Custom-designed for cruising in the Galapagos Islands, the 20-passenger Letty yacht prides itself on creating sustainable, small-group adventures. It operates two 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can easily be combined to create a comprehensive 15-day cruise.

Expert naturalist guides will lead you on an exciting range of daily excursions, including hikes through ancient lava fields, snorkeling with sea lions and zodiac rides to discover the archipelago’s endemic wildlife. Spot all three species of boobies at the tuff formation of Punta Pitt, discover the underwater wonders while snorkeling at Devil’s Crown and get up close to giant tortoises at the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. 

Letty cruises are limited to just 20 passengers in their ten fully air-conditioned staterooms, with elegant communal areas and a spacious sundeck where you can soak up the Galapagos views. Dine on delicious cuisine prepared by the yacht’s culinary school-trained chefs and take advantage of the Galapagos and Darwin literature available in the onboard library. 

In addition to guided excursions and informative sessions by English-speaking naturalist guides, Letty cruises include complimentary use of kayaks to get a different perspective on the archipelago. Begin your adventure with the Captain’s welcome party while getting to know your fellow travelers, then bid farewell to your friendly crew during a celebratory cocktail event. 

Itinerary

8 Day A Cruise Overview -

Sunday - (Itinerary A)

Fly into Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island where our crew will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll be escorted by bus to the dock and then by zodiac to your Eric and Letty yacht anchored in the bay. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard before traveling by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or Frigatebird Hill where you can spot nesting colonies of both great and magnificent frigatebirds. 

 

Monday (Itinerary A)

Begin the day on the beautiful coral beach at Cerro Brujo where you can go snorkeling with sea lions or kayaking to spot its myriad bird life. While you enjoy lunch on board, we’ll cruise to the northeastern tip of San Cristobal Island and Punta Pitt, a tuff formation where all three species of boobies can be spotted - blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed - together with frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels. 

 

Tuesday (Itinerary A)

This morning we’ll disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, which boasts the highest rate of endemism in the Galapagos. You’ll be greeted by a playful colony of sea lions and curious hood mockingbirds, with the opportunity to witness the magnificent waved albatross perform their wild mating ritual from April to December. In addition to blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, the island is home to red-billed tropicbirds, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves and hawks, together with a unique species of marine iguana and colorful sally light-foot crabs. 

After lunch on board, we’ll make a wet landing at Gardner Bay and walk along its picture-perfect white sands to visit a large colony of sea lions. Swim with these playful creatures or opt to explore the bay and its offshore islets by kayak, with excellent snorkeling at nearby Tortuga Rock. Jump aboard a zodiac to visit the invertebrate-filled caves or go birdwatching to spot Galapagos hawk, hood mockingbirds and Darwin finches.

 

Wednesday (Itinerary A)

Today you’ll discover the rich human history of the Galapagos on Floreana Island, beginning with a landing at the green-sand beach of Punta Cormorant. Follow the walking trail that leads to a brackish lagoon where pintail ducks, common stilts and greater flamingos can be spotted before winding your way through vegetation that includes scalesia, morning glory and cut leaf daisies to a powdery white beach where sea turtles nest. Don’t miss the opportunity to go snorkeling at Devil’s Crown, a sunken crater that’s been colonized by an incredible array of colorful fish and coral. 

After lunch, we’ll visit Post Office Bay, which is famed for the wooden barrel that was placed here in the late 18th century to serve as a makeshift postbox for English whaling vessels. Leave your postcards here for loved ones back home before returning to the yacht for dinner. 

 

Thursday (Itinerary A)

This morning we’ll journey by bus into the highlands of Santa Cruz, traveling through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos Islands. See giant tortoises in their natural habitat at Las Primicias reserve and explore the largest lava tubes in the Galapagos while keeping an eye out for the bright red male vermilion flycatcher.  

After lunch, we’ll visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, which is also known as the Charles Darwin Research Station, to learn about the vital conservation work being done in the archipelago and see giant tortoises at all stages of development. You’ll then have time to explore the social heart of the island in Puerto Ayora, with the option to dine at a local restaurant or return to the yacht for a buffet dinner.

