Angelito Galapagos

Galapagos Cruise Angelito


Your Angelito Galapagos cruise will be a wonderful experience. The Angelito offers an affordable cruise experience. It has space for 16 passengers, in 8 double cabins that are all on the main deck. Every cabin has air conditioning and a private bath room with hot water.

The motor yacht Angelito was one of the pioneers of tourism on the Galapagos, when two brothers who owned a fishing boat decided to stop fishing and start showing the islands to visitors. Today the Angelito is no longer a fishing boat, but was newly built in 1992 and completely refurbished in 2013.

The yacht offers several departures per year with a German-speaking guide.

Highlights: the beautiful Galapagos Islands
Number of days:
Regions: Galapagos
Interests: Cruise, Nature & Wildlife
Category: Superior
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 170



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Itinerary

The Angelito offers two itineraries, A and B. The A itinerary can be split up into a 4-day and a 5-day itinerary. Of course, you can also combine the itineraries, if you are looking for a longer cruise. Here is an overview of the itineraries, detailed descriptions are below:

Itinerary A:

Baltra – North Seymour – Chinese Hat – Bartholome – Genovesa – Santiago – Rabida – Santa Cruz – Española – Santa Fe – South Plaza – Santa Cruz – Baltra

Itinerary B:

Baltra – Bachas Beach – Mosquera – Cerro Dragon – Fernandina – Isabela – Floreana – Daphne – Baltra

Itinerary A 5 days:

Baltra – North Seymour – Chinese Hat – Bartholome – Genovesa – Santiago – Rabida – Santa Cruz – Baltra

Itinerary A 4 days:

Baltra – Santa Cruz – Española – Santa Fe – South Plaza – Santa Cruz – Baltra

Itinerary A

Day 1 AM: Baltra Island Airport and Transfer to the boat

The island Baltra is the only island of all Galapagos, not included in its totality in the National Park Area. The Americans built the airport of Baltra in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbor are now Ecuadorian military territory. Unfortunately, both of the military presences have left back their traces.

The flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes about 90 minutes. Arriving on the airport, the visitors have first to pay the entrance fee of US$ 100 for the National park. Leaving the arrival hall, the National Park Guide of the is waiting for you and accompanies the whole group to the harbor of Baltra, where your “Yacht Angelito I” is anchored. The cruise can begin!

PM: North Seymour

It’s a flat uplifted island in the “rain shadow” of the island Santa Cruz and for this reason, with dry vegetation of the Arid Zone. Loop trail. The dry landing on a landing peer is often somewhat difficult depending of the swell. The arrival on the rocky coast is full of surprises with the sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. The trail leads through the nesting area of colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate bird.

Day 2 AM: Sombrero Chino

Only a 200-meter wide channel separates this small island from the big island Santiago. The shape of the island looks like a Chinese hat and the island is very attractive because of the landscape. The wet landing is on a small white coral beach with sea lions. The easy and short trail leads along the coast with 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.

PM: Bartolomé

The dry landing is on a jetty. The summit trail leads to the top of Bartolomé on a wooden foot-bridge and stairs to protect the fragile landscape. The view from the top across Bartolomé, Santiago with Sullivan Bay and the surrounding islands is wonderful. All the secondary cones, lava flows and lava tubes mimic a moon landscape.

We have the possibility for Snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock, the famous landmark of Bartolomé.

In the late afternoon we go with the dinghy along the coast to look out for the Galapagos penguins. The penguin lives and nests in the lava tubes of the rocky coast, along where he is also fishing.

Day 3 AM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay

Wet landing on a small white beach made of coral sand. The trail follows the shore vegetation of red mangrove and salt bush. The special prickly pear cactus grows on Genovesa often like a hanging cactus with only soft hairy spines. Under the shore vegetation are nesting the swallow-tailed gulls and in the bushes and trees there are the nests of the red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. A few Nazca boobies are nesting on the ground. The trail leads along small tidepools up to the cliff with a spectacular view over the caldera. By low tide there are thousands of Galapagos fiddler crabs in the sandy ground

PM: Genovesa: Prince Philip Steps

Dry landing by the cliff. The Prince Philip’s Steps offer the only possibility to climb the steep basaltic cliff. The following easy trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies and crosses a low and dense forest of palo santo trees where the red-footed boobies have their nests. Arriving on 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 favourite food of the short-eared owls. On both sides of the trail there is a big Nazca booby nesting colony.

Day 4 AM: Puerto Egas

Landmark of Puerto Egas are the tuff formations of the cliffs with the relief structures. The wet landing is on a black beach. The walk with the intertidal life shows during the always changing tide levels an interesting special fauna. Often we can observe lava herons fishing in the isolated tidal pools. On the whole walk we can see Galapagos sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. Depending of 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.

