Cruise on board of M/V Galapagos Legend (Deluxe Expedition Ship)
Day 1 (Sunday):
Arrival in Quito and transfer to the 4**** Sheraton Hotel (or similar) for overnight.
Day 2 (Monday):
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra airport. Passenger will be received at the airport by our guides and then taken to the pier to join the M/V Galapagos Legend.
Chinese Hat - After wet landing guests will encounter a small colony of sea lions, hike for 1 hour In this site is possible to observe flamingos. A walk will take the visitors to the other side of the island, on the way back possibilities for snorkeling with the sea lions on turquoise water.
Day 3 (Tuesday):
Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill or Venice) - Early in the morning after a wet landing, passengers walk to a hypersalinic lagoon behind the beach. Observers report, no very often, a high number of Pink Flamingos. The trail then leads up to Dragon Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay,. This area is a nesting site for a big number of reintroduced Land Iguanas, again thanks to the Charles Darwin Research Station. There is also a bizarre Scalesia tree forest.
Passengers will have the option to make a panga ride in Venice islet and observe the vegetation and marine animals like: spotted eagle rays and golden rays, mullets, sharks and sea turtles which rest in calm waters of the coves and channels. Land iguanas are often been observed from the panga.
Floreana (Cormorant Point) - Wet landing on a greenish colored sand beach. Passengers will hike a well-marked trail beginning in the Black Mangrove beds heading towards the back of the lagoon. The large, brackish lagoon holds one of the biggest populations of flamingos in the Galapagos. This island is best known for its endemic plant life, such as: the Galapagos millwork, passion flower, and unique button mangrove.
Novice snorkelers can practice back on the main beach where the sea lions are playful, while experienced snorkelers can roam the waters around Devils Crown. We kindly remind you this activity is an open water experience, it means no place to step on.
Day 4 (Wednesday):
Española (Suarez Point) - Travelers will enjoy a dry landing at Suarez Point. Upon landing visitors will learn more about the lava terrain while crossing the inactive lava fields.
Aside from the sea lion colony this is one of the most important sites for bird watching. As soon as visitors out foot on this island many species can be spotted and observed closely. Among the many species, the hooded mocking bird and red billed tropic bird can be seen. Travelers will also spot a large colony of marine iguana, lava lizards, and colorful sally light foot crabs.
After a short trek visitors encounter colonies of masked and blue-footed boobies.
The nesting grounds sometimes overlap the trail. Visitors will also find Galapagos doves, hawks and swallow-tailed gulls. After crossing the nesting grounds you will reach the world’s largest colony of waved albatross (15000 approx.), May thru December their mating rituals are a highlight of the visit. By the end of this excursion passengers will visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots into the air at almost 23 mts. (75 ft.).
San Cristóbal (La Galapaguera) - Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno village. Here passengers visit travel 1 hour to the San Cristóbal breeding center where they will have the possibility to know more about the Giant tortoises breeding efforts of the National Park especially of the endemic specie: Geochelone elephantopus Chatamensis. Passengers will observe some individuals in their natural environment.
Day 5 (Thursday):
Bartolomé - Dry landing. Arriving on this island, passengers will see volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. After a hike to the summit visitors available to enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.
During the hike to the summit, travelers will often see large colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla, bushes, and various cacti.
Visitors will also enjoy a chance to cool off while snorkeling. Here it is possible to see the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white tipped sharks from a safe distance.
Day 6 (Friday):
Urbina Bay (Isabela) - After a wet landing at, passengers will go toward the fossil beach and then to the coral area, on the way and depending of the season will be possible to observe many endemic organisms like: giant tortoises, land iguanas and flightless cormorants. After the walk we will have time for snorkeling.
Fernandina (Espinosa Point) - After a dry landing at Espinosa Point, passengers will see the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs. They will also enjoy the flightless cormorants nesting sites, the Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, and sea lions.
Among the flora and volcanic formations observers will note brachycereus cactus, and two kinds of lava formations “pa-hoe-hoe” lava and ”AA”.
Numerous mangrove beds extend into the sea, depicting a healthy and thriving eco-system.
Day 7 (Saturday):
Santiago (Espumilla beach) - Wet landing on the beach, walk behind the mangroves to observe a seasonal lagoon where some flamingos could be found feeding, the trail continues to the dry zone at the end it is possible to observe land birds of all types:
Bahamas ducks, Galapagos hawk, finches, flycatchers. In this beach you can swim and snorkel in search of octopuses, sea horses, star fish and other sea life. This experience begins from the beach getting deeper places.
Santiago (Egas Port) - Visit the dark sand beach at Egas Port during a wet landing. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows, the surrounding area is good for spotting and observing hunting herons, great blue herons, lava herons, oyster catchers, and the yellow crowned night heron.
Passengers enjoy the sight of marine iguanas grazing upon algae beds at low tide sharing space with red sally light-foot crabs. There is a colony of fur-seal swimming in deep pools of cool water called “grottos”.
In this beach you can swim and snorkel in search of octopuses, sea horses, star fish and other sea life.
Day 8 (Sunday):
Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Station) - Travelers will have the chance to investigate the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, staffed with international scientists conducting biological research and conservation projects. Here you can also admire giant tortoises that are part of the breeding program.
Travelers can also admire the impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest and many land birds. The visit to the station takes around 40 minutes.
After this visit, passengers will have some free time to walk around town and shop for souvenirs.
Santa Cruz (Highlands) - One of the options is to cross the highlands of Santa Cruz. Passengers will visit Cerro Chato. In this visit, you’ll be able to observe the famous giant tortoises that gave the name to these islands.
Additionally, travelers can literally get into the Galapagos by walking in the dormant lava tubes.
Day 9 (Monday):
Santa Cruz (Bachas Beach) - Wet landing at Bachas beach which is located at north coastline of Santa Cruz Island.
Here you will be encountered by different sea birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and passengers would have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in this white sand beach.
Passengers Disembarking. Return to the Galapagos Legend, check out and transfer to the airport Return flight to Quito through Guayaquil (AIRFARE INCLUDED). Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Quito and transfer to the 4**** Sheraton Hotel (or similar) for overnight.
Day 10 (Tuesday):
Colonial City Tour of Quito (4 Hours approx ).
Visit starts in Orellana´s way, drive around the colonial center of Quito and see the stone-carved façade of Ecuador’s House of Congress depicting scenes from Ecuadorian history; Independence Square, with the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario. Visit the Church of La Compañía (1605), (if open), with its breathtaking gilded altars, considered the finest example of baroque art in America and the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). Visit the art & crafts gallery of Tianguez. Finally, drive up to el Panecillo Hill to have a spectacular view of Quito and to see the only winged Virgin in South America. Overnight at the 4**** Sheraton hotel or similar
Day 11 (Wednesday):
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home , or connection flight to Lima to take an exiting extension:
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