Saturday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove
Sunday: AM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / PM Genovesa Island: El Barranco
Monday: AM Bartolome Island: Pinnacle Rock / PM Chinese Hat Islet
Tuesday: AM Rabida Island / PM Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragón
Wednesday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / PM Santa Cruz Island: Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
Thursday: AM Plaza Sur Island / PM Santa Fe Island
Friday: AM Española Island: Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet / PM Española: Suarez Point
Saturday: AM Santa Cruz: Twin Craters / Baltra Island: Baltra airport
After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to then board the Passion and have lunch.
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.
El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red‐footed boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.
Dry landing at Bartholomew to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.
Chinese Hat Islet
Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.
Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year we may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.
Cerro Dragón (Santa Cruz Island)
We head across to Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions. We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.
Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
We will enjoy lunch at the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi‐natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults.
Plaza Sur Island
Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.
Santa Fe Island
After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
Gardner Bay (Española Island)
We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.
Punta Suarez (Española Island)
We will head to Punta Suarez; the trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. This is one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos. The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, sometimes to be seen body‐surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red‐coloured males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; blue‐footed and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove; swallow‐tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española-waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.
Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra airport
This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island. These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island´s surface. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones. After this visit we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.
- Rates are per person based on double occupancy
- Children under 12 traveling in the same stateroom/suite in triple occupancy have a discount
- Passengers 12 years or older traveling in the same stateroom/suite in triple occupancy have a discount
- Single supplement may apply
- A fuel surcharge may apply in case of a drastic increase in Ecuador’s fuel price
Staterooms $ 5980.00
VIP / Master Suites $7490.00
**Christmas and New Year holidays (from December 20th to January 3rd) have an additional surcharge
** Suite rate includes open bar and use of the VIP lounge at the Baltra airport for arrival and departure.
The rate includes:
- Programmed visits to the islands with a certified naturalist guide
- Snorkel gear (wet suit, mask, snorkel and fins) and kayaks
- All meals on board
- Tea, coffee and natural juices
- Airfare to/from the Galapagos
- Galapagos National Park admission fee (US $100 subject to change without notice)*
- Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)*
- Alcoholic or bottled beverages
- Crew and guide tips, personal expenses
- Gifts and additional items.