Published on July 9, 2009
G A L A PAG O S ISLANDS [extreme wildlife]
[ sur vival of the fittest ] “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, BEYOND DISCOVERY | 1-5 THE ECOVENTURA EXPERIENCE | 6-11 W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M G A L A PA G O S I S L A N D S | 1 SIGNATURE YACHTS: M/Y ERIC, FLAMINGO I & LETTY | 12-17 DIVE LIVE-ABOARD: M/Y SKY DANCER | 18-19 EXTENSIONS IN ECUADOR AND PERU | 20-23
a world of evolutionary enchantment Wildlife wanders freely and almost fearlessly in the Galapagos. This remote island group with its dramatic and desolate beauty is home to some of the M/Y Eric and Flamingo I, anchored at Española (Hood Island) most unique species in the world. Many are endemic such as the Galapagos tor toise, marine and land iguanas, the flightless cormorant and, of course, Darwin’s famous finches. Darwin noted that different species adapted to fit different niches on individual islands, which gave rise to his idea of [ expedition cr uising with ecoventur a ] natural selection. You may glimpse a frigate bird in cour tship, his bright-red breast puffed Meet face-to-face with a giant tor toise. Snorkel with penguins and dive with sea lions. Hike along up in a dazzling display, or the spectacular dive of a blue-footed booby fishing ancient lava tunnels and back to the beginning of time. Ever since Darwin boarded the Beagle over close to shore, or the graceful waved albatross - so comical and clumsy 170 years ago, exploring the Galapagos Islands has remained one of life’s great adventures. when taking flight. It’s all here in the Galapagos, a treasure-trove of natural Since 1990, Ecoventura has been leading the way in expedition cruising in the Galapagos. Our histor y awaiting your discover y. first-class fleet includes three identical motor-yachts and a custom-designed dive boat - all unmatched for comfor t and safety. Sailing with only 20 fellow guests, venturing ashore in small groups of ten, W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 2 you’ll experience these islands in a highly personal, close-up way. And you’ll also be pleased to G A L A PA G O S I S L A N D S | 3 know of our reputation for environmental integrity. We’re committed to preser ving the Galapagos galapagos penguin National Park and we’ve received many plaudits for our effor ts. While all penguin species are only found in the Come let our experienced naturalist guides share the secrets of the islands with you. Venture to Southern Hemisphere, the Galapagos Penguin is the the most spectacular sites on land or beneath the sea. Enjoy the cour tship dance of the blue-footed only one to live near the equator. Endemic to the boobies or massive waved albatross. Dive with a hammerhead shark or whale shark. Come be amazed. islands, at approximately 14 inches in height it is smaller and more duck-like than its southern cousins of the Antarctic.
Darwin (Culpepper) galapagos islands [ archipiélago de colón ] Wolf (Wenman) Pinta (Abington) Marchena (Bindloe) Genovesa Flightless Cormorant, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island (Tower) Pta. Mejía Pta. Espejo Prince Philip’s Steps Darwin Bay [ a living laborator y of natural selection ] Pta. Albermarle Ecuador Volcano Wolf Volcano Cape Marshall equator Pta.Vicente Roca Buccaneer Cove Located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands were created five Darwin Espumilla Beach Tagus Cove Volcano James Bay million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions. In 1535, Tomás de Berlanga, Bishop Santiago Sullivan Bay Pta. Espinoza Puerto Egas (James) Bartolome of Panama, floated into this archipelago and named it Galapagos after the giant tor toises Pta. García North Seymour Sombrero Chino Mosquera La Cumbre Alcedo Daphne he encountered. Pirates used the islands for refuge and to bur y their stolen treasure, Volcano Volcano Rabida Turtle Cove Baltra Cerro Dragon (Jervis) Bachas Beach Canal de Itabaca but it wasn't until the end of the 19th centur y, when it became a regular por t of call Fernandina Guy Fawkes San Cristóbal Pinzon Santa Cruz (Chatham) (Narborough) (Indefatigable) for whaling fleets, that the wildlife was threatened. Elizabeth Bay (Duncan) Plazas Leon Dormido Pta. Pitt Cerro Brujo Pta. Moreno The islands’ most celebrated visitor was Char les Darwin, who arrived aboard the Puerto Ayora Playa Ochoa Sierra Negra Volcano Academy Bay Isla Lobos HMS Beagle in 1835. The rare life forms he encountered helped him formulate his Santa Fe Cerro Azul Chico Volcano (Barrington) Pta. Cristóbal Volcano Loberia theor y of evolution, which he published in The Origin of Species by Means of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Pto.Villamil Natural Selection. pacific ocean Isabela After visiting the Galapagos in 1941, Herman Melville entitled his book The Encantadas. (Albemarle) Devil’s Crown But it wasn’t until 1959 when it became par t of Ecuador’s national park system that this Pta. Cormorant Champion Española Post Office Bay (Hood) Enderby fragile ecosystem with its rare and endemic species came under protection. In 1979 Black Beach Gardner Pta. Suárez Gardner Bay Watson the Galapagos archipelago was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Floreana Pta. Cevallos (Santa Maria, Charles) W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 4 G A L A PA G O S I S L A N D S | 5 giant tortoise The giant tortoise is probably the best known of all Galapagos animals and even gave the archipelago its name; Galapago means “saddle” in Spanish which refers to the saddle-back shape of the shell. They can weigh up to 250 kg. and live for more than 100 years. Red-billed Tropicbird
T H E E C OV E N T U R A E X P E R I E N C E | 7 W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 6 “Ecoventura has demonstrated its commitment to the conservation of natural the galapagos islands resources and social well-being in Ecuador. Its proactive stance has been a source of inspiration for conservation organizations that believe in the development of [ journey to the unknown ] sustainable tourism.” — Ronald Sanabria, Sustainable Tourism Director for the Rainforest Alliance
[ greening the galapagos ] Ecoventura is committed to preserving the Galapagos Islands as a unique and priceless UNESCO World Heritage site. Through various effor ts in conser vation and sustainability, we are able to offer highly personalized eco-adventures aboard our fleet of modern motor-yachts while at the same time abiding by our claim as a responsible tour operator. SMART ECOLOGICAL CERTIFICATION GALAPAGOS MARINE BIODIVERSITY FUND Smart Voyager is a Galapagos conservation program Ecoventura guests have the oppor tunity to suppor t created by the highly respected Rainforest Alliance a new fund administered by the World Wildlife Fund organization and its Ecuador-based partner, Conservación in suppor t of the Galapagos National Park Service. y Desarrollo. Smar t Voyager awards its green seal of The fund targets environmental education and marine approval to tour operators who meet a set of conservation by strengthening the local communities’ conservation standards. Ecoventura was one of the ability to manage natural resources. GMBF puts donated first to receive Smart Voyager certification. In addition, funds to work on the ground, addressing critical issues, in 2005 the Rainforest Alliance awarded Ecoventura’s reversing ecological damage and conserving Galapagos president, Santiago Dunn, the prestigious Individual for the future. Sustainable Standard-Setter award. ECUADOR’S FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL COMPANY The Carbon Neutral Company is a leading provider of strategic solutions to help companies assess and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006, Ecoventura T H E E C OV E N T U R A E X P E R I E N C E | 9 became the first “carbon neutral” company in Ecuador W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 8 by measuring the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their four boats and reducing them wherever possible. We then offset the unavoidable emissions through a por tfolio of climate-friendly projects including reforestation in Chiapas, Mexico, renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka and India, and methane recapture in the U.S.
