The Lonesome George eco-catamaran offers itineraries for the active traveller.

Lonesome George offers land, snorkelling and diving trips for the ultimate adventure holiday on the archipelago.

As you sail around the Galapagos Islands you will get to see the best wildlife both on land and in the water.

The crew also offers day and night swims, beach jogging and kayaking where possible.

 

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Being a catamaran, Lonesome George – whose instruments are powered by onboard solar panels, offers a lot of space as well as stability.

There is a lot of communal space and the recently refurbished cabins have all the comforts you require.

These flexible itineraries mean that the Lonesome George, is perfect for adventure travellers looking for the ultimate Galapagos holiday.



Trip Highlights

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  • Two very active itineraries, aimed at people that want to make the most of their Galapagos time.

  • Onboard solar panels mean the boat is as eco-friendly as possible.

  • Double, triple and twin (bunk) cabins, all with private bathroom, hot/cold shower and air conditioning.

  • Diving allowed (up to 3 immersions on dive days), making the Lonesome George perfect for those wanting to combine land and dive tours.

  • Three meals served daily, after-excursion snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Great value Catamaran, stable in the water and good for those who suffer seasickness.

The crew was terrific - treated us all with respect, good humor, and interest and answered our questions patiently. The chef aboard
(Victor) was fun, an excellent cook, and kept us well fed, including with hearty snacks after walks or snorkel trips.

We believe we got significant value for the cost of the trip and saw every bit as much as the expensive trips that were anchored at the same locations.

In all, we were very well pleased with the trip and will highly recommend it and Andean Trails.

Schwiebert family, Lonesome George

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Galapagos, transfer to boat. Mosquera Channel, (snorkel or dive) (L,D)

Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and once the group of passengers is completed he/she will accompany you to the Lonesome George Catamaran, anchored in Puerto Ayora harbour.

Check in, relax, have lunch and then we head out on a dinghy ride to Mosquera Channel, to jump in the water and snorkel (dives available, please ask).

Mosquera is a small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra and the wet landing is sometimes a little bit difficult here, depending on the tide.

The reward is seeing one of the biggest sea lion colonies in Galapagos, and you can observe their behaviour up close here.

On the lava rocks there are marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs, and under some rocks sometimes scorpions lurk. In the air look out for the endemic Lava Gulls and other coastal birds.

Day 2: Bartolome Island – Bartolome Point & Cousin Rock, (snorkel or dive) (B,L,D)

The young island of Bartolome is inhospitable to most plants and animals and many visitors say walking here is like stepping into a different world.

The dry landing is on a jetty, then the summit trail and stairs lead us on a 30-minute climb to the top of Bartolomé, 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.

At Cousin Rock, the overhangs of  the steps are favoured sites for white-tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles and large moray eels, as well as octopi. Schools of barracuda and other reef fish can also be seen at these sites. Manta rays and hammerheads can often be seen off the steps in the crystal blue waters, in which you’ll enjoy this snorkel (or dive, please ask).

Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner.

Day 3: Santiago Island and James Bay, Albany Rock (snorkel or dive) (B,L,D)

James Bay is located on the Northwest coast of Santiago island.

It has a black lava seashore that was explored by Charles Darwin during his visit in 1835. This is a good place for observing sharks, puffers, scorpionfish and seahorses, as there is a sea depth here that ranges from 8-18 metres (25-60 feet).

Albany (dives available) is located off the Northwest Point of Santiago. A good place to encounter Galapagos sea lions.

Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner.

Day 4: Chinese Hat, Pinzon Island – Dumb Islet (snorkel or dive) (B,L,D)

Chinese Hat is a tiny Island just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island – it is less than a 1/4 sq km in size.

It is a fairly recent volcanic cone, which accounts for its descriptive name; it has the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat, a shape is best appreciated from the north.

Opposite the hat, on the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen.

We take a 400m trail that goes around the cove and through a sea lion colony – and most likely marine iguanas cover the landscape.

The volcanic scenery is attractive, and there are good views of the cone.

Later, we jump in the water, with great snorkelling and swimming opportunities in the cove, then aboard for lunch.

After lunch we move to Dive Pinzon Island and Dumb Islet Islote.

