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ABOUT THE M/V LEGEND

 

 

The M/V Galapagos Legend, has been specifically designed to cruise the Galapagos Islands. It has all the amenities of a large cruise liner, yet it is small enough for a close up experience with nature. This 100-passenger luxury expedition vessel has been completely refurbished in 2012. It has all-new passenger accommodations with 1800 square meters of social areas so you’ll enjoy all the amenities of a luxury cruise liner, and the privacy of a small ship.
All cabins on the M/V Galapagos Legend come with lower beds, air conditioning, background music, safety deposit boxes, private facilities, closed-circuit television, telephone, 110/220 volt outlets, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Each cabin is also furnished with a private bathroom that offers fresh hot and cold water and a hair dryer. Cabin interiors feature marine details and original pieces of art that refer to the nature of the Islands, and each cabin is individually decorated with paintings of Galapagos species, such as a blue footed boobie or a waved albatross.

While on The M/V Galapagos Legend you’ll be able to soak up the sun on the Sky Deck by the pool, and socialize with fellow travelers. The broad observation deck allows you to spot dolphins and whales as the ship smoothly navigates the rich Galapagos waters. The spacious passenger lounge is a great place to relax and view the scenery through picture windows; and in the evening it sets the stage for live shows and folkloric entertainment. All shore landings are in small groups of 16 in Zodiacs (rigid inflatable boats) with convenient access to and from the sea deck.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE M/V LEGEND:

Decks:

 

Moon Deck: 

Upper most deck where you will find  The Observatory and 9 Suites.
 

Sky Deck:  

Swimming Pool, Auditorium, Fisherman's Bar, Chess Corner, Museum, Open Restaurant, Passenger Lounge, Dinning Terrace, Dolphins Deck 
 

Earth Deck:  

28 Cabins,  Library, Boutique , Guides Research Center , Hammock Terrace

Sea Deck:  

Inside Bar, Medical services, Dinning Room, 15  Cabins 

 

 

Technical Specifications: 
 

Category: Deluxe 
Classified: ISM-SOLAS 
Speed: 15 Knots cruising, 19 Knots Maximum 
Length: 300 feet / 91.5 mts. 
Beam: 47 feet / 14.3 mts. 
Draft: 13 feet / 3.9 mts. 
Passengers: 110 
Crew: 60 plus a Physician 
Guides: 6 top multilingual naturalist 
Lifeboats: 2 for 58 passengers each 
Life Rafts: 10 for 25 passengers each 
Dinghies: 5 units 
Navigation Aid: Radars, gyro compass, autopilot, visual directions finder, echo sounder, radio telephony, GMDSS equiped 
Decks: 4 

 

 

About the Cabins:

Galapagos Balcony Suite (1)    
Located on the Moon Deck. Size average; 22,79 m² / 245 sq². with 2 private balconies. Lower berths or queen size bed.
Triple with sofa bed or add an interconnected cabin with 2 adjoining berths making the "Galapagos Balcony" with a total size of 43.79 m² / 471.3 sq².
Air Conditioning . Local and International call service.
LCD TV and internal Video system with music, activities, itineraries, and consumptions on board.
Safety box. Mini bar with champagne.
Large private bathroom. Wheelchair facilities

Balcony Suites (8)    
1 MVGalapagosLegendBalcony2-2013 Located on the Moon Deck. 8 Suites with panoramic view and private balcony 7 interconnected suites. 3 Triples with sofa bed Average area: 21 m2 / 226 ft2. Sliding doors. Mini fridge with champagne Air conditioning. Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board. -

Legend Suites (4)    
Located on the Earth Deck. 4 suites with 2 panoramic windows 2 interconnected cabins. Average area: 20 m2 / 215 ft2. 2 panoramic windows. 4 triples with sofa bed Air conditioning. Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board. Private bathroom.

Junior Suites (24)    
Located on the Earth Deck. 24 suites. 9 interconnected cabins. Average area: 15 m2 / 161 ft2. 2 panoramic windows. Low twin beds or a queen. 7 triples with a sofa bed. Air conditioning.  phone service for internal, local and international calls, Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board, safe-deposit box, private bathroom

Standard Plus (17)    
1 MVGalapagosLegendStandardCabin2013 These cabins which are located on the Sea Deck have easy access to the boarding area and to the restaurant.

The Cabins have twin beds which can be joined. Air conditioning, phone service for internal, local and international calls, Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board, safe-deposit box, private bathroom.

Standard (3)    
These cabins are located the Earth Deck next to the reception desk, library and boutique, the Standard cabins have twin beds which can be joined. Average area of 11m2 / 118ft2.

It has phone service for internal, local and international calls, Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board, safe-deposit box, private bathroom

 

 

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS:


1. Who will meet me at the Airport in Galapagos?
Upon the arrival to the airport, our guides are waiting for you with a placard of the ship or yacht. They will receive the passengers, check them in the list to see nobody is left behind and transport them in the airlines' bus to the dock where the vessel anchored.

2. What is the electrical outlets and service?
110 /220 volts. European and American outlets are available on our cruise fleet.

3. What do you mean with Dry Landings and Wet Landings?
On a dry landing, passengers step directly from a dinghy to rocks or onto a dock. We recommend: walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellent and a light jacket.
Wet Landing means that the dinghy edges up onto a beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or slippers, towel that will be provided by the crew while disembarking, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plastic bag, well insulated cameras and a windbreaker.

