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La Pinta Cruise

Luxury Class Motor Yacht

From the giant tortoises that give the islands their name, to the pink flamingos, blue-footed boobies and Darwin finches that call the archipelago home, La Pinta gives passengers the chance for close-up encounters with many of the local inhabitants.

The ship itself is fitted out to the highest standards, with spacious cabins, an elegantly finished interior and plenty of room for guests to relax and socialise both inside and out.

While cruising between islands, passengers on board the Galapagos La Pinta will be able to learn all about the natural habitat of the islands and their extraordinary history.

Every day will bring new discoveries, with each island offering something truly unique to the visitor. During your cruise there will be plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, whale and dolphin watching, as well as simply relaxing and enjoying the views.

And at the end of a long day filled with adventure, passengers can enjoy watching the sunset from the observation deck, take a stroll along the sundeck or enjoy a delicious evening cocktail in La Pinta’s very own bar.

  • 48 passengers Motor Yacht 
  • Ample Learning and Relaxing Areas
  • Luxurious & Espacious Cabins
  •  1 Naturalist guide per every 11 Guests
  • Ideal for Families and groups
  • Glass-bottom boat, Sea-Kayaks

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Galapagos Cruise La Pinta
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  • 48 passengers Motor Yacht
  • Ample Learning and Relaxing Areas
  • Luxurious & Spacious Cabins
  • 1 Naturalist guide per every 11 Guests
  • Ideal for Families and groups
  • Glass-bottom boat, Sea-Kayaks

La Pinta Information

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5 days – Eastern Itinerary
5 days – 4 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & South Plazas
Day 2 Santa Fe Island  & San Cristobal – Cerro Colorado 
Day 3 San Cristobal Island – Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo
Day 4  Española Island – Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay
Day 5 Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station & Baltra Airport
Day 1: Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & South Plazas
Bachas Beach Galapagos Islands

Our adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta…

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… There’s a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. We weigh anchor and start sailing for our first afternoon outing.

In South Plazas we ca see the turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island

Day 2: Santa Fe Island  & San Cristobal – Cerro Colorado 
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We take the dinghy over Santa Fe Island and its idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galápagos hawks…

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…are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, we disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristóbal mockingbird, and the San Cristóbal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Day 3:  San Cristobal Island – Putna Pitt & Cerro Brujo
Punta Pitt Galapagos Islands

We land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island, in Punta Pitt. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular…

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…views of the shoreline; we can observe frigates, 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.

In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galápagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

Day 4:  Española Island – Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay | Española Island | Galapagos

Our morning outing at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies…

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… including the waved albatrosses (April – January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole” lava formation. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Galápagos. Back on board for lunch.

In the afternoon, we set down at Gardner Bay and its 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.

 

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Day 5:  Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station & Baltra Airport
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos

Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing programme for the giant…

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…tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and study done in the name of science. We transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. 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 construction site for an airport.

Itinerary 5 days Eastern▲

 Itinerary 5 days Northern ▼

Itinerary 7 days▼

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5 days – Northern Itinerary
5 days – 4 nights

Day 1 Baltra Airport & Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 Santa Cruz Island – Eden Islet & Sombrero Chino Hat 
Day 3 Bartolome Island & Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay 
Day 4 Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & Prince Philip’s Steps 
Day 5 Baltra Island – Departure
Day 1:  Baltra Airport & Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos Cruise

Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to…

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…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.

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.

Day 2:  Santa Cruz Island – Eden Islet & Sombrero Chino Hat 
Eden-Islet galapagos islands

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed…

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… 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.

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.

Day 3:  Bartolome Island & Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay 
Bartolome Island Galapagos

This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden…

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…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.

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 Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

Day 4:  Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & Prince Philip’s Steps 
Darwin Bay | Genovesa Island | Galapagos

In the morning, we begin our exploration of Genovesa island and its Darwin Bay with an easy stroll to observe marine and…

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…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.

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, this is the way to follow Prince Philip’s Steps. 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.

 

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Day 5:  Baltra Island – Departure
Baltra Islands, Galapagos

Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat…

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… 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.

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7 days  Itinerary
7 days – 6 nights

Day 1  Baltra Island & North Seymour Island
Day 2 Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca & Fernandina Island – Punta Espinoza
Day 3 Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove 
Day 4 Santa Cruz Island – Rabida Island & Cerro Dragón-Dragon Hill
Day 5 Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin & Highlands
Day 6 Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant
Day 7 Baltra Island – Departure
Day 1: Baltra Island & North Seymour Island
North Seymour Island Galapagos Islands

Our adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta…

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There’s an introductory welcome briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment followed by lunch.

Following an afternoon disembarkation, we enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island, North Seymour. You will observe 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 Island – Punta Vicente Roca & Fernandina Island – Punta Espinoza
Vicente Roca | Galapagos Islands | Isabela Island | Galapagos Cruise | Flighless Cormorant

Since there is no landing site in Punta Vicente Roca, the coastal exploration is by panga, while the naturalist guide explains…

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…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.

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:  Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove 
Tagus Cove | Isabela Island | Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Cruises

After breakfast, we disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean…

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… floor. Here you can see corals, shells, and large and very colourful Galápagos 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 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: Santa Cruz Island – Rabida Island & Cerro Dragón-Dragon Hill
Rabida Island Galapagos Cruise

In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll along the beach allows us to observe marine…

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…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.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (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:  Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos

The morning visit heads to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant…

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…prickly-pear cactus forest. These are the Galápagos’ 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, 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:  Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant
Post Office Bay | Floreana Island | Galapagos Island | Galapagos Cruise

After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for…

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… 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 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 greater 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:  Baltra Island – Departure
Baltra Islands, Galapagos

Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat…

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…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.

Technical Specification

  • Reconstructed & refitted: Callao, Peru in 2007
  • Length: 63.87 metres (209 ft.)
  • Beam: 12.50 metres (41 ft.)
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,438.25 tons
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Capacity: 48 guests
  • Cabin: 24 outside cabins, on the same Deck with twin or queen-size beds
  • Double Cabin size: 16 square metres (175 square feet)
  • Triple cabin size: 22 square metres (236 square feet) with sofa bed
  • Decks: Three public decks include an ample Bar-salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck
  • Wellness: Jacuzzi, Fitness room
  • Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
  • Electricity: 110-220 volts 50Hz
  • Engines: 2 DEUTZ Model SBA 8M 1275 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar and GPS
  • Communications Systems: Inmarsat C, Satellite Internet
  • Safety Certificates: SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM CODE 12
  • Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Inflatable Life Craft: 2 x 50-man and 6 x 25-man
  • Landing Craft: 4 Pumar inflatable craft + glass bottom boat
  • Owner: ETICA (Metropolitan Touring)
  • Decks: 3 (Sun Deck, Cabin Deck, Main Deck)
  • Crew: 27 (Including officers)
  • Naturalist Guides: 4 (including Expedition Manager)
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board

Deck Plans

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All rates are referential, please contact us to find the best available offers with this incredible Cruise.

 Type of Cabin Capacity 5 days Northern 5 days Eastern 7 days Western
Luxury Cabin 2 $4.476 $4.476 $6.546
Luxury Cabin Plus 3 $4.476 $4.476 $6.546

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