Ultimate Galapagos Whales, Wildlife & Birds + Ecuador Central HighlandsAboard: Beluga
The most comprehensive Galapagos wildlife tour. August & September are the best months for whale sightings and are also when thousands of the endemic waved albatross nest on Espanola Island and the giant tortoises migrate down from the highlands of Santa Cruz. This in depth tour offers multiple opportunities to encounter the full range of Galapagos wildlife and flora. Rare and endemic birds, swim with sharks, rays, turtles and tropical fish. Then travel to the Ecuadorean Highlands for more amazing birds and scenery.
- Unique 15 day cruise with marine & wildlife encounters
- Maximum whale & dolphin sightings
- Expert Galapagos Park Guide onboard offering guidance & briefings
- Daily hikes, snorkelling, kayaking, excursions & panga cruises.
- Excellent birding opportunities
- Observe Waved Albatross on Espanola Island
- Swim with sea lions & giant turtles
- Intimate, friendly atmosphere onboard
- Time to Explore Quito and its Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site
- Bellavista Cloud Forest Day Tour, Birding & Wildlife
- 14 Nights Galapagos Cruise Experience
- 3 Nights Hotel Stay B&B in Quito (1 night pre, 2 night post Galapagos cruise)
- Flights from Quito to Galapagos Islands Return
- All landings, Activities, Excursions & transportation with-in the itinerary
- Use of Kayaks & snorkelling equipment
- Certified Galapagos National Park Service Guide
- Visit to Charles Darwin Centre
- All Meals onboard MY Beluga
- Full Day Guided Tour Bellavista Cloud Forest
So much to experience
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Quito - Patio Andaluz Hotel
Private transfers from Quito Airport to the Patio Andaluz Hotel located in the heart of Historic Quito old town. You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and cobbled streets of this Unesco Heritage Site.
Ferry to Santa Cruz Island
After breakfast, transfer to Quito Airport for flight to Baltra. $120 National Park fee to be paid on arrival. Ferry to Santa Cruz Island and guided tour to see giant tortoises in the wild, followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Centre in Puerto Ayora. Embark and set sail.
Floreana Island - Post Office Bay
Floreana Island. Visit Post Office Bay with its historic barrel post box – continue the tradition and leave or pick up mail yourself for posting! Punta Cormorant and Devil’s Crown for guided walk to observe penguins and marine iguanas. Discover a green sand beach, coloured by olivine crystals, and then white sand Flour Beach. Amazing snorkelling with tropical fish, rays, sharks and turtles, plus superb birding.
Isabela Island - Puerto Villamil
Isabela Island. Visit the charming, Puerto Villamil and beach home to flamingos, whimbrels, gallinules, stilts and lava gulls. Call at giant tortoise breeding station and later walk to the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano with its scenic lava flows.
Isabela Island - Isabela Island
Isabela Island. Visit scenic Isabela Island and then a panga ride in Elizabeth Bay to see penguins on the small islets. At the narrow end of the bay, sea turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water. See red, white and black mangroves, flightless cormorant, penguins, blue-footed boobies and pelicans.
Isabela Island. Walking around Urbina Bay to see colourful land iguanas, giant tortoises, plus flora and birdlife. Snorkelling with rays and tropical fish. Later, enter cold-water Tagus Cove where whales and dolphins are often encountered.
Morning landing on volcanic Fernandina Island. Shoreline and lava walks to observe lava herons plus varied flora - lava cactus, petunia, mangroves. Snorkelling with juvenile sea lions, spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorant, penguins. Afternoon birds and marine life panga ride and snorkelling at Punta Vicente Roca, off Isabela.
Santiago Island. Landing on black beach at Puerto Egas. Visit fur seal grotto. See flamingos, flycatchers, lava herons and maybe a Galapagos snake. In the afternoon, climb the volcano cone on Bartolome island for long views. Beautiful, colourful volcanic rock formations, plus birds and snorkelling. l
Relax on board or swim in the morning. Later, on Santa Cruz, go walking near Dragon Hill to observe flamingos, finches and pintail ducks, plus land and marine iguanas.
Morning visit to Santa Fe Island to see land iguanas, a pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbirds, doves, Galapagos hawks and Palo Santo trees. Afternoon on South Plaza to see rare plants including tall opuntia cactus, plus nesting red-billed tropicbirds, sealion
San Cristobal Island
Landing at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island - sea lions and marine iguanas plus flamingos in the nearby lagoon. Then, sail to the iconic Kicker Rock for spectacular snorkelling with sharks, turtles, rays and tropical fish. One of the highlights of the cruise. Also visit Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Interpretation Center.
Visits on Española Island at Gardner Bay and Islotes Gardner and Osborn for great snorkelling. Later landing at Punta Suarez to see blowhole and rare fauna and flora, including endemic waved albatross (April-December), Hood mockingbirds, finches, boobies and hawks plus Espanola lava lizards and brightly-coloured iguanas.
Santa Cruz - Darwin Centre
Revisit Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz for the Darwin Centre if missed before and possible souvenir shopping. Walk through cactus forest to Tortuga Bay – finches and iguanas. Afternoon walking in the lush highlands.
Chinese Hat Island
Morning landing at eponymous Chinese Hat Island, great for snorkelling with sealions and penguins. Beautiful volcanic landscape and white-coral sand beach. Afternoon visit to Sullivan Bay on Santiago for beautiful lava walk – marine iguanas, Sally Lighfoot crabs and turtles.
Genovesa Island. Here, at Darwin Bay, walk amongst seals, nesting red-footed boobies, gulls and great frigatebirds as you traverse the shoreline amongst the lava rocks and pools. Afternoon, climb Prince Phillip’s Steps for a cliff walk amongst nesting Nazca boobies and other birds. Look out especially for short-eared owls.
Quito Old Town
After breakfast we disembark with a transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito. Afternoon - arrival in Quito with transfer to The Patio Andaluz Hotel (bed & breakfast). Evening free to enjoy the World Heritage Old Town
Bellavista Cloud Forest
Bellavista Cloud Forest. A full day guided tour. The day starts after breakfast with an early morning pick up from your hotel. 145 Minute drive take you high into Ecuador’s Cloud Forest offering over 700 hectares of private conservation reserve and located in the Mindo region. Bellavista Lodge is one of the most remarkable places in the world for colourful bird life and orchids. Hike up streams to hidden waterfalls on 10 kms of nature walks graded from easy to genuine adventure. Access to shared naturalist guides who will accompany small groups to observe 100’s of bird species particular to this region including Cock of the Rock and up to 14 species of humming bird at close range at feeders. A very exciting day. Back to Quito for a relaxing evening.
After a leisurely breakfast your private transfer to Quito Airport awaits. Check-in for your independent flights back home.
A view from Above
Embark upon our very spacious and comfortable 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.
Patio Andaluz Hotel, Quito
Ideally located deep in the old town, this Boutique style hotel is an ideal location to explore the culture, history and vibrant restaurants and bars.
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