One of the newest yachts to sail the Galapagos Islands, La Pinta is a gorgeous 207-foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 48 guests. She is the result of four decades of experience in the Galapagos, a distillation of the wish lists generated by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers and guests over many years. La Pinta offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere, with plush outside cabins (some of the largest offered in the Galapagos), large view windows, the highest standards of service, the very best international cuisine plus celebrated Ecuadorian dishes and all the amenities that make the Galapagos expedition a trip of a lifetime.
The on-board atmosphere is sophisticated and upscale, with the casual practicality of the expedition-style Galapagos itinerary. La Pinta is the Spanish name of Abingdon Island in the northwest of the Galapagos Archipelago, where the islands’ most well-known creature came from: the Giant Galapagos Tortoise named Lonesome George, famous for being the last surviving individual of an otherwise extinct race, until his death in 2012.
Conservation Aboard La Pinta
The La Pinta has been awarded a SmartVoyager accreditation due to its sound environmental, social and safety practices. This certification is awarded by the Rainforest Alliance, along with its Ecuador-based partner group Conservación y Desarrollo (C&D), to tour operators in the Galapagos Islands who meet a set of strict conservation standards. The goal of SmartVoyager members is to continually search for the best environmental practices available; permanently train staff on how sustainability works; and to continue to emphasize the importance of environment and wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and the well being of workers and local communities.
Activities & Common Areas Aboard La Pinta
La Pinta is equipped with complimentary kayaks, snorkel gear and wetsuits for guests' enjoyment. Also it has an indoor gym, doctor's office, boutique, laundry room, jacuzzi, outside sky bar and complimentary internet connections (two computer stations in the library, and WiFi in the yacht's social areas, though the connections are intermittent and low bandwidth). La Pinta's social areas have almost permanent visual contact with the Galapagos Islands through panoramic windows, while its outside deck areas are also wonderful havens for observation and relaxation.
Families & Children Aboard La Pinta
La Pinta is considered the ideal yacht for families traveling together, with many connecting cabins. A special feature La Pinta offers for its young travelers is a program called Young Pirates, where kids can enjoy specially designed menus, earlier dinner hours, recreational material and a Galapagos booklet full of fun and trivia.
Cabins Aboard La Pinta
La Pinta’s ample staterooms provide Galapagos explorers with unparalleled comfort. Its 24 cabins are located mid-ship, on the Cabin Deck, with double beds (32 x 79 inches), which can be converted to one queen bed (64 x 79 inches), with private bathroom and air conditioning. Six cabins are connected, for the convenience of families traveling together, and there are also four triple cabins. Bedding is fine cotton, down duvets and a soft pillows. Bathrooms have all the amenities, hair dryer and plenty of plush towels.
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.
There are four triple cabins available aboard La Pinta that offer a sofa bed for a child in addition to the two twin beds that can convert to a queen. Cabins measure 248 square feet, 15.74 x 15.74 feet.