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Angelito: Yacht Details

The best in its class, a very good value

The Angelito is a steel hulled motor yacht with ample sundecks and shadowdecks. Refurbished in 2013, the Angelito has 8 main deck cabins, all with picture windows that open, a great feature in the Galapagos. Activities on Angelito cruises include hiking and snorkeling, and all excursions are done with a bilingual naturalist guide.

Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
7 night cruises run from Sunday to Sunday / 3 night cruises run from Thursday to Sunday / 4 night cruises run from Sunday to Thursday

Itinerary “A”
Sunday:           Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Monday:           Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) / Bartolome
Tuesday:         Tower Island:  Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
Wednesday:   Santiago:  Puerto Egas / Rabida
Thursday:        Santa Cruz:  Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
Friday:              Espanola (Hood):  Gardner Bay/ Punta Suarez
Saturday:         Santa Fe / South Plaza
Sunday:           Black Turtle Cove / Return to mainland Ecuador

Itinerary “B”
Sunday:           Arrive to Baltra / Bachas
Monday:           Mosquera / Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill)
Tuesday:         Isabela:  Tagus Cove / Fernandina:  Punta Espinosa
Wednesday:   Isabela:  Urbina Bay / Elizabeth Bay
Thursday:       Isabela:  Punta Moreno
Friday:             Puerto Villamil / Sierra Negra
Saturday:        Floreana:  Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Post Office
Sunday:          Daphne / Return to mainland Ecuador

Angelito 7 night Galapagos Cruise (Itinerary A)

Sunday to Sunday

Day 1 Sunday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Your first visits are to the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. Baltra Island is the only island of all Galapagos not included in its totality in the National Park Area. Americans built the airport there in 1941 to use as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbor are now Ecuadorian military territory.

North Seymour is a flat uplifted island in the “rain shadow” of Santa Cruz Island and for this reason it has dry vegetation of the Arid Zone. Here you will have a dry landing that is often somewhat difficult depending on the swell. The arrival on the rocky coast is full of surprises with the sea lions, swallow?tailed gulls, sally light foot crabs, and marine iguanas. The trail that you will take leads through the nesting area of colonies of bluefooted boobies and frigate birds.

Day 2 Monday Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) / Bartolome
Today you will visit the islands of Chinese Hat and Bartholomew. Chinese Hat is only separated by a 200 meter wide channel between it and the big island of Santiago. The wet landing is on a small white coral beach with sea lions. The short trail that you will take leads along the coastline, full of 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.

On Bartholomew Island you will have a dry landing on a jetty. You will then take a summit trail that leads to the top of Bartholomew on a wooden footbridge and stairs to protect the fragile landscape. The view of Santiago, Sullivan Bay, and the surrounding islands is wonderful. All the secondary cones, lava flows and lava tubes mimic a moon landscape. You have the possibility for snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock, the famous landmark of Bartholomew. In the late afternoon you will go with the dinghy along the coast to look for Galapagos penguins. The penguin lives and nests in the lava tubes of the rocky coast along where they go fishing.

Day 3 Tuesday Tower Island: Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
In the morning you will have a wet landing on a small white beach made of coral sand in Darwin Bay. The trail you will take follows the shore vegetation of red mangroves and salt bushes. The special prickly pear cactus often grows on Genovesa like a hanging cactus with soft hairy spines. Under the shore vegetation the swallow?tailed gulls are nesting and in the bushes and trees there are the nests of the red?footed boobies and great frigate birds. A few Nazca boobies are also generally nesting on the ground. The trail leads along small tide pools up to the cliff with a spectacular view over the caldera. During low tide there are thousands of Galapagos fiddler crabs on the sandy ground.

Later you will have a dry landing on the cliff by Prince Philip´s Steps. The steps offer the only possibility to climb the steep basaltic cliff. The trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies and crosses a low and dense forest of Palo Santo trees where the redfooted boobies have their nests. When arriving to 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 favorite food of the shorteared owls. On both sides of the trail there are big Nazca booby nesting colonies.

Day 4 Wednesday Santiago: Puerto Egas / Rabida
Today you will start your visit on Santiago Island at the landmark of Puerto Egas, full of tuff formations of cliffs and relief structures. The wet landing is on a black beach and the walk shows an interesting special fauna during the always changing tide levels. Often you can observe lava herons fishing in the isolated tidal pools. On the whole walk you can see Galapagos sea lions, sally light foot crabs, and marine iguanas. Depending on 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 Galapagos fur seal colony. The Galapagos fur seal has found an ideal living space in the crevices and caves of the rocky lava coast.

