Monday: AM Baltra Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands Tortoise Reserve
Tuesday: AM Genovesa Island: El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps / PM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay
Wednesday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill / PM Santa Fe Island
Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach / Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (aprox. 2h30 flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten minutes bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
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.
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.
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.
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas*, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.
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.
Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island) / Airport
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as, interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.
At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because of the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the locals.
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to a return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
- Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
- Single Supplements applies
- Children are accepted from the age of 7 years old onwards
- Children under 12 years sharing the cabin with an adult will benefit from a discount
- Discount for third person sharing cabin with two-full-fare paying guests
- The accommodation for the third person is on a sofa bed
- Optional DIVING with extra charge: While cruising on board the M/V Galapagos Legend, a scuba boat tour will pick up guests in order to take them for a dive (1-2 immersions + full equipment included). Enjoy a unique diving experience, with the possibility to see schools of hammerhead sharks, mantas, reefs, sea lions, and more depending on the diving site.
Standard Interior (Earth Deck) $1662.00
Standard Plus (Sea Deck) $2058.00
Junior Suite (Earth Deck) $2346.00
Balcony Suite (Sky/Moon Deck) $2798.00
Legend Balcony Suite (Moon Deck) $3900.00
**High season supplement applies: Jan 01-05 / Apr 05 – May 25 / Jul 03 – Aug 26 / Oct 02 – Nov 22 / Dec 19-31
The rate includes:
- Accommodation in cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom
- All Meals on board
- Welcome & farewell cocktails, BBQ
- Coffee / tea station
- 2 daily excursions to the islands with multilingual speaking naturalist guides English-Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request)
- Snorkeling opportunities
- Outside decks for observation of the flora and fauna
- Briefings, lectures and activities on board
- Free shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: when a domestic flight is purchased in combination with M/V Galapagos Legend.
- Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos $449.00 per adult, $315.00 per child under 12, tickets issued by the cruise
- Galapagos National Park entrance Fee $100 per adult / $50 per child under 12 years, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galápagos
- Galapagos Transit Control Card $20 per person (adults and children)
- Fuel surcharge: $50.00 for 3 or 4 nights cruise, $100 for 7 nights cruise
- Soft or alcoholic beverages
- Medical services
- Travel insurance and others not specified
- Kayak rental: $30.00 each use per person
- Internet: $32.00 for 10min