 

Friday (Itinerary A)

Experience some of the Galapagos’ most fascinating volcanic landscapes on a visit to Bartolome Island where you’ll embark on a short hike to the summit of its once-active volcano. Marvel at the lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones before taking in the expansive panoramas across the island towards the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Return to the shores where you can go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters to spot schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or embark on a zodiac excursion along the coast. 

After lunch, we’ll cruise to Las Bachas, a long stretch of soft white sand that’s named after the barges that were left here by U.S. forces. Enjoy a short walk to the interior lagoons where greater flamingos can be seen feeding in the shallow waters. Then head towards Sombrero Chino where we’ll make a wet landing at its sea lion-filled beach before following a trail through cracked lava formations and tubes. Keep an eye out for oystercatchers and marine iguanas, then grab the opportunity to go snorkeling at a site that’s frequented by Galapagos penguins. 

 

Saturday (Itinerary A)

Begin the day with a dry landing on South Plaza Island, following a trail through opuntia cactus and sesuvium where land iguanas can often be seen feeding and on to visit a colony of bachelor sea lions. Swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds can often be seen nesting in the tall cliffs here. 

After lunch back onboard, we’ll make a dry landing at North Seymour Island to spot blue-footed boobies and the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos Islands. Watch as sea lions surf the northern swells before returning to the yacht for the Captain’s Farewell cocktail party and your final dinner onboard, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

 

Sunday (Itinerary A)

Begin your final day in the Galapagos Islands with a visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to gain an insight into the natural and human history of the islands. You’ll then have some time to explore the port and grab some final souvenirs before transferring to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. 

 

8 Day B Cruise Overview

Sunday (Itinerary B)

Fly into Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island where our crew will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll be escorted by bus to the dock and then by zodiac to your Eric and Letty yacht anchored in the bay. 

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard before traveling into the highlands to visit Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo, also known as La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where you can get up close to giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Learn about their origins and evolution, as well as threats to their survival by introduced animals, then follow a short walking trail to spot San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both of which are endemic to the island.  

Return to the yacht for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner with your new travel companions. 

Return to the yacht for a cruise around Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock, a vertical tuff cone that rises abruptly out of the ocean and provides a nesting habitat for blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Then be treated to the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner with your new travel companions. 

 

Monday (Itinerary B)

Today we will journey to Genovesa Island, which is considered one of the most spectacular bird watching destinations in the Galapagos. After a wet landing on the coral sands of Darwin Bay where swallow-tailed and lava gulls can be spotted, we’ll walk through a forest of Opuntia cactus where great frigatebirds nest. Watch as the males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females, then continue hiking through the rich intertidal zone where an impressive variety of wildlife can be seen. 

After lunch on board, we’ll make a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps where red-footed boobies can be seen nesting in the Palo Santo trees, together with Nazca boobies, storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl. Jump aboard a kayak or zodiac to spot beautiful red-billed tropicbirds in the cliff crevices or opt to snorkel from the beach with sea lions and a myriad of marine life. 

 

Tuesday (Itinerary B)

This morning we’ll cruise to Las Bachas, a long stretch of soft white sand that’s named after the barges left here by U.S. forces. Enjoy a short walk to the interior lagoons where greater flamingos can be seen feeding in the shallow waters. We’ll then continue to Black Turtle Cove for a zodiac ride to explore its mangrove-lined inlets while keeping an eye out for sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. 

Stretch your legs on a hike to Cerro Dragon, with the opportunity to spot Darwin finches, Galapagos flycatchers and Audubon shearwaters en route to a colony of endemic land iguanas that are known for their orange-yellow color. From the top of the hill, there are magnificent views of the island covered in Opuntia cactus and palo santo vegetation. 

As you enjoy dinner on board, we’ll sail toward the western islands, crossing the equator for the second time. 

 

Wednesday (Itinerary B)

Begin the day’s adventure with a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine island in the archipelago. Witness marine iguanas basking along the rocky shores and a colony of bachelor sea lions that fiercely guard their territory, with flightless cormorants and Galapagos hawks often seen soaring overhead. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling with sea turtles before we cross the Bolivar Channel where whales and dolphins are often spotted riding the bow wave. 

