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GALAPAGOS - THE M/V LEGEND

 

Guests can enjoy interiors with marine details and original pieces of art that talk about the nature of the Islands, all cabin have been decorated with paintings of Galapagos species. Fully carpeted 9 Balcony Suites,  4 Luxurious Legend Suites, 24 Junior Suites, 17 Standard plus cabins and 3 Standard  (inside cabins), with ocean views allow you to enjoy the sea without leaving your cabin.

Take your time at your private bathroom, where you will have fresh hot and cold water to refresh yourself and a hair dryer for extra comfort. Other amenities in your cabin are safe deposit boxes, television and Legend special touches.

More information about the Legend Cabins please click here

 

THE LEGEND HAS 4 DECKS:

 

Moon Deck: 

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

Sky Deck:  

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

Earth Deck:  

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

Sea Deck:  

Inside Bar, Medical services, Dinning Room, 15 Superior Outside Cabins 

 

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

 

GALAPAGOS CRUISE -

 

M/V LEGEND

 

 

2014 / 2015

Rates per person-double occupancy

Cruise A & C

3 nights

 Mon

Cruise B & D

4 nights 

Thu

Combination Cruise

(A or C plus B or D)

7 nights

Mon & Thu

Cabins

     

Standard (interior)

US$1629/1757

2099/2410

3419/3797

Standard plus (outside)

1899/2050

2519/2800

4099/4431

Junior Suite

2299/2440

3049/3320

4949/5377

Legend Suite

2619/2791

3449/3788

5749/6039

Balcony Suite

2939/3060

3849/4147

6519/6723
Galapagos Balcony 5299/5735 6849/7580 11,999/13,011

2015 in Red

2014 Low Season dates deduct 4%= Jan. 08 to May 13 (except Eastern Apr.13-24); Sep.01-30; Dec.01-15

 

Not Included:   International airfare or local airfare Guayaquil or  Quito to Galapagos $500-600;  US$100 Galapagos National Park Tax and US$10 Immigration Card to enter Galapagos. Fuel Surcharge ..about US$30 per day per person

 

NOTE:

Discounts and supplements (net per person in US$ subject to change)
• Single supplement: 50% in low season, 75% in high season. Limited cabins.
• Triple accommodation and children under 12: Junior and higher categories only.
    25% discount for one adult sharing the cabin with 2 full-fare paying guests.
    50% discount for one child sharing the cabin with 2-full fare paying guests , 25% discount for one child sharing    double with 1 full-fare paying guest.
• Double shared accommodation: For adults, in low season and subject to availabiity, wave the single supplement
on Standard Plus cabins on board the M/V Galapagos Legend, M/Y Coral I & II (CI & II under request only).
• Tour Leader: One TL per each group of more than 15 full-fare adult fare. Sharing standard cabin.
 

* Notes:
   M/V “Galapagos Legend”: 3 Standard cabins are interior.
• Extended cruises 10-11 or 14 nights will be provided after passengers acceptance that can be changed, if needed, at
Cruise line discretion during the cruise between M/Y Coral I & II or Galapagos Legend.
Rates valid until December 31st 2013 and subject to change without previous notice

 

 

DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2014: (Updated 8/28/2013)

 

CRUISE A (Monday Departures) : Jan. 13 & 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar. 10, 24; Apr. 7, 21; May 5, 19; Jun. 2,16,30; Jul.14, 28; Aug. 11,25; Sep.8, 22; Oct. 6, 20; Nov. 3, 17; Dec. 1 ,15, 29.
CRUISE B (Thursday Departures) : Jan. 2, 16, 30 ; Feb 13, 27; Mar. 13, 27; Apr.10, 24; May 8, 22 ; Jun. 5, 19; Jul. 3, 17, 31 ; Aug. 14, 28; Sep.11, 25; Oct. 9, 23; Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 4, 18.
CRUISE C (Monday Departures) : Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3, 17, 31; Apr.14, 28; May 12, 26 ; Jun. 9,23; Jul. 7, 21 ; Aug. 4, 18; Sep.1, 15,29; Oct. 13,27; Nov. 10, 24,; Dec. 8, 22.
CRUISE D (Thursday Departures) : Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 6, 20; Mar. 6, 20; Apr.3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; Jun. 12, 26 ; Jul. 10, 24; Aug. 7, 21; Sep. 4, 18; Oct. 2,16,30; Nov.13, 27; Dec. 11, 25

 

