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 central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: flat & sometimes muddy
  • Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

 

OR (For Extended Cruises only)

Pm- Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

Here, we can find four species of mangrove in the extensive tidal lagoon system that stretches for almost a mile inland. During our panga ride through the labyrinth we will spot many turtles, herons of several species, sharks and rays. The experience is otherworldly and seems to transport us back to the beginning of time.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: water
  • Duration: 1-hour panga ride

DAY 2

Tuesday

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

Riding our pangas to the far side of the caldera, red-billed tropicbirds display vociferously overhead while Galapagos fur seals can be seen on the shoreline. Once at the top of the rocky stairway we are immediately met by Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, mockingbirds and finches that line our way through a palo santo forest until we arrive at an expansive open lava field. Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm above the lava where we keep our eyes peeled for short-eared owls.

  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Type of terrain: rocky – lava
  • Duration: 45-minute walk

PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

From within the flooded caldera of Tower Island we set foot onto a sandy beach to be greeted by swallow-tailed gulls often said to be the most beautiful gull in the world. Our short, flat, trail leads us past stands of mangroves and saltbush on which we have our best possible looks at nesting red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. At the tidal lagoon we may also see the rarest gull in the world, our very own, endemic lava gull.

  • 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. Arriving to a small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive to one end of a long, sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2-hour walk

PM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island-endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another island-endemic the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • 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. Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1-hour walk

 

AM- 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 and flamingoes. sandy easy
  • trekking
Seymour & Mosquera medium
  Baltra airport Baltra Check-out, transfer to airport. 7-night guests Baltra’ shore - - -
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