Legend

Legend Cruise

Enjoy cruises of 4 or 5 days, each with its own itinerary

This magnificent vessel, with a capacity for 100 guests, has the charm of The Enchanted Islands; it is still small enough for a more intimate experience with friends and family. With her three different decks, the Galapagos Legend offers a great variety of comfortable and spacious social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. Its fantastic open decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, or take some sun at the pool and bar areas.

Take advantage of its spacious inside auditorium for important conferences. Our philosophy is based on an environment without any formalisms or strict etiquette.

COME AND DISCOVER BY YOUR OWN !!!

ITINERARIES

Galapagos Legend main highlight is a new integrated and improved on board services offering the largest exterior space of all vessels sailing the Galapagos Islands.

Monday

AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve(Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: flat & sometimes muddy
  • Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk.

OR (For Extended Cruises only)

Pm- Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

Here, we can find four species of mangrove in the extensive tidal lagoon system that stretches for almost a mile inland. During our panga ride through the labyrinth we will spot many turtles, herons of several species, sharks and rays. The experience is otherworldly and seems to transport us back to the beginning of time.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: water
  • Duration: 1-hour panga ride.

Tuesday

AM – El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

Riding our pangas to the far side of the caldera, red-billed tropicbirds display vociferously overhead while Galapagos fur seals can be seen on the shoreline. Once at the top of the rocky stairway we are immediately met by Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, mockingbirds and finches that line our way through a palo santo forest until we arrive at an expansive open lava field. Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm above the lava where we keep our eyes peeled for short-eared owls.

  • Difficulty level: Moderate.
  • Type of terrain: rocky – lava.
  • Duration: 45-minute walk.

PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

From within the flooded caldera of Tower Island we set foot onto a sandy beach to be greeted by swallow-tailed gulls often said to be the most beautiful gull in the world. Our short, flat, trail leads us past stands of mangroves and saltbush on which we have our best possible looks at nesting red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. At the tidal lagoon we may also see the rarest gull in the world, our very own, endemic lava gull.

  • Difficulty level: Moderate.
  • Type of terrain: Sand & Lava.
  • Duration: 2 ½-hour walk aprox.

Wednesday

AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Arriving to a 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 to 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.

  • Difficulty level: moderate.
  • Type of terrain: rocky.
  • Duration: 2-hour walk.

PM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island-endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another island-endemic the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for.

  • Difficulty level: moderate.
  • Type of terrain: rocky.
  • Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep water snorkeling.

AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.

  • Difficulty level: easy.
  • Type of terrain: sandy.
  • Duration: 1-hour walk.

AM- Baltra Airport

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

DAY 1: SATURDAY

➤ Tuesday PM: San Cristobal: Lobos Island.

➤ Wednesday AM: Espanola: Gardner Bay /Gardner Islet/Osborn Islet
PM: Espanola: Suarez Point.

➤ Thursday AM: Floreana: Post Office Bay
PM: Floreana: Cormorant Point/Devil’s Crown.

➤ Friday AM: Santa Fe: Santa Fe
PM: Plazas Sur: South Plaza.

➤ Saturday AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station.

➤ Saturday PM: Santa Cruz: Chato/Twins.

➤ Sunday AM: Isabela: Tintoreras
PM: Isabela: Moreno Point.

➤ Monday AM: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
PM: Isabela: Urbina Bay.

➤ Tuesday AM:Isabela: Tagus Cove
PM: Fernandina: Espinoza Point.

➤ Wednesday AM: Santiago: Egas Port
PM: Santiago: Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove.

➤ Thursday AM: Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill
PM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove.

➤ Friday AM: Rabida: Rabida
PM: Chinese Hat: Chinese hat.

➤ Saturday AM: Seymour: Seymour.

RATES & BOOKING

Price varies on season and on the length of the tour. Please give us a call +17073403778  / +593991946532 or send us a message info@tourguideecuador.com to make your reservations to know about availability and price for your chosen cruise with the Santa Cruz.

CANCELLATIONS POLICIES

Scheduled tour bookings are not confirmed until payment is received ( by Paypal or wire transfer bank*).

In any event, Hidden Secrets strongly advises you to take out travel insurance… its well worth the piece of mind.

We always suggest a call, email or text the day prior to your tour to ensure all your details are as they should be. It is not obligatory, but it helps.

 

If confirmed standard departure tour bookings are cancelled the following fees apply:

More than 7 days in advance – 10% of original fee.

3-7 days in advance – 50% of tour cost.

Within 72 hours of     commencement – refunds will not be available.

If changes are made more than 6 days prior to original booking there is no charge.. the rebooked date must be within 2 months.

DEPARTURES:

      DATE                    ITI.                PRICE

 Feb.18/Feb.22                  A(5D-4N)         $ 3590  $1795                                                                                        Mar. 21 / Mar.28            D(8D-7N)          $ 5880  $4880                                                                                           Apr. 14 / Apr. 18             A(5D-4N)           $ 3590  $2590