Capturing the Energy of Life

AUTHOR The Ecoventura Team

Earlier this year in April on the itinerary B, Ecoventura had the pleasure of hosting native New Yorker Matt Dutile – renowned travel, hospitality and lifestyle photographer on board Theory.

This was Matt’s second cruise with Ecoventura and he has shared his thoughts on his Galapagos experience. Scroll down to admire the shots he captured of our beloved islands.

“It may seem hyperbolic to describe the voyage aboard the Theory as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but having traveled all around the globe I can truly say it is. There’s something magical and enchanting about the Galapagos – how each island is its own unique ecology and the way wildlife approaches you without fear.

There’s a sense of discovering something primordial we’ve lost in our day to day lives – our connection with the natural world. To the creatures of the Galapagos we are not humans, but just another animal. It’s hard to describe how amazing it is to experience that most fundamental of relationships.

For a photographer it’s a playground. The animals will sit and pose for you, or interact in ways found no where else on the planet. Capturing the changing landscapes – red rocks, spindly green cacti, barren black volcanic surfaces – that’s a delight in and of itself. There’s few places where you get to see the landscape transform as dramatically in mere hours sailing distance.

For me, the Theory is hands down the best ship in the Galapagos. The crew are second to none, they love what they do, and they help you enjoy every minute of your trip. It’s nice to return to your own creature comforts as well after a long day of snorkeling, hiking, or kayaking. After all, it takes quite a bit of energy to keep up with those playful sea lions under the water.

Having a comfortable lounge and bed to come back to every night is a blessing. The chefs are rockstars in their own rights. The food on board is always fantastic. I mean truly fantastic.

It’s hard to pick one or two highlights on a trip like this. Swimming with penguins and marine iguanas was amazing. The penguins are so swift and agile under the water. It’s an extreme challenge to try and capture them, but incredible to witness their grace. For the marine iguanas, it’s hard to feel like you’re not coasting alongside mini Godzillas canvassing the rocks for some tasty algae.

I enjoyed the scenery on this route as well. It was fantastic to compare to my memories of the southern route and how they contrast. I don’t think there’s any way you can go wrong with either. The Galapagos is a gem every where you go, and thankfully the captain, crew, and Theory make it the best home for exploring this natural paradise.”

For any budding photographers out there, don’t miss our special “Focus on Photography” departures in October where Ecuadoran photography expert Mauricio Torres will be on board the Origin & Theory to help guests get the most out of their photos during their Galapagos Cruise.

If you would like more information on what “Focus on Photography” entails please read our earlier blog and for booking details please see below.

Dates: Oct 13-20 2019 (Itinerary A – Southern & Central Route)

Oct 20-27, 2019 (Itinerary B – Northern & Western Route)

Rates are $7,850 per person, double occupancy, and we have some great specials going on now!


  • Book soon and get a 10% Early Bird discount!  Valid until June 14th!
  • We are offering Free Wi-Fi on departures from September 1 to December 15. That means you can share your photos online with your friends and family while still on your Galapagos cruise!

Booking: Contact us today with any questions about our special departures or to book your Galapagos cruise with us!