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Galapagos Legend

An immense vessel beyond expectations, from vast exteriors to abundant amenities including a pool.

Overview

With 7,244 square feet of exterior space, the MV Galapagos Legend is a massive ship that offers amenities small boats can not match. Yet, the vessel, which welcomes up to 100 guests, creates a warm, intimate experience fostered by cozy social areas, a laid-back attitude, and a hospitable staff.

Life Aboard The Galapagos Legend Ship

The Galapagos Legend is the definition of casual cruising, and, between activities, you are free to roam the ship to explore all the exciting indoor and outdoor social areas. By day, lounge in the sun, take a dip in the pool, soak in one of the Jacuzzis on the sundeck, or work out in the fully-equipped fitness room or jogging track. Stop by the Fisherman’s Bar for a cocktail or a flute of chilled sparkling wine.

The fun continues late into the night with activities such as karaoke, salsa nights, movie nights, and a BBQ at the alfresco dining area. The Neptune Party, in which the ruler of the sea comes aboard the ship to reorganize his kingdoms, is not to be missed. Some itineraries even feature an Equatorial Line Party to celebrate crossing the equator, with guests receiving a certificate to commemorate the moment. If you prefer a bit of low-key after-dark fun, head to the moon deck for a stargazing presentation.

The ship’s highest spot soars 40 feet over the sea and offers a magnificent view of the islands. No matter what you do on or off the boat, keep your camera handy. As the cruise wraps up, there is a photo contest with the winners taking home fun prizes. You will need something delicious to eat to fuel all that fun, at the Lonesome George Restaurant has just the thing. Lunch is served as a buffet, and dinner includes à la carte options based on local and international specialties. Between meals, grab a bite at the 24-hour snack and coffee station.

Excursions From Your Galapagos Legend Cruise

The Galapagos Legend sails a total of eight itineraries, half of which are four-day trips. The other half are eight-day trips created by merging two of the shorter itineraries. Every day is a new opportunity for fun in the sun. Go ashore two times per day with a naturalist guide to see the most interesting spots on the Galapagos Islands.

Depending on your itinerary, you could take a dingy ride to a rarely visited Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island. The area has been declared a turtle sanctuary, and the creatures frequently peek out of the water to greet visitors. You may also stop at Egas Port on Santiago Island to hike along a black volcanic sand beach to see a colony of fur seals swimming in rocky pools.

There are also opportunities for snorkeling (and occasionally encountering a sea lion), paddling transparent kayaks while looking at the sea life swimming below you, and taking rides in a glass-bottom boat. For those looking to go a little deeper, you can opt-out of some planned activities in favor of scuba diving at an additional cost.

Fun For Little Cruisers

Do you have a budding adventurer or a fledgling explorer? A cruise aboard the Galapagos Legends ship is a treat for all ages, including your tiny tots. Not only will kids love the animal-focused activities on the schedule, but there is also a Kid’s Corner onboard the ship stocked with toys and games. Plus, cruising with kids could not be easier, thanks to interconnecting rooms with space for your whole crew. There are even special dates reserved as Family Cruises which include a children’s menu in the restaurant and kid-centric activities.

For a vacation that is just as thrilling on board as off, the MV Galapagos Legend is the place to be. And, with a wide range of cabins available, ranging from cozy interior rooms to the massive Legend Balcony Suite, you are sure to find a room to suit your style and budget.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day / 3 Night - Northern & Central Islands Cruise 'A'

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Embarkation

AM: 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: In the mountains of the Galapagos 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 (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). 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 bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island at Black Turtle Cove, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while 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”.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 4

El Barranco/Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay

AM: Marvel 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 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.

PM: 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Two - Nazca Booby.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 4

Dragon Hill & Santa Fe Island

AM: We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

PM: Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies. Through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home to the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for several 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Three - Land Iguana in the Sun.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds where iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles' nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Four - Baby Turtles on the Beach.
Location
Bachas Beach - Baltra
Day
4 / 4
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4 Day / 3 Night - Eastern & Central Islands Cruise 'C'

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Embarkation

AM: 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: 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 view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day One - Pinnacle Rock.
Location
Baltra - Bartolome
Day
1 / 4

South Plaza Island & North Seymour Island

AM: 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 flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

PM: Off of 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 floor. Here we take a long walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Two - Blue-Footed Booby.
Location
South Plaza - North Seymour
Day
2 / 4

Pitt Point/Pitt Islet & Cerro Brujo

AM: We begin today with a wet landing to embark on 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 volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is 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.

PM: Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone, that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach - perfect for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen, including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Three - Walking along San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: We begin our final day with a 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.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to San Cristobal airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day / 4 Night - Western Islands Cruise 'B'

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Embarkation

AM: Passengers are picked up at the Baltra 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 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 portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day One - Sea Lions on the Beach.
Location
Santa Cruz - Mosquera
Day
1 / 5

Egas Port & Rabida Island

AM: 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. Find 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.

PM: Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the 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 finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Two - Walking along Rabida beach.
Location
Santiago - Rabida
Day
2 / 5

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find 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 fish. 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 the 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

PM: Dry landing on the 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 the shoreline, where we will admire a variety of seabirds. Find species such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and (depending on the season), a large number of Galapagos Penguins. The only penguin species in the world to extend their range into the northern hemisphere. 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 situated further south on the island. 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Three - Land Iguana Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 5

Espinosa Point & Vincente Roca Point

AM: 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.

PM: 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. Find Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Four - Flightless Cormorant.
Location
Fernandina - Isabela
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds 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.

After your visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Five - Exploring Santa Cruz Island.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

5 Day / 4 Night - Southern Islands Cruise 'D'

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Embarkation

AM: 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: 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, and the arrival of different species. Human history is also showcased, narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day One - Arriving to San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 5

Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point

AM: We start this morning with a 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 finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damselfish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

PM: An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Two - Group of Marine Iguanas.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 5

Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Champion Islet

AM: Located on the north side of Floreana, Post Office Bay is named after Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel in 1793, which served as an informal post 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 to arrive! This island is best known for its endemic vegetation. We may encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers, and lava lizards! There are also great snorkeling spots here with Green Pacific Sea Turtles and playful sea lions.  

PM: From a 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 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-sand 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 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 fish, 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Three - Visiting Floreana Island.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 5

Charles Darwin Station, Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Ballena Bay/Eden Islet

AM: We visit where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place, as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

This is a stunning opportunity to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Lava tunnel formations are the result of the many eruptions that have occurred throughout history. In the Scalesia forest Vermilion Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and several finch species can be spotted.

PM: Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Four - Short-Eared Owl.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: The rocky cliff of Carrion Point offers a great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands. Go snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be a chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.

After your visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Five - White-Tipped Sharks Swimming.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

8 Day / 7 Night - Northern, Central & Western Islands Cruise 'A+B'

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Embarkation

AM: 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: In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds 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 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 bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island at Black Turtle Cove, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while 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”.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day One - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 8

El Barranco/Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay

AM: Marvel 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 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.

PM: 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Two - Nazca Boobies.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 8

Dragon Hill & Santa Fe Island

AM: We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

PM: Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies. Through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home to the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for several 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Three - Land Iguana.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
3 / 8

Bachas Beach & Mosquera Islet

AM: On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds where iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles' nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

PM: 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 portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Four - Baby Sea Turtles.
Location
Santa Cruz - Mosquera
Day
4 / 8

Egas Port & Rabida Island

AM: 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. Find 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.

PM: Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the 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 finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Five - Rabida Island.
Location
Santiago - Rabida
Day
5 / 8

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find 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 fish. 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 the 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

PM: Dry landing on the 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 the shoreline, where we will admire a variety of seabirds. Find species such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and (depending on the season), a large number of Galapagos Penguins. The only penguin species in the world to extend their range into the northern hemisphere. 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 situated further south on the island. 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Six - Brown Noddy.
Location
Isabela
Day
6 / 8

Espinosa Point & Vincente Roca Point

AM: 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.

PM: 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. Find Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Seven - Sally-Lightfoot Crabs.
Location
Fernandina - Isabela
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds 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.

