BELUGA

Beluga

Embark upon our very spacious and comfortable “Superior First Class” motor yacht. With panoramic windows in the salon and great deck space, Beluga is a fantastic way to cruise the islands in speed and style.
Equipped with the most modern safety and mechanical equipment, Beluga accommodates 16 passengers in 8 double cabins; one of these has an additional berth which becomes a triple room which is suitable for families Each cabin has their own private bathroom equipped with hot & cold water showers. Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious social areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class motor yacht: panoramic windows in the salon / dining area, and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing. The Beluga’s friendly and professional crew will make sure to fulfill our every need during your journey.

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4 - 8 Days Cruise

16 Passengers


Day 1 – SUNDAY Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport / El Junco or Tijeretas & Interpretation center

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are located 1,000 kilometres west of mainland Ecuador and consist of 19 main islands and numerous smaller islets. Most of them consist of barren-looking land with bizarre volcanic features and are actually the peaks of underwater volcanoes, having risen from the sea floor millions of years ago. Apart from their interesting geology and geography, this archipelago is particularly famous for its fascinating natural history. As the islands lie far out in the Pacific Ocean, many unique species of animals and plants evolved over time and are only found there. When Charles Darwin visited The Galapagos Islands and observed the differences between the species the islands, he was inspired to look at nature in a new way. In due course this led him to develop his theory of evolution.

During the winter, January to April, there are often heavy rains. During the rainy season there may be fog. Also one can get to El Progreso and then walk from there, if the group is very active. The walk from Progreso may last for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (depending on the group). From Port Baquerizo Moreno to El Progreso is about a 30-minute drive.
The area of El Junco has established limits. However, to date, residents have not respected the National Park's boundaries and livestock are often found in areas of the park.
El Junco Lagoon has an area of 60,000 m2 and its volume is 360,000 m3, equivalent to 9 million gallons of water. Its diameter is 270 m. and its maximum depth is 6 m. It is fed only by rainwater, in periods of drought it decreases to 1 m. and when there are heavy rains it increases its level until it overflows forming a stream. In 1978, it grew till it gave off 5400 gallons per hour. In 1982-83 the river coming down from the top destroyed everything in Puerto Baquerizo Park. Similar damage was caused during the El Niño of 1998.
The lagoon is located 19 kilometers from Port inside a small crater, which in turn lies within the caldera of a large volcano, now extinct and hard to distinguish without geological knowledge.
The name of the lake comes from a type of plant that is common in the surrounding area, known as "junco". Eleocharis mutates and is member of the Cyperacea family.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – MONDAY: Hood: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

AM: Gardner Bay (Hood Island).

Disembark at a white coral beach where you can take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area.

PM: Punta Suarez (Hood Island).
At Punta Suarez, take a walk along the lava terrain to visit its sea bird colonies, including the waved albatross (May - December), masked and blue footed boobies. Waves crash onto jagged cliffs and the famous blowhole shoots water up to 30 metres in the air.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – TUESDAY Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin St & Highlands

AM: Charles Darwin Research Center (Santa Cruz Island)

Visit the Charles Darwin station situated in the town of Puerto Ayora. Here you will learn about the research conducted on the island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Galapagos tortoise breeding and rearing centre, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Afterwards, you can stroll through Puerto Ayora, the largest town on the islands.

PM: Santa Cruz Highlands.

Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. From June to January, you can find giant tortoises on a private farm in the highlands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 – WEDNESDAY: Chinese hat& Sullivan Bay

AM: Chinese hat

A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It's shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type "Splatter" (lava ejected as drops and falls close to where it came from, which forms a cone inclined) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast.
On the west you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows 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.

PM: Sullivan Bay (James Island)

The Sullivan Bay lava field shows a variety of interesting patterns, the shapes and textures of trees, which once existed there and hornitos caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The Sullivan Bay lava is known a pahoehoe , Hawaiian for rope. This thin-skinned lava's molten material cools down after an eruption causing the surface materials to buckle creating a rope like appearance. Pahoehoe lava is rare in the rest of the world, but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. In the 100 years since the last major lava flow little in the way of fauna has returned except the lava cactus.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – THURSDAY Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: Darwin Bay (Tower Island).

Afternoon wet landing for an easy stroll observing bird life, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. If you wish, you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or go back to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.

PM: El Barranco (Tower Island)

Tower Island is a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface in the north eastern part of the archipelago. The variety and number of birds found here are incredible. After entering Darwin’s Bay via a narrow channel you will take a zodiac ride along the rocky caldera walls observing the many seabirds who choose to nest here. Frigate birds, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels all breed here by the thousands. A steep climb up Prince Phillip Steps leads to a flatter trail where you may see masked, blue and red footed boobies. The interior of the island is also home to four types of Darwin finches and short eared owls.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 – Turtle Cove / Baltra for return flight to Quito

AM: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island.

The panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black. White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here.
Disembark from the Beluga for the last time
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 1 – SUNDAY

Baltra – Santa Cruz

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (approx. 2 and half hour flight). Will be met by our driver and transferred to Santa Cruz Island across the Itabaca Cannal on a 5 minute's ferry boat ride. Once on Santa Cruz, another vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to Puerto Ayora municipal pier. At 14h00 speed boat to Isabela: Puerto Villamil pier where a crew member will meet you and take you on board Y Beluga.

Day 2 – MONDAY: Isabela: Punta Moreno – Elizabeth Bay

AM: PUNTA MORENO

Main attractions are Blackish water lagoons, Flamingos and White cheeked pintail ducks.

PM: ELIZABETH BAY
Here you will observe Flightless Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Rays, Marine Turtles, Sea lions and Lava Herons. Also there is a large area of giant red Mangroves.

Day 3 – TUESDAY Isabela: Urbina Bay - Tagus cove

AM: URBINA BAY

Lying at the foot of Alcedo Volcano, south of Tagus Cove, is Urbina Bay (Urbina Bay) one of the best and the most recent example of geological uplift in the Galapagos. Here you can see Penguins, Noddy terns, Marine Iguanas and Historic grafffiti.

PM: TAGUS COVE

Lying directly east of Fernandina on the west coast approximately 2/3's of the way up Isabela is the narrow channel of Tagus Cove. The coves quiet waters make for an ideal panga ride beneath its sheltered cliffs, where blue-fitted boobies, brown noddies, pelicans and noddy terns make their nests, and flightless cormorants and penguins inhabit the lava ledges.


Day 4 – WEDNESDAY: Fernandina: Punta Espinoza - Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca

AM: PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

Flightless Cormorant, Pelicans, Sea Lions, Sally Light Foot Crabs and an abundance of Marine Iguanas can be seen along the shores of one of world´s most active volcanoes.
Landing: dry landing
Conditions: the youngest of the islands with the most active volcano there is plenty of lava and few plants.
Notes: this is the only island to never have introduced animals. Visitors should be careful to remain on the trail at all times and not to introduce any new species.

PM: PUNTA VICENTE ROCA

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 5 – THURSDAY James: Puerto Egas - Bartolome

AM: PUERTO EGAS (JAMES ISLAND)

Here you will see Galapagos Fur Seals in pools cut into lava cliffs and there is a good chance of spotting the Galapagos Hawk, the Galapagos Dove and Vermilion Flycatcher. Tucked behind Espumilla Beach are salt water lagoons where Flamingos and White Cheeked Pintail Ducks may be seen.

PM: BARTOLOME ISLAND

Begins with a rock and concrete pathway. The walk continues through volcanic sand, which can be slow to cross. Once through the sand the steep ascent continues up a wooden stairway. From landing to top the walk takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Nowhere else is the geological history of the Islands better portrayed than here. The most impressive volcanic scenery.
Landing: dry landing
Highlights: view of Pinnacle Rock and panoramic view of other islands, excellent photographic opportunity.
Conditions: steep trail with wooden steps
Notes: bring water, good hiking shoes and a windbreaker. Take your time going up the steps. The view is well worth the walk


Day 6 – FRIDAY North Seymour – Baltra

AM: Espinosa Point (Fernandina)

North of Baltra (South Seymour) is the small islet of North Seymour. The largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds is found here, as well as nesting Blue footed Boobies and Swallow Tailed Gulls Landing: dry landing
Highlights: nesting Frigate birds, swallowtail gulls and blue-footed boobies, land iguanas.
Conditions: flat easy trail
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.

