Home » M/V Evolution 8 day: In the Steps of Pirates & Darwin
Afternoon visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches. relaxing on shore.(breakfast, lunch, dinner)
commonly known by its English name of Jervis, is unique for the very red
color of the beach and cliffs, beneath which one can find gliding sea
turtles and perched blue footed boobies. A thick forest of Palo Santo
trees sits back from the beach sheltering a yellow saltwater lagoon.
Pelicans next in the thickets and brightly colored pink flamingoes graze
the lagoon. A sea lion colony likes to laze on the red sands of the
beach. We hike up a tiny peninsula for a wonderful view of the beach and
lagoon. Sea caves invite exploration further down the coast.
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise.
Afternoon visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Española, also known as Hood, is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit the island. In the morning we visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, masked boobies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff's edge, as well as the nesting site of the famous waved albatross.