14-04-2024, 17:00Puerto Lucía, EC
25-04-2024, 09:00Galápagos Islands
Step on board in Puerto Lucía and sail with us to the most iconic archipelago Charles Darwin visited: the Galápagos Islands.
The 15th leg of the DARWIN200 Global Voyage sails to perhaps the most iconic location of Charles Darwin’s expedition: the Galapagos Islands. In Ecuador, we had the underwater hull of the OOSTERSCHELDE cleaned, because the islands have strict quarantine rules. Also, we are not allowed to take many foodstuffs, but we will be all set! At this latitude, near the equator, there is usually a very light wind from the south.
The strong equatorial current is helping us to the West, so we expect to make the crossing in about four to five days only. At the island of San Cristobal, we drop anchor in Puerto Banquerizo Moreno (Wreck Bay). Here, we clear in and carry out all formalities needed to get a cruising permit. After this, we are allowed to visit three other places: Puerto Ayora (Acadamy Bay), Puerto Villamill and Puerto Seymour. During the voyage, we will of course encounter the famous large tortoises, marine iguanas and many bird species.
Before and after your voyage leg
We strongly recommend you book a few days accommodation in the port of your embarkation (prior to your joining Oosterschelde), and a few days in the port you disembark (after your place on the voyage ends). This will allow you to recover before and after your adventure and will give you the opportunity to explore locations at your start and end points.
More than an Adventure!
By taking part in the Global Voyage, you support the DARWIN200 project. As part of your adventure, you will receive the following exclusive benefits:
Become part of DARWIN200, a planetary conservation initiative that will empower the next generation’s elite environmental leaders and engage millions of students worldwide in conservation projects. By taking part in the Global Voyage, you will be helping to make the DARWIN200 project a reality. For more information visit: www.darwin200.com.
Q & A sessions
Interested in joining? Join our live information session about the 2023-25 Global Voyage. Each Information Session is beamed via Zoom and includes an overview of the global voyage, information about each of the 32 voyage legs, a live walk around Oosterschelde (when her schedule allows) and a Questions and Answers exchange.
Join the next info session via www.darwin200.com/info.
Level 2-voyages are suitable for anyone in good health and a reasonable level of fitness, without mobility issues. On these voyages, you can expect days with strong winds or high waves, but most of the time the conditions will be good. A harbor is not always nearby and (medical) help from shore is therefore not always available.
The shipping company would like the OOSTERSCHELDE to be accessible to the widest possible audience, but you must realize that you are making a voyage aboard a seagoing tall ship. This requires more of your physical ability than a daily walk. Some voyages are more challenging than others. With the different levels, we give an indication of how heavy the voyage can be. If you are unsure whether a voyage is suitable for you, it is important to contact shipping company OOSTERSCHELDE for advice.
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Puerto Lucía, EC
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