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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 Baltra Island, a former military base during World War II, and now an Ecuadorian naval and air force station. Once all formalities are completed, we venture east along the volcanic shores of North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands, until we reach the Plazas Islands.
Our adventures start with a dry landing at a manmade jetty on South Plaza Island. During the next day, we will explore Santa Fe Island and San Cristobal Island, home to the provincial capital of the Galapagos province. Then, we sail south to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site (a favourite of many visitors): Punta Suarez. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (during much of the 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, the entire crew aboard La Pinta will do their utmost to ensure your Galapagos experience is truly deeply moving and memorable.
Amenities & Facilities
Snorkeling equipment: masks, snorkels, flotation vests
2mm “shorty” wet suits rental (used between June and December)
Natural history lectures and briefings
Tour Itinerary – Eastern Galapagos – Thursday to Monday
Click in each day to see detailed itinerary
Please remember that the exact route and programme may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Our Expedition Team is in charge of planning the daily activities and logistics involved. It’s also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.
For accessing the different visitor sites, our skiffs will bring us ashore where two types of landing are expected:
- Dry landing: Guests step from the panga (dinghy/skiff) onto rocks or a small man-made jetty.
- Wet landing: As the skiff edges onto a sandy beach, guests gently step into small breakers and wade ashore.
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 Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colón, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to / from Galápagos 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 Galápagos’ remote location, Internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
Airfare to/from Galápagos, Galápagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100, subject to change without notice), Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person), alcoholic drinks, tips, gifts, and additional items.
Packing Check List
1 Small backpack
Comfortable walking shoes
Sneakers with rubber soles
Long and short sleeved shirts
Bathing suit – wetsuit for snorkelling in cold months (also available for on board rental)
Hat or cap
Toilette kit (biodegradable shampoo please)
Sun block SPF30 or higher
Sunglasses (polarized glasses recommended)
Binoculars (8 x 42 recommended)
Photo & video equipment
Any medicine you may be taking
Book / notebook
* Due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet signal follows a low-bandwidth satellite service and may be intermittent at certain locations.