ITINERARY

B – WEST

(Thu – Mon) – 5 days / 4 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 and you already wonder how the week is going to be in your adventure through the islands.

DAY 1

Thursday

AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 1/2  hours flight). Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken (ten-minute bus drive) to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing.  This tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls and boobies. Snorkeling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays and barracudas.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

DAY 2

Friday

AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky
  • Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

PM – Rabida Island 

Wet landing.  Lying at the heart of the archipelago this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galapagos doves and vermillion flycatchers. A walk takes us through a forest of palo santo and cacti to a beautiful overview of the bay. Snorkeling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the
ubiquitous turtles.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

DAY 3

Saturday

AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing.  At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcano’s endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: flat & rocky
  • Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Dry landing. A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela island’s dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!

  • Difficulty level: moderate/demanding
  • Type of terrain: steep
  • Duration: 2-hour walk / 40-minutes panga ride / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

DAY 4

Sunday

AM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the “marine iguana capital of the world”. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: flat/semi rocky
  • Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.

  • Difficulty Level: moderate / demanding
  • Type of terrain: water
  • Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

DAY 5

Monday

AM – 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 & muddy (depending on season)
  • Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

 

OR (for Extended Cruises only)

Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

A visit to the collapsed, twin sink holes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery this area is well known for its diversity of passerine
bird species.

  • Type of Terrain: Flat & muddy
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour hike

 

Baltra Island Airport

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

B   WEST 5 days / 4 nights
Thursday - Monday
 

Flight to / from Baltra: AV1632, departing Quito 6:50 / Guayaquil 8:25, arriving Galapagos 9:20.

Return flight: AV1633, departing Galapagos 10:05, arriving Guayaquil 12:50 / Quito 14:50.

DAY TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
THU AM Baltra airport Santa Cruz Meet and greet, bus transfer to the port, check-in on board. - - - - -
PM Mosquera Islet Mosquera White sandy beach, large colony of sea lions. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
FRI AM Egas Port Santiago Landscape comprised of tuff cone (volcanic ash) and lava flows, see the Galapagos fur seal. flat & semi-rocky moderate
  • trekking
  • snorkeling
- -
PM Rabida Rabida Incredible landscape, brown pelicans, nesting spot of seabirds, red sand beach. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • snorkeling
SAT AM Urbina Bay Isabela Land iguanas, giant tortoises, sea birds, cormorants, 2 trails for trekking. flat easy
  • trekking
  • snorkeling
- -
PM Tagus Cove Isabela Calm water, pirates history, lots of seabirds: blue-footed boobies, brown noddy terns, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins depending on season; marine iguanas. steep & lava moderate
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
- -
SUN AM Espinosa Point Fernandina Pristine island, largest marine iguana colony, whales seasonal (feeding area) pahoehoe and AA lava formations, unique lava cactus. rocky & lava moderate
  • trekking
  • snorkeling
- -
PM Vicente Roca Isabela One of the richest marine havens, marine turtles, landscape, marine birds: blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, cormorants, ocean sunfish, rays, noddies water easy
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
- -
MON AM

Highlands

Pit Craters

Santa Cruz

Giant tortoises, lava tubes, scalesia forest, Chato Reserve.

Volcanic tunnels and twin craters - Extended cruise only

flat & muddy

-

easy

-

  • trekking
- Gordon Rocks or Seymour & Mosquera - advanced
- medium
PM Baltra Airport Baltra Check-out, transfer to airport. 7-night guests Baltra’ shore      
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