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M/Y La Pinta

The La Pinta is a luxurious new yacht offering a traditional atmosphere for exploring the Galapagos Islands. The La Pinta offers a relaxed yet a comfortable expedition atmosphere, with plush outside cabins, high standards of service, international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes, and all the amenities that make a stellar Galapagos Expedition. This is perfect for those looking for a classic cruise with lots of amenities, or for family reunion groups. 24 outside cabins with twin or queen beds; some can be triple and connect for families

Category: Luxury

Capacity: 48

Operation: Baltra/San Cristobal

Number of Cabins: 24

Length: 209.49 ft

Beam (Width): 41 ft

Draft: 12 ft

Speed: 10 knots

Weight (GRT): 1,438.32 tons

Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht

Electric Power Supply: 110-220 volts 50Hz

Cabin Equipment and Services:
4 outside cabins, on the same deck with twin or queen-size beds. Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin. In-room safe deposit box Telephone with direct international dialing Boutique Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Social Areas:
Three public decks include an ample bar-salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck. Jacuzzi, fitness room

Type of Dietary Restrictions Served on Board:
Vegetarian

Food Serving Style:
Breakfast buffet style

Guide Languages:
English Spanish

Drinks: Coffee station (coffee, tea and water 24-hours-a-day). Free soft drinks

Visitor Activities:
Snorkeling equipment: masks, snorkels, flotation vests. Free wet suits 2mm "shorty" wet suits rental (used between June and December) Glass-bottom boat Sea kayaks Natural history lectures & briefings

Other Activities:
Briefings and lectures

Flight Route Used: Quito/Guayaquil/Baltra

Single Cabin Supplement:
Yes

Children Discount:
Yes

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1

FRIDAY

BALTRA & NORTH SEYMOUR

BALTRA AIRPORT & NORTH SEYMOUR

DAY 2

SATURDAY

ISABELA & FERNANDINA

PUNTA VICENTE ROCA & PUNTA ESPINOSA

DAY 3

SUNDAY

ISABELA

URBINA BAY & TAGUS COVE

DAY 4

MONDAY

RABIDA & SANTA CRUZ

RABIDA & DRAGON HILL

DAY 5

TUESDAY

SANTA CRUZ

CHARLES DARWIN STATION & HIGHLANDS

DAY 6

WEDNESDAY

FLOREANA

POST OFFICE, BARONESS COVE, CORMORANT POINT & CHAMPION

DAY 7

THURSDAY

SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

DAY 8

FRIDAY

SAN CRISTOBAL

SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 FRIDAY

Baltra Island. Morning arrival to Baltra Island by TAME flight and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta.  Welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

North Seymour Island. Afternoon disembarkation (dry landing) 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. Opportunity for snorkelling or coastal exploration. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.

DAY 2 SATURDAY

Punta Vicente Roca (Albermarle Point, Isabela Island)After breakfast, disembark (wet landing) at the northernmost point on Isabela Island, Albemarle Point, named in English after the Duke of Albemarle in the 17th century. This is an historic site, where an old radar station dating back to WWII, and installed there by American troops, can still be seen. Fauna here includes the largest marine iguanas of the Galápagos, a healthy population of Flightless Cormorants. This is the only place in the world where one can encounter penguins in the Northern Hemisphere. Amid the mangroves, guests can spot great blue herons and brown pelicans nesting. Lunch on board.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island) Afternoon visit to the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk over dark lava. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and a lot of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina boasts a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. Evening briefing and dinner.

DAY 3 SUNDAY

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island). After breakfast (wet landing) disembark at Urbina Bay, located at the foot of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, west of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean in 1954. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises (occasionally); a good spot to observe Darwin’s finches. Along the shoreline, after the hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling in this beautiful cove. Lunch on board.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island).On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti is still found on its walls. The vegetation in the area includes the fragrant palo santo trees. These white-barked trees are leafless and look dead most of the year. They leaf and spring back to life in the wet season. An uphill hike takes guests to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. The view at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela’s six volcanoes, a remarkable contrast to the lower islands to the east of the archipelago. Possibilities to swim, snorkel or ride kayaks. There is no beach in the area, so these activities are done from the pangas. Briefing and dinner.

DAY 4 MONDAY

Rábida Island (Jervis). Disembark at Rábida Island (wet landing) on a red-coloured beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine Iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times greater flamingos migrate. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted. Lunch on board. Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). Dry landing and a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings, and more. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site for land iguanas, constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The arid-zone vegetation can be a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galápagos flycatcher, and yellow warblers are regular sightings. Tonight our expedition plan will reveal the interesting sites of the day ahead.

DAY 5 TUESDAY

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Morning disembarkation (dry landing) to visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, including tortoise celebrities like “Lonesome George” within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Lunch at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. After lunch, visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, with their impressive Scalesia forest and the geological formation of the twin pit craters known Los Gemelos.  From December to mid-April a visit to see the giant tortoises in the wild may be included, if weather conditions are good. Next day’s expedition plan and dinner.

