Genovesa (Tower) Island

Genovesa (Tower) island

This 14 sqkm2 island is the tip of a submerged shield volcano that rises 76 meters above sea level. Its central crater is filled with salt water.

Darwin Bay

Located in the northeast section of Galapagos. Tower is an outpost for many seabirds and is a favorite among birders. Darwin Bay is actually the caldera of an extinct, partially eroded volcano. With the surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim in a forest of salt bush, we find colonies of nesting great frigate birds and red-footed boobies. A coral beach offers an opportunity for a swim. This calm bay offers a chance to explore by sea kayak.

In this bay we can find the masked booby, great frigatebird, red billed tropic bird, swallow-tailed gull, lava gull, marine iguana, storm petrel, short-eared owl, brown pelican, yellow crowned night heron, Galapagos dove, large ground finch.

Prince Philips Steps

Usually we visit this place by boat (panga) along the base of the cliffs. We climb up a steep rock staircase. At the top, the trail leads to an open area of nesting masked boobies and red-footed boobies that are perched on branches of Palo Santo trees. Storm petrels are found in the open lava fields at the end of the trail, which are prey for the short-eared owls.

Here you can find masked booby, great frigatebird, red-footed booby, red-billed tropic bird, swallow-tailed gull, lava gull, marine iguana, storm petrel, short-eared owl, brown pelican, yellow crowned night heron, Galapagos dove, large ground finch.

Established departures 2018

  • Slopes of the Andes

    11 days 2018:
    October 7 to 17
    December 9 to 19

    11 days 2019:
    July 28 to August 7
    October 6 to 16
    December 8 to 18

  • Southern Endemics

    10 days 2018:
    November 25 to December 4

    10 days 2019:
    June 22 to July 1
    August 10 to 19
    November 23 to December 2

  • Galapagos Birding Tour

    8 days 2018:
    November 8 to 15

    8 days 2019:
    March 28 to April 4
    July 11 to 18
    November 7 to 14

Travel guide

Adventure lovers will be keen to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon or to climb one of the country’s volcanoes. This tiny country packs a lot of punch and this travel guide can help you make the most of your trip.

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Testimonials

Christopher Scharf / 2017 USA:
2018-03-01, 14:17
The bear biologist you got for my trip has dropped me off at the airport hotel and my trip is done. It went perfect! I got the pictures I was hoping for and many more I didn’t even expect to get. The whole thing was awesome. Santiago was one of the best guides I ever had. Obviously he knew everything there was to know about the bears but also knew every bird we saw or heard plus he brought his camera and was as excited about it all as I was. I give him 10 stars out of a possible 5 stars. He did twice as good as could have been hoped for.

All the lodges and locations were also fantastic. Thank you for accommodating the one change I requested (to go to Bellavista). I do not have a … read more

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