4. What can I pack for the excursions?
For shore excursions comfortable clothing is a must, preferably shorts, bathing suits, head covering, walking shoes, tennis shoes, windbreaker type jacket, binoculars, camera and a good memory. Sun rays are very strong in the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to take with you enough high grade sun block. Also, put your cameras in self-sealing plastic bags to protect them from the water, especially during landfalls.

5. What would happen if I get seasick?
We hardly get a seasick passenger on board. However, we have seasick medication on board all our ships, but if you are particularly sensitive you can bring your own medication.

6. Is the water safe to drink?
The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Ecuador. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. On board our yachts you will find bottled water in your room. Ice used onboard the yachts is generally made with purified water as well.

7. Do you provide biodegradable shampoo and soap on board?
Yes, we supply all travelers with these items as part of our conservation policy, but if you want to bring your own please make sure they are biodegradable. Thank you.

8. Do we need to bring our own towels?
No you don't. For your convenience we provide bath and beach towels during your cruise.

9. Is Internet access available aboard our cruise fleet?
Satellite Internet is available on our fleet (M/VGalapagos Legend, M/Y Coral I & II), its cost is:
$32 for 10 minutes, $96 for 30 minutes, $192 for 60 minutes, for text only. If you need videos or photographs you will be charged by mega (each mega $16).Also, when landing in Puerto Ayora and San Cristobal there are many internet cafes, where you can make long distance calls and use internet. Very inexpensive.

Other important notes about this cruise:

Special Meals: Cruise line is able to accommodate special diet requests if done in advance.
Gratuities: The recommended tipping amount is $15 USD per person per day for the crew, and $10 USD per person per day for the expedition team.
Medical care:
There is a first aid kit on board and the expedition team/crew is trained to handle emergencies. Cruise line has a Dr. aboard the MV Legend which they will encounter twice during the itinerary. The M/V Galapagos Legend also has direct communication with the other cruise line ships and the shore in case of urgencies.
Electrical Current:
110 and 220 volts available.
About the crew:
The 60-man crew includes 7 multilingual naturalist guides and 1 Cruise Manager. They will cover all the lectures on board and the different landings. They are all English Speaking with a wide level of experience on this destination
.

Itineraries:

M/V Galapagos Legend
Cruise A (Mon – Thu) – 4 days / 3 nights
 

Day 1: Monday
- AM – Baltra airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours ight). 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 – Highlands – Pit Craters (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 nd 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*; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber ssures underground. It’s a great place to fVermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: at & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk
 

Day 2: Tuesday
- AM – Egas Port (Santiago)
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The rest section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tu ) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, star sh and marine iguanas grazing  on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the rst part at and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
- PM – BartolomeDry or wet landing.
We discover a fascinating moonscape* formed by di erent volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tu cone Pinnacle Rock*. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and bluefooted boobies*.Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful sh.
For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences*; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the rst to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (372 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
 

Day 3: Wednesday
- AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas*, o ering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
- PM – North Seymour
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. O of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magni cent 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.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk, 30 minute snorkeling
 

Day 4: Thursday
- AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin nches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as
well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.
At this paradisiacal site we will also nd the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming
- Baltra airport
Transfer to the airport for return ight to Guayaquil or Quito.

 

 

M/VGalapagos Legend
Cruise B (Thu – Mon) - 5 days / 4 nights

 

Day 1: Thursday
- AM – Baltra airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours ight). 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 – Black Turtle Cove
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of  mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm  waters, peaking their heads above the surface while sh, rays and small sharks circle
below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”.
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1h00
 

Day 2: Friday
- AM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Difficulty level: di cult, 1.5 km path.
Type of terrain: at volcanic lava
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming
- PM – Rabida
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s nches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cli s to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel o the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
 

Day 3: Saturday- AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may see land giant tortoises*, land iguanas* and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical sh. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that  resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
- PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.
We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds*, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins* which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island.  We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Gra ti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: steep
Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water
snorkeling 1 hour
 

Day 4: Sunday
- AM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas* are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations* cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk / 1hour snorkeling
- PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
Great deep-water* snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds*; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.
Duration: 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
 

Day 5: Monday
- 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 nd 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.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: at & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk
After the visit passengers will be transferred to Baltra airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

 

M/V Galapagos Legend
Cruise C (Mon - Thu) - 4 days / 3 nights

 

Day 1: Monday
- AM – Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours ight). 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 – Mosquera Islet
Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, this at, 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 an open are. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk & snorkeling
 

Day 2: Tuesday
- AM – South Plaza (Plazas Island)
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. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and owers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will end the Galapagos hybrid iguana*.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
- PM – Santa Fe
Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue walking 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 nches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds*. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling
 

Day 3: Wednesday
- AM – Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristobal)
Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tu , through several magni cent 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.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk
- PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tu cone* that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach*, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon 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.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling
 

Day 4: Thursday
- AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal 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.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit
San Cristobal airport
After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return ight to Guayaquil or Quito

 

 

M/VGalapagos Legend
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 ight). 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 signi cant 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 frigate bird 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 nches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground nch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling* o er a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angel sh, Creole sh, damsel sh, parrot sh, 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 O ce (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 or mailing 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 nches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Paci c Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnati dus, 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 amingo 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 Paci c 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 oating 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 sh, 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 at 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 nd 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: at & 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 e orts 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 nches 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: at
Duration: 1h30 visit
 

Day 5: Monday
- AM – Daphne
We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tu cone formation* that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s nches, 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.

 

 

 

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