Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly in the midst of a colony of tropical penguins or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.
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The Galapagos Islands
February 18, 2013 – February 26, 2013
Surround yourself with swimming-basking-flying examples of perfect adaptation.
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- Spend six nights aboard the deluxe Isabela II, observing wildlife alongside knowledgeable onboard naturalists and your Orbridge Expedition Leader.
- Appreciate the diversity of life first-hand while observing endemic species such as the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, and the famous “Darwin’s finches.”
- Swim with sea lions, snorkel alongside cliffs of hardened lava, and discover the amazing flora and fauna in the clear waters of the world’s second largest marine reserve.
- Explore remote coralline beaches and secluded inlets, such as Tagus Cove—a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries.
- Reach some of the most dramatic views of the islands with nature hikes to the saltwater-filled Darwin Crater, or up Prince Philip’s Steps to the plateau surrounding Darwin Bay.
- Relax: included are all excursions, presentations, and meals (eight breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners), as well as airport transfers for guests on suggested flights.