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 Isbale 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 / 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!
Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
White coral beach in the north of the Island Santa Cruz. Wet landing and easy walk along the beach. There are small brackish water lagoons behind the sand dune where occasionally it’s possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds like black-necked stilts, whimbrels and white cheeked pintail ducks.
Important: don’t walk on top of the sand dunes because it is a favourite nesting site for sea turtles.
After the walk you have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.
It is a small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra. The wet landing is sometimes a little bit difficult, depending of the tide. Mosquera has one of the big sea lion colonies in Galapagos with different Harems and it is a wonderful visiting point to observe their behaviour. Often we have the possibility to see the endemic lava gulls and other coastal birds. On the lava rocks we find marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs and under the rocks sometimes scorpions.
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.
Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
This protected cove was a favourite resting site for the early pirates and whalers who also carved and painted their names in the high cliffs of the cove. It’s a dry landing and the scenic hike leads uphill through the Dry Zone vegetation to the Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the end of the hike we go up to a parasitic spatter cone and have a wonderful view over the lava fields of Darwin Volcano. With the dinghy we go then along the cliffs to look out for Galapagos Penguins and flightless cormorants. If the water is clear, Tagus Cove is a very interesting snorkeling place with a great amount of marine invertebrates in the vertical walls.
Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)
This visit is one of the highlights of a cruise in Galapagos. The dry landing is, depending of the tide on lava or on the landing platform in the mangrove forest. On the hike you will see a lot of huge marine iguanas in big groups. Take care to stay strict on the pathway because the sand dunes are nesting areas for the marine iguanas. On the lava coast, close to the shore line, there are the nesting places of the flightless cormorant. Lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles and the Galapagos penguins are often seen. On a lava flow there are the largest groups of the endemic lava cactus to see. A short trail inland on a lava field leads till the edge of a large aa lava flow.
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
It’s an area uplifted out of the sea at the foot of Alcedo Volcano. The wet landing is on a steep beach, being sometimes a little bit difficult because of high waves. Along the shore there are sometimes flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas. On the trail leading inland we look out for the colourful land iguanas. Sometimes it’s also possible to see a Galapagos tortoise along the pathway. If the sea is quiet, snorkeling.
Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
With the dinghy we drive into the protected mangrove cove. The entrance through a very narrow channel is not always easy depending on the tide. In the far away small corners we turn off the motor of the dinghy rowing then noiselessly to observe the marine turtles. In Elizabeth Bay we find within the tallest Red Mangrove Trees in Galapagos.
Moreno Point (Isabela Island)
Very early in the morning we go to a hike on a rough lava field of Punta Moreno. It’s a place where we can see all the 3 species of cactus: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus and lava cactus. This lava field has also a lot of pioneer plants.
Like surprise we find in middle of the lava field some brackish water pools with flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks and paint-billed crakes. On a dinghy drive we can see flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins and huge marine iguanas.
Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island)
At around 10:30 in the morning we start our long (about 6 hours) and beautiful navigation along the shore line around the Volcano Cerro Azul till Puerto Villamil. Depending of the season this navigation can be a little bit rough. We look out for dolphins and whales and stop to observe them if we see some. Just before the dark we arrive in the small harbour Puerto 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.
Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crown, Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
The wet landing is on the “Green Beach” of Punta Cormorant. Depending on the light conditions the sand shines green because of the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand. On the easy walk through the Arid Zone we come to a big salt-water lagoon with flamingos, white cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts and depending of the season more migratory shore birds.
On a short walk we come to the “White Flour Sand Beach”, made of white corals. It’s a famous nesting beach for marine turtles and for this it is important not walking on the sand dune. Often we can see a lot of sting rays in the shallow water.
The remaining of a volcano is looking like a black crown emerging of the sea. This is one of the most famous snorkelling places in Galapagos. Important to know: because there is often a strong current, this snorkelling places is only for experienced snorklers.
Before lunch we make a short visit of the famous barrel in Post Office Bay with a wet landing. We complete the unwritten law to visit this place to check, if there is a letter or postcard to the country you are from. The most special thing would be if you can take a postcard with you to hand delivering it to the destination. Like this the tradition is maintained and don’t get lost.
The barrel was first placed there in 1793 from the whalers. They used it to receive and send letters home and to have contact within them.
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.
Dhapne Panoramic / Baltra Airport
Daphne is a tuff cone with little vegetation. This island is famous for the studies by Peter and Rosmary Grant about the Darwin Finches. The perfect literature to read about: The Beak of the Finch of Jonathan Weiner. We make only the panoramic navigation around the small tuff cone, but not too close to avoid introduction of insects. 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.
- The captain of the boat and/or the tour operator reserve the right to make changes or omit any part of the itinerary without giving previous notice due to unforeseen circumstances such as new National Park rules, weather, social and political conditions and instability, and/or force majeure.
- 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 lost cruise.
Standard Cabin $ 3400.00
The rate includes:
- Accommodation on board based on double cabins
- All meals
- Bilingual naturalist guides
- Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
- Snorkelling equipment (fins sizes 35-45)
- 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
- Fuel surcharge $75.00
- Personal expenses and tips