Angelito I Yacht
(Capacity: 16 passengers)

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Deck Plan

Upper Deck

Main Deck

Lower Deck

Sun Deck

The authentic Galapagos cruise ship
with a unique history!

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Our luxuries are the charm of our Angelito, comfortable accommodation, great food, a professional crew, experienced guides, and exceptional itineraries that are shown without rush but with enough time, knowledge, and passion.

The Angelito is and always was a family-owned Galapagos cruise yacht for 16 passengers. We love our “little angel” that is part of our family, and we always take care of any detail of service, experience, quality and wellbeing, cleanness, maintenance,
and security.

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Itineraries

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Itinerary A4: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Thursday to Sunday

Thursday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Friday: AM Española Island: Gardner Bay / PM Española Island: Suarez Point
Saturday: AM Santa Fe Island / PM South Plaza Island
Sunday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / Airport

Thursday

Baltra Airport
The Baltra Island is the only island of all Galapagos, not included in its totality in the National Park Area. The Americans built the airport of Baltra in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbour are now Ecuadorian military territory. Unfortunately, both of the military presences have left back their traces and have destroyed a lot.

Arrive from the Mainland with one of the first flights in the morning and the meeting also is at 11:30 am at the harbor of Puerto Ayora. After the accommodation in your cabin and the lunch on board, we start to our first visit!

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
Drive up to the highlands in a bus. In a short time one can see the transition between the different vegetation zones from the Arid zone to the Transition zone up to the Scalesia zone (and agricultural area), where the problems of introduced animals and plants are quite obvious. On the highest point of the road the National Park starts again. In the highlands, we visit the Rancho Primicias to enjoy the Galapagos tortoises in liberty; these are easy to view in this small farm where they are refreshing in the water pools or taking a snore in the shadow.

Friday

Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Española belongs to the oldest islands of the Galapagos. Because of its geographic isolation in the southernmost of the archipelago, many endemic species can be found on the island, making it extremely attractive. For example, Española is the unique place worldwide where, from April to December, the endemic waved albatrosses come for breeding.

In Playa Gardner we have a wet landing on a splendid, long, white beach of coral sand. For this visit, you do not need shoes. There is no trail, and the open beach offers the opportunity to observe finches and mockingbirds in the saltbush vegetation and Galapagos sea lions sleeping in the sun. It is an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling from the beach!

Suarez Point (Española Island)
Loop trail with a smooth, dry landing on a jetty. The walk on stony, rocky ground is long and quite challenging, and we need good shoes. Even at the beginning of the trail, the colorful Española marine iguana and Galapagos sea lions welcome us. Everywhere the curious Española mockingbird approaches the visitors. The path leads through the nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and waved albatrosses. Also, the big Española lava lizards are to find everywhere.

The low cliff of the whole south coast is an ideal nesting place for the endemic Galapagos albatross; here it is the only place in the world where, from April to December, we can see these big and beautiful birds. Then, another resting spot close to a cliff with an incredible landscape, offers the observation of all the different marine birds flying along the coast. An albatross during his ungainly landing or the spectacular take-off from the cliff to start its elegant flight are fantastic event to witness.

Our next stop is at the blowhole formation, where the waves push the seawater through a fissure in the cliff, and depending on its strongness and tide level, till 80 feet/24m high in the air.

Saturday

Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe has a large colony of sea lions living on the white sand and the head of this beautiful bay. After the wet landing on the beach, the trail leads through dry vegetation of the arid zone to a beautiful cliff with notably high prickly pear cactus, then, back to a second beach.
Only very attentive visitors may detect the endemic land iguana of Santa Fe because its camouflage is perfect, and their territories are quite significant! Who wants, can end the morning by snorkeling at this new special place!

South Plaza Island
The two Plaza Islands are just off the eastern side of Santa Cruz. Only the South Plaza s opened to visitors. It is a small uplifted island with a cliff of 25 meters altitude on the southern side of the island. The whole flat, rocky northern coast has a big colony of Galapagos sea lions and, on the East-point, lives a colony of bachelor sea lions.
The loop is easy, with a dry landing on a jetty.

Incredibly attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees and, of course, the big colony of land iguanas. Depending on the season, the sesuvium ground vegetation changes its color from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season. This evening, we must prepare our luggage.

Sunday

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) / Airport
Before breakfast, we leave the boat to enjoy a beautiful panga ride into the big, protected mangrove cove. In the far away, small corners, we turn the motor off to row noiselessly and so observe the marine turtles: many of them are in this cove during their mating and nesting season from December to February! But even out of season, we always find some turtles staying back in the mangroves.

So early in the morning, there is high activity, and spotted eagle rays, golden rays, white-tipped reef sharks, and young Galapagos sharks can be spotted. At the end of the cruise, the passengers leave the Angelito again in the harbour of Baltra and your guide takes care of everything until you fly back to the continent.

