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Example 7 Day Cruise aboard La Pinta
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This 7-day Western Islands cruise on the ship, La Pinta, explores the islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz, Rabida and more. Enjoy viewing wildlife including the marine iguana or the Sally Lightfoot crab. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island | Embark
Day 2 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Rabida | Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Isabela | Floreana
Day 7 : Baltra | Disembark

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
  • Champion Inlet
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Isabela
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

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 Island | Embark

Your adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and an immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There’s an introductory welcome briefing, boat drill, and cabin assignment followed by lunch. Following an afternoon disembarkation, enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by panga, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, you may snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles. In the afternoon, visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina, one of many visitors' all-time favorites. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants, and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Here you can see corals, shells, and large and very colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as (occasionally) giant tortoises. Navigating the Bolívar Channel, there are good chances of spotting several species of whales. On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes you to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. Snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before going on your hike.

Day 4 Rabida | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, disembark at Rabida Island’s red-colored beach. A stroll along the beach allows you to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. For non-snorkelers, you can ride a glass-bottom boat for an exploration of life underneath the waves. The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill (Dragon Hill). Your walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance to observe land iguanas.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning visit heads to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are the Galapagos' headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. A delicious lunch is served at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel. After lunch, head up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. This is a great place to look for the emblematic Darwin’s finches and the endemic Scalesia trees. The highlands are also great for exploring the exuberant vegetation where giant tortoises roam in the wild. This surely is one of the most remembered visits of the whole voyage.

Day 6 Isabela | Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Panga rides along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can also be enjoyed. Views from La Lobería and the Baroness Viewpoint are quite rewarding. There's great kayaking and swimming from the beach as well. Before disembarking at Punta Cormorant, snorkel or ride your glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called "Champion Islet". Later in the afternoon, a visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

Day 7 Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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 location for building an airport.

La Pinta

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$6,204
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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.
La Pinta's Stateroom.
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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

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