My husband and I were set up with the Encantada through the travel agency called Happy Gringo, who I also gave an excellent review. The Encantada was a well maintained sailboat that had room for about 12 guests and then about 6 crew members; so very small. Despite the tight squeeze, we had awesome ship mates on our week and the crew did an amazing job. They taught us a lot about the islands and life at the Galapagos, they were very clean and organized, they let us enjoy ourselves, and they made some pretty good food. My husband and I didn't want anything fancy, we just wanted to relax and learn all there is to learn about the animals and the life which is exactly what they did for us. I would definitely book them again if I ever wanted to do a trip back there for longer than a week, which is possible because we loved it that much.
The only con: I injured myself snorkeling, (as dumb as that sounds), but a wave pushed me into a rock and I think it cracked my knuckle because it didn't heal for over two months. But initially, I had an open wound on my hand that would not close and the ship did nothing to assist in something that probably needed that glue stuff you can use to close wounds, (or a stitch or two since it took hours for it to stop bleeding and weeks until it would close up.) SO THE POINT IS, like any traveling experience, bring your own first aid kit which I luckily had and was able to prevent infection the next week when I was hiking to Machu Picchu.
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