Rates: From $1945.00

Itinerary A5: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Sunday to Thursday

Sunday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM North Seymour Island
Monday: AM Chinese Hat Islet / PM Bartolome Island
Tuesday: AM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / PM Genovesa Island: Prince Phillips Steps
Wednesday: AM Santiago Island: Puerto Egas / PM Rabida Island
Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / Airport

Sunday

Baltra Airport
The Baltra Island is the only island of all Galapagos, not included in its totality in the National Park Area. The Americans built the airport of Baltra in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbour are now Ecuadorian military territory. Unfortunately, both of the military presences have left back their traces and have destroyed a lot.

When arriving in Galapagos, the visitors have first to pay the entrance fee of 100* US$ for the National park. Then, after picking the luggage up, our Yacht Angelito’s guide is waiting for you at the exit of the arrival hall. We take a bus to go to the harbor of Baltra, where the Angelito anchors. The cruise can begin! After the accommodation in your cabin and the lunch on board, we start to our first visit!

North Seymour Island
North Seymour is a beautiful place to start our tour through the Galapagos, just in the north of Baltra. It is a flat uplifted island in the rain shadow of the island Santa Cruz, and so the vegetation is typical dry of Arid Zone.

The dry landing to a small peer is sometimes a bit tricky due to the waves. Dry landing means you will move from the Yacht to the zodiac and onto the island while staying completely dry. The loop trail leads from a little peer along the rocky coast and is full of surprises: sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas, and we walk through the nesting area of blue-footed boobies and frigatebird.

Monday

Chinese Hat Islet
Only a 200-meters wide channel separates this small island from the big Island Santiago. The shape of volcanic island looks like a Chinese hat. The scenery is very charming. The wet landing is on a small, white coral beach with many sea lions. Wet landing means, you will get your feet and lower parts of your legs wet while exiting the zodiac. The smooth and short trail leads along the coast with very fragile lava. There are sea lions, marine iguanas, and sally lightfoot crabs, and with some luck, we may see lava gulls.

First snorkeling of this week! Fantastic and recommendable, even if you never did it before. The snorkel equipment is included in our cruise prices. If you need a wetsuit, you can rent it on board.

Batolome Island
With the Pinnacle Rock, a classic beauty, and most photographed scenery of the Galapagos! The dry landing is on a jetty, and then the summit trail leads to Bartolome’s highest point on wooden footbridge and steps to protect the fragile environment.

The view from the top across Bartolome, Santiago with Sullivan Bay, and the surrounding islands is superb! All the secondary cones, lava flows, and lava tubes mimic a moon landscape. In the later afternoon, we enjoy a panga ride to look out for the Galapagos penguins; they live and nest in the lava tubes of the rocky shore.

Tuesday

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
The bird island Genovesa is low and flat, the most northern and isolated, and can only be visited by cruise ships. Keep in mind that not all boats in Galapagos have this unique island included in their itineraries. The longer navigation is during the night, crossing the equator!

In Darwin Bay we have wet landing on the small white beach of coral sand. The trail follows the shore vegetation of red mangrove, saltbush, and the unique prickly pear cactus that here often grows like a hanging cactus with soft hairy spines. Under the shore vegetation, the swallow-tailed gulls are nesting, and in the bushes and trees nest the red-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. A few Nazca boobies nest on the ground.

The trail leads along small tidepools up to the cliff with a spectacular view over the caldera. By low tide, there are thousands of Galapagos fiddler crabs in the sandy ground. The snorkeling in the blue water of this bay is delicious!

Prince Philip´s Steps (Genovesa Island)
The dry landing is at the cliff, and the Prince Philip’s Steps are the only possibility to climb the steep basaltic cliff. The next easy trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies and then crosses a low and dense forest of palo santo trees where red-footed boobies have their nests.

Arriving on the edge of the island, the hundreds of small petrels are a real spectacle for us! These little birds have their nests in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava. They are the favorite food of the short-eared owl. We keep our eyes open to find the hunter; not easy, the owls are well camouflaged! On both sides of the trail are big Nazca booby nesting colonies. We end the excursion with an enjoyable panga ride at the foot of the cliffs.

Wednesday

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
The landmark of Puerto Egas is the large tuff formations of cliffs with relief structures. The wet landing is on a black beach. Here, it is an excellent place to discover shore life. The hike with the intertidal life during the always changing tide levels shows an unusual, unique fauna. Often, we can observe lava herons fishing in the isolated tidal pools.

During the whole walk, we can see Galapagos sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas. Depending on the season, many migrant shorebirds are living on these rich coasts during wintertime. On the turning point of the trail is the Fur Seal Grotto, where the Galapagos fur seals have found an ideal living space in the crevices and caves of the rocky lava coast.

Rabida Island
Incredibly unique is the red sand of the beach, contrasting with the saltbush vegetation and the silvery palo santo trees on the slopes. The source of the peculiar red color is the lava that contains a high proportion of ferric oxide. Before the last El Niño, the beach of Rabida had one of the most significant Galapagos sea lion colonies; now, reduced to a small remaining population, they are still recuperating.

There is a small lagoon behind the zone of saltbush vegetation, depending on the season with flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks. This beautiful beach is another special snorkeling place.

Thursday

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
The visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station gives the opportunity to get to known the scientific work taking place in the National Park. Especially the captive raising programs for the different subspecies of the giant tortoises are very well documented.

It is also a good opportunity to watch the Galapagos tortoises up-close; the symbol of Galapagos. In the Van Straiten Exhibition Hall, there is great documentation about the Galapagos Islands with photos and diagrams. The vegetation on this hike is exuberant green, and a lot of Darwin’s finches are easy to spot.

At the end of the cruise, the passengers leave the Angelito again in the harbour of Baltra and your guide takes care of everything until you fly back to the continent.

Rates: From $2945.00

Itinerary B6: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Sunday to Friday

Sunday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM Baltra Island: Las Bachas
Monday: AM Mosquera Islet / PM Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon
Tuesday: AM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove / PM Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza
Wednesday: AM Isabela Island: Urbina Bay / PM Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay
Thursday: AM Isabela Island: Punta Moreno / PM Navigation to Villamil with Whale Watching
Friday:
a) Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil speed boat at 6am to Puerto Ayora – Transfer to Airport
b) Isabela Island: Sierra Negra regular activities with hike to the crater – Giant Tortoises Center Villamil / End of cruise at 16:30 in Villamil

Sunday

Baltra Airport
The Baltra Island is the only island of all Galapagos, not included in its totality in the National Park Area. The Americans built the airport of Baltra in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbour are now Ecuadorian military territory. Unfortunately, both of the military presences have left back their traces and have destroyed a lot.

When arriving in Galapagos, the visitors have first to pay the entrance fee of 100* US$ for the National park. Then, after picking the luggage up, our Yacht Angelito’s guide is waiting for you at the exit of the arrival hall. We take a bus to go to the harbor of Baltra, where the Angelito anchors. The cruise can begin! After the accommodation in your cabin and the lunch on board, we start to our first visit!

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
This is a white coral beach in the north of the island Santa Cruz, a genuinely lovely place to begin our tour. Our first visit starts with a wet landing. Wet landing means that you will get your feet wet while exiting the zodiac. Seawater and sand between the toes, what a feeling!

The walk along the beach is easy. There are small brackish water lagoons behind the dune where it is possible to observe coastal birds like black-necked stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintail ducks and, occasionally, flamingos.
Important: we take care and do not walk on top of the dunes because it is a favorite nesting site of sea turtles. After the walk, we can swim and enjoy the beach.

Monday

Mosquera Islet
This small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra is the home of one of the more significant sea lion colonies of the Galapagos, with several harems. Depending on the tide, the wet landing is sometimes a little bit difficult. It is a beautiful visiting point to observe the Galapagos sea lions’ behavior.

We also may see the endemic lava gulls and other coastal birds. On the lava rocks, we find marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs and, sometimes, even scorpions under the rocks. First snorkeling of this week! Fantastic and recommendable, even if you never did it before. The snorkel equipment is included in our cruise prices. If you need a wetsuit, these are to rent onboard.

Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz Island)
The name Cerro Dragon means Dragon Hill and it is a very scenic visiting point. The hike passes first a flamingo lagoon behind the beach vegetation and then leads through an impressive forest of prickly pear cactus forest. A loop trail goes to a small hill where land iguanas live and nest. The view from this small hill over the surrounding landscape is spectacular.

Tuesday

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
This protected cove was a favorite resting site of early pirates and whalers in the 19th century. They carved and painted their names in the high cliffs of the bay, so it is emotive to see this historic testifies.

We start with a dry landing, and then the scenic hike leads uphill through the dry zone vegetation to the Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the end of the trail, we go up to a parasitic spatter cone and have a fantastic view of the Darwin Volcano lava field.

Later, we enjoy a fantastic panga ride along the cliffs to look out for Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants. If the water is clear, Tagus Cove is a fascinating snorkeling place to discover a considerable number of marine invertebrates in the vertical walls.

Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)
This visit to one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos is undoubtedly a highlight of a cruise in Galapagos. The terrain of Fernandina is rocky due to its volcanic nature. It depends on the tide if the dry landing is on the pier in the mangroves or directly on the lava. On the hike in this pleasant marine environment of the Galapagos, we find large colonies of marine iguanas. We take care to stay strict on the pathway because the dunes are their nesting areas.

