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    Welcome to Ecuador. This Galapagos Journey on the M/Y San Jose is an exciting 7-night cruise on board the standard class Motor Yacht San Jose. The San José is 16-passenger yacht, designed for navigation in the Galapagos Archipelago. The yacht was carefully planned and built during 2004 in Guayaquil, Ecuador with the comfort of her guests in mind. Each of the eight double cabins has full air conditioning, a private bathroom, and is incredibly spacious. Additionally, the engine room is located below the living and dining room, to ensure minimal disturbance from engine noise during navigation.

    The social areas include a lovely dining room, lounge, bar, TV, DVD, and a small library. The San José also offers plenty of outside areas to relax and enjoy the natural sceneries of the Galapagos Islands. There are various carpeted deck areas with reclining chairs and an outdoor bar. On the top deck, there is a sun deck which is great for relaxation and panoramic views.

    San Jose is one of the larger 16-passenger yachts in Galapagos, guaranteeing an intimate and very exclusive experience in a comfortable way. Our certified professional crew and the knowledgeable, bilingual naturalist guide on board will do their utmost to convert your once in a lifetime cruise into the trip of your life!

    • 8-Day/7-Night Standard Class Vacation Cruise Program
    • Morning and afternoon explorations of the West-East Galapagos Islands
    • All meals on board
    • Services of Certified Naturalist Guides

    • Snorkeling Gear
    • Snorkeling opportunities
    • English-speaking local hosts and guides
    • Personalized service of our Ecuador-based partners

    Day by Day Itinerary: San Jose Galapagos Cruise West-East Islands

    DAY 1 | TUESDAY | Fly to the Galapagos. Welcome to the Baltra Island Airport | L.D.

    Upon arrival at Baltra 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). After clearing the formalities, your local host will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor from where you will be taken to the yacht by inflatable dinghy. Check-in and begin your Galapagos Adventure.

    Afternoon: Bachas Beach at Santa Cruz Island: After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to bachas. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos.

    DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY |  B.L.D.

    Morning: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal at Isabela Island: Reach this island by zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of the Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and the Galapagos penguins and sea lions often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

    Afternoon: The Wetlands, Wall of Tears & Tortoise Breeding Center at Isabela Island. This afternoon the wetlands close to Puerto Villamil village will be visited. There are a few lagoons, swamps and mangroves, primarily known for their migrant bird populations. One of the most attractive species to be seen is the flamingo. You will also visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where giant tortoises are reared in captivity on Isabela, to better protect the main sub species of the island. The Wall of Tears also known as ‘Muro de las Lagrimas’ is another point of interest; the wall was constructed of blocks of lava rock between 1946 and 1959, when Isabela was a penal colony.

    DAY 3 | THURSDAY | B.L.D

    Morning: Moreno Point at Isabela Island: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcanos Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in corrugated, or accordion, form) into a complex of coastal lagoons; the main attraction is several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

    Afternoon: Tagus Cove at Isabela Island: Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give you a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant, and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers, and buccaneers in past centuries.

    DAY 4 | FRIDAY | B.L.D.

    Morning: Espinosa Point at Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas can be found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. This is a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the King of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

    Afternoon: Vicente Roca Point at Isabela Island: Enjoy the experience of great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth. (Bolívar Channel) We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

    DAY 5 | SATURDAY | B.L.D.

    Morning: Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove at Santiago Island: Espumilla beach is located at the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last occurrence of the ‘El Niño phenomenon’, one of the two lagoons underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a colony of flamingos. The main attraction is the Palo Santo forest. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. At the nearby Buccaneers Cove we have a great snorkeling opportunity.

    Afternoon. Puerto Egas at Santiago Island: This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. Back at the beach where we land, there’s very good snorkeling and swimming.

    DAY 6 | SUNDAY | B.L.D.

    Morning: Rabida Island: Rabida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt-water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Activities include snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or dinghy ride.

    Afternoon: Sombrero Chino Islet: Sombrero Chino means “Chinese Hat”, a name that makes perfect sense as soon as you take a look at its unique shape. There are several interesting geographical formations that are ideal for scenic photos, and these are home to various marine species, such as Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. Keep an eye out for different species of Darwin’s finches as well.

    DAY 7 | MONDAY | B.L.D.

    Morning: Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. Some of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises that are from captivity status. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center, and an interpretative trail. Along this trail it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds such as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, many species of finches, and the Galapagos flycatcher.

    Afternoon: The Highlands at Santa Cruz Island: The road to the highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located at a 15 minute drive from Puerto Ayora and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather (unpredictable) this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters. You will also visit a local ranch where we can observe the giant tortoise specie of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat. After our highlands-visit, we will return to Puerto Ayora and the yacht.

    DAY 8 | TUESDAY | North Seymour / Baltra Island Airport / Mainland Ecuador | B.

    Morning: North Seymour Island. North Seymour is an uplifted (different to volcanic origin) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps (seasonal activity). They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There’s a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash silvery-blue.

    At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island Airport (GPS) for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito (airfare is NOT Included)

    * Please Note: Itinerary and activities are subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.



