M/V EVOLUTION - 8 Day Itinerary
TOP 10 Reasons to Travel aboard Yachts
1. A more private experience; true for all our expeditions, but especially true of our family or friends Galapagos charters. You get to enjoy the animal encounters without ever being “lost in the crowd”.
2. Travel with a handful of like-minded fellow guests: Aboard our yachts you travel with a handful of guests (with a spirit of travel just like yours) instead of dozens of strangers.
3. Sea Kayaking: Many of the larger ships in Galapagos do not offer this amazing activity where our guests can explore mangroves and shorelines that are home to some incredible creatures.
4. Lots of Snorkeling: You will have the chance to go snorkeling at least once every day and as a small group you can enjoy playing with playful sea lions (view video) in a very intimate-setting without dozens of other snorkelers around.
5. Expert Naturalist Guides: Because you are just 16 guests per naturalist guide, the interaction with your Galapagos expert is much more enriching.
6. Flexibility: To unexpectedly explore Galapagos’ spontaneous natural encounters. As a small group we can focus our itinerary on the group’s favorite activities and do more snorkeling, more kayaking, longer or shorter walks, and much more!
7. Fine Cuisine: Not mass-prepared, but prepared individually for all guests by our specially trained chefs, using the freshest local ingredients. Meals on our Galapagos cruises are served in either our interior dining rooms or our beautiful al-fresco dining areas where guests enjoy the great equatorial weather and wonderful scenery.
8. Personalized Attention: Possible with a guest to crew member ratio of 2 to 1. Even your most exacting needs will be attended to!
9. The Best Visitor Sites: The more fragile visitor sites of the archipelago, like the northern Island of Tower (or Genovesa) are off-limits to larger ships.
10. Light Footprints: Yachts and small groups minimize our impact on the islands, thereby making our presence almost unfelt by the wildlife and plantlife of the islands.
"Our naturalist made the difference between a "good" and an "exceptional" experience."
- Hattie Katz : California, USA
Quasar Expeditions has carefully selected only the most knowledgeable, professional and friendly naturalists in the region, with an average of 15 years of experience guiding on the Islands. Our naturalists are professionals who will provide you with all the information you want to know about the wonders you will discover every day. They are also all very well versed in safety and first aid so you know you are in great hands while on your Galapagos travel adventure. Our Galapagos naturalists are experts who are there not only to show you and tell you about nature, but to immerse you in it so that you can greater appreciate and cherish your exploration.
In Galapagos, Quasar Expeditions offers only level-3 licensed guides, the highest level of expertise attainable by a naturalist guide in Galapagos. Below is a list of the requirements that all our guides meet and that is part of a level 3 certification:.
Level 3 Ceritification by the Galapagos National Park
• A University degree in biology, tourism and similar branches is required
• At least 6 years of experience as a naturalist guide for the Galapagos National Park is required
• Fluency in en and English with many speaking a third language
• To have successfully completed the rigorous Level 3 training course offered by the Park which includes:
1. Safety training for onboard and for when on the islands
2. First Aid training
3. Detailed test of the biology and geology of the islands
4. Problem and emergency management training
The Best & Most Remote Islands in Galapagos
We are aware that, for most travelers, Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we want to give them the very best in the time that they will be with us on the Islands. Through our complete 7 night / 8 day itineraries, guests are able to see all of the Galapagos wildlife that made the Islands famous and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Aboard one of our Galapagos cruises, you will be able to see the full spectrum of the Galapagos. See M/Y Grace's Cruise Itinerary. See M/V Evolution's Cruise Itinerary.
Since Quasar Expeditions began offering cruises in the Galapagos Islands a quarter century ago, we realized that – in order to understand the importance of the Islands in the natural world – we simply had to cruise the archipelago for al least eight days and, when possible, even longer. We believe that our guests should see all of the species native to Galapagos, so that they can be witnesses of evolution at work, and we can only accomplish this by following a complete itinerary.
We have put a lot of effort into obtaining permits from the Galapagos National Park that allow our yachts to visit all of the most important sites on the Islands. Many cruise operators on the islands avoid the long navigations to save costs, but we are firm believers that a true Galapagos experience involves visiting the most remote islands as well. Amongst these is Genovesa or Tower Island, found far north on the archipelago. We visit this “Island of Birds” and our guests are amazed at the variety of bird life that inhabits this partially submerged volcano.
Galapagos Islands Ecosystem & Conservation
Trips that impact lives and not our planet...
Our love for the nature of the wonderful Galapagos ecosystem inspired us to offer Galapagos eco-tourism over two decades ago to share and preserve the beauty of this part of the world. Today’s travelers expect tour companies to protect the country, indigenous communities and the Galapagos ecosystem where they operate. At Quasar Expeditions we take this exceptional opportunity to support development and integration of local communities into our changing world, without losing the unique identity in the process. We are confident that our Galapagos eco-tourism efforts will be appreciated by future generations of responsible travelers.
Foundations that Support the Environment
• Our Galapagos eco-tourism operations allow us to be a permanent supporter of the Charles Darwin Foundation, working to preserve the Galapagos ecosystem and its endangered species through research and scientific knowledge
• We are members of Fundacion Natura, who, with the World Wildlife Fund, develop conservation projects for the Galapagos ecosystem and other Ecuadorian parks.
• We are member of Fundacion Galapagos, working to recycle waste produced by Galapagos eco-tourism and the population of Galapagos.
Waste Management Program
• The fragile Galapagos ecosystem is susceptible to even the smallest changes. Quasar Expeditions’ Galapagos eco-tourism supports a waste-management effort to protect the Islands.
• Aboard our Galapagos eco-tourism operations, glass is recycled and used to make building blocks and other building materials.
• Plastic waste, burnt oils and other non bio-degradable waste from Galapagos eco-tourism is shipped out of the Galapagos ecosystem and back to the continent to be disposed of properly.
• Our Galapagos cruises have been carefully planned so that they utilize the least amount of plastic and non-biodegradable waste possible.
Technologies that Minimize Contamination
• State-of-the-art technologies for the engines and waste-management systems of our Galapagos eco-tourism yachts protect the Galapagos ecosystem.
• Extremely clean-running, combustion-maximizing engines produce very little waste.
• Meticulously-designed waste management system releases no inorganic waste from our Galapagos eco-tourism expeditions into the Galapagos ecosystem.