The pleasure of luxury cruising in the Galapagos
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A LOW-IMPACT YACHT
CABINS ABOARD YACHT LA PINTA
Yacht La Pinta boasts some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos expedition vessel, with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of space. The bathrooms are also very ample. The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles) and 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples). All of the beds can be separated or joined together, depending on the needs of guests. Four pairs of cabins can be interconnected for friends or families traveling together.
DAY BY DAY
Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island
Baltra Island Airport
After arriving at Baltra Airport, you will take a transfer ferry. Afterward, you will board a private bus to the highlands. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
After lunch, we will go to a reserve where tortoises are easy to spot. After this, a short, private bus ride will take us to the town of Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.
Santa Cruz Island & Chinese Hat Islet
Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)
In Eden Islet, we can observe blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel or ride aboard the glass-bottom boat, weather permitting.
Sombrero Chino Islet
This islet makes for a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its trail, which begins at a white sand beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities.
Bartolome Island & Santiago Island
We will disembark and begin a steep climb where the view from the top makes the trek well worth the effort! We will take a panga ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock after the walk.
After lunch, we will disembark at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling.
We will begin our exploration with a stroll to observe marine and land birds. An optional walk over uneven terrain rewards us with dramatic views, too. Otherwise, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.
Prince Philip’s Steps
The afternoon starts with a dinghy ride along the cliffs before we disembark at Prince Philip’s Steps. We will also spot Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and the elusive short-eared owl.
Baltra Island Airport
The journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will take your transfer to the airport to hop on your flight back to the mainland.
Baltra Island & South Plaza Island
This adventure begins with your flight to Baltra Island, followed by a transfer to the nearby dock to board Yacht La Pinta. You will be invited to lunch after an introductory briefing on board and an emergency drill.
South Plaza Island
Along the coastline, we will walk by sea lion colonies while seabirds play along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island. Crawling around this entire scene are the yellow-greyish land iguanas.
Santa Fe Island & San Cristobal Island
Santa Fe Island
We take the dinghy over to this white-sand beach. The yellow Santa Fe land iguana, exclusive to this island, might also be spotted. Following the walk, you’ll choose swimming, snorkeling, or riding aboard our glass-bottom boat.
Cerro Colorado & Tortoise Breeding Center
After lunch, we will disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Once at Cerro Colorado, we will visit the Breeding Center for giant tortoises.
San Cristobal Island
This morning, we land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline, allowing the chance to observe frigatebirds and sea lions.
After lunch, a dinghy ride along the shores will take us to Cerro Brujo. This is a great site for walking and spotting plenty of seabirds and shorebirds. Galapagos sea lions will also be present.
The morning outing at Punta Suárez provides a walk to visit the unique seabird colonies that live here. Waved albatrosses, boobies, and the famous “blowhole” geological formation await! Afterward, we will head back onboard for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will disembark for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches. You can opt to kayak or ride aboard our glass-bottom boat.
Santa Cruz Island & Baltra Island
Charles Darwin Research Station /Baltra Airport
After disembarking at the Puerto Ayora docks, we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and get a chance to visit the breeding program for giant tortoises. Afterward, we will take a bus that will take us to the opposite coast. Once there, a short ferry ride will take us across the channel to Baltra Island and the airport.
Baltra Island & North Seymour Island
This adventure begins with your flight to Baltra Island and a transfer to the nearby dock to board Yacht La Pinta. You will be invited to lunch after an introductory briefing on board and an emergency drill.
North Seymour Island
We will disembark and enjoy a walk along this beautiful island. You will observe numerous birds, sea lions, and land iguanas. Afterward, we will head back onboard for an evening briefing, a welcome cocktail, and dinner.
Isabela Island & Fernandina Island
Punta Vicente Roca
This coastal exploration is done aboard dinghies. There is abundant wildlife here, and, depending on weather conditions, you can snorkel along the cliffs!
In the afternoon, we will visit the youngest island of the archipelago – Fernandina. Highlights here include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants, and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.
After breakfast, we will disembark at Urbina Bay. We will see plenty of corals and shells alongside Galapagos land iguanas. While sailing across the Bolívar Channel, we will have a chance to spot whales.
Upon disembarking, we will partake in an uphill hike to the Darwin Crater, which consists entirely of salt water. Afterward, you can snorkel or ride kayaks along the coastal landscape.
Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, we will disembark at Rabida Island’s red-colored beach. We will observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, and Darwin’s finches.
Dragon Hill [Santa Cruz Island]
The walk here involves circling a brackish-water lagoon that lagoon birds often frequent. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay as well as the western islands.
Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora & 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. Following our visit, lunch will be served at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
This is a great place to look for the emblematic Darwin’s Finches and the endemic Scalesia trees. We visit a giant tortoise reserve before returning to the yacht.
Post Office Bay
After breakfast, we will disembark at Post Office Bay to visit the historic “Post Office Barrel” that has functioned as a post office. There’s kayaking and swimming from the beach here as well.
Champion Islet & Cormorant Point
You can enjoy snorkeling or a ride on the glass-bottom boat that travels along “Champion Islet.” Later, you will visit Cormorant Point, where American flamingos can be spotted.
The journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland.