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Galapagos Legend (C East; Mon to Thu)

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

4 days

Summary

This journey includes visits to Santa Cruz, Bartolome, South Plaza, North Seymour and San Cristobal Galapagos Islands.

About the vessel:
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. Standard Plus cabins are exterior cabins with porthole windows, located on the Sea Deck.

Highlights

  • See the following iconic species: Land Iguana, Nazca, Blue and Red Footed Boobies, Giant Tortoise, Sea Lion, Galapagos Fridate, Sea Turtle, Marine Iguana, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Pelican, Fur Seal, Darwin Finch, Galapagos Hawk and Mockingbird.
  • Learn about the legacy of Charles Darwin and his adventure in this part of the world.
  • Visit the lava fields and volcanoes that helped the formation of these islands.
  • Walk amidst large nesting colonies of Blue-footed Boobies, magnificent and great Frigatebirds, and Swallow-tailed gulls.
  • Get to meet the famous Galapagos Giant at San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre and learn about the National Park’s conservation programs.
  • New transparent kayaks! Pre-booking is essential

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in seaview cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities
  • Two daily excursions to the islands, multilingual speaking naturalist guides
  • Open decks to observe flora and fauna, briefings, lectures and activities on board
  • All meals during the cruise days
  • Glass bottom boat rides

ITINERARY

Day 1 Bartolome Isl./Galapagos Islands

Very early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.

Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English, snorkelling gear, shared transfers in the islands and from main hotels in Quito and Guayaquil.

Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife you will encounter.

There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

On arrival in Baltra Airport a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour at Baltra. By dinghy you will be taken to the vessel.

PM: Bartolome
Dry or wet landing. Discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones, lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones, that resembles the moon.
Going up to the summit, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. You will also encounter Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, and Blue-footed Boobies.
Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkelling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, Sea Turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colourful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkelling 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.

Day 2 South Plazas Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: South Plaza
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 tropic birds, a Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized Land Iguanas. Approximately, there is a population of 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.

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.

Day 3 San Cristobal Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristobal)
Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach 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 frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkelling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

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 sandy beach, great for snorkelling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit 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.

Day 4 San Cristobal Isl.

AM: Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal 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.
After the visit you will be transferred to San Cristobal airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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