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Cruising Galapagos: M/Y La Pinta

Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,591

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!


 

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Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,591

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Day 1

Baltra to North Seymour

Baltra Island
Adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There's an introductory welcome briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment followed by lunch.

North Seymour Island
Following an afternoon disembarkation, enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Days
Accommodation

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

Isabela to Fernandina

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by panga, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we'll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
In the afternoon, visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina, one of many visitors' all-time favourites. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isabela

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
After breakfast, disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Here you can see corals, shells, and large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as (occasionally) giant tortoises. Navigating the Bolívar Channel, there are good chances of spotting several species of whales.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes you to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. You can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before going on our hike.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Rabida to Santa Cruz

Rabida Island
In the morning, disembark at Rabida Island's red-coloured beach. A stroll along the beach allows us to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. For non-snorkelers, we can ride our glass-bottom boat for an exploration of life underneath the waves.

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)
The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Your walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance to observe land iguanas.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Santa Cruz

Puerto Ayora and Charles Darwin Research Station
The morning visit heads to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are the Galapagos' headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. A delicious lunch is served at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
After lunch, head up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. This is a great place to look for the emblematic Darwin's Finches and the endemic Scalesia trees. The highlands are also great for exploring the exuberant vegetation where giant tortoises roam in the wild. This will surely be one of the most remembered visits of the whole voyage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Floreana

Post Office Bay
After breakfast, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Panga rides along the maze of channels on Floreana's north shore can also be enjoyed. Views from La Loberia and the Baroness Viewpoint are quite rewarding. There's great kayaking and swimming from the beach as well.

Champion Islet and Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
Before disembarking at Punta Cormorant you can snorkel or ride the glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called "Champion Islet". Later in the afternoon, visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, you will go to a white sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Baltra

Journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer 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: 

2021

Northern Islands Aug 2, 16, 30; Sep 13, 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6, 20
Eastern Islands Aug 12, 26; Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 16, 30
Western Islands Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10, 24

 

2022

Northern Islands

To Be Advised

Eastern Islands To Be Advised
Western Islands

To Be Advised

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:

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.

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