How does travel work in the Galapagos Islands?
Exploring the Galapagos Islands is one of nature’s most rewarding travel experiences. Not only you are in contact with the unique and bizarre wildlife of the archipelago, but the unusual and stunning landscapes create in travelers the feeling of “keep it coming”.
All islands, visitor sites, and wildlife are so varied that the expedition activities need to be adjusted differently for every day. This is how we maximize our time in the Galapagos Islands. There will be not a single dull moment while we explore together the archipelago.
Now, the way most tours work in the islands is rather simple: you either come as an individual traveler (the industry calls this FIT – fully independent traveler) which means you’re not attached to a group, or you come as part of an organized group with a pre-arranged agenda.
Both options are great for exploring, and the realities of each will determine which option is a better one.
Can I put together a group and charter the vessel?
For years, alumni institutions have chartered our vessel, and we believe that this option needs to be accessible for direct consumers as well.
This means there is no need to break the ice and get to know others to see who clicks with whom. Your adventure starts as such from the very beginning of the voyage. Congeniality is set by the default, which is why you would charter a vessel in the first place.
Another great benefit is that you can customize some of the daily outings with your Expedition Leader. In some charters, for example, we’ve had a group of early risers going out for a hike, and then the rest of guests have joined them at the beach for water activities. While the expedition needs to follow the assigned itinerary by the Galapagos National Park:
There are plenty of benefits when chartering. Here’s some more…
Why not celebrate all these events in one memorable place like Galapagos?
The list of chartering benefits continue. A very important one goes also to having the flexibility of planning some activities together with the Hotel Manager. A special cocktail, special speeches by some family members, theme parties, and even special announcements can all be part of the charter. Yacht La Pinta has 24 spacious cabins, some interconnected, and all with great panoramic views. All cabins are located in one deck, so all voyage explorers are lodged right in the same area. Eight-medium size families can easily fill up the vessel, so if the idea of chartering the vessel for 48 guests works beautifully when considering the idea of a charter. If you think about it, finding 48 explorers is not hard at all.
And what is the best part of a Galapagos private yacht charter?
Chartering a whole yacht cannot work as a last-minute option; it needs to be organized with more time than the usual booking time, so the operator can block those dates right away. The advantage here is that your date options are far more available than those travelers coming on an individual basis. At least 6-9 months prior to the sailing date is what we recommend. There is much flexibility for down payments and then later sequential payments for the remaining balance.
Look at our Galapagos Islands charter itineraries map options:
The Galapagos Eastern Islands
The Galapagos Northern Islands
The Galapagos Western Islands
The merging of two itineraries gives you not only a longer program, but it maximizes your time in Galapagos as you will travel between distant corners of the archipelago. Inquire specifically about this option for more details.