Eric & Letty

First Class Galapagos Cruise

The Ship

The two sister yachts—Eric & Letty—were exclusively designed in the early nineties to provide a customized cruise service to a small group of people. The twins are almost identical and exclusively entertain 20 guests each.

The yachts feature three decks with exquisite staterooms and richly inlaid interiors, a dining room where you can enjoy the Ecuadorian as well as international delicacies, a well-stuffed bar with various types of liquor, and a conference lounge with a TV and panoramic windows to entertain the travelers with a picturesque kaleidoscope of images.

There are 10 staterooms, with a private bathroom each. You can opt for a single stateroom with double beds or the one with two twin lower beds. The rooms are fully air conditioned and have all the basic amenities required. And above all, you can always find serenity in the open sun deck, where you can spend your days or nights looking at the sky or the ripples in the shallow waters of this vast Pacific archipelago of fire.

These yachts follow the same itinerary, making a round trip from San Cristobal Island. Traveling in one of these sister yachts is a luxury that you would relish to the core. It is not just about comfort, but there is also an enthralling adventure associated with this Natural History tour. These yachts include snorkeling and kayaking as part of the cruise, and to your delight, there is also the provision of snorkeling equipment and kayaks.

  • 20 passengers each one
  • Fully air-conditioned staterooms
  • Ample Sundeck
  • Fully-stocked bar and boutique,
  • TV, DVD, games and library
  • Kayaks

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Eric & Letty Information

8 Days Itinerary A▼

 8 Days Itinerary B▼

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8 days Itinerary A 
8 days – 7 nights

Day 1 San Cristobal Island – Tijeretas Hill & Kicker Rock
Day 2 San Cristobal Island – Pitt Point & Witch Hill
Day 3 Española Island -Suarez Point & Gardner Bay 
Day 4 Floreana Island – Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Point
Day 5 Santa Cruz Island – Highlands & Darwin Station
Day 6 Bachas Beach & Bartolome Island
Day 7 South Plaza Island & North Seymour Islands
Day 8 San Cristobal Island – Interpretation Center & Departure
Day 1:  San Cristobal Island – Tijeretas Hill & Kicker Rock 
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Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on SAN CRISTOBAL Island (SCY), transfer by bus to the main dock and then by zodiac to…

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…the Eric or Letty anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas or “Frigatebird Hill” one of two sites where you can see nesting colonies of both species of frigate birds (Great and Magnificent), as well as lava lizards, the medium ground finch and Chatham mockingbird. Walk along the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, then return to the yacht for a briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our culinary school-trained chefs.

Day 2:   San Cristobal – Punta Pitt & Witch Hill 
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We spend the morning at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, with expansive views and good bird-watching…

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…Take a peaceful walk along the beach, or swim with sea lions from the beach. Take out the kayaks or stand up paddle boards for a different perspective of the marine life. Enjoy a scenic Zodiac ride that takes us through a cave called The Cathedral. Return to the yacht for lunch. Go ashore this afternoon at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies – blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies, both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago, and is also home to a colony of sea lions. At Pitt Rock, we snorkel with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

Day 3:  Española Island -Suarez Point  & Gardner Bay 
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Disembark at Punta Suarez on Española Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. Sea…

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…lions bark noisy greetings as we land on the beach, while curious  mockingbirds peck at our shoelaces. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in sky-pointing to show off for potential mates. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, performs its wild mating ritual.  Other easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young, stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world.  We also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves, red-billed tropicbirds and Galapagos Hawks, as well as a unique species of marine iguanas with traces of red and green colorings. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hold, watch for colorful sally light-foot crabs crawling along the shoreline.  Return to Eric or Lettyfor lunch on board.  Disembark at Gardner Bay, where large colonies or sea lions dot the seemingly endless white-sand beach.  Enjoy time to take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for birds such as the Galapagos hawk, Darwin’s finch, or Hood mockingbird.   Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates.  Admire the colorful array of underwater life at the excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock. Return to Eric or Letty for a briefing followed by dinner.

Day 4:  Floreana Island – Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Point
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Step ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea…

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…lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins.  Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut-leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), palo verde and scalesia. The trail leads to a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and coral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars.  Lunch is served back on board of Eric or Lettyon the sundeck, weather permitting.  Floreana is one of the ew populated islands in Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history.  After lunch, visit one of the most famous sites in Galapagos, Post Office Bay, where a post barrel was erected in the late 18thCentury for use by English whaling vessels.  Visitors are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their  home area. There is an opportunity to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays.  Return to Eric or Letty for a briefing followed by dinner.

