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Northeast Islands

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This 4-day Northeast Islands Galapagos cruise on the ship, San Jose, explores the wildlife-rich shores of Mosquera, Genovesa, San Cristobal, and more! Enjoy fantastic bird watching on Genovesa, swim with sea lions in San Cristobal, and snorkel with amazing tropical fish and other marine life throughout the 4 days!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Mosquera
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : South Plaza-Santa Fe
Day 4 : San Cristobal

Ship

San Jose

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

South Plaza Island Walking on a beach excursion in the Galapagos Galapagos travel and bird-life found on Genovesa island Snorkel the vibrant reef system Iguana

Day 1 Baltra - Mosquera

Arrive in Baltra and be escorted to the ship, the San Jose. Your first stop is Mosquera, an islet formed by a geological uplift. Here you will find a reef of rocks and coral as you walk along a great white sand beach. You may also find a population of sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and many species of shorebird.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the island of Genovesa. In the morning, head to Darwin Bay, a favorite for birdwatchers. Here, you may see wandering tattlers, lava gulls, red-footed boobies, masked boobies, whimbrels, sharp-beaked finches, Galapagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, and yellow-crowned, blacked-crowned, and lava herons.

In the afternoon, climb Prince Phillip's Steps, where who can find a variety of birds nesting the the lava flows, including storm petrels and short-eared owls. You may also see large populations of red-footed and Nazca boobies hanging out in the trees.

Day 3 South Plaza-Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day with a trip to South Plaza Island, where you may find large populations of Plazas land iguanas, marine iguanas, land iguanas, and hybrid iguanas, as well as many different kinds of tuna, iguana's favorite food! South Plaza is also home to a variety of sea birds, including Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

After lunch, head to Santa Fe, where you may see many endemic species such as the Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, two species of land iguanas, and the Galapagos hawk. As you walk along a beautiful trail, you may see many salt bushes, as well as giant prickly pear cactus. Take the opportunity to snorkel with playful sea lions and tropical fish in the clear waters of Santa Fe.

Day 4 San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, head to San Cristobal. Begin the day walking along the incredible beach at Cerro Brujo, which is composed of white coral and volcanic ash. Cerro Brujo is an eroded tuff cone that is partly composed of the a'a' lava type, creating a fascinating landscape. Here, you may find young sea turtles and rays, sea lions, warblers, finches, and many different sea birds. Then sail to Leon Dormido, an old lava cone that is now home to many birds such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds. The snorkeling is phenomenal, with great opportunities to see spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, tropical fish, and the Galapagos shark.

After this excursion, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to either Quito or Guayaquil.

San Jose

Per person starting at
$1,800
Cabin on board the San Jose
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Standard Cabin
Cabins offer private bath facilities and ocean view. There are 8 twin cabins equipped with two twin beds. 4 cabins are on the upper deck, and 4 are on the main deck. The two twin beds can be pushed together to form one king bed.

Notes

-Child discount is 20% of net rate. Only applicable for 1 child under 12 years traveling with two adults. Not applicable for last minute rates.
-Children of all ages are accepted on-board but parents are held fully responsible for any accidents or damage caused.
-Single supplement is a 80% surcharge of net rate
-Single travelers are allowed to book a Standard Cabin on a sharing basis. The cabin will be shared with another traveler of the same gender.

Child Discount

-Child discount is 20% of net rate. Only applicable for 1 child under 12 years traveling with two adults. Not applicable for last minute rates.-Children of all ages are accepted on-board but parents are held fully responsible for any accidents or dama

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board San Jose based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available for - $25 for 4/5 day tours, $40 for 8 day tours, $55 for 11 day tours, $60 for 12 day tours, $75 for 15 day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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