At a Glance
The guide to passenger ratio of one to ten is amongst the best in the Galapagos
A capacity for just 20 passengers so an intimate cruise experience
Smart Voyager certified, a program by the Rainforest Alliance that credits operations that adhere to strict conservation standards
The sun deck is great for whale and dolphin spotting as well as star gazing
Very friendly and enthusiastic staff and guides
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galapagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
M/Y Letty is a 10-cabin yacht, custom designed for cruising the Galapagos islands, famed for their incredible and varied wildlife. The Letty is renowned for its excellent guiding and offers a comfortable on-board experience.
The Letty takes up to 20 passengers and there is a high passenger-guide ratio with 1 guide to every 10 passengers, ensuring an intimate wildlife experience.
The yacht features 10 double outside facing cabins located on three decks. The cabins are fitted with polished teak wood interiors, air conditioning, en suite shower room and either a picture window view or porthole.
For the on board comfort of guests there is a dining room and lounge area with picture windows and a well stocked bar. On the upper deck guests can bask on the sun loungers enjoying the sea breezes, maybe spot some wildlife or enjoy some stargazing with exceptionally clear night skies.
The beautiful beaches, lagoons and forests of the Galapagos are home to a totally unique and fearless array of wildlife, including the impressive waved albatross, giant tortoises and comical blue footed boobies. The expert guides on board the Letty lead daily visits to the islands and provide a highly informative insight into the local environment. Visitors truly come face to face with the wildlife, wandering amongst volcanic rocks carpeted with iguanas and snorkeling with playful penguins and sea lions.
The Letty operates on set weekly seven-night cruises, however please note that five-night cruises are also available on certain departures.
The Letty has 10 cabins, with either one double bed or two twin beds, and a porthole or window. All cabins have air conditioning, polished teak interiors and en-suite bathrooms.
Children 7 years and upwards are welcome on board M/Y Letty. There are designated family departures dotted throughout the year during school vacations. Activities are tailored to the particular age group and ensure both a fun and informative cruise for all the family from snorkeling and sea kayaking for teens to briefings geared toward the younger set and kid-friendly meals. Kids can visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational charts and tie nautical knots with the Captain. Special parties include movies and popcorn, games with prizes, drawing contests, and fancy dress.
There are plenty of on board facilities including a dining room and lounge/conference area with bar. There is also a spacious upper deck with sun loungers. Snorkel equipment, kayaks and wetsuits are all available on board for guest use.
Guided shore visits to the islands are organized daily and there is also the opportunity for snorkeling and kayaking. Scuba diving can be pre-arranged on request for a minimum of two divers. Scuba dives are offered on two selected days of the week and passengers choose to take these in lieu of the scheduled shore visits. All those wishing to dive must have an intermediate level of experience or higher. Diving is offered every week with a minimum of two divers on Friday and three divers on Saturday.
Sarah Lee (Staff)
Traveling onboard the Eric/Letty on their 7-night cruise was a once in a lifetime experience! The Galapagos Islands are phenomenal and I think what really made this trip for me was the level of guiding on the boat. Our guides, Harry and Orlando, really knew their stuff and Orlando had actually been one of the first biologists to go out to the Galapagos back in the 1970s to carry out research. The boats arent super luxury but are very comfortable and have been designed with the nature of the Galapagos in mind. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly and the main focus is of course on the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. As the boats are smaller in size with just 10 cabins you do compromise slightly on the size of your cabin, however I really didnt feel that I was losing out, as the experience certainly makes up for it. After all, how long do you spend in your cabin when you are at one of the worlds greatest wildlife destinations? I got to know my fellow passengers very quickly and on our first morning we woke up to find ourselves in the center of a collapsed volcanic crater which larger boats cant access. The whole experience was very personal and I really felt the staff went out of their way. Excursions went very smoothly and the ratio of passengers to guides was fantastic. All in all a fabulous experience and also good value for money compared to some of the other boats.
Location & directions
M/Y Letty's comprehensive seven- night itineraries are designed to showcase the very best of the Galapagos Islands, including the most iconic sites within the archipelago. The archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador. The majority of the trip is spent within the protected areas of the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve.