La Pinta Galapagos Cruise Ship
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 4-, 5- and 8-day itineraries that showcase an excellent selection of interesting parts of the islands.
LA PINTA GALAPAGOS CRUISEReconstruted & 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 Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar and GPS Communications Systems: Inmarsat C, Satellite Internet Safety Certificates: SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM CODE 12 Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge Life Jackets: In each cabin Inflatable Life Craft: 2 x 50-man and 6 x 25-man 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 Bilingual national park guide Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits Coffee, tea and soft drinks Use of Kayak
Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare Alcoholic drinks $100 Galapagos National Park fee $20 Transit Control Card Travel / medical insurance Tips Personal expenses
Single supplement 50% Discount for children under 12 years old 25% Xmas and New Year surcharge 100% for single supplement
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 To start your Galapagos cruise on board of La Pinta Yacht, learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. After lunch, we continue by bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve too.
Day 2 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Eden IsletPM: Sombrero Chino After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz. There is a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities.
Day 3 (Wednesday) - BARTOLOME & SANTIAGO
AM: Bartolome PM: Sullivan Bay This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island, Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling, and with a trail over a lava field.
Day 4 (Thursday) - GENOVESA
AM: Darwin Bay PM: Prince Phillip’s Steps Today, La Pinta Galapagos Ship offers an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks. The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase.
Day 5 (Friday) - BALTRA
Our 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. This will be the end of an amazing Galapagos holiday on La Pinta Cruise ship.
Itinerary Eastern Islands
Day 1 (Thursday) - SOUTH PLAZAS
AM: Baltra PM: South Plazas A morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board of Yacht La Pinta. There is a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. 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.
Day 2 (Friday) - SANTA FE & SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Santa Fe PM: Cerro Colorado The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species.
Day 3 (Saturday) - SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Punta Pitt PM: Cerro Brujo We land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel. 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.
Day 4 (Sunday) - ESPAÑOLA
AM: Punta Suarez PM: Gardner Bay Our morning outing with your guide at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies; many regard this site as the best in the Galapagos. Back on board for lunch. In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there is time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat, enjoy the many amenities that La Pinta Galapagos Yacht has to offer.
Day 5 (Monday) - BALTRA
Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing program for the giant tortoises. We transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to mainland.
Itinerary Western Islands
Day 1 (Friday) - NORTH SEYMOUR
AM: Baltra PM: North Seymour 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. We enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.
Day 2 (Saturday) - ISABELA & FERNANDINA
AM: Vicente Roca Point PM: Espinosa Point 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. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean. 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.
Day 3 (Sunday) - ISABELA
AM: Urbina Bay PM: Tagus Cove After breakfast, we disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Navigating the Bolívar Channel, there are good chances of spotting several species of whales. 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. We can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before going on our hike.
Day 4 (Monday) - RABIDA & SANTA CRUZ
AM: Rabida Island PM: Cerro Dragon In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach. 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. Our 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.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Charles Darwin Station PM: Highands 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 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.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - FLOREANA
AM: Post Office Bay PM: Cormorant Point & Champion Islet After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay (Floreana Island) to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Views from La Lobería and the Baroness Viewpoint are quite rewarding. There’s great kayaking and swimming from the beach as well. Later in the afternoon, our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos may be observed.
Day 7 (Thursday) - BALTRA
Our 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.