BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION SHIP M/V Galapagos Legend ( Capacity: 100 passengers) Itinerary C - East 4 Days / 3 Nights

BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION SHIP M/V Galapagos Legend ( Capacity: 100 passengers) Itinerary C - East 4 Days / 3 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

Monday: AM Baltra Airport / PM Bartolomé Island: Pinnacle Rock

Tuesday: AM South Plaza Islet / PM North Seymour Island

Wednesday: AM San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point & Islet / PM San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo

Thursday: AM San Cristobal Island: Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve / San Cristobal 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 on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Pinnacle Rock (Bartolomé Island)

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.

South Plaza 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. 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.

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.

Pitt Point & Islet (San Cristobal Island)

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 snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

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 snorkeling 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.

Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island) / San Cristobal Airport

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, passengers will be transferred to the airport to a 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) $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
  • 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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