Cruising Galapagos: M/Y La Pinta
- 5-7 Days
- 5 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 5,757
Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a 4-star cruise vessel. Choosing from three itineraries, you’ll hike across volcanic landscapes full of giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, snorkel alongside reef sharks, and walk in the footsteps of scientists and explorers.
The M/Y La Pinta offers a 5 to 7-day journey through the Galapagos to see a variety of landscapes and wildlife. Explore the world’s greatest natural playground aboard the M/Y La Pinta.
Departing from Baltra Island, this 4-star cruise vessel offers excellent service and maximum comfort while exploring the islands. The itinerary is as follows:
5-Day Northern Islands Itinerary
Santa Cruz – Sombrero Chino – Bartolome – Santiago – Genovesa
First stop is Santa Cruz, the most popular island in the archipelago. Venture into the highlands to walk over volcanic craters and meet giant tortoises, who feed on the local greenery. Ride a panga out to Eden and spot blue-footed boobies and frigate birds on the beaches. You can snorkel alongside the reef sharks in the water or explore the volcanic debris of the islet. Head to Sombrero Chino, to the southeast of Santiago, which looks like a rice picking hat. You’ll have a chance to snorkel through the water and see the Galapagos Penguins that live along the shoreline. On Bartolome, climb up the wooden staircase for spectacular views of the moon-like landscape before riding a dinghy around Pinnacle Rock. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago, where you’ll explore the volcanic origins of the islands and have some time on a beautiful white-sand coral beach. On Genovesa, explore Darwin Bay, which is on the edge of a massive underwater volcanic caldera. Spot storm petrels and Galapagos doves before riding a panga along the cliffs and reaching Prince Philip’s Steps, where you’ll climb the staircase and hike out to blue-footed booby colonies. You’ll then connect back to Baltra to return home.
5-Day Eastern Islands Itinerary
South Plaza – Santa Fe – San Cristobal – Espanola – Santa Cruz
Start on South Plaza where you’ll spot cliffs covered with sea lions and yellow-grey land iguanas feeding on prickly-pear cactus groves. On Santa Fe, you’ll ride a dinghy over to a white-sand beach and have a chance to spot some more land iguanas during a walk. Continue to San Cristobal where you’ll visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat, which is responsible for repopulating the island with the highly-endangered giant tortoises. At nearby Punta Pitt, you’ll spot red-footed boobies, before continuing to the white coral beach of Cerro Brujo, where Charles Darwin first set foot on the islands. On Espanola, you’ll hike across the geologically-oldest landscape in the archipelago. Swing by Punta Suarez to see the world’s only nesting ground for waved albatrosses. Continue to Gardner Bay to go swimming and snorkelling and observe sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches. End your time in the islands on Santa Cruz, where you’ll learn about conservation programs at the Charles Darwin Research Station, before connecting back to Baltra.
7-Day Western Islands Itinerary
North Seymour – Isabela – Fernandina – Rabida – Santa Cruz - Floreana
Start your journey on and around North Seymour, where you can take a dinghy out to observe blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and sea lions on the coast. On Isabela, take a panga to explore the lava flows of Punta Vicente Roca and spot some green sea turtles in the water. Continue to Fernandina where you’ll explore Punta Espinoza, known for its flightless cormorants and for being an island that has never been invaded by a foreign species. Hike across the black volcanic rocks and spots some penguins and hawks. Return to Isabela and spend a morning at Urbina Bay, exploring the ocean floor and spotting land iguanas on the rocky coastline. Connect to the northwest of the island and Tagus Cove, where you’ll learn about pirate legends and hike to Darwin Crater. On Rabida, explore the famous red-sand beach and spot Darwin finches and yellow warblers. You can also snorkel in the waters off the shoreline. On Santa Cruz, stop by Cerro Dragon to see the famous pink flamingos of its lagoon. Continue to Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos, and Charles Darwin Research Station. Then explore the highlands, spotting lava tunnels, craters, and giant tortoises. On Floreana, stop by Post Office Bay, where a barrel has served as a post office for centuries. Continue to Punta Cormorant to see the green beach before taking a glass-bottom boat out to see the extinct cone of Champion Islet. Spend the rest of your time on one of the island’s white-sand beaches. Then return to Baltra to close out your journey through the Galapagos.
Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!
- 5-7 Days
- 5 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 5,757
Itinerary View Trip Map
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|
Yacht La Pinta
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.
- Airport Transfer
- Free WiFi
- Gourmet Cuisine
- Panoramic Windows
- Stylish Bathroom
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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.
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.
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|
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.
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|
Santa Cruz to Baltra
Disembarking in the morning, you will 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.
|Northern Islands||Nov 11; Dec 23|
|Eastern Islands||Nov 7; Dec 19|
|Western Islands||Dec 13, 27|
|Northern Islands|| |
Jan 6, 20; Feb 3, 17; 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, 21
|Eastern Islands||Jan 2, 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 12, 26; Spr 9, 23; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 27; Sep 10, 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3, 17, 31|
|Western Islands|| |
Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; 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, 25
- 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
- Travel insurance
- International airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
Luxury Plus cabins are available. Please inquire!
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.
19 Nov 2020