Cruises Itineraries

M/V Galapagos Legend


Cruise A (Mon – Thu)
4 days / 3 nights
 

Day 1: Monday – Baltra airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the
airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V
Galapagos Legend.
PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the
northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These
enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore
approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can
weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can
walk inside surprising lava tubes*; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of
surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion
Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk
Day 2: Tuesday – Egas Port (Santiago)
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of
the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven
terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.
The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident
and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of
marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside
Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by
volcanic rocks are also a highlight.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
PM – Bartolomé
Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape* formed by different volcanic
parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive
views 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 snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) 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 of snorkeling experiences*; the water here is
generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants
are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They
include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat
or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes
covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (372 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
Day 3: Wednesday – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found.
The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting
ground for endemic land iguanas*, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring
islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos
Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM – North Seymour
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of
Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the
most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.
An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*,
magnificent and great frigatebirds*, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter
with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land
iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk, 30 minute snorkeling
Day 4 - Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds
with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting
native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This
beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay
eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without
breeding.
At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once
property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during
World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English
was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming
Baltra airport
Transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. 

 

Cruise B (Thu – Mon)
5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Thursday - Baltra airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the
airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V
Galapagos Legend.
PM - Black Turtle Cove
On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove
crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking
their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef
sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed
in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: dinghy ride
Duration: 1h00
Day 2: Friday - Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of
important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during
the last quarter of the 19th century.
Difficulty level: difficult, 1.5 km path.
Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming
PM - Rábida
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rábida
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.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
Day 3: Saturday - Urbina Bay (Isabela)
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 1954 volcanic activity,
with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five
volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of
lava fields and volcanic formations.
We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife,
where we will admire a variety of seabirds*, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns,
Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins*
which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the
northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small
cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean
waves.
The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this
western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an
opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates
is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: steep
Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water snorkeling 1 hour
Day 4: Sunday - Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see
the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest
diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race
of marine iguanas* are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful
opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and
the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk.
“Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations* cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is
thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining
the shores.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk / 1hour snorkeling
PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
Great deep-water* snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar
Channel). We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and
coastal birds*; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless
cormorants. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an
abundance of marine life.
Duration: 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride
Day 5: Monday – Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the
northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These
enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore
approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can
weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk
After the visit passengers will be transferred to Baltra airport for return flight to Guayaquil or
Quito.
 

Cruise C (Mon - Thu)
4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Monday - Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the
airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V
Galapagos Legend.
PM - Mosquera Islet
Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, this flat,
sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds
such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy an
open are. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium
portulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 walk & snorkeling
Day 2: Tuesday – South Plaza (Plazas Island)
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus
forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas*; as we reach its highest point, be on the
lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls*.
In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is
approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season
survive on the fruits and 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*.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - Santa Fe
Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue walking
through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana*, the
largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species
including Galapagos Hawk*, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four
species of Galapagos mockingbirds*. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling
Day 3: Wednesday – Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristóbal)
Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine
beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic 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 frigatebirds* and a sea
lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds
can be observed.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk
PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal)
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone* that at several locations is composed of AA
lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach*, great for snorkeling and sunbathing.
We visit a lagoon where migratory bird* species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy
Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers
beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling
Day 4: Thursday – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristóbal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise*
Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful
landscape on the way to the Reserve*. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit
the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit
San Cristóbal airport
After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
 

Cruise D (Thu - Mon)

5 days / 4 nights
 

Day 1: Thursday – San Cristóbal airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristóbal (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked
up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to
board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the
Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the
Galapagos*. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the
islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different
species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also
showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and
colonization of the islands.
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1 hour visit
Tijeretas Hill involves a high intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent
view at the foot of a frigatebird nesting colony*.
Difficulty level: high
Duration: 1 hour visit
Day 2: Friday – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española)
Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are
no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American
Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds*, Yellow Warblers, lava
lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s 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, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef
sharks.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1hour snorkeling.
PM - Suárez Point (Española)
Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting
wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and
the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and
the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies*, right up
to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos
Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved
Albatross*, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).
Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that
shoots water some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk
Day 3: Saturday – Post Office (Floreana)
Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in 1793
Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for
sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our
visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should
reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or
even arrive before you!
We may also encounter Darwin’s finches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling
opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best known for its
endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort.
Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 30 minutes walk / 1 hour snorkeling
PM - Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)
Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a
brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest 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.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy and walk on a flat terrain
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling
Day 4: Sunday – Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the
northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These
enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore
approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can
weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can
walk inside surprising lava tubes.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk
PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station(Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes
place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the
famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire
a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin
Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the
islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit
the town and shop for souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 visit
Day 5: Monday - Daphne
We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation* that was created
by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed
Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown
Noddies. Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
M/Y