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Legend Vessel - 3 Nights Itinerary B

On board the Galapagos Legend expedition vessel, you can sail the central and eastern islands of the Galapagos Islands on this 4-day/3-night voyage that will remain etched in your mind forever. After you land on Baltra Island, we will quickly sail to Bartolome Island, where you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations. The following day, stops at both South Plaza Island and North Seymour Island will bring you face-to-face with colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, nesting Tropicbirds, Fork-tailed seagulls and one of the largest colonies of Magnificent frigatebirds in the world. In the morning of Day 3, we travel to the most eastern tip of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, the only stop on this journey where you can witness Red-footed boobies. From here, it’s onward to Cerro Brujo (“Wizard Hill”), a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. On the final day of your Galapagos adventure, we will visit one of the main attractions of San Cristobal Island: the La Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see enormous Galapagos tortoises, as well as iguanas. We will then head back to the Baltra airport for your return flight to the mainland, as you enjoy your last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights.

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Legend Vessel: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Plazas (land & marine iguanas), San Cristobal (Punta Pitt & Tortoise Reserve).

Legend Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Airport (Baltra Island) // Bartolome Island
Day 2: South Plaza Island // North Seymour Island
Day 3: Punta Pitt – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
Day 4: La Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – San Cristobal Airport (San Cristobal Island)
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Legend Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
Baltra Airport (Baltra Island) // Bartolome Island

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the Surtrek team will then welcome you and accompany you to your ship, the Galapagos Legend.

PM:  Upon arriving on Bartolome Island, you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — including lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — as we hike to the island’s summit for striking views of the surrounding islands, Sullivan Bay and the towering Pinnacle Rock. As the beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands, you can discover a marvelous underwater world here and have a good chance of finding sea turtles gliding gently alongside you. On the rocks beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to spot some of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins; at around 25 centimeters tall, these are members of the second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
South Plaza Island // North Seymour Island

AM: Next we will explore South Plaza Island, located just east of Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing on the northern part of this life-filled islet, you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While on the steep banks, you can see numbers of birds – like nesting Tropicbirds and Fork-tailed seagulls – but most of all, you will enjoy the beautiful views from either atop the steep banks or while strolling along the base of the cliff. Opuntia cactuses grow on this island and the vegetation changes color throughout the year.

PM:  After a dry landing on North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk along its coast, where you will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and one of the largest colonies of Magnificent frigatebirds (a species different from the Great frigatebird). As you enjoy this relaxing hike around various nesting sites, you can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Punta Pitt – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

AM: In the morning we will visit Punta Pitt, on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. After a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain along a 1.4 km-long path and several magnificent lookout points, we will make our way through colonies of Frigatebirds and Fork-tailed seagulls. What’s more, this is probably the only site in the world where you can see all three species of boobies – Masked, Red- and Blue-footed ones. In addition to its great range of seabirds, Punta Pitt is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling.

PM:  This morning we will make a wet landing on San Cristobal Island to visit Cerro Brujo (“Wizard Hill”), a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. Here you will find exceptional views of Kicker Rock, as well as the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. On this site’s rocks, you can observe Blue-footed boobies, seagulls, Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, White-cheeked pintails and some pelicans. The protected bay is also popular among young sea turtles and rays, which makes swimming and snorkeling here particularly exciting.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
La Galapaguera Tortoise Breeding Center – San Cristobal Airport (San Cristobal Island)

AM: One of the main attractions of San Cristobal Island is the La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see enormous Galapagos tortoises, as well as iguanas. As the natural population of tortoises from San Cristobal Island is seriously threatened by animals introduced onto the island by humans – mainly wild goats, cats and rats – the center is attempting to increase the number of tortoises as well as eradicate threatening species. Close to the center is an easy trail that covers a distance of 900 meters; along this trail, you will see different species of native and endemic plants of the Galapagos, like cat’s claw, manzanillo, romerillo, and acacia. Be careful not to touch or eat the manzanillo fruits as these are toxic. San Cristobal Island is also one of the few islands where you can see the plant calandrinia galapagosa, which is in danger of extinction. 

PM:  From the dock on San Cristobal Island, we will take a short bus ride to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights.

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Breakfast

Legend Vessel: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomBalcony SuiteBalcony Suite PlusJunior SuiteJunior Suite PlusLegend SuiteStandard InferiorStandard Plus
4 DaysUS$ 2,967US$ 3,264US$ 2,346US$ 2,496US$ 2,698US$ 1,662US$ 2,058
Included in the price:
  • all-inclusive cruises sharing double accommodations in cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities
  • All meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, water, 24-hour coffee station.
  • Two daily visits to different islands with multilingual naturalist guide (upon request).
  • Snorkeling and kayaking opportunities.
  • Activities on board, briefings, lectures.
Not included in the price:
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 USD)
  • Transit Control Card ($20)
  • airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • cancellation/medical insurance
  • tips & personal expenses
  • Also, note the following charges
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