We did both itinerary’s, Week A and B in May & June 2018 and it was a trip of a lifetime. The islands are magical and fascinating. Walking and swimming with wildlife who aren’t afraid of you is incredible.
The trip is expensive and well worth every penny. The food on this boat was incredible. Better and more consistent than most restaurants I’ve been to in the San Francisco Bay area, where I live, and that’s saying a lot! The rooms were big, with large windows with amazing views, very comfortable beds, great bathrooms. It’s a new boat and as a result, from a conservation and guest comfort perspective, it’s one of the best around. Only 20 guests and 13 staff to support us!
We went out on pangas (like zodiacs) that held 10 people, with a National Park trained guide (fluent in English and very knowledgeable and friendly) on each panga. You could choose which panga you went on so you got to mix a lot with the other guests. We basically became like family for the time we were together.
Staff is very friendly, and we got woken up every morning by Jennifer’s wonderful voice, the best wake-up call i’ve ever had. They keep you very busy during the day. The activities included hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle-boarding, with usually a combination of the those activities during the day. This is a wonderfully active and busy vacation where you fall asleep at around 9:30 pm and wake up at dawn, 6:30am, to get on the Islands while the animals are active. It’s well worth it!
What makes Ecoventura and The Origin special is the high quality of everything, the small number of guests and the friendliness and accessibility of the staff. We all had opportunities to have dinner with the boat Captain and he was always open to talking with us. We were on a first name basis with him. The Island guides were very knowledgeable and friendly and joined us for meals as well.
I feel very lucky to have had this experience and highly recommend seriously considering Ecoventura and The Origin if you’re going to the Galapagos. It worked for couples and families and we all intermingled. My husband and I are in our 60’s and got very friendly with a family that included three kids, high school and younger. The staff love the Galapagos and share that love and knowledge with the guests, while creating an atmosphere of warmth and friendship. It all works and if I am lucky enough to return to the Galapagos i’d go on the Origin again.