San Jose Yacht
Starting from 1600 USD / person

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Galapagos National Park

Program overview

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Yacht San Jose Galapagos

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San Jose yacht Galapagos Ecuador

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Specifications and plans :

Type

Motor Yacht

Class

Tourist Superior Class

Capacity

16 passengers

Construction Year

2004

Lenght

34 m / 113 ft

Width

7,60 m / 25.3 ft

Machinery

2 Detroit Engines – 360 HP

Cruising speed

10 knots

Generatos

2 Generatos - 75 kVA each

Electricity

110 v / 220 v

Air conditioning

Individually controlled in all cabins

Number of cabins

4 Twin main deck / 4 Twin upper deck

Beds can be joined to form a queen size bed.

Main deck :

San Jose Yacht Main deck

Upper deck :

San Jose Yacht Upper deck

Sun deck :

San Jose Yacht Sun deck

Itineraries Yacht San Jose - Galapagos

 

Day 1 : Arrival at Baltra airport / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

At Baltra Airport, custom agents will control your TCC (Transit Control Card), paid in the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and that you will have to keep with your passport as it will be asked you again the day of your departure. You will then have to pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Your baggage will then be inspected to make sure any foreign organism isn’t introduced to the Galapagos Islands.

At the arrival hall will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor at Baltra where an inflatable dinghy will take you to the yacht.

During the afternoon, you will visit the two small beaches Las Bachas. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer but is has two old barges that were abandoned during the World War II, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

 

Day 2 : Tintoreras / Humedales / Breeding center Arnaldo Tupiza / Wall of tears (Isabela)

The « Tintoreras » are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is a lava heron on the lookout on mangrove branch and 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 the site as they always found here resting in the shallow waters.

This afternoon the wetlands close to Puerto Villamil village will be visited. There are a few lagoons, swamps and mangroves, primarily known for thein 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 specie of this island.

The Wall of Tears (“Muro de las Lagrimas”) is another point of interest; the wall was constructed with lava rocks between 1946 and 1959, when Isabela was a penal colony.

 

Day 3 : Punta Moreno (Isabela) / Punta Mangle (Fernandina) / Caleta Tagus (Isabela)

Moreno Point is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and the Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a solidified lava flow in the form of an accordion into a complex of coastal lagoons. Its mail attractions are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

During the afternoon, you will visit Punta Mangle on the Fernandina Island, the third largest of the archipelago. Then you will head to Caleta Tagus, again on Isabela.

At Caleta Tagus, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultrasaline 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 : Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) / Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)

Punta Espinoza is located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Covem is a visitor’s site where various unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the flightless cormorant. A bird that, due to the lack of predators, evolved differently; its wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. The see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. You can observe the flightless cormorants and penguins very closely.

At the north-western tip of Isabela Island lies the visitor site Punta Roca Point. During a pange ride we will observe impressive geological formations including a large cave and volcanic tuff cones. The cliffs are home to variety of nesting birdes, including blue-footed and Nazca boobiesm gullsm storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. The calmer waters within the cave are popular area for sea turtles.

It is an excellent snorkeling area due to the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current. There is good possibility to spot sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and other marine life.

 

Day 5 : Espumilla Beach / Caleta Bucanero / Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Espumilla beach is located at the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the “El Niño phenomenon”, one of the two lagoons of the site underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attraction is the palo santo forest. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

At the nearby Buccanners Cove we have a great snorkeling opportunity.

In the afternoon, on the west side of the Island, you will visit the black beach of Puerto Egas. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas because there was an attempt of the company of Hector Egas to start the exploitation of salt. It failed, because the price of salt in the continent was very low and did not justify its exploitation in the Galapagos. Thus the project was abandoned.

 

Day 6 : Rábida / Sombrero Chino

Rabida Island is unique because of the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent.

A short walk along a trail lead us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach, which permits the observation of land birds, such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos. The beach is often full with sea lions, and there are good snorkeling opportunities.

In the afternoon, visit of Sombrero Chino. It is located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north side. On the west side lava formations may be observed, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found of the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

 

Day 7 : Charles Darwin / Partie Haute (Santa Cruz)

Although the great majority of Galapgos 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. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

In the afternoon, you will take the road to the highlands leaving from Bellavista, a small village located at a 15 minute drive from Puerto Ayora and passes through the agricultural zone, nar the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather 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 Twins Craters, which are two pit craters. You will visit as well 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 : North Seymour / Transfer to Baltra airport

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. 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 with a silvery-blue color.

Then transfer to Baltra airport, check-in and flight back. 

itineraries yacht San Jose - Galapagos

Day 1 : Arrival at Baltra Airport / Mosquera

At Baltra Airport, custom agents will control your TCC (Transit Control Card), paid in the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and that you will have to keep with your passport as it will be asked you again the day of your departure. You will then have to pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Your baggage will then be inspected to make sure any foreign organism isn’t introduced to the Galapagos Islands.

At the arrival hall will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor at Baltra where an inflatable dinghy will take you to the yacht.

In the afternoon you will visit Mosquera, 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 common running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs.

