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Eric/Letty: Yacht Details


Two identical first class cruising yachts

The Eric and Letty are first class cruising yachts with identical characteristics, each taking a maximum of 20 passengers.   These vessels have an excellent and well-earned reputation for offering top-quality service, food, and guides, and have been pioneers in operating in an environmentally sustainable manner.  With two bilingual naturalist guides per yacht, guests also enjoy one of the best guide-to-guest ratios available; guided excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.  There are some departures designed specifically for families if you are traveling with children.

Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
7 night cruises run from Sunday to Sunday

Itinerary A
Sunday:          Arrive to San Cristobal / Cerro Tijeretas / Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock)
Monday:         San Cristobal: Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt
Tuesday:        Espanola:  Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Wednesday:    Floreana:  Punta Cormorant / Post Office
Thursday:       Santa Cruz: Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station
Friday:           Bartolome / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) / Sombrero Chino
Saturday:       South Plaza Island / North Seymour
Sunday:         San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Return to Mainland

Itinerary B
Sunday:          Arrive to San Cristobal / La Galapaguera
Monday:         Genovesa:   Darwin Bay / Prince Philip´s Steps
Tuesday:        Santa Cruz:  Las Bachas / Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragon
Wednesday:    Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) / Isabel: Urbina Bay / Punta Vicente Roca
Thursday:       Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Tagus Cove
Friday:           Puerto Egas (Santiago) / Rabida Island
Saturday:       Santa Cruz: Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station
Sunday:         San Cristobal Interpretation Center / Cruise Ends


Eric/Letty 7 night Galapagos Cruise Itinerary (A)

Sunday to Sunday


Day 1 Sunday Arrive to San Cristobal / Cerro Tijeretas / Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock)
Upon arrival to San Cristobal Island, you will be met by a representative of the Eric/Letty who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your ship to start the cruise. After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch, and safety drill, you will travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas. It is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigate birds (Great and Magnificent). The trail then leads you to Playa Mann for some scenic lookouts. After this visit you will return to the yacht and depart to cruise around Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, you can spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and Magnificent Frigate birds.

Day 2 Monday San Cristobal: Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt
This morning you will visit Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill), a white powder-sand beach where you will have an opportunity to snorkel or kayak.

This afternoon, you will visit the northeast tip of San Cristobal Island. Punta Pitt is a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds, including blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed boobies, Frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels. It is considered an excellent site for bird watching.

Day 3 Tuesday Espanola: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
This morning you will have a dry landing at Punta Suarez, Española (Hood Island), where you will witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily greet you as you land on their beach. From April to November, the waved albatross, found only on Española, perform their wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in “sky-pointing” to show off for potential mates. Nazca boobies busily care for their young. Stunning swallow-tailed gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. You will also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves, and Galapagos Hawks. Here you can observe a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colorings. Colorful sally light-foot crabs crawl along the shoreline near to the famous “blow hole”.

In the afternoon, you will have a wet landing on Gardner Bay, Española Island. Here you will walk along seemingly endless stretches of this white sandy beach where you’ll find large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore and you may find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches, or the Hood Mockingbird. You can swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore by kayak or just relax. There’s an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock where you can explore caves covered with invertebrates.

Day 4 Wednesday Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
This morning you step ashore at Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island, one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich history with mystery and intrigue. Here you will follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the pintail ducks, common stilts, and pink Flamingos. You will also wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Palo Verdes, and Scalesia leading to a beach with powder soft sand. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, you will have an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral.

This afternoon you will visit Post office Bay, not the most scenic, but probably the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was put into use in the late 18th Century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area.

Day 5 Thursday Santa Cruz: Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station
Today you will travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands. The landscape gradually changes as you move up in elevation through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos. As you travel into the Highlands, the vegetation becomes more and more lush. The higher altitudes have more humidity and sustain a much greater variety of plant life. This area is home to giant tortoises, the Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane, and many other species.

After lunch, you will visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (Charles Darwin Research Station), where a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands. Here, you will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos. Afterward you will be taken to Puerto Ayora and have the option to return to your yacht for a buffet dinner or remain in town. Those who return to the yacht will be provided zodiacs to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop in at an internet cafe. Zodiacs will be provided for your return to your yacht.

Day 6 Friday Bartolome / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) / Sombrero Chino
Today you will disembark at Bartolome, where you will hike up a series of steps to a lookout point from which you can view the island’s unique, lunar-like landscape and the iconic Pinnacle Rock, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos. At the base of this rock are white sand beaches where you may see sea lions and Galapagos Penguins.

After lunch you will visit Las Bachas, named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos.

