First Class expedition Yacht

Experience the unbounded beauty of the Galapagos Islands on the first class yacht – the MY Letty. With a capacity for just 20 guests, the intimate vessel evoke a bygone era of ocean exploration, with polished teak interiors and shiny brass accents.  From the yacht’s ten ocean-facing cabins, spread across three decks for maximum privacy, enjoy the creature comforts of home as you sail past the singular views of the Galapagos.

Our itineraries highlight the very best of the Galapagos Islands; the amazing wildlife, striking landscapes, magnificent marine environment and fascinating history.  Choose from one of our comprehensive full week 7-night itineraries to the most spectacular and remote areas of the island chain – or combine both for a two-week exploration of the entire archipelago. 

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome
  • All three Boobies: Nazca, Blue And Red Footed
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Great and magnificent frigate birds
  • Beaches with sea lions
  • Giant tortoises in the highlands
  • Waved albatross on Espanola
  • Kayak at Cerro Brujo and Gardner Bay
  • Snorkelling with penguins on Isabela
  • Volcanic formations of Fernandina
  • Flightless cormorant
  • Kayak at Darwin Bay and Tagus Cove
  • Whale and dolphin sightings

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONQuito or Guayaquil (Ecuador)
DEPARTURE DATESAll year round (please contact us for departure dates)
DURATION

8 days/7 nights OR

15 days/14 nights when combining A & B itineraries

PRICES per person

2019 rates for 8 days/7 nights

Iguana Deck double/twin US$4700 per person
Iguana Deck triple US$4500 per person
Iguana Deck single US$8225
Booby Deck double US$5,100 per person
Dolphin Deck double/twin US$5,600 per person

***Book two consecutive weeks back to back, and receive a 5% discount on the 2nd week.

2020 rates for 8 days/7 nights

Iguana Deck double/twin US$4900 per person
Iguana Deck triple US$4700 per person
Iguana Deck single US$8700
Booby Deck double US$5,350 per person
Dolphin Deck double/twin US$5,800 per person

GROUP SIZE20 Guests only
INCLUDED
Cabin accommodation in a double cabin (95 square feet) featuring windows or port lights
All meals and after excursion snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and bottled water
Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail party, BBQ lunch served on deck al fresco
House wine and local beer served complimentary during dinner, coffee and tea 24/7
Guided shore excursions twice daily, evening briefings and enrichment lectures
Exploration of the coastal area by Zodiac and optional water activities
Use of wet suits, snorkel equipment (mask, fins and snorkel)
Use of sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards
Transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock in Galapagos
Personalised check-in at the airports in Quito or Guayaquil on our day of operation only.
NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare – you must arrive to Quito or Guayaquil the day prior to the cruise
Hotel accommodation in Ecuador the night before your cruise – we can help you reserve your room
Airfare from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos – your flight is confirmed through our allotment of seats with Avian on Sunday to San Cristobal (SCY)
Galapagos entrance fee (park tax) – US$100 for adults, US$50 for children 11 and under
Migration control Transit card (TCT) or INGALA – US$20 per person
Travel Insurance
Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry
Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary

Additional information

DestinationGalapagos Islands

SOUTHERN / CENTRAL ROUTE – Itinerary A

SUNDAY

  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • San Cristobal (Chatham)
  • Cerro Tijeretas
  • San Cristobal

 

MONDAY

  • Cerro Brujo (SN, PR, KY)
  • San Cristobal
  • Punta Pitt (SN, PR)
  • San Cristobal

TUESDAY

  • Punta Suarez
  • Espanola (Hood)
  • Gardner Bay (SN, PR, KY)
  • Espanola

WEDNESDAY

  • Punta Cormorant (PR)
  • Champion Islet (SN)
  • Floreana
  • Post Office Bay (SN)
  • Baroness Point (PR)
  • Floreana (Charles)

 

THURSDAY

  • Highlands of Santa Cruz
    (Indefatigable)
  • CCFL Breeding Center
    (Darwin Station)
  • Santa Cruz

FRIDAY

  • Bartolome (PR, SN)
    or Las Bachas Beach (SN)
  • Las Bachas (SN)
    or Black Turtle Cove (PR)

 

SATURDAY

  • South Plaza Island
  • North Seymour (PR, SN)

SUNDAY

  • Interpretation Center
  • San Cristobal (Chatham)

SN = snorkel | KY or SUP = kayak | PR = panga (zodiac) ride

Ecoventura alternates two different full week 7-night itineraries 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.

