Though built in the style of the 1920s, the Evolution yacht was remodeled in 2003 to contain all the modern comforts for a deluxe cruise through the Galapagos Islands.
The Evolution Motor Vessel is large enough to provide spacious staterooms, but small enough for guests to be able to experience nature “up close and personal.”
Carrying only 32 passengers in 16 elegantly designed cabins, the Evolution motor vessel offers excellent service and attention to detail, while causing minimum impact on the surrounding environment.
Its public space includes an observation deck and a canopied bar on the roof deck, making it perfect for enjoying a drink while whale watching or socializing with fellow passengers. In addition, the Evolution has facilities for lectures, slide shows and films about the islands to be visited.
Guests have the choice of the inside dining room or an al fresco dining area on the upper deck. The food served onboard is varied and of the highest standard, catering also to the needs of vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements, with all passengers served buffet style.
The Evolution motor vessel features a jacuzzi (great for your enjoyment after snorkeling) with lounge chairs for sunbathing, extensive outside areas, sea kayaks, snorkeling gear and wetsuits. There’s also a boutique onboard for purchasing amenities and souvenirs, and a reception area where your cruise director can always be found.
In addition to its 18 crew members, two (2) naturalist guides, and one (1) cruise director, the yacht features a fully equipped infirmary with a doctor onboard at all times.
For family cruises, we offer our “Kids Club” with activities like star-gazing and movie nights. The lounge also has a library with a wide range of books, movies and board games.
The Evolution motor vessel also has special departures for more active groups of kayakers, snorkelers and others wanting to experience the “enchanted” Galapagos Islands.
Take a look at the itinerary below to get a sense of the stops made by the Evolution motor vessel at many of the Galapagos Islands’ most sought after sites.
16 cabins (including 4 suites on deck albatrosses) with double or twin for 32 passengers, with air conditioning, private bathrooms and hot water. Air renewal system, central air conditioning, TV, DVD, VHS, 2 solariums, 2 bars, library, salon, boutique, nursing, small pool, reception area, indoor and outdoor dining, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and snorkeling.
Saturday: Arrival on Baltra Island / Bartolomé Island – Pinnacle Rock
In the morning you will fly to Baltra Island. At the airport you can cancel your admission ticket to the Galapagos National Park, the park these funds and protected marine reserve. A member of our team will welcome you and escort you to the boat.
Then visit the small Ballena Bay on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach has a greenish color due to the presence of olivine crystals there by volcanic activity. Often you can find the remains instead of clay articles, confirming the settlements of people who settled in these territories since about 1846. According to the stories of old sailors tell that there is a path to the highlands of this island that people used to collect water. Here there is a small population of turtles from Pinzón Island, which might be brought by whalers or the ancient inhabitants of the bay.
This small island has a specific resort, but can enjoy a panga ride around it. This is a popular place for fishermen, because it has several marine species. In addition, various birds such as frigates, pelicans, gulls and petrels nest in the rocks. Other marine species like spotted eagle rays or variegated stripes make this island an attractive stop. -/A/C
Sunday: Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca / Fernandina Island – Espinoza Point
In the morning we will be guided by the largest island of the archipelago, Isabela Island, with an area of 4,588 square km, which corresponds to more than half of the lands of the archipelago. Then you will know Punta Vicente Roca, located in the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse that forms in the northern part of Isabela, which is an interesting rock formation Island. Here the remains of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean waves. Hopefully we will see penguins, pelicans, masked boobies and blue-footed along the Punta and sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the banks. Afternoon visit Fernandina Island, which lies to the west of the archipelago and is considered the youngest and unspoiled island of the Galapagos Islands.
