An operation as seamless as WildAid´s Passion for Galapagos has taken many years to perfect. Years of analyzing itineraries, years of gathering the best possible staff and crew: the most passionate, well-rounded and generous employees in the business. The experience abroad the M/Y Passion has been conceived to create a unique balance between you and your surroundings, turning service into effortless courtesy and a luxury cruise across the Galapagos archipelago into one of the most indulging experiences of your life.

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WESTERN ISLANDS: 8D/7N ITINERARY

DAY 1
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS & FAUSTO LLERENA BREEDING CENTE

 

After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our naturalist guide to then cross the Itabaca Channel and reach Santa Cruz Island for our first visit in the Archipelago: The Highlands. Here, we will have lunch at a local ranch while looking for the famous giant tortoises, which are in constant migration from the highlands to the coast. After lunch, we will head to Puerto Ayora for our second visit, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. In the breeding center, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"),and adults.
Afterward, we will head back to Puerto Ayora, where we will have some time to explore the town and shops by ourselves (this is the only change of shopping during on this itinerary) before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, the crew and captain will welcome us, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next days activities.

DAY 2
PUNTA CORMORANT, DEVIL´S CROWN & POST OFFICE BAY


AM
Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, where we will be seeking Greater Flamingos on the brackish lagoon on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. We end the outing with a short panga to snorkel in the Devil’s Crown, an old volcanic crater and a key snorkelingsite.
PM
After lunch, we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home.

DAY 3
BLACK BEACH & ASILO DE LA PAZ


AM
This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants. We will visit this fresh water source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapegueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.
PM
After our visit, we will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well-beloved activity in the archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins.
This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.

DAY 4
PUNTA MORENO & URBINA BAY


AM
We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.
PM
We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, a nesting site for green sea turtles. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands.
At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils, and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.

DAY 5
TAGUS COVE & PUNTA ESPINOSA


AM Dry landing near Tagus Cove, a historical pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.
PM We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa.
Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.


DAY 6
PUERTO EGAS, BUCANEER´S COVE & ESPUMILLA


AM
At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos.” Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.
PM
At Buccaneer Cove we will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name because it used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers, which anchor here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities. The cove is very scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock.’ We head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored sand beach, used by green sea turtles as a nesting site.
A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the amazing Galapagos flycatcher, and Darwin finches.

DAY 7
SULLIVAN BAY & NORTH SEYMOUR


AM
We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.
PM
We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, and experience, depending on the season, spectacular mating ritual displays.

DAY 8
MOSQUERA ISLET & DEPARTURE


AM
Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands and measuring about 160 meters across and 600 meters long. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and is also a haven for shorebirds. Orcas occasionally come to the islet to feed on the sea lions. After this visit, the yacht will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark, and passengers beginning their cruise will join us on board.
In addition to the land visits, we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, pangarides, and kayaking.


EASTERN ISLANDS: 8D/7N ITINERARY

DAY 1
MORNING FLIGHT TO BALTRA BLACK TURTLE COV


After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our naturalist guide to then board the M/Y WildAid´s Passion and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

DAY 2
DARWIN BAY & EL BARRANC


We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.
PM
At El Barranco(dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels and the endemic short-ear owl.

DAY 3
BARTOLOME ISLAND & CHINESE HAT


AM
Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galapagos penguin.
PM
Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.


DAY 4
RABIDA ISLAND & CERRO DRAGON


AM
Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon, where flamingos are usually present. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year, we may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.
PM
We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts, and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

DAY 5
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS & DARWIN RESEARCH STATION


AM
We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.
We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations.
This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the Island, which populates these forests where is also possible to see the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.
PM
We will return to the yacht for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

DAY 6
PLAZA SUR & SANTA FE ISLAND


AM
Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.
PM
After a wet landing on Santa Fe, we will be encountered by a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. We will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

DAY 7
GARDNER BAY, GARDNER ISLET, OSBORN ISLET & PPUNTA SUAREZ


AM
We will spend the morning in the fantastic Gardner Bay (wet landing) of Española Island; an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.
PM
In the afternoon we will head to Punta Suarez, one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos. The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, sometimes to be seen body‐surfing in the large breakers, large marine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and three species endemic to Española: the waved albatross (present only from April to December), the Española mockingbird, and the Española lava lizard. The trail ends in “El Soplador” a blowhole that sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. 

