GALAPAGOS NORTHERN ISLANDS ABOARD
LA PINTA YACHT

5 days, Luxury adventure cruising

GALAPAGOS NORTHERN ISLANDS ABOARD
LA PINTA YACHT

5 days, Luxury adventure cruising

Get to know some of the most beautiful Islands in Galapagos aboard La Pinta, a sophisticated upscale yacht for 48 guests in 24 cabins that features modern design, spacious rooms, and gourmet cuisine with top adventure. Combine the best land expeditions to discover the unique flora and fauna in the area with a wide variety of aquatic activities including snorkeling, kayaking and a glass-bottom boat and you will have a memorable experience. La Pinta is a distillation of the wish lists generated by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers, and guests over many years.

What´s the tour like?

Travel Style: Natural Wonders
Nature wonders, Awe-inspiring views, extraordinary biodiversity and natural discovery like nowhere else. Unforgettable experiences to connect with nature at its purest.

Service Level: Luxury
The very best you can get. Live it at full splendor

Age Requirements:
Suitable for all ages. All travelers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Group Size: Large
Large group experience. Over 30 people

Physical Requirement: Average
Itineraries include light and moderate physical activities like walking and hiking. Accesible to most healthy travellers.

Itineraries:

Northern Islands Monday/Friday 5D/4N

Note The following itineraries are also available:

Eastern Islands Thursday/Monday 5D/4N

Western Islands Friday / Thursday 7D/6N

5 days

Galapagos Northern Islands aboard La Pinta yacht

From:

$ 4136USD



Special Offers

Extend your vacations with:
Quito and Galapagos Deluxe Package 7 Days / 6 Nights program $4270

Flight free to the Galapagos in our 7 Days / 6 Nights La Pinta program

What´s included?

  • On board accommodation
  • All meals while on board
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Programmed excursions according to the itinerary
  • Naturalist guide services and conferences in Spanish and English
  • Neoprene wetsuits and snorkeling equipment*
  • Internet
  • Medical Attention
  • Free transfers airport/hotel/airport for Galapagos cruise departures to major hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colón, Marriot, Dann Carlton) and Guayaquil (Hilton Colón, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham)
  • Top-ranking naval officers as Captains and First Officers

Accommodation
Luxury Double Cabin / Luxury Twin Cabin / Luxury Plus Double/Triple Cabin / Luxury Plus Twin/Triple Cabin

Meals
All meals on board are included. Special dietary available on request.
Drinks and tips on board are not included.

Transportation
Plane, Yacht, Sea kayaks, private vehicles.

Activities
Land excursions, Island trekking, sea kayaks, glass-bottom boat, natural history lectures and briefings, snorkeling (optional) and more.

“From waking up to classical music and breakfast, to the guided hikes and snorkel trips, to the wonderful food and great company. Not too large, not too small. And of course the animals were delightful – Elizabeth California” - Tripadvisor

Itinerary: 5 days / 4 nights

Day1: Monday

Baltra Airport

Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands, where we’ll learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we continue by bus to reach a reserve that is 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. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

Once you have comfortably settled into the M/V Anakonda, we will be joined by local tour/-nature guides who will give us a complete and condensed introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Following this Amazonian induction, we will enjoy dinner under the mesmerizing sunset. An evening walk is organized after sunset; giving us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity while listening to the incessant sounds of nature.

Day 2: Tuesday

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

Sombrero Chino Islet

The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Day 3: Wednesday

Bartolome Island

This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

Day 4: Thursday

Darwin Bay

In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks. 

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl.

Day 5: Friday

Baltra Island

Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the location to building an airport.

Introduction

Get to know some of the most beautiful Islands in Galapagos aboard La Pinta, a sophisticated upscale yacht for 48 guests in 24 cabins that features modern design, spacious rooms, and gourmet cuisine with top adventure. Combine the best land expeditions to discover the unique flora and fauna in the area with a wide variety of aquatic activities including snorkeling, kayaking and a glass-bottom boat and you will have a memorable experience. La Pinta is a distillation of the wish lists generated by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers, and guests over many years.

Rates

Calendar

What´s Included

  • On board accommodation
  • All meals while on board
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Programmed excursions according to the itinerary
  • Naturalist guide services and conferences in Spanish and English
  • Neoprene wetsuits and snorkeling equipment*
  • Internet – Free Wi-Fi and internet access (intermittent and low-bandwidth)
  • Medical Attention – Free consultations with our Medical officer, on call 24/7

Exclusions

  • Air transportation to / from Galápagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice). If you need some help booking your local flights to the Galapagos Islands please contact us at info@topexperiences.ec
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice).
  • INGALA migration Control Card (US $ 20 subject to change without previous notice).
  • Alcoholic beverages, gratuities, gifts and additional items.

