BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION SHIP M/V Galapagos Legend ( Capacity: 100 passengers) Itinerary B - Weast 5 Days / 4 Nights

BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION SHIP M/V Galapagos Legend ( Capacity: 100 passengers) Itinerary B - Weast 5 Days / 4 Nights

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Boutique Expedition Cruise Ship 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. Highlights Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Santa Cruz (Highlands, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Bachas Beach, Dragon Hill, Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Research Station), Floreana (Post Office Bay, Champion, Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crow), San Cristobal (Interpretation Center & Tijeretas, Cerro Brujo, Pitt Point, Cerro Colorado), Santiago (Sullivan Bay, Egas Port), Isabela (Vicente Roca Point, Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove), Española (Suarez Point, Gardner Bay), Fernandina (Espinoza Point), North Seymour, Santa Fe Island, South Plaza Island, Rabida Island, Mosquera Islet.

Highlighted species Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Greater Flamingoes, Brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, Lava gulls, Española mockingbirds, Floreana mockingbirds, Santa Fe land iguana.

Itinerary

Thursday: AM Baltra Airport / PM Mosquera Islet

Friday: AM Santiago Island: Egas Port / PM Rabida Island

Saturday: AM Isabela Island: Urbina Bay / PM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove

Sunday: AM Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point / PM Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

Monday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / Baltra Airport 

 

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 in a ten minutes bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

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.

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.

Rabida Island

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.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises*, land iguanas* and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk in land, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

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.

Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas* are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; 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 the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Great deep-water* snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). 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 coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz) / Baltra Airport

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.

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

Important notes:

  • 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) $2215.00
Standard Plus (Sea Deck) $2743.00
Junior Suite (Earth Deck) $3128.00
Balcony Suite (Sky/Moon Deck) $3697.00
Legend Balcony Suite (Moon Deck) $4900.00

**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
  • Gratuities
  • Medical services
  • Travel insurance and others not specified
  • Wetsuit
  • Kayak rental: $30.00 each use per person
  • Internet: $32.00 for 10min

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