GALAPAGOS angelito cruises Tourist superior class


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A "Tourist Superior" yacht with First Class services, the Angelito I is an all-wooden ship that was built in 1992.

There is plenty of room for relaxing outdoors on one of the four shade or sun decks, including the well-lit dining deck with bar. The interior has a spacious dining room and salon, and is air-conditioned throughout. She has 8 air-conditioned double cabins, each with upper and lower bunks and private bathrooms with hot shower.

Service is the name of the game on the Angelito, as one of the owners always skippers the yacht, and the yacht works with two naturalist guides exclusively, each of whom has extensive experience in the Galapagos

It is important for us, that quality comes before quantity!

For that reason:
Don't measure your Galapagos travel itinerary in miles. The travelling time to the far-away islands is long and can mean, that time for visiting this islands is often not in proportion to the time it takes to get there.- Our itinerary avoids these long, tiring journeys. It is balanced and well thought out to ensure that each day offers a wide variety of landscapes and the chance to see the maximum Number of animals and plants.

Our guests can enjoy our spacious sun and shadow decks which, together a very large saloon/dining room provide many comfortable areas to read, take a siesta or simply relax between island visits.

We believe that it is also important that you have enough time to walk on the islands and to enjoy, explore, closely observe and photograph the wildlife. You will not be pushed through just to move on to the next island.

It is also important that you get to know the Galapagos islands under water. For this reason, the Angelito has good and enough equipment for snorkelling and we allow plenty of time to explore the amazing underwater world. Even those who have never tried snorkelling are encouraged to give it a go. We like to help you, and for your safety and security our dinghy is always close by.

For us it is also important that our guests can find enough space to have a pleasant and comfortable time while we are sailing and can relax during siesta time, in the morning hours and in the evenings. Our large sun and shadow decks and the big main deck make this possible.

Families with children are welcome on Angelito I which provides a safe and comfortable environment for all. Itineraries for family charters are specially adapted to make the cruise enjoyable for everyone.

In case of a charter, our itinerary can be changed, according to your requirements, subject to the agreement of the National Park Authority.

We are also specialists in cruises for two and three weeks. Of course we design special itineraries for these trips.

During standard tours, the National Park Guide speaks English and Spanish.

However, one of our guides is Maja from Swizerland who has more than 14 years experience in the Galapagos and who has been working with us all this time.





Facilities: 8 double cabins, with single lower berth and single upper berth, each cabin with locker, toilet, shower (hot water), washbasin and vanity. Bar saloon, dinning room, library, sundeck and social toilet, TV, VCR, stereo music system, air conditioning. Snorkeling equipment

Galapagos Angelito Technical Information

1992 built in Galápagos. Custom motor Yacht, completely wooden construction.
Length: 22 m (70 feet)
Beam: 6.6m (22 feet)
Speed: 10 Knots
Propulsion: 2 Cummin engines (new Oct. 98) , 300 HP each
Equipment: 2 generators for 110 and 220 V (plug socket 110 V), VHF and SSB marine radios, radar, depth sounder, G.P.S. 2 tenders (dinghies) with outboard motors, life-jackets.
Safety equipment that fulfil the highest standards, complying with international Coast Guard regulations.
Capacity: 16 passengers
Guest Accommodations: 8 double cabins each with toilet and shower. All cabins with air conditioning and fan
Crew: Captain, multilingual naturalist guide, first mate, mechanic, 2 sailors, cook and auxiliar cook



Galapagos Angelito Yacht Itinerary - Sunday to Sunday




Sunday: Baltra - North Seymour
Monday: Chinese Hat – Bartolome
Tuesday: Genovesa: Darwin Bay - Prince Phillips Steps
Wednesday: Puerto Egas – Rabida
Thursday: Darwin Station - Highlands of Santa Cruz
Friday: Española: Pta. Suarez - Playa Gardner
Saturday: Santa Fe - South Plaza
Sunday: Black Turtle Cove – Baltra



Sunday: Baltra – Las Bachas
Monday: Mosquera – Cerro Dragon
Tuesday: Tagus Cove (Isabela)– Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)
Wednesday: Urbina Bay – Elizabeth Bay
Thursday: Punta Moreno – Navegation to Villamil with Wale Watching
Friday: Puerto Villamil: Sierra Negra: hike to the Crater OR with a surcharge of US$ 60 per passenger for excursion with horses till Volcan Chico – Darwin Station Villamil
Saturday: Floreana: Punta Cormorant – Corona del Diablo – Post Office Bay – Puerto Ayora
Sunday: (Daphne Panoramic) – Baltra



Day 1 (Sunday) Baltra / North Seymore

Baltra: 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 during the Second World War. The airport and harbor are now Ecuadorian military territory.

The flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes about 90 minutes. Arriving to the airport, you must first pay the National Park entrance fee of US$ 100. Leaving the arrival hall, the National Park Guide of the "Angelito I" will be waiting for you and accompany the whole group to the Baltra harbor, where the "Angelito I" is anchored. The cruise can begin!

North Seymour: A flat uplifted island in the "rain shadow" of Santa Cruz Island and for this reason it has dry vegetation is known as an Arid Zone. Loop trail.

Dry landing on a landing peer, depending of the swell it can be somewhat difficult. The arrival on the rocky coast is full of surprises with sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas.The trail leads you through the nesting area of the blue-footed boobies and frigatebird colonies.

Day 2 (Monday) Chinese Hat / Bartolome

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. The island is very attractive because of the landscape. Because of the lava there is very little vegetation.

Wet landing on a small white coral beach with sea lions. The easy 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.

Bartolomé: Dry landing on a jetty. The summit trail first goes over sand and then leads to the top of Bartholomew on a wooden staircase. The view from the top of Santiago with Sullivan Bay and the surrounding islands is wonderful. All the secondary cones, lava flows and lava tubes mimick a moon landscape.

Snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, the famous landmark of Bartolome. With the dinghy we go along the coast of Bartolomé to look for the Galapagos penguins. The penguins live and nest in the lava tubes of the rocky coast, along which they also fish.

Day 3 (Tuesday) Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps

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 find swallow-tailed gulls nesting and in the bushes and trees there are the nests of the red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. A few masked 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

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 masked booby nesting colony.

Day 4 (Wednesday) Puerto Egas / Rabida

Puerto Egas: Landmark of Puerto Egas are the tuff formations of the cliffs with the relief structures. Wet landing on a black beach. The walk along the intertidal life, with continually changing tide levels, offers interesting fauna. Often we can observe lava herons fishing in the isolated tidal pools.

For the whole walk we can see Galápagos sea lions, sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. Depending on the season, there can also be a lot of migrant shore birds, living on these rich coasts (usually during Winter time). On the turning point of the trail is the start of a Galápagos fur seal colony. The Galápagos fur seal is found in the crevices and caves of the rocky lava coast an ideal living space

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

Day 5 (Thursday) Santa Cruz: Darwin Station / Highlands

Charles Darwin Research Station: The visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station gives the opportunity to get to known the scientific work taking place in the National Park. For instance, the captivity raising programs for the different subspecies of the giant tortoises are very well documented.

It is also a good opportunity to watch the Galapagos tortoises up-close; the symbol of the 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 an exuberant green, and a lot of Darwin's finches are easy to spot.

Highland Santa Cruz: 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). On the highest point of the road the National Park start again.

"Los Gemelos" (meaning “twins”) are two big pit craters in the middle of a wonderful Scalesia forest. These endemic trees and the lush vegetation, with a lot of different ferns, mosses and liverworts, show a totally new picture of Galapagos. Darwin's Finches and the vermilion flycatcher inhabit this area.

Day 6 (Friday) Espanola: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay

Because of Espanola’s geographic isolation, a great Number of endemic species can be found on the island.

Punta Suarez: Loop trail with an easy, dry landing on a jetty. The stony, rocky terrain make for a long and more difficult walk. At the beginning of the trail observe the colorful "Española marine iguana" and Galapagos sea lions. Everywhere you go the curious Española mockingbird will approach you. The trail leads through the nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, masked 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, 80 feet into the air, depending of the waves and tide level.

Gardner Bay: Snorkel in Gardner Bay an around a small island close by. 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, in the saltbush vegetation, the finches and mockingbirds. You can also enjoy the beach and basked with the sea lions in the sun.

Day 7 (Saturday) Sante Fe / South Plaza

Santa Fé: Wet landing. Follow a trail that 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 down to a second beach. Only the very attentive visitors can detect up there the endemic land iguana of Santa Fe, because it is perfectly camouflaged in the same colours of the vegetation and their territories are quiet big.

South Plaza: Easy loop trail with a dry landing on a jetty. Small uplifted island with a cliff 25 meter high on the southern side of the island. The whole flat, rocky northern coast has a great colony of Galapagos sea lions.

On the East point is a bachelor sea lion colony. See 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 color from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

Day 8 (Sunday) Black Turtle Cove / Baltra

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 observe the marine turtles.

There are a lot of them in the cove during mating and nesting season (DeceWELCOMETOGALAPAGOSr 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.

Baltra: At the end of the cruise, the passengers leave the Angelito again at the Baltra harbor. Your guide takes care of everything until you’re on your flight back to the continent.



Day 1 (Sunday) Baltra / Las Bachas Beach

Upon your arrival to Baltra, meet your guide and board the Angelito I.

Las Bachas: White coral beach in the north of the Island Santa Cruz. Wet landing and easy walk along the beach to 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 in Bachas is not climbing the sand dunes because it is a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. After the walk you have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach.

