Mary-Anne is the only one of its kind in the Galapagos. With its steel hull and tall masts it is a very stable vessel. It operates two 8 day itineraries, West and East. Here we describe the West itinerary, but both offer an in-depth look at the Galapagos islands with the added magic of being under sail.
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|Day 1||Fly to Quito|
|Day 2||Quito City Tour|
|Day 3||Fly to Galapagos Islands|
|Day 4||Floreana Island; Punta Cormorant and Post Office Bay|
|Day 5||Floreana Island; Black Beach and Dolphin Spotting|
|Day 6||Isabela island; Punta Moreno and Elizabeth Bay|
|Day 7||Isabela and Fernandina islands; Urbina Bay and Espinosa|
|Day 8||Isabela island; Tagus Cove and Punta Vicente Roca|
|Day 9||Santiago Island; Espumilla Beach and Puerto Egas|
|Day 10||North Seymour island, Fly to Guayaquil|
When you arrive into Quito you will be met and driven to your hotel in the historic centre of the city.
This morning you join a local guide and small group for a tour of the city which nestles in the Andes mountains. A mix of the old and new you will explore the colonial streets and plazas before heading to the Equator monument where you can stand with one foot either side of the Equator line.
This morning we take you to the airport for your flight to Baltra airport. When you arrive you will travel over the island of Santa Cruz to meet your ship, SS Mary-Anne which will be home for the next week. This afternoon you will see Giant Tortoises in their natural environment and learn about the importance of this species.
The first visit today takes you to a Brackish lagoon to see flamingos. Close by a white sand beach is a popular place for turtles to nest and they can often be seen waiting close to the shore. Sting rays can also be seen in the shallow waters. Later you can deep water snorkelling at Devil’s crown where white tip reef sharks are often seen.
This afternoon visit Post Office Bay with its interesting history and take a postcard home to post.
A visit to Floreana’s black beach to learn about the human history of the island. The first Galapagenan was born here and the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet lived here.
This afternoon sail from Floreana to Isabela. This is an excellent opportunity to spot whales and dolphins and, if conditions permit, enjoy the experience of being under sail.
Isabela is one of the youngest islands and still changing with regular eruptions. Today explore the pahoehoe lava fields that look like discarded rope.
A peaceful afternoon is spent at Elizabeth Bay kayaking or using pangas to explore the mangroves. Sea lions can be spotted amongst the trees and eagle rays, sharks and turtles in the water below.
A hike this morning takes you to explore the area at the foot of Alcedo volcano. Marine and land iguanas can be seen amoungst the coral and rock formations and it is a good place to look out for the Galapagos hawk and Galapagos penguin.
This afternoon is the best chance to see the famous flightless cormorant at Punta Espinosa. Sea lions and penguins can also be seen. Espinosa is known as one of the most beautiful spots in all of the Galapgos islands.
A hike this morning takes you to a pirate hideaway and a salt water crater lagoon that is home to many bird species. This afternoon snorkel in one of the best spots to see the unaggressive bullhead shark, as well as a huge array of fish and corals.
Visit the glorious sandy beach of Espumilla with its crashing waves and look for evidence of Green Turtles nesting. Later at Puerto Egas learn about the salt extraction process that existed here from the 1920s to 1960s. Beyond this point it’s back to nature and you can see many species of land and sea bird including the Galapgos hawk, heron and, oystercatchers. There is time for a swim or snorkel before heading back to the boat.
Formed by being pushed up from below the sea, North Seymour island is flat and rugged. Frigate birds nest here, look out for the impressive males with their puffed out throats.
This afternoon you disembark and fly to Guayaquil to connect with your onward international flight.
We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel.
A traditional sailing boat with ample social areas for a boat of this type. One of few sailing ships in the Galapagos islands.
A characterful colonial style hotel along one of Quito’s most interesting streets.
1920s grandeur and colonial architecture combine in this converted family mansion. It overlooks a plaza in the heart of the colonial district.
It’s all go on a Galapagos cruise so consider adding a night or 2 at Puerto Ayora when you disembark. This gives some time to reflect and maybe explore more of Santa Cruz island.
Mary-Anne has a single cabin so is one of the few Galapagos boats that don’t carry a hefty single supplement.
If your international flights mean you cannot connect on the same day in Guayaquil ask us about ideas for making the most out of this city. It’s modern and not as attractive as Quito but in recent years has had a bit of a makeover.
Include some time north of Quito to explore typical Andes scenery and traditional markets, or head to the Amazon for more nature but of a different kind.
Flights to and from the Galapagos islands from either Quito or Guayaquil are included in the price quoted.
Ecuador has 2 international airports; Quito and Guayaquil. It works well to start in Quito then finish in Guayaquil. Guayaquil is well connected to Lima for onward travel to Peru or Santiago in Chile.