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Passion Itinerary East

PASSION, 8 DAYS, EAST 

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

A first impression

PM: After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises

representant to then board the Passion and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short

distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz

Island. 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

mangroves.

DAY 2 - SUNDAY

Up north

AM: We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined

with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where Red-footed Boobies and Great

Frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: At Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where Frigatebirds,

Nazca Boobies, and Red-footed Boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive Redbilled

Tropicbird amidst Galapagos Storm Petrels.

DAY 3 – MONDAY

Contours of Sullivan Bay

AM: Dry landing at Bartholomew to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this

spatter cone for a most breathtaking panorama of the islands’ well photographed Pinnacle

Rock, views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

PM: We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava

flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized

minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and

herons going after small fish.

DAY 4 - TUESDAY

Mars on Earth

AM: Wet landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating

interior and saltwater lagoon. 

warblers feed off the vegetation; given the right time of the year brown pelicans nesting on

salt bushes that fringe the beach.

PM: We head across to Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz’s north-west shore (dry landing); we

visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked

Pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

Hidden treasures

AM: We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will

have a dry landing in the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to

the Islands highlands. This are, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and

forest, due to the humidity that gathers in the higher regions.

We will visit one of the ranches of the area, where it´s possible to see giant tortoises in their

natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back,

the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises, as they roam free and

change their locations. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of

this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or

the yellow warbler.

PM: We will enjoy lunch in the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit

of the day, the Charles Darwin research station and the Fausto Llerena breeding center.

Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural

pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. 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 this visit, we will have some time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora and its many

souvenir shops, before boarding the M/Y Passion for dinner and the usual briefing.

DAY 6 – THURSDAY

Heading Eastward

AM: Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the Archipelago, colourful Plaza Sur is home

to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas;

impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great

place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

PM: After a wet landing onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, on Santa

Fe, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land

iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found

here.

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

 

AM: Punta Suárez (dry landing) is 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

(April to December) of Waved Albatross. Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January),

and lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

PM: We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an

outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española Mockingbird.

DAY 8 – SATURDAY

A last goodbye with the tortoises

AM: This is our last day on the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to

take our transport to Baltra Airport, doing a short stop to visit the Lava tunnels found in the

highlands. These intriguing tunnels were formed b y a lava flow that hardened on the outside

while still maintaining its fluid scolding state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where it

passed. We will walk inside one of this tunnel (that are artificially illuminated to help visitors)

to have a close look at the formations and learn more about the origin of these very volcanic

archipelago.

After this visit we will continue our ride to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

In addition to the land visits we offer a good balance of other activities such as

snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking. 

 

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