Galapagos Legend – East Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

The 4 Days Small Ship Galapagos Legend East Islands Galapagos Cruise begins in Baltra, cruises to Bartolome, South Plaza, North Seymour and San Cristobal islands. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, hiking and scuba diving (added cost upon availability).

On the moonscape island of Bartolome, learn about pioneer plants on an otherwise arid island, hike to the viewpoint of famous Pinnacle Rock and snorkel with Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks. On the smallest island, South Plaza, search for the Galapagos hybrid iguana that can only be found here.

North Seymour is home to large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and even the Galapagos snake. Pitt Point on San Cristobal is one of the few places to see all three species of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca, while Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone composed of impressive lava formations, contrasts beautifully with the white sandy beach and offers views of Kicker Rock. Complete this 4-day Galapagos cruise with a visit to the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve to witness giant tortoises in their natural habitat and to learn about the conservation programs before touring the small port town.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra - Bartolome
Day 2: South Plaza - North Seymour Island
Day 3: San Cristobal Island  
Day 4: Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve - San Cristobal Airport 

NOTE: Looking for a longer cruise? the M/V Galapagos Legend also offer special Itineraries for 8,11,12 & 15 day cruises, please call us for details.

  • Baltra - Bartolome

    AM: Baltra Airport
    Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra in a 2-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 Galapagos Legend.

    PM: Bartolome Island
    Considered the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago the view from the top of BartolomÈ Island, overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and the austere Santiago Island beyond, is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk. This volcanic scene has often been likened to a lunar landscape. Our subsequent snorkel here might put us face to face with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions.

    Difficulty level: intermediate

    Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.

    Duration: 1 1⁄2-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

  • South Plaza - North Seymour Island

    AM: South Plaza Islet
    Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and land iguanas are all present at the landing site. The small island is covered with a carpet of a red succulent studded with Opuntia cacti. At the cliff edge, we spend time watching birds fly past at eye level in the updraught. These include, frigatebirds, flocks of Galapagos shearwaters and of particular note, flights of displaying red-billed tropicbirds. Back at sea level, we once again encounter land iguanas, some of which have hybridized with their resident marine cousins.

    Difficulty level: intermediate

    Type of terrain: rocky

    Duration: 2-hour walk

    PM: North Seymour Island
    This flat, uplifted, island is an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. We will also likely see courting blue-footed boobies displaying their unique feet while ëdancingí to a prospective mate. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit.

    Difficulty level: intermediate

    Type of terrain: rocky

    Duration: 2-hour walk, 30 minutes snorkeling

  • San Cristobal Island

    AM: Punta Pitt & Islet (San Cristobal Island)
    Sea lions will greet us as we land on the beach and prepare for our climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where we will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red-foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazcaís on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigatebirds will be all around and the views are breathtaking.

    Difficulty level: difficult

    Type of terrain: rocky

    Duration: 21⁄2-hour walk/ 40-minutes snorkeling or kayaking

    PM: Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
    From our pangas, as we head to shore, we are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs of ëSorcererís Hillí. We can enjoy simply sharing the beach with sea lions, snorkeling from shore or take a walk to a hidden lagoon where we might spot black- necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.

    Difficulty level: easy

    Type of terrain: sandy

    Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

  • Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve - San Cristobal Airport

    AM: Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)
    In the moist highlands of San Cristobal we will visit the giant tortoise breeding center La Galapaguera to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in its various life stages. The tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat which lends itself to good photographic opportunities. The aim of the reserve is to help restore populations of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.ons of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Difficulty level: intermediate

    Type of Terrain: sandy

    Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

    PM: Transfer to San Cristobal Airport:
    Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from San Cristobal Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!

