These superior first-class, sister yachts — the Eric & Letty — were custom-designed for cruising the Galapagos Islands.
Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, each vessel accommodates no more than 20 passengers and features three decks with spacious staterooms boasting polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings.
Each motor yacht has 10 double outside-facing cabins, each with a window or porthole, each furnished with two twin beds or one double bed, a roomy closet, drawers, overhead storage plus climate controls, an intercom system and a private bath.
The Eric & Letty yachts also feature spacious common areas which include a sundeck, dining room, a well-stocked bar, a conference area with flat screen TVs and a VCR (for briefings about the plants, wildlife and natural history during your Galapagos expedition), stereo cassette/CD equipment, and a book- and video library to escape the mid-day heat.
In addition, those who worship the equatorial sun, twinkling stars and wind across the ocean are welcome to relax on the sun decks. The decks are also great for catching ocean breezes as you cruise through Darwin’s biological paradise. For when you might prefer to stay out of the sun, picture windows surround the upper two decks and offer spectacular panoramic views of the landscape of the islands and the deep blue sea.
As a pioneer in sustainable travel, our company is proud to share that the Eric was also the first hybrid boat to cruise the Galapagos Islands with the installation of solar panels.
Low guide-to-passenger ratios aboard the Eric & Letty (each with one expert naturalist bilingual guide for every 10 passengers) ensure highly-personalized service and intimate experiences on your on-shore excursions, snorkeling tours or panga-boat trips through the Galapagos Islands.
An experienced captain, eight dedicated crew members, and two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides will attend to you during your entire Galapagos cruise. Each naturalist guide takes a group of no more than 10 passengers on the shore excursions and shares their extensive knowledge about the island’s diverse wildlife with you. Small wooden boats, locally called pangas, ferry passengers to shore for island visits.
L.O.A.: 83 feet.
BEAM: 24 feet.
CLASSIFICATION: ABS (American Bureau of Shipping)
CRUISING SPEED: 10-12 knots
GUIDES: 2 English-speaking naturalist guides
NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT: 24 miles Furuno radar, Furuno Satellite Navigator, electric compass, magnetic compass, clock, barometer
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT: VHFand HF-SSB radios
SAFETY EQUIPMENT: VIKING 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified), 40 life vests with whistles and fluorescent marker, 10 circular buoys with emergency lights, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, automatic radio buoy via satellite EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)
PROVIDED WITH: all 10 cabins have private bath and fresh, hot-and-cold-water shower.
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, KY) SAN CRISTOBAL
Tuesday: Punta Suarez, ESPANOLA (Hood) /
Gardner Bay (SN, PR, KY) ESPANOLA (Hood)
Wednesday: Punta Cormorant (PR), Devil’s Crown or Champion (SN), FLOREANA / Post Office Bay (PR, SN), FLOREANA (Charles)
Thursday: Highlands of SANTA CRUZ (Indefatigable) / CCFL (Darwin Station), SANTA CRUZ (Indefatigable)
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)
ITINERARY A – 8 DAYS
Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL
Our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you by bus to the main dock and then by zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. We travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or “Frigatebird Hill”situated on the edge of town. This is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigate birds (Great and Magnificent). The trail leads to Punta Carola where there are beautiful vistas. We find lava lizards, the medium ground finch and Chatham mockingbird. We return to the yacht to join our fellow yacht mates this evening for your briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our culinary school-trained chefs.-/A/C
We arrive to Cerro Brujo
A breathtaking white coral beach, considered one of the most spectacular in Galapagos and perfect for a peaceful walk with expansive views and good bird watching. We have an opportunity to kayak from the beach or swim with sea lions. A Zodiac ride takes us through a cave called The Cathedral. During lunch, we cruise toward the northeastern tip of SAN CRISTOBALto 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 Frigate species, swallow-tailed gulls, Storm petrels, Shearwaters, Brown pelicans and a colony of sea lions. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first class site for birds and on par with Genovesa (Tower) Island. Here we can snorkel at Pitt Rock with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. We return to the yacht to cruise around Leon Dormido or “Kicker Rock”, a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, we spot Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.D/A/C
We disembark at Punta Suarez, ESPANOLA (Hood)
Where we witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily green us as we land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, 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 and fish at night. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. We also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. Observe a unique specie 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”. After lunch we have a wet landing on Gardner Bay, ESPANOLA (Hood), walk along seemingly endless stretch 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 or take a long walk. You may find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches or Hood Mockingbird. Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or just relax on the beach. There’s an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock. Explore caves by Zodiac covered with invertebrates. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.D/A/C
Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, FLOREANA (Charles)
One of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich human history with mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow crowned nigh heron, blue footed boobies and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos Flycatcher, Yellow warblers and the Greater Flamingos, the pinkest in the world! Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Black, red and white mangroves, Palo Verde and Scalesia. The trail leads to a beach with power soft sand where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, we have an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Today our lunch is served on the sundeck if weather conditions permit. After lunch, we visit Post office Bay, not the most scenic, but one of the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was erected and 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. There is a chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, we take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point where we spot sea turtles and rays. We return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.D/A/C
We travel by bus to the highlands of SANTA CRUZ Island.
