WHY THIS TRIP
The Eric and Letty, 20-passenger first-class sister ships, are some of our traveler’s favorite Galapagos boats. In addition to a great reputation for their guides and comprehensive 8-day itineraries, you’ll have 1 naturalist guide per every 10 travelers (compared with the usual 1:16 ratio), plenty of snorkeling excursions and opportunities to kayak and now even Stand Up Paddleboard. During school holidays the boats offer family trips with guides and food that kids will love, and the guarantee to have other families on board with you. You’ll also be supporting one of the most environmentally friendly Galapagos cruises out there.
WHY CHOOSE THE ERIC, LETTY, FLAMINGO I YACHTS?
Watch this video to hear what our Expert Travel Advisors have to say:
Ecoventura has a well-deserved reputation for offering quality trips while also being leaders in sustainable tourism. They are dedicated to using tourism in the Galapagos as a means to protect the islands for perpetuity, and were among the first Galapagos companies to receive the Smart Voyager certification.
A trip on the Eric or Letty will be a top Galapagos cruise experience, as the boats have well thought out itineraries designed to allow passengers to really experience the best of the Galapagos Islands. They visit many of the more remote but less visited sites in the islands.
Additionally, the yachts have 20 passengers each so that there are 2 naturalists on board each boat, giving a guide to passenger ratio of 1:10 instead of the standard 1:16 on most other boats. By traveling together on the same itinerary, the boats are able to coordinate land visits so that each group has a more private experience. Additionally the boats are separated by demographics so that families with children travel together on a boat and people of similar ages are put together on the same cruise.
The yachts share the same design, and each has ten double cabins on 3 decks; upper level cabins are either twins or double beds and have large picture windows; main level cabins have double beds and picture windows; lower deck cabins have portholes and bunk beds, with triples available. Each cabin has air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot and cold water and hair dryers. The rooms also have storage cabinets and drawers, and have separate climate controls.
The yachts have polished teak interiors with spacious shared areas for passengers to relax, sit outside to watch wildlife while traveling, or to watch movies or play games in the conference area. The upper two decks have large picture windows so passengers are always able to look out and enjoy the sights of the Galapagos Islands. The yachts were built in 1991 and are upgraded and refurbished yearly.
Menus have recently been updated to provide more fresh tasty food, and dining will be a highlight of the trip.
Ecoventura welcomes families with children ages twelve and up on all expedition vessels throughout the year. Families with children ages five and up can travel on any of our designated Family Departures. Family departures, including Family TEEN departures and Family College departure are geared towards families who prefer to travel with other families with similar aged children. Designated family departures are offered over school breaks and feature age-appropriate activities depending on the ages and number of children on board. Our naturalists know how to bring these Islands they love to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family.
The use of snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel), wetsuits, beach towels, kayaks and even stand up paddleboards (SUPs) are all included in the cost of the cruise. Likewise mineral water, soda, juice, coffee and tea are available at no cost.
Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks can be used at these sites:
- Itinerary A: Gardner Bay, Floreana, and Cerro Brujo San Cristobal
- Itinerary B: Tagus Cove, Isabela and Darwin Bay, Genovesa (Tower)
- One naturalist for every 10 passengers
- Observe amazing wildlife
- Excellent meals and snacks
- Hike volcanoes
- Comfortable accommodations
- Snorkel with sea lions
- Visit historic, interpretive and cultural centers
- Explore remote coves and beaches
- Kayak or SUP beautiful bays
LOCAL OPERATOR: ECOVENTURA
Since 1990 Ecoventura has been providing thoughtful, fun cruises in the Galapagos Islands. For travelers who appreciate small groups, quality accommodations, ideal guide-to-passenger ratio and eco-friendly, sustainable cruises, a trip on the Eric, Letty and Flamingo Galápagos Yachts provides a safe, thrilling adventure in which great care is taken to keep the Galapagos biologically pristine. The cruise ships are comfortable, eco-friendly and becoming friendlier in order to further reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The company supports environmental education and marine conservation projects in the Galápagos and Galápagos communities by employing locals, purchasing local supplies and sponsoring a local school and a nonprofit.