The Darwin 200 voyage will make landfall at all of the key locations where Charles Darwin stepped ashore during the voyage of HMS Beagle.

Along the route of this journey, the Darwin 200 ship will stop for fifty one-week periods (see below). During each of these one week stops, the ship will host a group of four Darwin Ambassadors together with their Academic Mentors.

These scheduled stops along the Darwin 200 route will allow the two hundred Darwin Ambassadors to be positioned in the exactly the same locations which Darwin visited to enable them to complete their placement research projects, comparing wildlife subjects Darwin studied two centuries ago with today to analyse change and impact.

Although the Darwin 200 ship will follow the route of HMS Beagle, our itinerary is simplified to avoid duplication. For example, HMS Beagle back-tracked north and south several times along the east coast of South America while undertaking coastal surveys. The Darwin 200 voyage will make the journey south once, without backtracking, although it will visit all of the main locations HMS Beagle visited.

VOYAGE TIMELINE

The Darwin 200 voyage will take a total of 767 days to complete, commencing on May 11th, 2020 (the 200 year anniversary of the launch of HMS Beagle), departing from Plymouth, England (where Charles Darwin’s voyage began on December 27th, 1831) and returning to Falmouth, England on June 16th, 2022 (where Darwin made landfall returning on HMS Beagle on 2 October 1836).

A summary is provided below:

VOYAGE START: PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND
Departure date: May 11th, 2020
Sailing duration to Santiago, Cape Verde Islands: 16 days

LANDFALL 1: SANTIAGO, CAPE VERDE ISLES
Estimated arrival date: May 28th
Darwin Ambassadors Group 1
Sailing duration to St Peter and St Paul Rocks: 9 days

LANDFALL 2: ST PETER & ST PAUL ROCKS, BRAZIL
Estimated arrival date: June 19th
Sailing duration to Fernando de Noronha: 2 days

LANDFALL 3: FERNANDO DE NORONHA
Estimated arrival date: June 24th
Darwin Ambassadors Group 2
Sailing duration to Salvador: 4 days

LANDFALL 4: SALVADOR, BRAZIL
Estimated arrival date: July 9th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 3 and 4
Sailing duration to Rio de Janeiro: 6 days

LANDFALL 5: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Estimated arrival date: August 4th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 5 and 6
Sailing duration to Montevideo: 8 days

LANDFALL 6: MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
Estimated arrival date: September 3rd
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 7 and 8
Sailing duration to Buenos Aires: 1 day

LANDFALL 7: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Estimated arrival date: September 24th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 9 and 10
Sailing duration to Bahia Blanca: 4 days

LANDFALL 8: BAHÍA BLANCA, ARGENTINA
Estimated arrival date: October 19th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 11 and 12
Sailing duration to Patagonia: 4 days

LANDFALL 9: PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
Estimated arrival date: November 12th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 13 and 14
Sailing duration to the Falkland Islands: 4 days

LANDFALL 10: FALKLAND ISLANDS
Estimated arrival date: December 6th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 15 and 16
Sailing duration to Tierra del Fuego: 4 days

LANDFALL 11: TIERRA DEL FUEGO, CHILE
Estimated arrival date: Dec 31st, 2020
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 17 and 18
Sailing duration to Concepción: 9 days

LANDFALL 12: CONCEPCIÓN, CHILE
Estimated arrival date: Jan 29th, 2021
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 19 and 20
Sailing duration to Valparaiso: 2 days

LANDFALL 13: VALPARAISO, CHILE
Estimated arrival date: Feb 20th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 21 and 22
Sailing duration to Lima: 10 days

LANDFALL 14: LIMA, PERU
Estimated arrival date: March 22nd
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 23 and 24
Sailing duration to Galápagos: 9 days

LANDFALL 15: GALÁPAGOS, ECUADOR
Estimated arrival date: April 20th
Ambassadors Groups 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32
Sailing duration to Tahiti: 28 days

LANDFALL 16: TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Estimated arrival date: July 21st
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 33 and 34
Sailing duration to Bay of Islands: 16 days

LANDFALL 17: BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
Estimated arrival date: August 27th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 35 and 36
Sailing duration to Sydney 9 days

LANDFALL 18: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Estimated arrival date: September 25th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 37 and 38
Sailing duration to Hobart: 5 days

LANDFALL 19: HOBART, AUSTRALIA
Estimated arrival date: October 23rd
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 39 and 40
Sailing duration to King George Sound: 11 days

LANDFALL 20: KING GEORGE SOUND, AUSTRALIA
Estimated arrival date: November 24th
Darwin Ambassadors Group 41
Sailing duration to Keeling: 16 days

LANDFALL 21: COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS
Estimated arrival date: December 23rd
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 42 and 43
Sailing duration to Port Louis: 16 days

LANDFALL 22: PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
Estimated arrival date: January 28th, 2022
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 44 and 45
Sailing duration to Cape Town: 16 days

LANDFALL 23: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Estimated arrival date: March 6th
Darwin Ambassadors Groups 46 and 47
Sailing duration to Saint Helena: 12 days

LANDFALL 24: SAINT HELENA ISLAND
Estimated arrival date: April 8th
Darwin Ambassadors Group 48
Sailing duration to Ascension Island: 5 days

LANDFALL 25: ASCENSION ISLAND
Estimated arrival date: April 24th
Darwin Ambassadors Group 49
Sailing duration to Terceira, the Azores: 21 days

LANDFALL 21: TERCEIRA, THE AZORES
Estimated arrival date: May 26th
Darwin Ambassadors Group 50
Sailing duration to Falmouth: 9 days

VOYAGE END: FALMOUTH, ENGLAND
Estimated arrival date: June 16th, 2022

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