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First Class Galapagos Cruises - Eric, Letty and Flamingo I
Eric, Letty, FlamingoI

SERVICES

Starting January 29, 2012, all Galapagos cruises will operate two alternating unique full week 7 night itineraries approved by the Galapagos National Park. The change is a result of park efforts to reduce the impact on erosion, reduce the pressure and possible stress on wildlife at the 14 most popular visitor sites in the archipelago, by redistributing visitor numbers across more sites. All tour boats in Galapagos must comply with this new regulation which will ultimately enhance visitor experience.

You can combine the two itineraries for a comprehensive 15 day itinerary as no visitor site can be repeated twice. Guests who book two consecutive weeks back to back are eligible for a 5% discount applicable any week (excluding holidays). For scuba divers who want to combine diving in Galapagos with wildlife top side, we offer one week on our dive vessel, the Galapagos Sky combined with one week on Eric, Flamingo or Letty with a 5% discount on selected departure dates.

DIVE PACKAGES will no longer be available on regular departures. For dive cruises please check the Sky-Dancer itinerary.

Small guide-to-passenger ratio (one expert guide for every 10 passengers) ensure intimate visits on shore. Our guides emphasize outdoor activities including: nature walks, snorkeling, kayaking and special interests: such as photography, birdwatching, scuba diving and marine biology.

Onboard, comfort is a key feature. All cabins are outside-facing with window or portholes, air-conditioning and private bath, hair dryers and beach towels. Departures are all inclusive. There is no extra charge for beverages (mineral water, soda or juice).

Ecoventura is the only company in Galapagos that provides snorkeling equipment (masks, fins and snorkels), custom wet suits (in various sizes for men, women and children) and clear-bottom sea kayaks (two doubles per yacht) at no additional cost.

Wet suits are most popular from June to November when water temperatures are between 65°F and 72°F. Any passenger who would like to reserve a wet suit in their size prior to the cruise may do so at a charge of $25 for 7 nights or $20 for 5 nights. The fee will be charged to the account on board and paid at the end of the cruise. Reserved wet suits will be removed from the inventory and set aside for exclusive use during the cruise. Passengers are still entitled to use the remaining wet suits on board at no additional charge. However, they are available on a first come first serve basis and there is no guarantee there will be one available in your size unless you reserve in advance.

Laundry service is now available to passengers on our 7-night itinerary provided by a local company in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. On Friday morning, passengers can arrange to have clothes picked up to be laundered. The laundry will be delivered in the afternoon when passengers return from the visits. All laundry bills must be paid directly to the company in cash (US dollars).

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M/Y ERIC, FLAMINGO I, and LETTY
Luxury yachts with smart voayager standards


In 1990, we outfitted our signature fleet of three 20-passenger first class motor-yachts, the M/Y ERIC, FLAMINGO I, and LETTY. We custom-designed each of these identical yachts exclusively for Galapagos excursions. Eighty-three-feet long with 24-foot beams, the yachts offer spacious accommodations for small groups. Twenty passengers and two guides per yacht ensure that each guest enjoys a personalized voyage.

The interior is designed in polished teak wood and features fully air conditioned cabins, public spaces, dining room, well-stocked bar, conference area with television, VCR, stereo cassette/CD equipment, and book and video library. Picture windows surround the upper two decks and offer spectacular panoramic views of the sea and landscape. Enjoy ocean breezes on sun-deck lounge chairs and at observation points.

Accommodations include ten cabins located on three decks, each with a large private bathroom and a fresh, hot-and-cold-water shower. Either two twin lower beds or one double bed, a roomy closet, drawers, overhead storage, separate climate controls, intercom system, bottled water, hair dryer, toiletries, and fresh towels grace the inside of each cabin. Enjoy three meals a day featuring both international and Ecuadorian specialties. Snorkeling equipment, wet suits, sea kayaks, and beach towels are provided at no additional charge.

dining area Dolphin Deck Twin observation deck

A seasoned captain, eight dedicated crew members, and two experienced, English-speaking naturalist guides attend to the details of your Galapagos cruise. Each naturalist takes a group of no more than 10 passengers on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the Islands' diverse wildlife. Small wooden boats locally called pangas ferry passengers to shore for Island visits.

Start each day with a casual breakfast buffet that includes fresh, exotic fruit juices, eggs cooked to order, toast, café con leche and a variety of cereals. At lunch, enjoy a buffet of crisp salads, healthy Pastas, assorted fresh vegetables, produce, meats and fish all creatively prepared. Unwind in the evening with creamy soups, ceviche, grilled seafood, roasted potato salad, unique deserts, and other delicacies both Ecuadorian and international cuisines.

Departures are all inclusive. There is no extra charge for beverages (mineral water, soda or juice). And, snorkeling equipment, custom wet suits, beach towels and sea kayaks are available at no additional cost.

Trips depart from San Cristobal on Sundays and offer weeklong, comprehensive itineraries that visit the islands most spectacular sites.

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Boat Map

M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty have been built in 1991 and are refurbished annually. These identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bathroom (hot and cold water showers), bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows. Or you can relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes and a sky full of stars.


DOLPHIN DECK

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

BOOBY DECK

Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows.
(cabins average 90 square feet)

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. These two cabins can be used as triples.
(cabins average 110 square feet)

SINGLE

Single cabins are assigned to the best cabin available at the time of sailing.