DAY 6 WEDNESDAY

Asilo de la Paz [Baroness Cove] & Post office Bay (Floreana Island). Morning disembarkation at Puerto Velasco Ibarra (dry landing) and a bus ride to the highlands of Floreana Island. At Asilo de la Paz the hike is primarily of historical interest for guests. It goes past a cave allegedly once used by the first inhabitant of Galápagos - the Irishman Patrick Watkins - and also visits the freshwater spring which served as a source of water for early settlers. Near Asilo de la Paz the National Park Service has built a corral with giant tortoises; however, these are specimens from other islands, as the Floreana Island subspecies of giant tortoise is extinct. Here birdwatchers can spot the medium tree finch (endemic to the highlands of Floreana). Then, a wet landing at the historic barrel that served as a post office in the archipelago, to learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers. Back on board for lunch.

Punta Cormoran (Cormorant Point, Floreana Island). Disembark at Punta Cormorant (wet landing) at an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others may be observed. This outing also includes a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest (from December to May). Possibility of snorkelling from the beach; a ride in our glass-bottom boat; or for advanced snorkelers, a panga ride to “The Devil’s crown”, if conditions permit. Briefing and dinner.

DAY 7 THURSDAY

Santa Fe Island. After breakfast, a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of “Beach Master”, while smaller males masking as females make stealthy mating moves. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name with tree-sized trunks! The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the afternoon walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience. Lunch on board. South Plaza Island Disembark (dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where the island tilts toward the water, the approach makes for a lavishly colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange ‘Sally Lightfoot’ crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

Briefing and dinner.

DAY 8 FRIDAY Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San  Cristóbal  (Chatham) Island)

After breakfast, departure to the port and airport for flight back to the mainland.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

The itineraries and program 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.  Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.   

Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1

MONDAY

SANTA CRUZ

BALTRA AIRPORT, EL CHATO TORTOISE RESERVE

DAY 2

TUESDAY

SANTA CRUZ, CHINESE HAT

BAHIA BALLENA, CHINESE HAT

DAY 3

WEDNESDAY

BARTOLOME, SANTIAGO

BARTOLOME, SULLIVAN BAY

DAY 4

THURSDAY

GENOVESA

DARWIN BAY, PRINCE PHILLIP’S STEPS

DAY 5

FRIDAY

BALTRA

BALTRA AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 MONDAY

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 of Santa Cruz Island, where we'll learn about the unique montane ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Note: please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taken, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go onboard Yacht La Pinta and the end of the day.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island). After lunch, we travel by bus to El Chato Reserve, 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 Yacht La Pinta.

DAY 2 TUESDAY

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 condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat.

Sombrero Chino Islet. The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. This islet, only formed fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

DAY 3 WEDNESDAY

Bartolomé Island. This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé 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 snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (James 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 snorkelling, 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 Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

DAY 4 THURSDAY

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island). 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 snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa Island). The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a steep climb up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, 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.

DAY 5 FRIDAY

Baltra Island. Your journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

The itineraries and program 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. Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.   

Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1

FRIDAY

SAN CRISTOBAL

SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT, CERRO BRUJO

DAY 2

SATURDAY

SAN CRISTOBAL

GALAPAGUERA NATURAL, PUNTA PITT

DAY 3

SUNDAY

ESPANOLA

PUNTA SUAREZ, GARDNER BAY

DAY 4

MONDAY

SANTA CRUZ

CHARLES DARWIN STATION, BALTRA AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 FRIDAY

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal Island). We arrive by plane at San Cristóbal Island and transfer to Yacht La Pinta for cabin assignment, introductory briefing and lunch.

Cerro Colorado Tortoise Centre (San Cristóbal Island). After lunch, we land back at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island's southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre of the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristóbal lava lizard.

DAY 2 SATURDAY

Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island). We land at the eastern tip of San Cristóbal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; we can see the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkelling by an islet.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island). In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching with good views of seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galápagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. There is a chance to ride in our glass-bottom boat.

DAY 3 SUNDAY

Punta Suárez (Española Island). Our morning outing at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - December), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous "blowhole". Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay (Española Island). In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there's time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.

DAY 4 MONDAY

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island). Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the 'rearing in captivity' programme for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of all the field work done in the name of science. We transfer by bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Per Person USD Rates 2015

Twin Double

Triple

Peak Season Supplement Adult

Peak Season Supplement Children

WESTERN ISLANDS 8 DAY/7 NIGHT  FRI/FRI

$6,505.00

$6,505.00

$210.00

$137.00

NORTHERN ISLANDS 5DAY/4NIGHT MON/FRI

$3,717.00

$3,717.00

$210.00

$137.00

EASTERN & CENTRAL ISLANDS 4 DAY/3 NIGHT FRI/MON

$2,788.00

$2,788.00

$210.00

$137.00

Dec 21-25 Dec 18-25 / Dec 25- Jan 01 - There will be a surcharge of US$ 210 per adult and US$ 137 per Child - No discounts apply - Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 100%. - Triple Cabins (4) for twin/double use have a surcharge of 100% . - Children's policy does not apply during peak season REGULAR SEASON Twin / Double Cabins for single use incurr a 50% surcharge. Triple cabin: for double use 50% surcharge per person CHILDREN under 15 50% OFF PER 1 ADULT (min age 6)



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