The eruption of Volcano Summit in 2005 created huge fields of lava, April 11, 2009 the volcano erupt again forming a cloud of ash and steam, hot lava down the slopes of the volcano and reached the sea. Throughout the island inhabit the flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, large colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions. You will also have the opportunity to see mangroves. Finally visit Punta Espinoza, one of the places to visit in Fernandina Island , is located between fascinating lava fields , cactus and mangroves growing on the surfaces of lava. Within this unique setting we find various animals, among which are : sea lions , penguins , flightless cormorant ( especially in spring and summer) and one of the largest colonies of iguanas of the Galapagos Islands. There are hundreds of marine iguanas on a small strip of land in Punta Espinoza, who gather in large groups. D/A/C
Monday: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Elizabeth Bay
Today we visit Urbina Bay . As a result of an eruption of Alcedo Volcano, in 1954 , suddenly there were sections where the coast rose about four feet, making visible coral reefs . These reefs are covered with trees and muyuyo manzanillos . We will have the opportunity to observe land iguanas and mangrove finches closely . From January to June you can see turtles that live in the high mountains and occasionally visit the bay. After a dry landing visit Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates , buccaneers and whalers. In the deep blue bay we can see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs , as well as iguanas, brown pelicans , terns , lava gulls and penguins tail. We will go down a steep trail that passes through a zone of dry vegetation and volcanic landscape with trees and cactus scalecia.D/A/C
Tuesday: Isabela Island – Puerto Villamil & Sierra Negra Volcano
On arrival at Bartolome Island climb to a lookout where you will enjoy a spectacular panorama of Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches around the island are a chance to go diving and discover the wonderful underwater world. You will have the opportunity to find sea turtles that glide gently into the water. Possibly you can see penguins fishing and know the second smallest penguin in the world, with a height of 25 inches, also we see the helpless shark Whitetip reef.
In the afternoon you arrive at Santiago Island, also known as James Island or San Salvador Island, the fourth largest island of the archipelago. The influences of the former workers of salt mines and imported animals are still evident on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago. Sullivan Bay is located on the east coast of Santiago Island. The lava field has a variety of interesting ways, we can also see lava cactus. In this scenario we can see the contrast of landscapes of ancient lava eruptions the sights of the most recent eruptions. After exploring the lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.D/A/C
Wednesday: Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station, Highlands & Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
In the morning we reach the north coast of Santa Cruz Island to visit the extensive sandy beach of Las Bachas, one of the beaches most important nesting sea turtles. Also find flamingos, black storks, sea lions, herons and marine iguanas, hopefully, penguins. You will also have the opportunity to swim on this beach of soft white sand, and people who like diving podránn explore the fascinating underwater world.
In the afternoon explore the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Visit Cerro Dragon, which is an excellent place to observe lava lizards, Darwin finches and other birds. Road to Cerro Dragon can relax or rest in a small pond, which is very popular with flamingos and colorful birds as they come to feed here. D/A/C
Thursday: Floreana Island – Baroness Lookout & Post Office Bay
Morning visit the famous Charles Darwin Station . The station encompasses an information center , a museum, a library and a turtle hatchery . Parks and saves site administrators , along with other members of the team make huge efforts to preserve this World Heritage Site , declared by UNESCO. The turtle breeding center you will see different subspecies being prepared for introduction into their natural habitats . This station was the home of Lonesome George , one of the world ‘s most famous turtle as the last specimen of his species alive ( Chelonoidis abingdonii ) , who died in June 2012 without being able to reproduce to keep their species. Currently you can see a small turtle hatchlings make obstacle courses to strengthen the species and learn to survive in the varied ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands. Then visit the top of Isla Santa Cruz . The lush landscape that contrasts with the arid smaller islands will welcome . During the tour we will go through different vegetation zones , starting with the lowest full of cactus and dry regions , to the forests of upland escalesia . Here are two small farming communities that produce the famous Galapagos organic coffee.