On the lava coast, close to the shoreline, are the nesting places of the flightless cormorant, one of the most enigmatic Galapagos birds. Also watch out for lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles, snakes, and the Galapagos penguins and obviously, more Galapagos sea lions. On the lava flow, we find the largest groups of the endemic lava cactus that are to find. A short trail inland on a lava field leads to the edge of a large aa lava flow.

Wednesday

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
Another exclusive site! It is an area which was uplifted out of the sea, at the foot of Volcan Alcedo. The wet landing is on a steep beach, which is sometimes a bit difficult because of high waves. But, with care, we do it. Along the shore, occasionally, we find flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas. On the trail leading inland, we watch out to see the colorful land iguanas. If we are lucky, we cross with a Galapagos tortoise along the pathway! Then, we have time for a snorkeling at this great place.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
This afternoon, we do not walk but drive into the protected mangrove cove with the zodiacs. The entrance through a very narrow channel is not always easy, but our experienced crew manages it carefully, and so we find us in the midden of this peaceful lagoon. In the small, far away little corners, we turn the motor off to noiselessly observe sea turtles. In Elizabeth Bay, we find within the tallest red mangrove trees of the Galapagos.

Thursday

Moreno Point (Isabela Island)
Early in the morning, we start a hike on Punta Moreno’s rough lava field. It is a place where we can see all the three cactus species: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus, and lava cactus. This lava field also has many pioneer plants.

The lava field turns out to fantastic scenery, with oases with brackish water pools with flamingos, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and paint-billed crakes. We also may see the flightless cormorant. The Galapagos surprises never end! The snorkeling at this great place is, once more, unique!

Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
At approximately 10:30 in the morning, we start our longer navigation. It usually takes about 6 hours, and it is a beautiful part of our cruise along the shoreline around the Volcano Cerro Azul. Sometimes, this navigation may be a little bit rough, but it is easier enjoying the sun deck to watch out for dolphin schools and whales. We hope to be lucky today too!

Just before the dark, we arrive in the small harbor of Puerto Villamil. Villamil is the main settlement of Isabela, in the south of the island. The village has grown up in the last years but is still small and calm with its scenic beaches and peaceful ambiance.

Friday

a) Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil speed boat at 6am to Puerto Ayora – Transfer to Airport
b) Isabela Island: Sierra Negra regular activities with hike to the crater – Giant Tortoises Center Villamil / End of cruise at 16:30 in Villamil

Sierra Negra (Isabela Island)
Today we see a total different Galapagos. By bus we go uphill till close to the caldera of the volcano Sierra Negra (about 17 miles) and see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. Often it is a little bit raining or misty and foggy. On a hike of about 1 hour we go to the rim of the volcano to see the huge caldera measuring 6.2 miles (10 km) from North to South and 5.6 miles (9 km) from East to West. We can also see the huge new lava field from the last eruption in 2005.

Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
In the afternoon we make an excursion to the lagoons of Villamil. We start at the Tortoise Breading Centre where we can see different subspecies of the Galapagos Land Tortoises and the work for restoring the population of endangered populations.
On the walk back to town we take a beautiful trail from lagoon to lagoon and look out for flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. We see a forest of button mangroves.

Rates: From $3600.00

Itinerary A: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Sunday to Sunday

Sunday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM North Seymour Island
Monday: AM Chinese Hat Islet / PM Bartolome Island
Tuesday: AM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / PM Genovesa Island: Prince Phillips Steps
Wednesday: AM Santiago Island: Puerto Egas / PM Rabida Island
Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / PM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Friday: AM Española Island: Suarez Point / PM Española Island: Gardner Bay
Saturday: AM Santa Fe Island / PM South Plaza Island
Sunday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / Airport

Sunday

Baltra Airport
The island Baltra is the only island of all Galapagos, not included in its totality in the National Park Area. The Americans built the airport of Baltra in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbour are now Ecuadorian military territory. Unfortunately, both of the military presences have left back their traces and have destroyed a lot.

The flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes about 90 minutes. Arriving on the airport, the visitors have first to pay the entrance fee of US$ 100 for the Nationalpark. Leaving the arrival hall, the National Park Guide of the “Yacht Angelito I” is waiting for you and accompanies the whole group to the harbour of Baltra, where your “Yacht Angelito I” is anchored. The cruise can begin!

North Seymour Island
A beautiful place to start our tour through the Galapagos, just in the north of Baltra. It is a flat uplifted island in the rain shadow of the island Santa Cruz, and so the vegetation is typical dry of Arid Zone. The dry landing to a small peer is sometimes a bit tricky due to the waves. Dry landing means you will move from the Yacht to the zodiac and onto the island while staying completely dry. The loop trail leads from a little peer along the rocky coast and is full of surprises: sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas, and we walk through the nesting area of blue-footed boobies and frigatebird.

