Angelito

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Angelito - On deck
Angelito - Crew making music
Angelito - Some of the crew at Brian's birthday party
Angelito - Life-jacket drill
Angelito - View from the aft deck
Angelito - Angelito off Sombrero Chino

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Angelito Galapagos Islands Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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A happy crew Nov 04, 2012
Since our trip in 2012 the Angelito has been modernised, so our experiences of it won’t be quite the same as anyone travelling on it now, but I doubt they could be better! We were very happy indeed with our choice of the Angelito for our Galápagos cruise, as were all the others in our group it seemed. She isn’t a luxury vessel, but she is solidly built (entirely from wood), owned (and crewed) by locals, and provides a friendly, comfortable setting that we believed helped our group to gel and absolutely fitted the unique atmosphere of this special part of the world.

The Angelito accommodates 16 passengers in 8 cabins, all of which had bunk beds (since converted to twin berths). That was one factor keeping the price of her cruises lower than it might otherwise be. The interest-levels of the itineraries and quality of guiding, the two most important factors in your enjoyment of a Galápagos cruise, are undoubtedly high unusually for a boat in her class, the guides are qualified to the top level (level three) and the boat can and does travel to some of the further flung islands (such as, in our case, Genovesa). Almost as important, the service you receive on board is of a similarly high standard, with plenty of tasty food served by a super-friendly chef and a helpful and ever-smiling crew. The shared public areas are more than adequate for the number of passengers, with a lounge space inside and seating on a covered aft deck and open foredeck. There’s a bar with an honesty system for drinks, including a ready supply of beer, and a small reference library of wildlife guides and other reading material.

In November 2012 when we stayed on her, the Angelito’s eight cabins were split between four on the lower deck and four on the upper, with the lounge, dining area, bar and galley on the main deck in between (all cabins have since been moved to this deck, the shared areas to the upper, and accommodation for the crew now occupies the lower deck). Cabins cannot be pre-booked but are allocated on arrival on board. We were given one on the lower deck, #2. In some ways I was disappointed not to have the large window of an upper deck cabin (we had only two small portholes) but that was the only disadvantage, and on the plus side, these lower cabins are considered to be more stable during a heavy swell. Chris quickly claimed the upper bunk, which I was glad to agree to. We found we had just enough storage space for our belongings, and soon settled into the space. The cabins were compact but we didn’t spend a lot of time in here, other than when sleeping, and the public areas are generous enough that I could always find somewhere to sit on the rare occasions when you’re on board and not eating or socialising. My favourite spot to relax and catch up with my diary or read became the aft deck, where the loungers were shaded and the view of Frigatebirds and others following our wake always enticing.

Although on the basic side, all cabins had a small bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower, and hot water was plentiful at all times. Sheets were changed once during our stay, and towels were plentiful, both in the cabins and when needed after snorkelling or swimming. If you’re looking for a luxury cruise, the Angelito won’t suit you, but if you want a friendly welcome, top-notch guiding and a genuine Galápagos experience, it’s hard to think it could be bettered!
Angelito off Sombrero Chino
View from the aft deck
Life-jacket drill
Some of the crew at Brian's birthd…
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