La Pinta Galapagos Cruise Ship
5-Star Luxury Cruise★★★★★ | Capacity for 48 passengers
Snug, soothing and warm are what a Galapagos trip with the La Pinta Galapagos cruise promises to be. This comfortable and safe yacht features common lounge areas available for passengers' leisure, a bow observation deck, a fitness gym center, glass bottom boat, Jacuzzi, kayaks, huge sun decks with sun loungers, large interior lounge areas and several other fascinating on-board facilities. Tour the much-loved Galapagos Islands with its 5 and 7-day itineraries that showcase an excellent selection of interesting parts of the islands and all the beauty of its wildlife and dreamy landscapes.
La Pinta Ship Cabins: This boat offers 20 luxury cabins that can be of double and triple accommodation. 4 Luxury plus cabins with ample space and a small social area. The windows in the cabins go from ceiling to floor for a great view of the island. All cabins have a private batrhoom, hot water and air-conditioning. Cabins can be interconnected for families with kids.
LA PINTA GALAPAGOS SHIPReconstruted & refitted: Callao, Peru in 2007 Length: 63.87 metres (209 ft.) Beam: 12.50 metres (41 ft.) Gross Tonnage: 1,438.25 tons Speed: 10 knots Capacity: 48 guests Cabin: 24 outside cabins, on the same Deck with twin or queen-size beds Double Cabin size: 16 square metres (175 square feet) Triple cabin size: 22 square metres (236 square feet) with sofa bed Decks: Three public decks include an ample Bar-salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck Wellness: Jacuzzi, Fitness room Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht Electricity: 110-220 volts 50Hz Engines: 2 DEUTZ Model SBA 8M 1275 HP Landing Craft: 4 Pumar inflatable craft + glass bottom boat Owner: ETICA (Metropolitan Touring) Decks: 3 (Sun Deck, Cabin Deck, Main Deck) Crew: 27 (Including officers) Naturalist Guides: 4 (including Expedition Manager) Medical Officer: Permanently on board
Inclusions & Exclusions
All meals throughout cruise Transfers in the islands All excursions One night of accommodation at Casa Gangotena Hotel Bilingual national park guide Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits Coffee, tea and soft drinks Use of Kayaks
Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare Alcoholic drinks $100 Galapagos National Park fee $20 Transit Control Card Travel / medical insurance Tips Personal expenses
Single supplement 100% Discount for children under 12 years old 10% Xmas and New Year surcharge is $250 per person
La Pinta Galapagos Yacht offers three different itineraries
Itinerary Northern Islands
Day 1 (Monday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz Your exciting Galapagos trip commences today on Santa Cruz. After a transfer from the airport to La Pinta Galapagos Yacht and lunch we will visit the Santa Cruz Highlands. Here at this Galapagos visitor site we look for giant tortoises roaming around a lush green reserve. There are also interesting geological features in this area, and we will observe lava tunnels, formed from volcanic activity. Galapagos wildlife to look for: Sea lion, pelicans, marine iguana, giant tortoise.
Day 2 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Eden IsletPM: Sombrero Chino Eden Islet, off the north coast of Santa Cruz is a volcanic cone, and is relatively “young” by Galapagos geological standards. There are excellent snorkeling opportunities here, or perhaps a trip in a glass bottomed boat. Later on, we will visit Chinese Hat, so named because the scenery looks exactly like that. The lava formations give way to fascinating wildlife on this tiny islet. Galapagos wildlife to observe today: Sharks, blue footed booby, red footed booby, salemas, rays, turtles.
Day 3 (Wednesday) - BARTOLOME & SANTIAGO
AM: Bartolome PM: Sullivan Bay Today we visit Bartolome Island with its stunning scenery. Pinnacle Rock is a true Galapagos highlight, and much photographed. There is a trail walk to the viewpoint and beach time planned for today. There may be a chance for a ride in a glass bottomed boat. Later, at Sullivan Bay there is a white sand beach, and our trail also heads across a lava field. Galapagos wildlife to see: Sea lion, marine iguana, lava heron, Galapagos penguin, Sally Lightfoot crab, green turtle.
Day 4 (Thursday) - GENOVESA
AM: Darwin Bay PM: Prince Phillip’s Steps La Pinta Galapagos Yacht today takes you to Genovesa Island. Here we will first head to Darwin Bay. This is a paradise for birdwatchers, and there are good photography opportunities, with splendid backdrops. Later we will visit the Prince Philip’s Steps, where a steep set of steps lead to a lovely spot, flanked by cliffs and lava formations. Galapagos wildlife today: Nazca booby, herons, finches, red footed booby, mockingbirds, frigate birds, marine iguana, Galapagos Storm Petrel, Red-billed tropicbird, warblers.
Day 5 (Friday) - BALTRA
Today your Galapagos adventure draws to a close. We will head to Baltra Island. This island is interesting historically, and the flat landscape makes it ideally suited to locate the airport. On arrival you will say goodbye to the La Pinta Galapagos yacht and you will be escorted to the airport. From here you will head onwards to the Ecuadorian mainland.
Itinerary Eastern Islands
Day 1 (Thursday) - SOUTH PLAZAS
AM: Baltra PM: South Plazas This morning you will arrive at Baltra Airport, and from here you will be met and escorted to the luxury La Pinta Galapagos Yacht. After lunch and some setting in time we will head to your first Galapagos visitor site: South Plazas. The beautiful white sand beach is surrounded with a fascinating cactus-type vegetation, and residing in this area are land iguanas. Galapagos wildlife you might see: Lava lizards, land iguana, Galapagos hawk, frigate birds, mockingbirds.
