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Galapagos Legend -Sample

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Summary

The Galapagos Legend itineraries have been carefully crafted to explore the Galapagos Islands in depth. During your cruise, you will have fantastic snorkelling opportunities and adventurous hikes to discover the untamed and diverse wildlife. It’s various itineraries -3-night, 4-night, 7-night- take you to explore the marvels that only Galapagos can offer. Even the 4-day cruise provides a short, yet fulfilling experience at it visits the must-see Genovesa Island.

About the vessel:

The Galapagos Legend is a luxury expedition vessel with a capacity for 100 guests. It is still small enough for a more intimate experience with friends and family. As it has three different decks, the Galapagos Legend offers a great variety of comfortable and spacious social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. It features a complete library and modern auditorium, well-provided bars, swimming pool and two jacuzzis on its wonderful sun-deck. There is also a nursery and children’s play-and-learn area, which is a very popular feature for families with small kids.

It has one exclusive Legend balcony suite, 17 Balcony suites, 28 Junior suites, 7 Standard Plus and 3 Standard inside cabins. Even with their different sizes, all cabins provide unparalleled comfort to enjoy a delightful resting time on board. Another great advantage is the flexibility for the occupancy as all cabins can be single, twin/ double, and some can become triple and even quadruple.

The cabins offer either a balcony, panoramic windows or port-hole, yet all cabins have the same luxury amenities. Hot/cold water, private bathroom, safety deposit box, iron, hair-dryer and Air-Conditioning are some of the key features that will make your journey, a memorable experience.

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Highlights

  • See the following iconic species: Land Iguana, Nazca and Blue Footed Boobies, Giant Tortoise, Sea Lion, Galapagos Frigate, Flightless Cormorant, Sea Turtle, Marine Iguana, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Pelican, Fur Seal, Darwin Finch, Galapagos Hawk and Mockingbird.
  • Take a walk through Mosquera Islet to see a large colony of sea lions
  • Enjoy the stunning Rabida Island, considered the epicentre of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology
  • You’ll have the chance to snorkel and swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish
  • See Darwin’s salt-water crater lake on Isabela, with excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations
  • Watch our for marine iguanas on Fernandina Island, often found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs
  • Travel to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the most famous inhabitant of the Galapagos the Giant Tortoises
  • Use of transparent kayaks! Pre-booking is essential

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in sea-view cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities
  • Two daily excursions to the islands, multilingual speaking naturalist guides
  • Open decks to observe flora and fauna, briefings, lectures and activities on board
  • All meals during the cruise days
  • Glass bottom boat rides
  • Snorkelling gear

ITINERARY

Day 1 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands

Morning arrival to Baltra Island by plane and immediate transfer to the dock to board your cruise. Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
PM: Mosquera Islet- This tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls and boobies. Snorkelling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays and barracudas.

Day 2 Santiago Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Egas Port- The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes you to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.
PM: Rabida Island- Lying at the heart of the archipelago this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galapagos doves and vermillion flycatchers. A walk takes you through a forest of palo santo and cacti to an excellent overview of the bay. Snorkelling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the ubiquitous turtles.

Day 3 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Urbina Bay- At the far end of a long, level hike arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Here you may run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the endemic Galapagos giant tortoises.
PM: Tagus Cove- A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads you past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela island’s dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!

Day 4 Fernandina Isl./Galapagos Islands

AM: Punta Espinosa- The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the marine iguana capital of the world. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, you can find the tiny Galapagos penguins. You’ll have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca- This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting sea birds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies. Snorkelling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. You also have a good chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Isl.

AM: Highlands Tortoise Reserve- Dry landing. It is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets. The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers about a 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. After the visit, transfer to the airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.

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