Dumb is a tiny rock outcropping off the northeast tip of Isla Pinzon, where we can snorkel (or dive). (B, L, D)

Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner.

Day 5: Chato Reserve – The Eden – Ballena Bay (B,L,D)

The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation.

We head up into the hills and to a private farm called El Chato.

This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the giant tortoises of Santa Cruz in their natural habitat – you’ll be able to observe them up close.

Next is Ballena Bay, a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island.

The beach contains a large amount of crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials.

The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground.

Near the beach there are ceramic relics, the ‘antiques’ of human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846.

Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner.

Day 6: Seymour North Island – South Plaza Island (B,L,D)

North Seymour is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of submarine lava formation uplift.

Covered with low vegetation, it contains the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of Blue-footed Boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. 

South Plazas has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cacti scattered across the landscape. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, frequently under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall. 

Return to the yacht for the evening briefing and dinner.

Day 7: San Cristobal: Brujo Hill – Pitt Point (B,L,D)

Brujo Hill was one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. This fascinating lava landscape is located on the northeast coast of San Cristóbal Island.

On the rocks you may observe Boobies, Sea Gulls and some Pelicans.

The protected bay is very popular for young ocean turtles and rays as well.

Pitt Point is one of the only two sites where all of the three types of Boobies (Nazca / Blue-footed / Red-footed) breed and it is also the site where Great Frigate Birds and Swallow-tailed Gulls nest. One can also spot Galapagos Storm Petrels.

Dinner on the yacht completes your day.

Day 8: Carrion Point or Twins, transfer to airport, fly to Ecuador, ends (B)

Carrion Point is a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca.

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Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers.

After this visit (we do one of the two trips listed above) transfer to Baltra Island to fly back to mainland Ecuador. 

Transfer to airport for your flight back to the mainland.


Lonesome George Itinerary B

Day 1: Fly to Baltra, transfer to boat. Bachas Beach (L,D)

Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and once the group of passengers is completed he/she will accompany you to the Lonesome George Catamaran, anchored in Puerto Ayora harbour.

First up is Bachas Beach. These two small beaches have sand made of decomposed coral, which is white and soft, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. We can also observe Flamingos at a coastal lagoon, as well as a multitude of other birds and we get in for a snorkel – you may see a lot of fish, or sharks or turtles.

Return to the yacht for the evening briefing and dinner.

Day 2: Cape Marshall (snorkel or dive) – Coca Dock – Albemarle Point (B,L,D)

Cape Marshall lies off the northeastern shore of Isabela, just south of the equator, below the 1,707m Wolf Volcano.

Cape Marshall offers drift diving on a reef as well as walls (ask for details). It is common to see giant mantas here. You can often spot hammerhead sharks, white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos sharks. Black coral grows along the wall too. A top site for snorkelling and diving.

Albemarle Point is a seldom visited site at the northern end of Isabela.During World War II the United States constructed a radar base at Albemarle Point, and we walk to the ruins of the radar base. Marine iguanas on the north end of Isabela are some of the largest in the archipelago.

Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner.

Day 3: Espinosa Point – Vicente Roca (snorkel or dive) (B,L,D)

Espinosa Point is one of Fernandina’s visiting points and it is situated within fascinating lava scenery. There are lava cacti and lava mangroves  to see on land.

More highlights include sea lions, penguins, Flightless Cormorants (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies in the Galapagos. You can’t miss a snorkelling trip to explore the beautiful underwater world here, either.

Vicente Roca Point is a large bay with two coves on the north-western coast of the island where sea life abounds. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish) may be spotted here and it’s a great place for snorkelling with sea lions. Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies nest on land.

Punta Vicente Roca is a wall dive to a maximum depth of 27 metres (90 feet) – one of the best wall dives in the Galapagos. The wall hosts invertebrates, sea horses, frog fish and other species. The outside of the wall allows to watch deep mola mola (sun fish) coming from the deep to cleaning stations. Current is often negligible and surge can be moderate in the shallows.

Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner.

Day 4: Albany Rock (snorkel or dive) – Rabida Island (B,L,D)

Albany Rock is located off the Northwest Point of Santiago. A good place to encounter Galapagos sea lions – a great place to snorkel or dive. 

