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Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Legend D

GALAPAGOS LEGEND - CRUISE D

Cruise D (Thu - Mon) - 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Thursday
- AM – San Cristobal airport

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

- PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal) 
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.
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1 hour visit
Tijeretas Hill involves a high intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigatebird nesting colony*.
Difficulty level: high
Duration: 1 hour visit

Day 2: Friday
- AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española)

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. 
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1hour snorkeling.

- PM - Suarez Point (Española)
Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including 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 some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk 

Day 3: Saturday
- AM – Post Office (Floreana)

Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-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 to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards 
inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you!
We may also encounter Darwin’s finches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best 
known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 30 minutes walk / 1 hour snorkeling

- PM - Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)
Wet landing, on an olivine green sand 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-sand 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 search of 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.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy and walk on a flat terrain
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

Day 4: Sunday
- AM – Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to 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 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk 

- PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station(Santa Cruz)
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 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 communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 visit

Day 5: Monday
- AM – Daphne

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.

CHECK OUR GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE DEALS FOR OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

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GALAVEN (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 06 - 10 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1300

BEAGLE YACHT (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 10 - 17 / 8 DAYS / IT. SE - $2350

TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 06 - 10 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1710

CATAMARAN SEAMAN (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 06 - 13 / 8 DAYS / IT. C - $2400

FRAGATA YACHT (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 06 - 13 / 8 DAYS / IT. C - $2250

SAMBA YACHT (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 17 - 24 / 8DAYS / IT. NW - $3900

GOLONDRINA YACHT (TOURIST CLASS)

NOVEMBER 03 - 10 / 8 DAYS / IT. C - $1893

SEASTAR JOURNEY (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 21 - 26 / 6 DAYS / IT. C - $3900

NATURAL PARADISE (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 17 - 24 / 8 DAYS /IT. B - $2557

EDEN YACHT (TOURIST SUP.)

OCTOBER 08 - 12 / 5 DAYS / IT. 1A - $1600

MAJESTIC (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 30 - 02 NOV / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1282

GALAPAGOS ODYSSEY (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 08 - 12 / 5DAYS / IT. B - $1938

SAN JOSE (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 03 - 10 / 8 DAYS / IT. A - $2850

XAVIER (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 08 - 11 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $860

ENCANTADA (TOURIST CLASS)

OCTOBER 06 - 10 / 5DAYS / IT. B - $1250

MILLENNIUM (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 04 - 11 / 8 DAYS / IT. A - $2350

ARCHIPELL I (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 16 - 19 / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1628

MONSERRAT (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 12 - 15 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $900

TIP TOP IV (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 16 - 20 / 5DAYS / IT. 2 - $2140**

YOLITA II (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 26 - 29 / 4 DAYS / IT. A4 - $1110 (1 FEMALE)

DAPHNE (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

​OCTOBER 11 - 14 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $1016

CORMORANT (LUXURY CLASS)

NOVEMBER 04 - 07 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $2272

ALIA CATAMARAN (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 09 - 16 / 8 DAYS / IT. B - $2912

OCEAN SPRAY (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 02 - 05 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $2272

DAY TRIPS IN ECUADOR

OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY TUESDAY AND SATURDAY
PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS TOURS
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY WEDNESDAY
MINDO CLOUD FOREST
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY FRIDAYS
COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK TOUR
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES THURSDAY AND SUNDAY
COTOPAXI AND QUILOTOA
70 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY THURSDAY

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