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Western Galápagos (La Pinta)

Western Galápagos (La Pinta)

From USD $6,732

Description

Fernandina Island is regarded as one of the most pristine island environments anywhere in the world, where life has evolved in its natural state, far from the intervention of Man. From the west, we venture back to the Central Islands, landing at the intriguing red beach of Rábida and seeking out the land iguanas of Cerro Dragón. On Santa Cruz, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and get up close to giant tortoises in their natural environment. In the south, we learn about the Galápagos very own ‘murder mystery’, spot flamingoes and snorkel at one of the best sites in the archipelago: Champion Islet. Back in the central islands, we explore the placid bay of Santa Fe as well as the dramatic cliffs of South Plaza.

Whether it’s the western, central or southern islands we visit, all the crew aboard La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure your Galápagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.

Trip Name
Western Galápagos (La Pinta)
Days
7
Overview
Vessel Type:  Small Ship Length:  63 metres Passenger Capacity:  48 (in 24 cabins) Built / refurbished:  1983 / 2007 / 2020 A sophisticated, upscale experience La Pinta is a luxury vessel, featuring some of the largest cabins in the Galapagos, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious interiors and an overall design that minimizes the possibility of seasickness. Above all, this Yacht offers you the true definition of luxury in the Archipelago: full, unmitigated access. Small groups – average just 12 guests or fewer per guide- are guaranteed and all the required equipment is ready and set for your convenience: a Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and our large and comfortable pangas. The ideal vessel for exploring the Galapagos in the most comfortable, stylish way. Complete with a Cordon-Bleu gastronomy director, La Pinta will open up the islands for you like no other ship sailing these amazing waters. Space for Learning and Relaxing  Join our guides in the lounge for nightly briefings about the next day’s activities. On the following day, visit the National Park on carefully planned excursions. In between outings, it will feel as if your connection with the islands never ends, as panoramic windows in our numerous social areas offer almost permanent visual contact with the island landscapes while you are inside the ship. Or step outside with your camera and make the most of the numerous outdoor social areas, including an outdoor terrace for dining when weather permits and an observation deck that is perfect for equatorial stargazing. Relax in the hot tub, work out in the cardio-gym, or lounge on the sun deck.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 - Friday - Baltra Island and North Seymour Island
Baltra IslandOur adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There’s an introductory welcome briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment followed by lunch.North Seymour IslandFollowing an afternoon disembarkation, we 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 - Day 2 Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) and Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)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, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)In the afternoon, we visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina, one of many visitors’ all-time favourites. 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 - Day 3 Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)After breakfast, we 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 colourful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as (occasionally) giant tortoises. Navigating the Bolívar Channel, there are good chances of spotting several species of whales.Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes us to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. We can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before going on our hike.
Day 4 - Day 4 Rábida Island and Cerro Dragón-Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Rabida IslandIn the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll along the beach allows us 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, we can ride our glass-bottom boat for an exploration of life underneath the waves.Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Our 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 - Day 5 Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station and Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research StationThe 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.Highlands of Santa Cruz IslandAfter lunch, we 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 will surely be one of the most remembered visits of the whole voyage.
Day 6 - Day 6 Post Office Bay & Champion Islet & Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
Post Office BayAfter breakfast, we 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.Champion Islet & Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)Before disembarking at Punta Cormorant we can snorkel or ride our glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called “Champion Islet”. Later in the afternoon, our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like american flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.
Day 7 - Day 7 Baltra
Baltra IslandOur 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.
Day 8 - Please Note:
Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, Galápagos Park regulations or operational reasons.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
01-10-202107-10-2021USD $6,732Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
01-10-202107-10-2021USD $6,732Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
15-10-202121-10-2021USD $6,732Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
15-10-202121-10-2021USD $6,732Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
29-10-202104-11-2021USD $6,732Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
29-10-202104-11-2021USD $6,732Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
07-01-202213-01-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
07-01-202213-01-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
21-01-202227-01-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
21-01-202227-01-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
04-02-202210-02-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
04-02-202210-02-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
18-02-202224-02-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
18-02-202224-02-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
01-04-202207-04-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
01-04-202207-04-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
15-04-202221-04-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
15-04-202221-04-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
29-04-202205-05-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
29-04-202205-05-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
13-05-202219-05-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
13-05-202219-05-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
27-05-202202-06-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
27-05-202202-06-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
10-06-202216-06-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
10-06-202216-06-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
24-06-202230-06-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
24-06-202230-06-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
08-07-202214-07-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
08-07-202214-07-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
22-07-202228-07-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
22-07-202228-07-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
05-08-202211-08-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
05-08-202211-08-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
19-08-202225-08-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
19-08-202225-08-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
02-09-202208-09-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
02-09-202208-09-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
16-09-202222-09-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
16-09-202222-09-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
30-09-202206-10-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
30-09-202206-10-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
14-10-202220-10-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
14-10-202220-10-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
28-10-202203-11-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
28-10-202203-11-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
11-11-202217-11-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
11-11-202217-11-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
25-11-202201-12-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
25-11-202201-12-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
09-12-202215-12-2022USD $7,001Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
09-12-202215-12-2022USD $7,001Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
23-12-202229-12-2022USD $7,261Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
23-12-202229-12-2022USD $7,261Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

Inclusions

    • Highlight Sites: Post Office Bay, Darwin Lake, Urbina’s Upheaval, Charles Darwin Research Station
    • Icon Species: Galápagos sea lion, Galápagos fur sea lion, Giant tortoises, Santa Fe land iguana, Galápagos land iguana, Marine iguanas, Hybrid iguana, Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galápagos doves,, Galápagos mockingbirds, San Cristóbal mockingbirds, Floreana mockingbirds, Darwin finches, Greater flamingos, Galápagos hawks, Brown pelicans, Greater frigates, Magnificent frigates, Flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, Swallow-tailed gulls, Lava gulls, lava (striated) herons, Galápagos martins

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