Anahi

The M/C Anahi cruise is a Power Catamaran Yacht in the Galapagos Islands, built in Guayaquil, Ecuador, launched by the end of 2006 with high comfort standards. With unparalleled stability, your cruise is guaranteed to be a restful and relaxed one.

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The M/C Anahi  cruise is a Power Catamaran Yacht in the Galapagos Islands, built in Guayaquil, Ecuador, launched by the end of 2006 with high comfort standards. With unparalleled stability, your cruise is guaranteed to be a restful and relaxed one.

The accommodation for sixteen voyagers is distributed amongst six 14m2 twin cabins on the main deck (2 transformable to double bed), and two 25m2 SUITE CABINS on the upper deck. Every cabin includes large windows – portrait type – looking to the ocean, beautiful wooden floor and cozy private facilities with hot/cold water shower, besides to a locker, closet and air conditioning.

Additionally, on the main deck, the yacht offers ample resting areas, library, TV-DVD room, comfortable dining room and lounge. On the upper deck, the yacht features a charming bar and an excellent area for relaxation, together with a Jacuzzi for six people. On top of the bar area we find the ample sundeck with resting chairs for eight people.

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Cruise A1 (Tue – Fri) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Tuesday
Interpretation Center, Cerro Tijeretas & Punta Carola (Santa Cruz Island)

Flying from Quito or Guayaquil, you will arrive at around midday (local time) to San Cristobal where you will be greeted at the lobby by our guide, who will be waiting to take us to the Yacht Anahi. Our baggage will be handled by one of our crew members who will transport them directly to the yacht. We’ll head to the dock to board the small Zodiacs to take us to the Yacht Anahi. Our Captain and crew will welcome you with a drink and then you will be allocated in your cabins. Following lunch our guide will give a short explanation about the afternoon activities.

Interpretation Center of San Cristobal
located in the outskirts of the small city of Pto. Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Province. The interpretation center gives us a great introduction to the islands, from the natural and human history, to the actual efforts taken by the National Park and marine reserve to protect the fragile environment. We then walk up to the place known as Frigate Bird Hill. This short hike starts from the interpretation Center and takes about 30 minutes to reach the top of the hill. Once there, visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches and the amazing Kicker Rock formation emerging from the Pacific Ocean, and the roofs of the houses of Puerto Baquerizo. The hill is often visited by Frigate birds who nest here in certain times of the year, thus giving it its name. Both the species of “Magnificent” frigate birds and “great” frigate birds can be seen here! From the hill we descend towards the small cove known as Punta Carola, a place where we find a colony of cute sea lions. A great spectacle!

Day 2: Wednesday
Punta Suárez (Española Island)

In the morning and after breakfast we will be visiting Punta Suárez, a destination of great interest due of its abundance of bird-life. This island also has its own species of animals, such as the Española Mockingbird, which has a distinctive longer and more curved beak than variations in other islands; the Española lava lizard; the Marine Iguana of the subspecies venustissimus, which has red markings on its back; among others. We can also observe Swallow-tailed Gulls and other tropical birds that live in the rocky slopes. Amongst the most interesting attractions we find the Waved Albatross, where almost the entire world population arrives to breed here from March to January, and the mating dances of the funny Blue-footed Boobies. There are hundreds of masked Boobies, colonies of sea lions, huge colonies of marine iguanas, and different species of birds.

Bahía Gardner
We’ll return to the yacht for lunch and after a short rest we begin our afternoon visit to Bahía Gardner which has a lovely beach, excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Here we also find a big colony of playful sea lions and with luck we can observe Galapagos hawks and the local species of snakes, while almost certainly Darwin finches, mocking birds and sea turtles. After enjoying the beach we return to the yacht for dinner.

Day 3: Thursday
Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

In the morning we will go to Punta Cormorant, a site which probably offers the largest and best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. It is situated between two “tuff” type cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to be seen besides flamingos, the most frequent being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the high percentage of endemic (unique to the island) plant life. Here we see the “green beach” (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour sand beach” made up of coral which are two of the most interesting beaches of the islands. We can also snorkel from the beach around the area. We return to the yacht to start our snorkel activity at the place known as Corona del Diablo (Devil’s Crown). This is a submerged eroded volcanic crater where the interior of the formation is ideal for the sustainment of a wonderful coral reef habitat making it one of the most fascinating marine sites in the Galapagos. Here you can observe reefs, sea lions, reef fish, hammerhead sharks, and several other species of fish. We’ll return for lunch to the yacht, followed by a short navigation and rest period.