Day 2 (Friday) - SANTA FE & SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Santa Fe PM: Cerro Colorado In the morning your Galapagos luxury tour will head to Santa Fe, and we will enjoy a lovely trail walk. There may be the chance to spot the endemic Santa Fe land iguana. This afternoon, after sailing to San Cristobal Island, our Galapagos cruise itinerary takes you to Cerro Colorado (Red Hill). Here there is a giant tortoise breeding center within a delightful cool forested area. Galapagos wildlife to spot: Santa Fe land iguana, giant tortoise.
Day 3 (Saturday) - SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Punta Pitt PM: Cerro Brujo Punta Pitt offers lovely scenery along a trail which starts from the beach. The trail heads up a hill formed by volcanic activity and there are good views at the top. Cerro Brujo is noteworthy for its picturesque large beach formed from coral. In the past, settlers extracted salt from a nearby lake. From the site you can see Kicker Rock. Galapagos wildlife to look out for today: Coastal birds, including shore birds, sea lions.
Day 4 (Sunday) - ESPAÑOLA
AM: Punta Suarez PM: Gardner Bay Punta Suarez is a genuine Galapagos highlight, and the sea bird colonies are astounding. In the right season, a real treat is the chance to see the waved albatross taking off from the albatross runway (April – December). Later we visit Gardner Bay for time on a glorious white sand coral beach. There are chances to snorkel, or take a trip in the La Pinta luxury yacht’s glass bottomed boat. Galapagos wildlife to observe today: Waved albatross, Galapagos hawk, herons, blue footed booby, sea lions.
Day 5 (Monday) - BALTRA
There is time for one last Galapagos visitor’s site before your journey on your luxury Galapagos yacht ends. We will head to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Here we can observe the giant tortoise breeding program at work. From here we will escort you to Baltra Island to the airport, from where you will take your flight to Ecuador’s mainland. Galapagos wildlife to look out for today: Giant tortoises, land iguana, sea lions, pelicans.
Itinerary Western Islands
Day 1 (Friday) - NORTH SEYMOUR
AM: Baltra PM: North Seymour Today we will transfer you from Baltra Airport and welcome you aboard the La Pinta luxury Galapagos yacht – your home for the next few days. After a short time to get acquainted with your boat and have lunch, we will visit North Seymour Island. This Galapagos visitor site is renowned for its bird nesting sites along its flat trail. This offers an excellent first taste of your Galapagos cruise. Galapagos wildlife to look for: Blue footed booby, land iguana, frigate birds, pelicans, sea lion.
Day 2 (Saturday) - ISABELA & FERNANDINA
AM: Vicente Roca Point PM: Espinosa Point Vicente Roca Point provides opportunities to view nesting sea birds, which vary depending on the season. La Pinta Galapagos luxury yacht moors here for your visit to this rocky coastline. Later, Punta Espinosa is one of the most fabulous Galapagos sites, and the scenic volcanic landscape is delightful to photograph. A wide range of bird life can be found residing here. Galapagos wildlife you could observe today: Sea lion, fur sea lion, Galapagos hawk, snakes, marine iguana, flightless cormorant, penguin, turtle.
Day 3 (Sunday) - ISABELA
AM: Urbina Bay PM: Tagus Cove This morning’s first visit is to Urbina Bay. The landscape is noteworthy here as the coral protrudes from the sea – a result of volcanic activity. Here we may find giant tortoises and land iguanas. Stunning Tagus Cove is our afternoon visit, and we can take a trail, viewing birdlife living on the cliffs. There is a chance to swim or snorkel here too. Galapagos wildlife to spot: Galapagos penguin, hawks, flightless cormorants, marine iguana, Sally Lightfoot crab, giant tortoise, land iguana.
Day 4 (Monday) - RABIDA & SANTA CRUZ
AM: Rabida Island PM: Cerro Dragon Rabida Island and its spectacular red sand beach is the first stop for the La Pinta Galapagos cruise itinerary. Viewing the marine by glass bottomed boat, or snorkeling are options. Dragon Hill Galapagos visitor site is our later visit today. Here we will see tiny dragons – the land iguanas that have made this hill their home. There is a salt water lagoon and on occasion flamingos are spotted here. Galapagos wildlife to observe: Flamingos, land iguana, Finches, mockingbirds, warblers, black necked stilt, white cheeked pintail.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Charles Darwin Station PM: Highands The first port of call today is the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station where there is a chance to learn about Galapagos conservation. Later there is an opportunity to spot giant tortoises as they crash around in the vegetation of the highlands of Santa Cruz. Some of the finches that Darwin developed his evolution theory on can be found here too. Galapagos wildlife to spot: Finches, giant tortoises, sea lion, pelican, land iguana, Sally Lightfoot crab.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - FLOREANA
AM: Post Office Bay PM: Cormorant Point & Champion Islet Post Office Bay on Floreana Island is fascinating for its antiquated and original mail system – post your cards in a barrel and you’ll see if they get home. We can swim at La Loberia beach too. Later, at Punta Cormorant we will not see cormorants (the origin of the name is unknown), but we will visit a green colored beach backed by a lagoon where flamingos can be seen. Galapagos wildlife to look for: Flamingos, turtles, shore birds.
Day 7 (Thursday) - BALTRA
This morning your luxury Galapagos tour on your La Pinta cruise draws to its end. We will head to the airport, and you will see why Baltra was selected as the location for this, due to its flat scenery. We will say goodbye and you will board your flight to the Ecuadorian mainland and your onward journey.
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