AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
Now is the perfect time to visit the Galapagos Islands.
While Ecuador experienced a recent earthquake in mid-April, the Galapagos Islands were (and remain) unaffected – and one of the best ways you can help Ecuador is by traveling to this wonderful country. To help with the relief efforts, we are also offering a new promotion for a limited time only.
If you book your Galapagos cruise during the following departure dates by May 22nd, 2016, you will get 10% discount off your trip!
- M/Y ERIC or LETTY: OCT 2-9 (A), OCT 16-23 (A), OCT 23-30(B)
- MV ORIGIN: SEP 25-02 OCT (B), OCT 09-16 (B), OCT 16-23 (A), OCT 23-30 (B), OCT 30-06 NOV (A)
Ecoventura will also donate $100 to thewaterbearers.org through IGTOA for every passenger confirmed. Please note that this promotion cannot be combined with any other discount.
As you are booking your trip with Ecoventura, you may be asking yourself which itinerary to choose for your Ecoventura getaway.
Ecoventura alternates two different full week 7-night itineraries: Itinerary A and Itinerary B, as required by the Galapagos National Park in an effort to better reduce usage on heavily visited sites. The order of visits may vary slightly depending on the yacht assigned.
For detailed, day-by-day information on each itinerary, you can visit our Itinerary page on the website
Okay, so which one is right for you?
Both itineraries are equally spectacular and active with a variety of wildlife, activities, and landscapes. While each offer passengers with an incredible experience of the Galapagos, there are a few highlights from each itinerary worth pointing out. For example, you may see more of a particular species or terrain on one itinerary than the other.
Here is a breakdown to help you make the best decision…
- You will see all the wildlife on both itineraries with just one exception: Only on Itinerary A, you will you see the Waved Albatross, because they only live and breed on Espanola, which you will visit on Itinerary A.
- On Itinerary A, you will see more blue footed-boobies, and be able to swim with sea lions from beautiful beaches than on B.
- On Itinerary A, the total number of miles of navigation is less, and you can pick up a wireless signal more often.
- Only on Itinerary B, will you see Flightless Cormorant, because they only live in Western Isabela and Fernandina, which you will visit on Itinerary B.
- On Itinerary B, you see more penguins, tortoises, and volcanic lava flows than on A.
- On Itinerary B, you visit the youngest, most remote islands of the archipelago.
What you can expect on both itineraries:
As previously mentioned, regardless of which itinerary you choose, you will experience a safe, memorable voyage complete with wildlife encounters, personalized service from our crew, gourmet food (featuring both international and Ecuadorian specialties), as well as fun day activities and leisurely downtime suited for anyone!
You will get to kayak twice on either week and you will get to snorkel 6-8 times on either itinerary. On both Galapagos cruise itineraries we visit the town of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz and go to the breeding station (formerly called Darwin Station) and up into the highlands to a tortoise reserve.
Must see wildlife on your trip includes:
- Giant tortoises
- Land and marine iguanas
- Sea lions
- Waved Albatross (A)
- Flightless Cormorant (B)
- Blue footed, Red footed and Nazca Boobies
- Frigate birds (Great & Magnificent)
- Galapagos Penguins
- Darwin Finches
- Also Galapagos Hawks, swallow tailed gulls, red-billed topic birds, Flamingos, lava lizards, Mockingbirds, Dolphins and whales, rays, sharks, fur sea lions, and Opuntia cactus
Bottom line, both itineraries will provide you with unparalleled experiences of the Galapagos Islands that you will cherish for a lifetime.
We hope to have you join us on board soon!