Post Office Bay/ Asilo de la Paz
Our afternoon visit will be to the famous Post Office Bay, which historically served as a letter exchange station through the use of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Both Sailors and tourists have used this rudimentary system to exchange correspondence to every corner of the world! The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand, thus creating a very special “Postal Service” apart from being the Post Office location this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists. Later on we will visit the place known as “Asilo de La Paz” (Haven of Peace), known for its bizarre history as one of the first occupied spaces of the islands by a German family with the last name of Wittmer. After exploring the caves where this family used to live, we will return to our yacht to begin our navigation towards the port of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. With luck, we can spot herds of dolphins during our navigation, as well as sea rays and marine turtles.

Day 4: Friday
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, we will depart from our ship, and with the company of your guide we will visit 2 interesting attraction points before heading to the airport. We start with a walk in the Galapagos National Park “Fausto Llerena” turtle breeding and Interpretation Center where we can learn about the work done to maintain the species of this unique animal. Our guide will then take us for a nice walk among the beautiful forests of a private farm, where tortoises roam freely in their natural habitat. The Tortoises are very shy and will typically withdraw into their shells as soon as they see you coming close. It is very important not to bother, touch or feed these beautiful animals. The area also contains several species of birds including the famous Darwin finches, the rare “Pájaro Brujo” a beautiful red colored bird, and  more. At “El Manzanillo” farm we also find a simple but nice infrastructure where you can rest and buy drinks, a beer or a try the delicious local juices and snacks. Then we will be transported to the Itabaca Channel which we cross with a local ferry to take a bus on the other side headed to the Airport of Baltra Island. Here our voyage ends, and we will say goodbye to our guide and to the Galapagos Islands, which wait for your next visit.

Cruise A2 (Fri – Tue) – 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Friday
Baltra Island

Your arrival will occur about midday (local time) where our guide will be waiting for you with a signboard with the name of our Yacht Anahi at the lobby. The baggage is taken care by one of our crew members who will transport them directly to the yacht. First we will be transported by public bus to the place known as “El Muelle” (pier) from where our zodiacs will be ready to take you to the Yacht Anahi. Our Captain and crew will welcome you with a drink and then you will be allocated in your cabins. Following lunch, our guide will give us a short explanation about the afternoon activities.

Playa Bachas
At about 2 p.m. we will disembark with our zodiacs to be taken to the place known as Playa Bachas. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, making it very white and soft, and a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. To a side of one of the beaches, we find a small lagoon where the occasional flamingo can be observed, as well as many other animal species such as the black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, and has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the US used Baltra Island as a military base. Here we will also encounter sea lions which rest on the beach, as well as marine iguanas and several marine birds. We will have some time to enjoy the calmness of the beach, as well as some time with playful sea lions that swim with visitors. At 7 p.m. you will have the official welcome reception, followed by a delicious dinner. After dinner your guide will give you a briefing about the next day activities..

Day 2: Saturday
Genovesa Island

At 6 am. we will be arriving at Genovesa Island. This is the northeastern most Island in the Galapagos Archipelago also known as Tower Island with just 14 sq. km in size and a maximum elevation of 64 m (210 ft). The horse-shoe shaped island has a volcanic caldera whose wall has collapsed, forming the beautiful Great Darwin Bay, surrounded by high cliffs. Although no historical eruptions are known from Genovesa, there are very young lava flows on the flanks of the volcano. Genovesa is also known as Bird Island, because of the large and varied bird colonies which nest here. There is an abundance of frigate birds and it is among the best place in the archipelago to see Red-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, storm petrels, tropicbirds, Darwin’s finches, Galápagos Mockingbirds, the endemic Galapagos Dove and the short-eared owls.:

Prince Philip´s Steps
In the afternoon we head to the second visitor point which known as the Prince Philip´s Steps. We will accent 25 meters of stairs into one of the best bird nesting sites in the islands. On Genovesa we will also have the opportunity for panga ride, snorkeling, kayaking and walking.

Day 3: Sunday
Plazas

Our arrival to Plazas Islands will be at around 6 am after nighttime navigation. After breakfast, we start our first visit in the morning. Plazas are two small islets that were uplifted a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. The unusual vegetation and location of the island create an interesting landscape in which the fauna and flora of Galápagos are enhanced. Moreover, despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. It is possible to guarantee the observation of land iguanas that often are in the shade of a cactus. Nesting on the rugged southern cliffs, are usually swallow tailed gulls, along with various other sea birds. The protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. The main attractions of Plazas Island include the land iguanas, the sea lions and the swallow tailed gulls as well as yellow tailed mullets, Audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans gliding past the cliff. We return to the yacht for lunch and a well-deserved rest.

Santa Fe (Barrington) Island
The small bay on Barrington’s northeast coast is extremely picturesque, where we can visit the two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint on top of a cliff where it is possible to find land iguanas, endemic to the island. The other trail is near the beach and is a short circular trail where it is possible to find another colony of land iguanas, but early in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is low. A particular attraction is the unusually tall forest of prickly cactus. Here we will also have the possibilities to do kayaking, snorkeling, panga ride and walks to observe and enjoy nature. We’ll then return to the yacht for dinner and relaxation time.

Day 4: Monday
Punta Pitt

In the morning we visit Punta Pitt, considered as one of the most beautiful and impressive sites of Galapagos. The erosion of the high cliffs and the almost constant foggy morning gives to Punta Pitt an eerie atmosphere. Being the northeastern most point in Galapagos, it has become amongst the favorite nesting sites for sea birds. Here we can observe the three different species of boobies and great frigate birds nesting in the same area.

Leon Dormido
In the afternoon we navigate towards the giant and impressive rocky formation locally known as “Leon Dormido” (sleeping sea lion). On the cliffs we can see lots of blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, pelicans and other several marine birds. During our snorkeling activity we can observe sharks, marine turtles, sea rays, and several species of colorful fishes next to the impressive rock formation. Later on we go for a walk on Isla Lobos (Lobos Island), a small islet separated from the main Island by a narrow stretch of calm water. Upon its rocky shores blue-footed boobies nest and sea lions rest. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and primitive beauty: an example of the typical Galapagos environment.

Day 5: Tuesday
Junco Lagoon, Cerro Colorado Galapaguera
In the morning our guide will take you up on the highlands of San Cristobal Island. Our tour starts from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and our first visit point will be to the Laguna El Junco (El Junco Lagoon). Rainwater and condensation have collected for hundreds of years in the caldera of an extinct volcano, creating this haven for frigate birds. The lake in the main water supplier for the island population and thus of vital importance today. Hiking around the lake offers views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill, the island’s highest point. Our next stop will be at Cerro Colorado Turtle Breading Center. Here we can learn about the hard work developed by scientists in order to preserve the species of the Giant Galapagos Turtles. There is a nice walk on a trail which permits you to be in close contact with the turtles of the different sizes, from the tiny ones to the giant oldest ones.
After our visit, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

Cruise B1 (Fri – Fri) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Friday
Baltra Island

Upon arrival at Baltra Island airport (from Quito or Galapagos, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. After clearing the entrance to the national park, our guide will meet you at the lobby, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short (15 minutes) bus ride to the Itabaca Channel. After crossing the canal using a small ferry, we will board our bus for a 45 min / 1-hour drive towards the small city of Puerto Ayora. From the pier of the town, motorized zodiacs (called ‘Pangas’) will transport you aboard the M/C Yacht Catamaran ANAHI. Once on board, our crew welcomes you with a refreshing drink and after being accommodated in your cabins you are invited for lunch and after a short rest.

Santa Cruz Highlands
At about 2 p.m. you will be transported to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, up to a private farm where you will enjoy your first visit to the Galapagos Islands. Our guide will take you for a nice walk among the beautiful trees of the forest including ferns and sedges, miconias, etc. Here you will be amazed with the giant tortoises that roam freely in the farm, their natural habitat. The Tortoises are very shy, and will typically withdraw into their shells as soon as they see you coming close. It is very important not to bother, touch or feed these beautiful animals.

