7 Day Galapagos Legend Tour Including 3 Night Cruise-A - 7 Days

Overview

Bartolomé offers the best views of the Galapagos, including fascinating geological formations such as Pinnacle Rock, the most photographed site of the islands. Great snorkeling opportunities off a golden beach with penguins and sea lions.

In Egas Port we take a nice walk along the coast to find sea birds, coastal and migratory birds; includes an optional visit to the Salt Mines. At this visitor site you can observe the two species of sea lions: Fur “seals” and Galapagos Sea Lion.

Dragon Hill is a great place to spot the two species of iguanas: marine and land. Walk through a Palo Santo and giant Opuntia cactus forest, beautiful landscape from the highest point.The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

North Seymour is one of the few places in the Galapagos where you will encounter frigatebirds nesting and mating in the wild.

Santa Cruz Highlands are prime spots to spot Vermilion Flycatcher and Darwin’s finches.

Itinerary

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Upon arrival into Quito Airport you will be met by our ground representative and transferred to the Mercure Alameda or similar in Quito for check in and overnight.

Day 02 :
Day 2:

After an early morning breakfast, the tour will depart towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza. Around midday the tour will head north to the equator for a trip to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the site of the monument. Along the way we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch. After seeing these incredible sites, the tour will head back to Quito, where you will return to your hotel. Meals B

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). 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 M/V Galapagos Legend.
PM – Highlands – Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk

Egas Port / Salt Mines (Santiago)
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline.
The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

PM – Bartolomé
Dry landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas and lava lizards and blue-footed boobies.
Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (372 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage 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 hours walk

PM – North Seymour
Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.
An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk

Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.
At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

– Baltra airport
Transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Includes:

  • All airport and cruise transfers.
  • R/T Domestic flight to meet your cruise.
  • Three (3) nights stay in mainland Ecuador in first class hotels w/breakfast: Alamedo/Quito& Hilton Colon Guayaquil.
  • 4 day Galapagos Cruise.
  • Half Day City Tour in Quito or Guayaquil.
  • SLT exclusive tour performance guarantee.
  • SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan.
  •  The Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per person will be collected prior to your departure.

In Quito: Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda
Property Details

Number of rooms: 103

With 103 comfortable rooms with high speed internet access, the hotel offers a pleasant environment for combining business with pleasure.The Spicy Coffee Shop and Deli is a modern place to eat where one can enjoy the best of regional and international cuisine.

In Guayaquil: Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colón Guayaquil, a real five-star city resort hotel. The splendid building is located only five minutes away from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport and dominates the city’s new booming commercial and financial zone in Ecuador. The hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area.

Hilton Colón Guayaquil Hotel Features:

294 suites and rooms
Five restaurants and three bars
Room service available 24-hours
Business center
Meeting rooms, congress, and convention facilities with capacity up to 1800 people
Outdoor pool
Health club & spa

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7 Day Galapagos Legend Tour Including 3 Night Cruise-A
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