GALAPAGOS NORTH CENTRAL ISLANDS
ABOARD THE LEGEND

4 days, An unforgettable journey in our all-inclusive Boutique Expedition Ship

GALAPAGOS NORTH CENTRAL ISLANDS
ABOARD THE LEGEND YACHT

4 days, An unforgettable journey in our all-inclusive Boutique Expedition Ship

The Galapagos Legend offers a great variety of comfortable and spacious social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. Its fantastic open decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, or take some sun at the pool and bar areas. This magnificent vessel, with a capacity for 100 guests, has the charm of The Enchanted Islands; it is still small enough for a more intimate experience with friends and family.

What´s the tour like?

Travel Style: Natural Wonders
Nature wonders, Awe-inspiring views, extraordinary biodiversity and natural discovery like nowhere else. Unforgettable experiences to connect with nature at its purest.

Service Level: First Class
All the way in attention to detail, comfort and service. The perfect combination of elegance, exclusivity and coziness to make your trip delightful

Age Requirements:
Suitable for all ages. All travelers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Group Size: Large
Large group experience. Over 50 people

Physical Requirement: Average
Itineraries include light and moderate physical activities like walking and hiking. Accesible to most healthy travellers.

Itineraries:

3Nights/ 4 Days North Central

Note: The following itineraries are also availble:

4Nights/5Days West from $1772; 3Nights/4Days East from $1329.60; 4Nights/5Days South from $1772

4 days

Galapagos North Central Islands

From:

$ 1329.60USD



Special Offers

What´s included?

  • 2 guided visits by a multilingual naturalist guide, as per Galapagos National Park regulation.
  • Full board meals: buffet breakfast and lunch, dinner a-la-carte. Al Fresco options in the Moon Deck.
  • Coffee, tea & snacks available 24/7 hours
  • Housekeeping: 3 times a day
  • Snorkeling activities included as part of all our itineraries
  • Airport assistance in Galapagos
  • Free shuttle service in Quito or Guayaquil connecting with Galapagos’ flight
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Internet 24/7. Plans available upon request
  • Kayaking & Scuba Diving options available, upon request.

Accommodation

Suites deluxe, Suites, Standard Cabins

Meals
All meals on board are included. Special dietary available on request.
Drinks and tips on board are not included

Transportation

Airplane, Yacht, Kayaks, boats.

Activities
Land excursions, Island trekking, sea kayaks, glass-bottom boat, natural history lectures and briefings, snorkeling (optional) and more.

“My husband and I travelled on the "Galapagos Legend" from 26th Feb. to 5th March. We were split into groups of 16, and the zodiac landings were very well organized - in no time, everyone was either on the island or riding along the coastline. We were never inundated with other groups being in the same place, and had plenty of opportunities to observe and enjoy the animals. All staff and guides were very friendly and efficient. We had a wonderful time in the Galapagos Islands”. Linda H. Mareeba- Tripadvisor

Itinerary: 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Monday

AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions)

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Day 2: Tuesday

AM – El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: rocky – lava

Duration: 45-minute walk

PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Type of terrain: Sand & Lava

Duration: 2 ½-hour walk aprox.

Day 3: Wednesday

AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats 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-hour walk

PM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

Day 4: Thursday

AM- Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

PM- Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ beach time

Introduction

The Galapagos Legend offers a great variety of comfortable and spacious social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. It’s fantastic open decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, or take some sun at the pool and bar areas. This magnificent vessel, with a capacity for 100 guests, has the charm of The Enchanted Islands; it is still small enough for a more intimate experience with friends and family.

Rates

Calendar

Embarcation days are monday and thursday year round

What´s Included

  • 2 guided visits by a multilingual naturalist guide, as per Galapagos National Park regulation.
  • Full board meals: buffet breakfast and lunch, dinner a-la-carte. Al Fresco options in the Moon Deck.
  • Coffee, tea & snacks available 24/7 hours
  • Housekeeping: 3 times a day
  • Snorkeling activities included as part of all our itineraries
  • Airport assistance in Galapagos
  • Free shuttle service in Quito or Guayaquil connecting with Galapagos’ flight
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Internet 24/7. Plans available upon request
  • Kayaking & Scuba Diving options available, upon request

Exclusions

  • Roundtrip Airfare to Galapagos
  • Fuel Surcharge: $50 3Nights/4Days
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Tips to crew
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical Services
  • Others not specified