some people sail through life [ others experience it ] Experience moment after moment of wonder in a land where time stands still. Our comprehensive 7-night cruises explore the entire archipelago. And thanks to an outstanding guide-to-guest ratio, you’ll venture ashore in small groups of no more than ten fellow explorers, experiencing this magical realm in the most authentic and educational way possible. We offer all kinds of active exploration. Go on a nature walk and mar vel at pre-historic land iguanas and lava lizards. Slip into a sea kayak and discover hidden tide pools, mangrove forests, beaches of red, green and black sand and the hardened lava fields smeared into the edges of the shores. Swim ecoventura welcomes families back and for th across the equator with sea lions that perform an underwater ballet. Go birding to look for the Nazca booby. Or put on your own mask and enter the delicate balance of life underwater, Families with children are welcome throughout the year. However, during watching schools of graceful spotted eagle rays gliding beneath you. school breaks, there are designated family depar tures that offers the best of a Exploring the undersea is a major par t of the Galapagos experience where cold and warm waters science museum, zoo, aviary, marine park and a cruise vacation all rolled into one. intermingle and where fur sea lions, sea tur tles, dolphins, whales and tame reef shar ks thrive. Our naturalists know how to bring these Islands they love to life and to balance We provide complimentar y snorkeling equipment, wet suits and kayaks. learning with fun for the entire family. After dinner, attend a briefing by one of our naturalists. With so few guests, your guide can take These depar tures feature age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly meals. the time to explore a topic that interests you personally. They are geared toward helping younger children and teens to understand and appreciate the delicate balance of this fragile ecosystem. On board, children are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational char ts and tie nautical knots with our Captain. They can enjoy special par ties including movies and popcorn, ice cream sundae social and our special King Neptune costume par ty and talent show. T H E E C OV E N T U R A E X P E R I E N C E | 1 1 W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 1 0 waved albatross With a wing span of 7 to 8 feet and a weight of up to 11 pounds, the waved albatross is the largest Galapagos bird. On land they walk with a waddle and appear very clumsy, but in the air, they are among the most graceful of sea birds.
W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 1 2 E C OV E N T U R A F L E E T | 1 3 "These islands, volcanic nubs pushed up above the oceans surface five hundred the moder n fleet of ecoventur a miles west of Ecuador, constitute one of the shrines of modern science.” — David Quammen, Flight of the Iguana [ m/y eric, flamingo I, letty & m/y sky dancer ]
m/y eric, flamingo I & letty [ exploring the islands intimately and in depth ] Ecoventura’s signature fleet includes three identical yachts custom-designed for Galapagos cruising: the M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty. Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or por thole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bath (hot and cold water showers), soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dr yer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfor t. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV and panoramic picture windows. Or you can relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes, sunshine or a sky full of stars. cruise highlights ➢ 7-night expeditions depar t ever y Sunday from San Cristóbal ➢ 20-guest superior first-class motor yacht Iguana Deck ➢ 10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms ➢ Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine ➢ Fully-stocked bar ➢ Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and librar y ➢ Obser vation areas and open sun deck Dolphin Deck W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 1 4 S I G N AT U R E YA C H T S | 1 5 enjoy with our compliments ➢ Three meals daily, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages ➢ Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail par ties ➢ 2 excursions daily with English-speaking naturalist guide– maximum 10 guests ➢ Complimentar y snorkeling equipment, custom wet Booby Deck suits and clear-bottom kayaks
