic site of Galapagos National Park research and conservation efforts—most notable for its captive breeding program for the Galapagos Giant Tortoise; and Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, one of the ﬁrst sites visited by Charles Darwin featuring a “lunar landscape” of lava ﬁelds.
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