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Example 5 Day Cruise aboard La Pinta
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Sail the northern islands aboard the La Pinta on a 5-day Galapagos cruise. This small ship adventure takes you to the islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, and Genovesa. Experience the sea lions, sea birds, and giant Galapagos tortoises which first made this island archipelago famous.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Santa Cruz Island - Chinese Hat
Day 3 : Bartolome - Santiago
Day 4 : Genovesa
Day 5 : Baltra


  • Observe giant tortoises and take a nature hike through the highlands
  • Snorkel with sea lions around Bartolome
  • Hike through a large red-footed booby colony


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Galapagos penguin by the water Santa Cruz island, Galapagos A pair of friendly sea lions Snorkeling Pinnacle Rock with all it's vast colors

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to La Pinta for your Galapagos cruise!

Begin your tour at El Chato, a reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Observe giant tortoises in the wild and take a nature hike through the humid zone of the highlands.

Day 2 Santa Cruz Island - Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your morning at Bachas Beach and hope to see the tracks of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the sand. The white sand beach is perfect for meandering, or snorkeling is always an option.

In the afternoon, travel to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) to play snorkel with a colony of sea lions or relax on the white coral beach.

Day 3 Bartolome - Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Pinnacle Rock and the White Sand Beach for opportunities to photograph the Galapagos penguin. Snorkel and play with sea lions as they scoot towards you on the sand.

In the afternoon, sail for the Sullivan Bay lava field. This unique field has a variety of interesting patterns made by the shapes and textures of trees that once existed on the island.

Day 4 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike which leads you through seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.

In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.

Day 5 Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, transfer to the Baltra airport for your connection to the mainland.

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24 staterooms located on the Upper deck, twin beds which can be converted into a double bed. Private bath facilities. 4 cabins can be converted to triple cabins.
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Single Cabin
Single cabins available for solo travelers.

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

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


  • 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


  • 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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