The area also contains several species of birds including the famous Darwin finches, the rare “Pájaro Brujo” (Wizard Bird) with it’s beautiful red coloration, and many more. At this place we also find a simple but nice structure where you can rest and buy drinks, beers or a try delicious local fruit juices and snacks. Later on you’ll head to one of the many lava tunnels existing in the area. Here you enjoy of a short hike into the tunnel, where one can admire the amazing results of powerful volcanic eruptions occurred some 5 million years ago that shaped the islands we know now. We’ll head back to Puerto Ayora and to the yacht after this visit point, and at 7 p.m. you will have the official welcome drink followed by dinner. After dinner The guide will explain about the next day’s activities as well as some general recommendations for travelers in the Galapagos islands.

Day 2: Saturday
Tintoreras

At about 8:30 a.m. we start our first visit to the islets known as Las Tintoreras with the help of our small dingy boats. Access to this location is easy where visitors can land during high or low tide to this beautiful visitor site located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays and many more species of Oceanside fauna and flora. The bay is connected to a shallow crevice of crystal clear water which closes when the tide is low, and is a favorite resting spot for sharks and fish life. Most of the trail in this visit point is “Ah Ah” Type Lava, except for a white sand beach and a black stone beach. The first beach we will encounter is popular with sea lions that are found sleeping peacefully, as well as marine iguanas that nest in the area. You can also see some Nolana galapageia plants, a rare endemic plant in the area not common in Ecuador, since this species is typical of continental coastal zones and belongs to a genus whose distribution is restricted to Chile and Peru.

The second beach is entirely surrounded by button mangrove (Conocarpus erecta) and white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa). Throughout the trail you can see many marine iguanas in the rocks or under the mangroves.

Las Tintoreras is one of the few places where the iguanas breed successfully because of the absence of non-native animals that could kill the new born reptiles. Various parts of Las Tintoreras are ideal for nesting marine iguanas. During nesting season be very careful when exploring the area. Reef sharks (here known as Tintoreras) have nocturnal feeding habits and certain individuals remain inside the crevice and marine ponds during the day to rest. For this reason, you are not allowed to swim in this place. We’ll head back to the yacht for lunch and relaxing.

Sierra Negra Volcano
At about 2:00 a.m. you disembark to Puerto Villamil to head up to the highlands of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Sierra Negra (Black Mountain) is a large shield-type volcano located at the South eastern end of Isabela Island and it rises to an altitude of 1124m. It sits between with the volcanoes Cerro Azul to the west and Alcedo to the north. It is also one of the most active of the Galapagos volcanoes with the most recent historic eruption in October 2005. Our guided tour of the volcano starts at Puerto Villamil with a car drive of about 30 minutes to where we start our 1 hour walk towards the rim of the giant caldera along its East side. The view is really amazing and impressive since the caldera, with dimensions of 7.2 x 9.3 kms, is considered the 2nd biggest crater in the world (after the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania). From the several viewpoints located along the rim of the crater we can observe down inside of the crater the recent lava flow of the 2005 volcanic eruption. After another 2 hour hike from the rim of the Sierra Negra crater, the area known as Volcan Chico is located, an interesting sight where it is possible to observe some fumes, and explore this Martian-like landscape. From here we can also observe the faraway volcanoes of Isabela Island. This last visit is recommended for those tourists with good physical conditions. Return to our trek start point and transport back to Puerto Villamil and aboard the yacht for a well-deserved dinner and rest.

Day 3: Sunday
Punta Moreno

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcanos Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. The distance of the trail is about 2100 meters and runs along a lava flow of “Pahohoe” type lava (solidified lava in the form of corrugated cardboard or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons. The vegetation found in the area is small and concentrated mainly in the mangrove area and around the lakes. It should be noted that the three kinds of cacti are found here amid black lava flows where there are several species of interesting birds. Here we also find a panoramic view of the three most active volcanoes of the Galapagos: are Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul both of Isabela Island and La Cumbre of Fernandina Island. Unfortunately until the 1970’s a population of wild dogs that existed on this site fed on marine iguanas, sea lions and other marine species and drank the abundant brackish water present here, but are now eradicated. After this visit we return to the boat for lunch and a short rest before heading into our afternoon activity.

Elizabeth Bay
Since there is no landing point at Elizabeth bay, this excursion is carried out in a zodiac. The ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where we find the largest and most important penguin colony of the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below. This site is really amazing due to the high quantity of land and marine wildlife as well as the unique and beautiful landscapes. We’ll return to the yacht for dinner and rest.

