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La Pinta - Northern Galapagos Islands 5 day/4 night

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La Pinta - Northern Galapagos Islands 5 day/4 night
The La Pinta Northern Islands small ship cruise focuses on the Northern Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago and Genovesa. Arrive at Baltra and visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island including El Chato Reserve, one of the best places to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Explore Whale Bay and the tiny island of Sombrero Chino to view several species of shore birds, mari ne iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos penguins and Sally lightfoot crabs. Bartolome Island offers a vigorous hike with spectacular views and a dinghy or glass-bottom boat ride around Pinnacle Rock. At Sullivan Bay on James Island experience a newly formed lava landscape. On Genovesa Island visit Prince Phillip's Steps to observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels.

La Pinta's Northern Islands Cruise can be combined with the Eastern or Western Islands Cruise to create trips of 8, 11, 12 or 15 days in length. View the Northern Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links to view details of other La Pinta Galapagos cruises.

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read more The La Pinta Northern Islands small ship cruise focuses on the Northern Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago and Genovesa. Arrive at Baltra and visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island including El Chato Reserve, one of the best places to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Explore Whale Bay and the tiny island of Sombrero Chino to view several species of shore birds, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos penguins and Sally lightfoot crabs. Bartolome Island offers a vigorous hike with spectacular views and a dinghy or glass-bottom boat ride around Pinnacle Rock. At Sullivan Bay on James Island experience a newly formed lava landscape. On Genovesa Island visit Prince Phillip's Steps to observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels.

La Pinta's Northern Islands Cruise can be combined with the Eastern or Western Islands Cruise to create trips of 8, 11, 12 or 15 days in length. View the Northern Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links to view details of other La Pinta Galapagos cruises.

La Pinta - Western Galapagos Islands 8 day/7 night
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Day 1 - MON - Baltra & El Chato

Day 2 - TUES - Bahía Ballena & Sombrero Chino

Day 3 - WED - Bartolomé Island & Sullivan Bay

Day 4 - THR - Darwin Bay & Prince Philip's Steps

Day 5 - FRI - Baltra & Return to Quito


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Day 1 - MON - Baltra & El Chato

Morning arrival at Baltra Airport, transfer to the Itabaca Channel. A small ferry will take you across the Channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, where you'll board a bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to learn about the unique montane ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, travel by bus to El Chato Reserve, 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 that are common in the reserve. You may also spot some highland birds, like cattle egrets, mockingbirds, finches or flycatchers. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, a great place to spot the barn owl. There is also a small lagoon covered in red algae where gallinules and Galápagos pintails can be found. Bus ride to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta. Introductory briefing including the expedition plan for Tuesday, welcome cocktail and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
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MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - TUES - Bahía Ballena & Sombrero Chino

After breakfast disembark (wet landing) at a beautiful olivine beach (a volcanic crystal that forms in fast-cooling lava). The area has historical relevance since a small community lived in this area in the late 1900s, collecting lichen (Rosella Tictoria), used in the textile industry. The trail leads guests to an old water hole used by the former settlers. There are also boobies, land birds and beautiful views of the northwest side of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy. Several activities are possible after the walk, such as snorkeling or a panga ride along the shoreline. Back on board for lunch.

Less than a quarter-of-a-square-kilometer in size, the tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. Lying just off the southeastern tip of San Salvador Island (James), this islet, only formed fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores along its 400-meter-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. Several species of shore birds can be spotted, along with marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galápagos penguins and Sally lightfoot crabs. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and tropical fish. Briefing and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
La Pinta
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - WED - Bartolomé Island & Sullivan Bay

Disembark at Bartolomé Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. A great way to start the day! This is a steep climb up a wooden staircase with handrails and several resting and observation stops; the view from the top is worth the effort. Following the walk, a dinghy ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, is rewarding, followed by time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and some snorkeling, with possible Galápagos penguin sightings. Guests can also ride on the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Lunch on board.

