Galapagos cruise on board Mary Anne | 8 days east

From Santa Cruz Island to Santa Cruz Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

What more memorable and unique way to take a Galapagos cruise than on the 216ft barquentine, Mary Anne Galapagos. This 8-day cruise will guide you around the eastern islands of the Galapagos National Park, taking in the captivating landscapes and unique wildlife. Galapagos is one of the last places where human impact is barely felt, and the creatures inhabiting it could care less about the strange visitors walking among them. The Mary Anne Galapagos conjures up the excitement of old world sailing and navigation with all the modern comforts of a small ship cruise. Snorkeling gear and kayaks are at guests' disposal. Our crew will make sure that all your needs are catered for and our experienced national park guides will educate you about the incredible natural world of the Galapagos Islands.

Known as a bird watcher's paradise; on your Galapagos Islands vacation, you can expect to see vast colonies of many species of bird such as frigate birds, flamingos, Red and Blue Footed Boobies and the rare Galapagos Hawks. Snorkeling, diving and swimming is world class in the Galapagos Islands and the pristine waters host rays, marine iguanas, sea turtles and a dazzling array of colourful fish. Your Galapagos cruise includes a visit to Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center where you can learn about the conservation of these ancient creatures.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra airport Santa Cruz Island

Arrival at Baltra airport and transfer to the boat.

After lunch, the vessel will navigate to Black Turtle Cove. During a panga ride, you may spot rays, pelicans and herons

Day 2
Genovesa Island

After breakfast, you will reach Darwin Bay. The stunning beach is surrounded by mangroves where you can see Red-footed boobies and frigatebirds.

After lunch, the boat will stop at El Barranco. After a short hike to the inner part of the island, you may spot Galapagos storm petrels and the endemic short-ear owl.

Day 3
Bartolome Island Chinese Hat

You will explore Bartolome Island. Follow the wooden path to reach the summit and have a wonderful view of the most famous panorama of the island, Pinnacle Rock. Afterward, you can walk along the beach used as a nest site by sea turtles.

The next stop is at Chinese Hat. This place is a great snorkeling site with an abundance of marine species. This small island is a good place to view geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.

Day 4
Rabida Island Santa Cruz

In the morning, you will explore Rabida Island. It is the most colorful and volcanically varied island in the Galapagos. You may observe flamingos but also some of the rarest species such as brown large-billed flycatchers and Galapagos hawks.

Then, head across Cerro Dragon to discover a saltwater lagoon, home to various species such as Greater Flamingos.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island

The boat will land at the dock of Puerto Ayora. Learn more about Giant Tortoises while visiting a ranch.

In the afternoon, you will discover more tortoises from different islands at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
You will have the opportunity to do some shopping in the town of Puerto Ayora.

Day 6
South Plaza Santa Fe

You will have a dry landing on South Plaza. Watch land iguanas eating green prickly pears. It is also the perfect spot to watch a variety of coastal birds and sea lions.

After a wet landing on Santa Fe, you can walk along the beach where sea lions are resting.

Day 7
Española Island

In the morning, you will head to Suarez Point. This natural paradise is home to endemic lizards, iguanas and gulls.

During the afternoon, you can snorkel in one of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos at Gardner Bay. This long, white, sandy beach, is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions.

Day 8
Santa Cruz Island

Your last visit of the cruise will be at the Twin Craters.

Transfer to the airport to take a flight back to the continent.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Unlimited coffee, tea, water and natural juices
  • Included Copy 20 All meals on board
  • Included Copy 7 Alcoholic and bottled beverages on board
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Programmed visits to the islands with a certified English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel and fins)
  • Included Copy 20 Kayak
  • Included Copy 20 Private transfers and ferry for all Galapagos transfers
  • Included Copy 7 Air ticket
  • Included Copy 7 Transfers to and from the airport in mainland Ecuador
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Included Copy 7 Wet suit rental fee
  • Included Copy 7 Crew and guide tips
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses
Transportation
Mary Anne | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Snorkeling
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Panga Ride
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$4,980 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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