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Cruising Galapagos Yacht La Pinta: Eastern Islands from Baltra

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,062

Yacht La Pinta has been designed for the ultimate luxurious adventure in the Galapagos Islands. Spend five days hiking and exploring, getting up close and personal with unique wildlife.


Nowhere embodies the spirit of eco-travel like the Galapagos Islands. They have inspired nature lovers all the way back to Charles Darwin, and today draw visitors from all parts of the globe. As the world’s second largest marine reserve after the Great Barrier Reef, the Islands are perhaps best experienced on a guided cruise. See Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, and the famed Galapagos Tortoise. Then relax after each day’s discoveries aboard your dedicated luxury vessel. The Yacht La Pinta accommodates just 48 guests, and naturalist guides are onboard to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

The first half of this 5 day itinerary explores San Cristobal Island. Climb its eroded shield volcano to see Darwin’s finches and Chatham mockingbirds. Visit Pitt Point, where three species of boobies can be seen together with two frigate species and a sea lion colony.

Your next stop, Hood Island is the oldest of the group, and its remoteness has graced it with a number of endemic species including Waved Albatross, the Hood Island Mockingbird and Nazca Booby. You can even go snorkeling off the white coral beach of Gardner Bay. On Santa Cruz Island, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the work being done to rear giant tortoises in captivity.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,062

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Day 1

Baltra and South Plaza Island

Your adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There's a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. Anchors are weighed and start sailing for your first afternoon outing.

South Plaza Island
The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration5 Days
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Yacht La Pinta

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    Yacht La Pinta boasts among the largest cabins of any Galapagos vessel and features floor-to-ceiling oversized panoramic windows in all cabins for the best views of the islands. Stylish bathrooms with top-notch amenities in all cabins. It is considered an ideal yacht for families travelling ...

    Yacht La Pinta boasts among the largest cabins of any Galapagos vessel and features floor-to-ceiling oversized panoramic windows in all cabins for the best views of the islands. Stylish bathrooms with top-notch amenities in all cabins. It is considered an ideal yacht for families travelling together, with 8 connecting cabins available.

    A sophisticated, upscale travel experience for 48 guests in 24 cabins that combines modern design, spacious rooms, and gourmet cuisine with top adventure. The ship offers a wide variety of aquatic activities including snorkeling, kayaking and a glass-bottom boat. It's a distillation of the wish lists generated by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers, and guests over many years.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Free WiFi
    • Gourmet Cuisine
    • Panoramic Windows
    • Stylish Bathroom

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Day 2

Santa Fe Island and San Cristobal Island

Santa Fe Island
You take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk,you can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.

Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat
After lunch,you will disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island's capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island's southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, you will visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Day 3

San Cristobal

Punta Pitt
You will land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; you can observe frigates, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel.

Cerro Brujo
In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes you to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Espanola

Punta Suarez
The morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous "blowhole" lava formation. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Galapagos. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay
In the afternoon, you will set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there's time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Santa Cruz to Baltra

Disembarking in the morning, you wil visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing programme for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and study done in the name of science. Your transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Your journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra's flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the construction site for an airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

2017: Feb 2, 16; Mar 2, 16, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers in shared services in Quito and on Galapagos Islands
  • Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
  • Park fee and tourist ticket
  • Meals as indicated
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
  • Wet suit rental and snorkelng gear

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Round the Horn Cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.  

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