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  • One of the best boats in the Galapagos
  • Great value for an 8 day cruise

The La Pinta yacht carries 48 passengers in 24 cabins. There is a restaurant, an outside bar, an observation lounge and bar, a jacuzzi, an exercise room, library and a medical officer on board. The guides give lectures in the evenings and there is a glass-bottomed boat and kayaks on board. Internet and wifi are available at an additional cost. All cabins are on the Cabin Deck and are spacious with large windows. Cabins have air conditioning, safes, telephones and sound systems. Triple cabins are also possible.

Cabins

  • Cabin: 24 outside cabins, on the same deck with twin or queen-size beds.
  • Double/twin cabin size:15 - 18 square metres.
  • Triple cabin size: 18 - 23 square metres.
  • Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Telephone with direct international dialing
  • Multi-channel sound system for closed-circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3, MP4.

Social Areas

  • Decks: Three public decks include an ample Bar-salon, diningroom, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck.
  • Wellness: Jacuzzi, Fitness room
  • Natural History Library
  • Boutique
  • Intermittent satellite internet connection and WiFi in public areas
  • Fitness Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Glass-bottom boat

Crew

  • Crew: 24
  • Naturalist: 3 (including Expedition manager)
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board

Snorkelling equipment and kayaks

  • Snorkelling equipment available
  • Wet suits available
  • Sea kayaks available

Technical Specifications

  • Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
  • Capacity: 48 guests
  • Refitted: Callao, Peru in 2007
  • Length: 63 meters (207 feet)
  • Beam: 12 meters (39.37 feet)
  • Gross Tonnage: 1541
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Decks: 3 (Sun deck, Cabin deck, Main deck
  • Electricity: 110-220 Volts 50Hz.
  • Engines: 2 DEUTZ model SBA 8M 1275 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar, and GPS
  • Safety Certiificates: (SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM CODE 12)
  • Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge
  • Life Jacket: In each cabin
  • Inflatable life Craft: 2 x 50-man and 6 x 25-man
  • Landing Craft: 4 Pumar inflatable + glass bottom boat

The Galapagos La Pinta operates a 7-night itinerary and a 5-night itinerary. See detailed itineraries of both options below.

La Pinta 5 day cruise

Day 1: Fly to the Galapagos, board the La Pinta and visit Cerro Colorado on San Cristobal Island

Fly to the Galapagos Islands, famous as inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This archipelago off Ecuador’s west coast is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, as your cruise will help you discover. Board the La Pinta luxury yacht, your home for the next four nights. On arrival, visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos, to see the work done in the conservation of the islands. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands and also the final resting place of the late Lonesome George, the very last of his species. Land Iguanas are also bred here. After lunch, visit El Chato Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you can see giant tortoises in the wild and many highland birds. There are also several fascinating lava tunnels through the reserve,

Day 2: Visit Eden and Islet Chinese Hat Islets

In the morning, take a panga ride to Eden Islet where you can see blue-footed boobies, reef sharks and frigate birds. Snorkelling is possible here. After lunch, visit Chinese Hat, a tiny island which is home to marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos penguins and red Sally Lightfoot crabs. There is excellent snorkelling here, with white-tipped reef sharks and tropical fish.

Day 3: Visit Bartolome and Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island

In the morning, climb to the summit of Bartolome Island and enjoy panoramic views of the volcanic archipelago before visiting the small rookery of Galapagos penguins near the beach. You can swim and snorkel around the beach or walk to the other side of the island to see sea turtles nesting (from January to March) and sharks and turtles swimming close to shore. After lunch, visit Sullivan Bay where you can see lava lizards on the strange lava formations.

Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

Day 4: Visit Darwin Bay and Prince Phillip’s Step on Genovesa Island

Explore Genovesa Island, where you can see all three types of boobies – the Blue Footed, the Red Footed and the Nazca or Masked booby. In the morning, make a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a beautiful white, sandy, coral beach where you can see boobies, tropic birds, frigate birds, storm petrels and marine iguanas. You can swim from the beach here. It is also possible to snorkel along the cliffs or paddle in sea kayaks. After lunch, visit Prince Philip’s Steps, a steep path that leads through a seabird colony, up to cliffs that are 25m high. Take a scenic panga ride around the area, and walk amongst masked boobies, red boobies and short-eared owls.