Day 4: Monday
Urbina Bay

This walking visitor site is located at the east base of the Alcedo volcano. The trail has an approximate distance of 3200m, and starts on the beach where a wet landing is made, and runs through sand, rock, lava, coral and vegetable formations in a coastal area. This area is considered amongst the best showcases of the geological formations of the islands as many aspects of the creation of the archipelago can be seen. The waters of the bay are a good place to see turtles and rays, as well as head into a short trail leading to a coral reef above the surface of the water, evidence of uplift from the sea which occurred in 1954.
From here it is easy to reach the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Here you can see large, colored land iguanas, as well as giant Galapagos turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, pelicans, and marine iguanas.

Tagus Cove
A tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock a 30-minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff takes you to a viewpoint of Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. The route of the trail is about 1800 meters, and was considered a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, a tradition continued with the names of boats and ports. At the start of the walk, we find a small cave where we find inscriptions dating to the 1800s. The trail is mostly gravel, and leads into the interior of the island along Darwin Lake. During the walk, you can see various land birds and identify the characteristic vegetation of the arid zone. Finally, we observe the lava fields of Darwin Volcano. Darwin Lake rests upon a “tuff” type cone, contains saltwater and its depth is approximately 9m. It has no fish and few forms of life due to its high salinity. Explosive volcanic eruptions must have occurred at the site, as the substrate has a large amount of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common are little balls of nearly perfect spherical shape known as the “lapilli” or petrified rain.

Day 5: Tuesday
Espinoza Point

Punta Espinoza is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others, as well as an ideal place to observe the lava cactus (Brachycerus nesioticus), which grows on young lava and can survive with little water.

Vicente Roca Point
Locals believe that Isabela Island has the shape of a sea horse, where is Punta Vicente Roca is located at the mouth of the animal. Here the remains of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a well protected bay from the ocean swells.
From here, we take panga rides along the cliff to observe the remains of the volcano or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Masked and blue-footed boobies sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.

The upwelling of cold-water currents in this part of the Galapagos, give rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, make Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s most coveted diving spots.
One cove is only accessible from the sea by way of an underwater passage. The passage opens to calm waters of the hidden cove where sea lions like to lay on the beach after having traveled along the underwater route. The entire area of Punta Vicente Roca lies on the flank of the 790 m (2,592 ft) high Volcano Ecuador, the Island’s sixth largest volcano.

Day 6: Wednesday
Puerto Egas

The visitor site Port Egas is a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay, northwest of Santiago Island. South of the beach is Sugarloaf Volcano, which has deposits of volcanic tuff, the same that has favored the formation of the black sand beaches across the archipelago.

El Crater is just north of this site; and has a saltwater lagoon, which during the summer dry season becomes a salt mine which was attempted first between 1928 and 1930 to no major success, followed by a new attempt in 1964 which lasted for a longer period. These entrepreneurial attempts caused environmental damage due to the usage of native and endemic wood firewood and the introduction of invasive plants and animals.

This site is called Puerto Egas, after Mr. Hector Egas who attempted to exploit salt here and failed due to the price of salt in other areas of the country.

The walk along the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will allow us to observe many marine species as Iguanas bask on the rocks and sea lions laying in the tide pools. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are regularly found resting on the shady ledges. For many, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought to be on the verge of extinction.

Rabida Island
Rabida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors such as rain, salt water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. The visitor site is located on the east coast of Rabida Island, consisting of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail. The approximate distance of the trail is 1.1 kilometers. A short walk along a trail will lead you to the lagoon to observe the beautiful land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds. This lagoon is also a colony of Flamingos. The red sand beach, along with the animals, lagoons and vegetation make this a great visit spot!

Day 7: Thursday
Chinese hat

This small islet is located near the south-east coast of Santiago, and has been nicknamed according
to it’s unsual shape akin to a Chinese Hat when seen from afar.
Through observation and study of the island, it has been concluded that the lava flows near to its shoreline were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava.
This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
The trail is 700 m (round trip) and the minimum time it takes this trek is half an hour at a moderate pace.

Bartolome Island
Bartolome is one of the most famous points in the Galapagos, located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island. The first of the two main visitor sites provide the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones, lava flows, and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago.
At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –colored fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. At a short walk
across to Bartolome´s second beach, in which swimming is strictly prohibited, visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming along the shoreline.