Highlights of the tour

  • Land Expeditions
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Kayaking
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling

Accommodation

Legend Yacht count with 58 cabins that are distributed:

Moon Deck

  • 1 Legend Balcony Suite
  • 9 Balcony Suites

Sky Deck

  • 8 Balcony Suites

Earth Deck

  • 24 Junior Suites
  • 4 Junior Plus Suites
  • 5 Cabins

Sea Deck

  • 5 Cabins

Cabin Features

Legend Balcony Suite

  • Area 33 m2 / 355 ft2
  • Double & Triple options.
  • Panoramic view windows & private balcony.
  • Exclusive & exquisite decoration.
  • Mini fridge & champagne.
  • Top of the line amenities & bathrobe.
  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs

 

 

 

Balcony Suite

  • Double & Triple options.
  • Panoramic view windows & private balcony.
  • Mini fridge & champagne.
  • Top of the line amenities & bathrobe.
  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs

 

 

 

 

Junior Suite

  • 2 Panoramic windows in each cabin.
  • Double & Triple options.
  • Interconnected options available
  • Top of the line amenities.
  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs

 

 

 

 

Standard and Estándar Plus Cabins

  • 7 Cabins with Portholes available on Estándar Plus
  • Double options available
  • Average Area: 11 m2 / 118 ft2
  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs
  • Single & Double options available
  • Average Area: 13 m2 / 140 ft2
  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs

 

Facilities & Services

  • Internet 24/7 (Plans Available on request)
  • Ample Social Areas
  • Kids Corner
  • Lounge
  • Al Fresco Restaurant
  • Reading Room
  • Fitness Center
  • On board Infirmary & Doctor’s assistance
  • Observation Deck
  • Jacuzzi
  • Solarium

Additional Information

Packing List

  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Bathing suit or a wetsuit for snorkeling in cold months
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook

Health


TopExperiencesEC understands that in order to take a trip, the passenger is in perfect physical and mental health. By booking a cruise and by boarding the ship the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers and medical staff.

We reserve the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of the tour operator or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which the operator is reasonably able to provide.

The tours we offer range from sea level up to 4000 meters above sea level. If you have a condition that is aggravated by altitude, ask your health care professional before deciding to take a trip.

General Conditions


Flights
TopExperiencesEC will not be held responsible or compensate for any flight delays that may affect your participation in our tours. Flights booked with different airlines are subject to their own Terms and Conditions, and Limitations of Liability.

Fees
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to pass on to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and fees imposed by government or quasi-government agencies that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.

Fuel supplements and surcharges
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement if the price of fuel increases any time prior to sailing up to and including the day of embarkation.

We may collect any taxes, government fees/quasi government fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.

General Itinerary or Vessel Changes
All fares, offers, savings, programs and itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all TopExperiencesEC tours. Travelers need to show proof of their travel insurance before participating in the tour. If you need help booking a travel insurance, please email us at info@topexperiences.ec

Important Notes

  • Disccounts

Triple accommodation: 25% discount for the third person sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests*2).

Children under 12 years old   50% discount, or 25%  on holiday season sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests *2).

Quadruple accommodation: On Junior Suites only. 25% discount for the third and fourth person sharing cabin with 2 full-fare paying guests.  50% discount for children under 12 years old sharing cabin with 2 full fare paying guests.

 

  • Arrival to San Cristobal Island (GALAPAGOS)

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a Petrel representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

  • Entrance Fee

The Islands are part of the Ecuadorian National Parks system. There is an entrance fee of US$ 100 for adults and $50 for children under 12. The fee is collected on arrival in the airport in the Galapagos Islands and is ONLY payable in cash. Credit card or travelers checks are not accepted. Your guide will meet you immediately after you have paid the fee and take you to the boat.

  • Food

We always receive great reviews about the food on board. There is a varied menu onboard, including international and local cuisines, designed to accommodate a variety of dietary needs including vegetarians. There is always a choice and at least one vegetarian option. If you have any special dietary needs please let us know in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements. All meals on board are included in the cruise price.

  • Island Visits:

The catamaran will anchor at two visitor sites each day. You will be ferried to the islands in “pangas” (local name for dinghies). Once ashore your guide will lead you along marked trails explaining the natural history as you walk. Island visits are done at a leisurely pace allowing plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the amazing wildlife and scenery. There is often an opportunity to swim and / or snorkel during these visits should you wish.

