Legend: Yacht Details

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A comfortable first class yacht

The Galapagos Legend combines the amenities of a larger cruise liner with the intimacy of small ship. This 300-foot ship has a fascinating history, having served as a cruise ship, military hospital ship, and casino ship before being outfitted for Galapagos expeditions. The Legend has capacity for 100 passengers, and offers comfortable cabins and plenty of open areas for socializing and taking in the scenery. With top quality naturalist guides, the Legend is great choice for exploring the Galapagos, and with its extra room can be an excellent option for families with kids.


Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
3 night cruises run from Monday to Thursday / 4 night cruises run from Thursday to Monday / 8 night cruises run from Thursday to Thursday and combine the two shorter itineraries

3 Night Itinerary

Monday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Tuesday Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz) / Cormorant Point (Floreana)
Wednesday Suarez Point (Española) / La Galapaguera (San Cristóbal)
Thursday Carrion Point (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland

4 Night Itinerary

Thursday Arrive to Baltra / Bartolome
Friday Urbina Bay (Isabela) / Fernandina (Espinosa Point)
Saturday Egas Port (Santiago) / Rábida
Sunday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
Monday Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland


Legend 3 Night Itinerary

Monday to Thursday


Day 1 Monday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Legend, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be to North Seymour, a small, uplifted island that is home to the largest nesting ground of Magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos. Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant here.

Day 2 Tuesday Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz) / Cormorant Point (Floreana)
Today you will visit Cerro Dragon, located on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore. Here you will visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you will find a land iguana nesting site. In the afternoon you will head to Floreana Island’s Punta Cormorant, a steep lava cone joined to the main section of the island by a low-lying strip of land. At the high point of the trail that ascends this volcanic cone you will be able to look down into a large lagoon, where you may see several species of bird, including the occasional flamingo.

Day 3 Wednesday Suarez Point (Española) / La Galapaguera (San Cristóbal)
Today you head to Española, the southernmost island in the Galapagos and home to the greatest number of endemic species in the Archipelago. You will visit Punta Suarez, where colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest along the trails. You will also be able to see the famous Galapagos blowhole, where the seawater is forced through a fissure in the cliff and, depending on the waves and tide levels, can spout up to 80 feet high. The afternoon will take you to the Galapaguera, located on the southeast side of San Cristobal Island. It is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia Galapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal and in danger of extinction. The site was built in 2002 to increase the population of the giant tortoise species of San Cristobal, and includes 12 hectares of dry forest. The tortoises here have their corrals at the entrance of the Galapaguera, which also has a small interpretation center where visitors can learn about these animals and the conservation and breeding programs on the island. Along the trail it is possible to observe different bird species such as the mockingbird, the yellow warbler, small ground and tree finches, and the flycatcher.

Day 4 Thursday Carrion Point (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
This morning you will go to Punta Carrion on Santa Cruz island, where you will have a chance to snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white tip reef sharks. From Punta Carrion you will navigate through the beautiful Itabaca Channel with its turquoise waters before returning to the Legend to check out. After the visit you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Legend 4 Night Itinerary

Thursday to Monday


Day 1 Thursday Arrive to Baltra / Bartolome
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Legend, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be to Bartolome Island. Here, you will hike up a series of steps to a lookout point, from which you can view the island’s unique, lunar-like landscape and the iconic Pinnacle Rock, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos. At the base of this rock are white sand beaches where you can do some snorkeling and where you may see sea lions and Galapagos Penguins.

Day 2 Friday Urbina Bay (Isabela) / Fernandina (Espinosa Point)
You will start the day with a visit to Isabela Island. Located at the foot of the Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted from the seabed in 1954, leaving coral heads sitting out of the water. Here, you may see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water. On land you may see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will also have a view of the Alcedo Volcano. In the afternoon you will head to Fernandina Island, where you will disembark at Punta. One of the youngest islands in the Galapagos, Fernandina remains one of the most highly active volcanic islands. The island offers a contrast between the green mangroves, black lava flows, and turquoise waters. You may see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

Day 3 Saturday Egas Port (Santiago) / Rábida
Today you will visit Santiago Island, located in the heart of the Archipelago. You will disembark at Puerto Egas onto a dark-sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Galapagos fur seals can often be seen lounging under arches of lava carved by the ocean or dipping into the crystalline pools, also known as grottos. In the afternoon you will visit Rábida, an island known for the remarkable red coloring of its earth. This color comes from the oxidation of the iron-rich lava that makes up the island’s soil. A few minutes’ walk from the beach, you will find a small lagoon of brackish water, lined with opuntia cactus and Palo Santo trees. Rábida is home to an array of bird species, including finches, brown pelicans, Galapagos white-cheeked pintail ducks and Galapagos hawks.

Day 4 Sunday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
Today you will visit Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galapagos. Your first visit is to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands. Here, you will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos. In the afternoon you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz. The landscape gradually changes as you move up in elevation through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos. As you travel into the Highlands, the vegetation becomes more and more lush. The higher altitudes have more humidity and sustain a much greater variety of plant life. This area is home to giant tortoises, the Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane, and many other species.

Day 5 Monday Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit Bachas Beach, named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos. After the visit you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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