Day 5:   Santa Cruz Island – Highlands & Darwin Station
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Disembark at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, the social hear of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus…

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…to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos.  Visit a tortoise reserve, a private farm that protects giant tortoises in their natural habitat.  Stop at the largest lava tubes in the archipelago, and visit Los Gemelos, (The Twins), a pair of large craters.  Return to Eric & Letty for lunch on board. This afternoon we visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station).  Visit the tortoise corals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown.  Scientists from all over the globe conduct biological research at the station from anatomy to zoology. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes.  Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café.  Return to Eric & Letty for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own.  Zodiac shuttles from Eric & Letty to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

Day 6:  Bachas Beach & Bartolome Island
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This morning guests onboard the ERIC visit Las Bachas, Spanish for “barges” on the northern side of Santa Cruz. Explore…

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…the long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons populated by greater flamingos. There is also a chance to snorkel here from the beach. Guests on board the Letty will have a Zodiac ride at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles (Sep to Feb), white-tipped reed sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Return to the yacht for lunch. Disembark at Bartolome, a young Island that is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb the long wooden staircase to the summit of a dormant volcano, pausing along the way to marvel at lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones. It seems as if we are walking on the moon! The panoramic view from the top encompasses the entire island, including the distinctive eroded tuff cone known as Pinnacle Rock. The crystal clear water below beckons of snorkeling with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos Penguins. Take a Zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline. Return to the yacht for the evening briefing followed by dinner.

Day 7:  South Plaza Island & North Seymour Islands
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Today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed…

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…tropicbirds build their nests. The trail leads us through Opuntia (Prickly Pear) and Sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen here feeding on the cactus leaves. The island is home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. Return to the yacht for lunch. Later, snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water. Go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent frigate birds in Galapagos, and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the Eric or Letty for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation by your guides.

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Day 8:  San Cristobal Island – Interpretation Center  & Departure 
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After breakfast, travel by bus to the Interpretation Center to gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human…

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…history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

8 Days Itinerary A ▲

 8 Days Itinerary B▼

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8 days Itinerary B
8 days – 7 nights

Day 1 San Cristobal –  Galapaguera
Day 2 Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & Prince Philip’s Steps
Day 3 Santa Cruz Island- Las Bachas Beach & Dragon Hill
Day 4 Isabela Island -Espinoza Point & Urbina Bay
Day 5 Isabela Island – Elizabeth Bay & Tagus Cove
Day 6 Santiago Island – Egas Port & Rabida Island
Day 7 Santa Cruz Island -Highlands & Darwin Station
Day 8 San Cristobal Island – Interpretation Center & Departure
Day 1:  San Cristobal – Galapaguera
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Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (SCY) on San Cristobal Island, and transfer by bus then Zodiac to the Eric or Letty anchored…

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… in the bay.  After a welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, travel to Cerro Colorado to visit Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo (La Galapaguera) where the national park has established a breeding program for giant tortoises in their natural habitat.  At the visitor center, learn about the origin and evolution of tortoises, as well as threats from introduced animals. Along the trail, watch for the San Cristobal mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island.  Return to Eric or Letty for a briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our chefs.

 

Day 2:  Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & Prince Philip’s Steps
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Spend the entire day on Genovesa(TOWER) Island, one of the most spectacular places in Galapagos for bird species. Land…

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…at Prince Philip’s Steps, where red-footed boobies nest in palo santo trees,  Nazca boobies nest near the trail, and storm petrels gather in large numbers in an open lava field.  With luck, you may see the elusive short-eared owl.  Return to the Eric or Letty for lunch. Chose to paddle from a kayak or stand-up paddle board and explore the cliffs. Look for the red-billed tropic bird hiding in the crevices or snorkel in deeper water from the Zodiac.  Land at Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest, the males inflating their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead.   Chose to relax on the beach or swim with sea lions in these northern warmer waters. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner and an evening full of stars.

Day 3:  Santa Cruz Island- Bachas Beach & Dragon Hill
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Today guests on board the Letty visit Las Bachas beach, which is the Spanish translation for “barges”. There is a long stretch…

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…of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the Greater Flamingo, pelicans, white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts and iguanas. There is also a wonderful chance to take a stroll along the beach or swim from the shore. Guests on board the Eric have a Zodiac ride at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. View pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Return to the yacht for lunch. This afternoon, step ashore on Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), for a majestic view of the bay and the island landscape covered in Opuntia cactus, palo santo and muyuyo. The trail offers excellent opportunities to see Darwin finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters and the endemic land iguanas, that were once part of the park’s breeding program. In the salt-water lagoon, pink flamingos feed alongside other birds such as stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. After the briefing and dinner, we sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the third time.

