This 4 day cruise on the comfortable San Jose Yacht is the perfect option for your Galapagos adventure. Starting in Santa Cruz, the itinerary continues north to Genovesa which is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. Complete the cruise in San Cristobal island where you will fly back to the mainland
Sail around the majestic Northern and Central Islands of the Galapagos, places such as the Mosquera Islet, Genovesa, Santa Fe and San Cristobal
Visit the beautiful white coral sand beach of Darwin Bay
Spend some quality time with the local wildlife including seal, iguanas and crabs
Enjoy the great service on board the San Jose
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra Airport - Mosquera Islet
Day 2: Darwin Bay - Prince Phillip's Steps
Day 3: South Plaza - Santa Fe
Day 4: Leon Dormido - San Cristobal Airport
Day 1: Baltra - Mosquera
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will first pass through an airport inspection point where your TCT (Transit Control Card) will be checked and stamped (please keep this carefully with your passport as you will need to show it again when you leave Galapagos). Here you will also pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of USD 100 (unless it has been prepaid). To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, your luggage will be inspected as well.
At the arrival hall a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor at Baltra. By dinghy you will be taken to the yacht where you will then travel to Mosquera Islet which is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where a population of sea lions can be found. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. Along the rocks are commonly running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs.
Day 2: Darwin Bay - Prince Phillip's Steps
Wet landing on the beautiful white coral sandy beach of Darwin Bay, this is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of thecliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below.
Continuing to the southern part of Darwin Bay on to Prince Philip’s Steps, passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the trees; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the lava flows.
Day 3: South Plazas - Santa Fe
South Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.
Then travelling to the south-eastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe was formed from an uplift, which explains why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as giant prickly pear cactus. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
Day 4: Leon Dormido - San Cristobal
This huge ‘cathedral’ of rock is an old lava cone, now split in two. On the rocks many blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigate birds are to be found. The snorkeling is great here, with good opportunities for seeing sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, tropical fish and the Galapagos shark.
Transfer to San Cristobal airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.
Departs - Tuesday (Fortnightly)
Ship Cabins: San Jose
Ocean view cabin
1 Chair, 1 Desk, 1 Wardrobe
Private bathrooms and hot water
Fully air-conditioned rooms
The San José 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, ensuring that all guestrooms
are the quiet island escape you want. The San José also offers plenty of
open areas to relax; there are two carpeted deck areas with reclining
chairs and beach tables with benches.She is also fully equipped and
available for dive charters.
Ship Deck Plan
Year of construction: 2004
Yacht Type: Motor Yacht
Yacht Class: Tourist Superior
Capacity: 16 Passengers
Expedition Staff & crew: 9
Life boats: 2 inflatable emergency rubber boats
Propulsion: Detroit engines - 360 horsepower
Speed: 10 knots in open water
All meals, water coffee and tea during the voyage
Transfers within Galapagos
Bilingual naturalist guides
Activities as specified
Use of snorkelling equipment
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable