an aerial view of galapagos bay with rocks jutting out of water, green hillsides, and empty pristine beaches
A close up photo of an iguana at the galapagos islands
a sea turtle soars above green grass and through the clear ocean waters at the galapagos islands
Baby sea lion in the Galapagos Islands.
two blue-footed boobies perched on a rock flap their wings to take flight at the galapagos islands
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Letty Galapagos Cruises

The Letty yacht is custom designed for Galapagos cruising. Cruise with only 20 fellow guests, venturing ashore in small groups of 10 to experience the islands in a highly personal, up close way. This high guide-to-guest ratio allows travelers to experience a more authentic and educational experience in the company of expert naturalist guides.

The Letty yacht operates two 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined to create a comprehensive 15-day cruise or shortened into 7-day routes. Contact our Galapagos small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

The Letty yacht is a leader in sustainable travel to the Galapagos Islands. Along with its former sister ship, Eric, it was the first to earn and maintain the ecological certification SmartVoyager and was Ecuador’s first carbon-neutral cruise operator.

The Letty offers talented naturalist guides, easy nature hikes and snorkeling. Each naturalist takes a group of no more than 10 passengers on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the islands’ diverse wildlife and natural history. Small pangas (inflatable skiffs) ferry passengers to shore for island visits. Families appreciate select Galapagos family cruises geared towards active travelers with children.

Galapagos cruise shore excursions aboard the Letty include hiking ancient lava fields where you will encounter prehistoric reptiles. See the courtship dance of the blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and massive waved albatross, just to name a few of the comical seabirds. Explore beaches of black, red and green sand leading to the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Being able to snorkel, scuba dive, kayak or stand-up paddleboard while on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands is one of the highlights. Encounter a range of ocean life, including sea lions, dolphins, whales and tame sharks in the marine reserve surrounding these extraordinary islands. 

Families with children are welcome throughout the year aboard Letty. During school breaks, there are designated Galapagos Family Cruises that offer the best of a science museum, zoo, aviary, marine park and cruise vacation all rolled into one. Naturalists aboard the Letty know how to bring these islands to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family. The Letty also offers special cruises that are specific for teens with a cultural and science component. Call our Galapagos cruise experts for details.

Highlights of the East Galapagos Islands itinerary include viewing the unique wildlife of Espanola, home of the most endemic species in the Galapagos; the incredible snorkeling of Champion Islet and visits to the historical Post Office Bay on Floreana; and exploring the two small islands of North Seymour and South Plaza which offer the largest colony of frigatebirds, a wide variety of wildlife and a deep-water snorkel experience between islands.

Highlights of the West Galapagos Islands itinerary include the northern island of Genovesa, famed for its birdlife; a venture out to Fernandina, the youngest island, with the largest colony of marine iguanas; the volcanic formations of Elizabeth Bay and pirate graffiti on Isabela; tide-pooling on Santiago; and the red beaches of Rabida.

While each itinerary has its own merits, securing the 20-guest Letty as one of our private Galapagos yacht charters will enable your group to pick and choose your own set of highlights.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day East Itinerary

Visit San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, South Plaza and North Seymour islands. Exclusive highlights of this eastern itinerary include viewing the unique wildlife of Espanola, home of the most endemic species in the Galapagos; the incredible snorkeling of Champion Islet and visits to the historical Post Office Bay on Floreana; and exploring the two small islands of North Seymour and South Plaza which offer the largest colony of frigatebirds, a wide variety of wildlife and a deep-water snorkel experience between islands.