DAY 8
TWIN CRATERS & DEPARTUR


AM
This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos(twins) are in fact not craters, but magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.
After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.
In addition to the land visits, we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, pangarides, and kayaking.


EASTERN ISLANDS: 5D/4N ITINERARY

DAY 1
MORNING FLIGHT TO BALTRA BLACK TURTLE COVE


After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our naturalist guide to then board the M/Y WildAid´s Passion and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

DAY 2
DARWIN BAY & EL BARRANCO


AM
We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.
PM
At El Barranco(dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti.

DAY 3
BARTOLOME ISLAND & CHINESE HAT


AM
Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galapagos penguin.
PM
Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas,and Galapagospenguins.


DAY 4
RABIDA ISLAND & CERRO DRAGO


AM
Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation.
PM
We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.


DAY 5
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS & DEPARTURE


AM
This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora and board our transport to reach Santa Cruz Highlands. We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural hábitat.
After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.
In addition to the land visits, we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, pangarides, and kayaking.



EASTERN ISLANDS: 4D/3N ITINERARY

DAY 1
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS & FAUSTO LLERENA BREEDING CENTE


After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our personnel to then cross the itabaca channel and reach Santa Cruz Island for our first visit in the Archipelago: the Highlands. This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the Island, which populates these forests where is also possible to see the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

We will return to the yacht for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. Afterwards we will head back to Puerto Ayora, where we will have some time to explore the town and shops by ourselves (this is the only change of shopping during on this itinerary) before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, we will be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day´s activities.

DAY 2
PLAZA SUR & SANTA FE ISLAND


AM
Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.
PM
After a wet landing on Santa Fe, we will be encountered by a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. We will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here

DAY 3
GARDNER BAY, GARDNER ISLET, OSBORN ISLET & PUNTA SUAREZ


AM
We will spend the morning in the fantastic Gardner Bay (wet landing) of Española Island; an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.
PM
In the afternoon we will head to Punta Suarez, one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos.
The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, large marine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and the wavedalbatross.

DAY 4
TWIN CRATERS & DEPARTURE


AM
This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos(twins) are in fact not craters, but magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.
After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

In addition to the land visits, we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, pangarides, and kayaking.





 

PASSION FOR CONSERVATION

WildAid is a California-based global NGO that has been working in Galapagos since 2002. Their primary focus is curtailing illegal fishing, wildlife trafficking, and the introduction of invasive species. They approach this issue on two fronts. First, by working on education campaigns in countries where the purchase of exotic species is widespread, the idea being that “once the buying stops, the killing stops.” WildAid also works with local partners to implement programs that aim at preventing damage to delicate ecosystems.
In 2015, when the Passion became a part of the Angermeyer fleet, our CEO, Fiddi Angermeyer, immediately got in touch with WildAid to offer them a partnership. This initiative stemmed from the Angermeyer family’s commitment to preserving the Galapagos, which has been a part of their legacy since they arrived on the islands over 70 years ago.

As part of the partnership, the M/Y Passion was officially renamed WildAid’s Passion. Also, $100 of each passenger’s rate on the vessel goes directly into the Galapagos Conservation Fund; a trust fund created specifically for this partnership. Furthermore, passengers on the Passion are receive detailed information about the partnership and are encouraged to make additional individual donations. Furthermore, Andando Tours has donated one week-long chartered voyage on the Passion per year to be auctioned at WildAid’s annual gala. Proceeds from the sale go directly to funding programs in the Galapagos.

Currently, the Conservation Fund is working on a number of programs on the islands and marine reserve. These include working with the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency by funding training programs, equipment purchases, and awareness campaigns. Through these actions, the agency is able to prevent the entry of invasive species in the islands by making them easier to identify and quarantine. Our illegal fishing program focuses on training park rangers and giving them the most modern technology (AIS monitoring systems) to oversee the Galapagos marine reserve.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

Rider requirements

Guests must have the following documentation to enter and leave the Galapagos Islands:

TRANSIT CONTROL CARD (TCT)/ MIGRATION CARD
This document can be obtained at the Special Regime for Galapagos Governing Council offices, located in Quito and Guayaquil airports, and after the presentation of proper identification, electronic booking, and a payment of $ 20.00.
THIS DOCUMENT IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ENTER AND LEAVE THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Part of this card must be kept by the passenger for its presentation at the time of departure from the islands.

