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 / 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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 $ 1500.00
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