Embark on a luxurious adventure with La Pinta Galapagos Yacht, one of the most modern vessels in the region, renowned for its exceptional service and diverse range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. With a capacity for up to 48 guests, including families, La Pinta offers superior accommodations, including extra-large connecting suites ideal for families. Featuring spacious double or twin-bedded staterooms and triple cabins, all with ocean views and private bathrooms, La Pinta ensures comfort and convenience for every guest. The vessel's public areas boast a large observation lounge and bar, outdoor dining options, a Sky Bar, observation decks, an exercise room, Jacuzzi, and a natural history library-conference room. Expert guides lead daily land excursions to maximize wildlife encounters, complemented by faultless service and delicious cuisine served in the panoramic-windowed dining room. Enjoy unparalleled comfort and unforgettable wildlife experiences aboard La Pinta Galapagos Yacht.

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Galapagos Islands, South Plaza, Santa Fe, San Cristobal (Punta Pitt), Española, Santa Cruz

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La Pinta Itineraries

Baltra Airport // South Plaza Island

AM: Baltra Airport – Our adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There’s a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. We weigh anchor and start sailing for our first-afternoon outing.

PM: South Plaza Island – The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline, one finds sea lion colonies, while seabirds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

AM: Santa Fe Island – We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.

PM: Tortoise Breeding Center – After lunch, we disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island's capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. We will visit a breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises. Located in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, this center is also home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

AM: Punta Pitt – We land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; we can observe frigates, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel.

PM: Cerro Brujo – 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 coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shorebirds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

AM: Suarez Point – Our morning outing at Suarez Point provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique seabird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April-January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole” lava formation. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Galapagos. Back on board for lunch.

PM: Gardner Bay – 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 snorkeling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra Airport – Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing program for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and study done in the name of science. We transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. 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 construction site for an airport.

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Price per person

Luxury Cabin

USD$ 5643

Luxury Plus Cabin

USD$ 5643

Included in the price

  • Accommodations in a double cabin, with private facilities
  • Soft drinks (juices and carbonated drinks)
  • Services of bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) naturalist guides
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Free use of snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkeling vest, and mesh bag)
  • Taxes and transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Internet connections on board, use of 2 computer stations in the library

Not included in the price

  • Flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galapagos Islands and airport taxes
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per person)
  • Galapagos Immigration Control Card ($20 USD per person)
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Single cabin supplement
  • Tips and gratuities for the captain and crew members
  • Personal items
  • Medical/travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Corkage fee of $27+taxes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PM:

Price per person

Luxury Cabin

USD$ 5643

Luxury Plus Cabin

USD$ 5643

Included in the price

  • Accommodations in a double cabin, with private facilities
  • Soft drinks (juices and carbonated drinks)
  • Services of bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) naturalist guides
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Free use of snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkeling vest, and mesh bag)
  • Taxes and transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Internet connections on board, use of 2 computer stations in the library

Not included in the price

  • Flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galapagos Islands and airport taxes
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per person)
  • Galapagos Immigration Control Card ($20 USD per person)
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Single cabin supplement
  • Tips and gratuities for the captain and crew members
  • Personal items
  • Medical/travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Corkage fee of $27+taxes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PM:

Price per person

Luxury Cabin

USD$ 7562

Luxury Plus Cabin

USD$ 7562

Included in the price

  • Accommodations in a double cabin, with private facilities
  • Soft drinks (juices and carbonated drinks)
  • Services of bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) naturalist guides
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Free use of snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkeling vest, and mesh bag)
  • Taxes and transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Internet connections on board, use of 2 computer stations in the library

Not included in the price

  • Flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galapagos Islands and airport taxes
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per person)
  • Galapagos Immigration Control Card ($20 USD per person)
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Single cabin supplement
  • Tips and gratuities for the captain and crew members
  • Personal items
  • Medical/travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Corkage fee of $27+taxes

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Boat specifications

Technical Specifications:

  • Converted: Callao, Peru in 2007
  • Name: La Pinta
  • Registry: Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Nationality: Ecuador
  • Type of vessel: Motor Vessel
  • Length: 63.87(209 ft.)
  • Bream: 12.50 m (41ft.)
  • Speed: 10knots
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,438.25
  • Engines: 2 DEUTZ Model SBA 8M1275 hp
  • Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, automatic pilot, radar, and GPS
  • Safety Certificates: SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM CODE 12
  • Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Inflatable Life Craft: 2 x 50-person and 6 x 25-person
  • Landing Craft: 4 Pumar inflatable + glass-bottom boat
  • Communications Systems: Inmarsat C, Internet Satellite
  • Class &Regulations: RINA
  • Decks: 3: Sun deck, Cabin deck, Main deck
  • Green: Smart Voyager Certification
  • Crew: 27 including Officers
  • Naturalist Guides: 4 (including Expedition Leader)
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board

Accommodations:

  • Capacity: 48 passengers in 24 outside cabins
  • Cabins: 20 Twin/Double Cabins (17.6m2/189ft2) with twin beds that can convert to double; 4 Triple Cabins (23.04m2/247ft2) with twin beds that can convert to double plus sofa bed for child or 3 twin beds.
  • Features: All cabins are located on the Upper Deck, beautifully decorated with private bathrooms, permanent hot and cold water, hairdryer, large view windows, ample closet space and central room temperature control panel, public announcements system, individual MP3 sound system, volume and reading lights; all cabins are fully carpeted and air-conditioned throughout. Four cabins are interconnected.

Facilities:

  • Glass bottom boat; Jacuzzi; gym; large lounge/bar; dining room; natural history library; sky bar; sun deck; medical officer on board; Young Pirates’ program for younger passengers; special children’s meals; computers with internet access; international direct dial telephones; conference room.

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Ha sido un placer conoceros!! Volveremos!!

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star rating  Amabilidad y experiencia - Hice el viaje desde BS AS a Quito, y luego a Galápagos.
Todo resultó impecable
La organización, los guías, los hoteles y todos los servicios contratados
Destaco la amabilidad, y predisposición de Rachel, nuestra guía de gran parte de la estadía en Quito. Y los guías en las islas, Peter, Carlos Lopez y otros cuyo nombre no recuerdo
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March 10, 2023

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