Galapagos Cruise Galapagos Legend - Complete Route (12)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Visit the main attractions of the Galapagos archipelago with the first-class ship Legend

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Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

After arrival at the Baltra Airport, transfer to the harbour to board the Legend.

Interpretation Center and Cerro Tijeretas on San Cristobal

Afternoon: The National Park Interpretation Center, located on San Cristóbal, was built in collaboration with the Spanish Science Center. The tour offered by the Center for Interpretation's staff gives guests a good overview of the Galapagos Islands. The tour takes us through the history of the islands in the context of nature, humankind, and conservation. It also tells the story of the first settlers on the islands.

Enjoy a unique hike up to the Cerro Tijeretas - directly translated: Frigatebird Rock. As the name already suggests, this visitor point is home to innumerable frigatebirds, who also choose this place as a nesting site.

Marvel at the "Pirates of the skies" with their red throat sacs and black plumage. Did you know that they can not dive into the water and are often forced to steal prey from other seabirds to survive? Did you know that frigatebirds can fly for weeks at a time?

Cerro Tijeretas is the ideal place to enjoy a spectacular view of the rooftops of the provincial capital of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, and the volcanic rocks contrasting against the white sand of the Island's dazzling bright beaches

Day 2

Gardner Bay on Española

Morning: Make a wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so you stay along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

Punta Suárez on Española Island

Afternoon: An island of geological interest, you explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water some 23 m in the air.

Day 3

Post Office Bay on Floreana Island

Morning: Here at Post Office Bay, you can learn about the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Lonely sailors, away from home for years at a time, would stop at Floreana to restock their supplies of food and water. The homesick sailors devised a clever solution - they left letters in a makeshift 'post box' on Floreana, and when passing ships stopped on the way back to their home port, they would pick up all the letters destined for that place and deliver them.

To this day, the system is alive and well - each year thousands of visitors continue to leave letters for loved ones, and search for letters to bring home and deliver. To keep the tradition alive, hunt for a letter destined for a town near you and hand deliver it.

Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island

Afternoon: Punta Cormorant is home to two stunning natural beaches. You'll make a wet landing in the first bay, where you'll find a special black sand beach that twinkles green in the sunlight. The shimmering sand is made of olivine crystals, remnants of a long-gone violent volcanic eruption.

Following the short trail along the beach, you'll come to a second little bay. Visitors will be delighted by the soft, white powdery sand that feels like walking in fine baking flour. This gorgeous beach certainly earned the name "Flour Beach". In the bay you will likely spot green sea turtles, and if you wander back from the sandy stretch, you can find a salt water lagoon that attracts vibrant flamingos and the adorable white cheeked pintails.

Day 4

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

As you venture into Santa Cruz's higher altitude areas, you will notice the changes in the vegetation as the climate becomes wetter and warmer. The earth in the upper altitudes is rich in minerals. Coffee plantations and fruit orchards line the streets and giant tortoises roam around at ease in their natural environment.

The Scalesia forests in this area offer the opportunity to discover endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, as well as giant cacti and a variety of deciduous trees and edible fruits.

Here you can also visit the twin 'craters' Los Gemelos. While they are not craters in the technical sense, these 70 meter vertical gullies with a carpet of lush vegetation are an impressive sight to behold.

Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: At Charles Darwin Station, scientists from around the world research the many tortoise subspecies that are endemic to the Galapagos islands. The highlight of the research center is the breeding station, Fausto Llerena, where baby turtles take a training course over rocks, branches and sandy stairs in prepareation for their upcoming release in to the wilderness.

Visitors leave the station with a stronger understanding of the tortoises, iguanas and much of the flora native to the islands. You'll be impressed by the tiny tortoises, often only the size of your hand, who will grow over the next 100 years to become as large as the adults you'll likely meet in your journey!

Day 5

Daphne Islet

Morning: Daphne Island is a cone formed by the accumulation of volcanic ash. Daphne is home to thousands of birds, including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and tropic birds. You won't go ashore here, but you’ll navigate around the volcanic cone, so binoculars are recommended to get a good look at the birds. Daphne is a great research site on which many scientists have spent years studying the behavior of Darwin’s finches.

Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz

Afternoon: Black Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon serving as a nursery for sharks and rays. Black Turtle Cove is a great location to observe mating sea turtles during nesting season. Travellers often see large groups of resting white-tip reef sharks, schools of golden rays and the incredibly beautiful spotted eagle rays. As the water is usually very calm, this area can be navigated using paddles instead of the loud panga engines, increasing your chances of wildlife encounters.

Day 6

Prince Philip’s Steps ( Genovesa)

Vormittags: Die Insel Genovesa liegt abgeschieden von den anderen Hauptinseln im Norden des Archipels und hat sich als "Vogelinsel" einen Namen gemacht. Zunächst besuchen Sie die Prince Philip`s Steps, eine in vulkanisches Gestein eingelassene Treppe, die zu einem vegetationsreichen Plateau führt, Heimat nistender Masken- und Blaufußtölpel, Bahama-Enten, Lava- und Gabelschwanzmöwen und anderer Vogelarten. Die tagaktive Galápagos-Ohreule sonnt sich hier vor allem in den Morgenstunden auf den Felsen – ohne Notiz von den Touristen zu nehmen, lieber behält sie kleine Reptilien und Darwinfinken im Auge.

Darwin Bay

Nachmittag: Durch einen schmalen Eingang gelangen Sie am Nachmittag in die von Klippen umgebene Darwin Bucht, das grüne Wasser in der Bucht zeugt von einem hohen Planktongehalt, welcher Fische und Seevögel anzieht. Fregattvögel bevölkern den Himmel in hohen Zahlen und Sturmschwalben jagen in den küstennahen Gewässern nach kleineren Fischen. In der Bucht können Sie beim Schnorcheln mit etwas Glück friedlichen Hammerhaien und Schwarzpunktrochen begegnen.

