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Enjoy the highlights of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz islands on this incredible 5-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. Be entertained by the antics of playful sea lions and get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises.
A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the GalapagosPunta Suarez, EspanolaFloreana LodgeFloreana LodgeFloreana Island
Highlights
  • Land on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a sea lions colony
  • Enjoy great snorkeling opportunities with green sea turtles
  • Admire different kinds of birds in Galapagos mountains
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Departing from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal in a 2:30 hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport by our Naturalist Guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

The interpretation center is full of interesting information and offers the perfect overview to the formation of the Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats, and conservation efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigatebird (Cerro Tijeretas) you will have a great look at both species of frigatebirds, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below. 
Highlights: Learn about the history of the islands, San Cristobal mockingbirds.
Disembarking: dry landing
Physical Condition: low
Type of terrain: flat path
Activities: 1 hour hike / 1 hour visit

Frigatebird Hill
Difficulty level: difficult 
Type of terrain: Rocky 
Duration: 1-hour visit

Day 2: Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwin´s finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. You can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay.
Highlights: Hood mockingbird, sea lions, marine turtles, marine wildlife.
Disembarking: wet landing
Physical Condition: low
Type of terrain: sandy
Activities: 1-hour hike / 1 hour 45 min beach snorkeling / 30 min kayaking / 30 min glass-bottom boat

One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything - a naturalist´s paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where your walk continues with close encounters of boobies, endemic lizards, gulls and even a dramatic blow hole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago it is your only opportunity to commune with the endemic waved albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, you can watch their complex courtship display.
Highlights: Large colony of waved albatross, Nazca & Blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, viewpoint from the blowhole.
Disembarking: dry landing
Physical Condition: high
Type of terrain: rocky
Activities: 2 hour 15 min hike

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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A very short walk from the beach leads you to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been first setup in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning ‘post office´ in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.
Highlights: Darwin finches, green Pacific turtles, historical place since 1793.
Disembarking: wet landing
Physical Condition: low
Type of terrain: sandy & rocky
Activities: 45 min dinghy ride / 45 min visit / 1 hour 15 min beach snorkeling / 30 min kayaking

On arriving, the observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Your walk takes you past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingoes. You continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As you paddle barefoot in the shallow water you will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks. This coral-sand beach marks the end of your trail, and you 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.

One of the favorite snorkeling sites in the islands. Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. You will swim with big schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creole fish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged ‘crown’ is a roosting area for boobies, noddies, tropicbirds, and frigates.
Highlights: White & black mangrove, flamingoes, sea lions and sea turtles. / Sting rays, white-tipped shark, and colorful fish.
Disembarking: wet landing
Physical Condition: low
Type of terrain: sandy & flat
Activities: 45 min glass-bottom boat or 45 min deep or beach snorkeling / 1 hour 45 min hike
 

Day 4: Dragon Hill | Punta Bowditch Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving to a small lava dock your first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As you walk past large prickly pear cacti you arrive to one end of a long, sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Your walk takes you 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 you continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.
Highlights: Dry vegetation zone, endemic land iguana, Darwin finches, mockingbirds.
Disembarking: dry landing
Physical Condition: medium
Type of terrain: rocky
Activities: 2-hour hike / 1-hour beach snorkeling

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. Be one of the first humans –to visit Punta Bowditch at Legend´s South itinerary D  
Highlights: Nice beach for swimming, marine iguanas, seabirds, a nesting area for sea turtles / Marine wildlife. 
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Activities: 30 minute walk /1 hour snorkeling

Day 5: Highlands Tortoise Reserve | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint–billed crakers, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises´ shells) The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrast that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agriculture zone 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 birdwatcher’s haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat –muddy (depending on the season) 
Activities: 45-minute drive/ 1 ½ hour walk.

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to Baltra Island Airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Averaging 140 sq. ft. Two 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 161 sq. ft. Twenty-four suites are located on the Earth Deck with double or triple bed options. Include two panoramic windows on each cabin, reusable bottles, and a crossbody bag as souvenirs.
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Averaging 215 sq. ft. Four suites on the Earth Deck with double, triple, or quadruple bed options. Include two panoramic windows on each cabin, reusable bottles, and a crossbody bag as souvenirs.
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Averaging 237 sq. ft. Four balcony suites on the Moon Deck and six balcony suites located on the Sky Deck, with double, and triple bed options. Include panoramic view windows, a private balcony, a complimentary bottle of champagne, top of line amenities & bathrobe, reusable bottles and a crossbody bag as souvenirs.
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Averaging 237 sq. ft. Five balcony suites on the Moon and two balcony suites on the Sky Deck, with double, and triple bed options. Include panoramic view windows, a private balcony, a complimentary bottle of champagne, top of line amenities & bathrobe, reusable bottles and a crossbody bag as souvenirs.
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Averaging 355 sq. ft. One suite located on the Moon Deck with double, and triple bed options. Includes a generously large balcony, exclusive & exquisite decorations, with a complimentary bottle of champagne, top of line amenities & bathrobe, reusable bottles and a crossbody bag as souvenirs.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive a 50% discount (25% for holiday season) when sharing a cabin with two full-fare paying guests. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day, and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours. 
  • Kayak available for $45/use

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