Booking and Reservation Policies

TopExperiencesEC understands that its clients accepts the terms and conditions of the tour to proceed with booking.

Our tours are booked via bank transfer to the company’s bank account. Full payment must be made at the moment of booking.

Once we have confirmed the availability of the tour you requested, you have 48 hours to proceed with the payment. During that time we will block the spaces for your tour. Receipt of payment needs to be sent to info@topexperiences.ec

Once payment is confirmed, we will send you an email receipt of your payment and the details of your booking.

Means of Payment

TopExperiencesEC accepts the following bank transfer:

Wire Transfers in US dollars to:

 

USA

Bank of America

For domestic transfers:

  • Checking account
  • Wire Transfers: 026009593
  • Account Number: 229056664242
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade

For international transfers:

  • Swift Code International Transfers: BOFAUS3N
  • Address: 401 Lincoln BLVD, FL 33139
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade
  • Account Number: 229056664242

 

Ecuador

Banco Internacional

  • Swift Code: BINTECEQ
  • Address: Av. Patria y 9 de Octubre Quito – Ecuador
  • Account Name: TopExperiencesEC Cia. Ltda.
  • Account Number: 700628456

 

Cancelations

  • We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternative start date or in circumstances where cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control; refunds will be given less any unrecoverable expenses. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including, but not limited to vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
  • In the case of a cancellation due to medical reasons, we require a medical certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for the guest. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.
  • In the case of cancellation due to death, we require a certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for a future departure by a friend or family member. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season. 
  • 121 days prior to departure, spaces can be released without penalty.
  • 120 – 61 days prior to departure, USD $500 per person per short cruise shall be charged for any space released.
  • 60 days prior to departure, reservations shall automatically be considered as firm; therefore, 100% of the total negotiated rate (cruise + fuel surcharge) will be charged and withheld if the booking is cancelled.

Limitations of Liability


TopExperiencesEC cannot be held responsible for any loss as a result of the failure of any third-parties (including tour operators, hoteliers, airlines); however, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping you resolve any dispute. Our responsibility as a tour agency is limited. We are not liable for any personal injury, death, damage, loss, accident or delay which may be occasioned by any vehicle, company or person engaged in conveying you or carrying out the arrangements of the tour or otherwise in connection therewith.

Aditional Resources


Galapagos National Park Rules
Ecuador established the Galapagos Islands National Park in 1959, covering 90% of Galapagos Islands area, all the lands are already included. The Galapagos Islands National Park service started in 1967 until today. The Galapagos Marine Reserve was opened in 1999 to preserve the marine wildlife in the sea near to the Galapagos Islands. For more, please visit: www.galapagospark.org

Our environmental policy, allow us to generate in our guests conscience towards protection of the ecosystems we visit. All our expedition staff will motivate guests to follow the good environmental practices of our operation.

The Galapagos National Park Service regulates all visitor activities within the park’s boundaries, including the vessels itineraries. Visits both within the National Park sites and the Marine Reserve, are led by licensed Naturalist Guides. By following these rules, you are directly contributing to the ongoing preservation efforts of local institutions. Take only photographs and wonderful memories; leave only footprints.

Please stay on the trails.
Please do not disturb any wildlife or remove any native plant or rock material.
Please make sure you do not accidentally transport any live material to the islands, or from island to island. Insular ecosystems are fragile biological units.
Please be cautious at approaching wildlife, and always follow your Naturalists´ advice.
Animals are not to be fed by humans. Particular attention should be given to water bottles.
It is prohibited to bring food to the visitor’s sites.
Please do not startle or chase any animal from its resting or nesting area.
Smoking is not allowed on the islands, nor is it in any boat (dinghy) during your visits. The use of cellular or satellite phones is prohibited on the visitor’s sites.
Please do not buy any souvenirs made from native Galapagos species (except for wood).
Conservation is everyone’s business. Please do not hesitate to show your conservationist attitude. Become a Galapagos supporter and ask us about our conservation programs that support sustainability on the islands.

Emergency Contact


Should you need to contact us during a situation or emergency please contact us at (593) 980588429 or (593) 983900784 or leave us a detailed message and contact information to info@topexperiences.ec

Galapagos North Central Islands aboard the Legend Yacht |  4 days from 1329.60 USD 



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