Afternoon visit Punta Pitt located in the eastern part of Isla San Cristobal. The 1.4 km trail guide us through colony frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, masked boobies and boobies blue and red legs. D/A/C
Friday: Española Island – Suárez Point & Gardner Bay
Today you will learn Spanish island, known as the oldest island of the archipelago and is located to the south of it. Its name in English is ” Hood Island” after the British Admiral Samuel Hood. Because of its location , here there is a lot of flora and fauna to be explored. It is also the only island where we can find albatross. In the morning take an excursion to Punta Suarez, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago which has a long list of species found along the cliffs and beaches. This place , besides being home to five different marine species, is home to curious and bold Galapagos mockingbirds , doves and hawks galapagueñas Galapagos . It is also the only place where we see red iguanas. From May to December you may see albatross nests on the island and you may see the newborns. Also you can see various kinds of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the lava lizard , are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez hit the water against the rocks generates thunderous jets that can reach 30 meters. Will walk through a stone path about 2 miles and a duration of 3 hours. Then visit Gardner Bay is on the eastern end of the archipelago, its turquoise waters make this a magnificent beach, which we will visit in the afternoon. Around the small islets nearby , diving enthusiasts will find an abundance of fish, turtles and sometimes sharks. This bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions, who love swimming with people. Birds, like the endemic Hood Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. D/A/C
Saturday: San Cristóbal Island – Interpretation Center & airport
In Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the province of Galapagos, visit the Modern Interpretation Center San Cristobal Island. Here you can learn the nature and history of the colonization of the archipelago. Enjoy your last visit to the Enchanted Islands, a unique paradise with a fascinating nature. D/-/-/p>
Saturday: Arrival on San Cristóbal Island – Ochoa Beach & Kicker Rock
Today visit Playa Ochoa, where we make a short walk along the white sandy beaches. Here we will find sea lions, mockingbirds, lava lizards, finches Darwin and yellow warblers. This is the beach where Charles Darwin first set foot on the Galapagos Islands in 1835. Here also have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. Afternoon continue along the route Charles Darwin and sail around the huge rock known as Kicker Rock, which is nesting ground for many seabirds. We find a blue-footed boobies, pelicans and frigates. This is a good place to dive, which also have the chance to see hammerhead sharks Isla San Cristobal – Airport, Playa Ochoa & Kicker. -/A/C
Sunday: South Plaza Island / Santa Cruz Island – Carrión Point / Daphne Island
Today we will explore South Plaza Island, located east of Santa Cruz Island. A lively place in which lie colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks of the island we see a lot of birds such as nesting tropic birds and swallow-tailed gulls. In addition, we can enjoy the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff. The Opuntia cacti grow in this area and the vegetation changes color throughout the year. Then we reach the largest of the islands Daphne, known as ‘The Mayor’, to observe different types of tropical birds. This island contains a crater, which is home to many bird nests despite the lack of trees on site. Many scientists have investigated about the species of birds found here to support the theory of evolution of Darwin. D/A/C
Monday: Chinese Hat Island / Santiago Island – James Bay
Today we arrive at Sombrero Chino (wet landing), located southwest of Santiago Island. Before coming to the island may percatar its form and understand the reason for its name. In the landscapes of the island is dominated by volcanic formations and lava tubes, so it is important to stay on the trails. You can find a small colony of sea lions and walk the dark paths that cross this lava rock solid. In the afternoon you arrive at Santiago Island, also known as James Island or San Salvador Island, the fourth largest island of the archipelago. The influences of the former workers of salt mines and imported animals are still evident on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago. D/A/C
Tuesday: Genovesa Island – Prince Phillip’s Steps & Darwin Bay
Today we visit Genovesa Island , considered the island with less human influence within the Galapagos National Park. It is also known as the Bird Island and is the only place where you can see red-footed boobies . In the afternoon we will disembark at the wall of a crater where the stairs Prince Felipe . These stairs were carved into the stone wall and leading to a broad esplanade where the nesting sites of frigates, red-billed tropic birds , ducks Bahama , lava gulls and swallow-tailed gulls . During this simple cross walk by a small forest of scalesia , where we can observe the short-eared owl . Hopefully we can also observe the procession holding species ( masked boobies and boobies blue and red legs ) . Return by the same road that takes us to the boat. After a wet landing on Darwin Bay will walk a short trail leads to inhabited by colonies of boobies and frigates. At the beach we can see an interesting show to watch the frigates catching prey from other species of birds in the area. D/A/C
Wednesday: Santiago Island – Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove / Rábida Island
In the morning we will make a dry landing at North Seymour Island, you can take a short walk along the coast. Here you will find tailed gulls, sea lions and crabs zayapas. This part of the island is known for being one of the largest nesting sites for boobies and the largest colony of the royal frigate, a different species from the common frigate. Also notice both endemic iguanas: marine and terrestrial. Enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites.
