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2015 Galapagos Islands
                                          Travel OptionsImagine sailing amid undisturbed volcanic islands, home to some of the Earth's most extraordinary and mysterious creatures.

The Galapagos Islands is the ideal travel location for nature and adventure enthusiasts, for families, students and individuals alike.  Step back in time an explore the Enchanted Islands that were made famous by Charles Darwin.

Venture among curious & peculiar Blue-footed Boobies, ageless & eternal Giant Tortoises and the endemic and unusual Marine Iguana.
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                                                    customer supportPlanning a trip to the Galapagos Islands is as simple ...
or complex as you want to make it!

Your enjoyment (or lack) of a cruise experience will mainly depend on your expectations.
That's right, Your expectations are one of the most important questions we ask our clients
when finding the most suitable and available options for them.


Feel free to browse through our compilation of information
accumulated over 22 years brokering Galapagos ...


.. or contact us directly at info@sangay.com to get us working on your plans.

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Planning to visit the Galapagos Islands?  If so, there are two basic options to consider: (1) a live aboard Galapagos cruise; and/or (2) a Galapagos land-based (hotel) package.

You can either do a combination of the two Galapagos travel options (i.e., cruise and then a few days based on land) or strictly a land-based package or, strictly a live aboard cruise.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOURISM STATISTICS

The Galapagos Islands have become an increasing popular tourist destination.  For this reason, cruises in the archipelago book out months (even up to a year) in advance (particularly on board reasonably-priced cruise yachts). 

We recommend booking your cruise as early as possible, particularly for high season (May through to September; December and January) cruises.  Leaving it until the last minute will result in limit or no cruise options.

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FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Today there is so much information on Galapagos Islands cruises available on the Internet to make your head spin. This can be very advantageous and helpful for the reader as information is readily available ...everything from island descriptions, weather details, island maps, wildlife details and cruise options.

The main factors to consider are the following:



CRUISE COSTS - WHAT IS AND IS NOT GENERALLY INCLUDED IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES

Cruise rates generally include the following (unless otherwise specified):
  • Transfers in Galapagos (Galapagos airport to yacht and visa versa) *for standard cruise flights;
  • All meals during the cruise;
  • Tea, coffee & purified drinking water;
  • Accommodation in double cabin;
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) naturalist guided excursion (as per the specific cruise itinerary);
  • Snorkel equipment (*not always included in all cruise rates);
Cruise rates generally do not include the following (unless otherwise specified):
  • Round trip Galapagos airline ticket (but this is booked in conjunction with any given cruise);
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100.00 per person);
  • INGALA Tourist Control Card [TCT] ($10.00 per person);
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks;
  • Tips/gratuities to naturalist guide(s) and crew;
  • Wet suits (on most boats these can be rented directly on-board);
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Galapagos
                                                      Classification
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Important note about the classification of Galapagos vessels/boats:


The Galapagos National Park (Parque Nacional Galapagos) is the only entity that officially classifies the numerous boats in Galapagos.  However, this official classification system is not used by the tourist industry as it really does not help people distinguish one boat from another!  Why?  66 boats are technically classified as class "A", 6 boats as class "B", 5 boats as class "C" and 5 boats classified as class "C - Daily Tour".

For this reason, you may find discrepancies from source to source that use the following widely accepted unofficial classification system:
  • Economic/tourist
  • Tourist Superior
  • First
  • Deluxe/luxury
Below you will find how the National Park classifies the boats:
NAVIGABLE CRUISE TOUR A   (66 BOATS)

When the tourist operation is performed with luxury boats, equipped with individual cabins and air conditioning, private bathroom and with the necessary specifications for the complete comfort of the tourists during the cruise.

NAVIGABLE CRUISE TOUR B  (6 BOATS)

In this category the tourist operation is performed with semi luxury boats, equipped with similar characteristics as the type A cruiser, except air conditioning.

NAVIGABLE CRUISE TOUR C (5 BOATS)

The tourist operation of these cruises are done with boats without individual cabins, private bathrooms or air conditioning, and only standard facilities for navigation.
DAILY TOUR C (5 BOATS)

The operation is assigned a daily tour itinerary with up to 14 visitor sites per week, with two sites per day and one site per turn.


Tourist class (class C) Galapagos Islands boats offer basic services and are oriented to those on a tight budget (i.e., backpackers, students etc).  Generally speaking, these boats do not attract older clients due to their basic services.

However, for those on an economic budget and are willing to forgo some of the luxuries and comforts of the more expensive options, these boats may well suit your needs & requirements.

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TOURIST SUPERIOR CLASS
Tourist Superior (class A) class Galapagos Islands boats are generally in the middle range (including some First class) of the Galapagos cruise options - offering average/mid-range services (i.e., guide, comfort, space, food etc).  They can be generically classified as neither extremely basic nor luxurious.

All are carry between 12 to 16 passengers, allocated in 6 to 8 double cabins with private facilities (i.e., shower/bathroom).  All Tourist Superior options are motor boats.

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FIRST CLASS
First class (class A) Galapagos Islands boats have the greatest range (in terms of quality, comfort, space, stability, food etc) and range from smaller & more basic options (similar to the better Tourist Superior boats) right up to more spacious & higher end options (similar to some Deluxe class options).  Not all First class options are alike in quality.

Unofficially, we have subdivided the 26 First class boats listed into three approximate* categories:(1) LOWER; (2) MIDDLE; and (3) HIGHER

(*NOTE: these are unofficial subdivisions & subject to change based on passenger reviews)

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DELUXE CLASS
All Deluxe class Galapagos Islands vessels carry the most qualified and experienced Naturalist guides aboard.  In addition, these vessels are spacious, comfortable, stable and provide the highest level of on-board services and amenities (i.e., food, safety, cabins and some with additional features like gymnasium, Jacuzzi etc).

There are two main types of vessels: (1) large capacity cruise ships (from 40 to 100 passengers); and (2) smaller non-cruise ship boats (motor & motor-catamarans)

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