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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 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: Bartolomé 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 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
Chinese Hat Islet
Genovesa & Santiago
Tour Itinerary – Northern Galapagos – Monday to Friday
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.
- On Day 1, Note: please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, a light raincoat – this area is often wet and muddy – bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taking, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will only board Yacht La Pinta at the end of the day.
- All your luggage will be sent on board the ship straight to your cabin.
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, 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 Galápagos (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.