In the afternoon we’ll disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island to explore the marine remnants of an uplifted seabed along its shores. Urbina is home to a large population of colorful land iguanas, as well as Darwin finches, brown pelicans and flightless cormorants. Venture below the water’s surface to go snorkeling before a zodiac ride at Punta Vicente Roca for impressive views of its tuff walls and wave-sculpted cave. 

 

Thursday (Itinerary B)

After breakfast on board, we’ll explore beautiful Elizabeth Bay by zodiac, beginning with a visit to a secluded cove lined with red mangroves where turtles and rays can often be seen. We’ll travel to the rocky islets of Las Marielas that are home to colonies of nesting penguins, flightless cormorants and giant marine iguanas, followed by a dry landing at Tagus Cove. It was a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, with graffiti dating back to the 1800's decorating its rocky cliffs.

In the afternoon, we’ll embark on an uphill hike to a salt-water lagoon that boasts stunning views of the island and have the option to go snorkeling or explore the shoreline by kayak. Then enjoy a never-ending starry night sky out on deck as we cross the equator for the last time. 

 

Friday (Itinerary B)

Begin the day with a stroll along the shores of Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, keeping an eye out for octopus, starfish and marine iguanas feeding in the tidal pools. Lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons can often be spotted along the trail that leads to the grottos, a series of deep pools where we’ll encounter fur sea lions that were once on the verge of extinction. 

After lunch on board, we’ll disembark at Rabida Island, which is considered the geographic center of the Galapagos due to its diversified volcanic rocks. It’s renowned for its dark red sand beach that results from a high content of iron in the volcanic stones, with marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin Finches spotted here. Enjoy an easy walk to a salt water lagoon where greater flamingos often feed, then snorkel alongside sea lions in an experience not to be missed. 

Return to the yacht for the Captain’s Farewell cocktail party and dinner onboard, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

 

Saturday (Itinerary B)

This morning we’ll journey by bus into the highlands of Santa Cruz, traveling through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos Islands. See giant tortoises in their natural habitat at Las Primicias reserve and explore the largest lava tubes in the Galapagos while keeping an eye out for the bright red male vermilion flycatcher.  

After lunch, we’ll visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, which is also known as the Charles Darwin Research Station, to learn about the vital conservation work being done in the archipelago and see giant tortoises at all stages of development. You’ll then have time to explore the social heart of the island in Puerto Ayora, with the option to dine at a local restaurant or return to the yacht for a buffet dinner. 

 

Sunday (Itinerary B)

Begin your final day in the Galapagos Islands with a visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to gain an insight into the natural and human history of the islands. You’ll then have some time to explore the port and grab some final souvenirs before transferring to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. 

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Nov 18, 2018 to Nov 25, 2018
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Nov 25, 2018 to Dec 02, 2018
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Dec 02, 2018 to Dec 09, 2018
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Dec 09, 2018 to Dec 16, 2018
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Jan 06, 2019 to Jan 13, 2019
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Jan 13, 2019 to Jan 20, 2019
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Jan 20, 2019 to Jan 27, 2019
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Jan 27, 2019 to Feb 03, 2019
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Feb 03, 2019 to Feb 10, 2019
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Feb 17, 2019 to Feb 24, 2019
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Feb 24, 2019 to Mar 03, 2019
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Mar 03, 2019 to Mar 10, 2019
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Mar 17, 2019 to Mar 24, 2019
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Mar 24, 2019 to Mar 31, 2019
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Apr 21, 2019 to Apr 28, 2019
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Apr 28, 2019 to May 05, 2019
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May 05, 2019 to May 12, 2019
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May 12, 2019 to May 19, 2019
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Jun 02, 2019 to Jun 09, 2019
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Jun 09, 2019 to Jun 16, 2019
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Jun 16, 2019 to Jun 23, 2019
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Jun 23, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019
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Jul 07, 2019 to Jul 14, 2019
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Jul 14, 2019 to Jun 21, 2019
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Jul 21, 2019 to Jul 28, 2019
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Jul 28, 2019 to Aug 04, 2019
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Aug 11, 2019 to Aug 18, 2019
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Aug 18, 2019 to Aug 25, 2019
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Aug 25, 2019 to Sep 01, 2019
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Sep 01, 2019 to Sep 08, 2019
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Sep 08, 2019 to Sep 15, 2019
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Sep 15, 2019 to Sep 22, 2019
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Sep 22, 2019 to Sep 29, 2019
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Sep 29, 2019 to Oct 06, 2019
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Oct 06, 2019 to Oct 13, 2019
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Oct 13, 2019 to Oct 20, 2019
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Sep 20, 2019 to Oct 27, 2019
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Oct 27, 2019 to Nov 03, 2019
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Nov 03, 2019 to Nov 10, 2019
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Nov 17, 2019 to Nov 24, 2019
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Nov 24, 2019 to Dec 01, 2019
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Dec 08, 2019 to Dec 15, 2019
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Supplementary Information

