Photo courtesy of ken Web
by Bill Rhoten and Margaret Betchart
Peru extension photo courtesy
Aboard National Geographic Islander or Endeavour II
December 8-17, 2017 - Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II. Book now for complimentary air Guayaquil to Galapagos, RT!
Dear Members and Friends,
Galápagos is a life-list must. It is legendary for its unique wildlife that
has never developed an instinctive flight response to humans, making for
incredible up-close encounters and photos.
The experience we offer in Galápagos is different. It is deeper, more
immersive, and more holistic. We go aboard a genuine expedition ship with
a team of top naturalists, an undersea specialist, and a photo instructor
who share more of the wild wonders.
Each day you’ll explore a new island, getting close to the rare endemic
wildlife. And nearly every day, you’ll have the opportunity to discover
the undersea by snorkeling at sites that teem with fish, sea lions, or sea
turtles—and all your snorkeling gear is provided so there’s no need to tote
your own. We’ll go with a host of tools that let us explore deeper: video
microscopes to see what makes the seas so rich, a Remotely Operated
Vehicle (ROV) that dives deep to show us the benthic world far beyond the
range of even scuba divers. We have kayaks for peaceful paddling outings
in sunken calderas and calm coves, and a fleet of Zodiacs to venture to wild
shorelines and secluded beaches.
You will enjoy a great degree of choice in your exploration: join the Zodiac
cruise with the birders or the photographers; take long walks or short ones;
explore in a kayak or through your viewfinder; indulge in active days or skip
an afternoon hike to unwind with a massage.
There is no place else on Earth like Galápagos—I hope you’ll join us to explore
the wonders of these islands. Plus we invite you on our optional extension to
Peru, exploring the archaeological and cultural
wonders in Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lima. To make your reservation, please
return the enclosed reservation form or call 800-252-4910.
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.,
For AAAS Travels, ACS and Sigma Xi Expeditions
From $6,990 plus air.
December 8-17, 2017 Brochure
January 28-February 3, 2017 Peru Pre-Trip Brochure
Photo courtesy of David Morrison