ITINERARY

C – EAST

(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 are 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 (2½-hour hour flight). In Baltra, 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 – Bartolome

Dry or wet landing. 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 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 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.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.

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

DAY 2

Tuesday

AM –  South Plaza Islet

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. Approximately, there is a population of 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-hour walk

PM –North Seymour Island

Dry landing. 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. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.

 

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2-hour walk, 30 minutes snorkeling

DAY 3

Wednesday

AM – Pitt Point &  Islet (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach 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 frigate birds 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: 2½-hour walk/ 40-minutes snorkeling or kayaking

PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit 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

AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal 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 village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

 

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of Terrain: sandy

Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

 

San Cristobal Airport

After the visit you will go to San Cristobal Airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

C   EAST 4 days / 3 nights
Monday - Thursday
 

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

Return flight: AV1631, departing Galapagos 13:20, arriving Guayaquil 16:10 / Quito 17:45.

DAY TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
MON AM Baltra airport Baltra Meet and greet, bus transfer to the port, check-in on board - - - Seymour & Mosquera - advanced
- medium
PM Bartolome Bartolome Landscape, Pinnacle Rock, penguins, blue-footed boobies. 372 steps moderate
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
- -
TUE AM South
Plaza
Plazas Large colony of sea lions, unique landscape of a cactus forest, land and marine iguanas, Nazca andblue-footed boobies, swallowtailed gulls. rocky moderate
  • trekking
- -
PM North Seymour North Seymour Unique place for two types of frigate: magnificent and great; swallow-tailed gull, nesting colony of blue-footed boobies. rocky & beach demanding
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
- -
WED AM Pitt Point San Cristobal Magnificent viewpoints, sea lion colony, 3 booby species and 2 of frigatebirds. rocky demanding
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
  • kayak
- -
Pitt Islet San Cristobal Marine Wildlife. water easy
  • snorkeling
PM Cerro Brujo San Cristobal Eroding tuff cone, beautiful white sand beach, impressive landscape, sea lions, Ruddy turnstones, lava gulls. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
  • kayak
- -
THU AM Cerro Colorado San Cristobal Giant tortoises in semi-captivity, beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve La Galapaguera, miconia plants zone. wooden path easy
  • trekking
San Cristobal medium
San Cristobal airport San Cristobal Check-out, transfer to airport.
7-night guests free time in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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