2018/2019 Prices Per Person:

  • Iguana Deck - Double $4700
  • Iguana Deck - Triple $4500
  • Booby Deck - Double $5100
  • Dolphin Deck - Double $5600

*Single $8225 - will be allocated best available cabin

Included: 

  • Cabin accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail
  • House wine and local beer served complimentary during dinner
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Use of wet suits
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards
  • Transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock.

Not Included: 

  • International Airfare
  • Airfare to Galapagos
  • Galapagos entrance fee (park tax)
  • Transit control card
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to guides and crew
  • Purchases on board 
  • Travel insurance.

Galapagos Park Tax: The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults and $50 for children 11 and younger and is not included in the cruise rate.

Transit Control Card – A TCT card or tarjeta de control de transito is $20 per person and is required by INGALA for all visitors to Galapagos to control migration to the Islands.

Holiday Departures
On holiday departures that fall over Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, there are no discounts offered of any kind and a single cabin has 100% supplement.  In addition, there is a holiday supplement of $235 net per person in 2018 and $250 net per person in 2019.

Family Departures
On departures where there is a Family designated date  yachts will be designated for families traveling with children. We do not offer these weeks for adults who are traveling without any children.   Children age 6 to 11 get 25% discount off the cruise rate and teens age 12 to 17 get 15% discount off the cruise rate (excluding holiday weeks) and cannot be combined with other discounts. There is a limit of one discount per adult or full fare.

*EPI - Includes a cultural exchange or Scientific Project with local students from Ecology Project International.

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Ship Details

Come face-to-face with the Galapagos’ iconic wildlife onboard the custom-designed Letty, a superior first-class yacht that caters to up to 20 guests. Spread over three decks, the ten spacious staterooms feature polished teak interiors and brass fittings, together with windows or portholes.

Relax in the cozy lounge area that’s complete with a flatscreen TV and library while soaking up the Galapagos views through the panoramic picture windows. The Letty also features a spacious sun deck where you can kick back in a lounger, as well as a stylish dining room and a well-stocked bar. 

Technical Specifications M/Y Letty

Type: Superior first class motor yachts
Year Built: 1991-1994 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising
Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins
Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides
Cruising Speed: 8 knots

L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters
Beam: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters
Draft: 6 feet / 1.8 meters
Gross Tons: 240

Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel
Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW
Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters
Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day
Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters

Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer
Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios

Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified)
40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights,
Portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder)
EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)

Classification: IRS (International Register of Shipping)
Certification: Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (Ecuadorean authority under SOLAS 1974 modified by protocol 1988) Safety Management Certificate (Under SOLAS 1974 as amended).

Staterooms

Dolphin Deck

Cabins #1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds or one double bed and picture windows.
Cabin # 2 has one double bed and picture window.
(Cabins average 95 square feet / 8.8 square meters)

Booby Deck

Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows.
(Cabins average 90 square reef / 8.4 square meters)

Iguana Deck

Cabins #7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and port lights.
Cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with port lights and can be sold as triples.
(Cabins average 110 square feet / 10.2 square meters)

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FAQ & More

Where are the Galapagos Islands are located?

The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon)are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.

What is the weather like?

