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Adventure in the Galapagos

Follow the path of Darwin on a complete natural history exploration of the famed Galápagos Islands, July 6-15, 2018.

By any measure, the Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The sheer abundance of wildlife, the amazing volcanic setting, and the historical significance of the islands are irresistible to travelers from all over the globe. In July 2018, BirdNote is teaming up with Texas-based Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions to offer a special voyage through these enchanted islands aboard the 32-guest M/V Evolution. Learn more and sign up here.

This remarkable journey, for which BirdNote has reserved half the ship, brings us face to face with the extraordinary natural wonders of one of the world’s most intriguing destinations. With an experienced staff of naturalists, we will encounter wildlife that does not fear people and is so abundant that we may have to watch our footing to avoid disturbing a resting sea lion or passing iguana. Kate Godman, wildlife enthusiast and BirdNote’s director of development, will be hosting the trip for BirdNote. Guiding our activities will be master birders/naturalists from Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and International Expeditions, respected organizations that will operate this trip for BirdNote.

Animal life varies from island to island, but we will encounter the majority of the iconic wildlife that has made the Galápagos justly famous. Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Flightless Cormorants, Waved Albatrosses, and Galápagos Penguins are all to be expected, while the Galápagos finches of Darwin fame will be on hand as well.

Visiting eight islands, we will make efforts to find most of the endemic bird species, but a person shouldn’t come to the Galápagos for anything less than a complete natural history experience. On board the Evolution, a team of Ecuadorian naturalists work with your trip leaders to provide a premium travel experience, ensuring that you will depart with memories to last a lifetime.


The M/V Evolution is well suited for plying waters where larger ships cannot go, and its fleet of Zodiacs guarantees that we will gain even closer access to the wildlife and reach unspoiled beaches of varying color. Glorious sunsets and starry nights complement exciting snorkeling trips amid tropical fish, curious sea lions, and penguins.

An optional pre-trip to Ecuador’s Tandayapa Valley provides an opportunity to sample the species-rich cloud forests of the spectacular northwestern Andean slopes, where highlights include the world’s greatest hummingbird show and a pageant of beautiful tropical birds including toucans, tanagers, barbets, and more.

Those interested in extending their trip are encouraged to join our optional extension to Machu Picchu, Peru. This tour visits the incomparable ancient capital of the Inca, in addition to seeking many of the special birds of the Peruvian Andes in the regions of Cuzco and the Urubamba River Valley.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that a portion of the proceeds (sorry, non-tax-deductible) from this tour goes toward the support of BirdNote programs.

A well-appointed small cruise ship providing all meals and accommodations; walking conditions easy to moderate, some rocky terrain; mild weather with cool mornings and warm sunny days; fog and light rain possible in the highlands. Due to the terrain and physical demands of boarding and disembarking the ship on a daily basis, this cruise is designed for travelers in good health.

Learn more, read the full itinerary, and sign up here.

Pre-trip to Tandayapa, July 3-6, 2018

Post-trip to Machu Picchu, July 14-21, 2018

Photos courtesy of Andrew Miller abmiller99 Flickr Creative Commons: Sea lion, Nazca Booby, land iguana, and Sally Lightfoot crab
tortoise - Sandro Paveloski CC
Galápagos Silver Frittillary - Victor Fazio CC
Cruising the Cliffs - Andrew Miller abmiller99 CC
Galápagos Penguin - Kristin Maling Cc
iguana - Tomer Arazy CC

Check out these BirdNote shows about the Galapagos:
Galapagos Penguins and the Tsunami, With Dee Boersma
Galapagos Archipelago - Melville's Encantadas
Darwin's Birds

Galapagos critters

Nazca Booby, Aaron 657, CC; Tortoise, Sandro Paveloski, CC; Swallow-tailed Gull, Aaron 657 CC