Abercrombie & Kent is expanding its portfolio in the Galápagos Islands through its preferred partner, Ecoventura, a leader in sustainable travel. The company recently added Evolve, the third expedition yacht in Ecoventura’s upgraded fleet, which is collectively the newest and greenest in the islands. Carrying just 20 guests each, they are floating boutique hotels and the only Galápagos vessels accepted into the Relais & Châteaux collection.
Travelers can book an individual cabin, sharing the vessel's amenities, excursions and meals with fellow guests; or they can reserve the entire vessel on a private charter, with the ability to customize land activities for the group’s interests—and even include a photographer or massage therapist. Regardless of the type of travel, A&K can customize a one-of-a-kind "Tailor Made" holiday with adventures on mainland Ecuador and Peru.
The yachts rotate between two seven-night itineraries, “Northern & Western Route” and “Southern & Central Route”, which can be combined into a comprehensive two-week holiday. There is a naturalist for every 10 guests, one of the highest naturalist-to-passenger ratios in the region.
Ecoventura’s fleet of three sister ships, Origin, Theory and Evolve, each offer a choice of 10 staterooms, all located on the same deck with full-length windows and en-suite bathrooms, complete with a rainfall shower with ocean view. Onboard amenities include a concierge, fitness center, sundeck with loungers and daybeds, a Jacuzzi, and sustainably-sourced cuisine. All meals are a la carte and inspired by Relais & Châteaux, with four-course plated dinners and barbecue lunches.
Sustainable facilities on each yacht reduce fossil fuel consumption by more than 30 percent, with a stabilizing system and cutting-edge bow design for smoother and faster sailing (up to 14 knots). In September 2022, Ecoventura installed two new recycling machines on the island of San Cristobal; in partnership with Avianca, they return 100 percent of all recyclable materials to continental Ecuador, allowing Ecoventura to meet its goal of ensuring no waste produced is sent to landfills in the Galápagos.