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Latin Trails Cruises

2 Reviews
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About Latin Trails Cruises

Family-operated company with decades of experience introducing travelers to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Two purpose-built small ships -- a first-class catamaran and a luxury yacht -- that each cater to just 16 passengers each.

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Latin Trails Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Latin Trails cruise ships?

Latin Trails draws educated travelers who've been all over the world and are finally checking the Galapagos off their bucket lists. Most passengers are in their mid-50s, though the voyages also draw younger couples and families. People from all over the world book Latin Trails itineraries, which leads to a multicultural feel throughout the cruise. The crew and naturalists are bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.

Do I have to dress up on a Latin Trails cruise?

No. There is no dress code on Latin Trails' sailings, and casual attire is the norm. The line does recommend bringing light-colored and long-sleeve clothing to protect against mosquitos, as well as comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket.

Is everything free on Latin Trails cruises?

No. Cruise fares include transfers from Galapagos airports to the ship, all excursions and complimentary snorkel gear, as well unlimited water, tea and coffee. Extra costs include soft drinks, wine and cocktails, as well as gratuities (expect to pay about $10 per day for your guide and $25 to $30 for the rest of the crew combined) -- all of which must be paid for in cash. Wet suit rentals are also available for a small fee.

What are Latin Trails’s most popular activities?

Shore excursions are the highlight of any Latin Trails sailing, with just about every passenger participating in all the offerings, which include Zodiac tours of the coastline, snorkeling, sea kayaking and hiking. The interactive cooking lessons, available only on Galapagos Seaman Journey, are also popular.

Why go with Latin Trails?

  • Two purpose-built small ships that each cater to just 16 passengers
  • Family-operated company with decades of experience in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
  • Multiple landings each day; activities include hiking, snorkeling and kayaking

Best for: Nature-lovers seeking active exploration of the Galapagos in an intimate, upscale environment

Not for: Big-ship cruisers expecting evening entertainment and multiple dining venues

Latin Trails Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Great experience

The public areas of the ship were really nicely done, as was the cabin bathroom, but the cabin itself could have used some touchups (and no, the window didn't open as it says on this site).We were on a 5 day/4 nite cruise in late March, which worked out to an afternoon on San Cristobal, three days on the ship, and an early visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz before driving to the Seymour airport on Baltra for a 9:45am arrival.Read More

10+ Cruises

Age 58s

Excelent wildlife experience

When we finally made the decision to come to the Islands we narrowed down our choices to Latin Trails and the Sea Star Journey yacht, we were excited to be in a cabin again, yet we felt a bit adventurous for choosing a smaller boat than usual, my wife and me do not have problem with sea sickness so this was not a concern, although we were risking our comfort zone it just felt right to explore the islands on a smaller boat.The next few days were just full of wonderful surprises we explored black turtle cove, Genovesa island with thousands of sea birds flying around us.Read More
Jerry Mcgann

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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