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Walking amongst dozing Galapagos Sea Lions on Española Island
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Watching the interactions among the bizarre Swallow-tailed Gulls on South Plaza
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Observing Galapagos Giant Tortoises foraging peacefully on Santa Cruz
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Discovering the unique Chocolate Chip Sea Star clinging to the rocks while snorkelling
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Challenging ourselves to distinguish the "Darwin's Finches"

The Real Galapagos

A Galápagos charter yacht expedition is one of the most highly rated natural history programs and is consistently a travellers’ “trip of a lifetime”. I invite you to join this extraordinary expedition to the Galápagos Islands on a unique itinerary designed exclusively for the Canadian University Alumni community and friends. There are only Canadian University alumni travellers on board and no other groups. The itinerary is specially designed to provide the greatest educational impact; expert naturalists on board will put everything into context, noting the differences – sometimes small, sometimes great – between the wildlife we see from one island to the next.

Our Canadian naturalist-leader and three expert Galápagos National Park guides are on board to lead island walks and on-board talks as we set sail to discover these remarkable island ecosystems, skirting past nesting boobies, scouting the seas for breaching whales and snorkeling among colourful fish. Desolate at first sight, these rough and rocky isles are home to wonderfully strange and abundant wildlife. As Charles Darwin did almost 200 years before us, we will marvel at the highly adapted creatures found nowhere else on Earth. All of the reptiles, half the birds, 32% of the plants, and 25% of the fish are unique to this amazing archipelago. It is a living museum of evolutionary changes. And what is so special about the Galápagos experience is that these creatures act as though humans are nothing more than a passing interest, allowing us to observe them up close. Undisturbed by our nearness, they engage in intriguing courtship displays, groom one another, forage for food and nurture their young. The islands offer a varied terrain to explore including volcanic heaps, lava fields, lush green vegetation in the high lands and sandy beaches. Among these spectacular geological features, one can encounter Giant Galápagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and Bluefooted Boobies, colonies of Marine Iguanas and sea lions, Darwin’s Finches, and Galápagos Penguins, along with other fascinating sea life.

There is no place in the world quite like the Galápagos Islands!

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Day 2: Fly to the Galapagos and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 3: Santa Fe Island and South Plaza Island
Day 4: North Seymour and Las Bachas
Day 5: Spectacular view at Bartolome Island and James Island
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island
Day 7: Floreana Island
Day 8: Hood Island
Day 9: San Cristobal Island
Day 10: Disembark at San Cristobal and Depart
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Your Tour Leader

Geoff Carpentier is a veteran explorer who has been involved with nature his entire life. He is a past President of the Ontario Field Ornithologists, a seasoned naturalist, and author. He is a veteran tour leader with Worldwide Quest.

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Alumni Expeditions Expedition Cruise alumni UBC

Galapagos (Ecuador) | 10 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Mar 22-31, 2015
Cost:
Classic or Standard Cabin: US$7250 I Master Suite: US$7650
Group Size:
40 passenger vessel

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary. One night accommodation in first class hotel in Quito including breakfast. Round trip flight: Quito / Galápagos / Guayaquil. Eight nights accommodation on board the Isabela II based on double occupancy in selected cabin. All meals while on board. All excursions and on board activities. Fully escorted by Worldwide Quest naturalist leader.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"The Galapagos Islands inspire you to think differently about the world."

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