In the afternoon we visit Santa Fe, a small rocky island covered with small trees and lignum opuntia cactus 6 m tall. The island is mostly inhabited by a large colony of yellow land iguanas, the Galapagos hawk, blue-footed boobies and pelicans. While snorkeling in the beautiful bay of blue-green color, you can see the inhabitants of the aquatic world. In addition to countless tropical fish we can also see rays, sea turtles, playful sea lions. D/A/C
Thursday: North Seymour Island / Santa Cruz Island – Las Bachas Beach
Today visit Floreana Island, considered one of the most exotic archipelago. This island was settled by people from different countries: Norway, England, Germany, among others. This island were arriving pirates and buccaneers traders who came in search of water and provisions, others came in search of fortune. These countless legends that today are part of the history of the islands became popular. Floreana name was assigned to honor the first president of Ecuador, Juan José Flores.
Office Bay keeps the legendary post barrel that, historically, the whalers used to post their mail. If you can leave a letter here in the hope that reaches its destination via another tourist. Please bring postcards. Continue to the gazebo, where the Baroness Eloisa Wagner spent several hours a day watching whales and dolphins. His house is near the place.
After an excursion to Punta Cormorant. After a wet landing on the beach, go down 100 meters down a path leading to a mangrove lagoon. This lagoon is home to the ducks Galapagos, black storks, oystercatchers and sandpipers gold. Hopefully we can also see flamingos. Another trail leads to a small beach, which is an important nesting site for sea turtles. Stripes often found in shallow water and sometimes white reef sharks tip. You will have the opportunity to dive in Corona del Diablo, which is considered a natural aquarium. This is an extinct volcanic cone, where you can do snorkeling. In the underwater world you can see a variety of reef sharks, starfish, sea turtles, sea lions and many species of tropical fish.
The last tour is Champion. This small island is a good place to snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish. Also we can see stripes as there are cold currents in the place. D/A/C
Friday: Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station, Highlands & the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
Morning visit the famous Charles Darwin Station . The station encompasses an information center , a museum, a library and a turtle hatchery . Parks and saves site administrators , along with other members of the team make huge efforts to preserve this World Heritage Site , declared by UNESCO. The turtle breeding center you will see different subspecies being prepared for introduction into their natural habitats . This station was the home of Lonesome George , one of the world ‘s most famous turtle as the last specimen of his species alive ( Chelonoidis abingdonii ) , who died in June 2012 without being able to reproduce to keep their species. Currently you can see a small turtle hatchlings make obstacle courses to strengthen the species and learn to survive in the varied ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands. Then walk through the wetlands of the island to head to one of the local centers of baby giant tortoises, the Breeding Center . On the way we will pass through salt water lakes , where it is sometimes possible to see pink flamingos . The Breeding Center we can be very close to the various species of giant tortoises on Isabela Island .
Then visit Punta Pitt located in the eastern part of Isla San Cristobal. The 1.4 km trail guide us through colony frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, masked boobies and boobies blue and red legs. D/A/C
Saturday: Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove / Baltra Island – airport
Today know Black Turtle Cove, where there are large mangrove mazes and nesting sea turtles. Hopefully we will see different types of sharks in calm waters as shark Whitetip reef or colonies of golden rays. After that we will go by bus to the Canal Itabaca to go to the airport in Baltra Island, which will take its flight. Enjoy your last visit to the Enchanted Islands, a unique paradise with a fascinating nature. D/-/-
2018 Price: Evolution Motor Vessel.
|Price per person from Aug 25 to Dec 15|
|DAYS||Deluxe staterooms D1-D4||Master Suite A1||Suites A2 & A3||Premium Stateroom C1 – C3 , C5 – C9||Premium Twin Staterooms: C4 & D1-D4|
|8||USD 6.120||USD 5.800||USD 5.080||USD 4.760||USD 4.760|
|Price per person from Jan 01 to Aug 25 / Dec 15 to 31|
|DAYS||Deluxe staterooms D1-D4||Master Suite A1||Suites A2 & A3||Premium Stateroom C1 – C3 , C5 – C9||Premium Twin Staterooms: C4 & D1-D4|
|8||USD 7.650||USD 7.250||USD 6.350||USD 5.950||USD 5.950|
Single Supplement• 75% surcharge applies on suites• 50% surcharge applies on other cabins
Christmas & New Year
• 100% Single supplement applies / No discounts for children
• An additional $500 Holiday surcharge applies for FIT(individual) passengers
• Private charter surcharges: M/V Evolution $12,000
Discount for child (6-11 years old) sharing a cabin with two adults: 30%
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NOTE: The itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park authority advisories or decision by the ship’s captain for passenger safety and security.