 

Day 2 : Bahía Darwin / Barranco (Genovesa)

Darwin Bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, mesked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, Yellow-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.

Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-beaked finches, Large cactus and Ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

In the afternoon, visit of El Barranco. It is located at the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as 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 Nazca 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 : Plazas Sur / Santa Fe

South Plaza 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.

During the afternoon you will visit Santa Fe, an Island located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos and 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 Land 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 : Kicker Rock (San Cristobal) / Transfer to San Cristobal airport

Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock): this huge « cathedral » or 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.

Then, transfer to San Cristobal airport, check-in and flight back to Guayaquil or Quito. 

itineraries San Jose Cruise - Galapagos

Day 1 : Arrival at San Cristobal Airport / Cerro Brujo / León Dormido

At San Cristobal Airport, custom agents will control your TCC (Transit Control Card), paid in the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and that you will have to keep with your passport as it will be asked you again the day of your departure. You will then have to pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Your baggage will then be inspected to make sure any foreign organism isn’t introduced to the Galapagos Islands.

At the arrival hall will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor at Baltra where an inflatable dinghy will take you to the yacht.

In the afternoon, you will visit the interpretation center. The Galapagos National Park Visitor Center 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 : Bahía Gardner / Punta Suarez (Española)

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

In the afternoon, you will go to Punta Suarez. This rocky land spot 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 : Post Office Bay / Baroness Lookout / Punta Cormorant (Floreana) / Champion Islet

Historically, Post Office Bay is 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 destinations 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 (30m) are ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro pajasm the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Then, you will have the opportunity to go to Cormorant Point. This site 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 Champion Islet, where we can enjoy some great snorkeling.

 

Day 4 : Sullivan Bay (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 (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coast. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano at the southeast end.

Then, you will visit Bartolome. Bartolome Island is 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 has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist as well as a small colony of Galapagos penguins.

 

Day 5 : Black Turtle Cove / Transfer to Baltra airport

This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz Island; this is a red mangrove lagoon very calñ and quiet which makes 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.

Then transfer to Baltra Airport, Check-in and flight back to Guayaquil or Quito. 

The following boat is the one included are included in the program:* :

Boat – Tourist Superior

Galapagos National Park

San Jose

www.yachtsanjose.com

*   Depending on availability, equivalents can be offered.

** Hotel category according to local standards.

 

 

Cabin

4d3n

5d4n

8d7n

11d10n

12d11n

15d14n

Standard

1.600 USD

2.350 USD

3.750 USD

5.250 USD

6.100 USD

7.400 USD

* People travelling alone will have to share their cabin with another person of the same sex or pay a surcharge (+80%)

** Children under 12 years old sharing the cabin with their parents can have a 20% discount (maximum 1 child for 2 adults)

 

 

Our rates include : 

  • The nights in the yacht mentioned above.
  • The full board.
  • Unlimited water, tea and coffee.
  • The transfers Airport – Yacht – Airport if you take the operator’s flights.
  • An English and Spanish speaking guide.
  • The snorkeling equipment.
  • We assure 24/7 assistance for the entire trip. 

Our rates do not include : 

  • The international flight.
  • The flight to the Galapagos (approximately 510 USD/person)
  • Carry-on luggage.
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos (currently 100 USD/ person)
  • The Transit Control Card (currently 20 USD/person)
  • The transfers Airport – Yacht – Airport if you don’t use the operator’s flights (approximately 40 USD / person).
  • The diving suit (approximately: 5 USD / person / day).
  • The VAT (12%)
  • Tips, extras and any element not mentioned as included in the program.  

 

General terms :

Ecuador Emotions will always do its best to respect the program; however, the order of the tours described in this program may be modified or parts may be cancelled entirely due to elements beyond our control (weather or natural disasters, strikes, government decisions, railway and road conditions, etc.).

Ecuador Emotions asks its passengers to make sure that they have valid passports for their travel dates and a visa if they need one.

Ecuador Emotions cannot be held responsible for extra costs which may arise from lateness or transport cancellation, whatever the reason. It is also the traveller's responsibility to check the maximum weight allowed by their airline for their luggage (any excess will be directly handled by the traveller). Additionally, the plane ticket prices and all other reference prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Ecuador Emotions suggests that its clients ask for medical advice before their trip, especially to make sure that altitude will not be a problem. It is also recommended to purchase travel insurance in order to avoid any financial loss in case of inability to travel during the planned dates.

 

Payment terms specific to the cruise in the Galapagos:

  • To confirm the services, an initial deposit equal to 30% of the total invoice must be paid in the 10 days following the booking.
  • The total invoice must be paid 60 days before the beginning of the trip at the latest (bank transfer order around 65 days).

Cancellation terms specific to the cruise in the Galapagos:

  • More than 120 days before the beginning of the trip: penalty of 100 USD / person; a credit note equal to the deposit will be issued.
  • Between 119 and 60 days before the beginning of the trip: penalty equal to the total deposit.
  • Less than 60 days before the beginning of the trip: penalty equal to 100% of the total invoice.
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