Route map of Letty Galapagos Cruises 8-day East itinerary, operating roundtrip from San Cristobal Island with visits to Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, South Plaza & North Seymour islands.
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Day 1
SUN - Embark San Cristobal to El Junco Lake

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, transfer by bus then panga to the anchored yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served on board. In the afternoon, travel by bus to El Junco Lake, a caldera of an extinct volcano and the only sizable fresh water lake in the Galapagos. Listen for the calls of sea lions. Return to the yacht for a cocktail and briefing of the next day’s activities. Enjoy meeting fellow passengers over a multi-course dinner complete with complimentary wine.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
MON - Cerro Brujo & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

Spend the morning at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach with expansive views and good bird-watching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach or swim with sea lions from the beach. Take out the kayaks or stand-up paddle boards for a different perspective of the marine life. Enjoy a scenic panga ride that takes you through a cave called The Cathedral. Return to the yacht for lunch. Go ashore this afternoon at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies (blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies), both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago and is also home to a colony of sea lions. At Pitt Rock, snorkel with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and surgeon fish. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
TUE - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Today disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. Sea lions bark noisy greetings as you land on the beach, while curious mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in sky-pointing to show off for potential mates. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, performs its wild mating ritual. Other easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young, stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world. You will also find Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds and Galapagos hawks, as well as a unique species of marine iguana with traces of red and green coloring. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blowhole, watch for colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs crawling along the shoreline. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

After lunch, disembark at Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the seemingly endless white-sand beach. Enjoy time to take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for birds such as the Galapagos hawk, Darwin’s finch, or Hood mockingbird. Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, or take a panga ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates. Admire the colorful array of underwater life at the excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock. Return to the ship for a briefing followed by dinner.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
WED - Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut-leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), palo verde and scalesia. The trail leads to a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Champion Islet, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and coral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Lunch is served back aboard on the sundeck, weather permitting.

Floreana is one of the few populated islands in Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history. After lunch, visit one of the most famous sites in Galapagos: Post Office Bay, where a post barrel was erected in the late 18th Century for use by English whaling vessels. Visitors are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their home area. There is an opportunity to swim from the beach with sea lions. In the late afternoon, take a panga ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays before returning to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
THU - Highlands, Los Gemelos & Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels at El Mirador, the largest in the archipelago, and visit Los Gemelos, a pair of large craters. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station with tortoise corrals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Enjoy a stop at a chocolate shop to learn how high quality arriba cacao is produced in Ecuador. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café or museum. Or, if you prefer an active afternoon, you can arrange for kayaking at Punta Estrada or to go on a bicycle ride (additional charges apply). Return to the ship for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own. Panga shuttles from the Letty to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
FRI - Bartolome & Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Wake up in solitude with no other boats in sight. Choose one of two options for a morning activity on Bartolome Island: a challenging hike or a panga cruise. The 400-wooden-step hike winds past mini lava cones and ends in a panoramic view of Pinnacle Rock. The panga ride around the island looks for penguins. Next, snorkel with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins. Return to the vessel for lunch served on the sundeck (weather permitting).

In the afternoon, enjoy a slow panga excursion at Black Turtle Cove, listening for the telltale deep inhale of a sea turtle and watching for the wings of a school of golden rays. A guide will offer an enrichment lecture on Charles Darwin and evolution or ongoing social/environmental projects, tonight after dinner.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
SAT - South Plaza & North Seymour

Today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. The trail leads you through opuntia (Prickly Pear) and sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen feeding on the cactus leaves. The island is home to a colony of bachelor sea lions with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. Return to the yacht for lunch. Later, snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water. Go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in Galapagos and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the Letty for the captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation by your guides.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SUN - Interpretation Center & Disembark San Cristobal

After breakfast, travel by bus to the Interpretation Center to gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Cabin accommodation; all meals, snacks and beverages, including open bar policy featuring wines and spirits, soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties; a cooking demonstration; guided shore excursions twice-daily with two expert naturalist guides; use of wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, two stand-up paddleboards, one single and two double kayaks, panga and glass-bottom boat; nightly briefings and lectures; transfers in the islands; personalized check-in at airports in Quito and Guayaquil (on regular flights only).

