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Seaman Journey Catamaran - 4 Nights Itinerary

Spend five awe-inspiring days on your Galapagos cruise in the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos Islands on an adventure that you’ll never forget. Following the “Southeast Route” itinerary, you will sail onboard the 16-passenger Seaman Journey motor yacht to visit sites as diverse as San Cristobal Island, Espanola Island and Santa Cruz Island. One of the stops on this Galapagos vacation will be the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will find these emblematic, enormous and slow-moving reptiles that can live from 150- 200 years and that weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure.

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Seaman Journey Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal (Tortoise Breeding Center), Española, Floreana (Post Office Bay) & Charles Darwin Station.

Seaman Journey Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Airport – Transfer to the Seaman Journey – Interpretation Center
Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Tortoise Breeding Center – Cerro Brujo
Day 3: Española Island: Gardner Bay – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet – Suarez Point
Day 4: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Post Office Bay – Baroness Lookout
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station // Baltra Island: Airport
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Seaman Journey Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Airport – Transfer to the Seaman Journey – Interpretation Center

AM: In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristóbal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your yacht: the M/C Seaman Journey.

PM: At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos Province, we will visit San Cristobal Island’s Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about nature and settlement history of the archipelago. Here you will discover displays that provide information about the volcanic origins of the islands, the ocean’s currents, the archipelago’s climate, and facts concerning the arrival of different species. The islands’ human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and settlements of the Galapagos.      

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
San Cristobal Island: Tortoise Breeding Center – Cerro Brujo

AM: One of the main attractions of San Cristobal Island is the Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see enormous Galapagos tortoises, as well as iguanas. As the natural population of tortoises from San Cristóbal Island is seriously threatened by animals introduced onto the island by humans – mainly wild goats, cats, and rats – the center is attempting to increase the number of tortoises as well as eradicate threatening species. Close to the center is an easy trail that covers a distance of 900 meters; along this trail, you will see different species of native and endemic plants of the Galapagos, like cat’s claw, manzanillo, romerillo, and acacia. Be careful not to touch or eat the manzanillo fruits as these are toxic. San Cristobal Island is also one of the few islands where you can see the plant calandrinia galapagosa, which is in danger of extinction. 

PM: This afternoon we will make a wet landing on San Cristobal Island to visit Cerro Brujo, a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. Here you will find exceptional views of Kicker Rock, as well as the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. On this site’s rocks, you can observe Blue-footed boobies, seagulls, Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, White-cheeked pintails and some pelicans. The protected bay is also popular among young sea turtles and rays, which makes swimming and snorkeling here particularly exciting.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Española Island: Gardner Bay – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet – Suarez Point

AM: Española is the southernmost, oldest and one of the most bio-diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is “Hood Island,” in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood.  Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here – in addition to great snorkeling from Española’s remarkably beautiful beaches.

On Española Island’s eastern shore, Gardner Bay is noted for its turquoise-colored waters and its magnificent beach, which we will visit in the afternoon. Around the bay’s small nearby islets, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish, as well as the occasional sea turtle and benign sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of Galapagos sea lions who love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

PM: Small Gardner Islet, situated across from Espanola Island’s Gardner Bay, is lined with vertical cliffs that drop to sandy ledges and large boulders.  While snorkeling, you are likely to encounter the smallest of the Galapagos garden eels, Snake eels, as well as Black-spotted morays, Galapagos puffer fish, Scorpionfish, Trumpetfish, cornetfish and Red-lipped batfish. You will be able to see plenty sea lions lying lazily on the beach.  On the north end of the island are twisting tunnels, and to the south are caves, which all make for a remarkable excursion. The area has an abundance of fish including schools of snappers, Creole fish, King angelfish, large Pufferfish, and a variety of sea urchins and sea stars. We will also ride around Osborn Islet, located close to Española Island. It is made of volcanic rock and is a popular fishing site among local small-scale fishers. On this Galapagos islet, you will have a chance to go snorkeling and see schools of tropical fish, Manta rays, Green turtles, Surgeonfish, Sea urchins, and starfish. Later, we will go on an excursion to Suarez Point. One of the archipelago’s most outstanding wildlife areas, this site boasts a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds are found here, as are other birding favorites that include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved albatross – an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Several types of reptiles are unique to this island, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard. In fact, this is also the only site where you will be able to see “red” sea iguanas. In addition, when heavy swells are running, Suarez Point is the site of a spectacular blowhole whose thundering spray shoots 30 yards up into the air. The trek here is on a stony path about a mile long, though the duration of this excursion is about 3 hours.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Post Office Bay – Baroness Lookout

AM: Today we will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic in the Galapagos archipelago.  Countless legends are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to here in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, Germans and others who were in search of ways to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan Jose Flores, Ecuador’s first president.  This morning’s excursion is to the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon that is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers, and plovers.  With a little bit of luck, you might also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water there, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks.

PM: Later we will visit Post Office Bay, where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. After a wet landing, you can walk just off the beach to leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist.…so don’t forget to bring postcards along. Snorkelers can take a dip on the main beach among the playful sea lions and green sea turtles.  Next, we will visit the Baroness’ Lookout Point, where the controversial “Baroness” Eloisa de Wagner – one of the first human inhabitants in the Galapagos Islands – would spend several hours daily observing whales and dolphins.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Friday
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: This morning we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg.  Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not, and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time.  Later this morning, we will go to the Santa Cruz Highlands and see "The Twins” (twin craters), which will be explained by your naturalist guide. These craters are surrounded by scalesia forest, where also live Ruby tyrants and small and large Tree finches.

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.     

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Seaman Journey Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Days
Main DeckUpper Deck
Ocean ViewSuite
5US$ 3,739US$ 4,289
Included in the price:
  •     A cruise on board the Seaman Journey motor catamaran
  •     accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities
  •     all meals as indicated in the itinerary
  •     all transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  •     services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  •     Snorkeling gear and Kayaks equipment
  •     free purified drinking water.
Not included in the price:
  •     Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  •     Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  •     Transit control card ($20 USD per person)
  •     Bottled soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  •     Single cabin supplements
  •     Tips and gratuities
  •     Personal items
  •     Travel/medical insurance.
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