The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, we visit the tortoise reserve at “Las Primicias” one of the private farms in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. We stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos. We visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for “The Twins”, a pair of large pit craters where we may see the red male vermilion flycatcher. Next, we visit Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (aka the Charles Darwin Research Station). We visit the tortoise and land iguana corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Lonesome George is no longer with us but there is Diego, “The Professor” who has been more successful at mating. Puerto Ayora is the social heart of the islands with the largest population of 24,000. After lunch and briefing on board, we return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet cafe. You have the option to remain in town on your own account to stimulate the local economy or you can return to the boat for dinner. There is a schedule for zodiac transportation from the yacht to town later in the evening.D/A/C
Isla Santa Cruz – Playa Las Bachas – Caleta Tortuga Negra / Isla Bartolomé /Isla Sombrero Chino
We disembark at BARTOLOME, where it seems like we are walking on the moon. This young Island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way, we pause to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top of the wooden stairs, we can gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and “Pinnacle Rock”, an eroded tuff cone. Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins or take a Zodiac ride. After lunch, we visit Las Bachas, Spanish for “barges”. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the Greater Flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. Located off the Southern tip of Santiago is Sombrero Chino aka Chinese Hat that owes its name to its shape. After a wet beach landing with sea lion colonies, the trail gives way to a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble including cracked lava formations and lava tubes. We find marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers. You can choose to snorkel at a site that is frequented by Galapagos penguins. There is a briefing followed by dinner while we anchor in a calm protected area.D/A/C
Isla Plaza Sur / Isla Seymour Norte
Today we visit SOUTH PLAZA, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trail leads us through Prickly Pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium. Here we can find the Galapagos Land Iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, we encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory. We also find Swallow tailed gulls, Shearwaters and Red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs. After lunch, we have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. We follow a trail that leads us to Swallow-tailed gulls, Blue-footed boobies and the endemic Land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds found in Galapagos. As we stroll along the beach, we find Marine Iguanas and sea lions body surf the northern swells. We return to the yacht for the Captain’s Farwell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.D/A/C
Isla San Cristóbal – Centro de Interpretación & Aeropuerto
We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999 by bus. Here we gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, we spend time in port before heading to the airport for our flight back to the mainland departing before noon time on Aerogal.D/-/-
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, KY) GENOVESA (Tower)
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/p>
Thursday: Elizabeth Bay, ISABELA (PR)
Tagus Cove, ISABELA (SN, PR, KY)
Friday: Puerto Egas, SANTIAGO (SN) (James) /
Rabida Island (SN, PR, KY) (Jervis)
Saturday: Drop off Itabaca Canal 6AM (transfer to Baltra or Puerto Ayora not included)
ITINERARY B – 7 DAYS
Passengers can disembark on Saturday in Baltra for a shorter, 6 night cruise. On seasonal departure dates only, we offer a 10% discount off the 7 night cruise rate that cannot be combined with any other promotional or child discounts. On peak departure dates, passengers can still disembark on Saturday, but there is no discount offered. The return flight from Baltra is subject to availability and confirmation is requested at the time of booking. For passengers departing early and requiring a transfer to the airport, there is an additional charge of $50.00 per person (max $200 total). Please add $26 for the Baltra Airport surcharge. For passengers who disembark on Saturday and remain in port, there is no additional transfer charge. Drop off is at the Itabaca Canal at 6AM local time and passengers will need to arrange for transportation to Puerto Ayora through their hotel.
