WHY THIS TRIP
We recommend the Galapagos Odyssey for travelers looking for quality short (5 or 6 day) itineraries and even longer (11 and 12 day) itineraries. Unlike most Galapagos cruises, the Galapagos Odyssey features 3 stellar short itineraries that stand well on their own or can be combined to form unique longer itineraries.
On a Galapagos Odyssey Galapagos Islands Cruise, each day you will go out for naturalist walks and lots of snorkeling excursions with your certified park guide. The itineraries are designed to get you out and exploring the Islands as much as possible, so you are not a passive traveler in the Galapagos. The vessel is owned and run by a very highly-respected and reputable operator in the Galapagos, Andean Travel Company. They have earned a reputation for providing top-notch, professional, and memorable trips for many years.
The Galapagos Odyssey was designed specifically for week-long cruising in the Galapagos Islands, keeping in mind the interests and needs of travelers who have come to one of the most remote areas of the world for a trip of a lifetime. The cabins and communal spaces are amply spacious so you won’t feel cramped during your cruise. Each double cabin features a picture window, private bathroom, and air-conditioning. There are two dining areas, one indoors and one Al Fresco on the boat’s deck. During your downtime, you can relax with a massage, enjoy the view from one of the Galapagos Odyssey’s many decks, or soak in the outdoor jacuzzi.
Of course, you don’t come to the Galapagos just to relax and when it’s time to explore the Islands, your guide will be taking you on varied and fascinating tours. In addition to naturalist walks and snorkeling, you’ll also go on zodiac rides close to the rocky shores to observe birdlife and marine iguanas sunning themselves. The Galapagos Odysseys sea kayaks are available to use wherever it’s permitted by the park; paddling on your own is an amazing way to observe the wildlife around you and get in a little exercise. Most yachts typically have only two kayaks onboard, but with the Galapagos Odyssey’s kayaks you’ll be sure to get out as much as you’d like and not wait in line for other passengers. You’ll also be visiting the Island’s tortoises breeding centers and Galapagos interpretation centers to round out your experience in the Islands.
LOCAL OPERATOR: Andean Travel Company
Andean Travel Company was set up in 2001 as a tour operator specialized in Incoming Tourism and focused on providing unique itineraries and services that surpass expectations of the most demanding customers. Strong foundations based on respect and cooperation have ensured a steady growth of the company, both in size and reputation. Nowadays, Andean Travel Company arranges all services for travelers from around the world so they can enjoy and get to know the diversity of the vast destinations that South America has to offer.
The main compromise for Andean Travel Company is to work in the field of sustainable tourism and interact with communities in conservation projects, coaching it’s members and sharing their knowledge about preservation of natural resources. With that in mind the company offers this approach as part of the interaction with the local communities in lodging conditioned to serve with high quality services and strong conservation policies, ensuring the decimation of unfavorable impacts on the nature surroundings.