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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 4 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 & Mosquera Islet

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 experienced your first wet landing at Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy a natural open area. 

Day 2

South Plaza & Sante Fe

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, a wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; the walk continues through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. You'll also have the chance to go deep-water snorkeling.

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

Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve

Dry landing this morning 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.

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 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 specie) 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 and shop for souvenirs.

Day 8

Santa Cruz Island

We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation* that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s Finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies.

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 7300
 Feb 27 - Mar 63606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Mar 13 - Mar 203606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Mar 27 - Apr 33606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Apr 10 - Apr 173606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Apr 24 - May 13606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 May 8 - May 153606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 May 22 - May 293606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Jun 5 - Jun 123606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Jun 19 - Jun 263606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Jul 3 - Jul 103606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Jul 17 - Jul 243606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Jul 31 - Aug 73606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Aug 14 - Aug 213606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Aug 28 - Sep 43606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Sep 11 - Sep 183606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Sep 25 - Oct 23606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Oct 9 - Oct 163606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Oct 23 - Oct 303606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Nov 6 - Nov 133606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Nov 20 - Nov 273606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Dec 4 - Dec 113606 4465 5090 6054 7300
 Dec 18 - Dec 253606 4465 5090 6054 7300

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 new floor to ceilings in the Panorama Lounge Bar offer sweeping views and ambience and the Open Lounge on the Moon Deck allows for stargazing in total comfort. A Kid's Corner, gym, hot tub and an auditorium for presentations round out the ship board amenities. Cabins 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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