Galapagos

Ultimate Wildlife Cruise - M/Y Letty and Flamingo

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The Wildlife Was Beyond Our Expectations

" While we had been on several exotic vacations before, after meeting Wild Planet staff at the Adventure Travel Show in Chicago, we knew our next trip would have to be to the Galapagos with Wild Planet. The wildlife was beyond our expectations -- seeing red-footed boobies hatching chicks, countless marine iguanas, a newborn sea lion pup just hours old, and the best snorkeling we have ever done. We quickly made many new friends on Wild Planet's 20 passenger yachts. This was an outstanding experience and we look forward to another once-in-a-lifetime excursion with Wild Planet.

- Gene & Caryn Hollander; Galapagos
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Galapagos

Ultimate Wildlife Cruise - M/Y Letty and Flamingo

Why travel to the world's premier wildlife-viewing destination with anyone other than a wildlife specialist? Only in the Galapagos can you snorkel with a penguin on the Equator and, on the same day, swim with a sea lion in a secluded bay or go eye-to-eye with a flightless sea bird. The islands' isolation from the mainland means that many animals have no natural predators, therefore their apparent fearlessness. Around the Galapagos, where cold and warm waters intermingle, fur seals, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and sharks thrive, unafraid of human predators.

Enjoy the crazy courtship dance of blue-footed boobies, watch puffed-up, crimson-throated frigate birds show off for their mates, gaze, awestruck, at hundreds of waved albatrosses and ponder the world's pinkest flamingos. Marvel at marine iguanas, lava lizards, and masked boobies.

Highlights

  • Snorkel with playful sea lions, penguins, rays and colorful fish.
  • Watch the elaborate mating dances of blue and red-footed boobies.
  • See 200 year old Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • Watch whales, dolphins & manta rays from our observation deck.
  • Learn about albatross, marine iguanas, frigate birds, and more.
  • Experience wildlife up-close and not afraid of human presence.

Itinerary A at a Glance - Southern Route

  • DAY 1 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno / Playa Ochoa / Leon Dormido (San Cristobal)
  • DAY 2 Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)
  • DAY 3 Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay (Espanola)
  • DAY 4 Punta Cormorant / Devil's Crown / Post Office Bay (Floreana)
  • DAY 5 Los Humedales / Wall of Tears / Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela)
  • DAY 6 Black Turtle Cove / Bartolome (Santa Cruz)
  • DAY 7 South Plaza Islands / Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
  • DAY 8 Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)

Itinerary B at a Glance (Western Route)

  • DAY 1 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno / La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)
  • DAY 2 Prince Philip's Steps / Darwin Bay (Tower)
  • DAY 3 Bachas Beach (North Seymour)
  • DAY 4 Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) / Tagus Cove (Isabela)
  • DAY 5 Elizabeth Bay / Urbina Bay (Isabela)
  • DAY 6 Puerto Egas (Santiago) / Rabida Island
  • DAY 7 Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) / Santa Fe Island
  • DAY 8 Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)
The Wildlife Was Beyond Our Expectations

" While we had been on several exotic vacations before, after meeting Wild Planet staff at the Adventure Travel Show in Chicago, we knew our next trip would have to be to the Galapagos with Wild Planet. The wildlife was beyond our expectations -- seeing red-footed boobies hatching chicks, countless marine iguanas, a newborn sea lion pup just hours old, and the best snorkeling we have ever done. We quickly made many new friends on Wild Planet's 20 passenger yachts. This was an outstanding experience and we look forward to another once-in-a-lifetime excursion with Wild Planet.

- Gene & Caryn Hollander; Galapagos
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Ultimate Wildlife Cruise - M/Y Letty and Flamingo

M/Y Letty & Flamingo - Departures every Sunday, year-round

Detailed Itinerary A (Southern Route) - M/Y Letty & Flamingo

DAY 1 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno / 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 deck 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" which is situated just outside town near to "La Predial" a fishing community present from 1952 to 1960. It is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigatebirds (Great and Magnificent). The trail leads to Playa Mann where there are vistas of beautiful scenery. We return to the yacht and cruise around Leon Dormido aka "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 Frigatebirds. Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your island briefing followed by our Captain's welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our well-trained chefs.

DAY 2 Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

This morning we visit Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, said to be one of the most spectacular in the Galapagos. Snorkel or kayak right from the beach, swim with sea lions, and ride on the Zodiac. In the afternoon we visit the northeast tip of San Cristobal, Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first-class site for birds and equal to Genovesa (Tower) Island. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 3 Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay (Espanola)

This morning we have a dry landing at Punta Suarez (Espanola), where we witness the highest rate of endemic species in the Galapagos. Sea lions noisily green us as we land on their beach. Curious hood mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. From April to November, 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 tropic birds take shelter under the cliffs. We also find Darwin's finches, Galapagos doves, and Galapagos hawks. Observe a unique species 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".

In the afternoon, we have a wet landing on Gardner Bay (Espanola). Walk along seemingly endless stretches 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; you may find a Galapagos hawk, Darwin's finches or hood mockingbirds. Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore by kayak, or just relax. There's an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock, where you can also explore caves covered with invertebrates. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 4 Punta Cormorant / Devil's Crown or Champion / Post Office Bay (Floreana)

This morning we step ashore at Punta Cormorant (Floreana), one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich history with mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the pintail ducks, common stilts, and the pinkest flamingos in the world. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including morning glory, cut leaf daisies, Palo Verdes, and scalesia, leading to a beach with power soft sand. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and 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 coral. Chose to have a picnic lunch on deck or dine inside. This afternoon we visit Post Office Bay, not the most scenic, but probably the most famous site in the Galapagos. Here a post office barrel was 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. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 5 Highlands of Santa Cruz / 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 the 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 the Galapagos. We visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for "The Twins", a pair of large pit craters where we find the bright red male vermilion flycatcher. After lunch, we visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (aka the 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 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. 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 in at an internet cafe. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to your yacht.

DAY 6 Bartolome / Black Turtle Cove or Las Bachas or Sombrero Chino (Santa Cruz)

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.

DAY 7 South Plaza Islands / North Seymour

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 the 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.

DAY 8 Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)

We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. 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 noon time on Aerogal.

Detailed Itinerary B (Western Route) - M/Y Flamingo & Letty

DAY 1 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno / La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)

Arrive to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island) where our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch, and safety drill, we set sail for Playa Ochoa where we have a wet landing. Here, we can test our snorkeling equipment and at the same time swim with a small colony of sea lions. Behind the beach, there is a tidal lagoon where birds can be spotted including the rare Chatham mockingbird. At sunset, we cruise around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a vertical tuff cone formation that abruptly juts up almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, we spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and magnificent frigate birds.

DAY 2 Prince Philip's Steps / Darwin Bay (Tower)

We spend the entire day on Tower (Genovesa), considered to be one of the most spectacular islands in the 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 Philip's 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.

DAY 3 Las Bachas Beach or Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragon

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 Station's 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.

DAY 4 Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) / Urbina Bay or Punta Vicente (Isabela)

We have a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza (Fernandina), the youngest and most pristine island in the 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 the 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.

DAY 5 Elizabeth Bay / Tagus Cove (Isabela)

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.

DAY 6 Puerto Egas (Santiago) / Rabida Island

This morning, we have a wet landing at Puerto Egas (Santiago). Stroll along the shoreline 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 and kayaking opportunity. This afternoon, we disembark on Rabida Island (Jervis), located off James Island. Rabida sports the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the islands and is considered the geographic center of the Galapagos. The dark red sand beach originated from the erosion of volcanic stones. Follow a trail that leads to a salt water lagoon, and observe greater flamingos as they feed. Brown pelicans nest in the mangroves at the far side of the lagoon. After the walk, there is time for snorkeling.

DAY 7 Highlands of Santa Cruz / Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

We travel by bus to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in the 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 the 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 café. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to the yachts.

DAY 8 Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)

We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. 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 noon time on Aerogal.

 

Galapagos Lodging

The Superior First Class M/Y Flamingo I and Letty are Wild Planet Adventures' primary fleet for our signature Galapagos Ultimate Wildlife Cruise. Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these 3 identical 20-passenger yachts are custom-designed for Galapagos cruising. Their ten double outside-facing cabins feature window or porthole views. All cabins are fully air-conditioned with private bathroom (hot and cold water showers), one double bed or two twin beds, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer and separate climate controls for your comfort. Theres a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library, sun deck, and panoramic picture windows.

