Cachalote Galapagos yacht is a schooner rigged motor sailor, rebuilt in 2002. This charming yacht is perfect for small groups and those who prefer the intimacy and flexibility of a small yacht. The Cachalote is owner-operated, and provides excellent value with excellent guides, great food and service. Its 3 wooden decks provide ample space to relax and view wildlife, soak up the sun, read or socialize. In 2017, Cachalote was renovated for a new look including new carpet, updated cabins and new sinks and countertops in bathrooms.

You receive excellent personalized service from the staff who cater to your comfort. The experienced English-speaking naturalist guide leads all island excursions, imparting his/her vast knowledge of the unique animal and plant species as well as the geology. At night you’ll sleep comfortably in one of the seven cabins with upper/lower berths with private showers and air conditioning, or in the matrimonial cabin. Since Cachalote is a smaller yacht, it can go to some of the best sites, some of which are closed to the large yachts. Cachalote is an excellent choice for those looking for a small group and relaxed atmosphere. 

Departures Wed & Fri, weekly, all year

2017 Rates, per person, double cabin

Cruise duration High Season Low Season
6 Days/5 Nights, Fri-Wed $2,700 $2,700
8 Days/7 Nights, Wed-Wed $3,600 $3,400
15 Days/14 Nights, Wed-Wed $8,625 $8,250

High Season: Jan-Apr, Jun 16-Aug 31, Nov 1-30, Dec 8-31

Low Season: May 1-Jun 15, Sep 1-Oct 31, Dec 1-7

Galapagos Airfare (from Quito or Guayaquil): $570-$620, depending on the routing and the season, subject to change

Additional fees:

$124 Galapagos Park Fee & INGALA tourist card

Surcharge for Christmas and New Years departures: $207/person. No short cruises during the holidays.

Single Supplement: + 50%

Children’s discount: 50% discount for children under 12 (one child per adult)

Included in the cruise rate: all meals on board, purified water, accommodation in double cabins, on-shore excursions escorted by well-trained English speaking naturalist guide; use of kayaks and snorkel equipment.

Not included: airfare to and from Galapagos (from Quito or Guayaquil, to be figured separately and prepaid;) Galapagos park fee and entrance fee, to be prepaid; bottled beverages; wet suit rental, $30 per week, payable on board; tips to guide and crew on board, payable on board; personal expenses; Isabela Municipal dock fee $15 US per person, payable on board.


Please check with us for current itineraries.

Itinerary F: Fernandina

Itinerary G: Genovesa




Day 1: Wednesday

Morning: Baltra Island, arrival

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station and  Highlands 


Day 2 Thursday

Morning: Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat)

Afternoon: Rabida Island


Day 3 Friday

Morning: Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil: Volcano Sierra Negra

Afternoon: Isabela Island: Volcan Chico & Loberia


Day 4 Saturday

Morning: Isabela Island: Punta Moreno

Afternoon: Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay


Day 5 Sunday

Morning: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

Afternoon: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove


Day 6 Monday

Morning: Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza

Afternoon: Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca


Day 7 Tuesday

Morning: Santiago (James) Island: Puerto Egas

Afternoon: Bartolome Island


Day 8 Wednesday

Morning: North Seymour Island

Afternoon: Baltra, depart




Day 1 Wednesday

Morning: Baltra Airport

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Highlands


Day 2 Thursday

Morning: Plazas Island

Afternoon: Santa Fe Island


Day 3 Friday

Morning: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo

Afternoon: San Cristobal: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: Breeding Center / Highlands


Day 4 Saturday

Morning: Espanola Island: Gardner Bay

Afternoon: Espanola Island: Punta Suarez


Day 5 Sunday

Morning: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

Afternoon: Floreana: Post Office Bay / Devil's Crown or Champion


Day 6 Monday

Morning: Cerro Dragon

Afternoon: Sullivan Bay


Day 7 Tuesday

Morning: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

Afternoon: Genovesa: El Barranco


Day 8  Wednesday

Morning: Turtle  Cove

Afternoon: Baltra Airport / depart for mainland Ecuador

Please contact Andean Treks for detailed descriptions

Included in the Cruise rate:

all meals on yacht, daily excursions led by experienced English-speaking naturalist guides


Not included:

Round-trip airfare (figured separately & prepaid); Galapagos Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card & Fuel Surcharge (figured separately & prepaid); tips to guide, crew and staff; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Snorkel gear and wetsuits are available for rental.

Length: 96’

Beam: 18’ 6”

Type: Schooner / motor sailor

Safety: meets or exceeds USA coast Guard Regulations

Crew: 5+ naturalist guide

Cruising speed: 9 knots cruising

8 double cabins, 7 with upper/lower berths, one matrimonial cabin. All have private bath with hot/cold water showers and air conditioning.

Quick Facts

  • 8, 6 & 15 Days
  • 16 passengers
  • 2 alternating 8-day itineraries
  • Wed & Fri departures
  • 95 feet long
  • Schooner
  • Naturalist

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