Galapagos tortoise on Santa Cruz Island
Explore the Galápagos
October 27-November 5, 2017
During our intimate Galápagos Islands cruise, get close to unique wildlife


+ airfare// per person, double occupancy
+ airfare// per person, double occupancy

There's no more intimate an experience with nature than this Galápagos Islands cruise aboard the 16-guest Grace. Accompanied by only the highest-rated native naturalist guides, you experience unrivaled access and adventure. Cruise to the greatest array of islands, where you enjoy a spectacular look at the islands' diverse terrain — desert landscapes, lush highland forests, volcanic soils, and nutrient-rich waters. During our intimate Galápagos Islands cruise, you'll find yourself just inches away from giant tortoises, comical blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, and iguanas.

Underwater Crater and Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island, Galapagos

October 13—Arrive Guayaquil

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde.

October 14—Guayaquil/Baltra/Santa Cruz: Whaler Bay & Eden Islet

Fly to Galapagos and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, stop for a hike along Whaler Bay, site of one of the islands’ oldest whaling camps. Just off the coast, discover tiny Eden Islet, where we may spot Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and large schools of mustard rays while on a peaceful Zodiac ride.

October 15—Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Zodiacs take you into a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca, where we snorkel among sea turtles. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, spotting flightless cormorants, and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution’s open-air decks.  

October 16—Isabela Island

Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urvina Bay. Our naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas, and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board our Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, and pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim.  

October 17—Bartolomé Island 

Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. Snorkel with sea lions, and maybe even penguins. This afternoon, hike across the panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers

October 18—Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Dragon Hill

Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters, where sea turtles nest. Named for the area’s large land iguanas, Dragon Hill is an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. Walk to a lagoon where we often find flamingos, common stilts, and pintail ducks.  

October 19—Santa Cruz Island

Begin at the Charles Darwin Research Station, learning about vital work being done to study and preserve Galapagos wildlife. Head into the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.  

October 20—Española Island

Enjoy a Zodiac ride before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds, and the red-colored race of marine iguana en route to Española’s blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet into the air. Swim, snorkel, and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay.  

October 21—San Cristobal Island/ Guayaquil

Return to San Cristóbal and visit the Interpretation Center. Fly to Guayaquil, where we have time to relax. Spend tonight at the Hotel Oro Verde.

October 22—Depart

Board independent flights home. 


* All itineraries are subject to approval by the Galapagos National Park and may vary according to changes in park regulations.




Sherry Boyd ext. 27122
Whitney Holderfield ext. 27169

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Sherry Boyd ext. 27122
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Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith


Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith, Associate Director, Veterinary Services

A fascination with animal diversity and their adaptations for survival led Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith to study zoology as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech and work as a volunteer zoo keeper at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. during her summers. Following graduation she spent 3 months in Panama working with the Smithsonian Tropical Institute studying bats on Barro Colorado Island. These experiences culminated in Meg pursuing a career in zoological medicine, and she received her D.V.M. degree from North Carolina State University in 1989. Following an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, she started her residency in zoological medicine at the San Diego Zoo. Twenty-seven years later Meg is the Director of Veterinary Services for the San Diego Zoo. In addition to providing veterinary care for the Zoo’s diverse collection, she has had the pleasure of working with giant pandas in China, Chacoan peccaries in Paraguay, and Andean bears in Peru during her career. Meg also traveled to the Galápagos Islands this past December to participate in a workshop on developing a wildlife health plan for the Galapagos Islands.

Dr. Sutherland-Smith also has a passion for water sports in both liquid and frozen forms! She enjoys downhill skiing, open water swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving.  In addition, she likes to tinker in the kitchen.

Meg’s enthusiasm and diverse background will add to the inspiration provided by the Galápagos Islands. She looks forward to traveling with a group who shares an appreciation of our natural world.


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