m/y eric, flamingo I & letty [ signature yachts ] You’ll venture ashore in rubber infladable dinghies, locally called pangas, in small groups of ten led by one of our experienced English-speaking guides. That’s impor tant since you can get to know the Galapagos more intimately aboard a smaller ship. A seasoned Captain, eight dedicated crew members and two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend to the details of your cruise, beginning with transfers from the airport on San Cristóbal to your private yacht. You’ll start each day with an early breakfast including fresh fruit juices, eggs cooked to order and a wide array of fresh fruit, followed by a morning excursion.The lunch buffet features a variety of crisp salads, fresh produce and pastas, meat and fish specialties.You’ll have time for a siesta before another excursion in the afternoon. Before dinner, naturalists hold a briefing for the next day’s activities. Relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner with local delicacies DOLPHIN DECK such as ceviche, grilled seafood and enticing deserts. The Captain often dines with everyone on board. There’s a greater sense of camaraderie and shared excitement, and it’s easier to mix and mingle with the staff and fellow guests. Later, we navigate to the next island, arriving in the morning for a new adventure ashore. BOOBY DECK S P E C I F I C AT I O N S L.O.A.: 83 feet / 25 meters Beam: 24 feet / 7 meters Draft: 6 feet / 1.8 meters Gross Tons: 240 Cruising Speed: 10-12 knots Engines: (2) 402 HOP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel IGUANA DECK Generators: (2) Perking 90 KY generators Water Capacity: 5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters Watermaker Capacity: 2,530 gallons per day / 9,575 liters per day Fuel Capacity: 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters DOLPHIN DECK C A B I N S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Cabins have two twin lower beds or one double bed and picture windows W W W. E C OV E N T U R A . C O M | 1 6 S I G N AT U R E YA C H T S | 1 7 (cabins average 95 square feet / 8.8 square meters) BOOBY DECK Cabins have one double bed and picture windows (cabins average 90 square feet / 8.4 square meters) IGUANA DECK Cabins have two twin lower beds with port lights or two twin lower beds and one upper berth to accommodate triples (cabins average 110 square meters / 10.2 square meters)
m/y sky dancer [ premium dive live-aboard ] Swept by both the cold waters of Antarctica and warm currents from the tropical Pacific, the underwater world of the Galapagos is as uniquely enchanting as the islands themselves. Here penguins swim with tropical Scalloped Hammerhead Shark Luxury Dive Live-Aboard fish and iguana feed underwater. Fur sea lions, hammerhead sharks, turtles and the magnificent mantas are just a fraction of the species that thrive in one of the world’s top dive spots. Remember, the entire archipelago has been declared a marine reserve, which protects marine life 15 nautical miles off shore and prohibits industrial fishing 40 nautical miles off shore. Aboard the M/Y Sky Dancer, you can explore Darwin’s living laboratory while luxuriating in all the creature LIDO DECK comforts of a Peter Hughes DivingTM custom-built dive vessel for up to 16 divers. Accommodations include eight private en-suite cabins with two twin or one king size bed with window view or por t light, private head/shower, mirrored cabinet and wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdr yer and toiletries. The elegant M/Y Sky Dancer is fully air conditioned and features a spacious lounge area and fine dining. Two dive masters and up to four dives a day ensure that your voyage transcends into a treasured adventure. MAIN DECK cruise highlights enjoy with our compliments ➢ 7-night expeditions from San Cristóbal ➢ All beverages including wines and liquors ➢ Diving at Wolf and Darwin islands ➢ Up to four dives daily and land excursions ➢ Naturalist dive instructor and dive master ➢ Dive deck assistance and fresh water rinses ➢ Ecuadorian and international cuisine ➢ All Peter Hughes amenities including terrycloth ➢ Main salon with audio/video enter tainment center bathrobes, fresh hot towels after every dive DOLPHIN DECK ➢ Zodiac & dive platforms with fresh water showers and morning beverage service ➢ Dive equipment and camera rentals ➢ Ample space for personal gear storage ➢ Nitrox fills S P E C I F I C A T I O N S L.O.A.: 100 feet W W W. E C OV E N T U R A . C O M | 1 8 Beam: 24 feet Cruising Speed: 12 knots Range: 2,400 miles D I V E L I V E - A B OA R D | 1 9 Fuel Capacity: 8,000 gallons Water Capacity: 6,000 gallons Desalinator Production: 4,500 gallons per day Compressors: two high / two low pressure Voltage: 110 and 220 volts Navigational Aids: VHF and HI-SUB radios, GMDSS, color radar, echo sounder, Furuno GPS Safety Aides: EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon) Lido Deck
