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Ultimate Wildlife Cruise – M/V Infinity

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Single travelers staying in a room by themselves will be charged this additional single supplement fee, as all of our regular prices are otherwise based on double occupancy.

SINGLE SHARE OPTIONS (if available)
If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will make every effort to find you a roommate of the same gender, in which case you will not have to pay the single supplement fee. The single supplement will be charged until we are able to confirm a roommate for you. If we are able to match you with a roommate, the single supplement will be refunded. In the event that we cannot find a share for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement fee.

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Galapagos

Ultimate Wildlife Cruise – M/V Infinity

Why travel to the world's premier wildlife-viewing destination with anyone other than a wildlife specialist? Only in the Galapagos can you snorkel with a penguin on the Equator and, on the same day, swim with a sea lion in a secluded bay or go eye-to-eye with a flightless sea bird. The islands' isolation from the mainland means that many animals have no natural predators, therefore their apparent fearlessness. Around the Galapagos, where cold and warm waters intermingle, fur seals, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and sharks thrive, unafraid of human predators.

Enjoy the crazy courtship dance of blue-footed boobies, watch puffed-up, crimson-throated frigate birds show off for their mates, gaze, awestruck, at hundreds of waved albatrosses and ponder the world's pinkest flamingos. Marvel at marine iguanas, lava lizards, and masked boobies.

Highlights

  • Snorkel with playful sea lions, penguins, rays and colorful fish.
  • Watch the elaborate mating dances of blue and red-footed boobies.
  • See 200 year old Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • Watch whales, dolphins & manta rays from our observation deck.
  • Learn about albatross, marine iguanas, frigate birds, and more.
  • Experience wildlife up-close and not afraid of human presence.

Itinerary B at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal) – Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center / Puerto Chino
  • DAY 2 Santa Fe Island (Barrington) / South Plaza Island
  • DAY 3 Santa Cruz: Austo Lleena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center & Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • DAY 4 Isabela: Sierra Negra Volcano and The Wall of Tears or Breeding Station
  • DAY 5 Isabela: Moreno Point & Tagus Cove
  • DAY 6 Fernandina Island – Espinosa Point / Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point
  • DAY 7 Santiago – Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove or Bartholomew Island
  • DAY 8 North Seymour Island

Ultimate Wildlife Cruise – M/V Infinity

M/V Infinity - Departures every Tuesday, year-round

Detailed Itinerary B - M/V Infinity

DAY 1 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal) – Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center / Puerto Chino

Assistance at the airport by our representative for your Galapagos flight.

You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After going through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by a Infinity staff member and transferred to the yacht. You’ll be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

The Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristóbal Island and takes approximately one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. At the Breeding Center you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles, from their birth until they are 4 years old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habitat.

In the afternoon you will visit Puerto Chino located 15,2 miles (24.5 km) away from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a few miles from the Breeding Center Cerro Colorado, this walk takes approximately 30 minutes to the beach.

DAY 2 Santa Fe Island (Barrington) / South Plaza Island

Your morning visit is to Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails: one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season, its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

DAY 3 Santa Cruz: Austo Lleena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center & Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)

Today you will visit Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of tortoises interact with one another and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept here until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

The afternoon visit is to a site called Los Gemelos (Twin Craters). Los Gemelos wait for you at the end of a short hike. These sinkholes are often referred to as craters, though the term is only descriptive, not literal. They were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The endemic Scalesia forest surrounds the site where you may see vermillion flycatchers, short-eared owls, and finches.

DAY 4 Isabela: Sierra Negra Volcano and The Wall of Tears or Breeding Station

The morning will consist of a visit to The Sierra Negra Volcano which is the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

The afternoon visit will head to the Wetlands of Isabela Island, which are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path through the swamps.

The Wall of Tears (El Muro de las Lágrimas) is 65-feet / 25-meters high and an important piece of the island history. A penal colony existed on Isabela from 1945-1959, and the prisoners were forced to build the wall, stone by stone, while in isolation from the rest of the world and thousands died during the construction. Many claim to feel the heavy energy of this historical site, and locals claim to hear cries in the wind.

The Tortoise Breeding Station was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

DAY 5

In the morning you will visit Moreno Poin located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

In the afternoon, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, close to the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

DAY 6 Fernandina Island – Espinosa Point / Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point

In the morning you will visit Fernandina Island. No foreign species have ever invaded this island, and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park, and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean.

Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: The flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

In the afternoon, you will head to Isabela Island which is the largest in the archipelago. This seahorse- shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active.

The afternoon visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).

DAY 7 Santiago – Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove or Bartholomew Island

Your morning visit is to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

In the afternoon you will head for Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. You will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.

DAY 8 North Seymour Island

North Seymour. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

 

Galapagos Lodging

The Superior First Class M/V Infinity, along with the M/Y Letty, are Wild Planet Adventures' primary fleet for our signature Galapagos Ultimate Wildlife Cruise. Recently built in 2018, the Infinity is our most modern ship. Her eight cabins and two suites feature panoramic window views, each with their own private balcony. All cabins are fully air-conditioned with private bathroom (hot and cold water showers), one double bed or two twin beds, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, private TVs with DVD players, and separate climate controls for your comfort.

On the main deck you will find a modern dinning room, lounge, and public deck; while on the upper deck you can find the well-stocked bar. The Sundeck offers a relaxing atmosphere with a public lounge, al fresco dining, and Jacuzzi.

GALAPAGOS YACHTS

M/V Infinity

YACHT HIGHLIGHTS

  • - Superior First-Class, 20 passenger motor yachts
  • - 161 feet (49 meters) long with double-wide beams for maximum stability.
  • - 8 fully air-conditioned view staterooms and 2 suites with private bathrooms and balconies
  • - Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine
  • - Fully-stocked bar
  • - Sundeck with jacuzzi
  • - Polished teak interiors
  • - Large private bathrooms with hot freshwater showers

SPECIAL WILDLIFE FEATURES

  • -Kayaks on Board - for silent approach to wildlife
  • -2 High-end Naturalist Guides - maximum 1 guide per 10 people, the best guide ratio in the Galapagos.

CABIN OPTIONS

Suites (Upper Deck) These are the most desirable cabins on the yacht. They have the best views and are the farthest from the engines. Only 2 are available on any cruise, each being 35 square meters (376.7 feet) in size.

Stateroom Cabins (Main Deck) There are 8 cabins on the Main Deck, and they share the deck with the common areas of the dining room and lounge. Cabins 5 and 6 are the most highly coveted after the suites for both their size and distance from the engines. (Cabins average 240 square feet)

SINGLE cabins are assigned to the best cabin available at the time of sailing.

YACHT SPECS

Capacity: 20 Passengers

Length: 161 Feet / 49 meters

Beam: 33 Feet / 10 meters

Draft: 8 Feet / 2.4 meters

Gross Tons: 420

Speed: 10 Knots

Engine: 2x SCANIA Diesel Engine 550 HP @ 1800RPM 8000H

Generators: 2x JohnDeere Genset 70kw@1800rpm stanby 3ph 60 Hz

All equipment meets / exceeds the international safety standards

 

Galapagos Activities

At a Glance

Hike ancient lava flows and contemplate giant tortoises, Galapagos hawks, flightless cormorants, and the narrow-winged, wedge-tailed, web-footed marine birds called blue-footed boobies. Slip into a sea kayak and explore hidden tide pools, mangrove forests, red, black, and green sand beaches, and the hardened lava fields smeared into the edges of the islands' pristine shores.

Enter the delicate balance of life under water. Swim back and forth across the equator with sea lions that perform an underwater ballet. Watch schools of spotted eagle rays glide beneath you.

Naturalist guides show you the wonders of the Galapagos during interpretive walks and at briefings after dinner. On the ship's bridge, join the crew to learn about navigational charts and instruments. From the deck, watch dolphins ride the bow wave or brush up on the biology of the Galapagos with a book from our library. After dark, stargazing carries you beyond Earth's surface.

  • Naturalist Guided Hiking on 8 Unique Islands
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Snorkeling Opportunities Nearly Every Day
  • Sea-Kayaking
  • Giant Tortoise Excursion
  • Bachelor Sea Lion Excursion
  • Penguin Excursion
  • Waved Albatross and Boobies Mating Ritual Excursion
  • On-Board Entertainment Center
  • Observation Deck
  • Natural and Interpretive History
 

Galapagos Wildlife

Prolific Sightings

Explore Darwin's "living laboratory," where the wildlife wander freely, fearless it seems, of visitors. Hike ancient lava flows. Contemplate giant tortoises. Slip into a sea kayak and explore hidden bays. Walk along pristine red, black, and green sand beaches. Snorkel with a penguin on the equator! Swim with sea lions. Marvel at prehistoric reptiles and comical sea birds.

