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Southern Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard San Jose
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This 5-day Southern Islands Galapagos cruise on the ship, San Jose, explores the wildlife-rich shores of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, and more! Observe many unique and rare bird species, swim with sea lions, investigate amazing lava flows, and snorkel with beautiful tropical fish.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Espanola
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santiago-Bartolome
Day 5 : Santa Cruz - Baltra

Ship

San Jose

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sally light-foot crab crawling on the beach Encountering the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands Snorkeling girl Day Hike during a Galapagos cruise Galapagos tidepool

Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive in San Cristobal and be escorted to the ship, the San Jose.

Head to the Interpretation Center in the afternoon, where you can learn all about how the islands were formed, ocean currents, the arrival of different species in the Galapagos, and many other natural circumstances that have made the Galapagos Islands what they are today.

Day 2 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, relax, swim, and snorkel in the beautiful Gardner Bay. You may even be able to observe sharks in the crystal clear waters.

After lunch, visit Suarez Point. This rocky area sustains one of the most varied and impressive colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Climb the high cliffs to get a spectacular view of the soaring birds, and the blowhole that spouts water up to 75 feet into the air.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a visit to Cormorant Point, where you can observe one of the best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. The lagoon is situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. Besides flamingos, you may also see common stilts, white-checked pintails and other migratory birds. Then walk along two distinct beaches. One is a green-colored olivine beach, and the other an iron-red beach.

Begin the afternoon in Post Office Bay, where British whalers set up a barrel as the island's post office. The tradition continues today, and you could even send a post card home! Then head to Baroness Lookout, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the Galapagos.

Day 4 Santiago-Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day in Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, one of the most amazing volcanic sites in the Galapagos. Walk around the remarkable lava flow and admire the amazing geological formations that have created Santiago Island.

Then head to Bartolome, where you have the chance to enjoy a beautiful view that includes volcanic cones, lava fields, lunar-like craters, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. Bartolome is also home to two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles and a small colony of Galapagos penguins live.

Day 5 Santa Cruz - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning in Black Turtle Cove, a gorgeous red mangrove lagoon. Since the lagoon is so quiet and calm, it is the perfect place for shark and ray nurseries. The clear waters allow for great views of golden rays, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, pelicans, herons, and white-tip reef, black-tipped, and hammerhead sharks.

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

San Jose

Per person starting at
$2,600
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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