Overview

The Galapagos Islands, one of South America’s most coveted destinations, is the perfect spot for your next adventure! Your journey begins in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city and the place where South America’s most well-preserved Historic Center charms travelers from all over the globe with its fine architecture and exciting history.

After that, prepare for a mesmerizing jaunt through the surrounding Andean highlands to one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes: the mighty Cotopaxi.

Indulge in fascinating panoramic views, distinctive island culture, and nature like you’ve never seen it before as you embark on a genuine pièce de resistance: an expedition cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Explore the paradise that is the Galapagos National Park, home to the same native and endemic species documented by Charles Darwin almost 200 years ago on his visit to the archipelago aboard the HMS Beagle. Visit some or all of the Top Galapagos Islands: Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, and Rabida.

Hop aboard this one-of-a-kind adventure in a destination like no other, where you’ll get to connect with nature in a safe, fun, memorable way.

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What you get:

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at a Premium Hotel in Quito
  • Full-day Cotopaxi National Park Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 7-day Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels
  • All meals and unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks aboard your Galapagos Cruise
  • Access to VIP Lounges on Quito/Guayaquil airports and upon your arrival in Baltra
  • Free Expedition Pack and gratuities

A Sneak Peek

Quito
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Antisana Volcano seen from Quito, Ecuador
Cotopaxi National Park
Punta-Cormoran-Floreana-Island
Cotopaxi National Park
La Pinta
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Yacht La Pinta: One of the most remarkable Expedition Vessels in Galapagos
Penguin in Tagus Cove
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Galapagos Penguin in Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Fascinating volcanic landscapes at Galapagos' Western Islands
Punta-Cormoran-Floreana-Island
Fascinating volcanic landscapes at Galapagos' Western Islands
Kayaking at the Galapagos National Park
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Kayaking at the Galapagos National Park
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Highlights

Professionally guided tours of:

The Galapagos Islands:

  • Unique endemic species
  • Wonderful uninhabited islands in the National Park
  • Multi-guided expeditions
  • Small groups per guide
  • Greatest Expedition Vessels in the Galapagos Islands

Guided excursions in:

  • North Seymour Island
  • Isabela Island
  • Fernandina Island
  • Rabida Island
  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Floreana Island

Cotopaxi National Park:

  • Andean moorland landscapes
  • Majestic snow-capped volcano

and…

The following aboard Yacht La Pinta*:

  • Accommodation in a Luxury Double Cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (We cater for all diets: vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, etc.)
  • FREE unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks package
  • FREE use of Wi-Fi
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE use of wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer, available 24/7

**All gratuities are included with this package.**

*Please note that this is a sample vessel and itinerary.
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What iconic species will you encounter during your Galapagos Cruise?

One of the most impressive highlights of the Galapagos Islands is definitely the number of unique endemic species you can encounter during your excursions. Animals in the Galapagos Islands roam freely about their natural habitats without showing any fear of humans’ presence.

During this adventure aboard Yacht La Pinta’s 7-day Western Islands Itinerary, observe 12 of our 15 top picks of unique Galapagos species!

If you’re interested in learning more about these fantastic creatures, check out our Big 15 list of Iconic Galapagos Species.

Take a peek at 12 of the most exciting species you’ll see as part of this Galapagos adventure, in the following slider:

Blue-footed boobies
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Blue-footed Boobies
Nazca boobies
Nazca booby at Punta Suarez in Española Island
Nazca Boobies
Flightless cormorant
Flightless Cormorant in Fernandina Island, Galapagos
Flightless Cormorant
Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lions swimming by Fernandina Island in Galapagos
Galapagos Sea Lion
Frigatebird
Male Frigatebird at Genovesa Island in the Galapagos Island
Magnificent Frigatebird
Fur Seal
Sleepy Galapagos Fur Seal Pup
Galapagos Fur Seal
American Flamingo
American Flamingo at Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos
American Flamingo
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk: The archipelago's top predator
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Penguin
Galapagos Penguin swimming in Bartolome Island
Galapagos Penguin
Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Land Iguana
Galapagos land iguana basking in the sun at South Plaza Island
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Galapagos Marine Iguana
Galapagos Marine Iguana
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Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and accompany you during your transfer to the hotel.

During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction to Quito and Ecuador, along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

For colonial-era grandeur, we suggest you upgrade to Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel, South America’s Best City Hotel.

Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park

On this day, we’ll take you to the marvelous Cotopaxi National Park. The breathtaking Cotopaxi volcano, one of the most recognized and beloved landmarks of the Avenue of the Volcanos, is located within the National Park that carries its name. The wide plain dominated by the massive volcano, measuring 19,347 ft (5,897 m) above sea level, is only 37 mi (60 km) away from Quito. It is one of the country’s most photographed landscapes. Observe the flora and fauna of this amazing place as you hike around Limpiopungo Lagoon and marvel at the sight of the surrounding mountains, including Rumiñahui and Sincholagua. Lunch is included at a local hacienda.

