Destination Area: South America & Galapagos Islands
Length: 7 NIGHTS
Vessel: Mary Anne


Baltra Airport (arrival) on October 17, 2020


Baltra Airport (return) on October 24, 2020

$4,980 per person.

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This western Galapagos itinerary lets you explore Fernandina, known as the most pristine island on the planet, as well as the back side of Isabella Island with its imposing shield volcanoes and the incredibly abundant marine life of the area, nurtured by the Cromwell current that comes from the west.

Mary Anne is a steel-hulled 3-masted barkentine, built in 1997 specifically to voyage in the Galapagos Islands. She was designed within establ ...

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  • Get the most out of expert guides who will lead you through some of the most extraordinary nature preserves
  • Walk along pristine beaches amidst Galapagos sea lions
  • Notice blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas
  • Watch your step because trails are dotted with these creatures
  • Notice nesting sites of the Galapagos albatross from April to December
  • Good place to observe endemic land birds namely Darwin’s finches/ Galapagos doves/ and Galapagos hawks
  • Watch an impressive blowhole from our position high on the cliffs.

The Galapagos Islands, born of a fortuitous volcanic "bubbling" beneath the ocean floor several million years ago, there is virtually every interaction between these islands and those who’ve washed up on their shores has been special. Home to extraordinary creatures, land of pirates, murder mysteries and mysterious curses, Galapagos, today, fascinates those who visit in ways so inexplicable that one could easily argue there isn’t a place like it on the planet.

The Galapagos Islands continue to hold a foreboding relevance, as we strive to preserve their fragile environments. As you sail through the charismatic Galapagos Islands you will encounter dramatic cliff edge landscapes teeming with seabirds, booby nesting sites that showcase in real life the everyday trials of the ‘survival of the fittest’, and the subtle differences in wildlife and geology that make each of the islands in the Galapagos archipelago unique, from those with green sand to islands fringed in powdery white, from colonies of sooty-toned iguanas to those fire-red, from finches that in one site crush their food with heavy beaks to those that, only a brief sail’s distance away, delicately tap their narrow bill on wood to grab a bite.

Baltra Airport (arrival)
Baltra Galapagos, also known as South Seymour Island, is a small island located right in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, between North Seymour Island and the large island of Santa Cruz. It has an area of only eight square miles. Baltra Island has one of only two airports serving the Galapagos islands, and most visitors will arrive at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island before continuing on to further travel in the islands. Baltra Galapagos is separated from Santa Cruz by a narrow stretch of water called the Itabaca Canal.

Gemelos, HK (embark)
Gemeloses are small apartments. In this case, Hong Kong.

Tortoise Ranch in The Highlands

Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
Named not after the bird but a US ship, there is a wet landing onto a, literally, green beach - so colored because it is made from olivine crystals (volcanic silicates of magnesium and iron). Pencil sea urchins may be found on the beach.

A short walk inland and the trail comes to a brackish lagoon. This is home to one of the biggest populations of flamingos in the archipelago, these pink residents spend about 7 hours a day or more eating, and so take some binoculars to watch the ballet of necks as they gracefully move back and fourth, scouring the floor of the lagoon for little shrimp. Also present are pin tail ducks and stilts. The trail crosses a narrow neck of land and [Galapagos Marine Turtle] comes to a white beach on the eastern side of the island. Ghost crabs inhabit the beach, and rays and turtles can be seen in the sea.

Devel's Crown (snorkel)
A shallow sunken crater makes for one of the best snorkeling sites in Galapagos, This almost completely submerged volcano offers snorkelers the chance to play in the water with sea lions. See a wide variety of colorful fish in the clear blue water.

Post Office Bay
At Post Office Bay there was a barrel where sailors could leave their mail for pickup en route to the mailing's final destination. The Galapagos Islands were a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would mail them.

Soon Post Office Bay became a mandatory stop to all sailors passing through the Galapagos Islands. Floreana Island is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and colonists.

In this vast and remote Pacific Ocean, it was the only official way to communicate with relatives, friends and governments.

