History / Angermeyer Cruises
The Angermeyers and the Galapagos Islands.
Here they built their first boat from the extraordinarily resistant matazarno (a heavy iron-hard wood from a tree that grows in arid areas), thus establishing a long family tradition of building boats and sailing in the Galapagos Islands.
One by one the brothers married and built lava rock houses on and around the rocky headlands, today known as Angermeyer Point. They were the first to settle there at a time when there was no supply of fresh water, but they believed that the point was so beautiful they could not possibly live anywhere else.
When Karl Angermeyer began building his house, the colony of marine iguanas inhabiting the rugged volcanic headlands ignored this new presence on their turf. In fact, they never moved out and learned to live in harmony with their new neighbors.
In the late 1950s and into the 1960s, the Angermeyers became an example of how settlers could benefit from the international interest in seeing the islands. Previously fishermen, they soon began to charter their boats to scientists and tourists visiting the islands.
Galapagos, a Paradise?
Their arrival in 1937 quickly rendered the Angermeyer brother's vision of a Crusoe-ian utopia askew, as they explored the unfertile terrain which lacked even the slightest conditions to ensure the comforts of so-called paradise.
They spent more than a decade trying to settle, moving from site to site in search of a suitable living environment, fishing, hunting and farming for their everyday food. It wasn't easy, the Islands were still the type of place that would break you more than make you, and stories of colonization, let alone successful colonization, were few and far between.
However, a visionary perspective of their situation in the world lead the Angermeyers to look beyond island frontiers as they swiftly realised that their mysterious nature deserved to be unravelled and shown to the world.
“a daily dose of adventure, complete freedom and the rare kind of zest that comes only with survival on the most elemental level.”
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Passion for Sailing
A true Galapagos story
The Angermeyers have always had a passion for the sea. Their first experiences as farmers quickly convinced them that they were not made to plough the land, and in no time they began fishing, which lead to boat building, and once their boats had been used to tour the islands with foreign visitors, they started to evolve and adapt, in true Galapagan form, from fishing boats to tourist charters.
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A rare kind of zest
Galapagos travel experts since the very beginning
Our passion for sailing and a deep-rooted love for our home, the Galapagos Islands, come together to give you the most adventurous and profound experience you could wish for, in one of the most paradisiacal and intriguing destinations on Earth.
2006 Mary Anne