Reptiles: Santa Fe Land Iguana, Lava Lizard, Gecko
Other Mammals: Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Fur Seal
Seabirds: Great Frigatebird, Swallow-Tailed Gull
Weird & Wonderful: Blue-Footed Booby

Likely Sightings

Reptiles: Pacific Green Sea Turtle, Galapagos Land Iguana
Seabirds: Waved Albatross, Galapagos Penguin, Flightless Cormorant, Lava Gull, Magnificent Frigatebird
Shorebirds: Great Blue Heron, Lava Heron, American Oystercatcher, Common Egret, Common Stilt
Weird & Wonderful: Greater Flamingo, Giant Tortoise

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

Reptiles: Marine Iguana, Galapagos Snake
Seabirds: Masked (White) Booby, Brown Pelican, White-Vented Storm Petrel
Shorebirds: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, White-Checked Pintail Duck, Whimbrel
Weird & Wonderful: Red-Billed Tropicbird, Audubon's Shearwater

 

Galapagos FAQ

Galapagos Facts for Visitors

Entry Requirements

Only a valid passport is required to enter Ecuador. However, passports must be valid for six months after you intend to leave Ecuador. No Visa is required for visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and most European countries. Visas are required for some Asian, Central American and Eastern European countries. It is the passenger's responsibility to check with local immigration offices or the Ecuadorian consulate prior to sailing to determine if a visa is necessary.

Vaccinations

No inoculations are required for visitors to Ecuador and Galapagos (excluding jungle areas). Please check with your local health office at least four weeks prior to your departure.

Included in Your Cruise Rate

The cruise rate includes your cabin accommodation on board, all meals and snacks, shore excursions, guide services, use of snorkeling equipment, sea kayaks and wet suits, mineral water, non-alcoholic beverages, transfers between the airport and dock in Galapagos.

Not Included in Your Cruise Rate

Airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos entrance fee (park tax), gratuities for guide(s) and crew, purchases on board, alcoholic beverages, and purchases from the yacht boutique.

Galapagos Entrance Fee

The Islands are part of the Ecuador National Park system and the entrance fee is $100.00 per person. Children ages 11 and younger pay a reduced rate of $50.00. The fee is divided up among various entities including the GNPS, Marine Reserve, agriculture, municipalities, INEFAN and INGALA. The park tax is not included in the cruise rate. However, it will be added to your cruise invoice and prepaid by us for your convenience. For any passenger who elects not to prepay the park tax through us, their fee will be collected at the airport upon arrival in Galapagos by National Park authorities. The park only accepts cash in U.S dollars as a form of payment and is subject to change without prior written notification.

Luggage Requirements

For international flights, please check with your carrier. Local customs authorities allow two suitcases with a total combined weight of 60 kilos per person. A fee of $200.00 is charged for a third suitcase and $400.00 for a fourth suitcase. This does not apply to carry-on bags. For the flights to Galapagos, the Airline allows one checked suitcase (44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag.

Time Zone

Ecuador is in the Eastern time zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Daylight savings time is not observed. Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador. On board, we observe mainland Ecuador time.

Currency

In 2000, Ecuador adopted the US Dollar as their monetary unit.

Language Spoken

English is spoken aboard the vessels by guides and Captains.

Electricity

110/AC 60 cycle.

Safety Boxes

We recommend that you leave all valuables at home. They are not appropriate for an adventure cruise. The yachts do not have safety boxes. Cabins lock from the inside only.

Medical Facilities on Board

The yachts carry first aid kits and the guides are trained in first aid procedures. All vessels have radio contact with the mainland for any medical emergencies.

Communication

It is possible to make long distance calls from our vessels through a radio patch phone call to our main office in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during office hours. In an emergency, you can be reached on board your vessel.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas aboard the vessels & on the Islands. Smoking is only allowed on the outside decks in designated areas.

Drinking Water

Bottled water is provided in your cabin and at the bar at all times free of charge. Drinking water is provided during meal times. We do not recommend you drink water from the tap in your cabin.

