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Refurbished First-Class Fishing Vessel with Luxury Cabins

Experience a unique Galápagos Island cruise on a sturdy, refurbished former fishing vessel! The Cachalote is a first-class cruise ship offering a smooth, stable ride around these enchanting islands. The Galápagos Islands can be reached in just 1.5 hours by air from Quito, Ecuador, and are home to some of our planet’s rarest wildlife, marine and birdlife. With unspoilt beaches, volcanic craters, unrivalled dive sites and scientific research centres, there is much to see and do on the individual islands. Whether you wish to snorkel with penguins and sea lions, walk amongst giant tortoises and marine iguanas or hike to remote vantage points for the best photographs, we have an itinerary for you. You can benefit from an on-board naturalist guide and complimentary excursions throughout the duration of your cruise, plus you can even borrow kayaks and snorkelling gear from the Cachalote to explore even more above, and below water!

On-board, enjoy freshly prepared dishes from the ship’s head chef. Delicious food is created using fresh ingredients sourced from the Galápagos Islands which are then transformed into mouth-watering local, regional and international dishes to suit all tastes. After your meal, enjoy a drink outdoors, swap stories with like-minded travellers, or head to the viewing deck for a spot of whale, dolphin and bird watching.

A stay on the Cachalote is akin to that of a deluxe, boutique hotel. Brand new guest accommodations are modern and stylish featuring quality furnishings, wood panelling and state-of-the art shower systems. Cabins are available with either double, twin or bunk beds, and each have en-suite facilities and air-conditioning. Quirky features which have remained from the original ship are the traditional portholes, offering sea views from each guest accommodation, so you don’t have to miss a thing.

Why Book with Latin Routes?

  • Our prices are the same or better than if you book directly with the cruise operators
  • Your full package is protected, so everything booked with us is protected should any cruise arrangements be disrupted
  • We have great offers and promotions throughout the year
  • Our holidays are ATOL protected for your peace of mind
  • We offer years of expertise and extensive knowledge of the Galápagos Islands and Ships to help you find the right cruise itinerary for you
  • We can tailor your holiday itinerary to your needs, whether you seek an extended Galápagos stay, or wish to continue to other South American destinations

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  • Our Truly Individual Holidays allow you to choose the destinations, inclusions & budget

  • Our Escorted Small Group Tours offer fantastic itineraries, travelling with like-minded people

  • Winner of 'Best Tour Operator' at the 2019 & 2018 L.A.T.A. Achievement Awards

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind


Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2019 - Tour Operator Of The Year Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2018 - Tour Operator Of The Year

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Why book with Latin Routes?

  • Tailormake your holiday, including the destinations, inclusions and budget
  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you to create your perfect holiday to Latin America

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  • You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Latin Routes tour leader
  • Size does matter! This is why we keep our groups' maximum number to 16
  • Make Your Day Individual - Choose from 3 different experiences that are already included in the price

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  • We receive excellent reviews from our clients and have a fantastic score on Trustpilot.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind
  • An assured member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)

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