Monday

Chinese Hat Islet
Only a 200-meters wide channel separates this small island from the big Island Santiago. The shape of volcanic island looks like a Chinese hat. The scenery is very charming. The wet landing is on a small, white coral beach with many sea lions. Wet landing means, you will get your feet and lower parts of your legs wet while exiting the zodiac.

The smooth and short trail leads along the coast with very fragile lava. There are sea lions, marine iguanas, and sally lightfoot crabs, and with some luck, we may see lava gulls. First snorkeling of this week! Fantastic and recommendable, even if you never did it before. The snorkel equipment is included in our cruise prices. If you need a wetsuit, you can rent it on board.

Batolome Island
With the Pinnacle Rock, a classic beauty, and most photographed scenery of the Galapagos! The dry landing is on a jetty, and then the summit trail leads to Bartolome’s highest point on wooden footbridge and steps to protect the fragile environment. The view from the top across Bartolome, Santiago with Sullivan Bay, and the surrounding islands is superb! All the secondary cones, lava flows, and lava tubes mimic a moon landscape. In the later afternoon, we enjoy a panga ride to look out for the Galapagos penguins; they live and nest in the lava tubes of the rocky shore.

Tuesday

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
The bird island Genovesa is low and flat, the most northern and isolated, and can only be visited by cruise ships. Keep in mind that not all boats in Galapagos have this unique island included in their itineraries. The longer navigation is during the night, crossing the equator!

In Darwin Bay, the wet landing is on the small white beach of coral sand. The trail follows the shore vegetation of red mangrove, saltbush, and the unique prickly pear cactus that here often grows like a hanging cactus with soft hairy spines. Under the shore vegetation, the swallow-tailed gulls are nesting, and in the bushes and trees nest the red-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. A few Nazca boobies nest on the ground. The trail leads along small tidepools up to the cliff with a spectacular view over the caldera. By low tide, there are thousands of Galapagos fiddler crabs in the sandy ground. The snorkeling in the blue water of this bay is delicious!

Prince Philip´s Steps (Genovesa Island)
Dry landing by the cliff. The Prince Philip’s Steps offer the only possibility to climb the steep basaltic cliff. The following easy trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies and crosses a low and dense forest of palo santo trees where the red-footed boobies have their nests. Arriving on the edge of the island there are thousands of the small petrels nesting in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava. They are the favourite food of the short-eared owls. On both sides of the trail there is a big masked booby nesting colony.

Wednesday

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
The landmark of Puerto Egas is the large tuff formations of cliffs with relief structures. The wet landing is on a black beach. Here, it is an excellent place to discover shore life. The hike with the intertidal life during the always changing tide levels shows an unusual, unique fauna. Often, we can observe lava herons fishing in the isolated tidal pools.

During the whole walk, we can see Galapagos sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas. Depending on the season, many migrant shorebirds are living on these rich coasts during wintertime. On the turning point of the trail is the Fur Seal Grotto, where the Galapagos fur seals have found an ideal living space in the crevices and caves of the rocky lava coast.

Rabida Island
Incredibly unique is the red sand of the beach, contrasting with the saltbush vegetation and the silvery palo santo trees on the slopes. The source of the peculiar red color is the lava that contains a high proportion of ferric oxide. Before the last El Niño, the beach of Rabida had one of the most significant Galapagos sea lion colonies; now, reduced to a small remaining population, they are still recuperating. There is a small lagoon behind the zone of saltbush vegetation, depending on the season with flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks. This beautiful beach is another special snorkeling place.

Thursday

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
The Charles Darwin Station exhibitsThe visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station gives the opportunity to get to known the scientific work taking place in the National Park. Especially the captive raising programs for the different subspecies of the giant tortoises are very well documented.

It is also a good opportunity to watch the Galapagos tortoises up-close; the symbol of Galapagos. In the Van Straiten Exhibition Hall, there is great documentation about the Galapagos Islands with photos and diagrams. The vegetation on this hike is exuberant green, and a lot of Darwin’s finches are easy to spot.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
Drive up to the highlands in a bus. In a short time one can see the transition between the different vegetation zones from the Arid zone to the Transition zone up to the Scalesia zone (and agricultural area), where the problems of introduced animals and plants are quite obvious. On the highest point of the road the National Park starts again.

Friday

Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Española belongs to the oldest islands of the Galapagos. Because of its geographic isolation in the southernmost of the archipelago, many endemic species can be found on the island, making it extremely attractive. For example, Española is the unique place worldwide where, from April to December, the endemic waved albatrosses come for breeding.

