Unique, good value Galápagos cruise vessel offering the convenience of a motor boat combined with the tradition and character of sails, resulting in a cosy nautical ambience.
The small motorised Cachalote sailboat offers guests a true seaborne experience, and will delight those who prefer economical accommodation and to feel close to the ocean. She carries just 16 passengers in eight compact cabins with bunk beds which nevertheless have private facilities, air-conditioning and a porthole each. Meals are taken at communal tables in the simple dining room and there is a small saloon. The use of polished teak wood décor throughout adds to the cosy nautical ambience. There is a crew of seven, including a cook and an English-speaking guide.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Everything was first rate
"It was great being able to visit the Galápagos with a reputable company - the boat was fantastic and everything about the holiday was first rate.”KF, Norfolk
One of the best guides I've had
"Juan Tapia was one of the best guides I have ever had. He was knowledgeable, informed, educated and generally brilliant. The Cachalote staff were super friendly and what the boat lacked in luxury they made up for in warmth, fun and general greatness.”NS, Wimbledon
This was a high spot of the trip. We visited a number of islands and had a really knowledgeable naturalist with us. The size of the group was ideal (16) with a complete spectrum of ages for 22 to 70. The snorkelling was wonderful and the food was first class.SR, London
“Lovely boat; charming crew; great food.”PJ, Wimbledon
Our trip on the Cachalote was amazing- it far exceeded our expectations and it was a truly magical experience. The enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide Darwin made the trip even more enjoyable as we sought out the wild life - swimming with dolphins and sighting a blue whale.CG Strathcarron
Tailor made holiday
Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
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Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.