Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Ecuador: (ZZ-EC-GALP07)
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Introduction
Galapagos Ecuador
Galapagos Legend - 100 passengers

This magnificent vessel, with a capacity for 100 guests, has the charm of The Enchanted Islands; it is still small enough for a more intimate experience with friends and family. With her three different decks, the Galapagos Legend offers a great variety of comfortable and spacious social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. Its fantastic open decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, or take some sun at the pool and bar areas.
Take advantage of its spacious inside auditorium for important conferences. Our philosophy is based on an environment without any formalisms or strict etiquette.

The facilities focus on both mind and body and provide you with those special places you need to exercise, rest or relax in a peaceful , harmonious setting.
The exceptional cuisine is comparable to that of the best restaurants in the world and merit special mention, ranging from the impressive breakfast buffet with freshly baked bread to the extraordinary menus drawn up by professional chefs for lunch and dinner. Visitors will enjoy local gastronomy, a wide variety of exotic fruits and the world’s best flavors, special menus for children, delicious vegetarian dishes or meals for those who have special diets. Once a week, there will be a barbecue at sea so you can sail, dine and enjoy islands landscapes.

Enjoy a charming casual marine décor, with accommodations in cabins with a view of the sea, delicious meals, 2 daily excursions to a habitat unlike any other, full of wildlife that have no fear of man. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds and plants and beautiful landscape of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Snorkel or dive along untouched beaches with a unique underwater world. Tours and lectures provided by licensed nature guides in various languages.

Relax
To relax in the sun or even bathe in the Jacuzzi, head to the Earth Deck, where the natural wonders of the Galapagos can be enjoyed from a whole different perspective, whether by the handrail of their decks, the comfort of a sun-lounger or from the balcony at the bow. There’s a space for everyone on these deceptively large yachts. Take a peak into our boutique for your shopping needs. On our new Sky Deck, view the dolphins playing in the water, swim in our pool, watch the wave from our panorama lounge inside with a drink from the Fisherman bar.

Enjoy
Enjoy the various activities on board. Enjoy our high-class gym. On board our ship, nights are magical, full of bright stars and countless constellations.

Learn
All of our highly-qualified multi-lingual naturalist guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park. On visits to the islands, they will accompany you every step of the way, taking time to explain the highlights as you wonder through this new and magical land. Every evening, these same guides will give you a lecture illustrated with multimedia presentation, imparting and sharing with you their knowledge of geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands. Also enjoy our library and for the little ones kid's corner where they can learn all about the Galapagos!

Feel Safe
Our customers’ safety and the conservation and respect for the environment are our main priorities. Our vessels comply with local and international standards enforced by ISM (International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention). Our crews are all highly trained in safety procedures and have years of experience at sea.

Accomodation


Accommodations
All nights of this trip are spent on the Legend. This impressive vessel, with capacity for 100 guests (56 cabins total), was refurbished in 2019. As well as being the fastest cruise ship operating in the Islands, it remains the only vessel with an onboard pool.
Beyond what you might expect, the Legend is equipped with a glass-bottom boat, transparent kayaks, a kid’s corner, a naturalist center, cinema, a boutique, snorkeling equipment room and a full auditorium facility.
There is also a wellness center (extra fee) that provides massages à la carte, yoga sessions and a gym.

There are 7 different cabin categories:
- Standard Cabin (3 cabins)
- Standard Plus Cabin (7 cabins)
- Junior Suite (28 cabins)
- Balcony Suite (17 cabins)
- Legend Balcony Suite (1 cabin)

Each cabin includes a private bathroom (with hair dryer & toiletries), phone (local calls only), safe deposit box, air conditioning and a TV.
Voltage is set for 110 volts/60 Hz. There is Wi-Fi access in the lounge area.