Day 7

Dragon Hill auf der Insel Santa Cruz

Vormittags: Dragon Hill ist ein wichtiges Nistgebiet für endemische Landechsen, von wo aus man einen wunderschönen Blick auf den Ankerplatz und die benachbarten Inseln hat. Außerdem gibt es im Wald Spottdrosseln, Darwinfinken und vieles mehr zu beobachten.

Insel Santa Fe

Nachmittags: Nasse Landung an einem weißen Sandstrand zwischen Seelöwen. Wanderung durch einen endemischen Kaktuswald auf der Suche nach dem endemischen Santa Fe-Leguan, der größten und etwas blasseren Leguanart der Inselgruppe. Auch andere endemische Arten leben hier. Zu nennen sind: Galapagos-Bussard, Galapagos-Schlange, Reisratte, verschiedenen Finkenarten und die Galapagos-Spottdrossel. Tiefsee- Schnorcheln.

Day 8

Las Bachas Strand

Vormittags: Auf der Nordseite von Santa Cruz; Hinter dem Strand sind zwei kleine Flamingoteiche, an denen sich auch Leguane sonnen. Sie sehen Küstenvögel, z.B. Darwin Finken, Spottdrosseln, zahlreiche Möwenarten, sowie interessante einheimische Vegetation wie rote und schwarze Mangroven und Salzsträucher. An diesem Strand gibt es einen der wichtigsten Nistplätze der Meeresschildkröten auf den Galapagos-Inseln. Eine Schildkröte kann drei bis vier Mal pro Saison durchschnittlich 70 Eier legen. An diesem paradiesischen Ort finden Sie auch die Überreste von Lastkähnen, die vor langer Zeit versanken, als die US amerikanische Navy während des Zweiten Weltkriegs auf der Insel Baltra eine Basis betrieb. Lokale Leute änderten das englische Wort 'barges' (Lastkähne) zu "Bachas".

Die Insel Mosquera

Nachmittags: Das Inselchen Mosquera liegt zwischen Nord Seymour und der Insel Baltra. Diese flache, sandige Insel beherbergt eine große Kolonie von Seelöwen. Es ist auch ein ausgezeichneter Ort, um Watvögel wie Reiher und Lavamöwen zu beobachten. Es gibt keine festgelegten Wanderwege auf der Insel, der Besucher kann sich frei bewegen. Der größte Teil der Insel ist mit Sand und blenkem Lavagestein bedeckt. Nur vereinzelt wächst das Sesuvium Portulacastrum auf dem Sand.

Day 9

Sullivan Bay on Santaigo Island

Morning: Although this beautiful beach deserves its place in the highlights list, the day will surprise you with another highlight: the special pahoehoe lava flows.

Almost 100 years ago, lava flowed across the island and left behind various forms of soil: braided and stringy lava fields alternate with sharp-edged jagged formations. Feel the warm stones of the black, unreal lava landscape under your hands and move back to the time of origin, when volcanoes raged here, ultimately creating a paradise.

Rábida Island

Afternoon: On arrival at Rábida Island's red sand beach you will be greeted by the resident sea lions, basking in the sun. The island's otherworldy red colouring is a result of the high level of iron and magnesium left behind from previous volcanic activity.

A stroll along the beach reveals marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. If you look carefully you may also spot the bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs, who have found possibly the only place on earth where they can effectively camouflage themselves.

Day 10

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island

Morning: Urbina Bay graces the southeast flank of the Alcedo Volcano. After volcanic activity in 1954 caused a significant uplift, the coast expanded almost a kilometer out. Marine life found a way to thrive in this newly fertile area and many species chose to stay. Today, this area is a great place for snorkeling. During your hike, you may see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (from June to September) and flightless cormorants.

Several species of whale have been spotted in the waters you'll be navigating through today.

Tagus Cove on Isabela Island

Afternoon: The historical pirate hideaway of Tagus Cove has been frequented by sailors since the 1800s. The names of visiting ships were often painted and carved in to the cliffs surrounding the cove.

Trails wind their way around Lake Darwin up to a ridge, offering wonderful views of the landscape and the ocean, with Wolf and Darwin Islands dotting the horizon. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another idyllic tropical beach surrounded by mangroves. Later, enjoy a panga ride through the cliffs, observing penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Return to the cove to relax on the shore or snorkel.

Day 11

Punta Espinoza on Española Island

Morning: Today you are heading towards Fernandina, the westernmost and, with only about 700,000 years, the youngest island in the archipelago. Surrounded by hills amidst a lava landscape covered with cacti and mangroves is the visitor location Punta Espinoza. Meet sea lions and hundreds of marine iguanas basking on the black lava rocks and on the beach. While snorkeling you might come close to the resident penguins darting quickly through the water.

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island

Afternoon: The sea-horse-shaped island of Isabela is the largest of the archipelago and the most volcanically active. Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands with high cliffs and tuffstone giving this area a majestic feel.

While you explore the two coves and the large bay with spectacular sea life, keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the weird and wonderful mola-mola, also known as sunfish. In good conditions, Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.

Day 12

La Galapaguera on San Cristóbal

Morning: Established by the National Park in 2003, the Galapaguera is a man-made breeding program for tortoises and an information center for visitors. Visitors can both observe giant tortoises living in a semi-natural habitat, but also learn about their origin, evolution, and threats by introduced animals.

In the trees and shrubs around the breeding station, you can spot land birds such as warblers, finches and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can also be seen along the way. They live there wildly, but still in a sheltered area to ensure their survival through the isolation of imported predators such as pigs and goats.

Transfer to the Airport

Transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, or continue on with your individual Galapagos travels.

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