Galapagos - La Pinta – 5 day Cruise

  • days: 5
  • from: $7,115

Description

Visit the most remote of the Galapagos Islands onboard this luxurious yacht. La Pinta boasts among the largest cabins of any Galapagos vessel with floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins. Its social areas have almost permanent visual contact with the islands through panoramic windows, while its outside deck areas are also wonderful havens for observation and relaxation. Your journey through the Galapagos Islands will truly be an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

2019 Departures:

07 January, 04 and 18 February, 04 and 18 March, 15 and 29 April, 13 May, 10 and 24 June, 08 and 22 July, 05 and 19 August, 02 and 30 September, 14 and 28 October, 11 November

Day 1 Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island

Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you’ll transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Here you’ll board our bus to the highlands, where you’ll learn about Santa Cruz's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue by bus to reach a 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 will then take you down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta. [L,D]

Day 2 Santa Cruz Island (Eden & Sombrero Chino Islets)

After breakfast a panga ride will take you to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you’ll be able to observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigate birds. 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 stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows. After lunch you’ll continue to the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, which gets its name from its appearance - reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes for a beautiful place to visit. You can discover the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities amongst white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins. [B,L,D]

Day 3 Bartolome Island - Santiago Island (Sullivan Bay)

This morning a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. Begin the day with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, you’ll take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by some free time to enjoy the beach and do some snorkelling. You can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. After lunch you’ll board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach, great for swimming and snorkelling. There is also 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. [B,L,D]

Day 4 Genovesa Island (Darwin Bay & Prince Philip's Steps)

Begin your exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over some uneven terrain for dramatic views, otherwise you 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 in sea kayaks. The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before you 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. [B,L,D]

Day 5 Baltra Island

Your journey ends at Baltra Island – you’ll be transferred 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. [B]

 Inclusions

  • Accommodation based on twin-share cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A program of included shore excursions and sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Airfares to the Galapagos Islands (approximately $820pp AU)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp US)
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee ($20pp US)

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share. Single Supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available. Please contact our office for details.