Rabida Island is unique in Galapagos because of the red colour of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and rain, salt water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidising agent, making the red colour.

A short walk along a trail lead you to a coastal lagoon – observe land birds such as Finches, Doves, Yellow Warblers and Mocking Birds. At the lagoon there is also a colony of Flamingos.

Return to the boat for briefing and dinner.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island – Rancho Chato – Santa Fe (snorkel or dive) (B,L,D)

From the dry landing at Santa Cruz, we hop into a bus and drive up into the highlands. The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos.

Here more than anywhere, on the most populated islands on the Galapagos, the problems of introduced animals and plants are quite obvious. This part of the island is not National Park. When we reach the highest point of the road, we are back in the National Park and we head to ‘El Chato’, a farm in the highlands where we can look out for the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural, and free, surroundings.

There may be the chance to Los Gemelos, Spanish for ‘The Twins’, a pair of large pit craters where we find the bright red male Vermilion Flycatcher.

Santa Fe is one of the most exciting destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos, while the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be found.

After the walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sea lions awaits (dives available, please ask).

Return to the boat for briefing and dinner.

Day 6: Floreana: Cormorant Point and Champion (snorkel or dive) – Baronesa Viewpoint – Post Office Bay (B,L,D)

Cormorant Point hosts a large Flamingo lagoon. Other birds such as Common Stilts and White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen.

The beaches on this island are distinct: The ‘Green Beach’ is named so due to its green colour, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the ‘Four Sand Beach’ is composed of white coral. Snorkels and diving available here.

Post Office Bay was, in the 18th century, set up by whalers passing through the islands. They placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box.

The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.  

Dinner and briefing.

Day 7: Isla Lobos – Kicker Rock (snorkel or dive) – Tijeretas Hill (B,L,D)

The striking formation of Kicker Rock is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. It is the remains of an underwater volcano rising vertically 150m out of the sea, with a channel of sea full of marine life separating the two huge rock formations.

It is a real highlight to snorkel or dive here, keeping an eye out for sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations and sea birds.

Lobos Island: The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy and frolicking sea lions. Depending on the season, they also like to snorkel with guests. As well as great snorkelling opportunities, there is the chance to see Blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Tijeretas Hill: Also called “Frigate Bird Hill”, this is one of the few islands sites where both the Great and Magnificent Frigate birds can be found roosting side by side.

Return for a farewell dinner aboard.

Day 8: Carrion Point – Daphne Major, transfer to Baltra airport, fly out (B)

Carrion Point is a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During the visit, you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks.

Daphne Major  is an island just north of Santa Cruz and consists of a tuff crater, devoid of trees, whose rim rises 120 metres above the sea, and is our last visit.

Alas, it’s time to say goodbye. Your guide accompanies you to the airport and you fly back to the continent, or stay on for more Galapagos exploration.


Prices From $3,352 / £2,842 per person

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What's Included?

Accommodation, all meals plus purified water, tea and coffee, and snacks, airport assistance in Quito and Galapagos, Naturalist bilingual Galapagos guide level II/III, shore excursions, snorkelling equipment, transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock.

What's Not Included?

International flights, Round trip flights to the Galapagos Islands (must be issued by the boat), Galapagos National Park fee, Galapagos Ingala fee, soft and alcoholic drinks, personal items, souvenirs, tips, wetsuit hire (USD 40pp for 8 days), kayak use, diving (Two divers must book at least two dives each for diving to operate), travel insurance, personal items, Ecuador services


Accommodation

Lonesome George has a variety of cabins to suit all.

 

  • Double beds: Lower deck cabins C and D and main deck cabins E and F.
  • Twin – Double lower bed with a single bunk above: Lower deck A and B (two single bunks) and main deck cabins G and H (double bed below a single bunk above).
  • Triple – cabins G and H can be used as a triple.

 

Each cabin has air conditioning, private bathroom with hot/cold showers.

Areas for sunbathing or relaxing both inside, outside and under the awning, and also in the mesh bow over the waves.

There is an on board library with a good selection of books about the flora, fauna and history of Galapagos. Media (TV, stereo, DVD) adapted to iPhone music MP3.

