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Veloso Tour - Galapagos Cruise

The Galapagos Islands where Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection.

frigate bird sitting on some twigs with black feathers and white long pointed beak and with red pouch inflated throat pouch on chest/
ship anchored at sea with islands in the background/
man standing on the deck of a large boat anchored at sea/
iguana with birght yellow scaly skin on legs and under body, bright orange back with yellow spines down the back and tail and knobbly yellow lumps on the head/
sun setting behind the dark silhouette of an island in the middle of the sea/
frigate bird gliding through the air with large black feathered wings and long tail feathers and long white hooked beak/
blue footed booby bird standing on a rock with pale blue legs and webbed feet, brown wings, white chest and brown and white speckled head/

Located directly on the Equator 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy guided educational walks along carefully marked trails where you will encounter flora and fauna in close proximity. Most species are endemic and can be seen throughout the year. Admire the wildlife that has no fear of man.

July to September is the windy period. September is best avoided due to strong winds and cool water temperatures. Albatrosses nest on Hood Island from April to November.

The Yachts:
You stay aboard your chosen motor yacht as a means of transport between islands with no packing and unpacking involved. The yacht cruises at night providing maximum time to explore these interesting islands. Guided walks generally take place morning and late afternoon (wildlife is at its most active) to avoid the intense heat of the day. Do take into consideration these smaller craft have noise and vibration and cabin/public space is restricted. Do expect some movement from the sea during travel.

Small groups of 10 to 16, depending on vessel chosen, will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide with walks along well marked paths in order to ensure wildlife is undisturbed. Landings are staggered to avoid overcrowding. Most landing are by small Panga tenders onto remote beaches and rocky shoreline with few piers. Some will be “wet” landings and guests should be moderately agile. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended. Excursions are well organised with prior briefings.

The Darwin Tour – Galapagos Cruise 9 nights duration (7 night cruise). UK flights and hotel included. Based on 2 travelling.
Class Price. Samba 14 passengers Tourist £3825 per person Flamingo/Letty/Eric 20 passengers First £4372 per person
Eclipse 48 passengers Deluxe £5616 per person


When to Visit the Galapagos:
Because of the islands location near to the equator there is little distinction between the seasons. Of greater significance when deciding when to travel is nature’s mating and birthing cycles. There is one exclusion to this rule which is September, as the seas are colder and it's windier.
January - Observe the marine iguanas changing their colours in attempt to attract mates. Many land birds are busy starting to prepare their nests, whilst the green sea turtles can be found laying eggs on several beaches.
February - The Galapagos dove and flamingos on Floreana start to nest, whilst the Galapagos Penguins migrate from Bartholeme towards Isabela and Fernandina, in search of cooler waters. Whilst on Fernandina and North Seymour the marine iguanas are nesting.
March - The Frigate birds are courting potential partners by inflating their vivid red throat pouches, which can be seen on S

an Cristobal and Genovesa islands. The waved albatrosses also start to arrive back on Española towards the end of March.
April - The blue-footed boobies start their mating dances of on North Seymour and there is a mass influx of waved albatrosses on Española. This is when also when the Green sea turtle eggs begin to hatch and the land iguana eggs are hatching on Isabela.
May - The blue-footed boobies continue their mating dance on North Seymour and the waved albatross begin to lay their eggs on Española Island.
June - The Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, in search for nesting sites, moves down towards the lowlands. From June to September is the period when humpback whales begin to pass the Galapagos on their migration route, as well as numerous bird species.
July - This is the best time to see whales and dolphins off the west coast of Isabela as well as whale sharks near Darwin and Wolf islands. The blue footed booby chicks are at their cutest and most photogenic in July and the first frigate bird chicks start to hatch.
August - The sea lions are at their most aggressive, having recently give birth to pups. The Frigate bird chicks are hatching and there is an influx of migrant shore birds. The Galapagos hawks are courting on Santiago and Española, whilst the Nazca boobies nest on Genovesa.
September - The Galapagos penguins return to Bartolome to start courting whilst male sea lions are fighting to win or defend their females. The sea is generally cooler and the winds higher during September, with several vessels going to dock for maintenance.
October - The Galapagos fur seals are mating season and there are plenty of Blue footed booby chicks to be seen on Española and Isabela.
November - This is the best time to encounter baby Sea lion pups, who are busy exploring their new surroundings. The green sea turtles are starting their mating season and there is a chance to see whale sharks in the far northwest of the Galapagos Islands.
December - The waved albatross chicks start to fledge and the waved albatrosses leave the Galapagos. Whilst the Green sea turtles continue to mate and the Giant tortoise eggs start to hatch, through until April.

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