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San Jose Southern Central

Itinerary B5

from $2,600
5 days

Ship Name

M/Y San Jose

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

This short but comprehensive itinerary gives a quite complete overview of Galapagos. Most of the elder islands of southeast Galapagos you will visit on this route have azure bays and striking beaches of white coral sand, which are favorite place for large colonies of sea lions. This route passes also the albatross and booby colonies and marine iguanas on Española, and the flamingo lagoon of Floreana. During an impressive ‘moonwalk’ on the barren lava flow of Sullivan Bay and a short climb to the summit of Bartolome you will get impressed by the volcanic forces that have created the islands

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal

Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor for embarkation . Later you'll visit the Galapagos National Park Visitor Center which lies close to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center explains a series of natural circumstances such as the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, its ocean currents, its special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment, among others.  

Day 2

Espanola Island

Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood or Espanola Island, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez is a rocky land spot that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

Day 3

Floreana Island

PUnta Cormorant offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral. After our visit of Cormorant Point we will continue with our yacht to the nearby islet known as Corona del Diablo (Devil’s Crown), where we can enjoy some great snorkeling. In the afternoon you'll visit Post Office Bay- the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Since this time it has been used by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view from the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance are the ruins of her former house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

 

Day 4

Santiago & Bartolome

Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago and is volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. In the afternoon visit Bartolome Island, situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It also has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

 

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

Black Turtle Cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz Island, and is a red mangrove lagoon which is very calm and quiet, making it an ideal place as nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permits to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays.  There are no landing sites so the visit is done by zodiac. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area. After this visit you will return to the yacht to take your luggage, and be transferred back to Baltra Airport where you will take your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Cabin
 Mar 3 - Mar 72600
 Mar 17 - Mar 212600
 Mar 31 - Apr 42600
 Apr 14 - Apr 182600
 Apr 28 - May 22600
 May 12 - May 162600
 May 26 - May 302600
 Jun 9 - Jun 132600
 Jun 23 - Jun 272600
 Jul 7 - Jul 112600
 Jul 21 - Jul 252600
 Aug 4 - Aug 82600
 Aug 18 - Aug 222600
 Sep 1 - Sep 52600
 Sep 15 - Sep 192600
 Sep 29 - Oct 32600
 Oct 13 - Oct 172600
 Oct 27 - Oct 312600
 Nov 10 - Nov 142600
 Nov 24 - Nov 282600
 Dec 8 - Dec 122600
 Dec 22 - Dec 262600
 Jan 5 - Jan 92695
 Jan 19 - Jan 232695
 Feb 2 - Feb 62695
 Feb 16 - Feb 202695
 Mar 2 - Mar 62695
 Mar 16 - Mar 202695
 Mar 30 - Apr 32695
 Apr 13 - Apr 172695
 Apr 27 - May 12695
 May 11 - May 152695
 May 25 - May 292695
 Jun 8 - Jun 122695
 Jun 22 - Jun 262695
 Jul 6 - Jul 102695
 Jul 20 - Jul 242695
 Aug 3 - Aug 72695
 Aug 17 - Aug 212695
 Aug 31 - Sep 42695
 Sep 14 - Sep 182695
 Sep 28 - Oct 22695
 Oct 12 - Oct 162695
 Oct 26 - Oct 302695
 Nov 9 - Nov 132695
 Nov 23 - Nov 272695
 Dec 7 - Dec 112695
 Dec 21 - Dec 252695

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 80%.
  • Solo travelers allowed to book twins at twin rate on a sharing basis. Inquire for details.
  • Triples:  Main Deck Suite can accommodate 3. Third person pays Standard Cabin rate.
  • Christmas surcharges range from $200 per person to $400 per person, inquire for details.
  • New Year's surcharge: $400 per person
  • Child Discount: Children under 12 are 20% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $500 per adult
  • Wet suit rental: $25 per person
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Holiday / Peak Season Dates: Christmas Dec 19 - 26, 2017 & New Year's Dec 26 - Jan 2, 2018

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 20% off with two full fare-paying guests.

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $25 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/Y San Jose - 16 Passengers

The San Jose is one of the larger 16 passenger yachts in Galapagos, and its design leaves ample room for a large sun and shaded deck, both with lounge chairs. This outside deck space is excellent for relaxing, enjoying panoramic views and wildlife observation. The interior part of the main deck contains the cozy living/dining room with comfortable sofas, rectangular tables, a buffet bar and a coffee station where coffee, tea and water are available for free. The lounge also contains a a flat screen home cinema, DVD-player and a small library that facilitates the on-board naturalist presentations. Cabins are relatively spacious with private bathroom and doors that open right onto an outdoor promenade. All cabins are located in the quieter upper front half of the yacht, and not directly above or next to the engine room, making for quieter overnights.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $25 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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