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Trip Advisor 2019

Legend Vessel 4-Night Itinerary A

For five relaxing yet activity-packed days, you can cruise the spectacular islands of the Galapagos archipelago on board the Galapagos Legend expedition vessel. This cruise through the central and western islands of the archipelago begins at the airport on Baltra Island, where you will be shuttled to the dock to board the Galapagos Legend and sail to Las Bachas Beach. Located on Santa Cruz Island, this is one of the most important nesting beaches for sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands. During the night, we will sail to the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, where we will make our way to two great visitor sites: Puerto Egas Beach, with its black volcanic sand that was visited by Darwin in 1835, and then to the dark rust-colored beach of small volcanic Rabida Island. On this second site, you will discover a great abundance of tropical fish and sea lions. On Day 3, after sailing westward to Isabela Island, we will visit Urbina Bay, where you will have time to snorkel alongside sea turtles, playful sea lions and countless tropical fish. In the afternoon we will visit Isabela Island’s notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. The following day finds us on Fernandina Island’s Espinosa Point, exploring fascinating scenery where cactuses grow on the surface of lava, before later heading on Punta Vicente Roca, another fascinating rock formation. The next day – after visiting a breeding center of the archipelago’s emblematic Giant Galapagos tortoises – you will say goodbye to the islands as you conclude this deeply moving and memorable 5-day/4-night journey!


“Thanks so much again! Surtrek, a realiable travel partner and service provider of Operation Earth for our Galapagos Expedition program!”Leon Chen

Legend Vessel: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tagus Cove), Fernandina & Santa Cruz (Tortoise Reserve).

Legend Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Airport (Baltra Island) // Mosquera Island
Day 2: Egas Port (Santiago Island) // Rabida Islet
Day 3: Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Day 4: Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) // Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Day 5: Highlands Tortoise Reserve OR Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island) // Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
Galapagos Map

Legend Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday
Baltra Airport (Baltra Island) // Mosquera 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:  This afternoon we will anchor off Mosquera Island, which is located near Itabaca Channel and in between the Baltra and Seymour islands. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and small lagoons with large populations of sea lions (in fact, this is one of the best places to take photos of these aquatic mammals). After a wet landing, a stroll down the beach will also permit views of Brown pelicans and Blue-footed boobies.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Friday
Egas Port (Santiago Island) // Rabida Islet

AM: In the afternoon we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago.

This afternoon we will make a wet landing on Santiago’s Puerto Egas beach. Its black volcanic sand was visited by Darwin in 1835 and still maintaining an abundance of marine iguanas. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast, we will reach the rugged lava coastline of James Bay. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned night heron and an astounding array of marine wildlife – including lobsters, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are another highlight. 

PM:  In the afternoon we will take a trip to the dark-rust-colored beach of the small, volcanic Rabida Island. A short path leads to a small lagoon that is popular among flamingos. This beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling places in the Galapagos Islands and it has a great abundance of tropical fish and sea lions. Rabida Island is also the only site where Batfish live.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Saturday
Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

AM: This morning will take us to the largest landmass in the Galapagos archipelago: Isabela Island. With a surface of 1,770 sq. miles (4,588 sq. km.), the island constitutes more than the half of the land area of the entire Galapagos archipelago – which is why it has the most visitor points in the islands. Five volcanoes are found on Isabela, including the archipelago’s highest: Wolf Volcano, reaching 1,707 m (5,600 ft.). In addition, Isabela is the only island in the Galapagos that is actually crossed by the Equator. We will make a wet landing in Urbina Bay.  Coral reefs are visible here as a result of an especially violent eruption of the Alcedo Volcano in 1954, when large sections of Isabela Island’s coast were suddenly raised about four meters. These reefs are now covered with poison apple and muyuyo trees. You can also observe land iguanas and the rare Mangrove finch up close here. From January to June, land turtles occasionally visit the bay, descending from their higher mountain living environments. After a short walk inland, we will have some time for snorkeling, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish.

PM:  After a dry landing, we will visit Isabela Island’s notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers.  Still exiting here is some graffiti that is believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates …a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Perched on the ledges of the cliffs around this deep blue bay, you can observe a large number of Blue-footed boobies, as well as marine iguanas, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, swallow-tailed gulls and tiny Galapagos penguins (members of the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator). A steep trail also passes through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscapes with scalesia woods and cactuses.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Sunday
Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) // Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

AM: Fernandina Island is not only the westernmost island but also the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos. Huge fields of lava were created here by the La Cumbre Volcano’s 2005 eruption, which was followed on April 11, 2009, when the volcano flared up again, forming a cloud of ash and steam as hot lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano into the ocean. Nonetheless, an abundance of wildlife calls this island home, including the famous Flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions. You can also find mangroves on Fernandina Island, in addition to a great diversity of wildlife – such as orcas and whale sharks (which can sometimes be seen while snorkeling and when they surface). We will make a dry landing on Espinoza Point, one of Fernandina Island’s visitor points. It is filled with fascinating scenery, such as cactuses growing on the surface of lava. One gets a sense of how life fought to begin when seeing these plants emerging from crevices in this barren landscape. Within this unique scenery, you will encounter numerous animals – the highlights being sea lions, Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants (especially in the spring and summer), and one of the largest iguana colonies in the Galapagos Islands.  In fact, on this small strip of land that constitutes Espinoza Point, you can find literally thousands of marine iguanas, which gather in large groups.

PM:  Located at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse that forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves, with a bay that’s well-protected from the ocean swells. With a bit of luck, you can see Galapagos penguins, while Masked- and Blue-footed boobies, as well as pelicans, sit perched along the point and its sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of currents of cool water in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, which makes Punta Vicente Roca great area for deep-water snorkeling.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Monday
Highlands Tortoise Reserve OR Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island) // Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

AM: This morning, on Santa Cruz Island, we will visit either a Highlands tortoise breeding reserve or the twin “Los Gemelos” craters,

If we visit a Highlands tortoise breeding center, it will be 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.  

Alternatively, you can visit the twin “Los Gemelos” craters, which will be explained by your naturalist guide. These craters are surrounded by scalesia forest, where also live Ruby tyrants and small and large Tree finches. 

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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Legend Vessel: Prices

2019 - Price per person
5 Days
Balcony SuiteUS$ 3,933
Junior SuiteUS$ 3,328
Legend Balcony SuiteUS$ 4,543
Standard InteriorUS$ 2,356
Standard PlusUS$ 2,918
Price per person based upon double occupancy.
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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