Sail the Galapagos Islands

About the Experience

Sail peacefully around the Galápagos Islands on a true nautical experience!

The Mary Anne is the perfect ship in Galápagos for those who love to travel by sail. She has 1000m2 of canvas sails which she majestically takes to the waves.

Mary Anne is the only schooner in the Galápagos. Sail peacefully with full-blown winds with the charms of the past but with the comforts of today. But on this majestic 3-masted vessel, you will discover her sails are not only for show off. We hoist her sails on every itinerary and passengers can photograph this spectacle from the panga. She is the only ship in the Galápagos Archipelago that can navigate by wind power alone. Our crew will gladly welcome your help for hoisting!

Your curiosity will have a chance to play in this haven for wildlife and utopia for nature-lovers. The Mary Anne is a traditionally crafted, stylish and comfortable sailing yacht. She’ll part the waves with full sails and power. Let yourself unwind on the sundeck as you take in the fresh ocean breeze.

 

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Sail the Galapagos Islands

About the Experience

Sail peacefully around the Galápagos Islands on a true nautical experience!

The Mary Anne is the perfect ship in Galápagos for those who love to travel by sail. She has 1000m2 of canvas sails which she majestically takes to the waves.

Mary Anne is the only schooner in the Galápagos. Sail peacefully with full-blown winds with the charms of the past but with the comforts of today. But on this majestic 3-masted vessel, you will discover her sails are not only for show off. We hoist her sails on every itinerary and passengers can photograph this spectacle from the panga. She is the only ship in the Galápagos Archipelago that can navigate by wind power alone. Our crew will gladly welcome your help for hoisting!

Your curiosity will have a chance to play in this haven for wildlife and utopia for nature-lovers. The Mary Anne is a traditionally crafted, stylish and comfortable sailing yacht. She’ll part the waves with full sails and power. Let yourself unwind on the sundeck as you take in the fresh ocean breeze.

 

DAY ONE: BLACK TURTLE COVE

After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our Wild Women naturalist guide to then board the S/S Mary Anne 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 turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

 

DAY TWO: GALAPÁGOS DISCOVERIES

In the morning we’ll travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

Later in the afternoon, we head to El Barranco (dry landing). We’ll climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galápagos storm petrels and the endemic short-ear owl.

 

DAY THREE: CHINESE HAT

In the morning we’ll make a dry landing at Bartolome 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, and views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nest site by sea turtles. Bartolome is also a good place to spot the Galápagos penguin.

Less than a quarter of one square kilometre 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 later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas, and Galápagos penguins.

 

DAY FOUR: CERRO DRAGON

We’ll start the day with a wet landing onto Rabida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and a saltwater lagoon, where flamingos are usually present. Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year, we may see brown pelicans nesting on saltbushes 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 FIVE: SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS

Today we visit Santa Cruz Island’s most famous highlights. We’ll have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions. We will visit one of the reserves 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 reserve will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations.

This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the island, which populates these forests where it is also possible to see the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

We will return to the ship for lunch and freshen up 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 , and adults. The tortoises are held here until they can be reintroduced to their native, wild habitat at the age of five.

After this visit, we will have some time to browse the shops in the town of Puerto Ayora before boarding the ship, as this is the only opportunity we will have for souvenir shopping during the itinerary.

 

DAY SIX: SANTA FE ISLAND

In the morning we’ll make a dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colourful South Plaza, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot 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, we will encounter 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 Galápagos are also found here.

 

DAY SEVEN: ESPANOLA ISLAND

In the morning we will head to Suarez Point, one of the most popular landing sites in Galápagos. The highlights include: sea lions near the landing-place, sometimes to be seen body-surfing in the large breakers, large marine iguanas with red-colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and three species endemic to Española: the waved albatross (present only from April to December), the Española mockingbird, and the Española lava lizard. The trail ends in “El Soplador” a blowhole that sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air.

We will spend the afternoon in the fantastic Gardner Bay (wet landing) of Española Island; an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a good spot for snorkelling called Gardner Islet. While snorkelling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkelling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.

 

DAY EIGHT: DEPARTURE

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 in fact not craters, but magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.

After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.


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AMAZON RAINFOREST EXTENSION! (4 DAYS) 

Located in the heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is rich with extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture. Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of Amazonian rainforest. Napo Wildlife Center is a gem to be cherished and the only lodge within the Yasuni park boundaries, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador.

Napo Wildlife Center is one of the most successful projects of community tourism in Ecuador. The project has an excellent standard of accommodation and service, making your stay an unforgettable experience in the most biodiverse place on the planet! It is located in the territory of the Añangu Kichwa Community totally inside of the Yasuní National Park, here, hunting and fishing are forbidden in all the area of the community. This is one of the main reasons why you can see so much wildlife in its natural state!

 

 

DAY ONE: CANOE ALONG THE NAPO RIVER

Depart from Quito on your 30-minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. Land about mid-morning and go through airport procedures. Take a 5-minute transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from the airport to Port La mision / Francisco de Orellana, which will drive us to embark onto a comfortably covered motorboat.

Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours. There will be a lunch box en route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for a restroom break and then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. There is a good possibility of seeing monkeys of various species, as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge with the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities.

 

 

 

DAY TWO: PARROT CLAY LICKS

Early wake up to reach the parrot clay licks, about 1 hour away from the lodge. Arrive just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30 AM. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. The visit is weather-dependent but usually successful. Later, hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Community of Añangu for sharing time with a family and an intro to their daily activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive at the second parrot clay lick where, if the weather conditions permit, we’ll be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunchbox served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.

 

 

 

DAY THREE: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER

After an early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. This 36m high canopy tower is a great way to experience life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake).

The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience a view formerly reserved only for birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well.

From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colourful tanagers weave through the canopy; blue and yellow Macaws fly past; a nearby Spider Monkeys searches for fruit; two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence.

The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center! Lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, with possibilities of finding lizards, colourful manakins or the unique and endemic golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a giant otter family on the way…

 

 

 

DAY FOUR: NAPO RIVER SIGHTS

Early departure and last canoe excursion back to the Napo river. The creek may reveal new sights of giant otters, monk saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Arrive at docking area, use of restrooms and embark on motorized canoe back to Coca; approximately 2-hour boat ride. Check-in for Coca – Quito flight.