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M/Y Tip Top II

Galapagos Islands cruises, Tip Top II yacht

Galapagos cruises, Tip Top II cabin Galapagos Tip Top II cruise, lounge

Built in 1998, the 85 ft. Tip Top II accommodates 16 passengers in 8 twin cabins and 1 single cabin. All cabins have private washrooms and are air-conditioned.

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Fri : Baltra
Sat : Tower
Sun : Santiago, Bartolome
Mon : Santa Cruz
Tue : Baltra, Rabida 
Wed : Hood
Thu : Floreana
Fri : Seymour, Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,525
LS: $. 1,895
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Activities
snorkeling, kayaking, diving

M/Y Tip Top III

Galapagos Islands cruises, Tip Top III yacht

Galapagos Tip Top III cruise cabin Galapagos cruises, Tip Top III deck

The Tip Top III offers 4, 7, 10, 11 and 14 night programs which is perfect for passengers interested in spending more time in the islands.

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Fri : Baltra
Sat : Tower
Sun : Santiago, Bartolome
Mon : Santa Cruz
Tue : Baltra, Rabida 
Wed : Hood
Thu : Floreana
Fri : Seymour, Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,525
LS: $. 1,895
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Activities
snorkeling, kayaking, diving

M/Y  Mistral

Galapagos Islands cruises, Mistral yacht

Galapahos Mistral cruise, bar Galapagos cruises, Mistral cabin

Mistral was built by Vanderhoeven Yachts of Holland. Accommodations are in 6 cabins with upper/lower berths for a total of 12 passengers.

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Sat : Baltra, Seymour
Sun : Tower
Mon : Fernandina
Tue : James, Bartolome
Wed : Santa Cruz
Thu : Floreana
Fri : Española
Sat : Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 2,180
LS: $. 1,830
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Activities
snorkeling, kayaking swimming, diving

M/Y Eric

Galapagos Islands cruises, Eric yacht

Galapagos Eric yacht, iguana deck Galapagos Islands, Eric yacht

Built in 1990 to 1992, the fleet of three 83-foot/ 20-passenger motor yachts Eric, Flamingo and Letty were custom designed exclusively for cruising Galapagos.
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Sun : San Cristobal
Mon : Tower
Tue : Plaza, Seymour
Wed : Isabela, Fernandina
Thu : Santiago, Bartolome
Fri : Santa Cruz
Sat : Española
Sun : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 2,095
LS: $. 1,765
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Activities
snorkeling, swimming

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M/Y Deep Blue

Galapagos Islands cruises, Deep blue yacht

Galapagos Deep Blue cruise, cabin Galapagos Islands cruises, Deep Blue lounge

Deep Blue accommodates 16 passengers and is divided into eight double cabins with lower beds, private bathroom and air conditioning.

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Mon : San Cristobal
Tue : Española
Wed : Floreana
Thu : Santa Cruz
Fri : Santiago, Bartolome
Sat : Genovesa
Sun : Seymour, Plaza
Mon : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 2,500
LS: $. 2,100
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Activities
diving

M/Y Fragata

Galapagos Islands cruises, Fragata yacht

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It has capacity for 16 passengers, in 8 double cabins (lower berths) with private bathroom, air conditioning.

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Fri : Baltra, Seymour
Sat : Genovesa
Sun : Bartolome Sta. Cruz
Mon : Plaza, Santa Cruz
Tue : Santa Cruz, Santa Fe
Wed : Española
Thu : Floreana
Fri : Santa CruzBaltra

Rates
HS:
$. 2,304
LS: $. 1,947
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Activities
snorkeling, swimming

M/Y Liberty

Galapagos Islands cruises, Liberty yacht

Galapagos cruises, Liberty lounge Galapagos Libertyu cruise, dining

It was formerly known as Islas Plazas. Liberty was designed for travelers who want to enjoy eco-tourism with diving in complete comfort.

