February 4-12, 2013

The Galapagos Islands

Aboard Isabela II

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Unknown by Europeans until the 16th century and central to Darwin’s theory of evolution, an adventure to the volcanic Galapagos archipelago—one of the most biologically unique places on earth—still holds the thrill of discovery. On this expedition aboard the deluxe yacht Isabela II, you’ll view such exquisitely adapted species as the marine iguana, the world’s only seagoing lizard; the flightless cormorant; and the giant tortoise, once hunted to the brink of extinction. You’ll also witness symbiotic species, such as Darwin’s finches and land iguanas; the iguanas raise themselves up so the birds can pluck delectable parasites from their bellies. Because human presence on the islands remains relatively minimal, many animals are unafraid of visitors, allowing you to sit quietly in the midst of a penguin colony or snorkel with inquisitive sea lions.
 
For more information, call Smith Travel at 800-225-2029, or contact us via e-mail at alumtrav@smith.edu. You may fax the completed registration form to 413-585-2015 or mail it to the address below.
 
Mail To:
Smith Travel
Alumnae House
33 Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01063

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  • Hikes with expert naturalists to saltwater-filled Darwin Crater or Prince Philip’s Steps
  • Native species, including Galapagos penguins, Blue-footed Boobies, and giant tortoises
  • The world’s second-largest marine reserve, featuring coralline beaches and secluded inlets
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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activity level: Moderately active
  • Cost: From $4,995 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single supplement: $10,141 per person in the Classic Double category
  • Deposit: $850 per person, payable to Orbridge
  • Co-sponsors: Berkeley and North Carolina State University
  • Optional extensions: A post-tour option to Machu Picchu is available