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Embark on this exciting 5-day tour of the Galapagos' wild west! Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. These islands are rich with an abundance of wildlife both in and out of the ocean including flamingos, iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, and countless tropical fish. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling or hike across volcanic landscapes, making this a truly unique vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Mosquera Islet
Day 2 : Egas Port, Santiago | Rábida
Day 3 : Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela
Day 4 : Espinosa Point, Fernandina | Vicente Roca Point, Isabela
Day 5 : Highlands Tortoise Reserve, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Stop at Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach visited by Darwin in 1835
  • Explore the red sand beaches of Rabida, home to sean lions colonies
  • Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish

Ship

Galapagos Legend

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A boating tour getting ready to leave the shore. Galapagos penguin Rabida Isla Santiago, Volcanic Cones Walking on a beach excursion in the Galapagos Isabela, Volcano Negro

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Mosquera Islet

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Galapagos Legend. This afternoon land at Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, so you can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Day 2 Egas Port, Santiago | Rábida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning travel to Santiago Island, stopping of at Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

In the afternoon visit Rábida Island, dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home to sea lions’ colonies. Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Day 3 Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Isabela Island, stopping at Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. In the morning explore the volcanic black sand beach of Urbina Bay, in search of giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.

This afternoon, make your way over to Tagus Cove and learn about the volcanoes that formed Isabela Island. Follow a trail that leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake for excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. Return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where you can admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics. Afterwards, have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water.

Day 4 Espinosa Point, Fernandina | Vicente Roca Point, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Espinosa Point, on Fernandina Island, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti and in the shore mangrove can be found.

In the afternoon head over to Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island, a great place to spot an abundance of marine life! Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.

Day 5 Highlands Tortoise Reserve, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning spend time in the Santa Cruz highlands. Here visit the Tortoise Reserve where you can observe the Galapagos tortoise in its native habitat. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind 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 lives or migrates here.

After your visit, transfer to Baltra for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Galapagos Legend

Per person starting at
$2,216
The Galapagos Legend's Junior Suite.
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Averaging 140 sq. ft. Three interior cabins located on the Earth Deck, with double or twin bed options. These cabins don´t have exterior views.
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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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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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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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