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Get ready to enjoy an awesome 4-day cruise that explores the highlights of the central and eastern islands of the Galapagos. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. This covers some of the most amazing islands of the Galapagos and will leave you wanting to come back for more. Consider extending your stay, as a 4-day trip is just too little time!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Bartolome Island
Day 2 : South Plaza Islet | North Seymour
Day 3 : Pitt Point | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Day 4 : Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

Highlights

  • Snorkel and sunbath at the volcanic Cerro Brujo
  • Learn about Galapagos conservation at the giant tortoise breeding center
  • Board the Legend, a 100 passenger expedition vessel perfect for families

Ship

Galapagos Legend

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Santa Fe land iguana Walking on a beach excursion in the Galapagos Colorful South Plaza Island Getting close to sea lions in the Galapagos Sally Lightfoot crab posing for the camera in the Galapagos Islands

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Bartolome Island

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer by bus to your ship, the Galapagos Legend. In the afternoon visit Bartolome Island and discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit observe impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. You can also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Afterwards enjoy some beach time, a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Day 2 South Plaza Islet | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning travel to South Plaza Islet, located east of Santa Cruz Island. Begin a journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant).

In the afternoon stop at North Seymour Island. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. Take part on an approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You can also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos snake.

Day 3 Pitt Point | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the island of San Cristobal. In the morning we head to Pitt Point and take a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

This afternoon stop at Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit where migratory bird species can be seen: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.

Day 4 Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning land at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. You also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

After the visit transfer to San Cristobal Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito

Galapagos Legend

Per person starting at
$1,660
The Galapagos Legend's Junior Suite.
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Standard Cabin
Averaging 140 sq. ft. Three interior cabins located on the Earth Deck, with double or twin bed options. These cabins donĀ“t have exterior views.
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Standard Plus Cabin
Averaging 118 sq. ft. Seven cabins located on the Sea and Earth Deck, with double or twin bed options, and portholes.
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Junior Suite
Averaging 215 & 161 sq. ft. Twenty four double, twin or triple suites, and four quadruple suites located on the Earth Deck. Include two panoramic windows on each cabin and top of line amenities.
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Balcony Suite
Averaging 248 sq. ft. Sixteen suites located on the Moon and Sky Deck, with double, twin and triple bed options. Include panoramic view windows, private balcony, mini fridge, champagne, and top of line amenities & bathrobe.
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Legend Balcony Suite
Averaging 463 sq. ft. One suite located on the Moon Deck with double, twin and triple bed options. Includes a generously large balcony, mini fridge, champagne, and top of line amenities & bathrobe.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive 50% discount, or 25% on holiday season sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galapagos Legend based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours
  • Kayaks available for $30/use
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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