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 / 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.
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 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.
- 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 $ 2300.00
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