PM: Rabida

Rabida looks red with the lava containing a lot of ferric oxide in the lava. Very special is the red sand of the beach with the saltbush vegetation and the silvery palo santo trees on the slopes. The batch of Rabida had before the last “El Niño) one of the biggest Galapagos sea lion colony. This colony has to recuperate again from the small remainder population. There is a small lagoon behind the zone of saltbush vegetation with (depending of the season) flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks.

Day 5 AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station

(End of 5-day itinerary) The visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station gives the opportunity to get to known the scientific work taking place in the National Park. Especially the raising programs for the different subspecies of the giant tortoises are very well documented.

It is also a good opportunity to observe the Galapagos tortoises up-close; the symbol of Galapagos. 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 a lot of Darwin’s finches are easy to spot.

PM: Highland Santa Cruz

(Beginning of 4-day itinerary) Drive up to the highlands 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 (and 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. We also visit a farm in the highlands of Santa Cruz to look out for the Galapagos Tortoises in liberty. During their migration routes the spend part of the year in these highlands and can be easily observed.

Day 6 Española

Española belongs to the oldest islands of Galapagos. Because of its geographic isolation, a great number of endemic species can be found in the island, making it very attractive. 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 the island Plata near the coast of Ecuador).

AM: Playa Gardner

Wet landing on a wonderful, long, white beach made of coral sand. For this visit you don’t need shoes. Very good place to observe the finches and mockingbirds in the saltbush vegetation, you can also enjoy the beach close to the Galapagos sea lions. You have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.

PM: Punta Suarez

Loop trail with an easy, dry landing on a jetty. The walk on a stony, rocky ground is long and quite difficult. The visitors can find even on the very beginning of the trail the colourful “Española marine iguana” and Galapagos sea lions. Everywhere the curious Española mockingbird approaches the visitors. The trail leads through the nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and waved albatross. The big Española lava lizards are to be 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, depending of the waves and tide level till 80 feet high.

Day 7 AM: Santa Fe

The wet landing is on a beach with a big sea lion colony. The short trail leads from the sea lion colony on the beach through dry vegetation of the Arid Zone to a wonderful forested cliff with high prickly pear cactus 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 quiet big.

PM: South Plaza

Easy loop trail with a dry landing on a jetty. It’s 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. Very attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees and of course the big colony of land iguanas. Depending on the season, the sesuvium ground vegetation changes its colour from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

Day 8 AM: Black Turtle Cove

With the dinghy we go into the big protected mangrove cove. In the far away small corners we turn off the motor of the dinghy rowing then noiselessly 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, white-tipped reef sharks and young Galapagos sharks can often be spotted.

AM: Baltra

At the end of the cruise, the passengers leave the Angelito again in the harbor of Baltra and your guide takes care of everything until you fly back to the continent.

Itinerary B

Day 1 AM: Baltra Island Airport and Transfer to the boat

The island Baltra is the only island of all Galapagos, not included in its totality in the National Park Area. The Americans built the airport of Baltra in 1941-1948, using it as their air force base in the Pacific during the Second World War. The airport and harbor are now Ecuadorian military territory. Unfortunately, both of the military presences have left back their traces.

The flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes about 90 minutes. Arriving on the airport, the visitors have first to pay the entrance fee of US$ 100 for the National park. Leaving the arrival hall, the National Park Guide of the is waiting for you and accompanies the whole group to the harbor of Baltra, where your “Yacht Angelito I” is anchored. The cruise can begin!

PM: Santa Cruz: Las Bachas

White coral beach in the north of the Island Santa Cruz. Wet landing and easy walk along the beach. There are small brackish water lagoons behind the sand dune where occasionally it’s possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds like black-necked stilts, whimbrels and white cheeked pintail ducks. Important: don’t walk on top of the sand dunes because it is a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. After the walk you have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.

Day 2 AM: Mosquera

It’s a small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra. The wet landing is sometimes a little bit difficult, depending of the tide. Mosquera has one of the big sea lion colonies in Galapagos with different Harems and it is a wonderful visiting point to observe their behaviour. Often we have the possibility to see the endemic lava gulls and other coastal birds. On the lava rocks we find marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs and under the rocks sometimes scorpions.

PM: Cerro Dragon

The name Cerro Dragon means Dragon Hill and it is a very scenic visiting point. The hike passes first a flamingo lagoon behind the beach vegetation and then leads through an impressive forest of prickly pear cactus forest. A loop trail 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 AM: Tagus Cove

This protected cove was a favourite resting site for the early pirates and whalers who also carved and painted their names in the high cliffs of the cove. It’s a dry landing and the scenic hike leads 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 Volcano. With the dinghy we go then along the cliffs to look out 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.

PM: Fernandina: Punta Espinoza

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. Take care to stay strict on the pathway because the sand dunes are nesting areas for the marine iguanas. 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 the Galapagos penguins are often seen. On a lava flow there are the largest groups of the endemic lava cactus to see. A short trail inland on a lava field leads till the edge of a large lava flow.