Day 1 – FRIDAY: Baltra – Highlands of Santa Cruz / PM Charles Darwin Station

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (approx. 2 and half hour flight). Will be met by our guide and transferred to Santa Cruz Island across the Itabaca Cannal on a 5 minute's ferry boat ride. Once on Santa Cruz, another vehicle will be waiting for you to take you for a tour in the highlands. The lush humid zone with its vegetation of Miconia bushed, Scalesia and inactive volcanic cones. Santa Cruz has more endemic plants than any other island in the Galapagos, you will have the opportunity to see giant tortoises in the wild. This will imply a walk through dirt trails and grassland. Box lunch.

The Charles Darwin research station is located in the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
At The Charles Darwin Research Station you'll learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the Galapagos islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Tour the Van Straelen Exhibit Hall. For most, this will be your only opportunity to see the giant Galapagos tortoises.
The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts and facilitates research in the Galapagos Islands and the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve of Ecuador. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galapagos Islands since 1959.
Based on the itinerary, you should be prepared for the activities of the day for which we suggest you to wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothes (preferably cotton), T-shirts or shorts as per your personal preference, and depending on the season, a light windbreaker in case it is misty during your excursion through the highlands.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – SATURDAY: Floreana: Punta Cormorant – Post Office Bay

Located approximately 4 to 5 hours west of Española and equal distance south of Santa Cruz, this island has long been a favorite site of visitors including pirates, whalers and early settlers.

We visit a Flamingo Lagoon where other species of shore birds may also be seen. Snorkelling at Devil´s Crown, a submerged volcanic cone.

Landing: wet landing
Highlights: flamingo lagoon, Darwin Finch and Flour Beach
Conditions: easy trail with open zone on far beach
Notes: take caution not to disturb sea turtle nests. Swimming is not permitted at Flour Beach due to sting rays that frequent the area

One may leave letters like whalers did in the 18th century in a wooden barrel mailbox.

Landing: wet landing
Highlights: sending and delivering post cards via post barrel
Conditions: gentle beach
Notes: make sure to bring post cards to send to friends and family postage free

Located just off Punta Cormorant this is the best snorkeling in the Galapagos! To see the crown you need to go underwater, an almost completely submerged volcano, which erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks creating the "Devil's Crown". The remains of the volcano create a haven for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates. Red-billed tropical birds can be seen nesting in the crevices.
The highlight of the visit is snorkeling in the center of the crater. You will play with sea lions, while swimming with schools of colorful king angel fish, balloon fish, hawk fish, scrawled filefish, yellowtail grunts, tiger snake eels, white-tipped sharks, eagle rays, amberjacks, wrasses, hammerhead sharks, and sea turtles.

Landing: no landings permitted this is a snorkel and dive site only
Highlights: snorkeling inside cone with a variety of colorful fish
Conditions: currents may be strong
Notes: large sharks may be present
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 – SUNDAY Puerto Villamil - Volcan Chico/Sierra Negra - Breeding Center

AM: Volcan chico , Volcan Sierra Negra

The largest of the Galapagos islands, Isabela is composed of six shield volcanoes merged into a single land mass. The trip is more than worthwhile, however, for the unique species that occur only in this part of the archipelago, including blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, fur seals, sea lions and marine iguanas. The landscape, with massive volcanoes silhouetted against the sky, offers a striking contrast to the lower-lying islands of the east.
Notes: this is the only island to never have introduced animals. Visitors should be careful to remain on the trail at all times and not to introduce any new species.

PM: Breeding center

The Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela is located 1.5 km from Puerto Villamil.
In this Breeding Center populations from South Isabela (Sierra Negra Volcano, Cerro Azul): Cazuela, Cinco Cerros, Roca Union, San Pedro, Tables and Cerro Paloma have been reproduced in captivity. In total there are 330 between juvenile and adult tortoises.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – MONDAY: Isabela: Punta Moreno – Elizabeth Bay

AM: PUNTA MORENO

Main attractions are Blackish water lagoons, Flamingos and White cheeked pintail ducks.

PM: ELIZABETH BAY
Here you will observe Flightless Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Rays, Marine Turtles, Sea lions and Lava Herons. Also there is a large area of giant red Mangroves.

