Yacht La Pinta – 4 days / 3 nights – Eastern Galapagos – Friday to Monday
Eastern Galapagos Itinerary
Our itinerary together begins on San Cristobal Island, the capital of the Galapagos Province. From here, we venture east along the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, both full of life, taking us back to Charles Darwin’s visit of 1835. We then sail south down to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site, Punta Suarez, a favourite of many visitors. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (at certain times of year). In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming snorkelling or exploring aboard the glass-bottom boat. We end on Monday with a visit to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago.
Wherever we sail, whatever we do, all the crew aboard Yacht La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure that your Galapagos experience is truly, deeply moving
- San Cristóbal
- Santa Cruz
- Charles Darwin Research Station
- Kicker Rock
- Punta Suárez
- Gardner Bay
- Galapagos sea lion
- Galapagos giant tortoises
- Galapagos land iguana
- Marine iguanas
- Blue-footed boobies
- Nazca boobies
- Red-footed boobies
- Galapagos hawks
- Galapagos doves
- Galapagos mockingbirds
- San Cristobal mockingbirds
- Española mockingbirds
- San Cristobal lava lizard
- Española lava lizard
- Darwin finches
- Short-eared owls
- Brown pelicans
- Greater frigates
- Magnificent frigates
- Galapagos penguins
- Swallow-tailed gulls
- Lava gulls
- Lava (striated) herons
- Galapagos albatrosses (From April to January)
Day by Day
We arrive by plane at San Cristobal Island and transfer to Yacht La Pinta for cabin assignment, introductory briefing and lunch.
Cerro Colorado Tortoise Centre (San Cristobal Island)
After lunch, we land back at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island's southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre of the highly-endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.
We land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline, where we can see the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel next to an islet.
Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon following lunch on board, a panga ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching with good views of 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. There is a chance to ride in our glass-bottom boat.
Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galapagos albatrosses (April - December), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous "blowhole". Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, we 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 snorkelling in this area, or else there's time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the 'rearing in captivity' programme for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of all the field work done in the name of science. We transfer by bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
|Cabin||2016 Price per Person (US $)|
|Luxury Cabins||$ 2,955|
|Luxury Plus Cabins||$ 2,955|
* Luxury Cabins for single use incurr and Luxury Plus Cabins (4) for twin/double use have a surcharge of 100% .
- All meals
- Soft drinks *
- Island sightseeing
- Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
- Wet suit rental
- Snorkelling gear
- Internet / Wi-Fi **
- Luggage handling
- Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
- Transfers in the islands
- Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.
- Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)***
- Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)***
- Fuel surcharge
- Alcoholic ****
- Laundry *****
- Gifts and additional items
- Travel insurance
- 1 small backpack
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sneakers with rubber soles
- Long pants
- Long and short sleeved shirts
- Wind breaker
- Bathing suit or a wetsuit for snorkelling in cold months
- Hat or cap
- Sunblock and repellent
- Camera & video recorder
- Any medicine you may be taking
Eastern Island Itinerary
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* Please note: soft drinks are considered juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails.
** Internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and wifi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
*** At your request, we can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$ 100 and migration control card fee of US$20 (subject to change). However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us). **** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $25+taxes.
***** Laundry service is only available on the 7-night itinerary
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