 

WESTERN / NORTHERN ROUTE – Itinerary B

SUNDAY

  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • San Cristobal (Chatham)
  • CCJG (La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado)
  • San Cristobal

 

MONDAY

  • Darwin Bay (SN, PR, KY),
  • GENOVESA (Tower)
  • Prince Philip’s Steps (SN, PR)
  • GENOVESA

 

TUESDAY

  • Las Bachas (SN) or Black Turtle Cove (PR)
  • Cerro Dragon (SN)
  • Santa Cruz

WEDNESDAY

  • Punta Espinosa (SN)
  • Fernandina (Narborough)
  • Urbina Bay
  • Isabela (SN) (Albemarle)

THURSDAY

  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Isabela (PR)
  • Tagus Cove (SN,PR,KY)

FRIDAY

  • Puerto Egas
  • Santiago (SN) (James)
  • Rabida Island  (SN,PR,KY) (Jervis)

SATURDAY

  • Highlands of Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)
  • CCFL (Darwin Station)
  • Santa Cruz

SUNDAY

  • Interpretation Center
  • San Cristobal

 

 

 

SN = snorkel | KY or SUP = kayak | PR = panga (zodiac) ride

Ecoventura alternates two different full week 7-night itineraries 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.

Sofia Darquea

Naturalist Guide Level III since 1987

Sofia was born and raised in Quito, but left for Spain to attend the University in Madrid. After graduating in Tourism with a degree in Hotel Management, she spent a few years in France, before  returning home to Ecuador and started working as a guide in Galapagos and as a Tour Leader in the Amazon Rainforest. She was co-founder of Fundacion Accion Amazonia, a non-profit, private organization created to support the local indigenous communities of the Amazon rainforest and on the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association.  Sofia lives in Santa Cruz Island, and is the president of the Galapagos Naturalist Guide’s Association (AGIPA). Being fluent in English and French as well as Spanish, Sofia has hosted and educated visitors from all over the world and continues in her efforts to guarantee the conservation and protection of this unique archipelago.

 

M/Y Letty

Experience the unbounded beauty of the Galapagos on one of our identical first class yacht MY Letty.  With a capacity for just 20 guests, the intimate vessel evoke a bygone era of ocean exploration, with polished teak interiors and shiny brass accents.  From the yacht’s ten ocean-facing cabins, spread across three decks for maximum privacy, enjoy the creature comforts of home as you sail past the singular views of the Galapagos.

On the upper Dolphin deck, four cabins feature two twin beds or one double bed, and have picture windows overlooking the ocean below.  Booby deck cabins feature the same views through their windows, and have one double bed. On the lower Iguana deck, passengers rest in our cabins averaging 110 square feet. These staterooms have two twin lower beds and natural light through porthole windows. Two of the cabins on the iguana deck also feature an upper berth, converting them into triples.

Every cabin has a window or porthole view, one double size bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with an ensuite bathroom outfitted with hot and cold water showers, and stocked with refillable bio-degradable soap and shampoo dispensers. Guests will also find a closet, drawers, intercom and personal climate controls for your comfort.  All cabins showcase a soothing color scheme with teakwood accents and brass fittings, and undergo yearly refurbishment to ensure they’re always in pristine condition and maintain their timeless appeal.

 

 

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How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or mail@adventureassociates.com, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your USD 500 per person deposit.

Deposit required per person:US$500 per person
Balance due:90 days prior to departure
If booking within 89 days of departure:Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 150 days prior to departureUS$250 per person
Between 149 and 90 days prior to departureFull loss of deposit per person
Between 89 and 76 days prior to departure75% of tour cost per person
On or within 75 days prior to departureNo Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

Weather & When to Go

The Galapagos Islands are a great year-round destination for a Galapagos cruise as there really is no off-season as opposed to many other wildlife sanctuaries around the world.  Our peak season departures correspond to when more people tend to travel based on holidays and school breaks and not due to the amount of wildlife you will see.  If you are planning your trip on a peak week you should book at least 6 months prior to your desired departure and at least 4 months prior on seasonal departure dates.  For holiday weeks you need to book one year in advance.

For those interested in visiting the Islands at “the best” time, there really is no better or worse time to visit.  This is because the Galapagos Islands are located right on the equator and air and water temperatures do not vary by much – see below.  In addition, almost all of the animal species you will see arrived because they floated there on rafts of vegetation or were blown in by wind currents.  Species such as the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, marine iguana, land iguana, blue-footed booby, Galapagos hawk, fur sea lion, California sea lion and most all other species spend the entire year in the Galapagos and do not migrate. The only exception is the waved Albatross that leaves Galapagos from January to March.