Laundry Service

Passengers on our 7-night itinerary will be offered laundry service provided by a local company in Santa Cruz. Passengers can arrange to have their clothing laundered. The laundry will be delivered in the afternoon when passengers return from the visit. All laundry bills must be paid directly to the company in cash (US dollars). The cost is $2.50/kilo, subject to change.

Sea Kayaks

Each yacht carries two sea kayaks (one single and one double). They are available at designated sites during the cruise at no charge on a first come first serve basis.

Snorkeling Equipment

Masks, fins and snorkels in average sizes are available on board free of charge for use during the cruise. There is no guarantee there will be all equipment available in your size and therefore passengers may bring their own equipment.

Wet Suits

Wet suits are available for passengers to use during the cruise at no additional charge. Wet suits are most popular from June to November when water temperatures are between 65 and 72 degrees. Any passenger who would like to reserve a wet suit in their size prior to the cruise may do so for a charge. The fee will be charged to the account on board and paid at the end of the cruise. Reserved wet suits will be removed from the inventory and set aside for your exclusive use during the cruise.
Passengers are entitled to use the remaining wet suits on board at no additional charge. However, they are available on a first come first serve basis and there is no guarantee there will be one available in your size unless it is reserved in advance.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is available year-round on our custom 16-passenger dive live-aboard, the M/Y Sky Dancer. Diving is not available from the Letty, Infinity, and Origin. Galapagos is recommended for intermediate to advanced divers due to strong currents, cold water, thermo-clines and large marine life. Please inquire for information on daily dive trips offered from Santa Cruz with a local dive shop on Fridays.

Special Occasions

You may order wine ($20) or birthday cake ($10) to be served at dinnertime or a fruit basket ($5) for your cabin. It is prohibited to bring flowers to Galapagos. Please ask us at least 30 days prior to arrival.

Purchases on Board

Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. We accept cash (US Dollars), Travelers checks, Master Card, VISA, American Express and Diners. Preference of payment is in that order.

Tipping

Aboard our vessels, gratuities are not included. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on their performance. Tipping is a personal matter and passengers are encouraged to tip an amount they find appropriate. For those passengers who inquire, we suggest they follow our guidelines of US $250 – $300 per week which is the international standard for a First class vessel like the Letty or Infinity and between $300 – $350 which is the international standard for a luxury vessel like the MV Origin. Gratuities are divided among all crew members including guides.

Departure Tax - Ecuador

There is an airport tax of $25.00 from Quito or Guayaquil for passengers departing on international flights. This tax is usually included in the cost of international flight tickets.

Motion Sickness

Due to strong currents, there will be moderate movement of the vessel while navigating. Most passengers are not affected. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we strongly urge you bring some type of medication to prevent motion sickness.

Physical Limitations

Passengers able to walk a few hours a day unassisted will be able to fully enjoy Galapagos. Some of the excursions require more physical activity than others involving short steep climbs or long walks in hot weather. However, most excursions require moderate activity and the walks are at a leisurely pace. Entering and exiting the pangas (local word for dingys) require that you need to be reasonably fit and sure footed. If you are concerned about your ability to do any particular day hike, please consult with the naturalist beforehand. In order to enjoy your trip to its fullest potential, it is a good idea to do some exercise before your trip, such as walking, swimming or bicycling. Please see your doctor for a check-up before traveling to Ecuador. Any medical condition or physical disability that may require special attention or treatment must be advised to Wild Planet at the time of booking.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance. Many adventure travel companies are now making travel insurance mandatory for everyone. Upon making your reservation, we will send you a brochure for Travelex's "Travel Plus" program, which services all of Wild Planet's adventures. The code on the back of the brochure refers to the particular trip you are on. Travel insurance provides for many contingencies you may encounter in adventure travel, although the chances of any of these are remote, the consequences can be extremely expensive. They include emergency evacuation from remote areas, repatriation, emergency medical care, additional costs due to lost baggage, inclement weather, quarantine, strike, lost or stolen passports, natural or political disaster, trip or flight cancellation and many other unforeseen problems. Basic insurance is highly recommended. The benefits if something does happen far outweigh the minimal costs. If you have questions about Travelex insurance, please contact Travelex directly. Highly recommended.

While it has not been regularly enforced as of yet, as of July 2018 the Ecuadorian Government has begun to require international travelers to possess international health insurance for the duration of your time in Ecuador. Even if you do not purchase travel insurance you must have adequate medical coverage for the duration of your cruise – most domestic health insurance plans will not cover you, it is therefore your responsibility to ensure you have proper medical coverage before traveling to the Galapagos.