Divers – included diving equipment – wetsuit, fins, tube, mask, VCD, regulator, vest, tank, weights, weight belt, compressor. Two divers must book at least two dives each for diving to operate.

Tour Staff

The crews are “Galapagueños”,  guides, captains and crew members were born and raised in the Galapagos Islands.

They know the area well and are prepared to show you the islands only like a native can do it.

The Naturalist, English-speaking guides have studied and been trained at Charles Darwin Scientific Station, and have long years of experience guiding at the Galapagos Islands.


Meals

The boat uses as much locally sourced produce as possible, including fish, coffee, eggs, fruits and meat farmed in Galapagos, to reduce carbon footprints and make sure the best ingredients are used.

The chef prepares three main meals a day, with snacks and drinks available after activities.

All dietary requirements can be catered for, vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerant and more.

Breakfast usually features a juice, tea and coffee, toast, jams, eggs and pastries.

Lunch will include soups, then a main meal of rices, pastas, fish, omelettes and many more options, and often a small pudding.

Dinner will again be a hearty affair, with a starter, main meal and pudding, with water, teas and coffees available.

There is a bar with beers and cocktails available at extra cost.

Activity Level

Walks

Every visit to each island involves an easy or moderate walk, which can last between 2 to 3 hours, and are not considered strenuous. On these walks you will be led by an expert naturalist guides in a small group along clearly marked trails. They will explain in great detail all the wonders of each of our carefully selected itineraries. Most days there are two guided walks on a specific island where you will be able to walk and hike on beaches, lava fields, alongside cliffs and around mangrove estuaries.

 

Snorkelling

Snorkelling in the Islands is the highlight of the Galapagos cruise for many of our guests. You have the opportunity to go snorkelling almost every day – snorkelling with marine iguanas and with playful sea-lions are some of the highlights, as well as with green sea turtles, penguins and an incredible variety of colourful reef fish. On the western islands the water is a little colder but teaming with life. There are beach snorkels for beginners and deeper waters.

 

Zodiac rides

Dinghies, or “Pangas” as they are known in Galapagos, are inflatable zodiacs that serve as the main transportation method from our Galapagos yachts to the visitor sites. At several times during your week-long Galapagos travel adventure, you will have the chance to enjoy dinghy (or panga) rides in shores, mangrove estuaries, coves and caves.

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Practical Information

Is this the cruise for me?

The most economical catamaran in the Galapagos.

Ideal for people who want to dive, snorkel and be active as much as possible.

Introduction to Galapagos

These magical islands comprise of 50 volcanic islands of varying shapes and sizes, which lie 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador.

Here, unlike anywhere else on Earth, you can enjoy a thousand close encounters with a weird and wonderful variety of ‘friendly locals’, including giant tortoises, fur seals, sea iguanas, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies.

Read our Galapagos Islands Guide and more about diving.

In 1535, Tomás de Berlanga, Bishop of Panama, floated into this archipelago and named it Galapagos after the giant tortoises he encountered. Pirates used the islands for refuge and to bury their stolen treasure after that.

The islands’ most celebrated visitor was Charles Darwin, who arrived aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. The rare life forms he encountered helped him formulate his theory of evolution, which he published in The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

It wasn’t until 1959 when it became part of Ecuador’s national park system that this fragile ecosystem with its rare and endemic species came under protection.

In 1979 the Galapagos archipelago was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Weather in Galapagos

 

When to visit Galapagos Islands: weather and wildlife

There is no real ‘best’ time to visit Galapagos on holiday as there is always wonderful wildlife and weather to enjoy. Read our blog for more.

Most animals – tortoises, sharks, sea lions and boobies – are found year round and many of the species here are non-migratory.

The Galapagos Islands are located right on the equator so air and water temperatures do not vary by much.

Having said that, there are two recognised seasons, and each months brings natural marvels for the visitor to enjoy.

Below is our quick guide to the weather and wildlife you can find on the Galapagos Islands.

 

General weather information

 

The warm season (Jan-Jun)

  • Calm, clear warm waters, great for snorkelling, often without a wetsuit.
  • Great weather, with February and March being the hottest and sunniest months with blue skies and sunshine.
  • Occasional heavy bursts of rain in the afternoons.

