The M/Y Beluga Tower itinerary is an 8-day, 7-night cruise that takes you to the highlights of the Galapagos Islands. You will visit Santa Cruz Island, San Cristóbal Island, Española Island, Floreana Island, Santiago Island, and Genovesa Island. You will see a variety of wildlife, including giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, penguins, boobies, frigatebirds, and sharks. You will also have the opportunity to hike, snorkel, and kayak. This is a great trip for anyone who wants to experience the unique beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Arrive at Baltra airport
Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.
Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.
San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest.
Cerro Brujo is a volcanic cone that looks over a beautiful white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea lions, Chatham mockingbird, lava lizards
The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon.
Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.
Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here
Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.
These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.
The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nascar boobies, and Española lava lizards.
Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists.
Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen.
This is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown.
This is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.
Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.
Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands.
This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.
This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, lava bubbles
Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.
The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and
There is a good possibility of seeing the unique "Short eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat.
Return flight to Quito