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Galapagos Legend Package

 

 

 

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DAY 01 :  Fly to Quito

 

Arrival , transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Quito 

 

DAY 02: Quito  and The Middle of the World 

 

Breakfast. This morning your comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighborhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the Guapulo Mirador, passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace (Congress) where the rock murals that are related to the history of Ecuador can be appreciated. The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue up to the Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop and next, the San Juan Mirador from where you will have a beautiful sight of The Colonial Quito. After walking through the colonial streets you will then stop at the Independence Plazaadmiring the Cathedral, the Governments Palace, and the Archiepiscopal palace. Furthermore, you will visit The Company Church where adornments and gold altars can be appreciated, a visit to the Sagrario Church andSan Francisco Church, which was built during the 17th century. And then, you will be heading to the Panecillo Mirador, the most famous hill of Quito, from where a sight of the colonial and modern Quito will be taken. You will then be heading up to the Middle of the World City where the monument that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern one will be visited. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. The Ethnographic Museum can be also be visited.

 

DAY 03: Fly  Quito -Baltra

 

 Departure from Quito  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 spot 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 

 

DAY 04:   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. 
Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus and squid. We organize optional visits to the Salt Mines where you can observe the two species of sea lions: fur and Galapagos sea lions.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky.
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling
If Salt Mines is chosen: 
Duration: 2h30 walk / 30 minutes 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.
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 (370 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling


DAY 05: 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

 

DAY 06:  Baltra airport

 

 Breakfast ,after  you will go straight to the airport for return flight to  Quito.


DAY 07: Depart for the USA

 

Breakfast.Transfer to the airport for your departure flight 

 

 

 

 

 


* Prices are per person and based in double occupancy. Prices do not include US taxes and fees up to $245, depending upon the package, including the September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per US enplanement, up to $10 per round-trip; passenger facility charges of $4.50 per segment, up to $18 per round-trip; federal domestic segment fee of $3.70 per segment; travel facilities tax of $8.20 per direction; immigration fee of $7; customs user fee of $5.50; APHIS user fee of $5; and international transportation tax of $16.30 per arrival or departure. Prices will vary from alternative gateway airports or cities and may be higher. The total price will be clearly displayed prior to any payment required and is not guaranteed until fully paid. We recommend travel insurance for international trips and verification of tourist visa requirements for your destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tourist
  • Superior
  • Deluxe

*International round trip airfare

*Domestic air Quito-Baltra-Quito

*Airport transfers

*3  nights in Quito at Quito  Hotel

*4 nights in Galapagos Legend Cruise

*1 City Tour and Middle of the World

*Daily breakfast ,

*All Meals on board

*All transfers

*Bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions

 

 

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