6 NIGHT ITINERARY
Isla San Cristóbal – Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, SAN CRISTOBAL
Our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you by bus to the dock and then by Zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. We travel by bus to the highlands to visit Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo aka La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado where the National Park has established a breeding program for the giant land tortoises that you will encounter in their natural habitat. Learn about their origin, evolution and threats by introduced animals at the information center for visitors. Along the trail, we find the San Cristobal (Chatham) mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your first briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our well-trained chefs.-/A/C
We spend the entire day on TOWER (Genovesa)
Considered to be one of the most spectacular Islands in Galapagos for bird species. We have a wet-landing on Darwin Bay, acoral 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 Frigate birds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. The trail leads through a rich inter tidal zone where we find a wide diversity of wildlife. After lunch, we have a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps. Red-footed boobies nest here in Palo Santo trees and Nazca Boobies nest near the trail. In an open lava field, we find Storm Petrels in large numbers. If you are lucky, we will see the elusive Short-eared owl. Chose to have a picnic lunch on deck or dine inside. Look for the beautiful Red-billed Tropic bird found in the crevices along the cliff by kayak or Zodiac. You can choose to swim or snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these northern warmer waters or for those with experience, we offer snorkeling in deeper water. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner before we cross the equator.D/A/C
Today we visit Las Bachas
Which is the Spanish translation for “barges”. There is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the Greater Flamingo. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. At Black Turtle Cove aka Caleta Tortuga Negra we have a zodiac ride through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz is Cerro Dragon aka Dragon Hill. Along the trail, we find Darwin Finches, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Audubon Shearwater and the endemic land iguanas, orange-yellow in color with large spines along their backs, were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. We find pink flamingos feeding in the salt-water lagoon as well as other lagoon birds; stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and more. From the top of the hill, we enjoy a majestic view of the bay island covered in Opuntia cactus, Palo Santo and Cordia Lutea (muyuyu). After the briefing and dinner, we sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the second time.D/A/C
We have a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza, 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. Hundreds of Marine Iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory. Flightless Cormorants build their nest on the point and Galapagos Hawks fly overhead. There is a chance to snorkel here with sea turtles. After lunch, we cross the Bolivar Chanel where we often spot whales and dolphins riding the bow wave. We disembark at Urbina Bay, ISABELA, where we find four miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. Urbina is home to the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, occasionally giant tortoises, Darwin Finches. Brown Pelicans and Flightless Cormorants also nest here. Giant Marine Iguanas are seen along the coast. You may encounter penguins while snorkeling here. At Punta Vicente Roca, a Zodiac ride offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, we can enter the wave-sculpted cave and find sea turtle who frequent this area. You may spot the dorsal fin of a Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.D/A/C
We visit Elizabeth Bay, ISABELA
By zodiac starting with a visit to a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees. Here, turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. We motor to the rocky islets known as “Las Marielas”, where a colony of nesting Penguins, Flightless Cormorants and giant Marine Iguanas are found. Isabela was created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. We have a dry landing at Tagus Cove, located on the western Island of ISABELA and a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti dating back to the 1800’s is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the Coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, Boobies, Pelicans and other seabirds. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take out a Kayak and explore the shoreline. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.D/A/C
We stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas,
SANTIAGO (James) looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons. Our walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a snorkeling opportunity. After lunch, take a seat on deck to view the dramatic landscape and dolphins that are often spotted here. We disembark on RABIDA (Jervis), located near James Island. Rabida is considered the geographic center of Galapagos because this island sports the most diversified volcanic rocks. The dark red sand beach originated from the high content of iron in the volcanic stones. While strolling along the trail, you may find marine iguanas, mocking birds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin Finches leading to a salt water lagoon where Greater Flamingos migrate. After the walk, there is not-to-miss snorkeling option with a large colony of sea lions. We return to the yacht for the Captain’s Farwell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.D/A/C
Drop off Itabaca Canal 6AM (transfer to Baltra or Puerto Ayora not included)
Departing passengers are transferred to the Itabaca Canal at 6AM local time (7AM boat time) where those departing today from Baltra airport must wait for the first public bus at 8AM for a 15 minute ride to the airport to check in for their flight departing Baltra (GPS) at 10AM or 1PM with Avianca. Those passengers remaining in Santa Cruz will be dropped off at the Itabaca Canal at 6AM local time and will need to arrange for transportation to Puerto Ayora through their hotel .D/-/-
Prices 2018: Eric & Letty Yachts
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Discount for child (7-11 years old) sharing a cabin with two adults: 25%
Discount for child (12-14 years old) sharing a cabin with two adults: 15%
On holiday departures that fall over Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, there are no discounts offered of any kind and a single cabin has 100% supplement. In addition, there is a holiday supplement of $235 net per person in 2018 and $250 per person in 2019.
Note: The itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authority advisories or the captain’s decision for passenger’s safety and security.