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.