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andBeyond expands in South America with Galapagos voyages

andBeyond plans to extend its Oceans Without Border initiative into the area
andBeyond is extending its South America portfolio with the launch of Galapagos Explorer in the Galapagos Islands.

The ship will operate two different seven-night itineraries to the east and west of the main cluster of islands, while including the destination’s highlights in both.

Galapagos Explorer is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment of its interiors, with its first departure scheduled for June 17.


During the sailings – priced starting at USD 10,950 per person – there will be opportunities for snorkelling, hiking and birdwatching, as well as for observing various land, air and marine animal species.


Standout features of the eastern itinerary include the formation of Kicker Rock, located just off San Cristóbal Island, as well as sightings of the critically endangered waved albatross in Gardner Bay on Española Island.


The western itinerary’s highlights include exploring the geographical centre of the Galapagos Islands, Sombrero Chino Island as well as close encounters with the rare Santa Fe land iguana on Santa Fe Island.

Responsible tourism 

‘A uniquely biodiverse environment with the highest number of endemic species in the world, the Galapagos is a natural choice for the further expansion of our portfolio in South America,’ explained andBeyond Executive Chairman & CEO, Joss Kent. ‘We are absolutely thrilled to finally have the opportunity to bring our brand of responsible tourism to this precious part of the world, which the Ecuadorian government has protected from over-tourism by strictly limiting the number of operating licences issued.’ 

The company plans to extend its Oceans Without Border initiative into the area and hopes to be able to review and implement projects that support the Galapagos’ land and wildlife. In line with its dedication to community development, it also aims to train and upskill local residents, as well as to highlight local procurement opportunities.

‘We have long believed that the best way to encourage our guests to help protect the world’s wild places is for our skilled guides to help travellers not only fall in love with those places, but also to gain an understanding of the threats that they are facing,’ continued Kent. ‘This is what we are aiming to do through the introduction of our luxury yacht, where two knowledgeable guides will host just twelve guests, showcasing the wonder and mystery of this exceptional destination.’

Galapagos Explorer

The 38 m (124 ft) Galapagos Explorer contains six suites and cabins and will cater for a maximum of 12 passengers, with two expert guides present on each departure.