Booby Deck CabinDolphin Deck CabinIguana Deck Cabin
Booby Deck Dolphin Deck Iguana Deck


First Class Ecological Galapagos Cruises
Galapagos Cruises

GALAPAGOS CRUISE - 8 Days / 7 Nights - Route A

All cruise ships are now required to run alternate itineraries in order to reduce the impact on the various sites most frequently visited by cruise ships. You can choose from itinerary A or B, or do both together, back-to-back.

SUN : Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL (Chatham)
Cerro Tijeretas & Leon Dormido, SAN CRISTOBAL

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL, our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you by bus to the main dock and then by zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. We travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or “Frigatebird Hill” situated on the edge of town. This is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigate birds (Great and Magnificent). The trail leads to Punta Carola where there are beautiful vistas. We find lava lizards, the medium ground finch and Chatham mockingbird. We return to the yacht to join our fellow yacht mates this evening for your briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our culinary school-trained chefs.

MON : Cerro Brujo (SN, PR, KY) SAN CRISTOBAL Punta Pitt, (SN, PR) SAN CRISTOBAL

We arrive to Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, considered one of the most spectacular in Galapagos and perfect for a peaceful walk with expansive views and good bird watching. We have an opportunity to kayak from the beach or swim with sea lions. A Zodiac ride takes us through a cave called The Cathedral. During lunch, we cruise toward the northeastern tip of SAN CRISTOBAL to Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies: Blue footed, Nazca and Red-footed boobies, both Frigate species, swallow-tailed gulls, Storm petrels, Shearwaters, Brown pelicans and a colony of sea lions. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first class site for birds and on par with Genovesa (Tower) Island. Here we can snorkel at Pitt Rock with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. We return to the yacht to cruise around Leon Dormido or 'Kicker Rock', a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, we spot Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

sea lionsTUE : Punta Suarez, ESPANOLA (Hood) - Gardner Bay (SN, PR, KY) ESPANOLA (Hood)

We disembark at Punta Suarez, ESPANOLA (Hood), where we witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily green us as we land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, perform their wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in 'sky-pointing' to show off for potential mates. Nazca boobies busily care for their young. Stunning swallow-tailed gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world and fish at night. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. We also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. Observe a unique specie of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colorings. Colorful sally light-foot crabs crawl along the shoreline near to the famous 'blow hole.
After lunch we have a wet landing on Gardner Bay, ESPANOLA (Hood), walk along seemingly endless stretch of this white sandy beach where you’ll find large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore or take a long walk. You may find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches or Hood Mockingbird. Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or just relax on the beach. There’s an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock. Explore caves by Zodiac covered with invertebrates. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

raysWED : Punta Cormorant (PR), Devil's Crown or Champion (SN), FLOREANA - Post Office Bay (PR, SN), FLOREANA

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, FLOREANA (Charles), one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich human history with mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow crowned nigh heron, blue footed boobies and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos Flycatcher, Yellow warblers and the Greater Flamingos, the pinkest in the world! Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Black, red and white mangroves, Palo Verde and Scalesia. The trail leads to a beach with power soft sand where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, we have an opportunity to snorkel at Devil's Crown or Champion, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Today our lunch is served on the sundeck if weather conditions permit. After lunch, we visit Post office Bay, not the most scenic, but one of the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was erected and put into use in the late 18th Century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area. There is a chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, we take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point where we spot sea turtles and rays. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

THU : Highlands of SANTA CRUZ (Indefatigable) CCFL (Darwin Station), SANTA CRUZ

We travel by bus to the highlands of SANTA CRUZ Island. The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, we visit the tortoise reserve at 'Las Primicias' one of the private farms in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. We stop at 'the tunnels', the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos. We visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for 'The Twins', a pair of large pit craters where we may see the red male vermilion flycatcher. Next, we visit Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (aka the Charles Darwin Research Station). We visit the tortoise and land iguana corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Lonesome George is no longer with us but there is Diego, 'The Professor' who has been more successful at mating. Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000. After lunch and briefing on board, we return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet cafe. You have the option to remain in town on your own account to stimulate the local economy or you can return to the boat for dinner. There is a schedule for zodiac transportation from the yacht to town later in the evening.

FRI : Bartolome (PR, SN) Las Bachas (SN) or Black Turtle Cove (PR) or Sombrero Chino (PR,SN)

We disembark at BARTOLOME, where it seems like we are walking on the moon. This young Island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way, we pause to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top of the wooden stairs, we can gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and 'Pinnacle Rock', an eroded tuff cone. Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins or take a Zodiac ride. After lunch, we visit Las Bachas, Spanish for 'barges'. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the Greater Flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. Located off the Southern tip of Santiago is Sombrero Chino aka Chinese Hat that owes its name to its shape. After a wet beach landing with sea lion colonies, the trail gives way to a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble including cracked lava formations and lava tubes. We find marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers. You can choose to snorkel at a site that is frequented by Galapagos penguins. There is a briefing followed by dinner while we anchor in a calm protected area.