Because the Galapagos Islands are on the equator, it’s warm most of the year. The warmest season is usually January to April and average temperatures range from a low of 70F/22C to around of 84F/31C. This is also the “wet season” and there may be afternoon thundershowers. During a severe El Nino year, it’s more likely to rain at any time of day. April to December is considered the “dry season” and is cooler, with average temperatures ranging from around 68F/19C to 82F/27C. At this time of year it is not uncommon to have the "garua" (misty rain) early in the morning and in the highlands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Our experience is that the time of year doesn’t make a lot of difference in terms of the amount of rain as there isn’t enough to impact your trip too much

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

Whenever your schedule allows! Because it’s on the equator, air temperatures don’t change a lot. However water temperature does fluctuate as much as ten degrees during the year. The cooler Humboldt Current comes up from Antarctica from May to September/October and the sea is cooler and tends to be rougher at this time of year. Cooler water temperatures mean you generally see more sea life because there is more food for the animals that depend on the planktons and other sea nourishment. From November to April, the cooler Panama Current flows from the north and brings warmer water. The sea tends to be calmer at this time of year. If you’re doing a cruise, and you are prone to seasickness, you might want to consider coming in the November to April time frame.

What is the best way to get to the Galapagos Islands?

From the U.S. and Canada there are daily flights via Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Miami, to both Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you are short on time flying directly to and from Guayaquil may save you time as our Galapagos Unbound trip begins in Guayaquil.

Do you arrange international air to Ecuador?

We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like.

Do you take care of our ticketing for air travel within Ecuador?

Yes. When you book a tour with us we add your Ecuador flights to your invoice. Flights to the Galapagos depart several times daily from both Quito and Guayaquil aboard Boeing 737’s or Airbus 320’s or similar.

Will we have to exchange any money before we travel to Ecuador or once in the country?

Ecuador uses the US dollar which was adopted as the official currency in 2000. Be sure to bring cash bills in good condition because bills with markings or tears won’t be accepted. There are also ATM machines in the larger towns. It’s a good idea to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling to Ecuador so they don’t stop the transactions.

Are you able to arrange extensions to our Galapagos tour?

We have been running trips in Ecuador since 1992 and know the country well. We have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be to the Amazon, the Cloud Forest, the highlands in the north or south, or whatever might be your special interest. We can also arrange extensions to Peru and Machu Picchu.

How far in advance should I book?

There are a lot of arrangements to be made for a Galapagos adventure. It’s very helpful with our planning if you book four to 12 months in advance especially at Christmas Break. However, if you can’t plan that far ahead, then it’s usually not a problem to book up to about two months in advance. If you find yourself looking for last-minute space just call us and check!

How much snorkeling will I do on this trip?

There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos.

Do I need previous snorkeling experience?

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip. It’s best to buy your own mask and snorkel (around $20-$45) so that you have a good fit and for better hygiene. Fins are less necessary but are nice to have in terms of going a little faster.

Can I rent snorkel equipment in the Galapagos?

The yachts have all the equipment available on board however you can exclusively rent a wet-suit for the week for a small additional charge.

Do I need a wet-suit?

Depending on the time of year you travel it may or may not be necessary - most travelers do however appreciate the extra layer for warmth as the sea rarely gets warmer than 75F

What should we pack?

LONG PANTS (lightweight, khakis) SHORTS (Bermudas or other) SHORT SLEEVED SHIRTS, T-SHIRTS LONG SLEEVED SHIRTS (JUL-NOV) WINDBREAKER or SWEATSHIRT BATHING SUITS (2) WALKING SHOES OR LIGHT HIKING BOOTS UBBER-SOLED SHOES OR BOAT SHOES SPORT SANDALS WITH A VELCRO STRAP SMALL BACKPACK or KNAPSACK WATER BOTTLE WIDE BRIMMED HAT, BANDANA CAMERA (with extra memory cards and waterproof bag) UNDERWATER CAMERA SMALL PAIR OF BINOCULARS SUNGLASSES/ STRAP, SUNSCREEN SEA SICKNESS MEDICATION PERSONAL MEDICATION

Do I need any special Vaccinations to travel to the Galapagos?

There are no special requirements but we do recommend having your tetanus shot up to date.

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