ITINERARY

A – NORTH-CENTRAL

(Mon – Thu) 4 days / 3 nights

Our Galapagos itineraries offer unforgettable experiences, with our weekly departures allowing you to experience 3-, 4-, 7-, and up to 14 –nights tours including: full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and our new feature daily diving tours for license-holding divers.

DAY BY DAY

First day on board  you  already wonder how the week is going to be in your adventure through the islands.

DAY 1

Monday

AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. 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 bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions)

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

 

OR (For Extended Cruises only)

 

Pm- Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon, turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets. This cove has been declared as a “turtle sanctuary”.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: none

Duration: 1-hour dinghy ride

DAY 2

Tuesday

AM – El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: rocky – lava

Duration: 45-minute walk

PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

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.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: Sand & Lava

Duration: 2 ½-hour walk aprox.

DAY 3

Wednesday

AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats 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-hour walk

PM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

DAY 4

Thursday

AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as 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”.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ beach time

Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

PM- Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

A   NORTH-CENTRAL 4 days / 3 nights
Monday - Thursday
 

Flight to / from Baltra: AV1632, departing Quito 7:00 / Guayaquil 8:35, arriving Galapagos 9:45.

Return flight: AV1633, departing Galapagos 10:20, arriving Guayaquil 13:10 / Quito 14:50.

DAY TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
MON AM Baltra airport Santa Cruz Meet and greet, bus transfer to the port, check-in on board. - easy
  • trekking
Gordon Rocks or Seymour & Mosquera advanced - medium
PM

Highlands

Black Turtle Cove

Giant tortoises, tree & ground Darwin finches. flat & muddy asy
  • trekking
- -

Four species of mangrove, declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”. Extended cruise only

water easy
  • trekking
- -
TUE AM El Barranco, Prince Philip´s Steps Genovesa Dried lava field, red footed boobies , short-eared owl, nesting site of Nazca boobies. rocky & lava moderate
  • trekking
- -
PM Darwin Bay Genovesa Sand coral beach, swallow-tailed and lava gulls, mockingbirds, yellow-crowned night herons.

sand & lava

moderate
  • trekking
- -
WED AM Dragon Hill Santa Cruz Dry zone vegetation, endemic land iguanas, Darwin finches, mockingbird. rocky moderate
  • trekking
Seymour & Mosquera medium
PM Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe land iguana unique in Galapagos, Galapagos hawk, mockingbirds, sea lions. rocky & beach demanding
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
 
THU AM Bachas Beach Santa Cruz One of the main nesting sites of sea turtles, flamingoes, good swim, sharks, rays. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • snorkeling
Seymour & Mosquera medium
PM Baltra airport Baltra Check-out, transfer to airport. 7-night guests Baltra’ shore - - -
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