Later you will visit the island of Rabida which looks red because of the concentration of ferric oxide in the lava. This very special red sand beach has saltbush vegetation and the silvery Palo Santo trees on the slopes. Before “El Niño,” Rabida had one of the biggest Galapagos sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. This colony has to recuperate again from the small remainder of the population. You will also see a small lagoon behind the zone of saltbush vegetation with (depending of the season) flamingos and whitecheeked pintail ducks.

Day 5 Thursday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
The visit you have today, to the Charles Darwin Research Station, gives the opportunity to get to know the scientific work taking place in the National Park including the breeding programs for the different subspecies of giant tortoises. It is also a good opportunity to observe them up-close. 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 Darwin’s finches are easy to spot.

Later, you will drive up to the highlands of Santa Cruz 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 (an agricultural area), where the problems of introduced animals and plants are quite obvious. On the highest point of the road the National Park starts again. “Los Gemelos” (that means twins in Spanish) are two big pit craters in the middle of a wonderful Scalesia forest. These endemic trees and the lush vegetation, with a lot of different ferns, mosses and liverworts, show a totally new picture of Galapagos. Darwin’s Finches and the vermilion flycatcher inhabit this forest. Depending of the season you will visit a farm in the highlands of Santa Cruz to look out for the Galapagos Tortoises in liberty. During their migration routes they spend part of the year in these highlands and can be easily observed.

Day 6 Friday Espanola (Hood): Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez
Española Island is one of the oldest islands of Galapagos and because of its geographic isolation it has a great number of endemic species. The Galapagos albatross, for example, comes only to the island of Española for breeding during the months of April to December (with the exception of a few pairs on Plata Island near the coast of Ecuador). The morning starts with a wet landing on a wonderful long white beach made of coral sand called Gardner Beach. For this visit you don’t need shoes. It is a very good place to observe the finches and mockingbirds in the saltbush vegetation and you can also enjoy being close to the Galapagos sea lions along the beach. You will have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.

Later you will visit Punta Suarez with a dry landing on a jetty. The walk is on a stony, rocky ground and is long and quite difficult. Visitors often find the colorful “Española marine iguana” and Galapagos sea lions on the very beginning of the trail. Everywhere the curious Española mockingbird approaches visitors. The trail leads through the nesting colonies of blue?footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and waved albatross. The big Española lava lizards are 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 into the air and depending on the waves and tide levels, can reach 80 feet high.

Day 7 Saturday Santa Fe / South Plaza
Today begins with a wet landing on a beach on Santa Fe Island that has a big sea lion colony. The short trail you will take leads from the sea lion colony on the beach through the dry vegetation of the Arid Zone to a wonderful forested cliff with prickly pear cacti and then back to a second beach. Only the very attentive visitors can detect up there the endemic land iguana of Santa Fe because he is perfectly camouflaged in the same colors of the vegetation and their territories are quite big.

Later at South Plaza Island you will have a dry landing on a jetty. This is a small uplifted island with a cliff 25 meters high on the southern side of the island. The whole flat, rocky northern coast has a big colony of Galapagos sea lions and on the East point is a bachelor sea lion colony. Here you will see very attractive prickly pear cactus trees and a big colony of land iguanas. Depending on the season, the ground vegetation changes its color from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

Day 8 Sunday Black Turtle Cove / Return to mainland Ecuador
Today you will have your last visit at Black Turtle Cove. With the dinghy, you go into the big protected mangrove cove. In the far away small corners the motor of the dinghy will be turned off in order to row closer 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, whitetipped reef sharks, and young Galapagos sharks can often be spotted. After the visit you will be escorted to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Angelito 7 night Galapagos Cruise (Itinerary B)

Sunday to Sunday

Day 1 Sunday Arrive to Baltra / Bachas
Your first visit is to Las Bachas, a white coral sand beach on the north side of the Santa Cruz Island. After a wet landing and easy walk along the beach, you will see small brackish water lagoons behind the sand dunes where occasionally it’s possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds like black?necked stilts, whimbrels, and white cheeked pintail ducks. After the walk you will have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.

Day 2 Monday Mosquera / Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill)
In the morning you will visit Mosquera Island, a small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. Mosquera has one of the biggest sea lion colonies in Galapagos and it is a wonderful visiting point to observe their behavior. Often you have the possibility to see endemic lava gulls and other coastal birds. On the lava rocks you will find marine iguanas and sally light foot crabs.