At the end of the tour, you’ll ride back to your hotel. Overnight in Quito.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / North Seymour Island

This morning, you’ll be transferred to Quito’s airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Please note that the following Western Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard Yacht La Pinta is one of the many options you can choose for your Galapagos adventure. Ask our Destination Experts about our fleet and available itineraries.

Baltra Island

This adventure begins with your morning flight to Baltra Island and an immediate transfer to the nearby dock to board Yacht La Pinta. After an introductory briefing on board, we will all partake in an emergency boat drill, after which you will be assigned to your cabin and then be invited to lunch.

North Seymour Island

In the afternoon, we will disembark and get to enjoy a walk along the coast and inner area of this beautiful and relatively flat island. Throughout the excursion, you will get to observe numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There’s also the possibility of exploring the coast aboard the dinghies. Afterward, we will head back on board for an evening briefing, a welcome cocktail, and then dinner.

Day 4: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

Because there is no disembarking site at this location, this coastal exploration is done aboard dinghies. Naturalist guides will explain the dramatic geology of the area, which is made up of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife present here and, depending on weather conditions, you will be able to snorkel along the cliffs, most likely in the company of green sea turtles!

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, we will visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago – Fernandina. This island is ranked among one of the top islands to visit in Galapagos, by guests and guides alike. Here, you will discover an amazing interplay between barren terrain and abundant wildlife. Highlights here include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants, and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Day 5: Isabela Island

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we will disembark at Urbina Bay over on the western side of Isabela Island. This visitor site happens to be the result of the tectonic uplift of the ocean floor! As a result, we will get to see plenty of corals and shells alongside large and very colorful Galapagos land iguanas. Occasionally, we might even be lucky enough to spot giant tortoises. While sailing across the Bolívar Channel, we will have a high chance of spotting several species of whales.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Over on the northwest side of Isabela is secluded Tagus Cove – an anchorage spot that once served as a pit stop for pirates and whalers for several centuries. Nowadays, Tagus Cove is a superb visitor site. Upon disembarking, we will partake in an uphill hike that takes them to the rear of Darwin Crater, which consists entirely of saltwater. Afterward, you can choose to snorkel or ride kayaks along the dramatic coastal landscape.

Day 6: Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

Rabida Island

In the morning, we will disembark at Rabida Island’s red-colored beach. A stroll along the beach allows us to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, too. Non-snorkelers are invited to ride Yacht La Pinta’s glass-bottom boat for an exploration of life underneath the waves.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). The walk here involves casually circling a brackish-water lagoon that’s often frequented by lagoon birds. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay as well as the western islands of the archipelago. You might even be lucky enough to observe land iguanas here, too!

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island

Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research Station

The morning visit on this day takes us over to the Charles Darwin Research Station, with its giant tortoise pens and an impressive giant prickly-pear cacti forest. These are the Galapagos’ headquarters for scientific research and conservation. The Station also functions as the administration office for the Galapagos National Park.

Highlands

After lunch, we will head up into the highlands of Santa Cruz Island aboard a private bus. This makes for a great place to keep an eye out for the emblematic finches that inspired Darwin. Endemic scalesia trees also dominate the area as well. The highlands are also a great place for exploring the exuberant vegetation that is home to giant tortoises that roam about freely in the wild!

Day 8: Floreana Island

Post Office Bay

After breakfast, we will disembark at Post Office Bay (Floreana Island) to visit the historic “Post Office Barrel” that has functioned as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries! Dinghy rides along the maze of channels over on Floreana’s north shore can also be enjoyed. Views from La Lobería and the Baroness Viewpoint are quite rewarding, too. There’s great kayaking and swimming from the beach here as well.

Champion Islet & Cormorant Point

Before disembarking at Cormorant Point, you can enjoy snorkeling or a ride on Yacht La Pinta’s glass-bottom boat that travels along the coast of an extinct cone called “Champion Islet.” Later on, in the afternoon, you will get to visit Cormorant Point, which has an olivine-crystal beach and a brackish water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be spotted. A brief walk to the other side of the island rewards guests with a beautiful, white-sand beach that is often the spot for sea turtles to come and nest.

Day 9: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Quito / Safe travels!

Baltra Island

The journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its tectonically uplifted origin) is the reason why this island was chosen back in the 1940s as the location for building an airport.

Once you arrive in Quito, you’ll catch your flight back home. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Published rates are valid for 2021 and 2022, respectively (except Christmas & New Year’s departures).
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 10% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts, dinners, and taxes are included for your hotel in Quito.
  • Galapagos excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety, and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Restrictions may apply.
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

Amazing Trip!!!

From the moment we landed in Quito until the moment we left Galapagos, everything was taken care of for us. The service was 5 stars and everything ran smoothly. If you want a luxurious planned trip without having to worry about anything definitely book with this company. In addition, every person from this company was so kind and helpful. From Quito to Yacht La Pinta […] everything was perfect!!! In addition, all safety precautions for COVID were taken very seriously.
Randis598, January 4th, 2021