Cruise in high style aboard a small cruise ship, while enjoying all the unforgettable wildlife encounters you’d expect from an MTS Galápagos voyage
Do you relish the idea of having close encounters with wildlife but still yearn for the comfort of deluxe accommodations? Then come aboard La Pinta! This 207-foot motor yacht is delightfully decadent with oversized state rooms, multiple sun decks, and a Jacuzzi to boot! It’s also refreshingly relaxed, with a friendly crew of Galápagos National Park-certified guides enhances your experience in the islands. This is the ultimate jumping off point for an active but comfortable vacation: you can snorkel with a wide array of tropical fish and maybe some Galápagos penguins, you might paddle a sit-atop kayak through mangrove inlets for an encounter with sea lions and sea turtles and possibly hike across surreal lava landscapes passing dancing blue-footed boobies, Godzilla-looking marine iguanas, and slow-moving sea turtles that might be a century old. You’ll see nature preserves, visit geological phenomenon of the volcanic activity throughout the islands, and enjoy fun adventures at every turn. The best part of all is that each cruise aboard La Pinta offers its own unique itinerary. Get in all the best sites of the Galápagos while traveling in style!
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8 days of easy yacht travel, nature walks, optional swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking
- Experience the Galápagos Islands in luxury – aboard the 48 passenger La Pinta—with the archipelago’s experts since 1970!
- Enjoy up close and personal encounters with some of the planet’s most exotic wildlife in the world’s top nature destination while you snorkel, sea kayak, and hike
- Witness the lively volcanic activity of the islands and its captivating geological formations
- Be surprised by the unique adventure that awaits aboard every cruise on La Pinta without following a set itinerary
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Quito End Location: QuitoDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Meet in the early morning in Quito or Guayquil and depart to the Galápagos
Meet in the early morning in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, then fly out the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival in the Enchanted Isles we'll board the deluxe La Pinta and begin a delightful time of exploration and relaxation.
Days 2 - 7 : Cruise Among the "Enchanted Isles"
Each day of your Galápagos tour contains magical moments of discovery, with a naturalist guide helping you see the wonders of the islands. The Galápagos cruise itinerary varies, but you'll visit a combination of islands: Plazas, North Seymour, Tower, James (Santiago), Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Española (Hood), and Floreana. Each has its own special highlights: the soft, powdery sands, blue-footed boobies, and waved albatross colony at Española; great snorkeling and a volcano hike on Bartolomé; tide pools and fur seals on James; the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz; flightless cormorants and hordes of marine iguanas on Fernandina.
Day 8 : Return to Quito or Guayaquil and Fly Home
Motor back to the port. Transfer to the airport and fly to Quito or Guayaquil arriving in the late afternoon.
DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: Jun 21 - 28, 2013 Jun 28, 2013 - Jul 5, 2013 Jul 5 - 12, 2013 Jul 12 - 19, 2013 Jul 19 - 26, 2013 Jul 26, 2013 - Aug 2, 2013 Aug 2 - 9, 2013 Aug 9 - 16, 2013 Aug 16 - 23, 2013 Aug 23 - 30, 2013 Aug 30, 2013 - Sep 6, 2013 Sep 6 - 13, 2013 Sep 13 - 20, 2013 Sep 20 - 27, 2013 Sep 27, 2013 - Oct 4, 2013 Oct 4 - 11, 2013 Oct 11 - 18, 2013 Oct 18 - 25, 2013 Oct 25, 2013 - Nov 1, 2013 Nov 1 - 8, 2013 Nov 8 - 15, 2013 Nov 15 - 22, 2013 Nov 22 - 29, 2013 Nov 29, 2013 - Dec 6, 2013 Dec 6 - 13, 2013 Dec 13 - 20, 2013 Dec 20 - 27, 2013 SOLD OUT Dec 27, 2013 - Jan 3, 2014 SOLD OUT
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Each traveler will be responsible for a $100 National Park fee collected as cash upon arrival in the Islands ($50 for children ages 6-11.)
Designed specifically with comfort and luxury in mind, the La Pinta offers only the most deluxe of travel accommodations. All 24 elegantly-decorated deluxe cabins are located mid-ship, in the Upper Deck, and feature double beds, air-conditioning, private, fully-equipped bathrooms, and large sea-view windows.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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