In the afternoon you will visit Cerro Dragon. The name Cerro Dragon means Dragon Hill and it is a very scenic visiting point. The hike passes a flamingo lagoon behind the beach and then leads through an impressive forest of prickly pear cacti. The trail then goes to a small hill where land iguanas live and nest. The view from this small hill over the surrounding landscape is spectacular.

Day 3 Tuesday Isabela: Tagus Cove / Fernandina: Punta Espinosa
Today you will visit Tagus Cove. This protected cove was a favorite resting site for the early pirates and whalers who also carved and painted their names in the high cliffs. It’s a dry landing and the scenic hike leads uphill through the dry vegetation zone to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the end of the hike you will go up to the spatter cone and have a wonderful view of the Darwin Volcano lava fields. With the dinghy, you will then go along the cliffs to search for Galapagos Penguins and flightless cormorants. If the water is clear, Tagus Cove is a very interesting snorkeling place with a great amount of marine invertebrates in the vertical walls.

In the afternoon you will visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. This visit is one of the highlights of a cruise in Galapagos. The dry landing is, depending of the tide, on lava or on the landing platform in the mangrove forest. On the hike you will see a lot of huge marine iguanas in big groups. On the lava coast, close to the shore line, there are the nesting places of the flightless cormorant. Lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles, and Galapagos penguins are often seen. On a lava flow there are the largest groups of the endemic lava cacti to see.

Day 4 Wednesday Isabela: Urbina Bay / Elizabeth Bay
The morning visit takes you to Urbina Bay on Isabela Island. It’s an area uplifted out of the sea at the foot of the Alcedo Volcano. Along the shore there are sometimes flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas. On the trail leading inland, be on the lookout for land iguanas. Sometimes it’s also possible to see a Galapagos tortoise along the pathway.

In the afternoon you will visit Elizabeth Bay. With the dinghy you will drive into the protected mangrove cove. The entrance is through a very narrow channel and is not always easy depending on the tide. In the far away small corners the motor is turned off to noiselessly observe the marine turtles. In Elizabeth Bay you will find the tallest red mangrove trees in the Galapagos.

Day 5 Thursday Isabela: Punta Moreno
In the morning you will visit Punta Moreno. You will start your day with a hike through a rough lava field where you will be able to see all 3 species of cactus: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus, and lava cactus. This lava field also has a lot of pioneer plants. You will then see flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks, and paint?billed crakes. On a dinghy ride you can see flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and marine iguanas.

At around 10:30 in the morning you will start the long (about 6 hours) and beautiful navigation along the shoreline around Volcano Cerro Azul to Puerto Villamil. Be sure to look for dolphins and whales during the journey. Just before dark you will arrive to the small harbor of Puerto Villamil.

Day 6 Friday Puerto Villamil / Sierra Negra
Today you will see a totally different Galapagos. By bus you will go uphill until you are close to the caldera of the volcano Sierra Negra (about 17 miles). On the way you will see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. On a 1 hour hike you will go to the rim of the volcano to see the huge caldera measuring 6.2 miles (10km) from North to South and 5.6 miles (9 km) from East to West. You can also see the huge new lava field from the last eruption in 2005.

In the afternoon you will make an excursion to the lagoons of Villamil. You start at the Tortoise Breading Centre where you can see different subspecies of the Galapagos Land Tortoises and the work being done to restore the endangered populations. On the walk back to town you will follow a beautiful trail from lagoon to lagoon and be on the lookout for flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks, and black?necked stilts.

Day 7 Saturday Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Post Office
Today starts with a wet landing on the “Green Beach” of Punta Cormorant. On the easy walk through the Arid Zone you will come to a big saltwater lagoon with flamingos, white cheeked pintail ducks, black?necked stilts, and depending on the season, more migratory shore birds. On a short walk you will come to the “White Flour Sand Beach”, made of white coral. Often you can see a lot of sting rays in the shallow water. Later you will visit Devils Crown on Floreana. This is one of the most famous snorkeling places in Galapagos. However, due to the strong current, this is only for experienced snorkels.

Before lunch you will make a short visit of the famous barrel in Post Office Bay. The barrel was first placed there in 1793 by whalers. They used it to send and receive letters back home. After this visit you will navigate to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. You will have a little bit of time to walk around town on your own.

Day 8 Sunday Daphne / Return to mainland Ecuador
In the morning you will circumnavigate Daphne Island. Daphne is a tuff cone with very little vegetation. This island is famous for studies by Peter and Rosmary Grant on Darwin Finches. After breakfast you will transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.