We did a lot of internet research before committing to Ecoventura and we were not disappointed. I had heard from a previous contact about how wonderful they are in creating a fabulous “bucket list” trip, so we had high expectations. Our group included 4 couples who knew each other, and the new friends we made fit in well. Credit to the naturalist guides Jose and Erica for making the trip so special. Our captain looked like he came from “central casting” and met each returning panga trip with a smile, as the barman handed out snacks and fresh juice. The cabins (we were on dolphin deck) are small but kept in superb shape by the steward. The food was fantastic. The incredible animals are all reviewed by everyone else and I can’t add much. I think the small boat (compared to bigger cruisers) must make a real difference in the level of attention and personal enjoyment. (“Orcas – everyone to the pangas!”) We spent a lot of time between adventures and watched the sunset every night with a single malt. My wife and I have been privileged to travel the world and this was definitely one of the best trips ever. If you can afford it, GO! You will fall in love with the uninhabited islands and come to “resent” being dragged back to civilization at the end of your week(s). M. GlodeI have been privileged to travel the world and this was one of the best trips ever!Eric - February 2017
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There just aren’t words to describe how wonderful Ivan and Malena made our trip. The naturalist guides were SO good. I have graduate degrees in Biology and have worked as a University professor and in the corporate science education industry for years…The level of knowledge, enthusiasm, and patience exhibited by our guides was INCREDIBLE. The variety of activity and ecological experiences was awesome! Thank you for an amazing, life changing trip! HollyThank you for an amazing, life changing trip!MY Eric, February 2017
My husband and I traveled with the Eric in February for a magical week in the Galapagos!! Thank you for having such wonderful crew, staff, kitchen help, cleaning person (Maria) – and especially the world’s best guides. We truly had an amazing adventure. I think everyone went out of their way to be helpful, kind, knowledgable, and make our trip wonderful. Thank you. S. ColbyMagical week in the Galapagos!MY Eric, February 2017
This was the trip of a lifetime: the first item on my “bucket list”. The number of passengers was small (20) so we became friends with everyone. There were two guides for 20 people; this is a great ratio. The crew was outstanding and we had great guides. The food was superb quality three meals a day. I am allergic to onions; the chef took care of my needs and fixed a separate plate for me when the dishes contained onions. I use a CPAP machine; I asked in advance for some distilled water and it was in my room when I boarded. I only gained one pound in a week because we did a lot of walking! The wildlife was absolutely amazing. I am a veterinarian, so the wildlife was my top sightseeing priority. The animals and birds show no fear of humans. There were plenty of opportunities for great photos. Be sure to have a waterproof backpack (mine came in handy) to keep your camera safe! There is some climbing in and out of rafts and some areas that are challenging walking (I was 69 when I took this trip.) Help is always near if you need it and they even have some loaner canes to use. Most of the passengers snorkeled and loved it. I traveled with a friend who also loved her trip. The cabins are clean, the beds are small but comfortable, and the rooms are tiny. You don’t spend much time in your room! Only regret: the weather was a little too warm. When I left, I forgot my Galapagos books. I had them shipped to my home as I needed them to be able to reminisce about my dream trip!Katherine WheelerKatherine Wheeler, MY Letty, March 2016
We had a blast in the Galapagos! The trip was absolutely wonderful. The crew & staff of the M/Y ERIC were extraordinary in the quality of service they provided their guests. My sons & I felt like we were part of a National Geographic Special. The naturalists were outstanding with their knowledge of the national park, the different islands, history, culture, plants, animals etc. Jose & Pepe made each day an adventure and shared so much information with all of us.
I can’t thank you enough for all of your assistance, direction and advice, Paulina.
Ecoventura is class operation and does a fabulous job with the tours they offer to their guests. Our family had a great once in a life time experience.
Candy CoyneThe Coynes, October 2016, ERIC
|We went on a family trip to the Galapagos this past summer and had an absolutely incredible time. We learned a lot about the Galapagos ecosystem and animals. The staff were all extremely friendly and welcoming. I even got to play soccer with them on one of the islands. We loved all of the fun activities that were planned like kayaking and snorkeling. This is a video from our trip that pretty much says it all! https://vimeo.com/174229215 Would recommend for anyone to go!|
The Petruch familyMY ERIC July 2016
We took two excellent and back to back one week trips in the Galapagos with Ecoventura. The two itineraries are designed to see different areas so sights and islands were not repeated. Two weeks is still too little time to see all the amazing flora and fauna. Homero, our captain, our naturalist guides, Jose and Freddy, on the first week, Hernan and James on the second week, and the whole crew were superb, and attentive to ensure we saw, understood and appreciated the unique biology and geology of the islands. We were very happy with the boat, the crew and extremely happy with the excellent food.