Sea temperatures:  22-25°C / 72-77°F

Land temperatures:  21-32°C / 72-90°F

 

The dry ‘garua’ season (Jun-Dec)

  • It’s a great time for marine life in the cooler seas. Snorkellers may want a wetsuit.
  • August and September the coolest when you may need a jacket in the evenings and the sea can be choppy.
  • There can be mist on the islands in the mornings (garua) which usually burns off by midday leaving overcast skies or a sunny afternoon.

Sea temperatures:  15-22°C / 60-72°F

Land temperatures:  18-24°C / 65-75°F

 

Galapagos sea and air temperatures and rainfall month by month

Air and sea temperatures in Galapagos, month-by-month

Galapagos cruise kit list

Good kit is vital for every trip.

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Galapagos – general advice

Galapagos is warm and humid, and you will need t-shirts (moisture wick-away or breathable t-shirts can be very useful, it can get very hot in the day), shorts, lightweight skirt or trousers and bathing suits.

One or two cotton shirts can be used to protect you from sunburn, especially when snorkelling (not very elegant worn in the water over a swimsuit, but practical – and Galapagos is NOT an elegant place!).

You may want to change into different clothes for the evening, but don’t take anything dressy or smart – there really is a very relaxed atmosphere on board.

Pack something warm for going on deck in the early morning or evening a fleece, maybe, and a sweatshirt – and a waterproof for the Highlands.

Strong sandals, trainers, or light hiking boots are ideal footwear – you may like to have something suitable for easy walks and another for tougher terrain – your guide will advise you daily what the walking will be like. Most boats ask passengers not to wear heavy shoes on board.

Do take a hat!

Seasickness tablets if you think you will have problems – i.e. Sturgeon, or Mareol if you buy them in Quito. The sea can be choppy, so it is recommended to take them as a precaution.

 

Galapagos – detailed kit list

  • First aid kit – aspirin, imodium, sun tan lotion (facter 50 recommended), sunburn cream, lip salve, throat lozenges, insect repellent, etc.
  • Earplugs – the engine can be noisy, whatever the boat, wherever your cabin.
  • Sun glasses and sun hat.
  • Snorkelling equipment – the boat either provides kit for free or has a supply for hire, but it may suit you better to take equipment in your size that you know will fit you. Even if you have not snorkelled before, DO have a go – under water Galapagos is a very special experience. Try it first of all from the beach, to get the hang of breathing through gritted teeth, then take the plunge!
  • Towel, for the beach (most boats provide these, please ask).
  • Money belt.
  • Passport, with at least 6 months remaining from date of return from Ecuador.
  • US Dollars cash and mixed denomination notes, undamaged and unmarked.
  • Visa/MasterCard, Cash card.
  • Personal & Medical insurance.
  • Camera and film / memory cards (take at least twice the amount you think you will need!). You may want to take an underwater camera for snorkelling.
  • Camera charger
  • Binoculars
  • Small backpack – to keep your sun cream, water, shirt etc in when you are on shore.
  • Small plastic water bottle, 1-2 litres, depending on how much you drink.
  • Biodegradable sunblock (v. high factor, 50+ recommended) and lip salve.
  • Toiletries (featuring biodegradable soap).
  • Wet Wipes/antiseptic hand wash cream
  • Travel alarm clock.
  • Sewing kit.
  • Spanish/English phrasebook.
  • Book, e-book, mp3 player/ipod or other for free time.

 

The Galapagos Islands are a very fragile environment and the arrival of more and more inhabitants to the islands, as well as tourist have an impact.

Please try to minimise your impact by:

  • Bringing a water bottle to refill, rather than using a new bottle each time.
  • Recycling your rubbish where possible, not leaving any rubbish behind.
  • Taking batteries back home with you – they cannot be recycled properly in Ecuador.
  • Saving water where possible.
  • Leave toiletries that contain microbeads at home
  • Saving energy by switching your lights off when you leave the room. Electricity on the islands comes from a generator, fuelled by petrol. For this same reason, please think about whether you really need to use your air conditioning.

 

Quito

Pleasantly warm during the day, but can be quite chilly during the morning or at night when you might want a jacket or a fleece, plus a waterproof.

You may want to dress up a little more in the evening here, depending on where you are staying, and what sort of restaurant you like.