LEGEND BALCONY SUITE - measuring  33 m2 (355 ft2)
Double and triple occupancy possible.
This is our most comfortable cabin, including panoramic windows and a large balcony.


render of Legend Balcony Suite in the Galapagos Legend


BALCONY SUITE - measuring an average of 22 m2 (237 ft2)
Double and triple occupancy possible.
They include panoramic windows and a balcony.

render of Balcony Suite in the Galapagos Legend 

    JUNIOR SUITE - measuring an average of 15-20 m2 (161-215 ft2)
    Double, triple & quadruple occupancy possible. Interconnected cabins available.
    There are 2 panoramic windows per cabin.
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    STANDARD PLUS - measuring an average of 11 m2 (118 ft2)
    Double occupancy only.
    There are 2 portholes per cabin.
    render of Standard Plus in the Galapagos Legend 


    STANDARD INTERIOR - measuring an average of 13 m2 (140 ft2)
    Double & single occupancy possible.
    These cabins are located in the interior, so there are no ocean view.

    Additional onboard services and facilities include:
    • Drying machines available for complimentary use
    • Variety of onboard activities
    • Briefings on the following day’s activities
    • Informative lectures about the Galapagos
    • Medical attention 24 hours a day


    Meals
    All meals are included during the cruise.

    Lonesome George Restaurant
    This acclaimed restaurant will surprise you with its wide range of mouth-watering, culinary delights. Using fresh ingredients, we serve a high level of international and local cuisine from our professional chefs. With an à la carte dinner, we offer a vegetarian and children’s menu. We also provide a kosher-friendly option with tableware and a private restaurant available upon request.

    Al Fresco Restaurant
    BBQ dinner amid the islands in a buffet-style meal with a great selection of cuts, sea food, vegetables, and salad options. Two lifeboats with tables can accommodate up to 14 people each for a unique dining experience. Reliant on the weather, this meal in the open space might be subject to change either for breakfast or lunch. 
     
    Make the most of your cruise experience with our beverage packages (not included in tour price - to be paid extra) that offer a range of soft drinks, local beer, a selection of sparkling wines and classic cocktails to be served at our bars and restaurants.

    Riding

    Staff
    Every crew member is trained to provide a first-class service with exceptional professionalism. Genuinely friendly individuals, fully dedicated to providing the best hospitality services, with attention to detail
    and personalized assistance, our crew’s passion and commitment create a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests.

    Physical requirement for the cruise
    We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult therefore elderly or disabled people may find them too hard. The passengers with difficulties must notify us about their physical condition in order to make the necessary arrangements.
    We reserve the right to refuse a passenger if someone failed to inform of any physical disability, or who in the opinion of the company, constitutes a danger to themselves, other guest, members of the crew, or the smooth operation of the vessel.

    Dry Landings and Wet Landings
    On a dry landing, passengers step directly from a dinghy to rocks or onto a dock. We recommend: walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellent and a light jacket.
    Wet Landing means that the dinghy edges up onto a beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or slippers, towel that will be provided by the crew while disembarking, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plastic bag, well insulated cameras and a windbreaker.

    Smoking policy on board the ship
    It is forbidden to smoke inside the yachts or the vessel.
    Smoking is allowed ONLY on the sun decks.

    How can I pay my expenses on board?
    Upon arrival, a bill will be opened for you. If you wish to pay with your credit card, we ask you to come to reception to sign a voucher and to make copies of your passport and credit card. Authorizations take about 48 hours, so please do this on your first cruise day. We accept all main credit cards: Diners, Visa, Mastercard , American Express. Travellers Checks, Euros and US Dollars are also accepted.

    What would happen if I get seasick?
    We hardly get a seasick passenger on board. However, we have seasick medication on board all our ships, but if you are particularly sensitive you can bring your own medication.

    Is the water safe to drink?
    The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Ecuador. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. On board our yachts you will find bottled water in your room. Ice used onboard the yachts is generally made with purified water as well.

    Itinerary

    CENTRAL + WEST ITINERARY

    Day 1: Monday
    AM – Baltra Airport
    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend.

    PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions)
    Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

    Day 2: Tuesday
    AM – El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)
    Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.
    Difficulty level: Moderate
    Type of terrain: rocky – lava
    Duration: 45-minute walk

    PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
    Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
    Difficulty level: Moderate
    Type of terrain: Sand & Lava
    Duration: 2 ½-hour walk aprox.