ecuador [ land of contrast ] AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES, COTOPAXI & CENTRAL MARKETS Discover the spectacular scenery of Cotopaxi Ecuador contains some of South America’s most spectacular scenery National Park and the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where and Ecoventura’s post-cruise options are a seamless way of extending your travels ashore. Whether you choose to spend just the day or OTAVALO & THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS 11 massive, brooding, snow-covered peaks overlook a night or two, we offer a selection of options that range from city The Andean region north of Quito is famous for brooks and rivers, small villages and terraced farmlands. tours in Guayaquil and Quito to overland trips through the Avenue crystal lakes, traditional adobe villages, snowcapped You can visit a market nearly every day of the week of the Volcanoes or to the famous market at Otavalo. Stay in a jungle volcanoes and bustling markets.The famous market where natives dressed in colorful ponchos come lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Or reach for the sky on a 6-night at Otavalo with its magnificent Andean setting is from miles around to trade their livestock, handicrafts journey to Machu Picchu hidden high above the clouds in the one of the largest in South America. In spite of its and gossip. Or go hiking or biking in the park, named Peruvian Andes.The choice is yours. popularity, the indigenous people continue to maintain after the highest active volcano in the world. Cotopaxi, their ethnic identity, wearing traditional blue ponchos with its perfectly shaped cone is home to such high- and speaking Quichua, their native language. Here QUITO – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE GUAYAQUIL – PEARL OF THE PACIFIC altitude birds as the Punta hawk and even the you’ll find an array of native, locally-made crafts Ecuador’s Andean capital sits almost upon the equator, Ecuador’s largest city and seaport has gone through a Andean condor. including alpaca sweaters, ponchos, Panama hats (an yet at such a high altitude (almost twice as high as metamorphosis over the past few years. Its crown Ecuadorian creation despite its name), hammocks LA CIENEGA Denver), its climate is superb - warm days, cool nights - all jewel is the Malecón 2000, a two-mile pedestrian and woven tapestries.You’ll also visit Calderón, famous This 400-year old hacienda with its beautiful gardens in a setting few cities in the world can match. walkway along the Guayas River, with restaurants, cafés for its bread-dough figures, and Cotacachi with its fine and view of Cotopaxi Volcano is a colonial jewel. Climb Cerro Panecillo to see the striking panoramas: and shops, botanical gardens and a contemporary art leather goods. Its massive walls have been witness to some of the an emerald valley punctuated by whitewashed houses museum. Many buildings in the city have been most impor tant events in the history of Ecuador. topped with red-tiled roofs and encircled by a ring refurbished, especially in Las Peñas, Guayaquil’s oldest HACIENDA CUSIN & MONESTARIO DE CUSIN neighborhood, where centuries-old houses line narrow, This exquisitely restored 17th-century estate offers SAN AUGUSTIN DEL CALLO of snowcapped volcanic cones. Walk the steep and atmospheric streets. great food and charming guest rooms and cottages, Experience daily life on a working hacienda at San winding cobbled streets of the old town with its rich Another new attraction is the Guayaquil Historical many furnished with antiques and log-burning fireplaces. Augustin del Callo, built in the 15th-century on the colonial architecture, churches, monasteries and Park, an in situs museum of the region’s histor y site of an Inca palace and once an impor tant museums. A host of treasures rim the majestic LA MIRAGE GARDEN HOTEL & SPA and culture. Here you’ll find a wildlife park with the Augustinian convent. Plaza de la Independencia including the 19th-century This luxury country inn built on the grounds of a flora and fauna that once populated the area including Cathedral and Presidential Palace. Built in 1605, the 200-year-old hacienda is the only Relais & Châteaux W W W. E C O V E N T U R A . C O M | 2 0 parrots, tapirs and deer, a historic zone that recreates church of La Compañia with its ornate baroque property in Ecuador. All rooms are essentially suites Guayaquil from the early 1900s, and an area that facades is a stunning display of art and architecture - with separate sitting areas, fireplaces and fine antiques. celebrates the indigenous cultures complete with both inside and out. And don’t miss the Capilla del The outdoor gardens are also magnificent and there’s recreated haciendas and people in native dress.
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