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MV Letty / Eric / Origin, The Galapagos

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These first class expedition yachts renowned for their family-friendly ethos, provide some of the best yachting in the Galapagos with safety and comfort assured. Celebrated for their expert naturalist guides, Letty and Eric have ten pleasantly furnished cabins ensuring an exclusive and intimate wildlife experience. If you are looking for something extra special MV Origin is the newest and most luxurious addition to the fleet. With panoramic windows in the cabins, a fitness center, hot tub and locally sourced and gourmet style meals prepared, Origin is considered the most comfortable and environmentally efficient yacht in the Galapagos.

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Flamingo at Kicker Rock
  • rooms

    MV Letty and Eric feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with brass fittings. The ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view feature one double bed or two twin beds and are fully air-conditioned with private bathroom. The lower, 'Iguana Deck', is home to four twin bedded cabins with portholes. Two of these Iguana cabins have an upper bunk bed and can be used for triple occupancy. On the middle 'Booby Deck', as well as the dining and conference areas there there are two double bedded cabins with panoramic windows. The third tier,'Dolphin Deck' contains 4 twin bedded cabins, which are all interchangeable into double beds. Again large windows afford fabulous views of the surrounding scenery.

    MV Origin offers ten deluxe double staterooms all located on one deck with panoramic windows and private bathroom.

  • facilities & activities

    Ecoventura are renowned for offering an exceptionally high guide-to-passenger ratio on their small yachts. On all departures, there are plentiful opportunities for wildlife spotting; the highly experienced naturalist guides lead daily shore visits ensuring you see many of the beautiful beaches, lagoons and forests of the Galapagos and of course the incredible wildlife which includes waved albatross, iguanas, sea-lions, giant tortoises and blue footed boobies. In the evening the clear night skies are perfect for stargazing. Snorkelling equipment, sea kayaks and wetsuits are all available on board for guest use.

    MV Eric & Letty are identical superior first-class sister yachts accommodating up to 20 guests over three decks of spacious staterooms, with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings. The cosy lounge area with flat screen TV, library and picture windows enjoys breathtaking panoramas of the Galapagos Islands. Many guests simply enjoy relaxing in the sea breeze on one of the sun deck loungers. 

    For those looking for a more luxurious option, the MV Origin features: two expert naturalist guides and a concierge to attend to your every need, gourmet-style meals, indoor and al-fresco dining, open bar policy, sun deck with Jacuzzi, wet bar, BBQ, spacious social areas, satellite TV, ten cabins with panoramic windows located all on one deck, fitness centre with cardio equipment,multiple kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (pending park approval), wet suits and snorkeling equipment.

    Full details and boat specification are available here

  • dining

    On board, as part of their fully inclusive cruise, guests can enjoy delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine in the pleasant dining room. Snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and house wine/ local beer at dinner are also included, as well as the Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties. There is also a well-stocked bar on board.

  • family

    Families with children aged 12+ are welcome on all departures.

    If you are travelling with children aged 7+ we would recommend you travel on one of the special Family Departures. Family departures (which also include Family Teen departures and Family Graduation departures) are geared towards families who prefer to travel with other families who have similar aged children. Designated family departures are offered over the school holidays and feature age-appropriate activities depending on the ages and number of children on board. The friendly, expert naturalists know how to bring these Islands they love to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family. Activities are tailored to the particular age group and ensure both a fun and informative cruise for all the family from snorkelling and sea kayaking for teens to briefings geared toward the younger set and child-friendly meals. Younger guests are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy and navigation or maybe they would like to learn how to tie nautical knots. Special parties include movies and popcorn, games with prizes, drawing contests, and fancy dress.

    Children aged 5-6 are permitted only on a designated family departure.

  • location

    Flights to Galapagos

    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 receive assistance with check-in the transit card and park entrance fees are usually pre-paid. A representative from Ecoventura accompanies our passengers on this flight.

    The current flight schedule is on Sundays to/from Galapagos (SCY):

    Quito to Guayaquil (UIOGYE):
    AVIANCA 1636 ETD 9:00AM ETA 9:50AM

    Guayaquil to San Cristobal (GYESCY):
    AVIANCA 1636 ETD 10:35AM ETA 11:30AM

    San Cristobal to Guayaquil (SCYGYE):
    AVIANCA 1637 ETD 12:30PM ETA 3:25PM

    Guayaquil to Quito(GYEUIO):
    AVIANCA 1637 ETD 4:05PM ETA 5:00PM

    Itineraries

    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.

    Itinerary A

    Highlights:
    Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome
    Nazca, blue and red-footed Boobies
    Marine and land iguanas
    Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds
    Snorkel with Galapagos penguins
    Giant tortoises in the highlands
    Waived Albatross on Espanola
    Kayak and swim with sea lions at Cerro Brujo and Gardner Bay

    Itinerary:

    Sunday
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL (Chatham)
    Cerro Tijeretas & Leon Dormido, 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), Devil’s Crown or Champion (SN), FLOREANA
    Post Office Bay (SN), Baroness Point (PR), FLOREANA (Charles)

    Thursday
    Highlands of SANTA CRUZ (Indefatigable)
    CCFL (Darwin Station), SANTA CRUZ

    Friday
    Bartolome (PR, SN)
    Las Bachas (SN) or Black Turtle Cove (PR) or Sombrero Chino (PR,SN)

    Saturday
    South Plaza Island
    North Seymour (PR, SN)

    Sunday
    Interpretation Center, SAN CRISTOBAL (Chatham)

    SN = snorkel, KY = kayak, PR = panga (dingy) ride

    Itinerary B

    Highlights:
    Galapagos Tortoises in the highlands
    Red Footed and Nazca Booby at Genovesa (Tower)
    Land and Marine iguanas
    Snorkeling with penguins on Isabela
    Volcanic formations of Fernandina
    Flightless Cormorant
    Kayak at Darwin Bay and Tagus Cove
    Whales and Dolphin sitings

    Itinerary:

    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) or Punta Vicente Roca

    Thursday
    Elizabeth Bay, ISABELA (PR)
    Tagus Cove, ISABELA (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 = kayak, PR = panga (dingy) ride

  • rates & specials

    Cruise rates include:

    • Three meals served daily, after-excursion snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
    • House wine and local beer served during dinner
    • Guided excursions and daily briefings with English-speaking expert naturalists
    • Low guide to passenger radio (max. 10 guests per guide)
    • Complimentary mask, fins and snorkels, 3mm custom full wet suits
    • Kayak use

    Children aged 11 years and younger at the time of sailing are entitled to a 25% discount off the cruise rate. Additionally, they are entitled to 50% discount off the airfare and park tax with photocopy of the child’s passport showing date of birth. Children aged 12-17 years are entitled to a 15% discount off the cruise rate only.

     

     

    MV Letty & Eric

    Book 180 days prior to departure & receive a 5% discount off summer cruises:

    3-10 Sep, 10-17 Sep, 24 Sep-1 Oct, 1-8 Oct, 8-15 Oct, 15-22 Oct, 22-29 Oct, 29 Oct-5 Nov, 5-12 Nov, 12-19 Nov, 26 Nov-3 Dec, 3-10 Dec & 10-17 Dec.

     

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