Climate & marine currents

Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. The larger islands with volcanic peaks have a variety of climatic zones. The coastal areas are arid and covered with plants adapted to desert conditions. The highland areas receive moisture almost all year round, which support lush vegetation. Temperatures are determined almost entirely by ocean currents, which are influenced by the trade winds.

There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. The Galapagos get an average of ten inches of rain per year, so it is never considered “rainy”. Unlike most equatorial regions, the Galapagos are not hot and humid; they lie instead in one of the Pacific’s “dry zones” where temperatures remain abnormally low, cooled by upwelling in the sea. The Galapagos cycle through two distinct seasons: the warm/wet season (January to June) and the cool/dry season (July to December).

From June to November, the cold Humboldt Current sweeps northward from the Antarctica . When it reaches the northern tip of Peru , the southeast tradewinds push it toward the Galapagos. This mass of cold water cools the air and creates an inversion layer over the islands. The inversion upsets the usual weather pattern associated with the tropics. While the lowlands are experiencing drought, the highlands receive misty precipitation locally known as “garua” (pronounced gah-ru-ah) season, which means mist in Spanish.

During the months from December to May, the cooling current subside, temperatures rise and the southeast trade winds and the Humboldt Current vanish. Warm waters flow south from Panama . Periods of rain are strong but are of short duration. Temperatures are warm and sunny days outnumber cloudy days. Some years, the flow of warm water is greater than normal and a phenomenon known as “El Nino” results. Surface water temperatures climb higher than usual and rainfall greatly increases. Life on land flourishes, but seabirds and marine life frequently experience extreme breeding failures.

Temperatures
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Max air temp.
29
30
31
30
27.5
25.5
24.5
23
24.5
25
25.5
26.5
Min air temp.
21
23
23
22
22
20
18.5
17.5
16.5
17.5
18.5
20
Avg. sea temp
23
24.5
24.5
24.5
23
23
22
18.5
20
21
22
23
Avg. rainfall (inches)
1
1
2
1.5
.75
.25
.50
.25
.50
.25
.50
.50

Water temperatures
May to November at Wolf & Darwin: 23.5-25.5 degrees C
May to November in Central Islands : 18-22 degrees C
December to April at Wolf & Darwin: 24.5-26.5 degrees C
December to April in Central Islands : 24-25.5 degrees C

January
Warm marine currents arrive. Land birds start nesting On Espanola, the adult male marine iguanas become brightly colored. The green sea turtle arrives to the beaches of Galapagos to lay their eggs. Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela. Water and air temperatures rise and stay warm until June.  Warm waters are comfortable for snorkeling

February
On Floreana, Greater flamingos and White-cheeked pintails start their breeding season
Nazca boobies on Espanola are at the end of their nesting season. Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz. Highest water temperature reaches 25°C  and remains until April. Galapagos dove’s nesting season reaches its peak

March
Sporadic tropical rains and intense sun.  Air temperature can reach up to 30°C, water temperatures reach their maximum.  Marine iguanas nest in Fernandina. On March 21st, the summer equinox signals the beginning of Spring.  The waved albatross arrive to Espanola to begin their breeding cycle.

April
Massive arrival of waved albatross to Espanola to begin their courtships.  Hatching season ends for giant tortoises. Green sea turtles’ eggs begin to hatch. Land iguanas hatch on Isabela

May
North Seymour’s blue-footed boobies begin their courtship. Sea turtles are still hatching on Gardner Bay and Punta Cormorants. Palo santo trees begin to shed their foliage.  Albatross on Espanola start laying their eggs.  Band-rumped storm petrels begin their first nesting period.

June
Beginning of the dry season with the arrival of the Humbolt current. Giant tortoises migrate from the highlands to lowlands for suitable nesting places to start the nesting season.

July
Sea birds are active, especially blue-footed boobies on Espanola Flightless cormorants court and nest on Fernandina.  It is possible to find oyster catchers nesting on Puerto Egas. Lava lizards initiate mating rituals until November.  Whales and dolphins are more likely to be observed, especially off the Western coast of Isabela.

August
The Galapagos hawks court on Espanola and Santiago.  Large colonies of Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed gulls nest on Genovesa.  Temperature of the ocean descends to 18° C  which obviously varies according to the geographic zones among the  islands. Migrant shore birds start to arrive, and stay on the islands until March.  Giant tortoises return to the highlands.