SAT : South Plaza Island North Seymour (PR, SN)

Today we visit SOUTH PLAZA, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trail leads us through Prickly Pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium. Here we can find the Galapagos Land Iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, we encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory. We also find Swallow tailed gulls, Shearwaters and Red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs. After lunch, we have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. We follow a trail that leads us to Swallow-tailed gulls, Blue-footed boobies and the endemic Land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds found in Galapagos. As we stroll along the beach, we find Marine Iguanas and sea lions body surf the northern swells. We return to the yacht for the Captain's Farwell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

SUN : Interpretation Center, SAN CRISTOBAL (airport)

We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999 by bus. Here we gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, we spend time in port before heading to the airport for our flight back to the mainland departing before noon time on Aerogal.

itinerary A route

Notes:

6 day/ 5 night cruise option (Sunday to Friday) – available on itinerary A only*

Passengers can disembark on Friday in Baltra for a shorter, 5 night cruise. This is available on seasonal departure dates only. The 5-night rate is a 20% discount off the 7 night cruise rate and cannot be combined with any other promotional or child discounts. For those passengers departing itinerary A early, there is an additional charge of $15 per person (2 pax minimum or $30) to provide a transfer to Baltra. The return flight from Baltra is subject to availability and confirmation is requested at the time of booking.

15 day itineraries:

You will be able to combine the two itineraries for a comprehensive 15 day itinerary as no visitor site can be repeated twice. Guests who book two consecutive weeks back to back are eligible for a 5% discount applicable any week (excluding holidays). For scuba divers who want to combine diving in Galapagos with wildlife top side, we offer one week on our dive vessel, the Galapagos Sky combined with one week on Eric, Flamingo or Letty with a 5% discount on selected departure dates.

ITINERARY POLICY:

We reserve the right at our sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the vessel, without liability for damages or refund of any kind, to deviate from the vessel's advertised or ordinary itinerary providing substitutions. We will not be held responsible for any refunds whatsoever for changes to the published or scheduled itinerary.

For booking inquiries and further information please contact Sacred Earth


First Class Ecological Galapagos Cruises

GALAPAGOS CRUISE - 8 Days / 7 Nights - Route B

All cruise ships are now required to run alternate itineraries in order to reduce the impact on the various sites most frequently visited by cruise ships. You can choose from itinerary A or B, or do both together, back-to-back.

SUN : Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL (airport) - La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, SAN CRISTOBAL

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL, our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you by bus to the dock and then by Zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. We travel by bus to the highlands to visit Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo aka La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado where the National Park has established a breeding program for the giant land tortoises that you will encounter in their natural habitat. Learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals at the information center for visitors. Along the trail, we find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your first briefing followed by our Captains welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our well-trained chefs.

Magnificent Frigate

MON : Darwin Bay (SN, PR, KY), GENOVESA (Tower), Prince Philips Steps (SN, PR, KY) GENOVESA

We spend the entire day on TOWER (Genovesa), considered to be one of the most spectacular Islands in Galapagos for bird species. We have a wet-landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where Swallow-tailed and Lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of Great Frigate birds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail leads through a rich inter tidal zone where we find a wide diversity of wildlife. After lunch, we have a dry landing at Prince Philips Steps. Red-footed boobies nest here in Palo Santo trees and Nazca Boobies nest near the trail. In an open lava field, we find Storm Petrels in large numbers. If you are lucky, we will see the elusive Short-eared owl. Chose to have a picnic lunch on deck or dine inside. Look for the beautiful Red-billed Tropic bird found in the crevices along the cliff by kayak or Zodiac. You can choose to swim or snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these northern warmer waters or for those with experience, we offer snorkeling in deeper water. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner before we cross the equator.

TUE : Las Bachas (SN) or Black Turtle Cove (PR) Cerro Dragon (SN) SANTA CRUZ

Today we visit Las Bachas, which is the Spanish translation for 'barges'. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the Greater Flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. At Black Turtle Cove aka Caleta Tortuga Negra we have a zodiac ride through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz is Cerro Dragon aka Dragon Hill. Along the trail, we find Darwin Finches, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Audubon Shearwater and the endemic land iguanas, orange-yellow in color with large spines along their backs, were once part of the Darwin Stations breeding program. We find pink flamingos feeding in the salt-water lagoon as well as other lagoon birds; stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and more. From the top of the hill, we enjoy a majestic view of the bay island covered in Opuntia cactus, Palo Santo and Cordia Lutea (muyuyu). After the briefing and dinner, we sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the second time.

blue footed booby

WED : Punta Espinosa (SN), FERNANDINA (Narborough) Urbina Bay, ISABELA (SN) (Albemarle) or Punta Vicente Roca

We have a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza, FERNANDINA, the youngest and most pristine Island in Galapagos with no introduced mammals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of Marine Iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory. Flightless Cormorants build their nest on the point and Galapagos Hawks fly overhead. There is a chance to snorkel here with sea turtles. After lunch, we cross the Bolivar Chanel where we often spot whales and dolphins riding the bow wave. We disembark at Urbina Bay, ISABELA, where we find four miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. Urbina is home to the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, occasionally giant tortoises, Darwin Finches. Brown Pelicans and Flightless Cormorants also nest here. Giant Marine Iguanas are seen along the coast. You may encounter penguins while snorkeling here. At Punta Vicente Roca, a Zodiac ride offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, we can enter the wave-sculpted cave and find sea turtle who frequent this area. You may spot the dorsal fin of a Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

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THU : Elizabeth Bay, ISABELA (PR) Tagus Cove, ISABELA (SN, PR, KY)

