Northern and Western Galapagos Islands (A+B)
8 Days - Galapagos Legend
Our Galapagos itineraries offer unforgettable experiences, with our weekly departures allowing you to experience tours including: full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and dinghy rides. These cruises can be combined with Diving program extensions and additional nights in Galapagos (upon request).
Home » 8 Day Galapagos Legend: Western Galapagos Islands (B)
- Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found
- Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and land iguanas are all present
- We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes places
Itinerary in Brief
- Day 1: Baltra airport - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
- Day 2: El Baranco, Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa Island) - Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
- Day 3: South Plaza Island - Santa Fe Island
- Day 4: Bachas Beach & Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) - Mosquera Islet
- Day 5: Egas Port (Santiago Island) - Rabida Island
- Day 6: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island) - Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
- Day 7: Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island) - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
- Day 8: Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island) - Baltra Airport
Day 1: Baltra airport - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon, turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets. This cove has been declared as a “turtle sanctuary”.
Day 2: El Baranco, Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa Island) - Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Be marvelled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep
stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.
Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls,
Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is
estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
Day 3: South Plaza Island - Santa Fe Island
Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and land iguanas are all present at the landing site. The small island is covered with a carpet of a red succulent studded with Opuntia cacti. At the cliff edge, we spend time watching birds fly past at eye level in the updraught. These
include, frigatebirds, flocks of Galapagos shearwaters and of particular note, flights of displaying red-billed tropicbirds. Back at sea level, we once again encounter land iguanas, some of which have hybridized with their resident marine cousins.
Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas
(the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
Day 4: Bachas Beach & Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) - Mosquera Islet
Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as wellas interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos.
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes places as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen ¢ his species) lived for
Day 5: Egas Port (Santiago Island) - Rabida Island
Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home of sea lions colonies; 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 plus
nine species of the famous Darwin's finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
Day 6: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island) - Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it’s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles,
sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May - December.
Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five 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 live in the tropics.
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. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 1gth-century
pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
Day 7: Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island) - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of |sabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here the largest, most primitive-Looking marine iguanas are
found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays 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 Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti. In the shore mangrove can be found.
Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel Accessible by water, 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 cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.
Day 8: Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island) - Baltra Airport
Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoigs' shell). The journey to the
reserve offers great opportunities to see the contradtisat the island offers in reference to the 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, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
13sqm/140sqft, located on earth deck, twin beds or double bed, private bathroom, hairdryer, satellite telephone (internal, local and international), internet access (when anchored at main islands), a voltage of 110-220V/60Hz and thermos/iconic postcards as souvenirs.
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Standard Plus Cabin
11sqm/118sqft, double bed, private bathroom, two porthole windows, hairdryer, satellite telephone (internal, local and international), internet access (when anchored at main islands), a voltage of 110-220V/60Hz and thermos/iconic postcards as souvenirs.
15sqm/161sqft, located on earth deck, double bed, private bathroom. large panoramic windows, hairdryer, satellite telephone (internal, local and international), internet access (when anchored at main islands), 110-220V/60Hz voltage and thermos/iconic postcards as souvenirs.
22sqm/237sqft, double bed, private bathroom, panoramic windows, private balcony, complimentary champagne bottle, top of the line amenities and bathrobes, hairdryer, satellite telephone (internal, local and international), internet access (when anchored at main islands), 110-220V/60Hz voltage and thermos/iconic postcards as souvenirs.
Legend Balcony Suite
33sqm/355sqft, located on moon deck, double bed, private bathroom, panoramic windows, private balcony, complimentary champagne bottle, top of the line amenities and bathrobes, hairdryer, satellite telephone (internal, local and international), internet access (when anchored at main islands), 110-220V/60Hz voltage and thermos/iconic postcards as souvenirs.
Galapagos Legend Deckplan
- Gross tonnage: 2890 t.
- Length: 301 ft (92 m)
- Wide: 47 ft (15 m)
- Decks: 4
- Made in: Germany
- Rebuilt: 2002
- Remodeled in: January 2017
- Speed: 17 knots
- Cruise speed: 15 knots
- Life Rafts: 22 for 25 pax each
- Dinghies: 6 for 20 pax each
- Glass bottom boat: 1
- Kayaks: 4 double, 1 single
- Safety: ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
- Electricity: 110v
- Guest Capacity: 100
- Crew: 60
- Guides: 6 multilingual naturalists
- On-board accommodation
- All meals during the voyage
- Activities/shore excursions as specified
- Bilingual naturalist guides
What’s not included?
- International and internal airfares
- Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
- Travel insurance
- Galapagos National Park fee US$100
- Transit Control Card US$20
- Kayaking, and wetsuit equipment
- Possible fuel surcharges
- Any items not mentioned as included