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Mon : San Cristobal
Tue : Española
Wed : Floreana
Thu : Isabela
Fri : Santa Cruz
Sat : North, Bartolome
Sun : South, Santa Fe
Mon : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 1,250
LS: $.    750
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Activities
diving

M/V Millenium

Galapagos Islands cruises, Millenium catamaran

Galapagos Millenium cruise, lounge Galapagos Islands cruises, Millenium suite

This catamaran has six double rooms with private bathrooms, tub, balcony and air-conditioning in each cabin. It has capacity for 16 passengers

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Thu : San Cristobal
Fri : Española
Sat : Floreana
Sun : Santa Cruz
Mon : Santiago
Tues : Bartolome
Wed : Seymour, Plaza
Thu : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 1,150
LS:
$. 1,150
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Activities
diving

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Galapagos Islands history

Galapagos, Fray Tomas de BerlangaThe Galapagos were discovered by chance in March 10, 1535 when Fray Tomas de Berlanga, the Bishop of Panama, sailed to Peru to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and his lieutenants after the conquest of the Incas. The bishop's ship stalled when the winds died and strong currents carried him out to the Galapagos. In his account of the adventure, addressed to Emperor Carlos V, Berlanga described the harsh, desert-like condition of the islands and their trademark giant tortoises. He wrote about the marine iguanas, the sea lions and the many types of birds. He also noted the remarkable tameness of the animals that continues to thrill and delight modern visitors.
The islands were uninhabited, although Thor Heyerdahl in 1963 reported findings of pottery of South American origin that suggested earlier contacts, a theory that appears to still be controversial. The archipelago was used as hiding place by the English pirates that pilfered the Spanish galleons carrying gold and silver from South America to Spain. The islands first appeared on maps in about 1570 in those drawn by Abraham Ortelius and Mercator. The islands were called "Insulae de los Galopegos" (Islands of the Tortoises).

The first English to visit Galapagos was Richard Hawkins, in 1593. From that time until 1816 many famous pirates visited the archipelago. The man after who's adventures in Juan Fernandez Islands inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, visited the Galapagos in 1708 after he was picked up from Juan Fernandez by the privateer Woodes Rogers, while Rogers was refitting his ships in the islands after sacking Guayaquil. The first scientific mission to the Galapagos arrived in 1790 under the leadership of Alessandro Malaspina, a Sicilian captain whose expedition was sponsored by the King of Spain. However, the records of the expedition were lost.

Galapagos Islands Reptiles pictures, Giant tortoiseIn 1793, James Collnet made a description of the flora and fauna of Galapagos and suggested that the islands could be used as base for the whalers operating in the Pacific Ocean. He also draw the first accurate navigation charts of the islands. Whalers killed and captured thousands of the Galapagos tortoises to extract their fat. The tortoises could also be kept on board ship as a means of providing of fresh protein as these animals could survive for several months on board without any food or water. The hunting of the tortoises was responsible for greatly diminishing and in some cases eliminating certain races. Along with whalers came the fur-seal hunters who brought the population of this animal close to extinction. Ecuador annexed the Galapagos Islands on February 12, 1832, naming it Archipelago of Ecuador. This was a new name that added-up to several names that had been, and are still, used to refer to the archipelago. The first governor of Galapagos, General José de Villamil, brought a group of convicts to populate the Floreana Island and in October 1832 some artisans and farmers joined.

Galapagos, Charles DarwinCharles Darwin was the first to make a scientific study of the islands. He was a young student just out of university and was the naturalist on a round-the-world scientific and geographical voyage on board the HMS Beagle (1831 - 1836). Darwin reached the Galapagos on September 15 1835 and spent about five weeks, until October 20, studying the geology and biology on four of the thirteen islands. It was here that he began to develop his theories of evolution. Jose Valdizán and Manuel Julian Cobos tried a new colonization, beginning the exploitation of a type of lichen found in the islands (Roccella portentosa) used as a coloring agent. After the assassination of Valdizán by some of his workers, Cobos brought from the continent a group of more than a hundred workers to San Cristobal island and tried his luck at planting sugar cane. He ruled in his plantation with an iron hand which lead to his assassination in 1904. Since 1897 Antonio Gil began another plantations in Isabela island. During a whole year, from September 1904, an expedition of the Academy of Sciences of California, led by Rollo Beck, stayed in the Galapagos collecting scientific material on geology, entomology, ornithology, botany, zoology and herpetology. Another expedition from the same Academy was done in 1932 (Templeton Crocker Expedition) to collect insects, fish, shells, fossils, birds and plants. During WWII Ecuador authorized the United States to establish a naval base in Baltra Island and radar stations in other strategic locations. In 1946 a penal colony was established in Isabela Island, but was suspended in 1959.
 

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