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Angermeyer Family

Angermeyer Family



The Angermeyers and the Galapagos Islands.

Interest in the archipelago exceeds the realms of natural history; it had already been the source of legend in Incan times, and Castilian historians continued to fuel its aura during the early years of colonial South America, baptizing them The Enchanted Isles (Las Encantadas).
By the time the Angermeyers heard of them in the late 1920s, fascination for the Galapagos Islands had grown enormously thanks to visits by the likes of Captain Cook, Herman Melville, and of course Charles Darwin. It was through the awe-inspiring words of a Dutch sea captain, who painted the picture of a luscious tropical paradise, that the Angermeyer brothers became enthused about leaving the life as they knew it behind. As the European continent was nearing the start of its most ravishing war, it wasn't far-fetched for anyone to imagine something better elsewhere. For the Angermeyers, the Galapagos Islands were to be just this place and through the encouragement of their grandfather, brothers Karl, Fritz, Hans and Gus sailed for the Islands.


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.

Passion for Sailing


Passion for Sailing

Sailing is true communion with nature. A sailing vessel must negotiate with the seas and winds to reach its destination. In this day and age, it is a pleasure and deep honour to operate in the Galapagos Islands in environmentally sound ships, travelling the seas, experiencing nature at its purest.

Travelling by wind on open sails to where dolphins play and enormous peaceful whale sharks float, to where Eagle Rays spring from the ocean deep and agile sea lions twirl in the water next to the boat… Sailing in the Galapagos Islands is a treat to the senses, an experience of a lifetime when done right by those who know and love them intimately.


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.


The Nixe

After having lived some 20 odd years getting to know the Galapagos intimately, the Angermeyers began showing scientists and photographers around on a small family fishing boat they named The Nixe, considered today a precursor to tourism in the islands. Constructed in the late 1950s, the boat was made out of island wood and materials left behind by the US army base in Baltra. This experience proved fascinating for the Angermeyer brothers, as they interacted with visitors from around the world and little by little left their initial agricultural endeavours behind to dedicate their life's work to promoting appreciation of the Galapagos' natural world. The Nixe, in this sense, is the missing link between traditional fishing boats and the tourist cruise yachts we find today.


Evolution, the Essence of Galapagos tours

When Fiddi Angermeyer returned from college in the United States, he began working on his father's Nixe, which only hosted four passengers and two crewmembers. Having witnessed its coming to be as a young boy, and having experienced his parents' and uncles' work in the field, Fiddi decided to fill some pretty big shoes. Through hands'on experience he dutifully learnt every aspect of today's tourism industry: from guiding to maintenance, sailing to cooking and cleaning. The Nixe served as a stepping-stone for bigger and grander dreams and from this point on, a new evolutionary process took shape as Fiddi continually sought after more comfort in his workspace as well as for his travellers, building a reputation that today has become a legend in itself.


A rare kind of zest

Life in the Galapagos Islands is full of contradictions. It is inhospitable, yet paradisiacal. It is peaceful and inspiring, as it is demanding in ways unimaginable. One must adapt to the hardships, yet the adaptation process is a deeply fulfilling one. Karl Angermeyer once coined it a rare kind of zest that comes only with survival on the most elemental level. It is through sacrifice and love for their surroundings that the Angermeyers followed through with their quest for a new and better home when they left war-ridden Europe. Today, Galapagueños at heart, and an integral part of Galapagos' history, the Angermeyer legacy lives on.


Galapagos travel experts since the very beginning

Nuestra pasión por los veleros y un arraigado amor por nuestro hogar, las Islas Galápagos, se unen para brindarle la más aventurera y profunda de las experiencias  que se puedan desear, en uno de los destinos más paradisíacos y fascinantes de la Tierra.

Exponer los secretos de nuestro misterioso archipiélago a aquellos que lo han visitado a lo largo de los años nos ha hecho estar a la vanguardia de la industria del turismo en las Islas Galápagos.


The Angermeyer boats

With a lifetime of sailing and shipbuilding experience, Fiddi Angermeyer is a master craftsman and keen seafarer. Born on the islands in 1950, he looked-on as his parents built the Nixe, perhaps adding a thing or two to the family's first fishing boat, learning, in the process, the ways and wherefores of life at sea.

Fiddi embodies a passion for reconstructing and remodelling damaged vessels acquired from around the world, and his expertise, which has translated into the complete makeover of a total of eleven custom sailing ships, showcase his unparalleled experience in creating the best in passenger comfort.

Since his first refurbishing experience on the Encantada, a handsome yacht that to this day continues to operate in the Galapagos, Fiddi has recreated beautiful and smart interiors on a wide array of sailing ships.


1960 Nixe
1975 Encantada
1979 Pirata
1981 Cachalote
1985 Orca
1989 Andando
1992 Samba
1998 Sagitta
2002 Heritage
2003 Diamante
2006 Mary Anne

Today Angermeyer Cruises work with the Mary Anne and Sagitta, gorgeous sailing ships boasting Smart Voyager certification, designed especially to reduce environmental impact on the islands and give you the most intimate, awe-inspiring vacation possible.

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