Galapagos Sailing Ship Adventure 8 days
Ecuador, Galapagos

Galapagos Sailing Ship Adventure 8 days

Galapagos Sailing Ship Adventure 8 days aboard Mary Anne

A unique and romantic way to explore the Galapagos Islands on board the barquentine rigged sailing ship Mary Anne. This ship has over 1000 square metres of canvas and spends as much time under sail as possible as it travels amongst the islands, discovering the amazing scenery and wildlife. With single and double air-conditioned cabins, wood panelled interiors and great food, this is the ultimate Galapagos experience.

Note: a Western Islands itinerary can be added to form a comprehensive 15 day expedition. Daily itineraries are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Highlights

  • Unique sailing ship experience
  • Amazing land, marine and avian wildlife
  • Varied landscapes and scenery
  • Historical associations

What's Included

  • All meals 
  • Programmed visits to the islands with a Certified Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel and flippers) 
  • Kayaks
  • Transfers from the airport to the yacht and return
7 nights Year round
From Only £4,232pp
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Ecuador, Galapagos Specialist

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ITINERARY

7 Nights   8 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Santa Cruz Island
  • Day 2 | Genovesa
  • Day 3 | Bartholomew & Santiago
  • Day 4 | Rabida & Santa Cruz
  • Day 5 | Mosquera Islet & Punta Carrion
  • Day 6 | Plaza Sur & Santa Fe
  • Day 7 | Espanola
  • Day 8 | Santa Cruz & Baltra
Santa Cruz Island
1Day

Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra airport. Met by your guide and transferred to the Mary Anne.

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.

Genovesa
2Day

Genovesa

In the morning, 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.

After lunch 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 red-billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.

Bartholomew & Santiago
3Day

Bartholomew & Santiago

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 island's well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

After lunch, 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 crystallised minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Rabida & Santa Cruz
4Day

Rabida & Santa Cruz

Wet landing onto Rábida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation; given the right time of the year brown pelicans nest on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

In the afternoon, 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.

Mosquera Islet & Punta Carrion
5Day

Mosquera Islet & Punta Carrion

We will step ashore (wet landing) onto a beautiful white coralline beach, on Mosquera Islet, home to the largest Galapagos sea lion colony in the archipelago. Here we will do a short hike to explore the surroundings before snorkelling around the beach.

After a leisurey lunch, we will hop on board our dinghy to do a panga ride around Punta Carrión to take in the beautiful landscape and observe the wildlife. We will then end the day with snorkelling in these shallow and colourful waters.

Plaza Sur & Santa Fe
6Day

Plaza Sur & Santa Fe

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.


Arrive at Santa Fe (wet landing) where 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.

Espanola
7Day

Espanola

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.

After lunch. 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-coloured marine iguanas (January), and lazy Galapagos sea lions, we walk up to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole.

Santa Cruz & Baltra
8Day

Santa Cruz & Baltra

The Fausto Llerena breeding station, also known as the Charles Darwin Research Station was created in 1964. 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 take a bus to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

Mary Anne

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What Our Customers
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Jon Woods, Isle of Man Jayne Robb, Liverpool, UK Paul Janseens, Belgium Norman Eley, Berkshire, UK
• Although we thoroughly enjoyed the Galapagos it was mainland Ecuador which really took us by surprise with such a diversity of landscape and wildlife and incredible hospitality everywhere we went. Our local guides were so knowledgeable and helpful and our driver Manuel had a terrific sense of humour. We had some fantastic birding at both Mashpi, Le Selva and of course our day trip to Paz de Las Aves Reserve where we were lucky enough to see both the ‘Cock of the Rock’ and the giant antipitta. The devil nose train journey was as thrilling as we hoped and we even got lucky with Cotopaxi and got some lovely clear photos so all in all couldn't ask for more.
• This was an excellent trip from start to finish. Bellavista Lodge was a particular favourite of ours, so tranquil and a superb base to watch birds and wildlife while experiencing real Ecuadorian hospitality. Our guide, really knew his stuff and was so passionate about his job ,in fact all the local guides were excellent. I have to say a special word about Juan, our driver, who was so charming and funny, he really added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. The number and variety of birds we saw was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ecuador to other keen bird watchers.
Fantastic holiday with more wildlife than I was expecting. The Napo Wildlife Centre was wonderful, we were looked after with such care and attention and our guides’ knowledge of the areas’ and flora and fauna was outstanding, what they didn’t know probably wasn’t worth knowing. The food was so varied and they coped amazingly with my food intolerances, better than most European restaurants!!! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys will always live with me as will seeing my first Kinkajou, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Thank you for an amazing two weeks.
We had an amazing time in the Galapagos, thank you.We really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly come back to you next year.

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