Galapagos Legend Cruise
Enjoy a smooth ride to the furthest corners of the Galapagos Islands on the Legend, a 100-person vessel perfect for large groups and families. Some 600 miles from mainland, enjoy a ride so steady that you can rest up each night for days full of adventure. Whether your time is spent kayaking, snorkeling or hiking, each serves as an opportunity to tour the area’s natural array of flora and fauna, including the famed giant tortoise. This Galapagos cruise is the ideal length of time and most efficient way to immerse yourself in the natural diversity of these Pacific Islands.
Starting from $6,690 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Get familiar with various programs initiated by the Islands to protect giant tortoises, and socialize with the native reptiles too
- Walk and hike along volcanic tuffs and cones, evidence of the volcanic origins of the Galapagos
- Snorkel and swim next to marine life, both friendly and those slightly more daunting (hello, White tipped shark)
- Witness crashing waves funnel through a lava tube to create an impressive 23 meter blowhole at Punta Suarez
- Stretch your legs both on and off board as the spacious Legend offers plenty of common rooms and even an area for children to play
- Admire the uniquely colorful beaches at Pitt Point, Cormorant Point and Ballena Bay, all sparkling green due to olivine crystals
- Get your heart pumping with a hike up the natural viewpoint, Tijeretas Hill. Located on the San Cristobal Island, this is not the time to forget your camera.
When you arrive to Ecuador’s capital you’ll likely be anxious for your adventure to begin, but also exhausted from a long international flight. An SA Expeditions representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You can choose to stay in the historic center or in a modern district for the following two nights.
The Andes Mountains sit backdrop to Quito’s vibrant blend of traditional culture and metropolitan lifestyle. Dedicate today to walking the streets, both bustling and charmingly quaint, before setting out to sea tomorrow. Picturesque plazas and culinary offerings are going to make you want to come back for more after the cruise.
Six hundred miles from the mainland, our adventure to the Galapagos Islands begins! After boarding the Legend, a stable and sociable vessel, we’ll discover the captivating landscape of Bartolome Island, which has volcanic cones resembling the moon. An intermediate walk to the summit will bring you to meet blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas, and will also provide an impressive view of the snorkeling opportunities to follow.
We’ll start our day at the east end of Santa Cruz, upon Plazas Island. Home to numerous species of iguanas, you’ll be able to compare them later on in the day to the land iguanas that inhabit North Seymour. Formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, this island is not far from Santa Cruz but has a wildly diverse set of fauna to observe.
A stop at Pitt Point will ensure your day is full of color. Olivine crystals give the sandy beaches a hue of green as you’ll note on your rocky hike to various viewpoints. Be sure to check out the colony of sea lions once you make it to the top of the volcanic tuff. In the afternoon you can catch up on your sunbathing on the white sand beaches of Cerro Brujo.
No Galapagos cruise would be complete without a viewing of giant tortoises! Built to improve the island’s long-standing tortoise population, the admirable Cerro Colorado tortoise protection center is an eye-opener for visitors. Afterwards we’ll head to the western side of San Cristobal Island for a bit of history and natural facts at the Interpretation Center. Reflect on all the cultural visits as you hike up Tijeretas Hill, located at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.
Walking the white sand shores of Gardner Bay you’ll be able to spot numerous bird and lizard species. This area is also prime for water activities such as snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. And if you prefer the ocean itself to do all the work, the powerful 23 m (75 ft) blowhole of Punta Suarez is sure to impress. This is where we’ll spend the afternoon, and in good company as sea lions, seabirds and crabs are just a few of the native fauna inhabiting the island.
Taking the term snail mail to a whole new level, Post Office Bay gets its name from a late 18th century tradition of the island’s informal post office for sailors: a wooden barrel. Today, visitors can still drop off unstamped mail in hopes that a fellow traveler lives near the receiver and can help make the delivery. Later on in the day, Cormorant Point will also prove itself unique. The shore is covered in green tinted sand thanks to the presence of olivine crystals.
Our morning starts off with a visit to see the Galapagos’ most popular reptile, the giant tortoises. Breeding programs ensure the animal’s legacy, and environmental education programs for the community instill sustainability. Afterwards, the Highlands Tortoise Reserve, also on the Santa Cruz Island, will provide more tortoise-spotting opportunities. Bird enthusiasts will have plenty to be excited about as well. Our day ends on a green note again as Ballena Bay proves itself a lovely, olivine-laden beach with snorkeling opportunities.
Strap on your snorkeling gear for a chance to swim with colorful fish, stingrays, and maybe even the White tipped shark at Carrion Point. This will be our last stop before we catch a returning flight from the Galapagos Islands to Quito, Ecuador.
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