SPECIFICATION:

  • Gross tonnage: 2890 t.
  • Length: 301 ft (92 m)
  • Wide: 47 ft (15 m)
  • Decks: 4
  • Made in: Germany
  • Rebuilt: 2002
  • Remodeled in: January 2017
  • Speed: 17 knots
  • Cruise speed: 15 knots
  • Life Rafts: 22 for 25 pax each
  • Dinghies: 6 for 20 pax each
  • Glass bottom boat: 1
  • Kayaks: 4 double, 1 single
  • Safety: ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
  • Electricity: 110v
  • Guest Capacity: 100
  • Crew: 60
  • Guides: 6 multilingual naturalists

CABINS DETAILS:

Balcony Suite Plus

One cabin located in the Moon Deck; Size: 43 m² / 463 ft²; Private balcony; Lower berths or queen size bed; Triple with sofa bed; Air Conditioning; Local and International call service; LCD TV and internal Video system with music, activities, itineraries, and consumptions on board; Safety box; Mini bar with champagne; Large private bathroom; Wheelchair facilities (Responsibility release form must be sing based on KT´s Operation Safety policy); Exclusive decoration with a special relax settee

Balcony Suite

Located on the Moon Deck or the Sky Deck; Suites with private balcony; Average area: 23 m2 / 248 ft2; Sliding doors; Low twin beds or a queen-sized bed; Triple with day sofa; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local, and international calls; Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board; Safe-deposit box; Refrigerator with champagne; Private bathroom

Junior Suite

Located on the Earth Deck; 24 Double or Triple Suites (Average Area: 15 m2 / 161 ft2); 4 Quadruple Suites (Average Area: 20m2 /215 Ft2); 2 panoramic windows; Low twin beds or a queen; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local and international calls; Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board’ Safe-deposit box; Private bathroom; Use of spa, but does not include massage services

Standard Plus Cabin

Located on Sea Deck and Earth Deck; 7 double cabins with portholes; Average area of 11m2 / 118ft2; Low twin beds or a double bed; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local and international calls; Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board; Safe-deposit box; Private bathroom

Standar Cabin

Same layout as the Standard Plus Cabin, but without any windows; Located on Earth Deck; 3 interior cabins; Average area of 13m2 / 140ft2; Low twin beds or a double bed; Air conditioning; Phone service for internal, local and international calls’ Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board’ Safe-deposit box; Private bathroom

Layout: 4 Decks / 56 Cabins
Earth deck:
Junior plus 1 & 2 DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Junior 3 to 10, DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Junior 14 to 29 DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Junior plus 30,31 DBL’s, TPL’s or QUAD’s
Earth deck:
Standard 11 = SGL or DBL
Earth deck:
Standard plus 22A, 23A = DBL’s
Earth deck:
Standard 32,33 = SGL or DBL
Sea deck:
Standard plus 34,35,36,37,38 = DBL’s
Sky deck:
Balcony 40 to 45 = DBL’s or TPL’s
Sky deck:
Balcony plus 46 & 47 = DBL’s
Moon deck:
Balcony 50 to 53,= DBL’s or TPL’s
Moon deck:
Balcony plus 54, 56 to 59= DBL’s or TPL’s
Moon deck:
Legend balcony suite 55 = DBL’s or TPL’s
Beds layout:
Twin, doubles, triples, quadruples & suites
Connected cabins:
11-2, 1-3, 4-6, 5-7, 18-20, 19-21
Connected cabins:
40-42, 44-46, 51-53, 56-58, 57-59
Rooming:
Private & shared cabins
Sharing:
Standard & standard plus cabins only

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in single, double, or triple cabins with air conditioning
  • All meals scheduled on board
  • Water, coffee, & tea
  • Two daily excursions to the islands, conducted by naturalist guides.
  • Bilingual guides are guaranteed (English, German, and Spanish)
  • Snorkeling opportunities
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Lectures and activities on board

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights 
  • Roundtrip Galapagos Flights: Quito or Guayaquil – Galapagos – Quito or Guayaquil 
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (aside from water, coffee, & tea)
  • Gratuities to guides and crew members (Suggested tips: $15 per traveler per day to the crew and $10 per person per day to the naturalist guide)
  • Personal and medical expenses
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • INGALA Migration Control Card ($20.00 per person, subject to change)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per adult and $50 per child under 12 years old, subject to change)
  • Accommodations and services in mainland Ecuador (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • Wetsuit (available for rent on board for $25 per person on 4 or 5 day cruises; $50 per person on 8, 11, & 12 day cruises; $75 per person on 14 day cruises)
  • Kayak rental when allowed by National Park regulations ($30 per person per use)

Looking for a longer cruise? the M/V Galapagos Legend also offer special Itineraries for 8,11,12 & 15 day cruises, please call us for details

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