We visit Elizabeth Bay, ISABELA by zodiac starting with a visit to a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees. Here, turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. We motor to the rocky islets known as Las Marielas, where a colony of nesting Penguins, Flightless Cormorants and giant Marine Iguanas are found. Isabela was created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. We have a dry landing at Tagus Cove, located on the western Island of ISABELA and a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti dating back to the 1800's is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the Coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, Boobies, Pelicans and other seabirds. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take out a Kayak and explore the shoreline. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

FRI : Puerto Egas, SANTIAGO (SN) (James) Rabida Island (SN, PR, KY) (Jervis)

We stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas, SANTIAGO (James) looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons. Our walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a snorkeling opportunity. After lunch, take a seat on deck to view the dramatic landscape and dolphins that are often spotted here. We disembark on RABIDA (Jervis), located near James Island. Rabida is considered the geographic center of Galapagos because this island sports the most diversified volcanic rocks. The dark red sand beach originated from the high content of iron in the volcanic stones. While strolling along the trail, you may find marine iguanas, mocking birds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin Finches leading to a salt water lagoon where Greater Flamingos migrate. After the walk, there is not-to-miss snorkeling option with a large colony of sea lions. We return to the yacht for the Captains Farwell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

giant tortoise

SAT : Highlands of SANTA CRUZ (Indefatigable) CCFL (Darwin Station) SANTA CRUZ

We travel by bus to the highlands of SANTA CRUZ Island. The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, we visit the tortoise reserve at 'Las Primicias' one of the private farms in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. We stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos. Look out for the bright red male vermilion flycatcher. After lunch, we will have our last briefing. Today we visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena aka Charles Darwin Research Station. See all three tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. We stop at Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits and a short video presentation. Visitors can see the tortoise and land iguana corrals. Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000 inhabitants. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town on your own account. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet caf. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to the yachts.

SUN : Interpretation Center, SAN CRISTOBAL (airport)

We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999 by bus. Here we gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, we spend some time in port before heading to the airport for our flight back to the mainland departing before noon time.


Notes: 7 day/ 6 night cruise option (Sunday to Saturday) - available on itinerary B only*

Passengers can disembark on Saturday in Baltra for a shorter, 6 night cruise. This is available on seasonal departure dates only. The 6-night rate is a 10% discount off the 7 night cruise rate and cannot be combined with any other promotional or child discounts. For those passengers departing itinerary B early, there is an additional charge of $90 total when there are 3 or less passengers to provide a transfer to Baltra with a guide. For 4 or more passengers, there is no additional charge. The return flight from Baltra is subject to availability and confirmation is requested at the time of booking.

15 day itineraries:

You will be able to combine the two itineraries for a comprehensive 15 day itinerary as no visitor site can be repeated twice. Guests who book two consecutive weeks back to back are eligible for a 5% discount applicable any week (excluding holidays). For scuba divers who want to combine diving in Galapagos with wildlife top side, we offer one week on our dive vessel, the Galapagos Sky combined with one week on Eric, Flamingo or Letty with a 5% discount on selected departure dates.

ITINERARY POLICY:

We reserve the right at our sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the vessel, without liability for damages or refund of any kind, to deviate from the vessel's advertised or ordinary itinerary providing substitutions. We will not be held responsible for any refunds whatsoever for changes to the published or scheduled itinerary.

8 Days / 7 Nights - Departs Sunday:

RATES FOR 2017

All Season Rates
DOUBLE TRIPLE SINGLE Holiday Season Supplement
IGUANA DECK US$4500.00 US$4300.00 US$7700.00 US$225.00
BOOBY DECK US$4900.00 US$225.00
DOLPHIN DECK US$5400.00 US$225.00
MV ORIGIN (Premium Class) US$7500.00 US$7300.00 US$13125.00 US$375.00

Departure Dates in 2017

Route A

Route B

  • JAN 08 – JAN 15
  • JAN 22 – JAN 29
  • FEB 05 – FEB 12
  • FEB 19 – FEB 26
  • MAR 05 – MAR 12
  • MAR 19 – MAR 26
  • APR 02 – APR 09
  • APR 16 – APR 23
  • APR 30 – MAY 07
  • MAY 14 – MAY 21
  • MAY28 – JUN 04
  • JUN 11 – JUN 18
  • JUN 25 – JUL 02
  • JUL 09 – JUL 16
  • JUL 23 – JUL 30
  • AUG 06 – AUG 13
  • AUG 20 – AUG 27
  • SEP 03 – SEP 10
  • SEP 17 – SEP 24
  • OCT 01 – OCT 08
  • OCT 15 – OCT 22
  • OCT 29 – NOV 05
  • NOV 12 – NOV 19
  • NOV 26 – DEC 03
  • DEC 10 – DEC 17
  • DEC 24 – DEC 31
  • JAN 01 – JAN 08
  • JAN 15 – JAN 22
  • JAN 29 – FEB 05
  • FEB 12 – FEB 19
  • FEB 26 – MAR 05
  • MAR 12 – MAR 19
  • MAR 26 – APR 02
  • APR 09 – APR 16*
  • APR 23 – APR 30
  • MAY 07 – MAY 14
  • MAY 21 – MAY 28
  • JUN 04 – JUN 11
  • JUN 18 – JUN 25
  • JUL 02 – JUL 09
  • JUL 16 – JUL 23
  • JUL 30 – AUG 06
  • AUG 13 – AUG 20
  • AUG 27 – SEP 03
  • SEP 10 – SEP 17
  • SEP 24 – OCT 01
  • OCT 08 – OCT 15
  • OCT 22 – OCT 29
  • NOV 05 – NOV 12
  • NOV 19 – NOV 26
  • DEC 03 – DEC 10
  • DEC 17 – DEC 24*
  • DEC 31 – JAN 07

