- Visit the Galapagos Islands with leading science and natural history presenter Liz Bonnin
- Explore seven varied islands including Isabela and Fernandina with superb marine life
- The best ratio of guide to passengers in the Galapagos Islands of 1: 10
- Eight days sailing on the M/V Evolution, a spacious and elegant motor yacht
Join our exclusive Galapagos holiday travelling with Liz Bonnin, a leading science and natural history presenter. As an ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust - and the presenter of the three-part BBC series Galapagos - she is perfectly placed to give context to the wildlife of the islands, as well as sharing anecdotes and stories from her travels and expeditions. Liz will give lectures during the cruise and join the excursions. Spend eight days on our private charter, the M/V Evolution, and visit islands such as Isabela, Fernandina, Bartolome, Espanola and Santa Cruz.
There are few places on earth that can rival the wildlife of Galapagos, with an abundance of colourful creatures seemingly unafraid of humans. There will be many opportunities to get close to the islands' unique wildlife, either on foot, by kayak, by panga or when snorkelling. With three naturalist guides on board in addition to Liz Bonnin you can be assured of receiving personalised and insightful narrative on all the wildlife seen. Wildlife highlights include waved albatross, flightless cormorant, land and marine iguanas, two types of booby (blue-footed and Nazca), giant tortoises, Galapagos penguins, frigate birds and sea lions.
How can I make a difference?
Steppes Travel is a Gold Corporate member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, which means anybody joining this private Galapagos charter will receive a year's membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Membership helps the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands and their unique wildlife.
What wildlife will I see in December in the Galapagos?
The Galapagos islands are a wildlife haven, both on and off the islands. During December in the Galapagos Islands, you may be able to witness
- Giant tortoise eggs starting to hatch
- Green sea turtles displaying mating behaviour
- First young waved albatross fledglings appear.
- Blue-footed boobies and frigate birds are nesting
- Nazca boobies are breeding and nesting
- Marine iguanas and land iguanas begin mating
- Flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins are breeding and nesting
What is the Evolution boat like?
The Evolution is a 58 metre (192ft) elegant motor yacht, fully refurbished in September 2017, which provides plenty of space for just 32 passengers. The Evolution provides a high standard of comfort and is designed to take you back to the romantic era of the 1920s. There are 13 staterooms with portholes and on the upper deck, there are three suites with windows. All cabins have air conditioning and are furnished to a high level.
Social areas are plentiful with large indoor and outdoor dining areas, a bar area, a small library and an infirmary. On the sun deck is a jacuzzi and loungers for watching the marine life and islands during navigation. Attention to detail is high with a cruise director on board and on our charter with Liz Bonnin, Steppes has arranged for an extra naturalist to be on board, meaning a ratio of one guide to every ten clients. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available to use during the trip.
Will the sea be rough in December in the Galapagos?
In December the waters are usually calm, with good weather anticipated with light winds from the south-east.
Is December a good month to travel to the Galapagos Islands?
December is a lovely time of year to travel to the Galapagos Islands, it marks the start of the warm season. The average daily temperature is 23.5 degrees centigrade with plenty of hours of clear skies and the water temperature a pleasant 22 degrees. It is also the start and end of the breeding and mating seasons for many animals in the Galapagos Islands, so wildlife encounters are interesting.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.