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Example 4 Day Cruise aboard La Pinta
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Familiarize yourself with the Galapagos Islands on an introductory Galapagos cruise aboard the La Pinta. This 4-day voyage takes you to the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, and Santa Cruz Island. Swim with playful sea lions, take coastal and inland hikes, and view the famous giant Galapagos tortoise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : San Cristobal
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel with fish and the occasional turtle and shark in Gardner Bay
  • Journey to La Galapaguera and learn about the tortoise breeding program
  • View lava lizards and red-footed boobies at Pitt Point

Ship

La Pinta

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sleepy sea lion on a log A giant lagoon with hundreds of giant tortoises- La Galapaguera, San Cristobal Punta Suarez, Espanola Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Enjoy amazing snorkelling

Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport and transfer to La Pinta.

Set sail for Cerro Brujo (Wizard’s Hill), one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin during his exploration of the Galapagos. Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white-sand beach and is ideal for snorkeling. View brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas.

Day 2 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to La Galapaguera, a highlands information center and learn about the Galapagos tortoise breeding program. Learn about the origin of these unique tortoises, their evolution, and the threats they face from introduced animals.

In the afternoon, arrive at Pitt Point to view lava lizards and hope to see red-footed boobies, the least seen of the boobies.

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail to Suárez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Snorkel in the clear waters off the sand and pebble beaches and watch the lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay where snorkelers can find lots of fish and the occasional turtles and sharks. Join in with a colony of playful sea lions as they swim enthusiastically around you.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a non-profit organization which provides scientific research, technical information and assistance for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. View giant tortoises in their corrals and reach out to interact with them.

Transfer to the Baltra airport for your connection to the mainland.

La Pinta

Per person starting at
$2,955
A variety of cabin arrangements to suit every traveler
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Luxury Cabin
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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Luxury Plus Cabin
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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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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