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Mary Anne: Yacht Details

Classic style and comfort

The Mary Anne is a first class, classic Barquentine schooner-style yacht accommodating 16 passengers. This vessel is operated by some of the most experienced people in the Galapagos, with top quality service and guides. The ship offers a sun deck, lounge, bar, and library, with dining areas in the main cabin and on deck. All excursions are done with a bilingual naturalist guide, and include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking. All cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
8 day cruises run from Saturday to Saturday

Saturday:         Arrive to Baltra / Cerro Mesa
Sunday:           Floreana:  Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Monday:           Santa Cruz: Highlands / Tortuga Bay
Tuesday:        Isabela:  Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
Wednesday:   Urbina Bay (Isabela) / Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)
Thursday:        Isabela:  Tagus Cove / Punta Vicente Roca
Friday:              Santiago:  Espumilla / Puerto Egas
Saturday:         North Seymour / Return to Mainland

Saturday:            Arrive to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
Sunday:            Tower Island:  Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps
Monday:            Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Tuesday:          Rabida / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
Wednesday:   Bachas Beach / Punta Carrion
Thursday:        South Plaza / Santa Fe
Friday:              Española: Gardner Bay / Punta Suárez
Saturday:         Charles Darwin Research Center / Return to Mainland

Mary Anne 8 Day Galapagos Cruise Itinerary (West)

Saturday to Saturday

Day 1 Saturday Arrive to Baltra / Cerro Mesa
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Mary Anne who will assist you with your luggage and then board a bus which will take you to Cerro Mesa, a private ecological reserve located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and dedicated to the conservation of the natural ecosystem. During this visit, you will have the opportunity to walk through the many forest paths that are filled with endemic Galapagos vegetation, as well as see the impressive and deep crater. Watch for Galapagos ducks and rails, stilts, and frigate birds which are 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 Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Today you will spend on Floreana Island, the legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. After a wet landing on the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, you will be seeking Greater Flamingos on the 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. You end the outing on a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site.

After lunch you will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.

Day 3 Monday Santa Cruz: Highlands / Tortuga Bay
The morning starts with a dry landing at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. From there you will visit the wet forests of the highlands in hopes of finding giant tortoises. Since these animals migrate freely in this area the guide will take you to el Chato or the ranch with the best possibilities to find these emblematic reptiles. Lunch will be served in one of the restaurants in the area.

In the afternoon, from Puerto Ayora, you will walk approximately 45 minutes along a stone paved road which is surrounded by Galapagos coastal vegetation and its most eminent representatives: 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 you 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 landscape.

Day 4 Tuesday Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
Today you will travel to Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, you will step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some still active!

The afternoon consists of a panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos.

Day 5 Wednesday Urbina Bay (Isabela) / Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)
Today you will disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, a nesting site for Green Sea Turtle. You will take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, you can admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils; a wonderful snorkelling site.

In the afternoon you will cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoiled sites. You will disembark at Punta Espinosa (dry landing). Strolling along the shoreline, you 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 Isabela: Tagus Cove / Punta Vicente Roca
Today begins with a dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. You will hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

In the afternoon, at Punta Vicente Roca, you will do a panga ride around the beautiful coast line before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkeling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone looking at them for the first time.

Day 7 Friday Santiago: Espumilla / Puerto Egas
After exploring the fabulous western islands, you 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 you 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.

In the afternoon, at Puerto Egas (wet landing), you will 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 North Seymour / Return to Mainland
In the morning you will disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where you will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of Frigate birds, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Mary Anne 8 Day Galapagos Cruise Itinerary (East)

Saturday to Saturday

Day 1 Saturday Arrive to Baltra / Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
Once you arrive to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Mary Anne who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your ship to start your cruise. To begin, you will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, 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 mangrove trees.

Day 2 Sunday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps
Today you travel to Genovesa Island and will reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigate birds perch tamely.

In the afternoon, at Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), you will climb the edge of a cliff where Frigate birds, Nazca Boobies, and Red-footed Boobies nest. You will be able to seek out the impressive Red-billed Tropicbird amidst Galapagos Storm Petrels.

Day 3 Monday Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
The day begins with a dry landing on Bartholomew Island to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath-taking panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighbouring Santiago, and many other central islands in the distance.

In the afternoon you will head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) to Santiago Island in order to walk over a recent lava flow including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, you may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Day 4 Tuesday Rabida / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
You will start with a 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 here and given the right time of the year you´ll be able to find brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes along the beach.

In the afternoon you head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s north-west shore (dry landing). There you will visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you will find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Day 5 Wednesday Bachas Beach / Punta Carrion
In the morning you will visit Bachas Beach, named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos.

After a leisurely lunch, you will hop on board a dinghy to do a panga ride around Punta Carrión to take in the beautiful landscape and observe the wildlife. You will end the day with snorkeling in these shallow and colorful waters.

Day 6 Thursday South Plaza / Santa Fe
In the morning you will have a dry landing on the colorful Plaza Sur Island. This island is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery-orange land iguanas. Additionally, the impressive seaward cliffs are an excellent spot to see a variety of coastal birds.

In the afternoon you will arrive to Santa Fe Island (wet landing). This is where you will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than the land iguanas on the other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

Day 7 Friday Española: Gardner Bay / Punta Suárez
You spend today on the fantastic Española Island. Starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing) you will enjoy an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the Española Mockingbird.

The afternoon involves a dry landing at Punta Suárez. Here you will enjoy 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 of the Waved Albatross (April to December). Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, you walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

Day 8 Saturday Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
The morning starts with a visit to the Fausto Llerena breeding station, located at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection. 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 the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.