GALAPAGOS YACHTS

M/Y Letty & Flamingo

YACHT HIGHLIGHTS

  • - Superior First-Class, 20 passenger motor yachts
  • - 83 feet long with double-wide beams for maximum stability.
  • - 10 fully air-conditioned view staterooms with private bathrooms
  • - Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine
  • - Fully-stocked bar
  • - Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library
  • - Observation areas and open sun deck
  • - Polished teak interiors
  • - Large private bathrooms with hot freshwater showers

 

SPECIAL WILDLIFE FEATURES

  • Kayaks on Board - for silent approach to wildlife. 
  • 2 High-end Naturalist or Biologist Guides - maximum 1 guide per 10 people, the best guide ratio in the Galapagos.
  • Highest Environmental Standards - The first Smart Voyager / Rainforest Alliance accreditation in the Galapagos.
  • First Yachts to Disembark - Shore excursions start 1 hour before other yachts to avoid the crowds!

 

CABIN OPTIONS

DOLPHIN DECK (Upper Deck) These are the most desireable cabins on the yacht. They have the best views and are the farthest from the engines. Cabins 1, 3, and 4 have two twin lower beds with picture windows. Cabin 2 has one double bed and a picture window. (Dolphin deck cabins average 95 square feet)

 

BOOBY DECK (Middle deck) There are only 2 cabins on the Booby deck, and they share the deck with the common areas of the restaurant, bar and DVD lounge. They are also highly coveted. Cabins 5 & 6 have one double bed and picture windows. (Cabins average 90 square feet)

 

IGUANA DECK (Lower deck) The Iguana deck cabins are the only cabins on the yacht that can accommodate singles or families (triples) 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 accommodate triples. (Cabins average 110 square feet)

 

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

TRIPLE cabins are available on the Iguana deck only in cabins 9 and 10.

 

YACHT SPECS

Capacity: 20 Passengers

Length: 83 Feet

Beam: 24 Feet

Draft: 6 Feet

Gross Tons: 240

Speed: 10-12 Knots

Engine: 2; 402 hp caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel

Generators: 2; Perkins 90 kw generators

Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons

Watermaker Capacity: 2,530 gallons per day

Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons

Certification: SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and ISM

Communication Equipment: VHFand HF-SSB radios Navigational Equipment: 24 miles Furuno radar, Furuno Satellite Navigator, electric compass, magnetic compass, clock, barometer

Safety Equipment: VIKING 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified), 40 life vests with whistles and fluorescent marker, 10 circular buoys with emergency lights, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, automatic radio buoy via satellite EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon).

 

 

Galapagos Activities

At a Glance

Hike ancient lava flows and contemplate giant tortoises, Galapagos hawks, flightless cormorants, and the narrow-winged, wedge-tailed, web-footed marine birds called blue-footed boobies. Slip into a sea kayak and explore hidden tide pools, mangrove forests, red, black, and green sand beaches, and the hardened lava fields smeared into the edges of the islands' pristine shores.

Enter the delicate balance of life under water. Swim back and forth across the equator with sea lions that perform an underwater ballet. Watch schools of spotted eagle rays glide beneath you.

Naturalist guides show you the wonders of the Galapagos during interpretive walks and at briefings after dinner. On the ship's bridge, join the crew to learn about navigational charts and instruments. From the deck, watch dolphins ride the bow wave or brush up on the biology of the Galapagos with a book from our library. After dark, stargazing carries you beyond Earth's surface.

  • Naturalist Guided Hiking on 8 Unique Islands
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Snorkeling Opportunities Nearly Every Day
  • Sea-Kayaking
  • Giant Tortoise Excursion
  • Bachelor Sea Lion Excursion
  • Penguin Excursion
  • Waved Albatross and Boobies Mating Ritual Excursion
  • On-Board Entertainment Center
  • Observation Deck
  • Natural and Interpretive History
 

Galapagos Wildlife

Prolific Sightings

Explore Darwin's "living laboratory," where the wildlife wander freely, fearless it seems, of visitors. Hike ancient lava flows. Contemplate giant tortoises. Slip into a sea kayak and explore hidden bays. Walk along pristine red, black, and green sand beaches. Snorkel with a penguin on the equator! Swim with sea lions. Marvel at prehistoric reptiles and comical sea birds.