* denotes holiday season departure which incurs a supplement charge

Included in your cruise rate Not included in your cruise rate
  • Your cabin accommodation on board
  • All meals and snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Mineral water
  • Captain's welcome and farewell cocktail
  • Guide services
  • Shore excursions
  • Use of wet suits
  • Snorkeling equipment and sea kayaks
  • Transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock
  • International Airfare
  • Airfare to Galapagos
  • Galapagos entrance fee (park tax)
  • Transit Control Card US$20
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to guides and crew
  • Purchases on board
  • Laundry service
  • Travel insurance
  • Ecuador departure tax

Galapagos Seasons

January

Warm marine currents arrive. Land birds start nesting On Espanola, the adult male marine iguanas become brightly colored. The green sea turtle arrives to the beaches of Galapagos to lay their eggs. Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela. Water and air temperatures rise and stay warm until June. Warm waters are comfortable for snorkeling.

February

On Floreana, Greater flamingos and White-cheeked pintails start their breeding season Nazca boobies on Espanola are at the end of their nesting season. Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz. Highest water temperature reaches 25°C (77°F) and remains until April. Galapagos doves nesting season reaches its peak.

March

Sporadic tropical rains and intense sun. Air temperature can reach up to 30°C (86°F), water temperatures reach their maximum. Marine iguanas nest in Fernandina. On March 21st, the summer equinox signals the beginning of Spring. The waved albatross arrive to Espanola to begin their breeding cycle.

April

Massive arrival of waved albatross to Espanola to begin their courtships. Hatching season ends for giant tortoises. Green sea turtles eggs begin to hatch. Land iguanas hatch on Isabela.

May

North Seymours blue-footed boobies begin their courtship. Sea turtles are still hatching on Gardner Bay and Punta Cormorants. Palo santo trees begin to shed their foliage. Albatross on Espanola start laying their eggs. Band-rumped storm petrels begin their first nesting period.

June

Beginning of the dry season with the arrival of the Humbolt current. Giant tortoises migrate from the highlands to lowlands for suitable nesting places to start the nesting season.

July

Sea birds are active, especially blue-footed boobies on Espanola Flightless cormorants court and nest on Fernandina. It is possible to find oyster catchers nesting on Puerto Egas. Lava lizards initiate mating rituals until November. Whales and dolphins are more likely to be observed, especially off the Western coast of Isabela.

August

The Galapagos hawks court on Espanola and Santiago. Large colonies of Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed gulls nest on Genovesa. Temperature of the ocean descends to 18°C (64°F) which obviously varies according to the geographic zones among the islands. Migrant shore birds start to arrive, and stay on the islands until March. Giant tortoises return to the highlands.

September

Peak of the dry season. The air temperature reaches its lowest (19°C 66°F). Penguins demonstrate remarkable activity on Bartolome until December. Sea lions are very active, females give birth, specially in the western and central areas of the Archipelago. Most species of marine birds remain active at their nesting sites.

October

Lava herons nest until March. The Galapagos fur seals begin their mating period. Boobies raise their chicks on Espanola.

November

Sea lion pups are active on the Eastern part of the Archipelago. Breeding season of brown noddies and Band-rumped storm petrels begin their second nesting period.

December

The islands receive warm waters from the basin of Panama; the Panama Flow. Hatching of the giant tortoises eggs begins and lasts until April. Green sea turtles display their mating behavior. The warm season begins and all of the plants of the dry zone produce leaves. Galapagos 'turns green'. The first young albatross fledge.



PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

Climate & Marine Currents

Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. The larger islands with volcanic peaks have a variety of climatic zones. The coastal areas are arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions. The highland areas receive moisture almost all year round, which support lush vegetation. Temperatures are determined almost entirely by ocean currents, which are influenced by the trade winds.

There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. The Galapagos get an average of ten inches of rain per year, so it is never considered "rainy". Unlike most equatorial regions, the Galapagos are not hot and humid; they lie instead in one of the Pacific's "dry zones" where temperatures remain abnormally low, cooled by upwelling in the sea. The Galapagos cycle through two distinct seasons: the warm/wet season (January to June) and the cool/dry season (July to December).

From June to November, the cold Humboldt Current sweeps northward from the Antarctica . When it reaches the northern tip of Peru , the southeast tradewinds push it toward the Galapagos. This mass of cold water cools the air and creates an inversion layer over the islands. The inversion upsets the usual weather pattern associated with the tropics. While the lowlands are experiencing drought, the highlands receive misty precipitation locally known as "garua" (pronounced gah-ru-ah) season, which means mist in Spanish.

During the months from December to May, the cooling current subside, temperatures rise and the southeast trade winds and the Humboldt Current vanish. Warm waters flow south from Panama. Periods of rain are strong but are of short duration. Temperatures are warm and sunny days outnumber cloudy days. Some years, the flow of warm water is greater than normal and a phenomenon known as "El Niño" results. Surface water temperatures climb higher than usual and rainfall greatly increases. Life on land flourishes, but seabirds and marine life frequently experience extreme breeding failures.



JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Temperatures 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
min air temp. 70 74 74 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
avg. sea temp 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
avg. rainfall (inches) 1 1 2 1.5 .75 .25 .50 .25 .50 .25 .50 .50

Water Remperatures

May to November at Wolf & Darwin: 74-78 degrees F
May to November in Central Islands : 65-72 degrees F
December to April at Wolf & Darwin: 76-80 degrees F
December to April in Central Islands : 75-78 degrees F

PACKING LIST

Dress is casual and comfortable, and informality is basic to all activities. We recommend you pack in a collapsible, soft-sided suitcase. Checked bags should be securely locked for your security.

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

Although provided, you may want to bring your own snorkeling equipment or wet suits (from July to November). Beach towels and hair dryers are provided and therefore it is not necessary that you bring these items.

Entry Requirements:

A valid passport, with at least six months remaining before expiration, is required to enter Ecuador. Visas are not currently required for visitors for up to 90 days, however it is the passenger’s responsibility to check with their Ecuadorian consulate prior to traveling to determine if a visa is necessary.

International Flights to Ecuador:

Flights to Ecuador are currently serviced by American Airlines (Miami), United (Houston), DELTA (Atlanta), LAN (Miami and JFK), LACSA/TACA (San Jose), COPA (Panama), IBERIA (Madrid) and KLM (Amsterdam). All international tickets have the airport departure taxes included in the cost of the ticket. Local customs authorities allow two suitcases with a total combined weight of 60 kilos per person. A fee of $200.00 is charged for a third suitcase and $400.00 for a fourth suitcase, excluding carry-on bags.

Immunizations:

No inoculations are currently required for visitors to Ecuador and Galapagos. Please do check with your local health office at least two weeks prior to your departure for an update.

Time Zone:

Ecuador is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5). Daylight savings time is not observed. Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador. On board, mainland Ecuador time is observed.

Local Currency:

US Dollar is the monetary unit. Be sure to bring small bills ($1, $5, $10 are best).

Language spoken:

English is spoken aboard the vessels by guides and Captains. All crew speak Spanish.

Electricity:

110/AC 60 cycle (plugs are same as in the USA)

Passenger information form:

All passengers must complete and send this form no later than 60 days prior to departure. It includes information such as passport name, passport number, expiration, nationality and date of birth, International flight schedule, itinerary and hotel contact in Ecuador. It also includes you specify an emergency contact, medical conditions, food allergies or any special dietary requests.

Included in your Cruise Rate:

Cabin accommodation on board, all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, filtered water, house wine and local beer with dinner, welcome and farewell Captains parties, guided shore excursions, use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits and kayaks, transfers between the airport and dock in Galapagos (Sundays only).

Not Included in your Cruise Rate:

Airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos entrance fee (park tax), Transit card (TCT), gratuities for guides and crew, alcoholic beverages and purchases from the boutique.

Gratuities to Guides & Crew:

Aboard our yachts, gratuities are not included. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on their performance. Tipping is a personal matter and passengers are encouraged to tip an amount they find appropriate. For those passengers who inquire, we suggest they follow our guidelines of $200.00 per person. Gratuities are divided among all crew members including guides.

Galapagos Entrance Fee or 'Park Tax':

The Islands are part of the Ecuador National Park system and the entrance fee is $100.00 per person. Children age 11 and younger get a reduced rate of $50.00. The fee is divided up among various entities including the GNPS, Marine Reserve, agriculture, municipalities, INEFAN and INGALA.

Transit Card Fee:

All visitors to Galapagos are required to purchase a “Tarjeta de Control de Transito” or TCT card for $10.00. This card allows INGALA, the institution that controls migration to the islands to better regulate the flow of all arrivals and departure to Galapagos. Ecoventura will register all passengers in advance provided the fee is pre-paid and we receive the passenger information form.

The park tax and TCT fees are not included in the cruise rate. However, these fees are added to your cruise invoice and prepaid by Ecoventura for your convenience provided that you arrive on Sunday to Galapagos (SCY) on the Aerogal flight or you decline to prepay. For those who decline to prepay or do not arrive on Sunday with Aerogal, you will need to pre-register on line and pay the fee at the airport.

Flights to Galapagos (San Cristobal):

Flights to Galapagos for Ecoventura’s passengers are serviced by AEROGAL Airlines from Quito and Guayaquil. Flight reservations for confirmed passengers are made automatically by Ecoventura through our allotment of seats on Sundays to/from San Cristobal (SCY). Passengers who purchase their tickets through Ecoventura for the Aerogal flights will receive assistance with the check in procedure and can chose to pre-pay the park tax and transit card. A representative from Ecoventura accompanies our passengers on this flight. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger. Aerogal Airlines is required to spray inside the aircraft with a special process once doors are closed and is preparing for take-off. This is considered common procedure for flights bound to fragile island eco-systems that are susceptible to prevent any invasive species or virus being accidentally transported to the islands.

Flight Check In Procedure:

On the day of departure, please be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil two hours prior to departure for check-in. A card will be left at your hotel the evening prior with the exact check in time. You must first have your bags inspected by SICGAL as required to travel to Galapagos. Next, look for the Ecoventura representative at the AEROGAL Airline ticket counter to collect your boarding pass, transit card (if prepaid) and get assistance with check in. Do not stand in line to pay the TCT card if you have already prepaid. Upon arrival in Galapagos, you may be selected to be fingerprinted to complete the process of the migration control. Next you will form a line to process passengers for the Park entrance fee. Do inform the park representative that you are traveling with Ecoventura if you have prepaid the fee. They will have a list of prepaid passengers. Once through, our guides will be waiting for you with signs. You do not need to claim your bags, our crew will collect all baggage and deliver them to your cabin. Passengers who choose to travel to Galapagos earlier or choose to purchase tickets on another carrier will not be provided with the same services.

Transportation Contract:

All passengers will receive a cruise ticket at the airport in Guayaquil or Quito upon check in for the flight to Galapagos. The cruise ticket contains the terms and conditions of the transportation contract. In order to review the terms before you leave home, you can view this on the company web site.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend guests purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to protect you and your investment before and during your trip.

Flight Misconnection:

We recommend that all passengers traveling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection. This is particularly important for passengers traveling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions

Physical Limitations:

The majority of Ecoventura passengers are healthy, active and reasonably fit. Passengers able to walk a few hours a day unassisted will be able to fully enjoy Galapagos. Some of the excursions require more physical activity than others involving short steep climbs or long walks in hot weather or on uneven rocky trails. However, most excursions require moderate activity and the walks are at a leisurely pace. Entering and exiting the Zodiacs require that you need to be sure footed. If you are concerned about your ability to do any particular day hike, please consult with the naturalist before disembarkation. In order to enjoy your trip to its fullest potential, it is a good idea to do some exercise before your trip, such as walking, swimming or bicycling. Please see your doctor for a check-up before traveling to Ecuador. Any medical condition or physical disability that may require special attention or treatment must be advised to Ecoventura at the time of booking.

Motion Sickness:

Due to strong currents, there will be moderate movement of the vessel while navigating. Most passengers are not affected. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we strongly urge you bring some type of medication to prevent motion sickness.

Medical Facilities on Board:

The yachts carry first aid kits and medical supplies. The Captain and guides are trained in basic First Aid procedures. All yachts have radio contact with the mainland for any medical emergencies.

Communication:

Most telecommunication providers have signal in Galapagos and passengers can use their smart phones that are activated for international calling on days when the yachts are in close range to port. The yachts do not offer WiFi service.

Smoking Policy:

Smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas aboard the vessels and on the Islands. Smoking is only allowed on the outside deck in a designated smoking area.

Drinking Water:

Bottled water is provided in your cabin and is free of charge. Filtered drinking water is provided during meal times. We suggest you do not drink water from the tap in your cabin. Water bottles can be refilled from the water container located in the bar area.

Special Occasions:

You may order a bottle of wine ($30) or birthday cake ($20) to be served at dinnertime or a fruit basket ($10) for your cabin. It is prohibited to bring flowers to Galapagos. Please advise us at least 30 days prior to departure.

Purchases on Board:

Every passenger has an open tab at the bar and boutique, which are paid the last day of the cruise. We accept cash (US Dollars), Master Card or VISA credit cards only

Island visits/ Activities:

Passengers will be assigned by Ecoventura to any of the three identical sister yachts Eric, Flamingo or Letty at the companys discretion. The vessels anchor offshore at two visitor sites or Islands per day. Passengers are ferried to the landing point in zodiac style inflatable landing craft. The landings are either wet (where one must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your knees and wade to shore) or dry (where one steps from the panga directly to the volcanic rock). Your guide and Zodiac driver will assist you with a steady hand. On the Islands, one follows marked trails set by the National Park walking at a leisurely pace together with your guide. You will spend 3-4 hours at each site allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the wildlife. In addition to the guided land excursions, we offer deep water snorkeling, beach swim/snorkel, kayaking and zodiac (dingy) rides. Ecoventura is not currently offering any optional scuba diving until further notice.

Yacht & Itinerary Stipulations

Ecoventura reserves the right at its sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the vessel or National Park impact studies without liability for damages or refund of any kind to deviate from the vessels advertised or ordinary itinerary for any reason including mechanical failure. Ecoventura will not be held responsible for any refund whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary.

Snorkeling Equipment:

There are many opportunities to snorkel during the cruise, sometimes twice a day from the beach and in deep water. Masks, fins and snorkels in average sizes are available on board free of charge for use during the cruise. If you anticipate taking advantage of all snorkeling opportunities you may prefer to bring your own mask and snorkel for a proper fit.

Wet Suits:

Full 3mm wet suits are available for passengers to use during the cruise at no additional charge on a first come first serve basis. Wet suits are most popular from June to November when water temperatures are between 65 and 72 degrees.

Reserve a Wet Suit:

Passengers who would like to reserve a wet suit prior to the cruise may do so for a charge of $25.00 for the week. The fee will be charged to onboard account and paid at the end of the cruise. Reserved wet suits will be removed from the inventory and set aside for your exclusive use during the cruise. In order to reserve a wet suit, we need to know your approximate size (size selection may vary by yacht): Men: S, M, MT, L, XL, XXL, XXXL / Women: S, M, MT, L, XL / Children: S, M, L

Sea Kayaks:

Each yacht carries two tandem and one single sea kayaks. They are available at designated sites during the cruise at no charge on a first come first serve basis.

Our commitment to Preserving Galapagos

We are dedicated to preserve the ecological integrity of the Islands for both its scientific value and economic benefit. Through various projects started in 1999; maintaining the ecological certification, SmartVoyager, preserving the environment through carbon offsets, installing alternative energy sources and establishing the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund (GMBF) to benefit marine conservation and environmental education, Ecoventura has been recognized as a leader in sustainable tourism in the Galapagos.

