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La Pinta Vessel - 4 Nights Itinerary B

The 48-passenger La Pinta motor vessel is popular with family groups all year round. Added to its 24 comfortable cabins and extra-large connecting suites are on-board features that include spacious public areas, fore and aft observation decks, an exercise room, and a Jacuzzi. When disembarking the ship to explore the islands, enormous Galapagos tortoises, dragon-like iguanas, Blue-footed boobies and playful sea lions are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on. On this 5-day/4-night Galapagos voyage on board the La Pinta luxury motor vessel, you will cruise through the eastern islands of the archipelago on a trip that promises to be life-changing. After walking through lush forests filled with birdlife, exploring moon-like lava terrain, and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters teeming with unique marine life, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed thanks to this Galapagos Islands vacation.

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“I enjoyed the scenery and the exotic wildlife on the islands very much. The airport transfers in both directions went smoothly and the service on board was very good.”Nikola Dimitrov

La Pinta Vessel: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Bartolome, Santiago (Sullivan Bay), Genovesa

La Pinta Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Day 2: Santa Cruz Island: Eden Islet // Chinese Hat Island
Day 3: Bartolome Island // Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
Day 4: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Prince Philip's Steps
Day 5: Baltra Island: Airport
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La Pinta Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

AM: Baltra Airport – Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands, where we’ll learn about Santa Cruz's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz Island) – After lunch, we continue by bus to reach a highlands reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board the La Pinta motor yacht.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
Santa Cruz Island: Eden Islet // Chinese Hat Island

AM: Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island) – After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe Blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

PM: Chinese Hat Island – The tiny island of Chinese Hat gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-meter long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.       

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Bartolome Island // Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

AM: Bartolome Island – This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.        

PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) – 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 that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Prince Philip's Steps

AM: Darwin Bay – In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

PM: Prince Philip's Steps – 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. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive Short-eared owl.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Friday
Baltra Island: Airport

AM: 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 for building an airport.

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Breakfast

La Pinta Vessel: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Room
5 Days
Luxury CabinUS$ 4,344
Luxury Plus CabinUS$ 4,344
Included in the price:
  • An 9,7 o 5-day day cruise on board of the La Pinta
  • accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities
  • all transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • services of bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) naturalist guides
  • all meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • free purified drinking water
  • free use of sea kayaks
  • free use of snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkeling vest, and mesh bag)
  • wetsuits.
Not included in the price:
  • Flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galapagos Islands
  • entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per person)
  • migration control card ($20 USD per person)
  • alcoholic beverages
  • single cabin supplement
  • tips
  • personal items
  • travel insurance
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