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Yet_family_bg The Galapagos Islands: Darwin's Laboratory of Evolution

Dates: August 1 - August 8, 2017

Total Duration: 8 days

Cost: From $7,995 per person, double occupancy - discounted rates for teens and children

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Laurie Santos

Vehicle: Business Class Plane

Tour Operator: Royal Adventures

Region: Central And South America


Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, The Galápagos Archipelago is central our understanding of life's tenacious richness and drive toward change. Here on these magnificent islands 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador, we'll find the rich abundance of wildlife that so inspired Charles Darwin. Our home amongst the islands will be the newly refurbished Santa Cruz II, a versatile 235-foot expedition vessel accommodating 90 guests. Designed for active exploration of the Galápagos, The Santa Cruz II also carries kayaks and a glass bottom boat that can be used at certain sites permitted by the National Park as well as snorkeling equipment. The ship has a superb staff of resident naturalists who will be on hand to explain the islands' natural wonders. Amongst the spectacular geology of these volcanic islands, we'll find the Giant Galápagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches and Galápagos penguins, colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, along with other fascinating sea life. Each day offers several face-to-face encounters with animals and birds that are almost mysteriously unafraid of humans.

An optional pre-trip extension offers an opportunity to explore largest city in Ecuador, Guayaquil and a post-trip extension permits for an excellent introduction to the rich cultural and archaeological wonders of Peru.

Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Head of Silliman College and Director of Yale University's Comparative... more>>