Highlights of the Tour

World-class expeditions

  • Exclusive island visits: 84% of visitor sites are not shared with other vessels
  • Small groups: On average, 11 guests per Naturalist Guide
  • Expert itineraries: Designed by naturalist guides and connoisseurs, our itineraries balance out the best islands and the most relevant species – an ideal Galapagos Big 15* wildlife experience
  • On-board expedition leader: Constant monitoring of island and sea conditions to ensure the best possible adventure experience.
  • Aquatic activities: Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkeling, swimming, and skiff (panga) coastal exploration
  • Opportunities for learning: State-of-the-art technology for multimedia presentations and natural history lectures as well as a traditional library

Expedition Highlights

  • Glass-bottom boat for people who don’t want to snorkel (only very few other operators have them)
  • Pirates Aboard program for children
  • Galapagos Natural History lectures and briefings
  • Stargazing talks (weather depending)
  • Free use of sea kayaks
  • Free use of snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkeling vest, and mesh bag) and wetsuits
  • Photo show at the end of every expedition, and all photos are uploaded to websites and social media for sharing
  • Note: The Big 15 addresses the the 15 more iconic species you see on the Galapagos Islands, the more rewarding and memorable your experience will be

Highlights 

World-class expeditions

The Big 15 

Here are some of the species you will see during your journey

Accommodation

Cabin Deck
There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles) and 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples).

All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs.

Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together.

Cabin Features

  • An ideal yacht for couples and families travelling together, with 4 pairs of interconnecting cabins.
  • La Pinta boasts among some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos expedition vessel
  • All beds can be joined (Queen-bed) or separated (Twin-bed)
  • Features floor-to-ceiling oversized panoramic windows in all cabins for the best views of the islands.
  • Spacious closets for clothing and luggage
  • Stylish bathrooms with top-notch amenities in all cabins.
  • Central air-conditioning with individual controls in each cabin/room
  • All cabins are located on the same deck
  • Speakers for mobile music devices in all cabins
  • In-room safety deposit box

Twin and Double Cabins

Double Plus and Triple Plus

Facilities & Services

  • Natural History Library with a prime selection of books, DVS and games
  • Boutique & Shopping
  • Hot Tub
  • Gym
  • Bar Lounge with a 180° panoramic view to make the expedition experience continue on board
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor terrace for dining
  • Observation deck
  • Privacy for each traveler thanks to its space ration (30:1)
  • 24-hour free coffee and tea stations
  • Satellite phone
  • 24-hour free coffee and tea stations
  • Wi-Fi connections in social areas
  • Impeccable service: A guest/crew ratio of 3:2 for the journey of your life (for every 3 guests, the ship has two staff members)
  • Indulgences: Our highly trained staff will surprise you with unexpected details that elevate your enjoyment.
  • Cordon Bleu-Trained Gastronomy Director: Expect fine cuisine throughout your stay with plenty of gourmet international options, as well as a strong emphasis in Ecuadorian delicacies.
  • Special dietary needs: we can accommodate special dietary needs including vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free, and allergies. Just let us know in advance.
  • Health care: A 24/7 Medical Officer (M.D.) on board giving free consultations and a well-equipped infirmary

Social Areas and Sundeck

Additional Information

Packing List

  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Bathing suit or a wetsuit for snorkeling in cold months
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook

Health


TopExperiencesEC understands that in order to take a trip, the passenger is in perfect physical and mental health. By booking a cruise and by boarding the ship the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers and medical staff.

We reserve the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of the tour operator or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which the operator is reasonably able to provide.

The tours we offer range from sea level up to 4000 meters above sea level. If you have a condition that is aggravated by altitude, ask your health care professional before deciding to take a trip.

General Conditions


Flights
TopExperiencesEC will not be held responsible or compensate for any flight delays that may affect your participation in our tours. Flights booked with different airlines are subject to their own Terms and Conditions, and Limitations of Liability.

Fees
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to pass on to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and fees imposed by government or quasi-government agencies that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.

Fuel supplements and surcharges
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement if the price of fuel increases any time prior to sailing up to and including the day of embarkation.

We may collect any taxes, government fees/quasi government fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.

General Itinerary or Vessel Changes
All fares, offers, savings, programs and itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all TopExperiencesEC tours. Travelers need to show proof of their travel insurance before participating in the tour. If you need help booking travel insurance, please email us at info@topexperiences.ec

Important Notes

General

  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistics or operational reasons and changes in the National Park Regulations
  • During high season we reserve the right to prioritize the assignation based on payments and confirmation dates
  • We reserve the right to limit the number of Twin and Double Cabins for single use according to availability
  • Twin and Double Cabins for single use have a 100% surcharge
  • Triple Cabins for twin or double use have a 50% surcharge per person
  • Child policy: Children under 12 sharing cabin with their parents 25% discount. Applies for 1 child per adult paying full fare
  • During peak dates (December 21st – January 4th) a surcharge of USD159 per adult and USD 117 per child applies. No child policy applies during peak season
  • Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $27+taxes

Entrance Fee

  • The Islands are part of the Ecuadorian National Parks system. There is an entrance fee of US$ 100 for adults and $50 for children under 12. The fee is collected on arrival in the airport in the Galapagos Islands and is ONLY payable in cash.

Booking and Reservation Policies

TopExperiencesEC understands that its clients accepts the terms and conditions of the tour to proceed with booking. Our tours are booked via bank transfer to the company’s bank account. Full payment must be made at the moment of booking.

Once we have confirmed the availability of the tour you requested, you have 48 hours to proceed with the payment. During that time we will block the spaces for your tour. Receipt of payment needs to be sent to info@topexperiences.ec 

Immediately after payment is confirmed, we will send you an email receipt of your payment and the details of your booking.

Means of Payment

TopExperiencesEC accepts the following bank transfer:

Wire Transfers in US dollars to:

 

USA

Bank of America

For domestic transfers:

  • Checking account
  • Wire Transfers: 026009593
  • Account Number: 229056664242
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade

For international transfers:

  • Swift Code International Transfers: BOFAUS3N
  • Address: 401 Lincoln BLVD, FL 33139
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade
  • Account Number: 229056664242

 

Ecuador

Banco Internacional

  • Swift Code: BINTECEQ
  • Address: Av. Patria y 9 de Octubre Quito – Ecuador
  • Account Name: TopExperiencesEC Cia. Ltda.
  • Account Number: 700628456

 

Cancelations


We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternative start date or in circumstances where cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control; refunds will be given less any unrecoverable expenses. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including, but not limited to vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

In the case of a cancellation due to medical reasons, we require a medical certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for the guest. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.

In the case of cancellation due to death, we require a certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for a future departure by a friend or family member. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.

The following cancelation policies apply for La Pinta tour:

  • If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 61 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge (15%) as a cancellation fee. This deposit cannot be transferred to another booking.
  • If cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% as a cancellation fee.

For departure dates during peak season:

  • If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 121 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 25% as a cancellation fee.
  • If cancellation is received between 120 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% cancellation fee.

Limitations of Liability

TopExperiencesEC cannot be held responsible for any loss as a result of the failure of any third-parties (including tour operators, hoteliers, airlines); however, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping you resolve any dispute. Our responsibility as a tour agency is limited. We are not liable for any personal injury, death, damage, loss, accident or delay which may be occasioned by any vehicle, company or person engaged in conveying you or carrying out the arrangements of the tour or otherwise in connection therewith.

Aditional Resources

  • Galapagos National Park Rules
    Ecuador established the Galapagos Islands National Park in 1959, covering 90% of Galapagos Islands area, all the lands are already included. The Galapagos Islands National Park service started in 1967 until today. The Galapagos Marine Reserve was opened in 1999 to preserve the marine wildlife in the sea near to the Galapagos Islands. For more, please visit: www.galapagospark.org
  • Our environmental policy, allow us to generate in our guests conscience towards protection of the ecosystems we visit. All our expedition staff will motivate guests to follow the good environmental practices of our operation.
  • The Galapagos National Park Service regulates all visitor activities within the park’s boundaries, including the vessels itineraries. Visits both within the National Park sites and the Marine Reserve, are led by licensed Naturalist Guides. By following these rules, you are directly contributing to the ongoing preservation efforts of local institutions. Take only photographs and wonderful memories; leave only footprints.
  • Please stay on the trails.
  • Do not disturb any wildlife or remove any native plant or rock material.
  • Make sure you do not accidentally transport any live material to the islands, or from island to island. Insular ecosystems are fragile biological units.
  • Be cautious at approaching wildlife, and always follow your Naturalists´ advice.
  • Animals are not to be fed by humans. Particular attention should be given to water bottles.
  • It is prohibited to bring food to the visitor’s sites.
  • Do not startle or chase any animal from its resting or nesting area.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the islands, nor is it in any boat (dinghy) during your visits. The use of cellular or satellite phones is prohibited on the visitor’s sites.
  • Do not buy any souvenirs made from native Galapagos species (except for wood).
  • Conservation is everyone’s business. Please do not hesitate to show your conservationist attitude. Become a Galapagos supporter and ask us about our conservation programs that support sustainability on the islands.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation or emergency please contact us at (593) 980588429 or (593) 983900784 or leave us a detailed message and contact information to info@topexperiences.ec

             

Galapagos Northern Islands aboard La Pinta yacht |  5 days from 4136 USD 



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