We’re delighted to have you aboard for this journey of discovery that will visit some of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos! Our itinerary together begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populated island in 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: Bartolomé Island, with its wooden walkway up to a panoramic viewpoint, along with its golden sandy beach that offers some great snorkeling opportunities offshore. Nearby Sullivan Bay will then give us a great introduction to the volcanic origins of the islands. We end with an exciting visit to the sunken caldera of Genovesa – one of the most isolated islands in Galapagos, located far up in the northeast region of the archipelago – a privileged place to visit that is home to hundreds of marine birds. The entire crew aboard La Pinta will do their utmost to ensure your Galapagos tour is a truly moving and memorable experience.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF:
Day 1: Arrive Baltra - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Eden Islet - Santa Cruz Island - Chinese Hat
Day 3: Bartolome Island - Santiago Island
Day 4: Genovesa Island
Day 5: Baltra Airport
NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise
Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island
AM: Baltra Island Airport
Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you will take a transfer ferry across the Itabaca Channel – a small channel that separates the north shore of Santa Cruz Island from Baltra Island. Afterwards, you will board a private bus that will take you, along with other guests, up into the highlands, where we will all have the opportunity to learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will continue by private 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 sometimes even wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. After this, a short, private bus ride will take us down to the town of Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.(L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)
Eden Islet - Chinese Hat
AM: Eden Islet
Following breakfast, a panga ride will take us down to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, where they can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel or ride aboard La Pinta’s own glass-bottom boat, weather permitting. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, complete with cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.
PM: Chinese Hat
The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, which is reminiscent of a Chinese Hat. This islet, which formed fairly recently, makes for a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-meter long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sand beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities in the company of whitetip reef sharks and Galapagos penguins. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
Bartolome Island - Santiago Island
AM: Bartolome Island
On this morning, an iconic and postcard-worthy Galapagos feature awaits: Bartolome Island. We will disembark from our dinghy shuttle boats and begin a steep climb up a wooden staircase where the view from the top makes the trek well worth the effort! Following the walk, we will once again hop aboard the dinghies for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock. After this, there will be time for you guests to enjoy the beach as well as some snorkeling. You can also choose to ride aboard the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
PM: Sullivan Bay
After lunch, we will board the dinghy to disembark at Sullivan Bay over on the east coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site comes complete with a white coral-sand beach, which is great for swimming and snorkeling. Additionally, there’s a trail that goes over a lava field that once 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. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
AM: Darwin Bay
In the morning, we will begin our exploration of this island with a casual stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain that rewards us with dramatic views, too. Otherwise, you can simply choose to return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful, natural harbor. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can opt to snorkel along the cliffs or paddle in sea kayaks.
PM: Prince Philip’s Steps
The afternoon starts with a very interesting dinghy ride along the cliffs before we disembark at Prince Philip’s Steps – the start of a steep but short climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the terrain is pretty flat, which allows for a mesmerizing, mile-long walk to the other side of this small island. Along the way, guests will get to check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigatebirds and storm petrels as well as the elusive short-eared owl. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
Depart Baltra Airport
AM: Baltra Island
The journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its tectonically uplifted origin) is the reason for why this island was chosen back in the 1940’s as the location for building an airport. (B.) (Shared Guide)
- Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
- Engines: 2 DEUTZ model SBA 8M 1275 HP
- Length: 63 meters (207 feet)
- Beam: 12 meters (39.37 feet)
- Gross Tonnage: 1541
- Speed: 12 knots
- Electricity: 110-220 Volts 50Hz
- Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar, and GPS
- Safety Certificates: (SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM COD 12)
- Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge
- Lif Jackets: In each cabin
- Inflatable life raft 2 x 50 persons and 6 x 50 persons
- Landing Craft: 3 Pumar inflatable landing craft + glass bottom boat
- Capacity: 48 guests
- Cabins: 24 outside cabins, in the same deck with twin or queen-size beds (twin beds pushed together).
- Double Cabin size: 16 square meters (175 square feet).
- Triple Cabin size: 22 square meters (236 square feet) with sofa bed.
- Decks: Sundeck, Cabin deck, Main deck (three public decks include an ample bar-salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck.
- Wellness: Jacuzzi and exercise room
- Crew: 24
- Naturalists: 4
- Medical Officer: Permanently on board
17.6m², 2 single beds or 1 king bed, private bathroom, floor-to-ceiling glass window, A/C, storage space, sitting area, desk.
Luxury Plus Cabin
23.04m², 2 single beds or 1 queen bed, sofa bed, private bathroom, floor-to-ceiling glass window, A/C, storage space, sitting area, desk.
Layout: 1 Deck / 24 Cabins
Cabin deck: 4 Twin or triple cabins with sofa beds
Cabin deck: 20 Twin or double cabins
Beds layout: Twins, doubles & triple cabins
Rooming: Private & shared cabins
Sharing: Same gender guaranteed
- All meals
- Soft drinks include juices and carbonated drinks
- Island sightseeing
- Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
- Wet suit rental and snorkeling gear
- Internet connection aboard Yacht La Pinta consists of 2 computer stations (available in the library) and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas. Due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth
- Taxes and transfers in the islands
- Transfer from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, 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.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
- Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
- Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
- Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
- If necessary, single room supplement
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
- Travel insurance
NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.