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Un-Cruise Announces Galapagos Cruises Aboard La Pinta

by Audrey Vaughan

Our partners at Un-Cruise Adventures have announced the exciting addition of Galapagos small ship cruises aboard 48 guest La Pinta beginning in February, 2016. We have been Galapagos cruise experts since our founding and we are a top partner with Un-Cruise Adventures.  As such we couldn't be more pleased that we are able to sell one of our favorite destinations in conjunction with one of our favorite partners. 

Un-Cruise Adventures is a leader in small ship adventure cruising in Alaska, Hawaii, British Colombia, the Pacific Northwest and Baja California. We are confident they will deliver an outstanding Galapagos Cruise with the same service and enthusiasm they have become known for. Find the full Un-Cruise Galapagos itinerary, rates, dates and details. 

Un-Cruise Adventures Galapagos Cruise aboard La Pinta

Un-Cruise Galapagos Cruises

The new nine day cruise package, titled Unequaled Ecuador! Colonial Quito and Galapagos Islands, includes the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The trip starts with two nights in Quito, Ecuador at the elegant Casa Gangotena before embarking on a seven night cruise aboard the 48 guest La Pinta. Wander Quito’s exceptionally preserved Old Town built atop pre-Colombian markets and temples. Expert guides lead shore walks to view iconic wildlife such as giant Galapagos tortoises, blue footed boobies, land and marine iguanas and Darwin's finches. Marine excursions off opportunities to snorkel with sea lions, rays or maybe even with a Galapagos penguin. Step ashore on eight islands and islets—including the two showcase islands of Española and Genovesa. The cruise itinerary also includes islands such as Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Santiago.  Hike, snorkel, and kayak discovering the unexpected as Charles Darwin did in 1835.

Un-Cruise Galapagos Highlights

  • Embrace two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the fabled Galápagos Islands and Quito’s celebrated Colonial city center
  • Enjoy two nights at historic Casa Gangotena boutique hotel in Old Quito, voted Ecuador’s #1 hotel by Trip Advisor
  • Stroll Quito’s Old City plazas, churches, and museums—rich with Spanish Colonial and pre-Columbian history—and savor a specially-arranged private dinner at the city's premier view restaurant
  • Observe Galápagos wildlife up-close in their natural habitats—giant tortoises, endemic land and marine iguanas, penguins, reef sharks, and playful sea lions
  • Set foot on eight islands and islets on this unique itinerary featuring explorations on two of the archipelago’s showcase islands—Genovesa and Española
  • Unmatched birding opportunities—Red-footed boobies, Waved Albatross, Frigatebirds, Darwin’s finches, storm petrels, nocturnal swallow-tailed gulls, seabirds, shorebirds, tropic birds, and elusive short-eared owl
  • Count the steps to Isla Bartolomé's summit for a sweeping panorama of iconic Pinnacle Rock
  • Snorkel in an underwater menagerie of marine life or view it all from the yacht’s glass-bottom boat
  • Learn about conservation successes and challenges at the Charles Darwin Research Center
  • Certified guides accompany small groups of 12 to provide a more personalized experience
  • Included roundtrip air between Quito and and the Galápagos

Un-Cruise Galapagos Quito

Un-Cruise Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito / Arrival

Welcome to Ecuador! Begin your journey in this historic city rich in legends and culture. Your first stop is the grand Casa Gangotena Hotel, voted the #1 Hotel in Ecuador by TripAdvisor and where you will stay these first two nights. A gorgeous example of Spanish Colonial style, enjoy this restored boutique hotel just steps away from picturesque Plaza de San Francisco, built atop Incan temples and markets.

Day 2 - Quito

Once called the Northern Capitol of the Inca Empire, the capital city of Quito has long been a center of commerce and culture. The city’s growth after Spanish took over in 1534 included the building of many outstanding convents, monasteries and churches, earning Quito the title, “Capitol of Art of Spanish America.” Discover why the city’s exquisitely preserved historic center is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site—departing from your hotel, a walking tour explores its past, present, and future, including a visit to the fascinating pre-Columbian, Museo Casa del Alabado. Your full day of exploration ends at a local restaurant with sunset views overlooking the city.

Day 3 - Quito / Isla San Cristóbal

On this morning, travel to the second UNESCO World Heritage Site on your itinerary: the legendary Galápagos Islands. From Quito, fly to Isla San Cristóbal named after the patron saint of seafarers. A quick panga ride brings you to the Yacht La Pinta to meet the crew, be welcomed aboard, and get acquainted with your ship. As Charles Darwin did in 1835, take your first exploratory steps in the Galápagos at Cerro Colorado—home to dozens of bird species, the endemic Santa Cristóbal lava lizard, and a tortoise breeding center set amidst a fantastic deciduous forest along the island’s southern shore.

Day 4 - Isla San Cristóbal

On the eastern side of the island, you’ll venture up a trail from the beach with gorgeous views of the shoreline. Explore Punta Pitt where opportunities abound to observe frigatebirds, three types of boobies, and bachelor sea lions that rest on this beach. Perhaps you’ll even have a chance to investigate below the surface of the water with a snorkel or swim. Later, after a panga ride around the north tip of the island, walk the tranquil coral sand beach of Cerro Brujo watching seabirds and shore birds bustle about. Keep an eye out for sea lions and marine iguanas.

