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Galapagos Evolution yacht | small and intimate yet spacious and comfortable

Galapagos Evolution Yacht

Evolution Sailing-Yacht The Evolution is a spanking new vessel that only began cruising the Galapagos in 2003. 

Galapagos Travel on board the Evolution

The boat offers room for up to 32 passengers that are accommodated in sixteen air conditioned, spacious, and modernly furnished cabins, each with private bath (hot showers and toilet). Other amenities include a well-stocked bar, an elegant dining room, and a spacious outside dining area. Breathe in the fresh and salty, Galapagos breeze on the Evolution's ample deck space (over 2500 ft² or 232.3 m²). Enjoy your tour to this gem of an archipelago with a courteous crew and a knowledgeable naturalist guide.

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Evolution sailboat technical specifications

Type Cruise ship Expedition Vessel
Communication UHF,VHF radio
Electricity 110 volts AC/ 60 Hz
L.O.A 192 feet / 58.5 meters
Beam 29 feet / 8.9 meters
Engines Caterpillar 3512 TITA 1300hp
Generators Norhern Lights 150 KVA
Builder Kanasashi Shipyard, Japan
Speed 10 / 12 Knots
Accommodatiosn 3 Jr. Suites on Bridge - A deck
9 Cabins on main - C deck
4 Cabins on Lower - D deck
Crew 18 plus up to 2 Naturalist guides & 1 Cruise Director
Navigation Equipment 72 mile Furuno Radar 19-53 CBB Navnet, Furuno GPS satellite
navigator system, Furuno Depth Sounder, Simrad HS50
Electronic Girocompass, speed and distance log, compasses,
barometers, forward looking echo sounder
Safety Equipment EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 4 x 25
person open sea life rafts, life jackets, flares and signals, fire
extinguishing system, and sprinkler system throughout the
vesse. Safety equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA
Coast Guard regulations
Comfort Equipment Air Renewal System, Air conditioning throughout, TV / CD /
VHS/DVD/Playstation 2, boutique, infirmary with MD on board,
small soaking tub

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Evolution - Galapagos Cruise Itinerary

7 nights
Saturday - Saturday
Day 1 AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Island
PM: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo / Leon Dormido
Day 2 AM: Hood (Española) Island: Punta Suarez
PM: Hood (Española) Island: Gardner Bay
Day 3 AM: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island: Highlands
PM: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 4 AM: Santiago (James, San Salvador) Island: James Bay
PM: Bartolome (Bartholomew) Island: Pinnacle Rock, Overlook
Day 5 AM: Tower (Genovesa) Island: Prince Phillip's Steps
PM: Tower (Genovesa) Island: Darwin Bay
Day 6 AM: Fernandina (Narborough) Island: Punta Espinosa
PM: Isabela (Albemarle) Island: Tagus Cove
Day 7 AM: North Seymour Island
PM: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island: Black Turtle Cove
Day 8 AM: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Centre
PM: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport

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Galapagos Cruises - Evolution Yacht - Day By Day Itinerary

Sample Galapagos cruise itinerary

Day 1                            
Baltra/North Seymour island                                                 

You’ll be met on arrival at Baltra airport and have a short transfer to the boat. Baltra is a relatively barren island with cactus, palo santo trees, and grasses and small vines. During World War II, Baltra was occupied by the US Army, which constructed the first landing strip for jet aircraft. Your first visitor site South Plazas is a small island with steep-cliffed shorelines and fascinating animal life. Observe sea lions, land iguanas, and tropical birds against a background of vegetation that changes color with the seasons.

Day 2                            
Darwin Bay - El Barranco (Genovesa)

Genovesa is in the northeast corner of the Galapagos, just a bit north of the equator. Darwin Bay is the caldera of an extinct volcano. You’ll have a wet landing on a coral beach. There are many tidal pools and you may see yellow-crowned night herons, lava gulls, and nesting red-footed boobies.