Day 5 – TUESDAY Isabela: Urbina Bay - Tagus cove

AM: URBINA BAY

Lying at the foot of Alcedo Volcano, south of Tagus Cove, is Urbina Bay (Urbina Bay) one of the best and the most recent example of geological uplift in the Galapagos. Here you can see Penguins, Noddy terns, Marine Iguanas and Historic grafffiti.

PM: TAGUS COVE

Lying directly east of Fernandina on the west coast approximately 2/3's of the way up Isabela is the narrow channel of Tagus Cove. The coves quiet waters make for an ideal panga ride beneath its sheltered cliffs, where blue-fitted boobies, brown noddies, pelicans and noddy terns make their nests, and flightless cormorants and penguins inhabit the lava ledges.


Day 6 – WEDNESDAY: Fernandina: Punta Espinoza - Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca

AM: PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

Flightless Cormorant, Pelicans, Sea Lions, Sally Light Foot Crabs and an abundance of Marine Iguanas can be seen along the shores of one of world´s most active volcanoes.
Landing: dry landing
Conditions: the youngest of the islands with the most active volcano there is plenty of lava and few plants.
Notes: this is the only island to never have introduced animals. Visitors should be careful to remain on the trail at all times and not to introduce any new species.

PM: PUNTA VICENTE ROCA

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 7 – THURSDAY James: Puerto Egas - Bartolome

AM: PUERTO EGAS (JAMES ISLAND)

Here you will see Galapagos Fur Seals in pools cut into lava cliffs and there is a good chance of spotting the Galapagos Hawk, the Galapagos Dove and Vermilion Flycatcher. Tucked behind Espumilla Beach are salt water lagoons where Flamingos and White Cheeked Pintail Ducks may be seen.

PM: BARTOLOME ISLAND

Begins with a rock and concrete pathway. The walk continues through volcanic sand, which can be slow to cross. Once through the sand the steep ascent continues up a wooden stairway. From landing to top the walk takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Nowhere else is the geological history of the Islands better portrayed than here. The most impressive volcanic scenery.
Landing: dry landing
Highlights: view of Pinnacle Rock and panoramic view of other islands, excellent photographic opportunity.
Conditions: steep trail with wooden steps
Notes: bring water, good hiking shoes and a windbreaker. Take your time going up the steps. The view is well worth the walk


Day 8 – FRIDAY North Seymour – Baltra

AM: Espinosa Point (Fernandina)

North of Baltra (South Seymour) is the small islet of North Seymour. The largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds is found here, as well as nesting Blue footed Boobies and Swallow Tailed Gulls Landing: dry landing
Highlights: nesting Frigate birds, swallowtail gulls and blue-footed boobies, land iguanas.
Conditions: flat easy trail
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.


Day 1 – Fri Arrive Baltra / Dragon Hill

The Galapagos Islands are located 1,000 kilometres west of mainland Ecuador and consist of 19 main islands and numerous smaller islets. Most of them consist of barren-looking land with bizarre volcanic features and are actually the peaks of underwater volcanoes, having risen from the sea floor millions of years ago. Apart from their interesting geology and geography, this archipelago is particularly famous for its fascinating natural history. As the islands lie far out in the Pacific Ocean, many unique species of animals and plants evolved over time and are only found there. When Charles Darwin visited The Galapagos Islands and observed the differences between the species the islands, he was inspired to look at nature in a new way. In due course this led him to develop his theory of evolution.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds.
Further along the trail, head to Dragon Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western area of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site of a large number of land iguanas, which is constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The arid-zone vegetation can be a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin's finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galapagos flycatcher, and yellow warblers are regular sightings.

Day 2 – SATURDAY Santa Fe - Plazas

Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage.

The Plaza islands are situated off the east coast of Santa Cruz. You will alight at South Plaza via a dry landing. The island has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the archipelago and can be observed feeding on the prickly pear cactus. There are also iguanas that are a cross between the marine and land varieties. Along the sea cliffs frigate birds, shearwaters, brown pelicans and masked boobies may be seen. You may snorkel from the beach where turtles, sharks and other fish are found
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 – SUNDAY Cerro Brujo & Leon Dormido /PM El Junco or Tijeretas & Interpretation center

