My 17 year old son and I just spent 8 amazing days in the Galápagos on the Samba. Ecuador was my 40th country to visit and this trip was one of my all-time most memorable. NOW IS THE TIME TO GO! Covid has made it possible to book at great rates (contact the companies directly) and there are a fraction of the normal tourist crowds (the whole 8 days we saw one other boat on the six islands we visited). There are some minor hassles (getting COVID tested within 3 days of arrival), but once you’re aboard it is totally amazing and hassle free. Our crew was super friendly, the naturalist was one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met (Morris), and we saw a stunning array of marine and land wildlife. The boat only has 14 guests maximum, so it’s the perfect size to know some fascinating fellow travelers without crowds. It was a truly incredible experience we will never forget!