SmartVoyager ecological certification

Ecoventura has maintained the certification of Smart Voyager since 2000, a voluntary environmental program developed by the Rainforest Alliance and Corporacion y Desarollo from Ecuador. This program has awarded tour boats with the distinction of Smart Voyager who comply with requirements to treat lightly on the areas fragile ecosystem. In order to comply, Ecoventura yachts produce their own fresh water through reverse osmosis desalinization units, and use only four stroke outboard engines on the Zodiacs. Four stroke engines are more ecological because they are 70% quieter than two-stroke engines, emit virtually no fumes and consumer 50% less fuel. Tour boats must use only lead-free or TBT-free paint. The cooling elements used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems are free of R-12 gas that could potentially escape and add to the green-house effect. Treatment of black and gray wastewater is done through purified ozone and is disposed of 12 miles from the coast as required by MARPOL. Water from the bilge is discharged 12 miles from the coast after it first goes through an eduction system that mixes bilge water 50 times to one. Only biodegradable soaps and detergents are used. No varnish is applied to the exterior walkways. Only yellow exterior lights can be used so they do not attract insects. The standards also require an improved quality of life including sanitary living conditions, medical insurance and advanced training for all crew members.

Alternative energy & reducing our footprint

Ecoventura became the first operation in the Galapagos in 2006 to completely offset carbon emissions from the companys four yachts, offices and operations (including business travel) through the purchase of carbon credits administered by NativeEnergy. In addition, the company has reduced carbon emissions 10% through various methods. In 2008, Ecoventura installed 40 solar panels and two wind generators to the M/Y ERIC, thereby operating the first hybrid yacht in the Galapagos. Almost 17% of the energy used to run the on board generators will be powered by alternative renewable energy.

Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund (GMBF)

In 2006, Established a fund administered by the World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org) in support of the Galapagos National Park and other NGO programs called the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund. The fund had helped support projects that target environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening the local communities ability to manage natural resources; such as scholarships for local students to study for two years at a University, micro-enterprise businesses for families of fishermen to provide an alternate source of income and control illegal fishing activities through a permanent floating station and refit of patrol boats.

How you can help Ecoventura benefit the local population

Ecoventura has pledged to sponsor the cost of 12 scholarships for one course/ module for local students age 16-17 from the islands of Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz to study conservation and ecology-related issues. The program is under the auspices of Ecology Project International, a non-profit NGO that has benefited over 600 Galapagos students since 2003. Students spend 50 hours in the field directly involved in conservation actions concerning invasive species and the health and release of turtles into the wild. Galapagos cruise. A $400 donation makes the course possible for one student. Ecoventura passengers can make donations at the EPI web site: www.ecologyproject.org/donate.

Ecoventura has helped to support various initiatives that benefit the local population living in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreano, San Cristobal. With a population of 5600, San Cristobal has the second largest population in the Islands. Through the foundation Gotitas de Esperanza (drops of hope), Ecoventura has pledged to sponsor the salaries for teachers and Physical Therapists who work at the Alejandro Alvear School on San Cristobal Island. Ecoventura has teamed up with Pack for a Purpose, www.packforapurpose.org, a charitable organization, By packing up to 5 lbs (2.27 kgs) of supplies suggested on the web site, you can make a big impact. The program is voluntary and available to Ecoventura passengers who would like the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children who live in Galapagos by bringing needed items with you to Galapagos. Ecoventura will collect and deliver supplies to the students at the Alejandro Alvear School.

Help us recycle and conserve energy during your cruise.

Ecoventura has implemented a waste management system and garbage-recycling program on all vessels. Please use the garbage receptacles placed on all decks with separate containers for plastics, paper, glass and organic waste. Organic waste is compacted and discharged according to International regulations and National Park requirements. Inorganic sold waste is classified into paper, glass and plastic and turned into the local municipal waste service and recycling center. Better yet try to bring any packaging back with you to dispose of in the mainland. Signs are posted in your cabins to remind you to reduce, reuse and recycle. You will find two types of towels in your cabin. The green towels are to be used for the island visits and snorkeling. The white towels are to be used in your cabin only. Our policy is to change your towels daily. However, to conserve energy, only the towels that you place on the floor will be changed.

Follow the National park rules & regulations

The National Park establishes and maintains nature trails and interpretive signs. Signs posted on board our vessels list the National Park Rules & Regulations. During the orientation, your guide will go over the Galapagos National Park rules which you are required to follow. Visitors cannot legally go anywhere in the designated National Park area without being escorted by a licensed guide. During the cruise, listen to your naturalist guide and follow all the National park rules; they are as follows:

  • Please do not disturb or remove any native plant, rock or animal on land or in the water.
  • Be careful not to transport any live material or sand from one Island to the next.
  • Do not take any food or drink except water to the uninhabited islands.
  • Please do not touch, pet or feed the animals. Approaching them too closely or taking flash photography will disturb them.
  • Please do not startle or chase any animal from its nesting place.
  • Please do not leave any trash on the Islands or throw any litter overboard.
  • Please follow the marked trails at all times and do not walk out of their limits.
  • Please stay with your naturalist guide who must accompany all groups on the trails.
  • Please do not buy souvenirs of objects made from native Galapagos products (except for wood) especially black coral, sea lion teeth and shells of the Galapagos tortoises.
  • Do not smoke on the islands.

For booking inquiries and further information please contact Sacred Earth Travel