Reptiles: Santa Fe Land Iguana, Lava Lizard, Gecko
Other Mammals: Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Fur Seal
Seabirds: Great Frigatebird, Swallow-Tailed Gull
Weird & Wonderful: Blue-Footed Booby

Likely Sightings

Reptiles: Pacific Green Sea Turtle, Galapagos Land Iguana
Seabirds: Waved Albatross, Galapagos Penguin, Flightless Cormorant, Lava Gull, Magnificent Frigatebird
Shorebirds: Great Blue Heron, Lava Heron, American Oystercatcher, Common Egret, Common Stilt
Weird & Wonderful: Greater Flamingo, Giant Tortoise

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

Reptiles: Marine Iguana, Galapagos Snake
Seabirds: Masked (White) Booby, Brown Pelican, White-Vented Storm Petrel
Shorebirds: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, White-Checked Pintail Duck, Whimbrel
Weird & Wonderful: Red-Billed Tropicbird, Audubon's Shearwater

 

Galapagos Departures

Galapagos-Ultimate Wildlife Cruise - M/Y Letty and Flamingo

The Wildlife Was Beyond Our Expectations

" While we had been on several exotic vacations before, after meeting Wild Planet staff at the Adventure Travel Show in Chicago, we knew our next trip would have to be to the Galapagos with Wild Planet. The wildlife was beyond our expectations -- seeing red-footed boobies hatching chicks, countless marine iguanas, a newborn sea lion pup just hours old, and the best snorkeling we have ever done. We quickly made many new friends on Wild Planet's 20 passenger yachts. This was an outstanding experience and we look forward to another once-in-a-lifetime excursion with Wild Planet.

- Gene & Caryn Hollander; Galapagos
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Mar 11, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Mar 18, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Mar 25, 2018 - Apr 01, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Apr 01, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018 8-days $4,900 (Itinerary A)
Apr 08, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Apr 15, 2018 - Apr 22, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Apr 22, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Apr 29, 2018 - May 06, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
May 06, 2018 - May 13, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
May 13, 2018 - May 20, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
May 20, 2018 - May 27, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
May 27, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Jun 03, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Jun 10, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Jun 24, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Jul 01, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Jul 08, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Jul 22, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Jul 29, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Aug 05, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Aug 12, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Aug 19, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Aug 26, 2018 - Sep 02, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Sep 02, 2018 - Sep 09, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Sep 09, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Sep 16, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Sep 23, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Sep 30, 2018 - Oct 07, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Oct 07, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Oct 14, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Oct 21, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Oct 28, 2018 - Nov 04, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Nov 04, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Nov 11, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Nov 18, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Nov 25, 2018 - Dec 02, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Dec 02, 2018 - Dec 09, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Dec 09, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary A)
Dec 16, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018 8-days $4,700 (Itinerary B)
Dec 23, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018 8-days $4,900 (Itinerary A)
Dec 30, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019 8-days $4,900 (Itinerary B)

*Pricing in blue reflects peak week/high season departure
*Dates in blue indicate peak week/high season departures. These can be sold out over a year in advance, so early reservations strongly recommended.
*Pricing in chart reflects Iguana deck cabin only

 

Galapagos FAQ

Galapagos Facts for Visitors

The Wildlife Was Beyond Our Expectations

" While we had been on several exotic vacations before, after meeting Wild Planet staff at the Adventure Travel Show in Chicago, we knew our next trip would have to be to the Galapagos with Wild Planet. The wildlife was beyond our expectations -- seeing red-footed boobies hatching chicks, countless marine iguanas, a newborn sea lion pup just hours old, and the best snorkeling we have ever done. We quickly made many new friends on Wild Planet's 20 passenger yachts. This was an outstanding experience and we look forward to another once-in-a-lifetime excursion with Wild Planet.

- Gene & Caryn Hollander; Galapagos
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Entry Requirements

Only a valid passport is required to enter Ecuador. However, passports must be valid for six months after you intend to leave Ecuador. No Visa is required for visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and most European countries. Visas are required for some Asian, Central American and Eastern European countries. It is the passenger's responsibility to check with local immigration offices or the Ecuadorian consulate prior to sailing to determine if a visa is necessary.

