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Tagus Cove Galapagos Islands
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Egas Port Galapagos Islands
Legend Galapagos Cruise

Deluxe Western Islands Cruise Large Ship Voyage

A breathtaking 5-days cruise on board one of the most luxurious and renowned Ships cruising the Galapagos nowadays. A fantastic voyage exploring the best sites of part of the central Islands and the most relevant sites in the Westernmost Islands of the Archipelago. Truly is a magnificent experience in a short time in the Archipelago.

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Legend Cruise information here



Itinerary
►  DAY 01:  Mosquera Islet Details

Mosquera Islet | Galapagos IslandsDAY 1 Thursday: Mosquera Islet

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.

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium por tulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

 


►  DAY 02: Santiago Island: Egas Port & Rabida Island  Details

DAY 2 Friday: Santiago Island: Egas Port & Rabida Island

Egas Port | Santiago Island | Galapagos IslandsAM: Santiago Island: Egas Port

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.

 

 

 

Rabida Island, Galapagos | Galapagos CruisesPM: Rabida Island

Wet landing in Rabida Island. 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 03: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove Details

DAY 3: Saturday: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

Urbina Bay Galapagos Islands | Isabela IslandAM: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide) in Urbina Bay. …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.

 

 

Tagus Cove Galapagos IslandsPM: Tagus Cove

In Tagus Cove we have a dry landing, now we are on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the fivevolcanoes 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 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.


►  DAY 04: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point & Isabela Island: Vicente Roca  Details

DAY 4 Sunday: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point & Isabela Island: Vicente Roca

Espinoza Point | Fernandina Island | GalapagosAM: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela 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 light foot 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.

 

Vicente Roca | Galapagos Islands | Isabela Island | Galapagos Cruise | Flighless CormorantPM: Isabela Island: Vicente Roca

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel, in Vicente Roca Point. 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 05: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands Details

DAY 5 Monday: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos CruiseAM: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands & Transfer our

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 contrasts 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.

Your trip ends with transfer to airport for flight back to Mainland.

Hiking

Photography

Snorkeling

Kayaking

Swimming

Panga-ride

Legend Galapagos Cruise | Itinerary B

Highlights

  • Hike around volcanic lands surrounded by untamed wildlife like Marine Iguanas and Flightless Cormorant.
  • See the famous Galapagos Tortoises in semi-wild state at an important Breeding Center in the Highlands of Santa Cruz.
  • Be greeted by small and lovable Galapagos Penguins.
  • Take pleasure on small groups excursions (16 pax) on every location visited.
  • Enjoy the comfort of your cabin or suite on board the ship with personalized services and complimentary services to make your journey far more enjoyable.

CRUISE INCLUDES

  All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide;
  Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities;
  Cruise Fuel Surcharge;
  All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea;
  Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & sea-kayaks;
  Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary;
  Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

CRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDES

  Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added);
  Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival);
  Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport);
  Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips;
  All sized Wet-suits for rent on board
  Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland;
  Other services not specified in the program.

2019 Departures & Rates

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START DATE CABIN PRICE
January 10 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
January 10 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
January 10 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
January 24 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
January 24 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
January 24 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
February 07 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
February 07 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
February 07 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
February 21 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
February 21 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
February 21 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
March 07 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
March 07 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
March 07 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
March 21 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
March 21 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
March 21 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
April 04 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
April 04 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
April 04 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
April 18 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
April 18 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
April 18 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
May 02 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
May 02 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
May 02 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
May 16 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
May 16 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
May 16 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
May 30 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
May 30 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
may-30 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
June 13 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
June 13 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
June 13 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
June 27 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
June 27 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
June 27 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
July 25 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
July 25 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
July 25 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
August 08 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
August 08 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
August 08 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
August 22 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
August 22 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
August 22 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
September 05 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
September 05 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
September 05 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
September 19 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
September 19 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
September 19 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
October 03 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
October 03 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
October 03 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
October 17 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
October 17 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
October 17 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
October 31 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
October 31 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
October 31 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
November 14 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
November 14 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
November 14 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
November 28 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
November 28 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
November 28 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
December 12 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
December 12 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
December 12 BALCONY SUITE $3.639
December 26 STANDARD PLUS $2.739
December 26 JUNIOR SUITE $3.099
December 26 BALCONY SUITE $3.639