 

Guayaquil

Conditions here are similar to Galapagos – hot and humid. T-shirts and shorts in the day, and like Quito, something smarter for eating out in restaurants at night.

ATOL holiday protection

Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.

We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.

We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.

When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.

You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.

 

What is ATOL?

The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.

And  ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.

 

Who is covered?

To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).

If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.

If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.

Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.

For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.

 

I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?

If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.

We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.

If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.

You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.


Floreana, Galapagos

Floreana is the least populated Galapagos island and yet home to its most scandalous tales!

Gossip aside, it is home to Post Office Bay, where a post barrel was erected in the late 18th century by English whalers. Passing sailors took the messages onwards – and it still functions today.

The nearby Devil’s Crown is one of Galapagos’ most special snorkels.

A (at times strong) current pushes you past the remains of a submerged volcano with its crater ‘horns’ still exposed, and you’ll see a brilliant array of colourful fish and corals.

Great viewpoints at Asilo de La Paz and Baroness view, too.

Isabela, Galapagos

Isabela is the largest and one of the youngest Galapagos islands, and its small human but enormous wildlife population make it perfect for cruises and hotel-based visits.

It also has a mile-long, pristine white-sand beach, with some small and cool bars to hang out in with some sundowners.

Must-do’s include Sierra Negra volcano and its active caldera, head to Los Tuneles to snorkel face-to-face with sharks and turtles and spend some time looking for penguins at Las Tintoreras.

Isabela is great for adventure and families alike.

For cruises only, Punta Vicente Roca is a lovely snorkel, and Urbina Bay is a top spot for wild giant tortoises and colourful land iguanas.

Kicker Rock, Galapagos

A truly impressive sight, Kicker Rock is the remains of an underwater volcano rising vertically 150m/492ft out of the sea.

The exposed cone has fractured in two, leaving a wildlife rich sea channel for us to enjoy, snorkelling or diving.

Jump in the water and drift with the gentle current through the cleft, keeping an eye out below for sea turtles, manta rays and maybe the odd harmless Galapagos shark, just to name a few.

Hammerheads are occasionally seen here too.

On the cliffs, we can spot Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and magnificent Frigate birds. A memorable snorkel.

Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Almost everyone will visit Santa Cruz during a Galapagos stay.

It’s popular because of the incredible variety of habitat and animals go alongside its strategic location.

The famous Charles Darwin Centre is a must, as is a visit to see Giant Tortoises and a kayak in the turquoise waters at Garrapatero beach.

There are a plethora of great dive and snorkel sites nearby, lively bars and some good beaches for relaxing, like Tortuga Bay.

Most cruises start or end here, and the majority of flights come to Santa Cruz, plus there are many accommodation options, from basic to luxury.

Santiago (James), Galapagos

Curious, dark sand greets the visitor to this centrally-located island.

Marine iguanas may join you for a snorkel after warming up in the sun, along with white-tipped reef sharks, rays, surgeon and parrotfish and turtles.

Crabs, sea lions and spectacular blowholes line the shore.

On the other side of the island, red sand cliffs are home to many seabirds, and Bucaneer cove tells its own whaling and pirate history.

A group of nearby small rocky islands called Bainbridge Rocks feature a stunning, turquoise saltwater lagoon that is home to flamingos.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos is an ideal year-round destination, with its volcanic landscapes and tame wildlife.

Whether you cruise or stay in a hotel, you are guaranteed to see giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas and blue-footed boobies to name a few, plus amazing volcanic formations and stunning beaches.

No trip here is complete without diving or snorkelling – turtles, rays, schools of fish, and for the lucky, hammerhead and whale sharks.

Divers can enjoy some of the best underwater diving in the world on liveaboard cruises to remote and spectacular dive sites.

Tower (Genovesa), Galapagos

Flung way out to the north of the archipelago, this spectacular island is a Galapagos in miniature.

Its remote location meaning very few people make it this far.

Sea lions, sharks and Flightless Cormorants will no doubt accompany you on snorkels in deep waters as well as close to the beautiful, white-sand bay.

A multitude of birds nest at Tower, and it’s the only place you’re sure to see the Red-Footed Booby, as well as the chance to spot petrels, owls, gulls and more.

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