Explore the Galapagos on board the Mary Anne sailboat

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One of the most complete itineraries available, planned to offer optimum wildlife encounters and varied scenery. Stroll on red, black and white sand beaches, swim with penguins, sea lions and tropic fish. Encounter giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas. If the wind allows the Mary Anne sailboat will open up it's sails and a romantic voyage in between volcanic islands.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by a representative. 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 turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.


Day 2: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & El Barranco

We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red‐footed boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.


Day 3: Bartolome Island & Chinese Hat Islet

Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking  panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason, it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.


Day 4: Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon

Wet landing onto Rabida’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 we may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to 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: Santa Cruz Islands: Highlands & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, haslush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.

We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is 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 since they roam free and change 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.

We will enjoy lunch at the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise 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 visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults.


Day 6: Plazas Sur Islnad & Santa Fe Island

Dry landing on one of the oldest rocks of the archipelago, colorful 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.

After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, 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: Española Island: Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay

We will head to Punta Suarez The trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. This is one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos. The highlightsinclude:sea lions near the landing place,sometimesto be seen body‐surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red‐coloured males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; blue‐footed and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove;swallow‐tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española – waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.

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. Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.


Day 8: Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters & Departure

This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.    These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island´s surface.

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. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones. After this visit we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.


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8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy navigating on board a romantic sailboat the Mary Anne revives the nostalgic days of wind powered navigation
  • Walk on lava, many colored sand and wake up in different bays with unique scenery every day
  • One of the most comprehensive wildlife checklists with possibilities to spot red footed boobies, penguins and albatross in the same itinerary
  • Snorkel alongside feeding sea turtles, playful sea lions, moray eels, rays and tropical fish

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
El Barranco | Red footed booby | Galapagos Islands
Caleta Tortuga Negra | Galapagos Islands
Darwin | Galapagos Islands


- Martell
What I admired the most was the indoor lounge. It’s design was simply amazing. It was cozy and all our needs were attended to promptly
Excellent Service
- Helena Martel
Service can’t get better than this. It was a 100% perfect. I enjoyed the cruise. My husband isn’t so much of an outdoor person but it was evident he had maximum fun.
Nice experience
- Candice Labuschagne
Mary Anne’s crew prepared every detail to make us feel comfortable. After every excursion, they had fresh juice and fruits for us. I enjoyed the food as well, it was very tasty and helpful.
Thank you!
- Bronwyn Tod
I would like to give special thanks to my guide, Mr. Andrade, who made every day aboard the cruise an adventure and also he gave as a lot of information. I think some birds we would not have seen if it were not for his local knowledge and passion for his nation.

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