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Example 5 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 5-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 : Baltra Island | Embark | South Plaza Island
Day 2 : Santa Fe | San Cristobal
Day 3 : San Cristobal
Day 4 : Española
Day 5 : Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel with fish and the occasional turtle and shark in Gardner Bay
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station & learn about the giant tortoises
  • View lava lizards and red-footed boobies at Pitt Point

Ship

La Pinta

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

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 Baltra Island | Embark | South Plaza Island

Your 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. Weigh anchor and start sailing for your first afternoon outing. 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-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Day 2 Santa Fe | San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat. After lunch, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island's capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Day 3 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; 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. In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes you to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

Day 4 Española

Your 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 - 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. In the afternoon, 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.

Day 5 Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Disembarking in the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing program for the giant tortoises. Here witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and study done in the name of science. Transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Your journey ends at Baltra Island. 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 construction site for an airport.

La Pinta

Per person starting at
$4,135
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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.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Please Note: The exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife you encounter. It's also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.

*Soft drinks include juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails.   
* Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

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
  • Sea Kayaking

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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