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This 8-day Western Islands cruise on the ship, La Pinta, explores the islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz, Rabida and more. Enjoy viewing wildlife like the marine iguana or the sally lightfoot crab. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour
Day 2 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Rabida - Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Floreana
Day 7 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 8 : San Cristobal

Highlights

  • Snorkel around Champion Islet
  • View lava flows and mangrove forests
  • Hike across the rocky coast of North Seymour Island
  • Play with sea lions in the shallows of a turquoise lagoon

Ship

La Pinta

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Floreana
  • North Seymour
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Santa Fe land iguana Snorkel on the Endeavour with the sea lions. Travelers take a zodiac through the waters of the Galapagos. Traveler's waking on the seal covered beach. Floreana Lodge

Day 1 Baltra - North Seymour

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to La Pinta.

Set sail for North Seymour Island and hike across its rocky coast. As you walk, pass colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Spot Daphne Major and Minor in the distance and watch sea lions as they body surf near the shore.

Day 2 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at Vicente Roca Point, where the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves. Explore the cliffs and the nesting sites of masked and blue-footed boobies.

Sail for Espinosa Point, a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. View the lava flows and mangrove forests, or relax on the beach and snorkel in the water.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Urbina Bay to view sea turtles and rays. Take a short trail which leads to a coral reef, providing you with the opportunity to walk in the middle of a coral bed.

In the afternoon, journey to Tagus Cove, named after a British warship which anchored here in 1814. Take a zodiac and tour under the cliffs, or watch marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions along the rocks.

Day 4 Rabida - Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Red Beach, known for its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders. A colony of sea lions lives on the beach. Take a trail inland to see finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds.

Travel to Dragon Hill to view a hypersalinic lagoon behind the beach. This pool of water is saltier than the ocean and is frequented by flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the unique history of the islands and to interact with the giant tortoises who reside in its corrals.

Day 6 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to Cormorant Point to hike a trail which overlooks a saltwater lagoon. A favorite location for flamingos, you may also see green sea turtles. Sail for Champion Islet for snorkeling. Champion Rock is covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals.

In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory and Post Office Bay. Feel free to leave an addressed postcard in the barrel and take one for delivery if the address is close to where you live.

Day 7 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island and displays a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.

In the afternoon, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.

Day 8 San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your connection to the mainland.

La Pinta

Per person starting at
$6,895
A variety of cabin arrangements to suit every traveler
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There are 20 Luxury Cabins on the Upper deck. They include twin beds which can be converted into a double bed and private bath facilities.
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There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins on the Upper deck. They include twin beds which can be converted into a double bed and private bath facilities.

Child Discount

25% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board La Pinta based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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