Experience this 10 Day cruise through the Galapagos aboard the MV Galapagos Legend Book by Dec 12, 2019
On this cruise to the Galapagos, let yourself be amazed by the islands' incredible biodiversity—from the curious-looking blue-footed boobies to the venerable old giant tortoises.
This may not be your typical tropical destination, but you don't have to be an evolutionary biologist to marvel at what you'll see in the land and sea explorations of these islands. The Galapagos Islands may just inspire you to be think differently about the world so hop aboard the MV Galapagos Legend for this 10 day itinerary.
• Pre-night stay in Toronto or $100 transportation credit
• Roundtrip international air from Toronto
• Private transportation in deluxe bus
• 26 meals; 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners
• All sightseeing, entrance fees, and tours as indicated in the itinerary
$9,799 CAD per person
Based on double occupancy
Day 1—March 2Depart Canada (D)
We depart for Quito from Canada. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel where we will enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2—March 3Quito (B/L/D)
Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass
by the Jesuit convent, El Sagrario church, and the Jesuit temple of La Compañía de Jesús. This afternoon, enjoy nothing better than lunch at Crater restaurant. From there
we head approximately 18km north of downtown Quito to visit “Mitad del Mundo”
(Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude. Dinner tonight is at Theatrum restaurant.
Day 3—March 4Quito & Otavalo (B/L/D)
Today, visit the famous handicraft market of Otavalo. The indigenous residents of the area have achieved economic prosperity as a result of their skills in weaving. You will find tremendous variety of designs in belts, tapestries, ponchos and other clothing
items. From there, we will continue onward to Cotacachi; this small town is Ecuador’s Centre of leatherworks. Dinner tonight will be at Pims Itchimbia.
Day 4—March 5Quito & Galapagos (B/L/D)
This morning, gather for our transfer flight to the Galapagos to board our ship—the M/V Galapagos Legend. First stop, Mosquera Islet (Wet Landing). Located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail so visitors can enjoy the open area.
Day 5—March 6Galapagos (B/L/D)
Egas Port (Wet Landing) is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The forest section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock.
Rabida Island (Wet Landing) is a dark-red sand covered island with unique beaches. Home of sea lion colonies, Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology.
Day 6—March 7Galapagos (B/L/D)
Tour of Urbina Bay (Wet Landing) consists of volcanic black beaches, giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it's snorkelling time; a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Tagus Cove (Dry Landing) is the largest island of the archipelago and is formed by the eruption of five different volcanoes. The trail leads to Darwin salt-water crater lake, a place with excellent lava fields, landscapes, and volcanic formations.
Day 7—March 8Galapagos (B/L/D)
Tour to Espinosa Point (Dry Landing). From Espinosa Point you can admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar channel. An area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Tour to Vicente Roca Point (Isabela); a promontory created form with two protected turquoise coves on either side. This place is only accessible by water with great opportunities for deep-water snorkelling.
Day 8—March 9Galapagos & Guayaquil (B/L/D)
Tour to Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Dry Landing). In the mountains of the Galapagos it is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, point-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets. The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. After the visit, we will then be transferred to the airport for our flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel then make our way to Miami T Restaurant for lunch. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Day 9—March 10Guayaquil (B/L/D)
Our first stop of the day will be Hacienda El Castillo. This large property covers over 700 acres and is mainly used for growing cacao, mangos, and hardwoods. During the visit, witness the entire process from the seeds to the sowing, the plantation, the harvest, the fermentation, and the drying. At the end of our visit you will see how using traditional equipment can provide excellent quality chocolate. You'll even have the opportunity to taste!
Later, enjoy a typical costeño lunch served at the hacienda before driving back to Guayaquil. Afterwards, we will visit the Centenario Park, devoted to the independence and freedom of the old city from the Spanish domain. Then, continue onwards to the legendary Barrio Las Peñas, the original and only surviving colonial district. Then, we will visit the Hat Factory where we will overlook the elaborate making process, and hear about legends/secret stories of the Ecuadorian hat. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at Lo Nuestro.
Day 10—March 11Homeward Bound (B)
This afternoon we will transfer to the airport for our flight home.