After your visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'A+B' Itinerary Day Seven - Santa Cruz Island.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
8 / 8
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8 Day / 7 Night - Eastern, Central & Southern Islands Cruise 'C+D'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: 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: 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 view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day One - Pinnacle Rock Bartolome.
Location
Baltra - Bartolome
Day
1 / 8

South Plaza Island & North Seymour Island

AM: 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 flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

PM: Off of 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 floor. Here we take a long walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Two - Blue-Footed Booby Babies.
Location
South Plaza - North Seymour
Day
2 / 8

Pitt Point/Pitt Islet & Cerro Brujo

AM: We begin today with a wet landing to embark on 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 volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is 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.

PM: Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone, that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach - perfect for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen, including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Three - Walking along San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
3 / 8

Breeding Center & Interpretation Center

AM: We begin our final day with a 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.

PM: 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, and the arrival of different species. Human history is also showcased, narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 8

Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point

AM: We start this morning with a 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 finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damselfish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

PM: An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Five - Marine Iguanas.
Location
Española
Day
5 / 8

Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Champion Islet

AM: Located on the north side of Floreana, Post Office Bay is named after Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel in 1793, which served as an informal post 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 to arrive! This island is best known for its endemic vegetation. We may encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers, and lava lizards! There are also great snorkeling spots here with Green Pacific Sea Turtles and playful sea lions.  

PM: From a 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 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-sand 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 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 fish, 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Six - Visiting Floreana Island.
Location
Floreana
Day
6 / 8

Charles Darwin Station, Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Ballena Bay/Eden Islet

AM: We visit where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place, as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

This is a stunning opportunity to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Lava tunnel formations are the result of the many eruptions that have occurred throughout history. In the Scalesia forest Vermilion Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and several finch species can be spotted.

PM: Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Seven - Short-Eared Owl.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: The rocky cliff of Carrion Point offers a great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands. Go snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be a chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.

After your visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'C+D' Itinerary Day Eight - Reef Shark.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
8 / 8
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8 Day / 7 Night - Northern, Southern & Central Islands Cruise 'D+A'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: 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: 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, and the arrival of different species. Human history is also showcased, narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day One - Arriving to San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 8

Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point

AM: We start this morning with a 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 finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damselfish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

PM: An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Two - Marine Iguana.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 8

Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Champion Islet

AM: Located on the north side of Floreana, Post Office Bay is named after Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel in 1793, which served as an informal post 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 to arrive! This island is best known for its endemic vegetation. We may encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers, and lava lizards! There are also great snorkeling spots here with Green Pacific Sea Turtles and playful sea lions.  

PM: From a 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 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-sand 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 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 fish, 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Three - Visiting Floreana Island.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 8

Charles Darwin Station, Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Ballena Bay/Eden Islet

AM: We visit where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place, as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

This is a stunning opportunity to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Lava tunnel formations are the result of the many eruptions that have occurred throughout history. In the Scalesia forest Vermilion Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and several finch species can be spotted.

PM: Ballena (Whale) Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Four - Short-Eared Owl.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 8

Carrion Point & Black Turtle Cove

AM: The rocky cliff of Carrion Point offers a great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands. Go snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be a chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.

PM: In the mountains of the Galapagos 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 (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). 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 bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island at Black Turtle Cove, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while 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”.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Five - Galapagos Giant Tortoises.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 8

El Barranco/Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay

AM: Marvel 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 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.

PM: 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Six - Short-Eared Owl.
Location
Genovesa
Day
6 / 8

Dragon Hill & Santa Fe Island

AM: We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

PM: Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies. Through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home to the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for several 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

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Seven - Land Iguana in the Sun.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds where iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles' nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'D+A' Itinerary Day Eight - Snorkelling with Sea Turtles.
Location
Bachas Beach - Baltra
Day
8 / 8
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8 Day / 7 Night - Western, Eastern & Central Islands Cruise 'B+C'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Passengers are picked up at the Baltra 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 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 portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day One - Sea Lion on the shore.
Location
Santa Cruz - Mosquera
Day
1 / 8

Egas Port & Rabida Island

AM: 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. Find 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.

