Galapagos Legend & Guayaquil

Galapagos

Paradise of evolution located 1,000 Km (600 miles) from the coastline of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean.

Cruising

Expedition vessels that travel to the most remote places in the archipelago.

Guayaquil is a coastal city in Ecuador and the main port. It’s lively and colorful, making it the perfect first stop before your trip to the Galapagos. Wander around the waterfront Malecon 2000 and climb the 400 stairs to the picturesque Cerro Santa Ana with your guide. Fly to the Galapagos and ship on board the Legend Cruise. This 100 passengers cruise ship offers some of the most complete itineraries in the Enchanted Islands waiting for you.

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - GUAYAQUIL

As soon you arrive to Guayaquil, and after customs a Link Experiences representative will be waiting for you with a special welcome gift and to accompany you during the transfer from the airport to hotel.

DAY 2 - GUAYAQUIL

Morning at leisure.  

Visit one of the city’s emblem, a 1 ½ mile beautiful waterfront promenade called Malecon 2000. This picturesque walkway ends at Cerro Santa Ana, at the 400 stairs that climb up one of the city’s first Colonial settlements. This is also known as Las Peñas neighborhood, with brightly colored houses where you will find some of the best restaurants, art galleries and shops. Learn about the city’s importance to Ecuador.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 - GALAPAGOS - LEGEND CRUISE 5D/4N – ITINERARY D

Morning transfer to the airport.  

Arrive to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the dock to board the Legend Cruise

  Interpretation Center  

Dry landing. The interpretation center is full of interesting information and offers the perfect overview to the formation of Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats and conservation efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas) we will have great looks at both species of frigatebird, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below.

 
  • Meals included: All meals  
  • Accommodation: Legend

DAY 4 - GALAPAGOS

Gardner Bay  

Wet landing.  One of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwin’s finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay.

  Suarez Point  

Dry landing. One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything – a naturalist’s paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where our walk continues with close encounters of boobies, endemic lizards, gulls and even a dramatic blow hole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago it is our only opportunity to commune with the endemic waved albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, we can watch their complex courtship display.

 
  • Meals included:  All meals
  • Accommodation: Legend

DAY 5 - GALAPAGOS

Post Office  

Wet landing. A very short walk from the beach leads us to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been first setup in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning “post office” in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.

    Cormorant Point  

Wet landing. On arriving, the observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Our walk takes us past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingoes. We continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As we paddle barefoot in the shallow water we will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks.This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

   

One of the favorite snorkeling sites in the islands. Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. We will swim with big schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creole fish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged ëcrowní is a roosting area for boobies, noddies, tropicbirds, and frigates.

   

A truly magical place to snorkel. We would expect to see here green turtles, harmless white-tipped reef sharks, an impressive diversity and abundance of fish as well as some playful sea lions often approaching very close, itching to show off their prowess in the water. Champion Islet also happens to be the last remaining home of the island-endemic Floreana mockingbird which we may be lucky enough to see from our pangas.

   
  • Meals included: All meals  
  • Accommodation: Legend

DAY 6 - GALAPAGOS

Charles Darwin Station  

Dry landing. Once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race, the breeding and relocation center is named in honour of his long-time guardian. The center is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation, are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwin’s finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches.

  Ballena Bay  

Wet landing. The perfect spot to enjoy our water activities of snorkeling, kayaking or the glass-bottom boat. Expect to see lots of fish species including king angelfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, damsels, rays and sharks. From the land portion of the visit there will be sea lions and basking marine iguanas with herons and turtles in the mangrove areas. We might even discover some antique ceramic relics left behind by previous settlements.

 
  • Meals: All meals
  • Accommodation Legend

DAY 7 - GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL

Carrion Point

Dinghy ride at the entry of the Itabaca channel in a lagoon with turquoise water, where we can observe sharks, blue footed boobies, and different kinds of fish.

  Transfer to Baltra Airport     Domestic flight to Guayaquil    

Your guide will assist you during the transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil

 
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 - GUAYAQUIL

Transfer to the airport in order to take your international flight.  
  • Meals included: Breakfast
 

INCLUDED

TOUR GUIDE:

  • English-Spanish speaking – guide-driver in private basis

ACCOMMODATION:

  • Double accommodation with daily breakfast. Accomodation is subject to availability until confirmation.

TRANSPORT:

  • Air Tickets from Guayaquil – Galapagos – Guayaquil
  • All transfers & private ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Assistance with the check-in procedure at Galapagos and Guayaquil airport

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Galapagos Cruise – Legend
  • Galapagos National Park Fees and Ingala Card
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary with private bilingual speaking naturalist guide (English & Spanish)
  • Meals as detailed on the program, Ecuadorian and international gastronomy.
  • Personalized assistance 24/7

NOT INCLUDED

Personal expenses, Extras and Tips.

YES

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Meals not stated in the program.

YES

International air tickets to Ecuador.

YES

Medical services.

NOT

Personal travel insurance.

NOT

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Itinerary is subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers.
  • Prices may change without warning and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and birthdate.
  • Any deposit or payment made by the Client to the Company, for the services that the Company will provide, constitute acceptance for any person that will receive the services of the Company of the Terms and Conditions described at //www.linkexperiences.com/index.php/terms-conditions/
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulation.
  • Although Galapagos wildlife is rich, observation of specific species can never be guaranteed..

RECOMMENDATIONS

In the domestic flight to Galapagos, each passenger may bring one checked luggage of 23kg + a carry-on baggage of 8kg.

 

The checked allowance is:

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Dimension: 158cm/62in

 

The carry-on allowance is:

  • Weight: 8kg.
  • Dimension: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm

 

Comfortable and light clothes, wind breaker jacket, bathing suit and comfortable walking shoes are convenient when visiting Quito, while warmer clothes are required for stays in Guayaquil and Andean mountain areas. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, one small backpack, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

RATES

Rates are per person in US Dollars:

 

CATEGORY HOTELS CITY 2 PAX 3 PAX 4-6 PAX SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Tourist Superior Wyndham Garden

Legend Cruise

Guayaquil

Galapagos

$4.043 $3.983 $3.985 $1.661
First Class Wyndham

Legend Cruise

Guayaquil

Galapagos

$4.125 $4.065 $4.067 $1.765
Luxury Hotel del Parque

Legend Cruise

Guayaquil

Galapagos

$4.498 $4.439 $4.440 $2.168

 

NET PRICE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

“This was our second trip with Link Experiences and couldn’t be happier. Based on our earlier experience with them, we gave them complete control of our family’s trip to the Galapagos. (Our friends independently researched Link’s proposed itinerary against their usual excellent company and decided to come with us.) The trip was fantastic.”

Mel Meinhardt

Florida, USA

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