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Beluga Yacht - 3 Nights Itinerary

The sturdy and reliable Beluga motor yacht was constructed in Hamburg (Germany) to provide everything you require for a comfortable cruise in the Galapagos. The yacht carries up to 16 passengers in 8 beautifully furnished staterooms. Each of the cabins on the Beluga has its own private bathroom with a shower and hot and cold water. Similarly, her spacious interior is eye-catching and has panoramic windows in the comfortable salon. These 4-days/3-nights of adventure on your Galapagos Islands tour will undoubtedly leave you spellbound. Sailing on board the Beluga, you will land on islands such as Santiago, Genovesa and Santa Cruz for an adventure of a lifetime that you will never forget. Reef sharks, tiny Galapagos penguins, Blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and seals are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this fascinating Galapagos Islands cruise along the “James Island” tour.

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“I want to thank you for arranging a perfect tour for me. I know you did not have control over who the other people would be, but it all, on all fronts, was perfect. The itinerary was sensational and the boat fabulous.”Risa Steinberg

Beluga Yacht: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Santiago & Santa Cruz Islands (Tortoise Reserve).

Beluga Yacht: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: The Highlands
Day 2: Chinese Hat Island // Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
Day 3: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – El Barranco
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove // Baltra Island: Airport
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Beluga Yacht: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: The Highlands

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your vessel: the M/V Beluga.

PM: We will later visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee. While in the Highlands you will have the option of visiting one of two tortoise breeding centers: El Chato or Rancho Las Primicias. At either site, approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors to observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating these tunnels.  Alternatively, Rancho Primicias is a great place to see about ten to fifteen Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. In addition to being able to view the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you can walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption.  

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
Chinese Hat Island // Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

AM: We will make a wet landing on Chinese Hat Island, located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name describes the shape of the island, which you will be able to discern from a distance.  This island’s landscapes are dominated by volcanic formations and fragile lava tubes.  Because of this, it’s very important to stay on the paths. You will encounter a small colony of sea lions and then proceed to hike through this dark, unyielding island of solid rock.

PM: In the afternoon we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. We will then proceed to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field, covered with lava cactuses, has a variety of interesting patterns of important geologic interest, as you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.  After exploring these lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – El Barranco

AM: Our destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the wildest and most pristine islands in Galapagos National Park. Known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is the only place where you can see Red-footed boobies. After a wet landing in Genovesa Island’s Darwin Bay, we will walk along a short path that leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigatebird colonies. On the beach, you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to rob the prey of different species of boobies.

PM: This afternoon we are off to the El Barranco cliffs. Located on Genovesa Island, along the southern part of Darwin Bay, a one-mile (1.5 km) trail stretches out over volcanic rock that leads to this cliff (this hike takes about two hours to cover). The second half of the trail is very delicate, so please stay on the path. It can get very hot so make sure to bring water. Because of the natural erosion, this is the ideal place for the nesting of Storm petrels. Two other species of petrels that can be seen here are the Galapagos petrel and the Wooden petrel. Red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies can be seen here as well as fur seals and several species of seabirds.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday
Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: Today we will visit Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands and located in the center of the archipelago. Located there is Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles, who peak their heads above the surface of the water while fish and other forms of marine life circle below.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks (like the Whitetip reef shark) and schools of golden-colored Mustard rays. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well.

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

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Beluga Yacht: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomDouble
4 DaysUS$ 2,590
Included in the price:
  •     All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  •     cruise on board of the BELUGA in double accommodations with all facilities
  •     services of a naturalist guide on all land excursions and during nightly briefings
  •     free purified drinking water.
Not included in the price:
  •     Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  •     entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  •     transit card ($20.00 USD per person)
  •     bottled and alcoholic beverages
  •     tips and gratuities
  •     personal items and expenses
  •     travel/medical insurance.
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