Panama City, Las Perlas Islands, Galapagos
7 February 2020 – 27 February 2020
From Panama City we cruise to the Las Perlas Islands, 45nm away. More than 250 tiny islands make up this archipelago, getting its name since Spanish colonial days because of the many pearls that were found there. It was in these waters that the most famous pearl of the world was found, the “Peregrina”, which belonged to several queens from the ‘600 onwards and in more recent times to Elizabeth Taylor. We have a few days to explore the area before meeting up with the other WARC boats and setting sail for the Galapagos.
We depart for the Galapagos on the 12th February, and at around 850nm the passage should take about a week. Our first stop is San Cristobal where we will have ample time to explore all the island has to offer.
The unique and diverse ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands – extending from the land to the sea – means that it has earned the title of being a living museum, where you can still observe species that are not found anywhere else on the planet.
On land, there will be the opportunity to get up close to sea lions, giant tortoises, seals, iguanas and an immense amount of different birdlife. Under the sea, it is no different with multitudes of different fish, sharks, dolphins, whales and penguins.
The movement on and around the islands concerning hiking and cruising is strictly controlled by the Ecuadorian Government, so locally organised tours are the best way to explore onshore and for diving and snorkelling. We end this leg in Santa Cruz Island only a day’s sail away from San Cristobal, where further opportunities to dive, snorkell, kayak and hike will be available.