PROTECTED AREA ENTRANCE FEE
It is collected by Galapagos National Park, PNG. The amount to be paid depends on the visitor’s nationality, residence, and age. At the time of going to press these charges are: foreign tourists older than 12 US$100, under 12 US$50, under 2 no charge.

The four beautifully designed staterooms each have private bathrooms with bathtubs. The Master and VIP suites feature two en-suite bathrooms each and a private lounge area.

Passion Yacht is one of the largest yachts in the islands and has the lowest crew to passenger ratio available. At 159 ft. long, it is almost double the size of the closest comparable yacht, giving its 12 passengers room to roam and the option to come together in the social areas or find a quiet spot on any of its four decks for some privacy without having to go back to their cabins.

There are ample interior and exterior social areas, a panoramic sky lounge with bar and sliding glass doors, separate dining room and wonderfully spacious decks more than 200 sq. mts. of fine teak decking and a further secluded sun deck with lounge chairs and Jacuzzi.

Departures operate with 12 crew members, including a chef and a cruise director, as well as a bilingual naturalist guide. This allows us to provide truly personalized service to each one of our guests, ensuring that their every need is met to perfection. As we mentioned, our chef can meet any dietary requirements – from kosher to vegan, and everything in between – with notice prior to departure.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served al fresco in our exterior dining area, allowing guests to enjoy the amazing views stunning sunsets and moonrises of the Galapagos Islands.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

British nationals are issued with a visit visa on arrival which is valid for up to 90 days. Visit extensions of a further 90 days can be obtained through the local immigration authorities. Your passport must have a minimum validity of six months. In the UK the Embassy of Ecuador can be found at:
Embassy of Ecuador
Flat 3b
3 Hans Crescent
London SW1X 0LS
Telephone: (020) 7584 2648/1367/8084
Email: embajada.ecuador@btclick.com

In Ecuador the British Embassy can be found at:
Citiplaza Building,
Naciones Unidas Ave. and Republica de El Salvador 14th Floor
(Consular Section 12th floor)
PO Box 17-17-830,
Quito
Telephone: (593) (2) 2970 800 / 801
Email: britembq@interactive.net.ec
Website: www.britembquito.org.ec

The British Foreign office gives up to date travel advice on 0845 850 2829 or www.fco.gov.uk



Climate Summary

Due to their position on the equator, the islands have only two seasons (cold and hot, or dry and rainy), rather than four distinct seasons. However, the climate does not undergo significant temperature changes. Therefore, the Galapagos can be visited all year round.

The only factor that could change the tourist’s experience on the islands is rain. However, even during the so-called rainy season, rainfall in the Galapagos is minimal. The Galapagos Islands are very dry and arid, which means that even in the "rainy season" you can enjoy the equatorial sun, accompanied by short and light drizzles, known as garúa.

Changes in temperature are caused by the sea currents - the cold Humboldt current and the warm El Niño current - that generate more or less evaporation according to which of the currents has a more significant influence throughout the different months of the year.

Rainy season: December to April
Dry season: May to November

Additional Information on the Weather in Galapagos:

Rain in the Galapagos
Drizzles on the islands take place only in the rainy season (December to April); they usually happen in the afternoon and tend to last less than half an hour. It is important to mention that rain will NOT be a problem for visitors since all activities can take place during drizzles and the temperature rarely drops below 20° Celsius (68° Fahrenheit). Rain also has a positive side: most coastal plants ‘revive’ at this time, showing green shoots and flowers immediately after the first rains.

Temperature
The temperature in the Galapagos is warm and temperate throughout the year. Air and sea temperatures are warmer in the rainy season when the warm El Niño current has a stronger effect on the islands. In the dry season, temperatures can be a bit lower, especially at night, but never colder than 18° Celsius (64° Fahrenheit).