September
Peak of the dry season. The air temperature reaches its lowest (19°C). Penguins demonstrate remarkable activity on Bartolome until December.  Sea lions are very active, females give birth, specially in the western and central areas of the Archipelago. Most species of marine birds remain active at their nesting sites.

October
Lava herons nest until March. The Galapagos fur seals begin their mating period. Boobies raise their chicks on Espanola.

November
Sea lion pups are active on the Eastern part of the Archipelago.  Breeding season of brown noddies and Band-rumped storm petrels begin their second nesting period.

December
The islands receive warm waters from the basin of Panama; the Panama Flow. Hatching of the giant tortoise’s eggs begins and lasts until April. Green sea turtles display their mating behavior.  The warm season begins and all of the plants of the dry zone produce leaves. Galapagos “turns green”. The first young albatross fledge.

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Flights to Galapagos (SCY) for Ecoventura passengers are serviced by AVIANCA Airlines from Quito and Guayaquil to Galapagos (San Cristobal). Flight reservations for confirmed passengers are made automatically through our allotment of seats.  Passengers who purchase their tickets through Ecoventura for the Avianca flights noted below will receive assistance with the check in procedure and the option to pre-pay the transit card and park entrance fee. A representative from Ecoventura accompanies our passengers on this flight.

On the day of departure, please be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil two hours prior to departure for check-in. A message will be left at your hotel the evening prior with the exact check in time. You must first have your bags inspected by SICGAL as required to travel to Galapagos. Next, look for the Ecoventura representative at the AVIANCA Airline ticket counter to collect your boarding pass, transit card (if prepaid) and get assistance with check in.  Do not stand in line to pay the TCT card if you have already prepaid.  Upon arrival in Galapagos, you will form a line to process passengers for the Park entrance fee. The representative from the park has a list of our that have pre-paid the entrance fee to Ecoventura.  Once through, our guides will be waiting for you with signs. You must then claim your checked bag so that our crew can deliver them to your cabin.

Passengers who choose to travel to Galapagos earlier or choose to purchase tickets on another carrier will not be provided with the arrival services.

 

 

 AIRFARES  in LOW Season: January 1 – 30 June & September 1 – 31 December

ROUTINGADULT FARECHILD FARE
Quito/Galapagos/QuitoUS$500US$375
Quito/Galapagos/Guayaquil US$476US$360
Guayaquil/Galapagos/QuitoUS$468US$336
Guayaquil/Galapagos/GuayaquilUS$445US$336

 

AIRFARES in HIGH Season: July 1 – 31 August 

ROUTINGADULT FARECHILD FARE
Quito/Galapagos/QuitoUS$553US$477
Quito/Galapagos/Guayaquil US$525US$393
Guayaquil/Galapagos/QuitoUS$518US$385
Guayaquil/Galapagos/GuayaquilUS$490US$366

Airfares include all airport taxes and airfare fuel surcharges. Airfares are subject to change at any time up until the day of departure and even after tickets have been paid in full.

Upgrade to Business Class:  There are twelve business class seats available on the flights to Galapagos. For an additional charge of US$57.00 each way from UIO or GYE  you will receive preferred seats in the front of the aircraft, wine and beer, choice of two hot meals, pillow and blanket.  You may check one suitcase (up to 23 kg and up to 158 cm) or two small suitcases (up to 32 kg combined) and one carry-on bag  (up to 10 kg and up to 115 cm) per passenger. Available upon request.

BAGGAGE POLICY:  The airline allows one checked suitcase (up to 23 kg and up to 158 cm) and one carry-on bag  (up to 10 kg and up to 115 cm) per passenger.  All overweight, oversized and excess baggage will be charged additional and are checked subject to space available. The fees are: Excess Baggage fee:  US$30 + IVA for up to 23 kg, US$40 + IVA 23-32 kg, US$50 + IVA 32-45 kg.  Overweight baggage fee:  US$10 + IVA  23-32 kg, US$20 + IVA 32-45 kg.  Oversize baggage fee:  US$50 + IVA for 159-215 cm.  IVA (tax) is 12% and is subject to change.

Airlines are required to spray the overhead compartments inside the aircraft with a special process after doors are closed and preparing for landing.  This is considered common procedure for flights bound to fragile island eco-systems that are susceptible to prevent any invasive species or virus being accidentally transported to the islands

 

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