AM: AM: Cerro Brujo & Leon Dormido

Cerro Brujo is located on the north coast of San Cristóbal Island; the trail at this visitors site can be done in about three hours, including the panga ride. Its main attraction is the powder-like sandy beach, other than species of flora and fauna.
It is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of lava type a - a. It is formed by low-viscosity lava that contains little gas and breaks while it solidifies and is pushed by lava continuing to flow from behind.
In the lagoon located at Cerro Brujo, the people of Port Baquerizo Moreno mine salt for preserving cod, beef and tortoise. Today it is a place for watching lake and coastal birds.
Cerro Brujo offers an excellent landscape, where you can see Kicker Rock (geologic formation), the southern part of Upper San Cristobal and the coast adjacent to Cerro Brujo.
There are two halophytes (Salicornia fructirosa and Scaevola plumieri), these species grow in soils with high salt content.

During the winter, January to April, there are often heavy rains. During the rainy season there may be fog. Also one can get to El Progreso and then walk from there, if the group is very active. The walk from Progreso may last for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (depending on the group). From Port Baquerizo Moreno to El Progreso is about a 30-minute drive.
The area of El Junco has established limits. However, to date, residents have not respected the National Park's boundaries and livestock are often found in areas of the park.
El Junco Lagoon has an area of 60,000 m2 and its volume is 360,000 m3, equivalent to 9 million gallons of water. Its diameter is 270 m. and its maximum depth is 6 m. It is fed only by rainwater, in periods of drought it decreases to 1 m. and when there are heavy rains it increases its level until it overflows forming a stream. In 1978, it grew till it gave off 5400 gallons per hour. In 1982-83 the river coming down from the top destroyed everything in Puerto Baquerizo Park. Similar damage was caused during the El Niño of 1998.
The lagoon is located 19 kilometers from Port inside a small crater, which in turn lies within the caldera of a large volcano, now extinct and hard to distinguish without geological knowledge.
The name of the lake comes from a type of plant that is common in the surrounding area, known as "junco". Eleocharis mutates and is member of the Cyperacea family.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – MONDAY: Hood: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

AM: Gardner Bay (Hood Island).

Disembark at a white coral beach where you can take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area.

PM: Punta Suarez (Hood Island).
At Punta Suarez, take a walk along the lava terrain to visit its sea bird colonies, including the waved albatross (May - December), masked and blue footed boobies. Waves crash onto jagged cliffs and the famous blowhole shoots water up to 30 metres in the air.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – TUESDAY Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin St & Highlands

AM: Charles Darwin Research Center (Santa Cruz Island)

Visit the Charles Darwin station situated in the town of Puerto Ayora. Here you will learn about the research conducted on the island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Galapagos tortoise breeding and rearing centre, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Afterwards, you can stroll through Puerto Ayora, the largest town on the islands.

PM: Santa Cruz Highlands.

Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. From June to January, you can find giant tortoises on a private farm in the highlands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 – WEDNESDAY: Chinese hat& Sullivan Bay

AM: Chinese hat

A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It's shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type "Splatter" (lava ejected as drops and falls close to where it came from, which forms a cone inclined) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast.
On the west you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows 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.

PM: Sullivan Bay (James Island)

The Sullivan Bay lava field shows a variety of interesting patterns, the shapes and textures of trees, which once existed there and hornitos caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The Sullivan Bay lava is known a pahoehoe , Hawaiian for rope. This thin-skinned lava's molten material cools down after an eruption causing the surface materials to buckle creating a rope like appearance. Pahoehoe lava is rare in the rest of the world, but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. In the 100 years since the last major lava flow little in the way of fauna has returned except the lava cactus.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – THURSDAY Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: Darwin Bay (Tower Island).

Afternoon wet landing for an easy stroll observing bird life, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. If you wish, you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or go back to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.

PM: El Barranco (Tower Island)

Tower Island is a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface in the north eastern part of the archipelago. The variety and number of birds found here are incredible. After entering Darwin’s Bay via a narrow channel you will take a zodiac ride along the rocky caldera walls observing the many seabirds who choose to nest here. Frigate birds, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels all breed here by the thousands. A steep climb up Prince Phillip Steps leads to a flatter trail where you may see masked, blue and red footed boobies. The interior of the island is also home to four types of Darwin finches and short eared owls.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 – Turtle Cove / Baltra for return flight to Quito

AM: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island.

The panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black. White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here.
Disembark from the Beluga for the last time
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast


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