Flight Misconnection

We recommend that all passengers traveling to Galapagos allow two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnections. This is particularly important for passengers traveling over holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.

Transportation Contract

The transportation of passengers and their baggage is governed by the terms and conditions of the Transportation Contract contained in the passenger's travel documents. It is recommended that you read the terms carefully because you will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to boarding your Galapagos vessel. Your signature of the company waiver is required and is a contract of acceptance of passage on the vessel, which constitutes acceptance of the terms, conditions and information contained in the transportation contract.

Island Visits

The vessels anchor offshore at two visitor sites or Islands per day. Passengers are ferried to the landing point in small boats (locally called "PANGAS"). The landings are either wet (where one must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your knees and wade to shore) or dry (where one steps from the panga directly to the volcanic rock). Your guide and panga driver will assist you with a steady hand. On the Islands, one follows marked trails set by the National Park walking at a leisurely pace. You will spend 3-4 hours at each site allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the wildlife.

Itinerary

On a 7-night / 8-day itinerary, passengers will visit twelve visitor sites. Passengers must fully understand that the first and last day of the cruise are considered transportation days and no island visits are guaranteed. Wild Planet Adventures reserves the right at its sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the vessel without liability for damages or refund of any kind to deviate from the vessel's advertised or ordinary itinerary providing substitutions. Wild Planet Adventures will not be held responsible for any refund whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary.

National Park Rules

During the orientation, your guide will go over the Galapagos National Park rules. These rules require that you do not disturb or remove anything (not even a rock or shell), do not touch or feed the animals, do not leave any liter and stay on the marked trails. Please show a conservationist attitude!

Conservation of the Islands

The Charles Darwin Foundation is committed to the preservation of Galapagos plant and animal species. The Foundation provides scientific and technical support to Ecuador for the protection of the islands' fragile ecosystems. Equipment, fieldwork, guide training, local, environmental education programs and other related activities require financial assistance.
You can help by sending a tax-deductible donation to the Charles Darwin Foundation. A donation of $25.00 or more makes you a "Friend of Galapagos." You receive La Carta and "Noticias" the Station's biannual, technical journal. The Foundation invites "Friends" to seminars and other informal gatherings where scientists report on current conservation programs.

In the U.S. contact: CHARLES DARWIN FOUNDATION, INC. www.galapagos.org

407 N. Washington Street, Suite 105 Falls Church VA 22046 Tel: 703-538-6833
In the U.K. contact: GALAPAGOS CONSERVATION TRUST www.gct.org
5 Derby Street, London W1Y 7HD United Kingdom Tel: 020-7629-5049

Galapagos Forever Fund

Since 1999, WildAid has provided urgent protective measures to support the Galapagos National Park Service in its fight against critical threats including invasive species, over-fishing and pollution. WildAid's goal is to establish the Galapagos Forever program as the standard to which marine parks around the world will be protected in the new millennium.

Weather Conditions

Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. The larger islands with volcanic peaks have a variety of climatic zones. The coastal areas are arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions. The highland areas receive moisture almost all year round, which support lush vegetation. Temperatures are determined almost entirely by ocean currents, which are influenced by the trade winds.

There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. The Galapagos get an average of ten inches of rain per year, so it is never considered "rainy". During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is often referred to as the "garua" (pronounced gah-ru-ah) season, which means mist in Spanish.

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  • Guide Ratio of 10:1 - The lowest in the Galapagos! (Most yachts are 16:1)
  • Kayaks for Up-Close Wildlife Encounters - Silently approach penguins and other wildlife. (Most yachts don't carry kayaks)
  • Most Comprehensive Wildlife Itineraries - Exposes you to mating dances and courtship rituals of wildlife on the outlying islands, which you won't see in land-only programs.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Guide Ratio of 10:1 - The lowest in the Galapagos! (Most yachts are 16:1)
  • Kayaks for Up-Close Wildlife Encounters - Silently approach penguins and other wildlife. (Most yachts don't carry kayaks)
  • Most Comprehensive Wildlife Itineraries - Exposes you to mating dances and courtship rituals of wildlife on the outlying islands, which you won't see in land-only programs.
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