Explore the spectacular Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin! Situated in the Pacific Ocean, at the confluence of three ocean currents and some 1,000 kilometres from the South American continent, the Galapagos Islands are made up of 19 islands, of which only five are inhabited. These islands have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’ and are on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in Danger.
Enjoy your island adventure onboard the expedition ship, the Galapagos Legend. It is the fastest ship in the archipelago, and provides one of the most luxurious, if not surreal, experience in these magnificent islands.
Each day explore a new uninhabited island, a treasure-house of rich plant and animal life. Each island offers a gamut of activities: snorkelling with playful sea lions, admiring the amusing blue-footed Boobie, whale-watching, or hiking.
Cruise around the Galapagos Islands and visit one of the most undisturbed ecosystems in the world.
Transfer in Quito at your arrival from Mariscal Sucre Airport to your hotel. Depending your arrival time you can have an excursion in Quito (not included in the package price). Overnight at hotel 5*.
Baltra Transfer out hotel – airport Mariscal Sucre to get your flight to the Galapagos Islands at 8:15am Departure from Quito to Baltra airport in Galapagos (aprox. 2 and a half hour flight) arrival time 10:00 am.
Baltra Airport: Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 and half hour flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by guides and taken to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
North Seymour Dry landing. Guests will encounter swallow-tailed gulls, blue footed boobies, and sea lions. This site is a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and has the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird. Travelers will also spot both the marine iguanas and the land iguanas. Visitors can also observe the endemic specie of holy stick (Palo Santo). Depending on the season guests can see the very peculiar courtship dance of the male frigate birds with their inflatable red pouches.
Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill or Venice): Early in the morning after a wet landing, passengers walk to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach. Observers report that sometimes a high number of Pink Flamingos can be observed. This trail leads up to Dragon Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay. This area is a nesting site for a big number of reintroduced Land Iguanas, thanks to the Charles Darwin Research Station. There is also a bizarre Scalesia tree forest. Passengers will have the option to make a dinghy ride in Venice islet and observe the vegetation and marine animals such as: spotted eagle rays and golden rays, mullets, sharks and sea turtles which rest in calm waters of the coves and channels. Land iguanas are often been observed from the dinghy.
Floreana (Cormorant Point): Wet landing on a greenish colored sand beach. Passengers will hike a well-marked trail beginning in the Black Mangrove beds heading towards the back of the lagoon. The large, brackish lagoon holds one of the biggest populations of flamingos in the Galapagos. This island is best known for its endemic plant life, such as: the Galapagos millwork, passion flower, and unique button mangrove. Novice snorkelers can practice back on the main beach where the sea lions are playful while experienced snorkelers can roam the waters around Devils Crown. We kindly remind you this activity is an open water experience; it means there is no place to step on.
Española (Suarez Point): Travelers will enjoy a dry landing at Suarez Point. Upon landing visitors will learn more about the lava terrain while crossing the inactive lava fields. Aside from the sea lion colony this is one of the most important sites for bird watching. As soon as visitors out foot on this island many species can be spotted and observed closely. Among the many species, the hooded mocking bird and red billed tropic bird can be seen. Travelers will also spot a large colony of marine iguana, lava lizards, and colorful sally light foot crabs. After a short trek visitors encounter colonies of masked and blue-footed boobies. The nesting grounds sometimes overlap the trail. Visitors will also find Galapagos doves, hawks and swallow-tailed gulls. After crossing the nesting grounds you will reach the world’s largest colony of waved albatross (15000 approx.), May through December their mating rituals are a highlight of the visit. By the end of this excursion passengers will visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots into the air at almost 23 mts. (75 ft.).
San Cristóbal (La Galapaguera): Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno village. Here passengers will visit San Cristóbal breeding center for an hour where passengers will have the possibility to know more about the Giant tortoises breeding efforts of the National Park; especially of the endemic specie: Geochelone elephantopus Chatamensis. Passengers will observe some animals in their natural environment.
Santa Cruz (Carrion Point): During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white tipped reef sharks. From Punta Carrion the short navigation is through the beautiful Itabaca Channel with its turquoise waters.
Return to the M/V Galapagos Legend, check-out and transfer to the airport. Return flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
Overnight at Hotel in Quito, first class, including breakfast
You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito and taken to the airport to catch your onward flight.
6 Days/ 5 Nights
Start time: Your preferred time
Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights
Airport in Quito.
(Please advise your flight details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Airport in Quito.
Wear warm clothes. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and carry walking sticks as well. Carry snorkelling and swimming gear. Don't forget your camera. Binoculars are a must for bird watching at the marshland lakes.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
Itinerary subject to change or be modified due to weather conditions or change in the regulation of the Galapagos National Park. Any change will be advised to the clients on the spot
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