    Day 3: Wednesday
    AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2-hour walk

    PM – Santa Fe Island
    Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

    Day 4: Thursday
    AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)
    Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ beach time

    PM – Mosquera Islet
    Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

    Day 5: Friday
    AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)
    Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky
    Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM – Rabida
    Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride

    Day 6: Saturday
    - AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)
    Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat
    Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

    PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)

    Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds*, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins* which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
    Difficulty level: intermediate/ difficult
    Type of terrain: steep
    Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water snorkeling 1 hour

    Day 7: Sunday
    - AM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
    Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk.  Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti. In the shore mangrove can be found.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: semi-rocky
    Duration: 1h30 walk / 1hour snorkeling

    PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
    Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.
    Difficulty Level: moderate / high
    Type of terrain: water
    Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

    Day 8: Monday
    AM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)
    Duration: 45-minutes drive / 1 ½-hour walk

    Baltra Airport
    After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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    WEST + EAST ITINERARY

    Day 1: Thursday
    AM – Baltra airport
    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend.

    PM – Mosquera Islet
    Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

    Day 2: Friday
    AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)
    Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky
    Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM – Rabida
    Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride

    Day 3: Saturday
    - AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)
    Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat
    Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

    PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)

    Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds*, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins* which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
    Difficulty level: intermediate/ difficult
    Type of terrain: steep
    Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water snorkeling 1 hour

    Day 4: Sunday
    - AM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
    Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk.  Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti. In the shore mangrove can be found.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: semi-rocky
    Duration: 1h30 walk / 1hour snorkeling

    PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
    Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.
    Difficulty Level: moderate / high
    Type of terrain: water
    Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

    Day 5: Monday
    AM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)
    Duration: 45-minutes drive / 1 ½-hour walk

    PM – Bartolome
    Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon.  Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.
    Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.
    Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.
    Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 6: Tuesday
    AM – South Plaza (Plazas Island)
    Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.
    In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
    Difficulty level: intermediate.
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2 hours walk

    PM –North Seymour Island
    Dry landing. Off of Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located.
    This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2-hour walk, 30 minutes snorkeling

    Day 7: Wednesday
    AM – Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristobal)
    Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2h30 walk/ 40-minutes snorkeling or kayaking

    PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

    Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 8: Thursday
    AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)
    Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of Terrain: Sandy
    Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

    San Cristobal airport
    After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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    EAST + SOUTH ITINERARY

    Day 1: Monday
    AM – Baltra Airport
    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend.

    PM – Bartolome
    Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon.  Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.
    Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.
    Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.
    Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 2: Tuesday
    AM – South Plaza (Plazas Island)
    Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.
    In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
    Difficulty level: intermediate.
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2 hours walk

    PM –North Seymour Island
    Dry landing. Off of Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located.
    This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2-hour walk, 30 minutes snorkeling

    Day 3: Wednesday
    AM – Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristobal)
    Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2h30 walk/ 40-minutes snorkeling or kayaking

    PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

    Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 4: Thursday
    AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)
    Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of Terrain: Sandy
    Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

    PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)
    Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization.
    Difficulty level: easy /intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat/stairs
    Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk
    Tijeretas Hill
    Involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Type of terrain: Rocky
    Duration: 1-hour visit

    Day 5: Friday
    AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)
    Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM – Suarez Point (Española Island)
    Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
    A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).
    Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2½-hour walk

    Day 6: Saturday
    AM – Post Office (Floreana Island)
    Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.
    We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos Milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 30-minutes walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana Island)
    Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food.
    This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy & flat
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 7: Sunday
    AM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat
    Duration: 1½-hour visit

    Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Great opportunity to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Lava tunnel formations are the result of the many eruptions that have occurred throughout history. In the Scalesia forest, Vermilion Flycatcher, Short-eared Owls, and several finch species can be spotted.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)
    Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

    PM –Ballena Bay / Eden Islet (Santa Cruz)
    Wet landing. Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach* contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants.  Opportunity to see marine iguanas* and sea birds* followed by snorkeling.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 8: Monday
    AM – Carrion Point (Santa Cruz Island)
    This is a rocky cliff offers the great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands.  Do snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be the chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: water
    Duration:  2-hour snorkeling 

    PM - Baltra Airport
    After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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    SOUTH + CENTRAL ITINERARY
     
    Day 1: Thursday
    AM – San Cristobal Airport
    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal in a 2-hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the Galapagos Legend.

    PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)
    Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization.
    Difficulty level: easy /intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat/stairs
    Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk
    Tijeretas Hill
    Involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Type of terrain: Rocky
    Duration: 1-hour visit

    Day 2: Friday
    AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)
    Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM – Suarez Point (Española Island)
    Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
    A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).
    Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.
    Difficulty level: difficult
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2½-hour walk

    Day 3: Saturday
    AM – Post Office (Floreana Island)
    Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.
    We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos Milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 30-minutes walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    PM – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana Island)
    Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food.
    This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy & flat
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 4: Sunday
    AM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: flat
    Duration: 1½-hour visit

    Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Great opportunity to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Lava tunnel formations are the result of the many eruptions that have occurred throughout history. In the Scalesia forest, Vermilion Flycatcher, Short-eared Owls, and several finch species can be spotted.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)
    Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

    PM –Ballena Bay / Eden Islet (Santa Cruz)
    Wet landing. Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach* contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants.  Opportunity to see marine iguanas* and sea birds* followed by snorkeling.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

    Day 5: Monday
    AM – Carrion Point (Santa Cruz Island)
    This is a rocky cliff offers the great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands.  Do snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be the chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: water
    Duration:  2-hour snorkeling 

    PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions)
    Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

    Day 6: Tuesday
    AM – El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)
    Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.
    Difficulty level: Moderate
    Type of terrain: rocky – lava
    Duration: 45-minute walk

    PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
    Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
    Difficulty level: Moderate
    Type of terrain: Sand & Lava
    Duration: 2 ½-hour walk aprox.

    Day 7: Wednesday
    AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
    Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 2-hour walk

    PM – Santa Fe Island
    Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
    Difficulty level: intermediate
    Type of terrain: rocky
    Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

    Day 8: Thursday
    AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)
    Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.
    Difficulty level: easy
    Type of terrain: sandy
    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ beach time

    PM - Baltra Airport
    After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


    Rates and Dates for Galapagos Legend

    Rates include:

    Deluxe 3-night cruise, accommodation in cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities. All meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, BBQ, coffee / tea station. Two daily excursions to the islands, multilingual speaking naturalist guides English-Spanish (French, German, Italian, upon request), snorkeling opportunities, optional DIVING. Fuel surcharge, CGG Migration Control Card, Free Shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: when domestic flight is purchased in combination with Cruises

    Packages and Options



    • SeasonYearDescription US$
      A
      20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- Central$1770
      • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$420
        Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$730
        Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1210
        Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$1690
    • B
      20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- Central (High)$1855
      • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$445
        Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$765
        Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1270
        Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$1775
    • C
      20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- East$1770
      • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$420
        Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$730
        Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1210
        Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$1690
    • D
      20194 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- East (High)$1855
      • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$445
        Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$765
        Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1270
        Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$1775

    * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

    Transfer and Other Charges:



     DescriptionUS$
    2019 Entrance fee to Galapagos (Mandatory)
    - to be paid locally
    $100
    2019 Entrance fee to Galapagos (child under 12)
    - to be paid locally
    $50
    2019 Air ticket from Quito/ Guayaquil to Galapagos, pp, roundtrip $540
    2019 Transfer from Quito/ Guayquil Airport- roundtrip (if airfare not booked) (Mandatory) $90
    2019 Single Supplement: +50% on standard, +75% on high season $0
    2019 Child (Under 12): -50% discount with 2 full-fare paying guests $0
    2019 Triple room discount: -25% for third person sharing with 2 full-fare paying guests $0
    2019 Fuel surchage and CGG Migration Card (mandatory) $120