Next you will head to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), a small yet interesting island named for the cone shape of its lava formations. The islet is home to a sea lion colony, and you may see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs.

Day 7 Saturday South Plaza Island / North Seymour
Today you will visit South Plaza Island, a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. The island is covered by Opuntia cacti and the characteristic Sesuvium, which changes its colors from season to season. South Plaza is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas.

In the afternoon you will have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small uplifted island that is home to the largest nesting ground of Magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos.

Day 8 Sunday San Cristobal Interpretation Center / Cruise Ends
This morning, the ship drops anchor at San Cristobal Island for the end of the cruise around the Galapagos Islands. You visit the Interpretation Center opened in 1999 where you can gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.



Eric/Letty 7 night Galapagos Cruise Itinerary (B)

Sunday to Sunday


Day 1 Sunday Arrive to San Cristobal / La Galapaguera
Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, the crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After the welcome briefing and safety drill you will travel by bus into the interior of San Cristobal to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, where the National Park has established a breeding program for the tortoises and set up an information center for visitors. Along the trail, you may find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Here, you will see the terrestrial tortoises living in their natural habitat but also learn about their origin and threats by introduced animals.

Day 2 Monday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
Today you will visit Genovesa (Tower) Island, a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface. In the morning you will have a wet landing at Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti, where you may see Nazca boobies, great Frigate birds, and mockingbirds. Darwin Bay is a popular site for bird-watching, and sightings often include the sharp-beaked finch, large cactus finches, large ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls.

After lunch you will have a dry landing on the cliff by Prince Philip´s Steps, which you will use to climb up the steep basaltic cliff. The trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies before crossing a low, dense forest of Palo Santo trees where the red?footed boobies have their nests. At the edge of the island, thousands of small petrels nest in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava. On both sides of the trail you may see Nazca booby nesting colonies.

Day 3 Tuesday Las Bachas / Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragon
This morning you will visit Las Bachas, named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos.

Later you will head to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as the green sea turtle or the golden ray may cruise alongside your panga as you make your way through the mangrove trees.

In the afternoon you will visit Cerro Dragon, located on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore. Here you will visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you will find a land iguana nesting site.

Day 4 Wednesday Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) / Isabel: Urbina Bay / Punta Vicente Roca
This morning you will head to Fernandina Island, where you will disembark at Punta Espinosa (semi-wet landing). One of the youngest islands in the Galapagos, Fernandina remains one of the most highly active volcanic islands. The island offers a contrast between the green mangroves, black lava flows, and turquoise waters. You may see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

After lunch, you will cross Bolivar Channel for a wet landing at Urbina Bay, on the western coast of Isabela. In 1954 an uplift from the sea formed the bay, which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Here, you may see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water. On land you may see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will also have a view of the Alcedo Volcano. Later you will take a Zodiac ride around Punta Vicente Roca for a view of the tuff walls before returning to your yacht for the night.

Day 5 Thursday Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Tagus Cove
This morning you will boat around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos. Your small Zodiac boat will take you into the mangrove cove, where you may observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions.

In the afternoon you will have a dry landing at Tagus Cove, where you can view pirate graffiti dating back to the 1800s. As you walk around the cove you will enjoy views of a saltwater lagoon called Darwin Lake. From the summit of this hike you will be able to see both Darwin Volcano and Wolf Volcano.

Day 6 Friday Puerto Egas (Santiago) / Rabida Island
Today you will walk along the shoreline at Puerto Egas, Santiago (James) Island, looking for octopus, starfish, and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, you can catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Be on the lookout for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers, and yellow-crowned night herons. Your walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where you encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, you can snorkel or kayak.

In the afternoon you disembark on Rabida (Jervis) Island, located off James Island. Rabida sports the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the islands and is considered the geographic center of Galapagos. The dark red sand beach originated from the erosion of volcanic stones. You will follow a trail that leads to a salt water lagoon, and observe Greater Flamingos as they feed. Brown Pelicans nest in the mangroves at the far side of the lagoon. After the walk, there is time for snorkeling.

Day 7 Saturday Santa Cruz: Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station
Today you will travel by bus to El Chato in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as you wind your way through all seven of the vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, you will visit the tortoise reserve at “Las Primicias” one of the private farms in the highlands where you can encounter giant tortoises In their natural habitat. You next visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station). Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. You also visit the Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits and a short video presentation. Afterward, you will have an opportunity to walk through the town of Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the islands.

Day 8 Sunday Interpretation Center / Cruise Ends
This morning, the ship drops anchor in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal for the end of the cruise around the Galapagos Islands. You visit the Interpretation Center opened in 1999 where you can gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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