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
DAY 2 - SUNDAY
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
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
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
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
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.