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Legend Eastern Southern

Itinerary C & D

from $3,606
8 days

Ship Name

M/V Galapagos Legend

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year-Round

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We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute. Kristy was very nice and helpful in arranging our trip. I would recommend her to everyone. Everything was enjoyable, people were great, our guides were great. Now it seems like a dream.

Achinta & Jay B.
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Trip Summary

This 8 day trip brings the best of the Eastern Islands on a stable comfortable boutique expedition vessel. You'll enjoy guided walks on land with naturalists, chances to snorkel, kayak, swim or relax on a beach.  You'll marvel at the white sand beaches, cactus forest, Kicker Rock and a host of animal species including blue-footed boobies, sea lions and land iguanas.

Activities
Kayaking
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Baltra & Bartolome Island

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ 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 ship.  In the afternoon visit Bartolome. This small unpopulated island is located on the center of the archipelago, and on a clear day, more than ten islands can be spotted from the top of the viewpoint. The diversity and richness of this island is related to the Upwelling Phenomenon- very cold water surrounds the shore and provides food for many marine species. You'll view Pinnacle Rock, formed by an eroded toba cone, which is the most emblematic formation of the archipelago.  On its base, a small colony of Penguins cohabit with Sea Lions and Marine Birds. On the visit site of the beach, one can observe juvenile sharks swimming along the shore line, and sometimes on the surroundings, a hawk domains the air. Great snorkeling opportunities with penguins and sea lions off a golden-sand beach at the foot of popular Pinnacle Rock.

 

Day 2

South Plaza & North Seymour

This morning a 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. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana. After lunch, stop at North Seymour. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago but one of the most dramatic and scenic. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake. 

Day 3

Pitt Point & Cerro Brujo

Another 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 frigatebirds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed. In the afternoon, a wet landing at Cerro Brujo which is essentially an eroding tuff cone of lava along beautiful white sandy beach which lends itself to great 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.

Day 4

Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill

Dry landing this morning in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about 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 the island’s colonization. Passengers can also choose to trek up to Tijeretas hill, a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

Day 5

Espanola 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. After lunch, Suarez Point where 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.

Day 6

Floreana Island

oday visit Post Office Bay. 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. 

In the afternoon a 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.

Day 7

Santa Cruz Island

A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located in the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes. After lunch a wet landing at Ballena (Whale) Bay, 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.

Day 8

Santa Cruz Island

Today a dinghy ride at the entry of the Itabaca channel in a lagoon with turquoise water, where we can observe sharks, blue footed boobies, and different kinds of fish.

Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard InteriorStandard Plus Junior SuiteBalcony SuiteLegend Balcony Suite
 Feb 13 - Feb 203606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Feb 27 - Mar 63606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Mar 13 - Mar 203606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Mar 27 - Apr 33606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Apr 10 - Apr 173606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Apr 24 - May 13606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 May 8 - May 153606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 May 22 - May 293606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jun 5 - Jun 123606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jun 19 - Jun 263606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jul 3 - Jul 103606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jul 17 - Jul 243606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jul 31 - Aug 73606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Aug 14 - Aug 213606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Aug 28 - Sep 43606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Sep 11 - Sep 183606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Sep 25 - Oct 23606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Oct 9 - Oct 163606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Oct 23 - Oct 303606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Nov 6 - Nov 133606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Nov 20 - Nov 273606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Dec 4 - Dec 113606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Dec 18 - Dec 253606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jan 1 - Jan 83606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jan 15 - Jan 223606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jan 29 - Feb 53606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Feb 12 - Feb 193606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Feb 26 - Mar 53606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Mar 12 - Mar 193606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Mar 26 - Apr 23606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Apr 9 - Apr 163606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Apr 23 - Apr 303606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 May 7 - May 143606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 May 21 - May 283606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jun 4 - Jun 113606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jun 18 - Jun 253606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jul 2 - Jul 93606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jul 16 - Jul 233606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Jul 30 - Aug 63606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Aug 13 - Aug 203606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Aug 27 - Sep 33606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Sep 10 - Sep 173606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Sep 24 - Oct 13606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Oct 8 - Oct 153606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Oct 22 - Oct 293606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Nov 5 - Nov 123606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Nov 19 - Nov 263606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Dec 3 - Dec 103606 4465 5090 6054 7020
 Dec 17 - Dec 243606 4465 5090 6054 7020

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 50% (Holiday sailings 75%)
  • Triples: 25% discount for the third person sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests
  • Quadruples: Junior Suites only, 25% discount for 3rd & 4th guests sharing cabin with 2 full fare-paying guests, or child discount (see below) applies.
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge: 5% over cabin rate per person
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Fuel Surcharge: $100 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $449 per adult | $315 per child 11 and under
  • Gear Rentals: Kayaks $30 per use per person / Wet suits $50 per person
  • Optional Half-Day Diving Package: $360 per person (includes all gear). Inquire for details.
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Peak Season / Holiday Dates: Jan 1 -5, April 5 - May 25, July 3 - Aug 26, Oct 2 - Nov 22, Dec 18 - 31, 2017

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 50% off with two full fare-paying guests (25% off on holiday sailings). 

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and shuttle transfers in the islands.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $50 per person per departure), Kayaks ($30 per use per person), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $100, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above),Optional Diving Package

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

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Ship Information

M/V Galapagos Legend - 100 Passengers

This boutique expedition vessel carries 100 guests with all the charm of The Enchanted Islands; swift and stable, 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 observation decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, take some sun at the pool lounge or laze about in hammocks in the open air. The Open Lounge on the Moon Deck allows for stargazing in total comfort. Recent renovations have added new floor to ceilings in the Panorama Lounge Bar which offer sweeping views, a new grill on the Moon Deck, a new and well-equipped presentation room, a revitalized fitness center and hot tub and an updated Kid's Corner.  A newly added glass bottom boat helps guests to appreciate the spectacular marine environment of the Galapagos without getting wet.  Legend cabins and balcony suites are comparatively spacious and are dispersed over 3 decks and nearly all are outside with sea views.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and shuttle transfers in the islands.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $50 per person per departure), Kayaks ($30 per use per person), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $100, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above),Optional Diving Package

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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