Day 2 (Monday) Mosquera / Cerro Dragon

Mosquera: It’s a small sandy island located between North Seymour and Baltra.
The wet landing is sometimes a little bit difficult, depending on the tide.
Mosquera has one of the biggest sea lion colonies in Galapagos with different Harems and it is a wonderful visiting point to observe their behavior. 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.

Cerro Dragón: The name Cerro Dragón means Dragon Hill and it is a very scenic visiting point. The hike passes a flamingo lagoon, located 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 (Tuesday) Tagus Cove / Punta Espinoza

Tagus Cove: This protected cove was a favorite resting site for the early pirates and whalers who also carved and painted their names in the high cliffs of the cove. Dry landing and then a scenic hike uphill through the Dry Zone vegetation to 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 overlooking the lava fields of Darwin Volcano. With the dinghy we go then along the cliffs to look 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.

Punta Espinoza: This visit is one of the highlights of a cruise in Galapagos. Dry landing, conditions permitting. On the hike you will see many very large marine iguanas. Take care to stay strict on the path way because the sand dunes are nesting areas of the marine iguanas.

On the lava coast, close to the shoreline, there are the nesting places of the flightless cormorant. Lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles and the Galapagos penguins are often to see. 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 aa lava flow.

Day 4 (Wednesday) Isabela: Urbina Bay / Elizabeth Bay

Urbina Bay: It’s an uplifted area out of the sea at the foot of Alcedo Volcano. Wet landing on a steep beach, sometimes a little bit difficult because of high waves. The hike is about 3 hours long over the remains of an uplifted coral reef. Along the shore there are sometimes flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas. On the trail leading inland we look out for the colorful land iguanas. Sometimes it’s also possible to see a Galapagos tortoise along the pathway.

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 to silently observe the marine turtles. On Elizabeth Bay we find the tallest Red Mangrove Trees in Galapagos.

Outside of the mangrove cove we make a dinghy drive around the small islets, the Marielas. These islets are important nesting places for the Galapagos Penguin and we often see a lot of Blue Footed Boobies resting in the steep cliffs. The flightless cormorants are also easy to spot on these islets.

Day 5 (Thursday) Punta Moreno / Navigate

Punta Moreno: Very early in the morning hike on the 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 also has a lot of pioneer plants. Sometimes in the middle of the lava field amidst some brackish water pools we find flamingoes, 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.

Navigate to Villamil: Around 11 in the morning we depart for our long (about 6 hours) but beautiful navigation to Puerto Villamil. We follow along the shoreline of the Volcano Cerro Azul. 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 dark we arrive in the small harbor Puerto Villamil.

Day 6 (Friday) Sierra Negra / Lagoons of Villamil

Sierra Negra: Today we see a total different Galapagos than we have. By bus we travel 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 2004.

For those who like can make an excursion with horses to “Volcán Chico”. It’s about 1.5 hours with horses, one-way. Walk down to the fumaroles of “Volcán Chico” – roundtrip 2 hours. However, the work is worth it. The view is spectacular. After this hike you ride back to the bus. This trip comes at an additional $60. This excursion is with a local operator and depending of the Number of passengers it may be a shared trip.

Lagoons of Villamil: For those not making the excursion, we have our own trip to the lagoons of Villamil. We start in the Tortoise Breading Center 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 ice trail from lagoon to lagoon and look out for flamingoes, common gallinules, white cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. We walk through forests of button mangroves.

Day 7 (Saturday) Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Devil’s Crown & Post Office Bay

Punta Cormorant: Wet landing 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 an easy walk through the Arid Zone we come to a big salt-water lagoon with flamingoes, white cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts and depending of the season more migratory shore birds.

After another 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.

Devil’s Crown: The remains of a volcano takes the shape of a black crown. This is one of the most famous snorkeling places in Galapagos, but not so easy because often there are strong currents. For that reason, this is only for experienced snorkelers.

Post Office Bay: Before lunch a short visit to the famous barrel in Post Office Bay (wet landing). Check to see if there is a letter or postcard to the country you are from. The most special thing would be if you can actually hand deliver a message to the destination. The barrel was first started in 1793 by the whalers. They used it to receive and send letters home and to have contact within them.

After this visit we navigate to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, arriving around 5:00 pm. You will have a bit of time to explore the town. During this time the Angelito will restock supplies.

Day 8 (Sunday) Daphne Panoramic / Baltra

Daphne is a tuff cone with little vegetation. This island is famous for the studies about the Darwin Finches by Peter and Rosmary Grant. Great to read before visiting: The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner

Baltra: After breakfast, around 8:00 am, we depart for Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland.

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5 Day Tours follow Itinerary A (Sun-Thu)
11 Day Tours follow 4 Day + Itinerary B (Thu-Sun)
12 Day Tours follow Itinerary B + 5 Day (Sun-Thu)
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