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Enjoy the highlights of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz and more on this incredible 8-day adventure. There is an endless list of activities to make this an unforgettable trip including snorkeling, roaming volcanic landscapes, and observing the riveting native wildlife. You are sure to be entertained by the antics of playful sea lions and get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises. Snorkel in the crystalline waters and view colorful fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation.
A pair of friendly sea lionsUnique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos IslandsBlue footed boobyWildlife in the GalapagosFloreana Island
Highlights
  • Land on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a sea lions colony
  • Visit Charles Darwin Station and meet Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Travel to Genovesa Island and be marveled at its variety of sea life
  • Enjoy great snorkeling opportunities with green sea turtles
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Day 1: San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill, San Cristobal

Arrive to the San Cristobal airport and transfer by bus to your ship, the Galapagos Legend. This afternoon visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization. Afterwards, stop at Tijeretas Hill and join a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

Day 2: Gardner Bay & Osborn Islets | Suarez Point, Española

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive at Española Island and explore Gardner Bay and the Gardner and Osborn Islets. Land on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so you must stay along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galapagos ground doves, Hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the large cactus finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the small ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the warbler finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

In the afternoon, travel over to Suarez Point in Española, an island of geological interest, volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbird. You can also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally lightfoot crabs. Enjoy a lengthy hike that bring you among Nazca and blue-footed boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include the Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.

Day 3: Post Office | Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown or Champion, Floreana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Floreana Island. Upon arrival, head over to Post Office Bay. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, takes it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender. You may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warbler and lava lizards. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosaLecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos milkwort. Enjoy some great snorkeling opportunities with green sea turtles and playful sea lions.

In the afternoon stop at Cormorant Point and Devil's Crown where you can enjoy a hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of green Pacific sea turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the stingrays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of your trail, and you must head back to the olivine beach you landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

Day 4: Dragon Hill | Punta Bowditch Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Dragon Hill, small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive at one end of a long sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones, and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.

Afterwards, explore the Punta Bowditch and feel the indescribable feeling of being where no one else has. Relax on a powdery beach, snorkel around turquoise water islets and hike beside salt pools and dried white corals.

Day 5: Highlands Tortoise Reserve, Santa Cruz | Black Turtle Cove

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise to highlands Tortoise Reserve. The mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos giant tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a "birdwatchers" haven, since almost every land bird present on the island livers or migrates here.

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon, turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, ays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets. This cove has been declared as a “turtle sanctuary”

Day 6: El Barranco, Prince Philip's Steps | Darwin Bay, Genovesa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning travel to Genovesa Island and marvel at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. Be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, wedge-rumped storm-petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared owl.

In the afternoon head to Darwin Bay and disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, you can see pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and lava herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by great frigate birds and red-footed boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where you are guaranteed to see red-footed boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

Day 7: South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning venture over to South Plaza Island. Observe birds passing by at eye level in the updraught for some time. These include frigatebirds, Galapagos shearwater flocks, and of particular interest, red-billed tropicbird flights. Upon returning to sea level, come across land iguanas once more, some of which have bred with the local marine relatives.

In the afternoon, visit Santa Fe's white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies. Through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Day 8: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning cruise to Bachas Beach, home to two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. At this paradisiacal site, you can also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

After the visit, passengers transfer to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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