Exclusions

International airfare; hotel accommodation in Ecuador; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult; $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Card or TCT (US $20 per person); gratuities for guides and crew; purchases from bar of premium brands not included in the open bar; insurance of any kind; purchases on board.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 ($1,000 for singles) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancelation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – full refund except for $250 ($500 for singles)
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single and triple-occupancy cabins are available; see rates listed above. Note that the listed Single cabin rate is limited, and cabins are assigned to any deck by the ship at the time of sailing. In addition to these listed Single cabin rates, double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee of 100% of the listed per-person double-occupancy rate and shared space may be available. Special conditions apply; contact AdventureSmith for further details on single-occupancy options.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children 11 years and under are welcomed aboard all designated Family departures. Children 5 years and under are only permitted on exclusive charter basis. Children and teens age 17 years and younger receive a 15% discount off the regular cruise rate. Children age 11 and under receive a 30% discount off the airfare from mainland Ecuador. Discounts exclude holiday weeks and cannot be combined with other discounts. There is a limit of one discount per youth traveling with an adult paying full fare (two total discounts per family).

Special Family Departures are geared toward families traveling with children ages 7 to 17 that include age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly meals. Kids are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational charts and tie nautical knots with the captain. Special game nights and events like drawing contests and talent shows are planned. Family teen (ages 12-17) and college (ages 18-21) departures may also be available. Special Family Departures are not recommended for adults traveling without children. Contact AdventureSmith for details and availability.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day West Itinerary

Visit San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and Santa Cruz Island. Offerings unique to this itinerary include the northern island of Genovesa, famed for its birdlife; a venture out to Fernandina, the youngest island, with the largest colony of marine iguanas; the volcanic formations of Elizabeth Bay and pirate graffiti on Isabela; tide-pooling on Santiago; and the red beaches of Rabida.

Route map of Letty Galapagos Cruises 8-day West itinerary, operating roundtrip from San Cristobal Island with visits to San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and Santa Cruz islands.
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Day 1
SUN - Embark San Cristobal to La Galapaguera, Cerro Colorado

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, transfer by bus to the main dock and then by panga to the Letty anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing, buffet lunch and safety drill, travel by bus into the interior of San Cristobal to visit Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center (La Galapaguera) in Cerro Colorado, where the national park has established a breeding program for the giant land tortoises that you will encounter living in their natural habitat. Learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals at the information center for visitors. Along the trail, find the Chatham mockingbird and calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your first briefing followed by the captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
MON - Prince Phillip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Spend the entire day on Genovesa Island, one of the most spectacular places in Galapagos for bird species. Land at Prince Philip’s Steps, where red-footed boobies nest in palo santo trees, while Nazca boobies nest near the trail and storm petrels gather in large numbers in an open lava field. With luck, you may spot the elusive short-eared owl. Return to the yacht for lunch on the sun deck. Choose to paddle from a kayak or stand-up paddle board and explore the cliffs. Look for the red-billed tropic bird hiding in the crevices or snorkel in deeper water from the panga. Land at Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest, the males inflating their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. Choose to relax on the beach or swim with sea lions in these northern warmer waters. Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner followed by a sky full of stars.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
TUE - Las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove & Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

This morning, either visit Las Bachas to explore a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons populated by greater flamingos, pelicans, white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts and iguanas and stroll along the beach or swim from the shore or enjoy a panga ride at Black Turtle Cove through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Look for pairs of mating sea turtles (September to February), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Return to the yacht for lunch.

This afternoon step ashore on Dragon Hill for a majestic view of the bay and the island landscape covered in opuntia cactus, palo santo and muyuyo. The trail offers excellent opportunities to see Darwin finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters and the endemic land iguanas, that were once part of the park’s breeding program. In the salt-water lagoon, pink flamingos feed alongside other birds such as stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. After the briefing and dinner, sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the third time.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
WED - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

This morning make a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine island in Galapagos with no introduced mammals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory and hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, basking in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Out on the point, flightless cormorants build their nests close to shore since they’ve lost their ability to fly. There is a chance to snorkel searching for sea turtles and marine iguanas that frequent this area before returning to the yacht for lunch.