Day 4 AM: Isabela: Urbina Bay

It’s an area uplifted out of the sea at the foot of Alcedo Volcano. The wet landing is on a steep beach, being sometimes a little bit difficult because of high waves. Along the shore there are sometimes flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas. On the trail leading inland we look out for the colourful land iguanas. Sometimes it’s also possible to see a Galapagos tortoise along the pathway.

PM: Elizabeth Bay

With the dinghy we drive into the protected mangrove cove. The entrance through a very narrow channel is not always easy depending on the tide. In the far away small corners we turn off the motor of the dinghy rowing then noiselessly to observe the marine turtles. In Elizabeth Bay we find within the tallest Red Mangrove Trees in Galapagos.

Day 5 AM: Punta Moreno

Very early in the morning we go to a hike on a rough lava field of Punta Moreno. It’s a place where we can see all the 3 species of cactus: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus and lava cactus. This lava field has also a lot of pioneer plants. Like surprise we find in middle of the lava field some brackish water pools with flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks and paint-billed crakes. On a dinghy drive we can see flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins and huge marine iguanas.

PM: Puerto Villamil

At around 10:30 in the morning we start our long (about 6 hours) and beautiful navigation along the shore line around the Volcano Cerro Azul till Puerto Villamil. Depending of the season this navigation can be a little bit rough. We look out for dolphins and whales and stop to observe them if we see some. Just before the dark we arrive in the small harbour Puerto Villamil.

Day 6 AM: Sierra Negra

Today we see a total different Galapagos. By bus we go uphill till close to the caldera of the volcano Sierra Negra (about 17 miles) and see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. Often it is a little bit raining or misty and foggy. On a hike of about 1 hour we go to the rim of the volcano to see the huge caldera measuring 6.2 miles (10 km) from North to South and 5.6 miles (9 km) from East to West. We can also see the huge new lava field from the last eruption in 2005.

PM: Lagoons of Villamil

In the afternoon we make an excursion to the lagoons of Villamil. We start at the Tortoise Breading Centre where we can see different subspecies of the Galapagos Land Tortoises and the work for restoring the population of endangered populations. On the walk back to town we take a beautiful trail from lagoon to lagoon and look out for flamingos, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. We see a forest of button mangroves.

Day 7 AM: Floreana: Punta Cormorant

The wet landing is on the “Green Beach” of Punta Cormorant. Depending on the light conditions the sand shines green because of the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand. On the easy walk through the Arid Zone we come to a big salt-water lagoon with flamingos, white cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts and depending of the season more migratory shore birds. On a short walk we come to the “White Flour Sand Beach”, made of white corals. It’s a famous nesting beach for marine turtles and for this it is important not walking on the sand dune. Often we can see a lot of sting rays in the shallow water.

PM: Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay – Puerto Ayora

The remaining of a volcano is looking like a black crown emerging of the sea. This is one of the most famous snorkelling places in Galapagos. Important to know: because there is often a strong current, this snorkelling places is only for experienced snorklers.

Before lunch we make a short visit of the famous barrel in Post Office Bay with a wet landing. We complete the unwritten law to visit this place to check, if there is a letter or postcard to the country you are from. The most special thing would be if you can take a postcard with you to hand delivering it to the destination. Like this the tradition is maintained and don’t get lost. The barrel was first placed there in 1793 from the whalers. They used it to receive and send letters home and to have contact within them.

After this visit we have navigation to the Island Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora where we arrive at about 5 pm. The passengers have a little bit time to walk in town and it’s no specific guided visit. During this time the Angelito will have to get food and all necessary things for the continuation of the cruise. The dinner is on board.

Day 8 AM: Daphne

Daphne is a tuff cone with little vegetation. This island is famous for the studies by Peter and Rosemary Grant about the Darwin Finches. The perfect literature to read about: The Beak of the Finch of Jonathan Weiner. We make only the panoramic navigation around the small tuff cone, but not too close to avoid introduction of insects.

AM: Baltra

After breakfast we have to leave the Angelito at about 8 am to go to the airport Baltra for the return flight to the continent.

Rates and Services

Price per person: US$ starting at 1,545 (4 days)
(based on 2 people traveling)

Price includes:

  • Accommodation aboard the Angelito yacht
  • Full board
  • Excursions and activities with bilingual naturalist guide
  • Transfers
  • Snorkeling equipment

Not included:

  • Flights from/to Galapagos
  • Entrance Fee Galapagos National Park ($ 100 per person)
  • Migration Control Card INGALA ($ 20 per person)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Wetsuit
  • Isabela landing tax ($ 20)

Accommodation

The Angelito Galapagos yacht has recently been completely remodeled. All of the eight cabins are on the main deck and offer space for 16 passengers.

Deck Plan

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