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Address: Ayarza # 400 y Av. Eloy Alfaro - Edificio Milanesi Of: 5 A
Quito, Ecuador

Phone: (00593) 2 242-280
(00593) 99 834-3149
(00593) 99 832-7167



San Jose

The San José is a spacious yacht with 110 feet length and 25 feet wide. Each of the eight twin cabins have private bathrooms and giving you enough space; the dimensions of the cabins are 5.80 m by 2.50m (18.8 feet by 8 feet). All of the cabins also are exterior and a have a great view of the ocean.

With a well thought design the engine room is located below the living and dining room, in this way all the cabins are quiet giving you the possibility to rest well during the night.

The San José also offers you lots of open space areas, such as, two sun green carpeted deck areas with sleeping comfortable chairs, beach tables and benches, where you can enjoy our navigations, the sun, the landscape of the islands, and with a little bit of luck dolphins or whales.

Technical Specification:

Category Tourist Class
Year of construction 2003
Length 33.44 m
Beam 7.6 m
Speed 10 knots
Capacity 16 passengers
Crew 8 + 1 naturalist guide
Beds 10 cabins with private bath and twin beds

Itinerary Overview

Tuesday: Island Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
Wednesday: Island Rabida / Island Santiago – Puerto Egas
Thursday: Island Bartolome / Island Santiago – Sullivan Bay
Friday: Island Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station - Highlands
Saturday: Island San Cristobal – Isla Lobos – Leon Dormido
Sunday: Española Island – Gardener Bay - Suarez Point
Monday: Island Floreana – Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point
Tuesday: Beach Bachas - return flight

Detailed Itinerary:

Tuesday: Island Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
Morning arrival on Baltra Island where you firstly will pay the National Park Entrance Fee before you will be met by your guide and be transferred to the dock to board the boat. Here you will start your cruise. In the afternoon you visit the nearby Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for marine turtles. With good luck you can observe different types of sharks in the calm water, so for example the white-tipped shark or schools of golden mustard rays as well. -/L/D

Wednesday: Island Rabida / Island Santiago – Puerto Egas
Today you will make an excursion to the small volcano island Rábida with its dark red beach. A small path there leads you to the little lagoon, which is often visited by flamingos. On your way to this lagoon you will pass nesting pelicans and other sea birds. The beach of Rábida Island is considered as one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling. Because of a huge richness of fishes you can also observe a lot of sea lions there. Today you will land at Santiago Island, also known as James, or San Salvador Island, which is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still alive on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago. Visit the dark sand beach with a lot of marine iguanas at Egas Port after a wet landing. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast you will reach the cliffy lava coast with natural pools where sea lions take a bath and herons and other sea birds are as well local. Additionally you can encounter a small group of sea bears. The surrounding area is good for spotting and observing colonies of sea lions, red sally light-foot crabs, lava iguanas, Galápagos buzzards and lava herons. B/L/D

Thursday: Island Bartolome / Island Santiago – Sullivan Bay
Arriving at Bartolomé you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. Then you return to Santiago. The Sullivan Bay is located on the east coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field with lava cacti is a variety of interesting patterns. After exploring the lava flow, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coralline. B/L/D

Friday: Island Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station - Highlands
Today you anchor at the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Island Santa Cruz. Beside its rank as homestay for sea lions and pelicans, the marina is a popular starting point for round-the-world-yachtsman. The island itself has come to be both touristic and scientific center of the archipeleago. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based on Santa Cruz Island. The station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galápagos. Park rangers and park managers among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the  tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably Lonesome George. He is the only survivor of his specific turtle species. In the past all approaches to find a partner for him failed. But in July 2008 the scientists found a carved nest wit nine eggs from a female tortoise. Three of them could be saved and now accordingly to strict instructions they are incubated syntheticly. In the afternoon you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz. The lush landscape there is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On your way you will cross the different zones of vegetation, from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the woods of scalesia in the higlands. Here you will visit the tortoise reserve “El Chato”, which was founded in 1964. Explore the huge Galápagos turtles in their natural habitat before we set course for Floreana Island in the south. B/L/D

Saturday: Island San Cristobal – Isla Lobos – Leon Dormido
After a delicious breakfast you will follow the route of Charles Darwin. You will sail around the massive tuff-rock called Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock, which is a nesting site for a lot of sea birds. Because of its steepness you cannot find a landing stage but brave snorkelers can watch out for sharks and rays. In the afternoon you will visit Lobos Island, which is located in front of San Cristobal Island. It is a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. You also should enjoy swimming and snorkelling with sea lions in this calm bay. B/L/D

Sunday: Española Island – Gardener Bay - Suarez Point
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. Gardener Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise shot coloured water and a magnificent beach. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. In the afternoon you will have an excursion to Point Suarez which is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). B/L/D

Monday: Island Floreana – Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point
Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Island of the archipelago. Afterwards you will visit the famous Post Office Bay which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Nowadays you can leave a letter and hope that it will make its destination via another tourist.

At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. B/L/D

Tuesday: Beach Bachas - return flight
In the morning you will visit the long sandy “Las Bachas” Beach. Here you encounter sea lions, herons and marine iguanas and with good luck penguins.  You also have the opportunity to swim offshore of this soft white sand beach. Snorkelling enthusiasts can explore the fascinating underwater world as well. Afterwards you will be escorted to the airport of Baltra island and from there you will fly back to Ecuador mainland. B

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Price 2014

Double cabin per person: USD 2,750,-
Charter: USD 42,500.-

Discount for children under 12 year: 20%

Included in the price: All transfers in Galapagos, cruise on board of the SAN JOSE in double accommodation with all facilities, naturalist guide, purified water free to drink.

Not included in the price: Flights mainland to/from Galápagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.- per person, migration card USD 10.- per person, beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advise, or Captain´s decision for passengers security.

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