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

BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION SHIP M/V Galapagos Legend ( Capacity: 100 passengers) Itinerary D - South 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 San Cristobal Airport / PM San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center & Tijeretas

Friday: AM Española Island: Gardner Bay, Orborn & Gardner Islets / PM Española Island: Suarez Point

Saturday: AM Floreana Island: Post Office / PM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crown, Champion

Sunday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands & Charles Darwin Research Station / PM Santa Cruz Island: Ballena Bay or Eden Islet

Monday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Carrion Point / Baltra Airport

 

San Cristobal Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal (2h00 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 M/V Galapagos Legend.

Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on 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 colonization of the islands.

Tijeretas Hill involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

Gardner Bay / Gardner & Osborn islets (Española Island)

Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand 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 (Geospiza fuliginosa) 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 Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

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 water up to 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.

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 letterposted can take a long time to arrive to 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.

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.

Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands (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, Puerto Ayora, and shop for souvenirs.

Highlands (Tortoise Reserve)

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.

Ballena Bay or Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

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.

Carrion Point (Santa Cruz) / Baltra Airport

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.

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their 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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