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La Pinta Vessel - 6 Nights Itinerary

The La Pinta motor vessel — one of the most up-to-date vessels for luxury cruising in the Galapagos Islands — has an excellent reputation for great service while offering a variety of activities for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. The 48-guest cruise ship has 20 double staterooms, plus four triple cabins, all with ocean views, private bathrooms, personal safes, and individually controlled air-conditioning. This thrilling Galapagos Islands tour takes you to stunning volcanic island environments that showcase one of Earth’s greatest displays of wildlife and landscapes. On board the La Pinta luxury motor vessel, you will see many of the singular geological features created by this volcanic hotspot where its islands are still being formed. To get the most out of this 7-day/6-night Galapagos Islands cruise, you will be accompanied by professional park-certified naturalist guides on daily land excursions to explore the archipelago’s fascinating western islands.

Testimonials

“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, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz (Highlands), Floreana

La Pinta Vessel: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island // North Seymour Island
Day 2: Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca // Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point
Day 3: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove
Day 4: Rabida Island // Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora – Charles Darwin Research Station – Highlands
Day 6: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point
Day 7: Baltra Island: Airport
Galapagos Map

La Pinta Vessel: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday
Baltra Island // North Seymour Island

AM: Baltra Island – Our adventure begins with a morning 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. 

PM: North Seymour Island – Following an afternoon disembarkation, we enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail, and dinner.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday
Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca // Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

AM: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) – 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, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

PM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island) – In the afternoon, we visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina, one of many visitors' all-time favorites. Espinoza Point has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.            

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday
Isabela Island: Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay – After breakfast, we disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Here you can see corals, shells, and large and very colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as (occasionally) giant tortoises. Navigating the Bolivar Channel, there are good chances of spotting several species of whales.

PM: Tagus Cove – On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes us to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water.  We can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before going on our hike.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Monday
Rabida Island // Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

AM: Rabida Island – In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island’s red-colored beach. A stroll along the beach allows us to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. 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.

PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) – The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. 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.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday
Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora – Charles Darwin Research Station – Highlands

AM: Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research Station – The morning visit heads from the town of Puerta Ayora to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its 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 will be served at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz Island – After lunch, we head up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. 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. This will surely be one of the most remembered visits of the whole voyage.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Wednesday
Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point

AM: Post Office Bay – After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Panga rides along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can also be enjoyed. Views from La Loberia and the Baroness Viewpoint are quite rewarding. There's great kayaking and swimming from the beach as well.

PM: Champion Islet & Cormorant Point – Before disembarking at Cormorant Point we can snorkel or ride our glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called "Champion Islet". Later in the afternoon, our visit to Cormorant Point takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Thursday
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
7 Days
Luxury CabinUS$ 6,516
Luxury Plus CabinUS$ 6,516
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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