Because we were there for two weeks, we managed to see many special sights: sea turtles laying eggs on the beach at dawn, whales, sharks, the mating dance of blue footed boobies, the courtship of frigate birds, swimming with sea lions, sea turtles and marine iguanas, the new species of land tortoise with horns on Santa Cruz, excellent snorkeling, and penguins in two different areas.
We were extremely happy to have had such an excellent trip with two weeks in Galapagos with Ecoventura and would recommend it to anyone truly interested in an amazing excursion with plenty of exercise.C Starke MD FACPMY Flamingo March 2016
The adventure began on Valentine’s Day 2016 and I quickly and forever fell in love with the Galapagos Islands. Every day was magical, every excursion (sea, land) magnificent. The M/Y Eric’s crew, eco-tour guides, and fellow guests were wonderful. I travel extensively overseas and the bar is set high when I explore new places; so it means a lot when I say I experienced many “firsts” in The Enchanted Islands.
Ecoventura is the best way to see a vast array of landscapes, flora, and fauna without feeling rushed. When planning your trip with Ecoventura, have the company book your flights to/from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos and agree to pre-pay for the park entrance fees and taxes to avoid long, slow lines at the airport. I cannot say enough good things about this company and its mission to keep the delicate ecosystems untouched and pristine so future generations can enjoy all the Galapagos has to offer.
This was my fourth cruise in the Galápagos Islands with Ecoventura. As before, the experience this year was excellent. I teach a course on the natural history of the Galápagos Islands, and this trip is the culmination of that course. I would not consider using any company other than Ecoventura. Once again, the scenery and wildlife of the islands were amazing, but it was the comfortable accommodations, the delicious food (it seems to get better each trip!), and the wonderful crew that made the trip so special. Ecoventura has always set the highest standards and expectations for their crew (and also for the land-based staff). The guides were deeply knowledgeable about all aspects of the ecosystems, and their enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge never flagged. The entire crew, from the captain, to the steward, to the panga drivers were not only polite, patient, and helpful, but they were so warm and friendly that by the end of the week, the students and the crew had become one big family. The students hated to say farewell. And this year we got a special surprise. Thank you for arranging to have Wolf Volcano erupt while we were there!
Don LovettM/Y Flamingo May 2015
We traveled in Feb 2015 aboard the M/Y Flamingo I and it’s been difficult to consider putting into words how amazing the experience was. First of all, if you have been considering visiting the Galapagos, a 1 week (or hey, 2 weeks if you can swing it) trip is highly recommended, and you should move it to the top of your list as soon as it is feasible. Note that this is a review of Itinerary A, and we can’t wait to go back and do Itinerary B. Some highlights of the Galapagos:
– The snorkeling was probably the best part – whether it was sea lions dashing by you, a group of reef sharks catching some Z’s on the ocean floor, or the schools of different kinds of fish, every deep water and off-beach snorkle had something to look forwards to.
– All of the hikes had a different animal(s) to focus on – but you never really get tired of cute baby sea lions. All of the boobies and frigate birds lived up to expectation, as did the giant tortoises which are iconic to the islands.
– It really is one of the best places in the world, and all the work that’s going into keeping it as unspoiled as possible is commendable. It combines beautiful beaches, incredible snorkeling, volcanic landscapes, and the choice of relaxation/adventure at every turn.
About the cruise:
– The crew went out of their way to make this a great experience – our two naturalist guides were very knowledgeable and a special shot out needs to go to Ivan – count yourself lucky if he’s a guide on your trip.
– We weren’t sure what to expect for the food, and we were blown away. Buffet breakfasts and lunches, always with plenty of food and healthy options, and a choice of dinner each night. Got way too used to those two delicious snacks after excursions during the day.
– The cabins were tight as you’d expect but there was plenty of room to feel comfortable and you shouldn’t be spending much time in there anyways. You get time for a siesta in the afternoon but you can easily spend it on the sun deck rather than in your room.
– You are forced into being at least a little social as there are only 20 seats in the dining area (for a max of 20 passengers). We were lucky enough to have a great group of people and it was very fun to discuss the events of the day all the while learning about fellow travelers.
We have so many pictures and memories and hope to be able to go back in the not too distant future. Ecoventura made this a comfortable, special trip and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who is trying to decide how to experience the Galapagos.Derek FludzinskiM/Y Flamingo February 2015