    $4,295.00 N/A $4,295.00 $3,436.00 $3,436.00
    ² Child rate applies to one child up to 12 years old, sharing accommodations with two adults and using existing beds

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    OCT 2018
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    NOV 2018
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    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel

    • One Night at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel with breakfast and tax

    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the San Jose to receive delivery of cruise documentation


    $110.00 $98.00 $110.00 $37.00 $88.00


    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel

    • Two Nights at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel with breakfast and tax (One on arrival date, and one upon return from the cruise)

    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the San Jose to receive delivery of cruise documentation


    $208.00 $190.00 $208.00 $74.00 $188.00


    • Meet & greet service at the Quito Airport

    • Private Transfer Quito Airport / Hotel

    • Shared Transfer Quito Hotel / Airport

    • Two Nights in Quito at the first class Mercure Alameda Hotel with breakfast &  tax

    • Guided Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument

    • English-speaking Guide Service during tours and excursions

    • On-site logistical support services of our corresponding in-country offices to quickly address any unforeseen situation and provide the necessary assistance as the case may require


    DAY 1 | Welcome to Quito, Ecuador!

    Meet and greet service upon arrival to the Quito Airport by your local host for your private transfer to the first class Mercure Alameda Hotel for a two-night stay with breakfast and taxes included.

    DAY 2 | Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument | B.

    Following an early morning breakfast, we head out to Quito’s old town, or Centro Histórico, declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1978. We begin with one of Quito’s highlights: its breathtaking views. At Alameda Park and the Basilica, we will admire the staggering hills on which the city was founded followed by a walk along one of Quito’s oldest streets, García Moreno (also known as the Street of the Seven Crosses), which dates back to pre-Columbian times. As we reach Quito’s main square, Independence Plaza, we take a peek inside the Presidential Palace, the main Cathedral, La Compañía Church (considered one of the continent’s most spectacular monumental buildings), San Francisco Church (the oldest in Quito and the largest religious complex in South America), and its spectacular cobblestone square. Around midday, we head north to the Equator to visit the ‘Mitad Del Mundo’ (Middle of the World) monument. You may choose to visit the Ethnographic or Inti-ñan Museums, both located near the monument site, which highlights the particularities of being situated right at the meeting point of two hemispheres, straddling the Equator. Upon completion of the tour, head back to Quito and your hotel.

    DAY 3 | Quito Hotel / Quito Airport to begin Galapagos Cruise | B.

    At the appropriate time, your local host will provide you with a shared transfer to the Quito Airport to board your flight to the Galapagos (airfare is NOT included). Upon arrival at the Galapagos airport you will be met by your local host and transferred to the ship to begin your cruise.

    NOTE: Tour stops may be different than those listed


    $342.00 $324.00 $312.00 $179.00 $232.00


    In Galapagos Islands: M/Y San Jose is a 16-passenger yacht, designed for navigating in the Galapagos Archipelago and offers three different itineraries with varied lengths. Built with you in mind there are plenty of open spaces like carpeted sun decks with lounge chairs, tables and benches, great for taking in the Galapagos views. The dining room and living room are quiet and pleasant areas to enjoy fabulous meals and sharing time with others on your Galapagos Journey.   The social areas also include a lounge, bar, TV, DVD, and a small library.

    San Jose has 8 double cabins onboard offering their guests spaciousness having built the cabins from starboard to port. Each double cabin is designed with private bathrooms, full air-conditioning, and great ocean views. Additionally, the engine room is located below the living and dining room, to ensure minimal disturbance from engine noise during navigation.

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    In Quito, Ecuador: Wyndham Quito Airport. Experience the warmest of welcomes when you visit the newly built Wyndham Quito Airport hotel. We are a top choice of Quito hotels, with a prime location at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Embrace the spirit of the Ecuadorian capital, with our hotel as a supremely comfortable and convenient home base, and spend your days exploring Quito’s many fascinating museums and breathtaking sites. Our hotel is also ideal for guests connecting with local and international flights.

    Each of our 150 non-smoking guest rooms are well-appointed with everyday necessities including free high-speed WiFi and special extras such as an iPod docking station, ergonomic work space and digital safe. Pet-friendly accommodations are easily reserved for a nominal fee.


    In Quito: Mercure Alameda Hotel is 3 km from both the Church of the Society of Jesus and the independence monuments at Plaza de la Independencia. This bustling hotel is also a 9-minute walk from exhibits at Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana. The perfect combination of services, elegant facilities and comfortable accommodations. The hotel has 147 warmly decorated rooms equipped with all the comforts and security that an international hotel requires. Most rooms offer beautiful landscapes views of the city of Quito, all rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, minibar and desk, soundproof windows, and complimentary breakfast and parking. Airy suites add living rooms, and 1 upgraded suite offers a sofa and panoramic city views. In addition, the hotel makes available the latest in technology for your absolute comfort. Other amenities include a refined restaurant and a bakery, as well as a gym and a business center. Elegant function rooms and meeting spaces are available.


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