After lunch, board the panga for the short ride to the landing site at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. Wet landing on a white coral sand beach and a walk over lava that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos. The last major eruption on Santiago was probably in the early 1900s. One observer aboard a sailing vessel reported that the ship approached the lava flow so closely that the pine tar used to seal the hull of the ship began to soften, and the captain had to hurry the ship away from the bay. Briefing and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
La Pinta
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - THR - Darwin Bay & Prince Philip's Steps

In the morning, a wet landing for an easy stroll observing thousands of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else 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. Lunch on board.

The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a stimulating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Farewell cocktail, departure briefing and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
La Pinta
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - FRI - Baltra & Return to Quito

Disembark on Baltra Island. Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the evening at your leisure back at the hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itinerary may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of Galapagos cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am and 9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) and wet suits (recommended June through December) are available for the duration of the cruise.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are "wet," requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.
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1       Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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2       Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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3       Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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4       Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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5       Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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6       Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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7       Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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8       Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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9       Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014La Pinta$3575View Details
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10       Dec 29 - Jan 02, 2015La Pinta$3775View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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11       Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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12       Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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13       Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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14       Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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15       Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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16       Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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17       Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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18       Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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19       May 04 - May 08, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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20       May 18 - May 22, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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21       Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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22       Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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23       Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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24       Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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25       Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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26       Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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27       Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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28       Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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29       Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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30       Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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Double cabins aboard La Pinta have double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches). Cabins measure 189 square feet, 10.5 x 18 feet.
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31       Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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32       Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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33       Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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34       Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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35       Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015La Pinta$3720View Details
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36       Dec 28 - Jan 01, 2016La Pinta$3930View Details
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Included

Accommodations, all meals, soft drinks, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkel gear, wetsuit rental, internet and low-bandwidth WiFi onboard (intermittent), luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication) taxes and transfers in the islands. Transfer from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, 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.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old. This can be paid directly by passengers [cash only] or it is included in our INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TOURS); Galapagos National Institute Migration Control Card (US $10 per person); departure tax ($40.80); gratuities for guides, crew, drivers or local staff; alcoholic beverages; other personal expenses; insurance of any kind. Fuel surcharge may apply.

During Peak Season, a holiday surcharge increases the adult rate as listed; children are to pay a $140 surcharge. No discounts apply, and other restrictions may be in effect. Peak Season 2014: April 11-18, Dec 19-26, Dec 29-Jan 2. Peak Season 2015: Dec 18-25, Dec 25-Jan 1.

Room Configuration

Twin/double cabins booked for single use have a surcharge of 50% of the price, or 100% during Peak Season. Select cabins may be booked for triple occupancy, with each person paying the double-occupancy rate listed. Triple cabins booked for double occupancy incur a 50% surcharge per person.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at the time of sailing (15 years old in 2015) receive 25% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult, paying full fare). Minimum child age is 6 years old. Child discount does not apply during Peak Season dates, when there is a child surcharge. Six cabins are connected, for the convenience of families traveling together, and there are also 4 triple cabins of approximately 236 square feet). These triple cabins accommodate 2 adults and 1 child in a sofa bed. A “Young Pirates” program allows children, 6 to 12 years old, to fully absorb the Galapagos at their own pace. Young guests will enjoy a different educational approach with “children-only” activities, special meals, interpretative recreational material and books.

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Extended Itinerary Pricing

Longer Galapagos La Pinta itineraries are available by combining the ship's shorter itineraries. Receive a 10% discount on the Eastern or Northern Islands itinerary when Western Islands is added to create an 11- or 12-day cruise. Or receive a 50% discount on Eastern Islands when combining all La Pinta itineraries for a 15-day cruise. Applies only to full-rate bookings; not applicable for promotional rates. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing and more information.
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Galapagos Cruise Package

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Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have created this Galapagos Cruise Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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La Pinta

La Pinta

One of the newest yachts to sail the Galapagos, La Pinta is a gorgeous 207-foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 48 guests. She offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere, with large outside cabins.
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