The system worked under a very simple concept: anyone could leave mail at the barrel, and a passing ship will collect it and deliver it later. Post Office Bay is probably one of the most famous sites in Galapagos.

Charles Darwin Station -Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island was the largest privately owned island off the continental United States, but is currently part-owned by the National Park service (NPS owns 24%, and the Nature Conservancy owns 76%). The island, located off the coast of California, is 22 miles long and from 2 to 6 miles wide. It is part of the northern group of the Channel Islands of California, and at 61,764.6 acres or 96.507 sq mi) is the largest of the eight islands in the chain. Santa Cruz Island is located within Santa Barbara County, California. The coastline has steep cliffs, gigantic sea caves, coves, and sandy beaches.

Tortuga Bay

Punta Moreno (Isabela Island)
Punta Moreno has a desolate and pristine landscape of very impressive black lava flows with a unique system of brackish lagoons that are a magnet for wildlife. This newly opened visitors site offers Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, blue-footed boobies, mockingbirds and flightless cormorants. There is extraordinary and unusual vegetation here.

Elizabeth Bay (Panga ride)
Galapagos Elizabeth Bay located on Isabella Island`s west shore is extremely interesting for observing marine life. You can motor or kayak past a few islands where you usually see Galapagos penguins. One of the best areas to take their photos. A colony of these magnificent birds inhabit a rocky islet at the entrance to Elizabeth Bay.

Let your boat or kayak drift through a small passage lined with mangroves you emerge into an enclosed cove. Turn your motor off and look in the sheltered waters for marine turtles, rays, flightless cormorants, sea lions, and, circling overhead, Galapagos hawks.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, tropical fish.

Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6miles) long (1.9miles) Your landing is wet.

Punta Espinoza - Fernandina Island
Fernandina’s only visitor site, Punta Espinosa is a great place to see some Galapagos wildlife that you don’t often see. Most noteworthy is the endemic flightless cormorant, which is only found in western islands. After a dry-ish landing on a rocky shore, you will have the opportunity to peek into some tidal pools, which often are home to interesting marine life. You may even spot a ray or sea turtle in the lagoon.

Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove was a favorite and protected resting site for the early pirates and whalers who carved and painted their names in the high clffs of the cove. With the dinghy we go along the cliffs to look out for Galapagos Penguins and flightless cormorants. Dry landing and then scenic hike uphill through the Dry Zone vegetation to the Darwin lake, a saltwater crater lake. At the end of the hike we go up to a parasitic spatter cone and have a wonderful view over the lava fields of Darwin Vulcano

Punta Vicente Roca (snorkel or panga ride
Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the Galapagos islands, is Punta Vicente Roca, Here the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells.

The spot is a popular anchorage from which to take panga rides along the cliff that are the remains of the volcano or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Masked and blue-footed boobies sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.

The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos, give rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, make Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s sought after dive spots.

Punta Albemarle (Isabela Island)
On the northern tip of Isabela Island lies Punta Albemarle, which was used as a radar base by the US in World War II. Rough seas make landings here tricky, but for those who do visit it is a good location for seeing flightless cormorant and a colony of some of the largest marine iguanas in Galapagos.

Espumilla Beach (Santiago Island)
Wonderful fine sand, great swimming and snorkeling.

Bucanero Cove

Puerto Egas (James Bay - Santiago Island)
Puerto Egas and Southern James Bay is located northwest of Santiago Island, fascinating place to visit because they had great volcanic activities in the past. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see the ruins consist of a salt company and its many inhabitants as the sea lions, chameleons, lizards and herons.

Baltra Airport (return)
Baltra Galapagos, also known as South Seymour Island, is a small island located right in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, between North Seymour Island and the large island of Santa Cruz. It has an area of only eight square miles. Baltra Island has one of only two airports serving the Galapagos islands, and most visitors will arrive at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island before continuing on to further travel in the islands. Baltra Galapagos is separated from Santa Cruz by a narrow stretch of water called the Itabaca Canal.

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