In Playa Gardner we have a wet landing on a splendid, long, white beach of coral sand. For this visit, you do not need shoes. There is no trail, and the open beach offers the opportunity to observe finches and mockingbirds in the saltbush vegetation and Galapagos sea lions sleeping in the sun. It is an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling from the beach!

Suarez Point (Española Island)
Loop trail with a smooth, dry landing on a jetty. The walk on stony, rocky ground is long and quite challenging, and we need good shoes. Even at the beginning of the trail, the colorful Española marine iguana and Galapagos sea lions welcome us. Everywhere the curious Española mockingbird approaches the visitors. The path leads through the nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and waved albatrosses. Also, the big Española lava lizards are to find everywhere.

The low cliff of the whole south coast is an ideal nesting place for the endemic Galapagos albatross; here it is the only place in the world where, from April to December, we can see these big and beautiful birds. Then, another resting spot close to a cliff with an incredible landscape, offers the observation of all the different marine birds flying along the coast. An albatross during his ungainly landing or the spectacular take-off from the cliff to start its elegant flight are fantastic event to witness. Our next stop is at the blowhole formation, where the waves push the seawater through a fissure in the cliff, and depending on its strongness and tide level, till 80 feet/24m high in the air.

Saturday

Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe has a large colony of sea lions living on the white sand and the head of this beautiful bay. After the wet landing on the beach, the trail leads through dry vegetation of the arid zone to a beautiful cliff with notably high prickly pear cactus, then, back to a second beach. Only very attentive visitors may detect the endemic land iguana of Santa Fe because its camouflage is perfect, and their territories are quite significant! Who wants, can end the morning by snorkeling at this new special place!

South Plaza Island
The two Plaza Islands are just off the eastern side of Santa Cruz. Only the South Plazas opened to visitors. It is a small uplifted island with a cliff of 25 meters altitude on the southern side of the island. The whole flat, rocky northern coast has a big colony of Galapagos sea lions and, on the East-point, lives a colony of bachelor sea lions. The loop is easy, with a dry landing on a jetty.

Incredibly attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees and, of course, the big colony of land iguanas. Depending on the season, the sesuvium ground vegetation changes its color from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season. This evening, we must prepare our luggage.

Sunday

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra Airport
With the dinghy we go into the big protected mangrove cove. In the far away small corners we turn off the motor of the dinghy rowing then noiselessly to observe the marine turtles.

There are a lot of them in the cove during mating and nesting season (December to February), but even out of season there are always some turtles staying back in the mangrove cove to rest. Spotted eagle rays, golden rays, white-tipped reef sharks and young Galapagos sharks can often be spotted.

At the end of the cruise, the passengers leave the Angelito again in the harbour of Baltra and your guide takes care of everything until you fly back to the continent.

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Itinerary B: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Sunday to Sunday

Sunday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM Baltra Island: Las Bachas
Monday: AM Mosquera Islet / PM Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon
Tuesday: AM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove / PM Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza
Wednesday: AM Isabela Island: Urbina Bay / PM Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay
Thursday: AM Isabela Island: Punta Moreno / PM Navigation to Villamil with Whale Watching
Friday: AM Isabela Island: Sierra Negra / PM Isabela Island: Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
Saturday: AM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crown, Post Office Bay / PM Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora
Sunday: AM Daphne Islet (Panoramic) / Airport

Sunday

Baltra Airport
Baltra is a small island, the only of all Galapagos, not included in the National Park’s area. The Americans built Baltra’s airport in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War to patrol the eastern Pacific and protect the Panama Canal.

Even if we always speak about Baltra, the airport’s official name is South Seymour, and its air-code is GPS. With an essential reduction of energy consumption for lighting and ventilation, rainwater recovery, waste recycling, and more, the new building of 2013 has been promoted as the first ecological airport worldwide.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
This is a white coral beach in the north of the island Santa Cruz, a genuinely lovely place to begin our tour. Our first visit starts with a wet landing. Wet landing means that you will get your feet wet while exiting the zodiac. Seawater and sand between the toes, what a feeling!

The walk along the beach is easy. There are small brackish water lagoons behind the dune where it is possible to observe coastal birds like black-necked stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintail ducks and, occasionally, flamingos.

Important: we take care and do not walk on top of the dunes because it is a favorite nesting site of sea turtles. After the walk, we can swim and enjoy the beach.

Monday

Mosquera Islet
This small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra is the home of one of the more significant sea lion colonies of the Galapagos, with several harems. Depending on the tide, the wet landing is sometimes a little bit difficult. It is a beautiful visiting point to observe the Galapagos sea lions’ behavior.

We also may see the endemic lava gulls and other coastal birds. On the lava rocks, we find marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs and, sometimes, even scorpions under the rocks. First snorkeling of this week! Fantastic and recommendable, even if you never did it before. The snorkel equipment is included in our cruise prices. If you need a wetsuit, these are to rent onboard.

Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz Island)
The name Cerro Dragon means Dragon Hill and it is a very scenic visiting point. The hike passes first a flamingo lagoon behind the beach vegetation and then leads through an impressive forest of prickly pear cactus forest. A loop trail goes to a small hill where land iguanas live and nest. The view from this small hill over the surrounding landscape is spectacular.

Tuesday

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
This protected cove was a favorite resting site of early pirates and whalers in the 19th century. They carved and painted their names in the high cliffs of the bay, so it is emotive to see this historic testifies.

We start with a dry landing, and then the scenic hike leads uphill through the dry zone vegetation to the Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the end of the trail, we go up to a parasitic spatter cone and have a fantastic view of the Darwin Volcano lava field.
Later, we enjoy a fantastic panga ride along the cliffs to look out for Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants.

If the water is clear, Tagus Cove is a fascinating snorkeling place to discover a considerable number of marine invertebrates in the vertical walls.

Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)
This visit to one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos is undoubtedly a highlight of a cruise in Galapagos. The terrain of Fernandina is rocky due to its volcanic nature. It depends on the tide if the dry landing is on the pier in the mangroves or directly on the lava. On the hike in this pleasant marine environment of the Galapagos, we find large colonies of marine iguanas. We take care to stay strict on the pathway because the dunes are their nesting areas.

On the lava coast, close to the shoreline, are the nesting places of the flightless cormorant, one of the most enigmatic Galapagos birds. Also watch out for lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles, snakes, and the Galapagos penguins. And, obviously, more Galapagos sea lions. On the lava flow, we find the largest groups of the endemic lava cactus that are to find. A short trail inland on a lava field leads to the edge of a large aa lava flow.

Wednesday

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
Another exclusive site! It is an area which was uplifted out of the sea, at the foot of Volcan Alcedo. The wet landing is on a steep beach, which is sometimes a bit difficult because of high waves. But, with care, we do it. Along the shore, occasionally, we find flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas. On the trail leading inland, we watch out to see the colorful land iguanas. If we are lucky, we cross with a Galapagos tortoise along the pathway! Then, we have time for a snorkeling at this great place.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
This afternoon, we do not walk but drive into the protected mangrove cove with the zodiacs. The entrance through a very narrow channel is not always easy, but our experienced crew manages it carefully, and so we find us in the midden of this peaceful lagoon. In the small, far away little corners, we turn the motor off to noiselessly observe sea turtles. In Elizabeth Bay, we find within the tallest red mangrove trees of the Galapagos.

Thursday

Moreno Point (Isabela Island)
Early in the morning, we start a hike on Punta Moreno’s rough lava field. It is a place where we can see all the three cactus species: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus, and lava cactus. This lava field also has many pioneer plants.

The lava field turns out to fantastic scenery, with oases with brackish water pools with flamingos, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and paint-billed crakes. We also may see the flightless cormorant. The Galapagos surprises never end! The snorkeling at this great place is, once more, unique!

Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
At approximately 10:30 in the morning, we start our longer navigation. It usually takes about 6 hours, and it is a beautiful part of our cruise along the shoreline around the Volcano Cerro Azul. Sometimes, this navigation may be a little bit rough, but it is easier enjoying the sun deck to watch out for dolphin schools and whales. We hope to be lucky today too!

Just before the dark, we arrive in the small harbor of Puerto Villamil. Villamil is the main settlement of Isabela, in the south of the island. The village has grown up in the last years but is still small and calm with its scenic beaches and peaceful ambiance.

Friday

Sierra Negra (Isabela Island)
Today, we discover a totally different Galapagos! By bus, we go uphill approximately 17 miles/(27.3 km, to arrive close to the caldera of the Vulcan Sierra Negra. We can see the changes in the different vegetation zones of the volcano. The Sierra Negra (Spanish: Black Mountain) is a massive shield volcano at the southeastern end of Isabela Island, with an altitude of 1124m, and it is one of the most active of the Galapagos with the most recent eruption beginning in June 2018.
Often it is a little bit rainy, or misty and foggy, but it is therefore why here it is so unexpected green. On a hike of about one hour, we go to the rim of the volcano to discover the considerable caldera measuring 6.2 miles/10 km from North to South and 5.6 miles/9 km from East to West. If the weather allows, it is impressive scenery! We also can see the vast new lava field from the last eruption in 2005.

Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
In the afternoon we make an excursion to the lagoons of Villamil. We start at the Tortoise Breading Centre where we can see different subspecies of the Galapagos Land Tortoises and the work for restoring the population of endangered populations.

On the walk back to town we take a beautiful trail from lagoon to lagoon and look out for flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. We see a forest of button mangroves.