Day 4:  Isabela Island -Espinoza Point & Urbina Bay
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This morning’s stop is at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine Island in Galapagos with no…

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…introduced animals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory, and hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, basking in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Out on the point, Flightless Cormorants build their nest close to shore since loosing their ability to fly. There is a chance to snorkel with sea turtles and marine iguanas that frequent this area before returning to the yacht for lunch. While cruising through the Bolivar Chanel, whales and dolphins riding the bow wave are often seen here. Disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, where four miles of coastal seabed were exposed due to a dramatic uplift during a volcanic eruption in 1954. See the remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, and keep an eye out for the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as marine iguanas, Darwin finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

Day 5:  Isabela Island – Elizabeth Bay & Tagus Cove
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Visit Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island by zodiac to explore a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees, where sea…

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…turtles, turtles, rays, and shore birds are often spotted. Motor along the rocky islets “Las Marielas”, to find a colony of nesting Penguins, Flightless Cormorants and giant marine iguanas. Isabela was created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. Return to the yacht for lunch served on the sun deck. Go ashore on Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Sections of the rocky cliffs are covered with graffiti dating back to the 1800s. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove and explore the shoreline by kayak or stand up paddle board in search of Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and pelicans. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

Day 6:  Santiago Island – Egas Port & Rabida Island
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Stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the…

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…tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons. The walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a chance to snorkel from the beach. After lunch, take a seat on deck to view the dramatic landscape and dolphins that are often spotted here. Disembark on RABIDA (Jervis), a small island considered the geographic center of Galapagos because its volcanic rocks are the most diversified in the archipelago. The dark red color of the beach comes from the high iron content in the volcanic stones. Follow the trail to a salt water lagoon where greater flamingos migrate, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin finches. Afterwards, do not miss the chance to snorkel with sea lions and rays as well as tropical fish and white-tipped sharks. Return to the yacht for dinner and a briefing.

Day 7:  Santa Cruz Island -Highlands & Darwin Station
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Disembark at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, the social hear of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus…

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…to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos.  Visit a tortoise reserve on a private farm that protects giant tortoises in their natural habitat.  Stop at the Tunnels, the largest lava tubes in the archipelago, and visit Los Gemelos, (The Twins), a pair of large craters.  Return to Eric or Letty for lunch on board. This afternoon we visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly known as the Charles Darwin Research Station).  Visit the tortoise corals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown.  Scientists from all over the globe conduct biological research at the station from anatomy to zoology.  Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes.  Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café.  Return to Eric or Letty for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own.  Zodiac shuttles from Eric or Letty to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

 

Day 8:  San Cristobal Island – Interpretation Center & Departure
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Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human…

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….history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

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Technical Specification Eric & Letty

 

  • Type: Superior first class motor yachts
  • Year Built: 1991-1994 specifically for Galapagos Islands cruising
  • Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins
  • Crew: 11 including your Captain and two naturalist guides
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
  • L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters
  • BEAM: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters
  • DRAFT: 6 feet / 1.8 meters
  • GROSS TONS: 240
  • Engines: (2) 402 HP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel
  • Generators: (1) Perkins 90 KW and (1) John Deere 65KW
  • Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters
  • Watermaker Production: 1,200 gallons per day/ 4536 liters per day
  • Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters
  • Navigational Equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar, Furuno GPS, Electronic compass, magnetic compass, barometer

  • Communication: VHF-DSC CH70 and MF/HF with DSC radios
  • Safety Equipment: Viking 25-person inflatable capsule lifeboat (SOLAS certified), 40 life vests Type I approved with whistles and lights, 6 circular buoys with emergency lights, portable fire extinguishers, CO2 fix station, smoke detectors, SART (radar transponder)

  • EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)
  • Classification: IRS (International Register of Shipping)
  • Certification: Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (Ecuadorean authority under SOLAS 1974 modified by protocol 1988) Safety Management Certificate (Under SOLAS 1974 as amended).

Deck Plan

Dolphin Deck

Boddy Deck

Iguana Deck

 8 days  Main Deck Upper Deck    Main Deck
Iguana Deck 4.465 4.275 7.844
Boody Deck 4.845
Dolphin Deck 5.320

 

 

Charter Seasonal:  $93.195
Charter Peack: $97.660

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November 21, 2017