Day 8: Friday
North Seymour

North Seymour is located north of Baltra, where the total distance of the trail is 3.5 km (2 miles). In 1932 and 1933, about 72 land iguanas from Baltra were introduced to North Seymour by Captain Alan Hancock and his crew with the intention that these animals could survive in better conditions than in Baltra, already populated by goats. The iguanas that the crew of Valero III (Hancock’s ship) taken from Baltra were undernourished and after the introduction into North Seymour in 1934 it was discovered that the iguanas had colonized the island without problems. Later, during the Second World War when the United States occupied Baltra to install a military base, the land iguanas disappeared slowly as their habitat was altered for the construction of runways and barracks for soldiers and the invasive presence of goats, dogs and cats. By the end of 2008, 600 iguanas have been accounted for on North Seymour, of which 400 have been repatriated and 200 were born in the wild. In contrast, on Baltra Island, the population has surpassed the 1,500 samplings.
The main vegetation bushy and low, hosting the largest nesting colony of Great Frigate birds in Galapagos.

After this morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Cruise B2 (Fri – Fri) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Friday
Baltra Island

Your arrival will occur about midday (local time) where our guide will be waiting for you with a signboard with the name of our Yacht Anahi at the lobby. The baggage is taken care by one of our crew members who will transport them directly to the yacht. First we will be transported by public bus to the place known as “El Muelle” (pier) from where our zodiacs will be ready to take you to the Yacht Anahi. Our Captain and crew will welcome you with a drink and then you will be allocated in your cabins. Following lunch, our guide will give us a short explanation about the afternoon activities.

Playa Bachas
About 2 p.m. we will disembark with our zodiacs to be taken to the place known as Playa Bachas. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, making it very white and soft, and a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. To a side of one of the beaches, we find a small lagoon where the occasional flamingo can be observed, as well as many other animal species such as the black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, and has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the US used Baltra Island as a military base. Here we will also encounter sea lions which rest on the beach, as well as marine iguanas and several marine birds. We will have some time to enjoy the calmness of the beach, as well as some time with playful sea lions that swim with visitors. At 7 p.m. you will have the official welcome reception, followed by a delicious dinner. After dinner your guide will give you a briefing about the next day activities.

Day 2: Saturday
Darwin Bay Beach

The first visitor site is the Darwin Bay Beach, a very beautiful site due to the great abundance of sea birds that nest on the salt bush plants that dominate the area, which we will visit in the morning.,.

Prince Philip´s StepsIn the afternoon we head to the second visitor point which known as the Prince Philip´s Steps. We will accent 25 meters of stairs into one of the best bird nesting sites in the islands. On Genovesa we will also have opportunity for panga ride, snorkeling, kayaking and walking.

Day 3: Sunday
Plazas

Our arrival to Plazas Islands will be at around 6 am after nighttime navigation. After breakfast we start our first visit in the morning. Plazas are two small islets that were uplifted a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. The unusual vegetation and location of the island create an interesting landscape in which the fauna and flora of Galápagos are enhanced. Moreover, despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. It is possible to guarantee the observation of land iguanas that often are in the shade of a cactus. Nesting on the rugged southern cliffs, are usually swallow tailed gulls, along with various other sea birds. The protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. The main attractions of Plazas Island include the land iguanas, the sea lions and the swallow tailed gulls as well as yellow tailed mullets, Audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans gliding past the cliff. We return to the yacht for lunch and a well-deserved rest.

Santa Fe (Barrington) Island
In the afternoon we start our second visit to Santa Fe (Barrington) Island. The small bay on Barrington’s northeast coast is extremely picturesque, where we can visit the two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint on top of a cliff where it is possible to find land iguanas, endemic to the island. The other trail is near the beach and is a short circular trail where it is possible to find another colony of land iguanas, but early in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is low. A particular attraction is the unusually tall forest of prickly cactus. Here we will also have the possibilities to do kayaking, snorkeling, panga ride and walks to observe and enjoy nature. We’ll then return to the yacht for dinner and relaxation time..