While cruising through the Bolivar Chanel this afternoon, look for whales and dolphins riding the bow wave. Disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, where four miles of coastal seabed were exposed due to a dramatic uplift during a volcanic eruption in 1954. See the remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, and keep an eye out for the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as marine iguanas, Darwin finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
THU - Elizabeth Bay & Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Take a panga ride around Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island, created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest island in Galapagos, to explore a secluded cove lined with large red mangrove trees, where sea turtles, rays and shore birds are often spotted. Motor along the rocky islets Las Marielas to find a colony of nesting penguins, flightless cormorants and giant marine iguanas. Return to the yacht for lunch served on the sun deck.

After lunch, go ashore to Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Sections of the rocky cliffs are covered with graffiti dating back to the 1800s. An uphill hike brings you to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove and explore the shoreline by kayak or stand-up paddle board in search of Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and pelicans.  An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the panga. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons you to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
FRI - Rabida & Puerto Egas (Santiago)

This morning disembark on Rabida, a small island considered to be the geographic center of Galapagos because its volcanic rocks are the most diversified in the archipelago. The dark red color of the beach comes from the high iron content in the volcanic stones. Follow the trail to a saltwater lagoon where greater flamingos migrate, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin’s finches. Enjoy a panga tour aimed at spotting mobula and manta rays. Afterwards, do not miss the opportunity to snorkel with a colony of sea lions, rays and white-tipped reef sharks. Return to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, to stroll along the shoreline looking for octopus, starfish, great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers, yellow-crowned night herons and marine iguanas at low tide. The walk ends at deep pools of clear water with fur sea lions and the opportunity to snorkel from the beach. Return to the ship for the captain’s farewell cocktail with the crew, dinner and a special slide show presentation by the guides.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
SAT - Puerto Ayora, Highlands & Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000 humans. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, the tortoise corrals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café or museum – or for a more active morning, you can arrange for kayaking at Punta Estrada or a bicycle ride (additional charges apply). After lunch on board, travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels at El Mirador, the largest in the archipelago. Return to the ship for the captain’s farewell cocktail party. Stay on board for one final meal, or if you wish, return ashore for dinner on your own. panga shuttles from the yachts to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

Accommodations

Letty

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SUN - Isla Lobos & Disembark San Cristobal

Enjoy an early morning visit to Isla Lobos. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Cabin accommodation; all meals, snacks and beverages, including open bar policy featuring wines and spirits, soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties; a cooking demonstration; guided shore excursions twice-daily with two expert naturalist guides; use of wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, two stand-up paddleboards, one single and two double kayaks, panga and glass-bottom boat; nightly briefings and lectures; transfers in the islands; personalized check-in at airports in Quito and Guayaquil (on regular flights only).

Exclusions

International airfare; hotel accommodation in Ecuador; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult; $50 for children under 12 years old); INGALA Transit Card or TCT (US $20 per person); gratuities for guides and crew; purchases from bar of premium brands not included in the open bar; insurance of any kind; purchases on board.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 ($1,000 for singles) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancelation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – full refund except for $250 ($500 for singles)
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single and triple-occupancy cabins are available; see rates listed above. Note that the listed Single cabin rate is limited, and cabins are assigned to any deck by the ship at the time of sailing. In addition to these listed Single cabin rates, double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee of 100% of the listed per-person double-occupancy rate and shared space may be available. Special conditions apply; contact AdventureSmith for further details on single-occupancy options.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children 11 years and under are welcomed aboard all designated Family departures. Children 5 years and under are only permitted on exclusive charter basis. Children and teens age 17 years and younger receive a 15% discount off the regular cruise rate. Children age 11 and under receive a 30% discount off the airfare from mainland Ecuador. Discounts exclude holiday weeks and cannot be combined with other discounts. There is a limit of one discount per youth traveling with an adult paying full fare (two total discounts per family).

