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Latin Trails Cruise Highlights

Why Go?

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

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Latin Trails Overview

Latin Trails is an expedition cruise line that sails only within the Galapagos Archipelago, using two small, upscale yachts purposely built for sailing in the region. The pace onboard is laid-back, and the order of the day is enjoying the scenery, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife and heading off for a variety of shore- or water-based activities.

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.

What are Latin Trails' 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.

Is everything free on Latin Trails?

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.