Day 4: Monday
Punta Pitt

In the morning we visit Punta Pitt, considered as one of the most beautiful and impressive sites of Galapagos. The erosion of the high cliffs and the almost constant foggy morning gives to Punta Pitt an eerie atmosphere. Being the northeastern most point in Galapagos, it has become amongst the favorite nesting sites for sea birds. Here we can observe the three different species of boobies and great frigate birds nesting in the same area. We return to the yacht for lunch,

Leon Dormido
In the afternoon we navigate towards the giant and impressive rocky formation locally known as “Leon Dormido” (sleeping sea lion). On the cliffs we can see lots of blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, pelicans and other several marine birds. During our snorkeling activity we can observe sharks, marine turtles, sea rays, and several species of colorful fishes next to the impressive rock formation. Later on we go for a walk on Isla Lobos (Lobos Island), a small islet separated from the main Island by a narrow stretch of calm water. Upon its rocky shores blue-footed boobies nest and sea lions rest. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and primitive beauty. The typical Galapagos environment.

Day 5: Tuesday
Junco Lagoon, Cerro Colorado Galapaguera

In the morning our guide will take you up on the highlands of San Cristobal Island. Our tour starts from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and our first visit point will be to the Laguna El Junco (El Junco Lagoon). Rainwater and condensation have collected for hundreds of years in the caldera of an extinct volcano, creating this haven for frigate birds. The lake in the main water supplier for the island population and thus of vital importance. Hiking around the lake offers views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill, the island’s highest point. Our next stop will be at Cerro Colorado Turtle Breading Center. Here we can learn about the hard work developed by scientists in order to preserve the species of the Giant Galapagos Turtles. There is a nice walk on a trail which permits you to be in close contact with the turtles of the different sizes, from the tiny ones to the giant oldest ones.

Interpretation Center of San Cristobal
Following lunch our guide will give a short explanation about the afternoon activities. At about 2 p.m. you will disembark and start our walking tour to visit the Interpretation Center of San Cristobal, located in the outskirts of the small city of Pto. Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Province. The interpretation center gives us a great introduction to the islands, from the natural and human history, to the actual efforts taken by the National Park and marine reserve to protect the fragile environment. We then walk up to the place known as Frigate Bird Hill. This short hike starts from the interpretation Center and takes about 30 minutes to reach the top of the hill. Once there, visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches and the amazing Kicker Rock formation emerging from the Pacific Ocean, and the roofs of the houses of Puerto Baquerizo. The hill is often visited by Frigate birds who nest here in certain times of the year, thus giving it its name. Both the species of “Magnificent” frigate birds and “great” frigate birds can be seen here! From the hill we descend towards the small cove known as Punta Carola, a place where we find a colony of cute sea lions. A great spectacle!
We then return to the yacht for dinner and in the evening (if desired) you can go to town for a walk and perhaps a drink at one of the local bars.,

Day 6: Wednesday
Punta Suarez

In the morning after a night boat ride, we will be arriving to Española Island, also known as Hood Island after Viscount Samuel Hood. It is located in the extreme southeast of the archipelago and is considered, along with Santa Fe, one of the oldest islands at approximately four million years of age. The island is slowly becoming a rocky, barren land with little or no vegetation, with sand and soft shingle beaches which attracts a healthy number of Galapagos Sea Lions. We will visit the two spots that are especially popular with visitors: In the morning and after breakfast we will be visiting Punta Suárez, a destination of great interest due of its abundance of bird-life. This island also has its own species of animals, such as the Española Mockingbird, which has a distinctive longer and more curved beak than variations in other islands; the Española lava lizard; the Marine Iguana of the subspecies

We will visit the two spots that are especially popular with visitors: In the morning and after breakfast we will be visiting Punta Suárez, a destination of great interest due of its abundance of bird-life. This island also has its own species of animals, such as the Española Mockingbird, which has a distinctive longer and more curved beak than variations in other islands; the Española lava lizard; the Marine Iguana of the subspecies venustissimus, which has red markings on its back; among others. We can also observe Swallow-tailed Gulls and other tropical birds that live in the rocky slopes. Amongst the most interesting attractions we find the Waved Albatross, where almost the entire world population arrives to breed here from March to January, and the mating dances of the funny Blue-footed Boobies. There are hundreds of masked Boobies, colonies of sea lions, huge colonies of marine iguanas, and different species of birds. We’ll return to the yacht for lunch

Bahía Gardner
In the afternoon we will visit Bahía Gardner, which has a lovely beach, excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Here we also find a big colony of playful sea lions and with luck we can observe Galapagos hawks and the local species of snakes, while almost certainly Darwin finches, mocking birds and sea turtles. After enjoying the beach we return to the yacht for dinner and rest for the day.

