Yacht La Pinta – 5 days / 4 nights – Northern Galapagos – Monday to Friday

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Northern Galapagos Itinerary

La Pinta - Northern

We’re delighted to have you on board for this journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos. Our itinerary together begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous of the archipelago, where we meet giant tortoises in the wild and then venture to the shores of Eden Islet. From there, we hop over to the lovely crescent bay of Chinese Hat. On Wednesday, one of the iconic sites of the archipelago awaits: Bartolome Island, with its wooden walkway up to a panoramic viewpoint, golden sandy beach and great snorkelling opportunities. Close-by, Sullivan Bay gives us a great introduction to the volcanic origins of the islands. We end with an exciting visit to the sunken caldera of Genovesa, far up in the northeast of the archipelago, a privileged place to visit amid thousands of marine birds. The entire crew aboard La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure your Galapagos experience is truly deeply moving and memorable.

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Chinese Hat Islet
  • Bartolome
  • Genovesa
  • Santiago
  • Pinnacle Rock
  • Chinese hat
  • Darwin Bay
  • Highlands of Santa Cruz

(Highlighted species are Big15)

  • * Blue-footed booby
  • * Nazca booby
  • * Red-footed booby
  • * Great & magnificent frigatebird
  • * Galapagos hawk
  • * Marine iguana
  • * Galapagos penguin
  • * Galapagos sea lion
  • * Galapagos fur seal
  • * Galapagos giant tortoise
  • Galapagos dove
  • Galapagos mockingbird
  • Darwin’s finches
  • Short-eared owl
  • Brown pelican
  • Swallow-tailed gull
  • Lava gull
  • Lava (striated) heron

Note: * Big15

Day by Day

Itinerary

Yacht La Pinta - Northern

Detailed Itinerary

5D-4N - Northen - 2017 La Pinta

Detailed Itinerary

Baltra Airport

Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands, where we’ll learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we continue by bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

Sombrero Chino Islet

The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Bartolome Island

This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkelling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

Darwin Bay

In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl.

Baltra Island

Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer 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 to building an airport.

Prices

 

 

Cabin Max. Guests Capacity 2018 Price per Person (US $) 2019 Price per Person (US $) 2020 Price per Person (US $)
Luxury Cabin 2 $ 4,358 $ 4,490 $ 4,466
Luxury Plus Cabin 3 $ 4,358 $ 4,490 $ 4,466

* twin/double cabins have a 100% surcharge when used as singles


Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks *
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
  • Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
  • Internet *
  • Taxes and transfers in the islands. Transfer from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colón, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colón, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to / from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest’s hotel contact.

* Please note: 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.

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 per person, subject to change without notice)
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person, subject to change without notice)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Gifts and additional items

Ask our Galapagos Experts Last Minute Prices!

Departure Dates

5 Days

$4,358 /per person
Monday to Friday
2018 Dates

Oct 01 to 05
Oct 15 to 19
Oct 29 to Nov 02
Dec 10 to 14

5 Days

$4,490 /per person
Monday to Friday
2019 Dates

Jan 07 to 11
Jan 21 to 25
Feb 04 to 08
Feb 18 to 22
Mar 04 to 08
Mar 18 to 22
Abr 01 to 05
Abr 15 to 19
Abr 29 to May 03
May 13 to 17
May 27 to 31
Jun 10 to 14
Jun 24 to 28
Jul 08 to 12
Jul 22 to 26
Aug 05 to 09
Aug 19 to 23
Sep 02 to 06
Sep 30 to Oct 04
Oct 14 to 18
Oct 28 to Nov 01
Nov 11 to 15
Nov 25 to 29
Dec 09 to 13

5 Days

$4,666 /per person
Monday to Friday
2020 Dates

Jan 06 to 10
Jan 20 to 24
Feb 03 to 07
Feb 17  to 21
Mar 02 to 06
Mar 16 to 20
Mar 30 to Apr 03
Abr 13 to 17
Abr 27 to May 01
May 11 to 15
May 25 to 29
Jun 08 to 12
Jun 22 to 26
Jul 06 to 10
Jul 20 to 24
Aug 03 to 07
Aug 17 to 21
Aug 31 to Sep 04
Sep 14 to 18
Sep 28 to Oct 02
Oct 12 to 16
Oct 26 to 30
Nov 09 to 13
Dec 07 to 11


Packing List



The Essentials
  • Passport
  • Tickets & printed itineraries
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance information
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Cash (US Dollars)
  • Personal medication
The Wearables
Shoes
  • Light-weight hiking shoes
  • Water-resistant, closed-toe sport sandals
  • Anti-slip sandals for onboard
Clothing
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Casual pants and shorts (men)
  • Casual dress, skirt, shorts or pants (women)
  • Short-sleeve T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts or rash guards for sun protection
  • Underwear
  • Socks (normal and for hiking)
  • Bathing suits (minimum 2)
Accessories and Gear
  • Sunglasses (optional: neck strap)
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Bandana
Outerwear
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Warm sweater or fleece



The Portables
Personal care
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun block & lip balm (waterproof + SPF 50 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
Gear
  • Small backpack/daypack (preferably waterproof)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Extra memory cards and batteries
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Appliance chargers & adaptors if necessary (plugs in Ecuador are US-style A & B, 2 flat pins, 110 V)
  • Prescription snorkelling mask or specialized snorkel equipment*
  • Sealable plastic bags of various sizes
  • Journal

* All normal snorkeling equipment is available onboard and at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. Some charges may apply.



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Special Notes:

* 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 and migration control card fee. 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 $27+taxes.

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