Mary Anne Eastern Islands Sail
Mary Anne Eastern Islands Sail
|Purpose:||Ecotourism, Wildlife, Culture, Romance, Exploration, History|
|No. of days:||8 days - 7 nights | Saturday departures|
|First & Last Cities:||Baltra|
|Other cities:||Santa Cruz Is., Genovesa Is., El Barranco, Bartolome Is., Rabida|
Day 1 – Sat: Baltra, Santa Cruz Is.
After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by a cruise representative and board the S/S Mary Anne and have lunch. 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. [L/D]
Day 2 ‐ Sun: Genovesa Is.
AM: Genovesa Is., Darwin Bay
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 frigate birds perch tamely.
PM: El Barranco
At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigate birds, masked boobies, and red‐footed boobies’ nest. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.
Day 3 – Mon: Bartolome Is.
AM: Pinnacle Rock
Dry landing at Bartolome 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.
PM: Sombrero Chino
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.
Day 4 ‐ Tue: Rabida, Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Is.
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.
PM: Cerro Dragon
We head across to Cerro Dragon 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.
Day 5 – Wed: Santa Cruz Is.
AM: Puerto Ayora
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.
PM: Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
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.
Day 6 – Thu: Plaza Sur Is., Santa Fe Is.
AM: Plaza Sur
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.
PM: Santa Fe
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.
Day 7 – Fri Española Is.
AM: Punta Suarez
In the morning 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‐colored 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.
PM: Gardner Bay
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 that some playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.
Day 8 – Sat: Santa Cruz Is.
AM: Puerto Ayora, Twin Craters, Baltra
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. Your Galapagos adventure has come to an end with a transfer to the airport to board your flight to Quito or Guayaquil. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation in double or single cabin
visits to the islands and sites listed on the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide
Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel and flippers)
Round trip transfers from the airport in the Galapagos Island
Not included in tour
- Air ticket to/from Galapagos
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per person)
- Transit Control Card ($20 per person)
- Wet suit
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages
- Cruise Dates & Prices:
Hotels in your Tour
|High Season||Apr 27 - May 4||$5,289||$5,289|
|Jun 22 - Jun 29||$5,290||$5,289|
|Summer Special||Jul 6 - Jul 13||$4,499||$4,499|
|Jul 20 - Jul 27|
|Low Season||Sep 28 - Oct 5||$4,979||$4,979|
|Oct 12 - Oct 19|
|Oct 26 - Nov 2|
|Nov 9 - Nov 16|
|High Season||Jan 18 - Jan 25||$5,289||$5,289|
|Feb 15 - Feb 22|
|Apr 11 - Apr 18|
|May 23 - May 30|
|Summer Special||Jul 4 - Jul 11||$4,499||$4,499|
|Jul 18 - Jul 25|
|Aug 8 - Aug 15|
|Low Season||Oct 10 - Oct 17||$4,979||$4,979|
|Oct 24 - Oct 31|
|Nov 7 - Nov 14|
*Cruise to the Galapagos Western Islands available upon request**
Rates per person based on double occupancy
The seasonal rates apply according to the cruise start date
No single supplement subject to availability
Children under 12 have a 25% discount
Tour Code: GA03GPS19AT