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

Galapagos Islands III

Oct 23 - Nov 02, 2023

11 days | Ecuador | Alumni Expeditions

This tour is presented by the alumni associations of the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, Western University, McGill University, York University, the University of British Columbia, and McMaster University. All are welcome!

Our Galapagos private yacht expedition remains one of our most highly rated natural history programs and is consistently our travellers’ “trip of a lifetime”. Our Alumni Study Leader and our Galapagos naturalist guide 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.

What is so special about the Galapagos 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. Giant Tortoises graze in the lush highlands and dinosaur-like Marine Iguanas sun themselves on black lava rocks along the shores. Tiny Galapagos Penguins and playful Galapagos Sea Lions dart through the waters like torpedoes, while frigatebirds patrol the skies.

There is no place in the world quite like the Galapagos Islands. Please call us to register for this small group tour!
 

 
Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest, see Machu Picchu or discover the tremendous bird diversity in Ecuador's cloud forest? We offer three different extensions in conjunction with our Galapagos expedition. Please enquire!
Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$7295 (standard), US$7495 (premium)
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, internal flights, all ground transportation, services of naturalist guide on board; taxes and gratuities; accompanied by Study Leader Josh Vandermeulen.

"The Galapagos Islands inspire you to think differently about the world." - Quest Traveller
"The tour was amazing. I learned a lot about the birds, reptiles and landscape of both Galapagos and the rainforest." - Susan. W.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Quito
2Sightseeing in Quito and a visit to the Quito Botanical Gardens
3Flight to Baltra, Galapagos and board the M/Y Beluga
4 - 9Exploring 8 of the Galapagos IslandsDay 10: North Seymour Island, fly from Baltra to Quito
11 Depart Quito
Optional extension: Ecuador’s Andean Highlands and Cloud Forest Birds | Learn more
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Ship Information

We charter the M/Y Beluga exclusively for our group. This steel-hulled motor yacht is 33.5 metres long, accommodating 14 passengers and 8 crew. She travels at a speed of 12 knots, allowing us to get to 8 islands comfortably during our 8-day expedition cruise. She is well-appointed with comfortable private cabins and ample lounge and observation deck space. Note that we will have a special sanitation protocol in place aboard our vessel to assure your health and safety. Please enquire for more information.

Your Tour Leader

Josh Vandermeulen is a professional Field Biologist and is an active and well-known member of Ontario’s naturalist community. He regularly travels the province in pursuit of his two core interests, field herpetology and ornithology.

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Or call 1-800-387-1483 with any questions or to reserve your spot!

Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$7295 (standard), US$7495 (premium)
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, internal flights, all ground transportation, services of naturalist guide on board; taxes and gratuities; accompanied by Study Leader Josh Vandermeulen.

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