DAY 1 SATURDAY
After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer
Cruises representant to then board a bus which will take us to Cerro
Mesa, the first visit on the islands. Cerro Mesa is a private ecological
reserve located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and dedicated to
the conservation of the natural ecosystem. During this visit, we will
have the opportunity to walk through the many forest paths, filled with
endemic Galapagos vegetation, see the impressive and deep crater, watch
the Galapagos ducks and rails, stilts and frigate birds usually present
in the lagoon or closely follow the steps of the Galapagos Tortoises,
present most of the year (on certain months, the tortoises go down to
the coast to lay their eggs). The reserve is also a great place for bird
watching, as mockingbirds, flycatchers, warblers, Galapagos doves and
Darwin finches are usually present in the area.
DAY 2 SUNDAY
The Baroness’ domain
spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness
Boise Bosquet de Wagner Whereborn. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches
of Punta Cormorant; we will be seeking Greater Flamingos on our
way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set your foot
on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit
regularly. We end the outing on a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown,
a key snorkeling site.
After lunch we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing),
where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did
DAY 3 MONDAY
Volcanic craters and green forests
Dry landing at Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island. From here we will head
to the highlands to see its many attractions, which include lava
tunnels, the famous twin craters, impressive and deep, and the iconic
Galapagos giant tortoises, which inhabit these forests seasonally. Who
would have expected it to be so lush and green on these supposed arid
From Puerto Ayora we will walk approximately 45 minutes along a stone
paved road which is surrounded by Galapagos coastal vegetation and its
most eminent representants: the prickly pear cactus and the holy stick
tree. This road, which also presents a very good opportunity to watch
birds, especially Darwin finches, will take us to a beautiful, white
sand beach known as Tortuga bay. From here it’s up to you to decide
among the alternatives: swim or snorkel with marine iguanas, explore the
coves surrounded by mangrove trees or simply lay back and relax while
enjoying the magical landscape
An initiation to the western islands
travel to Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast,
we step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb
pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some still
Panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon
surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY
disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach,
nesting site for Green Sea Turtle. We take a brief hike inland in search
of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from
the highlands. At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological
uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils; a wonderful snorkeling
cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most
unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa.
Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the look out for Flightless
Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, sooty-coloured marine iguanas and
bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
DAY 6 THURSDAY
Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where
names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff
face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a
salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.
Punta Albemrarle (dry landing), Flightless Cormorant and the
largest marine iguanas of the Islands await to greet you at a site
virtually untouched by Man.
DAY 7 FRIDAY
Grottos and fur seals
After three days exploring the fabulous western islands, we head to
central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a
golden-coloured sand Green Sea Turtle nesting site. A forest trail will
take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the
islands to observe Yellow Warblers, the unbelievably tame Galapagos
Flycatcher and the ever-intriguing Darwin’s finches.
Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic
beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos
fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and
occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”.
DAY 8 SATURDAY
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 Turtle or Golden Ray may cruise right next to the panga as it
makes its way through the mangroves.
DAY 9 SUNDAY
travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a
unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti
where Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds perch tamely.
Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff
where Frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, and Red-footed Boobies nest. We will
be seeking out the impressive Red-billed Tropicbird amidst Galapagos
DAY 10 MONDAY
Contours of Sullivan Bay
Dry landing at Bartholomew to climb up the wooden steps and reach
the summit of this spatter cone for a most breathtaking panorama of the
islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighbouring Santiago
and many other central islands in the distance.
head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk
over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations,
lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along
the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after
DAY 11 TUESDAY
Mars on Earth
Wet landing onto Rábida’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 brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes
that fringe the beach.
head across to Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz’s north-west
shore (dry landing); we 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.
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY
will step ashore (wet landing) onto a beautiful white coralline beach,
on Mosquera Islet, home to the largest Galapagos sea lion colony in the
archipelago. Here we will do a short hike to explore the surroundings
before snorkelling around the beach.
After a leisure lunch, we will hop on board our dinghy to do a panga
ride around Punta Carrión to take in the beautiful landscape and observe
the wildlife. We will then end the day with snorkelling in these shallow
and colourful waters.
DAY 13 THURSDAY
Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the Archipelago, colourful
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.
Arrive at Santa Fe (wet landing) where 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.
DAY 14 FRIDAY
From albatrosses to blowholes
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.
Punta Suárez (dry landing) is a spectacular walk into the
intimacies of life at sea, with nesting sites of Blue-footed and Nazca
Boobies, as well as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December)
of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January),
and lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the
DAY 15 SATURDAY
A last goodbye with the tortoises
The Fausto Llerena
breeding station, also known as the Charles Darwin Research Station was
created in 1964. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands,
including the most famous of them all, "Lonesome George", the last
survivor of the Pinta Island tortoises. The animals are found in large
semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view
for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different
stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature
enough to be "repatriated"), and adults. After this visit we will take a
bus to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.
In addition to the land visits we offer a good balance of other
activities such as snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking.