The most famous and popular method of traveling in the archipelago is on a cruise. The concept is to have the ease of a floating hotel that sails primarily at night, allowing the traveler to truly move from island to island.
There are yachts, sailboats and yacht expedition cruises. The maximum operating capacity is 100 passengers. There are some ships in the range of 80 – 90, expedition yachts range between 40 – 50, some with a capacity of 20 and finally, a range of small boats that accommodate between 8 and 16 passengers. The offers are very diverse and a successful trip goes beyond simply choosing the best price. It is a trip of a lifetime and should generate a wealth of memories for those who visit the islands.
While it is not easy to decide whether a boat or a small yacht expedition is the right choice, the important thing is to understand the real differences between the different cruise options. Cruise ships and expedition yachts are both suitable for groups.
On-board facilities include spacious cabins, wall-to-wall windows, balconies, air-conditioning, hot showers with constant pressure, desalination facilities, treatments facilities for grey and black water, high-tech equipment, rooms for scientific conferences, Internet & wi-fi access, various food services, a la carte and more. On small yachts, passengers are able to get to know each other better given the small group numbers and, in most cases, there is only one activity that takes place at a time.
The success of the routes assigned to each operator by the Galapagos National Park, is based on creating the best experience for the visitor while ensuring the lowest environmental impact. Since 2012, the idea has been to provide an operational patent with a 15-day itinerary divided into shorter sub-itineraries.