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Cruising Galapagos Yacht La Pinta: Northern Islands from Baltra

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,062

Visit Santa Cruz, one of the best places to see giant tortoise before travelling to Sombrero Chino Islet, Bartolome Island, Darwin Bay and more as you spend five days aboard Yacht La Pinta.


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 La Pinta accommodates just 48 guests, and naturalist guides are onboard to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

This 5 day itinerary starts at Santa Cruz Island and El Chato Reserve, one of the best places to see giant tortoises in the wild. Plenty of birds populate the area as well, including barn owls in the spectacular lava tunnels. Discover a little of the Galapagos’ human history at Bahia Ballena, then visit tiny Sombrero Chino Islet, home to Lava Lizards, Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Penguins. You can even snorkel amid Whitetip Reef Sharks and tropical fish.

Hike to the summit of Bartolome Island for spectacular views. Enjoy the white coral sands of Sullivan Bay and feel the volcanic origins of the Galapagos as you tread lava less than 100 years old.

On Genovesa Island, watch thousands of birds – herons, finches, boobies, mockingbirds and others – descend upon Darwin Bay. Then climb to the top of Prince Philip’s Steps for more stunning views and visit large colonies of Masked Boobies and Storm Petrels.

Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,062

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Day 1

Baltra to Santa Cruz

Baltra Airport
Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you will be transferred to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. You will board our bus to the highlands, where you'll learn about Santa Cruz's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
After lunch,you will continue by bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

Duration5 Days
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Yacht La Pinta

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    Yacht La Pinta



    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 Cruz

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)
After breakfast, a panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There's a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

Sombrero Chino Islet
The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Bartolome to Santiago

Bartolome Island
This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling. You can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
After lunch, you will board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Genovesa

Darwin Bay
In the morning, you will begin your exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa Island)
The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before you disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Baltra

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 location to building an airport.

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DEPARTURES: 

2017: Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21; Sep 4, 18; Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers in shared services in Quito and on Galapagos Islands
  • 4 night cruise aboard the M/V La Pinta
  • Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
  • Park fee and tourist ticket
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
  • Wet suit rental and snorkelng gear
  • Domestic airfare, Park entrance fee and tourist ticket

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • 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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