Legend 5-day Cruise

Galapagos Ecuador: (ZZ-EC-GALP07-4)
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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


The Legend has 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins plus 3 interior ones, each cabin counts with lower beds and private facilities in which a matrimonial, double, triple or quadruple options are available. We have suited a new cabin configuration to assure enjoyment for families and friends traveling together. Each cabin includes: hair dryer, special bedding, and updated furniture. Internal, local and international satellite telephone service is offered, Internet is accessible when anchoring in main islands. Voltage is set for 110-220 volts/60 Hz. The Balcony suites have private balconies and panoramic windows to immerse yourself within the vast landscape that you are about to witness and enjoy it privately. The Junior suites have three meters of panoramic windows to enjoy the scenery.

LEGEND BALCONY SUITE
We have upsized and renamed our biggest and most comfortable cabin; our new Legend Balcony Suite; including a generously large balcony, perfect for sophisticated & distinguished clientele.


render of Legend Balcony Suite in the Galapagos Legend

  • 1 cabin located on the Moon Deck.
  • Area 43 m2) / 463 ft2)
  • Double & Triple options.
  • Exclusive & exquisite decoration.
  • Mini fridge & champagne.
  • Top of the line amenities & bathrobe.

BALCONY SUITE
One of the most striking aspects of our refurbishments: 16 totally new Balcony Suites, located on the Sky Deck and Moon Deck, measuring an average of 23 m2 (248 ft2), including a huge significant redesign and general upgrades to more than satisfy customers´ expectations.

render of Balcony Suite in the Galapagos Legend 
  • 8 Balcony Suites on the Moon Deck.
  • 8 Balcony Suites on the Sky Deck.
  • Double & Triple options.
  • Panoramic view windows + private balcony.
  • Mini fridge & champagne.
  • Top of the line amenities & bathrobe.
    JUNIOR  SUITE 
    4 New Quads are available ensuring that your whole family can rest comfortably. Enjoy the perks of having the family together in private quarters while cruising the Galapagos Islands.
    render of Triple Junior Suite in the Galapagos Legendcabina3_d
    • Located on the Earth Deck.
    • 2 Panoramic windows on each cabin.
    • 24 Double or Triple Suites (Average Area: 15 m2 / 161 ft2).
    • 4 Quadruple Suite (Average Area: 20m2 /215 Ft2).
    • Top of the line amenities.
    STANDARD PLUS

    render of Standard Plus in the Galapagos Legend
    • 7 cabins with portholes.
    • Located on the Sea Deck & the Earth Deck.
    • Double options available.
    • Average Area: 11 m2 / 118 ft2

    STANDARD INTERIOR
    • 3 interior cabins.
    • Located on the Earth Deck.
    • Average Area: 13 m2 / 140 ft2

      Riding

      Galapagos animals and where to find them

      Land Iguana: central + west + east itineraries

      Blue Footed Booby: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Giant Tortoise: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Galapagos Albatross: south itinerary

      Sea Lion: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Galapagos Frigatebird: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Flightless Cormorant: west itinerary

      Sea Turtle: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Red Footed Booby: south itinerary

      Marine Iguana: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Galapagos Penguin: central + west itineraries

      Flamingo: central + south itineraries

      Galapagos Pelican: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Fur Seal: central + west itineraries

      Darwin Finch: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Nazca Booby: central + west + east + south itineraries (all)

      Itinerary



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




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

      ** subject to changes **


      Rates and Dates for Legend 5-day Cruise

      Rates include:

      Deluxe 4-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
        20195 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- West$2355
        • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$565
          Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$975
          Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1580
          Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$2190
      • B
        20195 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- West (High Season)$2475
        • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$590
          Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$1020
          Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1655
          Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$2295
      • C
        20195 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- South$2355
        • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$565
          Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$975
          Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1580
          Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$2190
      • D
        20195 day Deluxe Cruise, Standard Interior- South (High)$2475
        • Upgrade to Standard Plus, pp$590
          Upgrade to Junior Suite, pp$1020
          Upgrade to Balcony Suite, pp$1655
          Upgrade to Legend Balcony Suite, pp$2295

      * 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) $70

      Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
      B 2019 08/22 - 08/26 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      C 2019 08/29 - 09/02 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      A 2019 09/05 - 09/09 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      C 2019 09/12 - 09/16 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      A 2019 09/19 - 09/23 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      C 2019 09/26 - 09/30 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      B 2019 10/03 - 10/07 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      D 2019 10/10 - 10/14 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      B 2019 10/17 - 10/21 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Expired
      D 2019 10/24 - 10/28 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      B 2019 10/31 - 11/04 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      D 2019 11/07 - 11/11 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      B 2019 11/14 - 11/18 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      D 2019 11/21 - 11/25 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      A 2019 11/28 - 12/02 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      C 2019 12/05 - 12/09 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      A 2019 12/12 - 12/16 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      D 2019 12/19 - 12/23 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve
      B 2019 12/26 - 12/30 5d / 4n 5 day Deluxe Cruise, Standar... 20 /100 Reserve

      Dates Note:
      Weekly departures on Thursday to Monday

      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.

      Internet is not available yet, but you can always get internet in Puerto Ayora and San Cristóbal.