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Legend Vessel - 3 Nights Itinerary A

This 4-day/3-night cruise on board the Galapagos Legend begins at Baltra airport, from where we will first sail to the glorious Black Turtle Cove or to the El Chato Tortoise Reserve for your introduction to stunning Galapagos habitat. From there, we sail northeast, crossing the equatorial line, to arrive on Day 2 at the sunken crater of Genovesa Island, home to thousands of marine birds. Viewing this island’s El Barranco cliffs, Prince Philip´s Steps and Darwin Bay, you will undoubtedly feel like you’re in a world that’s a million miles from your own. As we continue our voyage, on Day 3 we will explore two fascinating visitor sites: Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, with its fascinating Palo Santo forests full of dragon-like land iguanas, and Santa Fe Islet, a tiny rocky island inhabited mainly by large yellow land iguanas, Galapagos buzzards, Blue-footed boobies and pelicans. The following day we will visit the large populations of sea lions found on Mosquera Islet before concluding this bucket-list adventure when we return to the airport on Baltra Island for your return flight back to the Ecuadoran mainland.

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Legend Vessel: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Bartolome (Pinaccle Rock) & North Seymour.

Legend Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island (Airport) // Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
Day 2: El Barranco – Prince Philip´s Steps – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Day 3: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) // Santa Fe Islet
Day 4: Highlands of Santa Cruz Island – Baltra Airport
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Legend Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
Baltra Island (Airport) // Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz 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: Once you are settled in, we will visit Santa Cruz Island’s Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles, which peak their heads above the surface of the water while fish and other forms of marine life circle below.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks (like the Whitetip reef shark) and schools of golden-colored Mustard rays. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
El Barranco – Prince Philip´s Steps – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

AM: Our destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the wildest and most pristine islands in Galapagos National Park. Known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is the only place where you can see Red-footed boobies. On Genovesa, we are off to the El Barranco Cliffs. A one-mile (1.5 km) trail stretches out over volcanic rock that leads to this cliff (the hike takes about two hours to cover). Because of natural erosion, this is the ideal place for the nesting of Storm petrels. Two other species of petrels that can be seen here are the Galapagos petrel and the Wooden petrel. Red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies can be viewed here, as well as fur seals and several species of seabirds.

PM:  After lunch on board the Legend, we will go ashore at a crater wall where Prince Phillip’s Steps are located.  These stairs were carved in the stone wall and lead up to a wide plateau where you will find nesting places of Great frigatebirds, Red-billed tropic birds, Bahama ducks, Lava seagulls and Fork-tailed seagulls. During this easy stroll, we will cut through a small scalesia forest where you might observe short-eared owls.  With a little bit of luck, you will also be able to observe the unique courtship rituals carried out by the various booby species (Red- and Blue-footed as well as Masked boobies). It truly is a show. Later, after a wet landing in Genovesa Island’s Darwin Bay, we will walk along a short path that leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigatebird colonies. On the beach, you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to rob the prey of different species of boobies.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) // Santa Fe Islet

AM: This morning, we will explore the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island to visit Dragon Hill, which is an excellent spot for observing lava lizards, Darwin finches, and wading birds. On the way to Dragon Hill, we will rest at a small lagoon that’s a popular feeding place for colorful birds and flamingos.

PM:  The afternoon’s highlight will be Santa Fe Island, a tiny rocky island covered in small Palo Santo trees and six-meter-high opuntia cactuses. The island is inhabited mainly by large yellow land iguanas, Galapagos buzzards, Blue-footed boobies and pelicans. While snorkeling in the wonderful blue-green bay in which the ship anchors, you can observe the many inhabitants of this underwater world, including countless tropical fish, rays, sea turtles and playful sea lions.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Highlands of Santa Cruz Island – Baltra Airport

AM: This morning, we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee. While in the Highlands you will have the option of visiting one of two tortoise breeding centers: El Chato or Rancho Las Primicias. At either site, approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors to observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating these tunnels. Alternatively, Rancho Primicias is a great place to see about ten to fifteen Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. In addition to being able to view the ocean from this location in the Highlands, you can walk through a lava cave that was formed by a volcanic eruption.   

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

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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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