Day 5: Disembark the La Pinta, transfer to the airport and fly to Guayaquil

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city located in tropical lowlands.

 

La Pinta 7 day cruise

Day 1: Fly to the Galapagos, board the La Pinta and visit North Seymour Island

Fly to the Galapagos Islands, famous as inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This archipelago off Ecuador’s west coast is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, as your cruise will help you discover. Board the La Pinta luxury yacht, your home for the next seven nights. After lunch, visit North Seymour Island, home to blue-footed boobies, noddy terns, frigate birds and land and marine iguanas, which can regularly be found lazing in the sun.

Day 2: Visit Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Set off in the morning with a panga ride around Punta Vicente Roca, a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles and sunfish may be spotted here, and the bay is great snorkelling. In the afternoon, visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. As you disembark be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. Snorkelling is also possible here.

Meals included: All meals are included during the Galapagos cruise.

Day 3: Visit Isabela Island

Begin the day with a visit to Urbina Bay, a beautiful black sand beach home to a large colony of land iguanas. The bay is also a nesting site for green sea turtles, and you can swim and snorkel off the coast here, you may also see penguins here. After lunch, visit Tagus Cove, where there are cave inscriptions of ancient pirates who used the coves as shelter, and climb to the top of a cliff for views of the lava fields of Darwin Volcano and saltwater Darwin Lake. You can sometimes snorkel here from the cove.

Day 4: Visit Rabida Island and Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island

Start the day with a visit to Rabida, a unique island with red rocks and sand. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach and observe sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin’s finches. This is also a great place to snorkel. After lunch, visit the impressive Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz, follow a trail around a brackish water lagoon, frequented by flamingos and lagoon birds. You can sometimes snorkel here.

Day 5: Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Santa Cruz Highlands

Morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos, to see the work done in the conservation of the islands. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands and also the final resting place of the late Lonesome George, the very last of his species. Land Iguanas are also bred here. In the afternoon, visit the twin craters of Los Gemelos in the highlands. From December to mid-April, you may see giant tortoises in the wild.

Day 6: Visit Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island

Begin the day with a visit to Post Office Bay, home to brown pelicans, yellow warblers and warbler finches. Climb to Baroness Lookout for a view of the island’s coastline. You can swim in the cove here. After lunch, walk to Punta Cormorant, known for its olive green sand beach and fantastic flamingo lagoon, exquisitely set between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. You can snorkel here or at the nearby Devil's Crown, a sunken cone home to a superb variety of marine life including sharks, rays and tropical fish.

Day 7: Disembark the La Pinta, transfer to the airport and fly to Guayaquil

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city located in tropical lowlands.

Life On board

Breakfast is served from about 7am, before you prepare for your first excursion of the day. As the yacht sails at night, you are already close to the island that you will be visiting. At about 8.30am, the passengers on board will gather with the guide and board the pangas for the short trip to the island. You will have either a wet or a dry landing, and then explore the island. The guide will explain the flora, fauna and geology of the island as you walk. As each island is different, each excursion will focus on different aspects of the Galapagos Islands. After you have explored the island, you will usually have an opportunity to snorkel off the beach. This may be snorkelling with sea lions, tropical fish, or even with marine iguanas and penguins.

You return to the La Pinta in the late morning, for a shower and change before lunch is served. After lunch, you will sail to the next island, and you will have time for a rest, or maybe to look out for dolphins or frigate birds from deck.

At around 3pm, you will again take a panga ride for your second excursion of the day. You return to the yacht in the late afternoon, where you have time for a drink before dinner as the guide explains the itinerary for the next day. After dinner, you can relax in the lounge or on deck. The yacht will usually sail at night to make sure you arrive at the next island early the next morning.


What's Included

All our holidays include flights from the UK; transfers and hotels in Quito and/or Guayaquil; flights to the Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100; Galapagos transit card fee of US$20.

The Galapagos La Pinta cruise includes all transfers in the Galapagos; all meals on board (buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and served dinner), drinking water, tea, coffee, soft drinks; snorkelling equipment and wetsuits; WiFi; all excursions in the islands led by English-speaking certified naturalist guide. There are zodiac boats for wet and dry landings.

Alcoholic drinks are available for sale on board. Tipping the boat crew and guide is usually well deserved, and expected. About US$25 per passenger per day is suggested.


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