Eastern and Southern Galapagos Islands
8 Days - Galapagos Legend
Explore the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of the Eastern and Southern Islands of the Galapagos aboard the 100-passenger M/V Galapagos Legend. Being one of the larger ships sailing in the Galapagos, the Legend is a great choice for its affordability, stability and ability to cater to families without sacrificing the exclusivity and personalized attention small ship cruising is known for. Activities on the Galapagos Legend include hiking, snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.
Home » 8 Day Galapagos Legend: Eastern and Southern Galapagos Islands (C+D)
- You will encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake
- Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish
- 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
Itinerary in Brief
- Day 1: Baltra Airport - North Seymour Island
- Day 2: Bartolome Island - Sullivan bay (Santiago island)
- Day 3: Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island) - Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
- Day 4: Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island) - Interpretation Center & Frigatebird Hill (San Cristobal Island)
- Day 5: Gardner Bay (Española Island) - Punta Suarez (Española Island)
- Day 6: Post Office (Floreana Island) - Punta Cormorant, Devil’s Crown (Floreana Island)
- Day 7: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) - Punta Bowditch (Santa Cruz Island)
- Day 8: Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island) - Baltra Airport
Day 1: Baltra Airport - North Seymour 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.
Dry landing. Off f Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floo. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting
colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic
Day 2: Bartolome Island - Sullivan bay (Santiago island)
Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the
eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and bluefooted boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable
however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.
Wet landing. This site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest. It features extensive relative young pa-hoe-hoe lava flows formed during the Last quarter of the 1gth century. In the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellow-colored tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of been in another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.
Day 3: Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island) - Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
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 frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for 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 (San Cristobal Island) - Interpretation Center & Frigatebird Hill (San Cristobal Island)
Dry landing 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 village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about 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 the island’s colonization.
Frigatebird HILL involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.
Day 5: Gardner Bay (Española Island) - Punta Suarez (Española Island)
One of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwin is finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay.
Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Espafiola 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 up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.
Day 6: Post Office (Floreana Island) - Punta Cormorant, Devil’s Crown (Floreana Island)
Wet landing. 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 letter posted can take a Long time to arrive at 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.
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 d y, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.
Day 7: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) - Punta Bowditch (Santa Cruz Island)
Arriving to a small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive to one end of a long, sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a
circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as Stilts, turnstones and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.
Feel the indescribable feeling of being were no one else has. Relax on a powdery beach, snorkel around turquoise water islets and hike beside salt pools and dried white corals. Be one of the first -humans- to visit Punta Bowditch at Legend's South itinerary D.
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 tortoises' shell). The journey to the
reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrast that 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