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Western Islands Cruise

Cruise on Eric or Letty - 8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Eric & Letty
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Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigate birds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the island's playful sea lions. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation. Further explore with optional activities that include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Santiago | Rabida
Day 7 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 : San Cristobal

Highlights

  • Hike Prince Philip's Steps for extraordinary views of the island
  • Encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat at Las Primicias
  • Hike to a salt water lagoon and view shore birds
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation

Ship

Eric & Letty

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion encounter while snorkeling Exploring the Galapagos - Kicker Rock View of Isabela From Fernandina Rock formations on Isabela Giant tortoise on Isabela

Day 1 San Cristobal

San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Spot nesting colonies of frigatebirds and cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation which rises nearly 500 feet out of the sea.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretches about five miles and is filled with salt water. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps to get an extraordinary view of the island.

Day 3 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones. Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in the Galapagos.

In the afternoon, visit Los Gemelos and the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the three tortoise corals and breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated.

Day 4 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the island of Fernandina, the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. An active shield volcano which last erupted in 2009, the island is mostly rocky and not hospitable to animals. Watch oystercatchers and Sally Lightfoot crabs skirt across the rocks.

In the afternoon, sail for Isabela.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Striding the equator, Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and features flora and fauna which is impossible to compare to anything else. Home to more wild tortoises than any of the other islands, Isabela entrances travelers with its close encounters.

Day 6 Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Rábida is covered with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach. At this location there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. Follow the trail that leads to a salt water lagoon where you can view various types of shore birds. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, so enjoy the opportunity to go snorkel.

Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Santa Cruz for snorkeling and sun.

Day 8 San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend a few hours in port before transferring to the airport for your connection to the mainland.

Eric & Letty

Per person starting at
$4,100
Letty ship in the Galapagos
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Triple
Iguana Deck cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples.(Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Iguana Deck
Cabins #7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and porthole windows. Cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples.(Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Booby Deck
Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows. (Cabins average 90 square feet.)
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Dolphin Deck
Cabins #1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds and picture windows. Please inquire to see if rooms can be arranged to have a double bed. Cabin # 2 has one double bed and picture window. (Cabins average 95 square feet.)
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Single
Single travelers will be assigned the best available cabin at time of sailing. This is an example of a possible assigned room type.

Notes

Travelers on this yacht need to pre-pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Fee.

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

25% discount for children age 11 and younger at time of Galapagos cruise. 15% discount for children age 12-17 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount amounts and availability depend on departure date.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Eric & Letty based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve a suit for your exclusive use for $25
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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