New Galapagos Cruise Itinerary
November 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
Over the past year the Galapagos National Park have been working with the boat owners to change the itineraries for each boat cruising the Galapagos. As of January 2012 all Galapagos Cruises will be operating on a 15-day itinerary.
Historically the week long Galapagos Cruise was norm and each boat would repeat the same itinerary each week. To avoid over crowding at some of the more fragile sites the National Park restricted larger ships from visiting sites including Tagus Cove, Genovesa, South Plaza and Santa Fe. However with the new two-week itineraries, the park has coordinated the number of visitors at each site at any one time and is now permitting boats of any size to visit these sites.
With the old itineraries, if travelers wanted to stay in Galapagos for more than 1 week they would either need to change boats or visit the same sites more than once. With the new itineraries travelers can choose from varied cruise lengths from a 3-night cruise to a 14 night visiting up to 4 visitor sites per day.
While some of the cruises began operating the new itinerary in 2011 the remainder of the boats will begin operating in mid-January 2012. The new itineraries will also allow boats to offer more activities in conjunction with their cruises including more options for hiking, snorkeling and kayaking.