PM: Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the 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 finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Two - Rabida Island.
Location
Santiago - Rabida
Day
2 / 8

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find 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 fish. 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 the 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

PM: Dry landing on the 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 the shoreline, where we will admire a variety of seabirds. Find species such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and (depending on the season), a large number of Galapagos Penguins. The only penguin species in the world to extend their range into the northern hemisphere. 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 situated further south on the island. 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Three - Land Iguana.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 8

Espinosa Point & Vincente Roca Point

AM: 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.

PM: 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. Find Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Four - Flightless Cormorant.
Location
Fernandina - Isabela
Day
4 / 8

Santa Cruz & Pinnacle Rock

AMIn the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds 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.

PM: 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 view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Five - Bartolome Island Excursion.
Location
Santa Cruz - Bartolome
Day
5 / 8

South Plaza Island & North Seymour Island

AM: 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 flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

PM: Off of 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 floor. Here we take a long walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Six - Pair of Blue-Footed Boobies.
Location
South Plaza - North Seymour
Day
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Pitt Point/Pitt Islet & Cerro Brujo

AM: We begin today with a wet landing to embark on 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 volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is 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.

PM: Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone, that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach - perfect for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen, including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Seven - Walking along San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: We begin our final day with a 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.

After the morning excursion, you will be assisted to San Cristobal airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 8-Day 'B+C' Itinerary Day Eight - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Yoga
Front Desk
Lonesome George Restaurant
Moondeck BBQ
Seadeck Embarcation
Skydeck Disco
Skydeck Pool
Skydeck
Equipment Room
Spa
Wine and Cheese Festival
Library
Earthdeck Jacuzzi
Earthdeck Fitness Center
Auditorium
Balcony Suite
Yoga class on the deck
A person server at the Front Desk
Indoor dining room
Barbecue setup on the deck
Minimalistic embarkation area
People having fun by the bar
Aerial view of the pool
Staicase to the open deck area
A woman in the room with snorkelling equipment
Massage with a sea view
Buffet style dinner setup at the restaurant
A woman at the onboard library
A couple in the outdoor Jacuzzi
Woman exercising at the onboard gym
Passengers watching a movie in the auditorium room
Balcony Suite

Suites & Cabins

Galapagos Legend's Standard Interior Suite.

Standard Interior

Guests
2
Size
13 m² / 140 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

Revive yourself with a peaceful sleep in the firm and comfortable beds with fine linen in these suites. The private bathrooms are tastefully designed with a hairdryer, hot water, and other amenities. The room also comes with several electrical outlets for all your devices.

Galapagos Legend's Standard Plus Suite.

Standard Plus

Guests
2
Size
11 m² / 118 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

These spacious cabins are exquisitely furnished with wall-to-wall carpeting, an LCD TV, and a music system. They feature a phone service for internal, local, and international calls, a sizable closet, and a safety box. The porthole windows allow natural light to flow in the room.

Galapagos Legend's Junior Suite - Quadruple.

Junior

Guests
4
Size
15-20 m² / 159-215 ft²
Beds
Double / Triple / Quadruple

Enjoy a peaceful rest in the junior suites furnished with firm yet comfortable beds and fine linens. Some of the junior suites are interconnected, making them ideal for traveling families or friends. The private bathrooms are fully equipped with a hairdryer, toiletries, and hot water.

Galapagos Legend's Balcony Suite - Double.

Balcony

Guests
3
Size
22 m² / 237 ft²
Beds
Double / Triple

Enjoy these spacious air-conditioned suites that come with a panoramic view of the ocean. Each suite comes with a private balcony and a fully equipped bathroom featuring a hairdryer and toiletries. The suites come with a minifridge for chilled drinks.

Galapagos Legend's Legend Balcony Suite.

Legend Balcony

Guests
3
Size
33 m² / 355 ft²
Beds
Double / Triple

These suites are exclusively designed, featuring a wall-to-wall carpet, a multimedia music system, and an LCD TV to keep you entertained. The room features panoramic windows and a spacious balcony allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery, whether from your room or on the balcony.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Detailed deck plan of Legend

Features

  • Connecting cabins
  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Excercise room
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
  • Cinema
  • WIFI available
  • Kosher Meals
  • Children's playroom
  • Medical staff

Equipment

  • Diving gear
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Wetsuits
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Yoga mats
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details