Day 7: Thursday
Punta Cormorant, Devils Crown

In the morning we will go to Punta Cormorant, a site which probably offers the largest and best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. It is situated between two “tuff” type cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to be seen besides flamingos, the most frequent being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the high percentage of endemic (unique to the island) plant life.

Here we see the “green beach” (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour sand beach” made up of coral which are two of the most interesting beaches of the islands. We can also snorkel from the beach around the area. We return to the yacht to start our snorkel activity at the place known as Corona del Diablo (Devil’s Crown). This is a submerged eroded volcanic crater where the interior of the formation is ideal for the sustainment of a wonderful coral reef habitat making it one of the most fascinating marine sites in the Galapagos. Here you can observe reefs, sea lions, reef fish, hammerhead sharks, and several other species of fish. We’ll return for lunch to the yacht, followed by a short navigation and rest period.

Post Office Bay
Our afternoon visit will be to the famous Post Office Bay, which historically served as a letter exchange station through the use of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Both Sailors and tourists have used this rudimentary system to exchange correspondence to every corner of the world! The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand, thus creating a very special “Postal Service” apart from being the Post Office location this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists. Later on we will visit the place known as “Asilo de La Paz” (Haven of Peace), known for its bizarre history as one of the first occupied spaces of the islands by a German family with the last name of Wittmer. After exploring the caves where this family used to live, we will return to our yacht to begin our navigation towards the port of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. With luck, we can spot herds of dolphins during our navigation, as well as sea rays and marine turtles.,

Day 8: Friday
F. Llerena Interpretation Center & Giant Galapagos Turtles

After breakfast, we will depart from our ship, and with the company of your guide we will visit 2 interesting attraction points before heading to the airport. We start with a walk in the Galapagos National Park “Fausto Llerena” turtle breeding and Interpretation Center where we can learn about the work done to maintain the species of this unique animal. Our guide will then take us for a nice walk among the beautiful forests of a private farm, where tortoises roam freely in their natural habitat. The Tortoises are very shy and will typically withdraw into their shells as soon as they see you coming close. It is very important not to bother, touch or feed these beautiful animals. The area also contains several species of birds including the famous Darwin finches, the rare “Pájaro Brujo” a beautiful red colored bird, and many more. At “El Manzanillo” farm we also find a simple but nice infrastructure where you can rest and buy drinks, a beer or a try the delicious local juices and snacks. Then we will be transported to the Itabaca Channel which we cross with a local ferry to take a bus on the other side headed to the Airport of Baltra Island. Here our voyage ends, and we will say goodbye to our guide and to the Galapagos Islands, which wait for your next visit

Superior Stateroom (Suite):

  • 2 Superior Staterooms (25 square meters each)
  • Ample private facilities
  • Hot/Cold Water
  • Air conditioned
  • Bed room with a King
  • Size Bed
  • Located on Upper Deck

Standard Stateroom:

  • 6 Staterooms (14 square meters each)
  • Private facilities – Hot/Cold Water
  • Air conditioned
  • Located on Main Deck

The Lounge:

  • Function Lounge for Briefings and Meals
  • 60 Squared meters
  • Library with comfortable sofas, Panoramic Views and a 50 inch Tv with great selection of Documentaries
  • Air conditioned
  • Located on main deck

Bar Deck & Jaccuzzi:

  • Covered, External Bar Area
  • Panoramic views
  • Used for certain meals and briefings (weather permiting)
  • Located on upper deck

Sun Deck:

  • 60 sqm comfortable area with resting chairs and wide panoramic view

SPECIFICATIONS 

Type:                     Motor Catamaran

Year:                     2006

Lenght:                 90.50 ft / 27.60 m

Beam:                   36.08 ft / 11 m

Capacity:              18 passengers (Authorization navigation : 16 passengers)

Main Engines:     2 x John Deere IMO 300 HP each

Electric System:  2 x 50 kw generators (IMO) (110v and 220v. AC)

Speed:                   10 knots

Water Capacity:  3000 gal. plus water maker with capacity of 1000 gl/ day

Diesel Capacity:  200 gallons

Crew:                     9 + 1 Naturalist bilingual guide

 

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