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Cruising Galapagos Yacht La Pinta: Western Islands from Baltra

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,283

Enjoy seven days of wildlife exploration as you sail aboard Yacht La Pinta, a haven for relaxation with comfortable accommodations and all the facilities for a stylish yet informal ambiance.


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.

Your first stop on this 7 day itinerary is North Seymour Island, known for large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas. Try snorkelling or just explore the coast before going on to Punda Vicente Roca. The volcanic history of the islands has left them with the spectacular remains of lava flows, attracting many birds, seals and other species. Perhaps snorkel along the cliffs of the partly-sunken Ecuador Volcano – occasionally visited by Green Sea Turtles! The relatively young island of Fernandina enjoys a unique environment free of introduced mammals. Marine iguanas, sea lions and flightless cormorant are just some of the species calling this place home.

Snorkel along the shores of Urbina Bay, a particularly good spot to see Darwin’s finches. Nearby Tagus Cove is a former anchorage for pirates and whalers, and your base for an excursion to Darwin Crater. On Rabida Island, visit colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas and yellow warblers along a red, iron-rich beach. Keep an eye out for dolphins on your way to Santa Cruz Island and Dragon Hill.

A visit to Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station gives an insight into the conservation work that continues here, before you see the highlights of Santa Cruz Island, including Scalesia forest and Los Gemelos. On Floreana Island, learn more about the Galapagos’ human history (though wildlife sightings are plentiful here as well). Visit Punta Cormorant, where after dark, sea turtles come to nest between December and April.

Keep a lookout for the endemic land iguana, unique to Santa Fe Island as you wander through giant prickly pear trees. Then bask in one of the most colourful sights of the Galapagos between the Plaza Islands. Here, white sand, a black lava shore and unspoiled blue waters provide the perfect backdrop to bright orange crabs, green seaweed and yellow land iguanas. Another sea lion colony thrives not far away. South Plaza Island is sure to bring your Galapagos adventure to a spectacular end.

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
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,283

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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 BolĂ­var 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: 

2017: Feb 10, 24; Mar 10, 24; Apr 7, 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2, 16, 30; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15, 29.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers in shared services in Quito and on Galapagos Islands
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 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 snorkeling gear

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Round the Horn Cruise

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.

OTHER INFORMATION:

NOTE: 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).

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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15 Dec 2017
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