Special Family Departures are geared toward families traveling with children ages 7 to 17 that include age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly meals. Kids are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational charts and tie nautical knots with the captain. Special game nights and events like drawing contests and talent shows are planned. Family teen (ages 12-17) and college (ages 18-21) departures may also be available. Special Family Departures are not recommended for adults traveling without children. Contact AdventureSmith for details and availability.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

A 15-day Galapagos Letty itinerary is available by combining the ship’s shorter itineraries. Receive a 5% discount on both weeks (second week only on Christmas and New Year’s departures). Cannot be combined with other discounts. Additionally, a shorter 7-day option is available on most departures, disembarking Saturday on Baltra. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing and more information.

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Oct 25 - Nov 01, 2020
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Nov 01 - Nov 08, 2020
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Nov 08 - Nov 15, 2020
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Nov 15 - Nov 22, 2020
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Nov 22 - Nov 29, 2020
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Nov 29 - Dec 06, 2020
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Dec 06 - Dec 13, 2020
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Dec 13 - Dec 20, 2020
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Dec 13 - Dec 20, 2020
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Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2020
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Dec 27 - Jan 03, 2021
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Jan 03 - Jan 10, 2021
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Jan 10 - Jan 17, 2021
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Jan 17 - Jan 24, 2021
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Jan 24 - Jan 31, 2021
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Jan 31 - Feb 07, 2021
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Feb 14 - Feb 21, 2021
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Feb 21 - Feb 28, 2021
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Mar 07 - Mar 14, 2021
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Mar 14 - Mar 21, 2021
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Mar 21 - Mar 28, 2021
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Mar 28 - Apr 04, 2021
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Apr 04 - Apr 11, 2021
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Apr 11 - Apr 18, 2021
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Apr 18 - Apr 25, 2021
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Apr 25 - May 02, 2021
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May 02 - May 09, 2021
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May 09 - May 16, 2021
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May 16 - May 23, 2021
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May 23 - May 30, 2021
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May 30 - Jun 06, 2021
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Jun 06 - Jun 13, 2021
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Jun 13 - Jun 20, 2021
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Jun 20 - Jun 27, 2021
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Jun 27 - Jul 04, 2021
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Jul 04 - Jul 11, 2021
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Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2021
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Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2021
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Jul 25 - Aug 01, 2021
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Aug 01 - Aug 08, 2021
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Aug 08 - Aug 15, 2021
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Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2021
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Aug 22 - Aug 29, 2021
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Aug 29 - Sep 05, 2021
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Sep 05 - Sep 12, 2021
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Sep 12 - Sep 19, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 26, 2021
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Sep 26 - Oct 03, 2021
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Oct 03 - Oct 10, 2021
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Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2021
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Oct 17 - Oct 24, 2021
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Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2021
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Letty

The Letty features 10 spacious cabins for 20 guests on three decks. The 83-foot-long yacht is exclusively custom-designed for Galapagos excursions.

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Relaxed Reservations Policy for Select 2020 & 2021 Galapagos Cruises

Book your Galapagos cruise aboard Origin, Theory or Letty with confidence using these risk-free, flexible policy details.

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Book now for 2020 rates, free airfare and one hotel night in Guayaquil or Quito with your January-March 2021 Galapagos Cruise.

Expert Review

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AdventureSmith Traveler • January 30th, 2012
Expert Review: Letty Galapagos Cruise

Nature, wonder, evolution, wildlife… the Galapagos Islands have it all! Melody reviews her cruise aboard Eric & Letty sister yachts.

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"Great Client Service"

Great client service; Kevin, our Adventure Specialist, was a pleasure to deal with; excellent naturalist guides; outstanding crew aboard the M/V Letty. Most enjoyed the extensive exposure to a very wide array of wildlife on the islands and their surrounding waters.

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