Day 3                            
Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) - Santa Fe

Santa Cruz is the home of the Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora, the archipelago’s largest human settlement. The nearby highlands offer the chance to visit a lush humid zone of miconia bushes, scalesia trees, and inactivie volcanic cones covered with exhuberant growth all year round. This island has more species of endemic flora than any other in the Galapagos. On Santa Fe you’ll find sea lions enjoying themselves frolicking on the beach, land iguanas and lava lizards silently keep them company. The noble palo santo trees and dramatic stands of opuntia cactia are also an attraction.

Day 4                            
Punta Suarez (Española Island) - Punta Cormorant(Floreana Island)

A true highlight, nearly all of the species found on Española are visible at Punta Suerez – mockingbirds, the less common red and green marine iguanas, both blue-footed and masked boobies and albatross colonies. A spectacular hike leads to the dramatic blowhole. On Floreana at Punta Cormorant you’ll find flamingoes nest on mud piles on this island in the nearby lagoons showing off their exquisite pink plumage.

Day 5                            
Punta Moreno - Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and also contains the highest peak, Wolf Volcano, rising 5600 feet abouve sea level. Flamingos feed in an oasis among barren lava fields and flightless cormorants nest on the rocky shores of Punta Moreno. At Elizabeth Bay you’ll enjoy a dinghy ride through mangrove lagoons and small islets where you can spot turtles, penguins, flightless cormorants, and more!

Day 6                           
Urbina Bay (Isabela ) - Punta Espinosa (Ferandina)

Urbina Bay is an easy wet landing on a gentle sloping beach.  This area is very interesting in that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands.  In 1954 over 3 miles (5 kilometers) of the marine reef at the edge of the shore were uplifted by 13 feet (4 meters).

Fernandina is the youngest and westernmost island in the Galapagos. Punta Espinosa is a narrow stretch of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. While the panga driver skillfully eludes the reef to reach the landing site near a small mangrove forest, penguins throw themselves off the rocks into the water. Sally Lightfoot crabs disperse on the lava near the shore and herons and sandpipers explore the mangrove roots. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They are everywhere: basking in the sand, swimming near the shore, grazing on the exposed seaweed in the lava and blocking the way at the landing dock. This is one of the few places where there is the opportunity, of watching the iguanas feed underwater.

Following the trail inland, two different types of lava flows can be seen and compared: an aa lava flow and a pahoehoe lava flow. At the tip of one of the small peninsulas, flightless cormorants are found. These birds are flightless because on the islands they had no predators and it was easier to find food in the ocean than on land.  They progressively evolved for swimming rather than for flight.  To see these fantastic birds, with their long, serpent-like necks arched forward, their wet, fur-like plumage and their bright turquoise eyes is to witness evolution.

Day 7                            
rto Egas (Santiago ) - Bartholomew

Due to the cool Humboldt current, a colony of fur seals have made their home on the black lava rocks on the western side of James Bay. At a nearby lagoon you can almost always depend upon seeing a flock of feeding flamingoes. On Bartolomé, jutting out of Sullivan Bay, Pinnacle Rock seems to peer over visitors as they pass by. The view of the surrounding islands is spectacular from the top of the crater and there is also a beach where you may snorkel with penguins.

Day 8                            
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) - Baltra
At Black Turtle Cove, the panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black.  White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here.

Return to Baltra today, where you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

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Galapagos Evolution sailboat deck plan

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Galapagos Evolution cruise rates

Duration Cabins Price per person (USD)
8 days 7 nights A1 $ 5450 USD
8 days 7 nights A2,A3 $ 5050 USD
8 days 7 nights C1,C2,C3,C5,C6,C7,C8,C9 $ 4650 USD
8 days 7 nights D1,D4 $ 4250 USD

These are normal gross rates, we offer very nice discounts on Evolution cruises. Send your Evolution cruise request and ask for your special rate!

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