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Passion Itinerary West

PASSION, 8 DAYS, WEST

NOTE: Please keep in mind that our west itinerary starts right after you arrive to the islands.

If possible, please wear clothes comfortable enough for a visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz

Island: comfortable shoes, a hat for the sun, pants or shorts.

You will be reunited with your luggage at around 05:00 in the afternoon when you board the

ship at Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island).

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

First encounters

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

representant to then board a bus which will take us to Puerto Ayora, for the first visit on the

islands: 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.

Afterwards we will head back to Puerto Ayora, where we will have some time to explore the

town and shops by ourselves before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 17:00. Once on

board, we will be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill and enjoy

dinner and the briefing for the next day´s activities.

DAY 2 – SUNDAY

The Baroness’ domain

AM: We spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von

Wagner de Bousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant; we will be

seeking Greater Flamingos on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll

set your foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. We

end the outing on a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site.

PM: After lunch we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your

postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.

DAY 3 MONDAY

Tortoises and a white sand beach

AM: This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s black beach, to learn about the intriguing

human history of the island and it´s first inhabitants.

Floreana was the first islands in the Archipelago to be inhabited, since it has one of the very

few fresh water sources. We will visit this fresh water source known as “Asilo de La Paz”

well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first “Galapegueño” was

born, according to Floreana stories, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner

von Bousquet and her lovers, which mysteriously began to disappear after settling in the

island.

PM: After our visit, we will have the best opportunity for a not so usual but well beloved

activity in the Archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for Whales and Dolphins. The

waters of the Galapagos form the second largest marine reserve in the World, and this

marine reserve have a very rich wildlife. The biggest representatives of the underwater

Fauna are the different species of Whales and dolphins found here. We will navigate form

Floreana to Isabela Island while looking for these fascinating creatures, which tend to show

themselves in this area.

This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabella and the Cerro Azul

volcano.

DAY 4 – TUESDAY

An initiation to the western islands

AM: We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step

ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by

giant shield volcanoes, some still active! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where

flamingos are usually present.

PM: Panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest

red mangroves of the Galapagos. Here, it is usual to see sea turtles come near our zodiac to

greet us. Flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins are also more abundant in this part

of the archipelago.

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

Marine abundance

AM: We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for

Green Sea Turtle. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises

(seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, we will admire the remains

of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils; and if the sea conditions and

time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.

PM: We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites,

and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on

the look out for Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and

hawks, sooty-coloured marine iguanas and bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

 

DAY 6 - THURSDAY

Pirate’s abode

AM: Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships

are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to

Darwin Lake, a salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

PM: At Punta Vicente Roca we will do a panga ride around the beautiful coast line before

jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkelling sites of the Galapagos. The

underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone looking

at them for the first time.

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

Grottos and fur seals

AM: After three days exploring the fabulous western islands, we head to central Santiago to

disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden-coloured sand Green Sea Turtle

nesting site. A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo

on the islands to observe Yellow Warblers, the unbelievably tame Galapagos Flycatcher and

the ever-intriguing Darwin’s finches.

PM: At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an

interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of

lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as

“grottos”. Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.

DAY 8 – SATURDAY

The bird’s den

AM: We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will

walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies

and Swallow-tailed Gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular displays. After

this visit the ship will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark and

passengers beginning their cruise will join us on board.

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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