Saturday

Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crown, Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Punta Cormorant: The wet landing is on the Green Beach of Punta Cormorant. If the light conditions are the correct ones, the sand shines green due to the high percentage of olivine crystals. It is unique!

On the easy walk through the Arid Zone, we come to a big saltwater lagoon with flamingos, white-cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts, and, depending on the season, more migratory shorebirds. On a short walk, we find us at the white Flour Sand Beach, named because of the fineness of the sand of white corals. It is a famous nesting beach for marine turtles, so it is crucial to not walk on the dune. Often, we can see many stingrays in shallow water.

Devils Crown: The Corona del Diablo, a leftover of a volcano looking like a black crown emerging of the sea, is one of the most famous snorkeling places of the Galapagos. The experience is utterly unique but nevertheless, it is essential to know that due to the strong currents, this snorkeling place is only for experienced snorkelers.

Post Office Bay: Before lunch, we make a short visit at the famous barrel in Post Office Bay, beginning with wet landing. It is named after a barrel put her by whalers in 1792 to start a first post service. We fulfill the unwritten law and visit this place to check out if there is a letter or postcard to our city or village of origin. If it is so, the most peculiar thing would be that we take it and bring it home to deliver personally or, modernly, by mail. We, too, we deposit our postcards there to be part of the maintenance of the tradition of this historical curiosity and so help that it does not get lost.

After this visit, we have navigation to the Island Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora, where we arrive at approximately 5 pm/17:00. Puerto Ayora is a small charm town, but the largest city in Galapagos and the head of the tourism. There are several hotels, bars, restaurants, a hospital, banks, and many small shops. If you like, you can go out a moment and walk around, drink a coffee, or shop some souvenirs.

During this time, the Angelito’s staff is busy with the supplying to get food and all the other necessary things to be ready again for the continuation of the cruise.
This evening, we must prepare our luggage.

Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island)
After the visit to Floreana we have navigation to the Island Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora where we arrive at about 17:00. The passengers have a little bit time to walk in town and it’s no specific guided visit. During this time the Angelito will have to get food and all necessary things for the continuation of the cruise. The dinner is on board.

Sunday

Dhapne Panoramic / Airport
Daphne Panoramic: Daphne is a tuff cone with only small vegetation. This island is famous for the studies by Peter and Rosemary Grant about the Darwin Finches. The perfect literature to read about: The Beak of the Finch, written by Jonathan Weiner.

We make panoramic navigation around the small tuff cone, respecting the regulation of distances to avoid the introduction of insects. Unfortunately, after this, it is time to say goodbye to the Angelito, our home of the last days, and its crew. We disembark at the harbor of Baltra.

Drive back to the airport for a morning flight back to the continent. Our guide takes care until the last minute!

Rates: From $4295.00

  • Accommodation on board based on double cabins
  • All meals
  • Water, coffee, tea
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap in the showers, towels for the shower and others for the beach, hair dryer, bottle to refill fresh water
  • “Lobito” bus tickets in Baltra for the airport-Baltra-airport and airport-Itabaca Canal route
  • Snorkelling equipment (fins sizes 35-45)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Airline tickets to/from Galapagos, the cruise reserves the right to issue
  • Galapagos National Park admission fee ($100 per person, subject to changes without previous notice)**
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos ($20 per person, subject to changes without previous notice). Cometa Travel is responsible for the registration of all passengers of the Yacht Angelito for this immigration control
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • The captain of the boat and/or the tour operators or third-party providers reserve the right to change or cancel any part of the itinerary or services, without giving previous notice, in case of unforeseen circumstances such as change of National Park regulations or other decisions of public authorities, weather, natural disasters, sanitary emergencies, social and political conditions or instability, inability to obtain supplies and different situations beyond of the control of the companies, including force majeure or any other extreme circumstances or unforeseen event.
  • Single cabin applies extra charge
  • Children are welcome on board and have a discount. The Angelito is a safe yacht for children, the crew is very friendly and accustomed to “mini” -pasajeros. All we ask is that, along with the confirmation of the cruise, the parents sign a letter of responsibility.
  • There will be no right to claim any reimbursement for part or all of the ones who lost cruise.
  • Passengers who do not want to issue their tickets with us, despite traveling to Galapagos the same day the ship operates, will have to assume the risks of missing the partial or total cruise in case of not arriving in Baltra on time to meet the guide and the group.
  • Check out at the end of the cruise is for all passengers at the same time, coordinated based on our flight schedule; Passengers with flights departing later will not be able to stay on board because the yacht has to be enlisted for new passengers, so they will have to wait at the airport.
  • Short cruises: for logistics, transfers from Balta to Puerto Ayora and / or from Puerto Ayora to Baltra cannot be included, if the air ticket is not issued with the cruise.
  • Passengers who prefer to travel before the cruise start date are free to purchase their tickets on their own.