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La Pinta

Western Galapagos Islands 7 Day Cruise (departing Friday)

With just 24 ample staterooms, La Pinta offers the ultimate luxurious expedition adventure in the Galapagos Islands. After full days of wildlife exploration, this yacht provides a haven of relaxation and tranquility with tastefully appointed accommodation and all the facilities for a stylish yet informal ambiance. Naturalist Guides use state-of-the-art equipment to enhance your learning experience, and the staff of La Pinta embrace a spirit of adventure while ensuring your comfort and safety at all times.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship on Baltra Island.

Day 1: Baltra Island - North Seymour Island

After a morning arrival at Baltra Island, you will be taken to join your ship, La Pinta. There will be an introductory briefing by the crew, followed by lunch on board. Sail to North Seymour Island for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island, observing bird colonies of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. You will also have the opportunity to explore the coastline by dinghy. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2: Isabela Island - Fernandina Island

Arrive at Isabela Island and explore the coast by dinghy with a naturalist guide to explain the dramatic geology of the area. The island is a nesting site for flightless cormorants and is also home to a range of wildlife including Galapagos seals, sea lions, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and noddy terns. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, it will also be possible to schedule a snorkeling outing along the cliffs of a partly sunken Ecuador Volcano, near the northern tip of the island. After lunch on board the ship, the cruise continues onto Fernandina Island, the youngest island of the archipelago. Land on the island, walking over dark lava and enjoy the island's unique barren landscape and abundant wildlife. Fernandina boasts a large marine iguana population, who co-inhabit the island with sea lions, penguins, hawks and flightless cormorants. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 3: Isabela Island

After breakfast, land at Urbina Bay, located at the foot of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, on Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above the water. The area is also home to many Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and Darwin finches. The attractive coastline provides some lovely walks. After lunch, sail to the northwest of the island to the secluded Tagus Cove, a favourite anchorage point for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Hike uphill to the back of the Darwin Crater, filled with salt water, where the views are spectacular. It is also possible to go swimming, snorkeling and kayaking amid the dramatic landscape.

Day 4: Rabida Island - Santa Cruz

Arrive at Rabida Island (wet landing) where the beach is coloured red as result of the unusually high content of iron. A stroll along the beach allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s Finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach or ride in the glass-bottom boat for exploration of life underneath the waves. After lunch, head for the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island and Cerro Dragon, where a successful project has been undertaken by the Charles Darwin Research Station to save the endemic land iguanas. Today the population of iguanas is growing again and you may spot some basking in the sun or feeding on the opuntia cacti. En route to "Dragon Hill" you will pass a small lagoon which is a feeding ground for colorful waders such as stilts and greater flamingos. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station - Santa Cruz

Arrive at Santa Cruz Island and travel to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, which house local celebrities such as 'Lonesome George'. Lunch is poolside at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel. After lunch visit the highlands of Santa Cruz with their impressive Scalesia forest and the geological formation of the twin pit craters known as Los Germelos. From December to April and July to December it may be possible to visit the giant tortoises in the wild. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 6: Post Office Bay - Champion Islet (Floreana Island)

Land at Post Office Bay, the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office for over two centuries. Take a panga ride along the maze of channels along the north shore of Floreana, where you can view sea lion colonies, marine turtles, rays and penguins. Later you be able to snorkel or ride the glass-bottom boat along the coast of the extinct cone called Champion Islet. Your visit to Punta Cormorant will also take you along an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by brackish water lagoon where flamingos may be observed.

Disembark

Disembark the ship on Baltra Island.

Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation on board La Pinta
  • Full board (from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 7)
  • Soft drinks
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Excusions as listed in the itinerary
  • Naturalists and lecture services
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wet suit rental
  • **The itineraries and programme are subject to change without prior notice, due mainly to adjustments in the policies and regulations of the Galápagos National Park, weather conditions, seasonal changes and safety reasons

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Wine and beer
  • * Please note: soft drinks are considered juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails; internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galápagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
  • Galapagos National Park admission fee of USD100 per person (subject to change without notice) must be paid upon arrival at the airport in the Galapagos
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos (USD20 per person)
  • Wet suits
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Fuel surcharge (if fuel prices change dramatically then you may charged an additional fee)
 

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