Vaccinations

As of 2005, no inoculations are required for visitors to Ecuador and Galapagos (excluding jungle areas). Please check with your local health office at least four weeks prior to your departure.

Included in Your Cruise Rate

The cruise rate includes your cabin accommodation on board, all meals and snacks, shore excursions, guide services, use of snorkeling equipment, sea kayaks and wet suits, mineral water, non-alcoholic beverages, welcome and farewell cocktails, transfers between the airport and dock in Galapagos.

Not Included in Your Cruise Rate

Airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos entrance fee (park tax), gratuities for guide(s) and crew, purchases on board, alcoholic beverages, and purchases from the yacht boutique.

Galapagos Entrance Fee

The Islands are part of the Ecuador National Park system and the entrance fee is $100.00 per person. Children ages 11 and younger pay a reduced rate of $50.00. The fee is divided up among various entities including the GNPS, Marine Reserve, agriculture, municipalities, INEFAN and INGALA. The park tax is not included in the cruise rate. However, it will be added to your cruise invoice and prepaid by us for your convenience. For any passenger who elects not to prepay the park tax through us, their fee will be collected at the airport upon arrival in Galapagos by National Park authorities. The park only accepts cash in U.S dollars as a form of payment and is subject to change without prior written notification.

Luggage Requirements

For international flights, please check with your carrier. 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. This does not apply to carry-on bags. For the flights to Galapagos, the Airline allows one checked suitcase (44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag.

Time Zone

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

Currency

In 2000, Ecuador adopted the US Dollar as their monetary unit.

Language Spoken

English is spoken aboard the vessels by guides and Captains.

Electricity

110/AC 60 cycle.

Safety Boxes

We recommend that you leave all valuables at home. They are not appropriate for an adventure cruise. The yachts do not have safety boxes. Cabins lock from the inside only.

Medical Facilities on Board

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

Communication

It is possible to make long distance calls from our vessels through a radio patch phone call to our main office in Guayaquil, Ecuador, during office hours. In an emergency, you can be reached on board your vessel.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas aboard the vessels & on the Islands. Smoking is only allowed on the outside decks in designated areas.

Drinking Water

Bottled water is provided in your cabin and at the bar at all times free of charge. Drinking water is provided during meal times. We do not recommend you drink water from the tap in your cabin.

Laundry Service

Passengers on our 7-night itinerary will be offered laundry service provided by a local company in Santa Cruz. On Friday morning, passengers can arrange to have their clothing laundered. The laundry will be delivered in the afternoon when passengers return from the visit. All laundry bills must be paid directly to the company in cash (US dollars). The cost is $2.50/kilo, subject to change.

Sea Kayaks

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

Snorkeling Equipment

Masks, fins and snorkels in average sizes are available on board free of charge for use during the cruise. There is no guarantee there will be all equipment available in your size and therefore passengers may bring their own equipment.

Wet Suits

Wet suits are available for passengers to use during the cruise at no additional charge. Wet suits are most popular from June to November when water temperatures are between 65 and 72 degrees. Any passenger who would like to reserve a wet suit in their size prior to the cruise may do so for a charge of $25.00 for 7 nights or $20.00 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 your exclusive use during the cruise.
Passengers are 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 it is reserved in advance.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is available year-round on our custom 16-passenger dive live-aboard, the M/Y Sky Dancer. Diving is not available from the Eric, Flamingo and Letty. Galapagos is recommended for intermediate to advanced divers due to strong currents, cold water, thermo-clines and large marine life. Please inquire for information on daily dive trips offered from Santa Cruz with a local dive shop on Fridays.

Special Occasions

You may order wine ($20) or birthday cake ($10) to be served at dinnertime or a fruit basket ($5) for your cabin. It is prohibited to bring flowers to Galapagos. Please ask us at least 30 days prior to arrival.

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), Travelers checks, Master Card, VISA, American Express and Diners. Preference of payment is in that order.

Tipping

Aboard our vessels, 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 $175.00 per person on a 7-night cruise and $125.00 per person on a 5-night cruise. Gratuities are divided among all crew members including guides.

Departure Tax - Ecuador

There is an airport tax of $25.00 from Quito or Guayaquil for passengers departing on international flights.

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.

Physical Limitations

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. However, most excursions require moderate activity and the walks are at a leisurely pace. Entering and exiting the pangas (local word for dingys) require that you need to be reasonably fit and sure footed. If you are concerned about your ability to do any particular day hike, please consult with the naturalist beforehand. 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 Wild Planet at the time of booking.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance. Many adventure travel companies are now making travel insurance mandatory for everyone. Upon making your reservation, we will send you a brochure for Travelex's "Travel Plus" program, which services all of Wild Planet's adventures. The code on the back of the brochure refers to the particular trip you are on. Travel insurance provides for many contingencies you may encounter in adventure travel, although the chances of any of these are remote, the consequences can be extremely expensive. They include emergency evacuation from remote areas, repatriation, emergency medical care, additional costs due to lost baggage, inclement weather, quarantine, strike, lost or stolen passports, natural or political disaster, trip or flight cancellation and many other unforeseen problems. Basic insurance is highly recommended. The benefits if something does happen far outweigh the minimal costs. If you have questions about Travelex insurance, please contact Travelex directly. Highly recommended.

Flight Misconnection

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

Transportation Contract

The transportation of passengers and their baggage is governed by the terms and conditions of the Transportation Contract contained in the passenger's travel documents. It is recommended that you read the terms carefully because you will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to boarding your Galapagos vessel. Your signature of the company waiver is required and is a contract of acceptance of passage on the vessel, which constitutes acceptance of the terms, conditions and information contained in the transportation contract.

Island Visits

The vessels anchor offshore at two visitor sites or Islands per day. Passengers are ferried to the landing point in small boats (locally called "PANGAS"). 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 panga 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. You will spend 3-4 hours at each site allowing plenty of time to explore and photograph the wildlife.

Itinerary

On a 7-night / 8-day itinerary, passengers will visit twelve visitor sites. Passengers must fully understand that the first and last day of the cruise are considered transportation days and no island visits are guaranteed. Wild Planet Adventures reserves the right at its 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. Wild Planet Adventures will not be held responsible for any refund whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary.

National Park Rules

During the orientation, your guide will go over the Galapagos National Park rules. These rules require that you do not disturb or remove anything (not even a rock or shell), do not touch or feed the animals, do not leave any liter and stay on the marked trails. Please show a conservationist attitude!

Conservation of the Islands

The Charles Darwin Foundation is committed to the preservation of Galapagos plant and animal species. The Foundation provides scientific and technical support to Ecuador for the protection of the islands' fragile ecosystems. Equipment, fieldwork, guide training, local, environmental education programs and other related activities require financial assistance.
You can help by sending a tax-deductible donation to the Charles Darwin Foundation. A donation of $25.00 or more makes you a "Friend of Galapagos." You receive La Carta and "Noticias" the Station's biannual, technical journal. The Foundation invites "Friends" to seminars and other informal gatherings where scientists report on current conservation programs.

In the U.S. contact: CHARLES DARWIN FOUNDATION, INC. www.galapagos.org

407 N. Washington Street, Suite 105 Falls Church VA 22046 Tel: 703-538-6833
In the U.K. contact: GALAPAGOS CONSERVATION TRUST www.gct.org
5 Derby Street, London W1Y 7HD United Kingdom Tel: 020-7629-5049

Galapagos Forever Fund

Since 1999, WildAid has provided urgent protective measures to support the Galapagos National Park Service in its fight against critical threats including invasive species, over-fishing and pollution. WildAid's goal is to establish the Galapagos Forever program as the standard to which marine parks around the world will be protected in the new millennium.

Weather Conditions

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". During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is often referred to as the "garua" (pronounced gah-ru-ah) season, which means mist in Spanish.

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We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Guide Ratio of 10:1 - The lowest in the Galapagos! (Most yachts are 16:1)
  • The Galapagos' Most Highly Trained Guides - Two guides on board including one biologist
  • Kayaks for Up-Close Wildlife Encounters - Silently approach penguins and other wildlife. (Most yachts don't carry kayaks)
  • Most Comprehensive Wildlife Itineraries - Exposes you to mating dances and courtship rituals of wildlife on the outlying islands, which you won't see in land-only programs.
  • Superior Wildlife Access - Our travelers are usually the first to disembark due to the timing of our itinerary - for the best chance to avoid crowds
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