This 4 Days Small Ship Galapagos Legend North Galapagos Cruise begins and ends in Baltra, visits the northern island of Genovesa and the central islands of Santa Cruz and Santa Fe. Enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving (added cost upon availability) from the 100-guest Motor Vessel Galapagos Legend.
Spend your first afternoon amidst giant tortoises in their natural habitat in the Santa Cruz Highlands. Then switch from reptilian to birder’s delights by sailing north to Genovesa Island, where storm petrels, short-eared owls, Nazca and red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, lava gulls, swallow-tailed gulls, yellow-crowned herons, lava herons and more reside.
In case that wasn’t enough, stop at Santa Cruz where flamingoes feed at a brackish lagoon and walk up Dragon Hill to a forest that’s home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and Galapagos Doves. Don’t forget to search for the Galapagos Hawk on Santa Fe, as well as Galapagos snakes and endemic rice rats. Throughout the cruise, snorkel in crystal clear waters, kayak with sea lions and swim at the beaches nearby.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF:
Day 1: Baltra airport - Highlands Tortoise Reserve
Day 2: El Baranco, Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Day 3: Dragon Hill - Santa Fe Island
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island - Baltra 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 airport - Highlands Tortoise Reserve
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: Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds 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 bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions)
Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 1⁄2-hour walk
El Baranco, Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
AM: El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)
Be marvelled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. red-billed tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared owl.
Difficulty level: moderate
Type of terrain: rocky – lava
Duration: 45-minute walk
AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, yellow- crowned and lava herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and red-footed boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see red-footed boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
Difficulty level: moderate
Type of terrain: Sand & Lava
Duration: 2 1⁄2-hour walk approx / Snorkeling
Dragon Hill - Santa Fe Island
AM: Dragon Hill
Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2-hour walk
PM: Santa Fe Island
Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas
(the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1 1⁄2-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling
Santa Cruz - Baltra airport
AM: Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island):
Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated
a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1-hour walk
PM: Transfer to Baltra 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 Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!
- 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
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
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
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
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
- 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