Maritime Conditions
The sea is calmer in the wet season. During the dry season (especially in August and September), the seas can be a bit rougher. This could cause cruise ships or yachts to move more than usual (therefore, passengers who are prone to or are weary of seasickness should avoid these dates). However, seasickness is easily controlled with pills or wristbands (today's anti-seasickness pills no longer cause drowsiness), which can be found at any pharmacy in mainland Ecuador and Galapagos.

Health

At Unicorn Trails, the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance. While cases of the Zika Virus remain predominantly in Brazil and Ecuador, there have been reports of cases in Mexico, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cape Verde.
Whilst the symptoms of the Zika Virus are usually mild, customers are recommended to take the strict insect bite avoidance measures. This is particularly relevant if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, suffer from a severe, chronic medical condition, or have a medical condition that weakens your immune system.

Customers due to travel to the affected areas should monitor the World Health Organisation website for further updates and advice.
Customers planning to become pregnant should discuss travel plans with a healthcare provider to assess the risk of infection and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures.
Customers who are already pregnant should inform their obstetrician or midwife if they have recently travelled to a country where Zika is known to occur.


High altitude, e.g. in Quito (2800 metres) can affect some people's health. You should take sensible medical precautions and seek advice from your doctor before travelling. If visiting Quito you are advised to take it easy for the first few days and drink plenty of water. See your local doctor or the department of healths web site for further details www.dh.gov.uk

Health (ride specific)

Np specific health requirements.

Electricity

110V, 60Hz as in the USA. You may need a transformer as well as an adaptor to plug in UK or European appliances.

Film and Camera Equipment

110 and 220 outlets are available on both vessels to charge your cameras/batteries.

Packing List

Essentials:
• Broad-brimmed hat
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Lightweight trousers
• Lightweight long sleeve t-shirts to protect yourself from the sun
• Swimsuit (at least 2)
• Lightweight short sleeved T-shirts
• Comfortable shoes
• "Havaianas" or "Teva" sandals
• Refillable water bottles
• Ziploc-type bags to protect electronic equipment from water (“wet landings” are made by jumping from the boat to the edge of the beach, making getting your feet and calves wet unavoidable).

Optional:
• Binoculars
• Photo/video camera
• Small backpack

Programmes

Cruises are available all year around, except for September, when the yachts undergo maintenance. The Departure day is Saturday, all departures are guaranteed.

Departure Dates

2019 Western Islands: 12, 26 January; 9, 23 February; 9 March; 20 April, 4 May; 1, 29 June; 13 July; 10 August; 19 October; 2, 16, 30 November; 14 December
2019 Eastern Islands 3 nights: 9, 23 January; 20 February; 6, 20 March; 17 April; 1, 15, 29 May; 12 June; 10, 24 July; 7, 21 August; 16, 30 October; 13, 27 November; 11 December.
4 nights: 5, 19 January; 2, 16 February; 2, 16 March; 13 April; 11, 25 May; 8 June; 6, 20 July; 3, 17 August; 12, 26 October; 9, 23 November; 7 December

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.
Recommended Reading

The beak of the finch,
Galapagos, two sides of the coin
My father’s Island

Wildlife

The wildlife in the Galapagos is quite special and unique, as is found nowhere else on earth. The most famous animals are the giant tortoises, blue and red footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, Flamingoes, marine Iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Darwin finches.

Other Country Information

Bordering the Pacific Ocean at the equator, Ecuador has a tropical climate in coastal regions, getting cooler inland. It is the smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands. The terrain consists of coastal plain (costa), inter-Andean central highlands (sierra), and a flat, rolling eastern jungle (oriente) and the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. The Galapagos Islands and the waters surrounding it are both World Heritage Sites and of vital ecological importance. Charles Darwins visits to The Galapogos played a vital role in the development of his ideas on evolution.

Advanced indigenous cultures flourished prior to the arrival of the Incas in the 15th century. The capital, Quito, was once the centre of the Inca Empire. Ecuador was subsequently conquested by the Spanish in 1534, finally gaining independance in 1830. Ecuador has retained an array of vibrant cultures and stunningly well preserved colonial architecture.

Ecuador is five hours behind GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Passengers are met at Quito or Guayaquil airport
Transfer:
Flight Guide:
Quito to Baltra Airport approx. $500 per person