    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    B 2019 10/14 - 10/17 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    D 2019 10/21 - 10/24 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    B 2019 10/28 - 10/31 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    D 2019 11/04 - 11/07 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    B 2019 11/11 - 11/14 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    D 2019 11/18 - 11/21 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    A 2019 11/25 - 11/28 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    C 2019 12/02 - 12/05 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    A 2019 12/09 - 12/12 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
    C 2019 12/16 - 12/19 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
    B 2019 12/23 - 12/26 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
    D 2019 12/30 - 01/02 4d / 3n 4 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve

    Dates Note:
    Weekly departures Monday to Thursday

    Rates do not include:

    Air ticket from Quito/ Guayaquil to Galapagos, Galapagos Entrance Fee, Tips, medical services, travel insurance and others not specified. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Gratuities to guides and crew members, Snorkelling equipment & wet suits, kayak rentals, diving equipment

    Other Info
    Meeting: Baltra
    Airport: Baltra
    Transfer: Baltra

    Climate:
                                            Galapagos area
     

    Month

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Average High Temperature (°F)

    86

    86

    88

    88

    79

    79

    79

    79

    79

    81

    82

    84

    Average Low Temperature (°F)

    72

    75

    75

    75

    72

    70

    66

    66

    66

    68

    70

    72

    Average High Temperature (°C)

    30

    30

    31

    31

    26

    26

    26

    26

    26

    27

    28

    29

    Average Low Temperature (°C)

    22

    24

    24

    24

    22

    21

    19

    19

    19

    20

    21

    22

    Source: www.galapagosislands.com


    Seasons
    You will be in a sunny year round destination; the warmest months are from December to April. January to March can be hot and humid, but also mostly green at this time. The months from July to November are cooler. The average year-round temperature is 24°C. (76°F).

    Galapagos Dry Season (June to December)
    From June to December the southern trade winds bring the colder Humboldt Current north to the Galapagos. This means that the water is cooler, and a layer of high atmosphere mist pervades the island skies. In effect, the highlands of the larger islands are kept green and lush while the sea level islands and shorelines have little precipitation. Thus, June to December is generally called the "dry season" which is known for its blue skies and mid-day showers.
    During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands and in the sea such as giant tortoises, humpback whales, blue-footed boobies, cormorants, oyster catchers, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, lava herons, brown noddies, and penguins. Due to the water temperature, it is the perfect time for diving.

    Galapagos Wet Season (December to May)
    This period is considered the "wet (warm) season." During this warmer season, the Galapagos' climate is more tropical with daily rain and cloudier skies. Also, the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling
    During this season the tourists may observe a large number of species around the islands such as marine iguanas, sea turtle, land iguanas, flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, masked boobies, marine iguanas, albatross, and blue-footed boobies. Since the water's warmer, snorkeling is highly recommended during these months.


    Special note - Galapagos Weather for Divers

    The Humboldt Current's influence brings cold waters especially during the misty, rainy season (cool weather) from July to December. "El Niño" current may bring warm waters to the Galapagos and will make the surface warmer and rainfall increase (January to June).
    The water temperature varies during the year:
    January to June: from 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (27°C)
    July to December: from 65°F (18°C) to 75°F (23°C)

    What To Bring:
    We advise you to bring comfortable breathable clothes; shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits and good hiking shoes are required to walk over the lava rock paths, personal medication, a good camera and plenty of memory sticks or film, sun block, sunglasses, binoculars. It is also a good idea to bring water shoes or sport shoes that can be wet, for the wet landings.
    Galapagos means nature, moving, enjoying and relaxation, therefore you don’t have to worry about dressing up. Casual and light clothing is recommended on board the ship.
    For dinning: you will need a semiformal wear and a sweater or jacket for windy nights.
    For shore excursions comfortable clothing is a must, preferably shorts, bathing suits, head covering, walking shoes, tennis shoes, windbreaker type jacket, binoculars, camera and plenty of film. Sun rays are very strong in the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to take with you enough high grade sun block. Also, put your cameras in self-sealing plastic bags to protect them from the water, especially during landfalls.

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