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Galapagos Legend

The "Galápagos LEGEND" is a 300 feet cruise ship that provides all the facilities and services to make the cruise around the Galapagos Islands enjoyable and comfortable. Yet the Galapagos Legend is small enough for that intimate experience with nature that brings you to the Galápagos Islands.

All the fully carpeted luxurious and ample cabins have ocean views, excepting the interior cabins. Features aboard include among others swimming pool, outside pool bar, an inside bar, library, piano lounge etc.

Six naturalist guides aboard lead daily shore excursions and offer briefings to prepare passengers for the islands to be visited the next day.

Motor Vessel Legend – Technical facts and specifications

Type First-Class-Superior-Cruise ship
Length 300 feet / 91.5 m
Beam 47 feet / 14.3 m
Speed 19 knots
Capacity Up to 100 passengers

Crew About 55 Plus 6 Naturalist Multilingual naturalist guides

(From 10 passengers from German speaking countries the group will be escorted by a German speaking naturalist guide)

Itinerary Overview

Thursday: Island Bartolome
Friday: Isabela Island - Urbina Bay / Fernandina Island - Espinosa Point
Saturday: Santiago Island - Egas Port / Rábida Island
Sunday: Island Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station – Highlands
Monday: Island Santa Cruz - Las Bachas Beach / North Seymour Island
Tuesday: Island Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon / Floreana Island - Cormorant Point
Wednesday: Española Island - Suarez Point / Island San Cristóbal – Interpretation Center or La Galapaguera
Thursday: Island Santa Cruz – Carrion Point - return flight

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Thursday: Flight to Galápagos - Baltra Island / Bartolomé Island
Morning arrival on Baltra Island where you firstly will pay the National Park Entrance Fee before you will be met by your guide and be transferred to the dock to board the boat. Here you will start your cruise with your first excursion. Arriving at Bartolomé you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. -/L/D

Friday: Isabela Island - Urbina Bay / Fernandina Island - Espinosa Point
This day will lead you to the largest island of the archipelago, Island Isabela. With a surface of 4588 sq.km the isle engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos.  At your next approachyou will visit the “Bahia Urbina”. As a result of a strong outbreak of the volcano Alcedo in the year 1954 suddenly large sections of the coast were pushed up approximately 4 m, so that you can observe coral reefs here ashore. Meanwhile the reefs are covered with trees of chamomile and muyuyo. Furthermore you can observe terrestrial iguanas and the rare Mangrove finch from really close. From January to June occasionally elephant turtles, which live in the higher mountains, are visiting the bay. In the afternoon you will visit Fernandina Island which is not only the westernmost but also the youngest and most pristine Island found in Galapagos. The last eruption of the volcano La Cumbre in 2005 created huge interesting fields of lava. Punta Espinoza, one of Fernandina’s visit points, is situated within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. Beside this unique scenery you will come in contact with numerous animals here. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world.  B/L/D

Saturday: Santiago Island - Egas Port / Rábida Island
Today you will land at Santiago Island, also known as James, or San Salvador Island, which is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still alive on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago. Visit the dark sand beach with a lot of marine iguanas at Egas Port after a wet landing. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast you will reach the cliffy lava coast with natural pools where sea lions take a bath and herons and other sea birds are as well local. Additionally you can encounter a small group of sea bears. The surrounding area is good for spotting and observing colonies of sea lions, red sally light-foot crabs, lava iguanas, Galápagos buzzards and lava herons. In the afternoon you will make an excursion to the small volcano island Rábida with its dark red beach. A small path there leads you to the little lagoon, which is often visited by flamingos. On your way to this lagoon you will pass nesting pelicans and other sea birds. The beach of Rábida Island is considered as one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling. Because of a huge richness of fishes you can also observe a lot of sea lions there. B/L/D

Sunday: Island Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station – Highlands
Today you anchor at the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Island Santa Cruz. Beside its rank as homestay for sea lions and pelicans, the marina is a popular starting point for round-the-world-yachtsman. The island itself has come to be both touristic and scientific center of the archipeleago. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based on Santa Cruz Island. The station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galápagos. Park rangers and park managers among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the  tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably Lonesome George. He is the only survivor of his specific turtle species. In the past all approaches to find a partner for him failed. But in July 2008 the scientists found a carved nest wit nine eggs from a female tortoise. Three of them could be saved and now accordingly to strict instructions they are incubated syntheticly. In the afternoon you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz. The lush landscape there is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On your way you will cross the different zones of vegetation, from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the woods of scalesia in the highlands. Points of interest are the famed lava tunnels, a fun and geologically informative visit. During a visit of a hacienda in the highlands you can observe the Galapágos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. B/L/D

Monday: Island Santa Cruz - Las Bachas Beach / North Seymour Island
In the morning you will visit the long sandy “Las Bachas” Beach. Here you encounter sea lions, herons and marine iguanas and with good luck penguins.  You also have the opportunity to swim offshore of this soft white sand beach. Snorkelling enthusiasts can explore the fascinating underwater world as well. After a dry landing, you will have a short walk along the coast of the northernmost island of Seymour. Guests will encounter swallow tailed gulls, sea lions and cliff crabs. This site is also known for being a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a species different to the great frigate bird. You can also spot both endemic species of iguanas, the marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites. B/L/D

Tuesday: Island Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon / Floreana Island - Cormorant Point
In the morning you will visit Cerro Dragon. This mountain is an excellent spot for observing land lizards, wading birds and Darwin´s finks. Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Island of the archipelago. At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. B/L/D

Wednesday: Española Island - Suarez Point / Island San Cristóbal - Center of Interpretation or La Galapaguera
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. In the morning you will have an excursion to Point Suarez which is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). After lunch on board you will visit the island of San Cristóbal. Here you will have two possible excursions at choice: 
Center of Interpretation:
At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, which is the capital of the province Galápagos, you will visit the Interpretation Center. The center will give you a good impression of the history of the Galápagos Islands.

La Galapaguera: Make a dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno village and go through the highlands of San Cristobal. Here you will visit San Cristobal breeding centre, called “La Galapaguera”, where you will have the possibility to get to know more about the Giant tortoises breeding efforts of the National Park; especially of the endemic species: Geochelone elephantopus Chatamensis. B/L/D

Thursday: Island Santa Cruz - Carrión Point / Baltra - flight back to mainland
In the afternoon you will visit Carrión Point, the top of Santa Cruz Island in the north at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca. Here you can go snorkeling to discover the varied underwater world and with a grain of luck you can observe rays and white tipped sharks. Afterwards you will be escorted to the airport of Baltra island and from there you will fly back to Ecuador mainland. B

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Prices por Person for 2009

Cabins 4 days / 3 nights 5 days / 4 nights 8 days / 7 nights
Superior Interior

USD 1,290.-

USD 1,730.-

USD 3,090.-

Superior Exterior

USD 1,590.-

USD 2,120.-

USD 3,460.-

Junior Suite

USD 1,900.-

USD 2,530.-

USD 4,090.-

Legend Suite

USD 2,090.-

USD 2,790.-

USD 4,590.-

Legend Balcony

USD 2,390.-

USD 3.230.-

USD 5,300.-

Fuel surcharge per person:

USD 90.-

USD 90.-

USD 180.-

Single supplement: 80 %
Discount for children under 12 years: 25 %

Included in the price: All transfers in Galapagos, cruise on board of the MOTOR VESSEL LEGEND in double accommodation with all facilities, naturalist guide, purified water free to drink.

Not included in the price: flights mainland to/from Galápagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- per person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.- per person, migration card USD 10.- per person, beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB: Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advice, or captain´s decision for passengers security.

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