Un-Cruise Galapagos wet landing

Day 5 - Isla Española

Considered one of the top two showcase islands in the archipelago, Isla Española is one of the oldest, most isolated islands and is known for its astounding number of endemic species including the entire world’s population of Waved Albatross (typically April to December). A hike at Punta Suárez provides opportunities to see sea lions and seabirds, shorebirds and tropicbirds. Your afternoon at the white sand beach in Gardner Bay includes a short walk to see finches and extroverted mockingbirds. Cool off by snorkeling with green sea turtles, kick back for a snooze alongside the sea lions, or go for a spin in a kayak or the glass-bottom boat.

Day 6 - Isla Santa Cruz

Today, it’s all about the magnificent giant tortoise. Touring the Charles Darwin Research Station, you’ll witness the exceptional conservation program where “galapaguitos” are reared in protective captivity until they are old enough to safely repatriate back to their native areas. Embrace Galápagos conservation by learning about threats that still endanger this fragile ecosystem. After a lingering poolside lunch at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel (bring your swimsuit just in case), explore the misty, forested highlands and see the lumbering and charming tortoises in their natural habitat. You’ll also have a chance to walk inside the island’s famed lava tubes for a geological exploration of these remarkable volcanic channels.

Day 8 - Isla Santa Cruz / Sombrero Chino Islet

A panga ride brings you to tiny Eden Islet, where blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and frigatebirds roam. Pull on your mask and jump into the water for a snorkel with the sea life. If conditions permit, cruise in the glass-bottom boat and marvel at all the world beneath you. On beautiful Sombrero Chino Islet, look for iguanas, sea lions, and sally lightfoot crabs on the 400-metre long trail that brings you to a postcard-worthy sandy, crescent beach. And if you're lucky, swim and snorkel with white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins in these calm waters.

Un-Cruise Galapagos Sea Lions

Day 9 - Isla Bartolomé / Isla Santiago

Geologically young, Bartolomé is one of the most picturesque islands of the Galápagos. Climb a wooden staircase to the summit of a volcanic cone with your camera ready to capture the exquisite panoramic views including iconic Pinnacle Rock! Bartolomé has its own unique fauna including green sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, and rays. The white sandy beach of Santiago’s Sullivan Bay is a stunning spot for swimming, snorkeling, and a chance to peer at life below the surface. Hike to a fantastic lava field that showcases the archipelago’s volcanic origins.

Day 10 - Isla Genovesa

Our second showcase island—Genovesa, known as “the bird island”—lies north of the equator, and you’ll cross it twice! On a leisurely exploration of Darwin Bay, witness the many island inhabitants—Giant frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, Darwin’s finches, storm petrels, and nocturnal swallow-tailed gulls. At the beach, snorkel, swim, or investigate shoreline cliffs by kayak. A panga ride past the dramatic cliffs brings you to the short, steep Prince Philip’s Steps. Once at the top, a fascinating walk amongst stands of Palo Santo trees crosses this flat land through large colonies of boobies, frigatebirds, and just maybe, the illusive short-eared owl.

Day 11 - Isla Baltra / Quito / Departure

Your adventure of a lifetime aboard La Pinta concludes on Isla Baltra. From here, transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito and await your connecting flight home. If you’ve opted for the Peru/Machu Picchu Extension, you’ll disembark en route during a short stop in Guayaquil.

A passport is required on this itinerary. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Un-Cruise Galapagos La Pinta Deck

La Pinta

Find a detailed description of the La Pinta.  Un-Cruise Adventures has altered the deckplan somewhat to match their cabin and pricing structure.  Review the deckplan below when referring to Un-Cruise Galapagos Cruises aboard La Pinta.

Un-Cruise Galapagos Deckplan

Un-Cruise Galapagos Rates & Dates

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Select cabins are available for single occupancy at 175% of double occupancy rate. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral cabins. Inquire for pricing details. 

2016
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
CPT
ADM
FEES
Feb 17
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
Mar 16
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
Mar 30
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
May 25
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
Jul 6
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
Aug 3
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
Sep 14
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl
Nov 9
LP
UIO-UIO
$8,995
$9,345
incl

FARES INCLUDE – All onboard meals and Day 2 meals in Quito; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Quito and a 7-night cruise; airfare between Quito/Galápagos; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/hotel/yacht on embark/disembark days; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-yacht adventure activities and equipment; hot tub

FEES: Port fees and taxes are additional, per person, and should be added to cruise fare unless indicated as included (incl).

We highly encourage our travelers to consider the Un-Cruise Galapagos Cruise aboard La Pinta. Un-Cruise brings a unique experience to the Galapagos Islands and we can highly recommend this Galapagos Cruise. However if the above dates don't work for you, we do also offer Galapagos cruises aboard La Pinta year round. Check our La Pinta Galapagos Cruises page for details or contact our Galapagos Cruise experts. 

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