Angelito I Yacht( Capacity: 16 passengers) Itinerary A: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Angelito I Yacht( Capacity: 16 passengers) Itinerary A: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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Evolution goes on!

The ANGELITO I was totally refurbished in the summer of 2013. The high quality of craftsmanship was maintained while the amount of space and comfort level was increased.

The 8 double cabins are now on the main deck and include large picture windows, private bathrooms, individual air conditioning and the option to have twin beds or a double bed.

With 2 new engines, 2 new generators and all new electric and electronic installations, the safety, which is our first priority, is guaranteed.

Highlights

Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station, Black Turtle Cove), Floreana (Post Office Bay, Devil´s Crown, Cormorant Point), San Cristobal (Kicker Rock), Santiago (Buccaneer Cove), Isabela (Darwin Lake), Isabela (Urbina’s Upheaval, Elizabeth Bay), North Seymour Island, Española (Gardner Bay, Suarez Point), Genovesa (Darwin Bay, Prince Phillips Steps).

Highlighted species

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Greater Flamingoes, Brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, Lava gulls, Española mockingbirds, Floreana mockingbirds, Santa Fe land iguana, Whale watching.

Itinerary

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: Gardner Bay / PM Española Island: Suarez Point

Saturday: AM Santa Fe Island / PM South Plaza Island

Sunday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove / Baltra airport

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

Flat uplifted island in the “rain shadow” of the island Santa Cruz and for this reason with dry vegetation of the Arid Zone. Loop trail. Dry landing on a landing peer, depending of the swell often somewhat difficult. The arrival on the rocky coast is full of surprises with the sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas.The trail leads you through the nesting area of the blue-footed boobies and frigatebird colonies. Snorkeling along the rocky coast.

Chinese Hat Islet

Only a 200-meter wide channel separates this small island from the big island Santiago. The shape of the island looks like a Chinese hat. The island is very attractive because of the landscape. The lava is very fragile with only little vegetation. Wet landing on a small white coral beach with sea lions. The easy short trail leads along the coast with very fragile lava. There are a lot of small lava tubes and little but very attractive vegetation. Pillow lava can be found on the turning point of the trail. Snorkeling along the rocky coast.

Batolome Island

With the dinghy we go along the coast of Bartolomé to look for the Galapagos penguins. The penguin lives and nests in the lava tubes of the rocky coast, along where he is also fishing. Dry landing on a jetty. The summit trail goes first over sand and then leads to the top of Bartholomew on a wooden staircase. The view from the top across Bartholomew, Santiago with Sullivan Bay and the surrounding islands is wonderful. All the secondary cones, lava flows and lava tubes mimic a moon landscape. Snorkelling around Pinnacle Rock, the famous landmark of Bartolome.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

Wet landing on a small white beach made of coral sand. The trail follows the shore vegetation of red mangrove and salt bush. The special prickly pear cactus grows on Genovesa often like a hanging cactus with only soft hairy spines. Under the shore vegetation are nesting the swallow-tailed gulls and in the bushes and trees there are the nests of the red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. A few masked boobies are nesting 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. Snorkeling along the rocky coast.

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.

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Landmark of Puerto Egas are the tuff formations of the cliffs with the relief structures. Wet landing on a black beach. The walk with the intertidal life shows during the always changing tide levels an interesting special fauna. Often we can observe lava herons fishing in the isolated tidal pools.

On the whole walk we can see Galápagos sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. Depending of the season, there are also a lot of migrant shore birds, living on these rich coasts during wintertime. On the turning point of the trail is the start of a Galápagos fur seal colony. The Galápagos fur seal has found in the crevices and caves of the rocky lava coast an ideal living space.

Rabida Island

Rabida looks red with the lava containing a lot of ferric oxide in the lava. Very special is the red sand of the beach with the saltbush vegetation and the silvery palo santo trees on the slopes. The batch of Rabida had before the last “El Niño) one of the biggest Galápagos sea lion colony. This colony has to recuperate again from the small remainder. There is a small lagoon behind the zone of saltbush vegetation with (depending of the season) flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks. Snorkelling from the beach and along the rocky coast.

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.

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.

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 start again.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)

Española belongs to the oldest islands of Galapagos. Because of its geographic isolation, a great number of endemic species can be found in the island, making it very attractive. The Galapagos albatross for example come only to the island of Española for breeding during the months of April to December (with the exception of a few pairs on the island Plata near the coast of Ecuador).

Snorkelling in Gardner Bay and around a small island close by. Wet landing on a wonderful, long, white beach made of coral sand. For this visit you don’t need shoes. Very good place to observe, in the saltbush vegetation, the finches and mockingbirds. You can also enjoy the beach close to the Galapagos sea lions. Possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.

Suarez Point (Española Island)

Loop trail with an easy, dry landing on a jetty. The walk on a stony, rocky ground is long and quite difficult. The visitor can find even on the very beginning of the trail the colorful “Española marine iguana” and Galapagos sea lions. Everywhere the curious Española mockingbird approaches the visitors. The trail leads through the nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and waved albatross. The big Española lava lizards are to be found everywhere. A resting spot close to a cliff gives the opportunity to watch all the different marine birds flying along the coast. An albatross during his “take off” from the cliff is an amazing event to witness. There is another stop by the blowhole where the seawater is pushed through a fissure in the cliff, 80 feet into the air, depending of the waves and tide level.

Santa Fe Island

Wet landing with two possibilities of trails, depending on the time and visitor’s preferences.

1: Short trail: the trail leads from the sea lion colony on the beach through dry vegetation of the Arid Zone to a wonderful forested cliff with high prickly pear cactus and then back to a second beach.

  1. Long trail: the trail is, at the beginning, a dry stony creek and you have a steep climb up onto a plateau (difficult trail). The ascension leads through the zone of Scalesia helleri. Up on the plateau there are high trees of palo santo and high prickly pear cactus trees. The view down to the bay is wonderful.

Only the very attentive visitors can detect up there the endemic land iguana of Santa Fe, because it is perfectly camouflaged in the same colours of the vegetation and their territories are quiet big. Snorkelling in the bay and along a rocky coast.

South Plaza Island

Easy loop trail with a dry landing on a jetty. Small uplifted island with a cliff 25 meter high on the southern side of the island. The whole flat, rocky northern coast has a great colony of Galapagos sea lions. On the East point is a bachelor sea lion colony. Very 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.

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.

Important notes:

  • 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
  • Fuel Surcharge $166.00
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses and tips

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