There are only a handful of sites around the world which are as important as they are beautiful. Many discoveries of how the world or the universe works were conceived in laboratories, offices, libraries etc. While still wonderful to visit, outside of the feeling that something amazing happened there, they are not particularly beautiful. Cut to the Galapagos, scene of a Eureka moment, and you can still go and see the scientific thought in action, surrounded by unforgettable beauty. If you are going to do it, you might as well do it in unique fashion, so hop on board our Galapagos Islands Sail trip.
Distance: This trip doesn’t have a fixed distance per day. To get the best from the Galapagos, we have devised a trip where you will combine day hikes on the various islands, with excursions on Sea Kayak or stand up paddleboard, snorkelling and trips by panga (basically a small motorboat), but only if you fancy it. So, definitely pack a pair of good walking shoes, but don’t forget your swimmers!
Grading: The trip is graded Easy to Moderate, and there are a couple of requirements for this trip. Basically, you have to know how to swim and be reasonably fit. Nobody will make you do anything you are uncomfortable with, but being that the trip is based on a sailboat, knowing how to swim is a pretty good idea! The Sea Kayaking elements are easy enough for someone who has never kayaked before, and swimming and snorkelling are only for those who feel up for it. However, the islands are only half the beauty and taking a peek under the water is well worthwhile!
The Galapagos Islands sit in the middle of the Pacific, 563 miles from the coast of mainland Ecuador. It is their isolation that makes them unique, the habits of their indigenous animal population which consolidated Darwin’s ideas about evolution. Seymour Airport on Baltra Island is the jumping on point for this adventure, which is a short 2-hour flight from Quito. After a quick bus transfer, you will board the S/S Mary Ann, your unique accommodation for your time in the Galapagos.
We don’t really need to get too much into the general whys of this trip. Who wouldn’t want to explore the natural wonder of the Galapagos, to immerse yourself in the rich flora and fauna? There is an otherworldly beauty about the volcanic landscape of the Galapagos that you can get in very few other locations. It is always nice to take a trip to the beach, see the lovely white sands, and here you can do that, but I am sure you would rather visit the green-sand beach, or the black-sand beach or the red-sand beach. The colour palate of these islands is extraordinary and memorable, but definitely take extra camera batteries and memory sticks, because you will need them.
The animals! David Attenborough has educated us all over the years on the wide variety of unique creatures that inhabit the Galapagos. From the comical Blue-footed Booby to the fantastical marine iguanas. There are the giant tortoises and playful sea lions and of course, for the purists, there are the Finches. The Finches are one of the only drab, colourless things on these islands, but if you want to see the science in action, then trying to spot some finches is on the cards for you on this trip.
We wanted to offer a variety of ways to explore the Galapagos, and the most unique way we could find was staying on board the only 3-masted barquentine sailboat operating in the Galapagos. The S.S. Mary Anne is complete with a kitchen, dining room, library, entertainment centre, sun deck, bar and evening dining al fresco and is lovely in every way. The main thing about it, however, is the knowledge, passion and friendliness of your crew. These guys will look after you in every way possible, educate you when you have a question, entertain you, chat to you and even let you join in the sailing of the boat if you want. While many of your photos will be of the fantastic wildlife, a good portion of your memory card will be photos of you and your crew.
Let’s be a bit more specific about the trip too because it really is a thing of great wonder. With your floating hotel, you will have access to five different islands; you will be able to pop into coves where pirates used to stock their booty, seek out the best whale and dolphin watching spots, explore hidden bays full of turtles, sharks and rays. We get you to explore some of the human histories of the islands as well as the zoological and botanical and you will get to hike to some hidden spots. Walk to bright azure lagoons, through ancient, unique forests and over seemingly lifeless lava flows. Then it is back on to the boat for a delicious meal and drinks before planning the next day’s adventure.
Galapagos Islands Sail is a unique trip and with limited space, one that you should jump on as soon as possible. Getting there is relatively simple. We book you in for a night in Quito before your flight over to the Galapagos (not included, but our team will give you all the information on booking it up, so you don’t have to pay any agents fees and can get it at the best price) and then when you arrive on the islands, we will take care of everything else.
If you have any questions about exploring the Galapagos, get in touch with our team on [email protected], and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.