The Pinta: Yacht Details

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A sophisticated 48 passenger luxury yacht

This 48 passenger yacht offers a comfortable, upscale experience.  With spacious cabins featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the Pinta combines luxurious amenities with immersive, adventurous Galapagos exploration.  With expert naturalist guides and excellent service and cuisine, the Pinta is a comfortable and refined option in the Galapagos.


Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
7 night cruises run from Friday to Friday / 4 night cruises run from Monday to Friday / 3 night cruises run from Friday to Monday

Pinta 7 Night Western Galapagos Itinerary

Friday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Saturday Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) / Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
Sunday Isabela: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove
Monday Rábida / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
Tuesday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
Wednesday Floreana: Post Office Bay / Punta Cormorant
Thursday Santa Fe / South Plaza
Friday Depart for Home

Pinta 4 Night Northern Galapagos Itinerary

Monday Arrive to Baltra / Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
Tuesday Eden Islet / Sombrero Chino Islet
Wednesday Bartolomé / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Thursday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
Friday Depart for Home

Pinta 3 Night Eastern Galapagos Itinerary

Friday Arrive to San Cristóbal / Cerro Colorado Tortoise Centre
Saturday San Cristóbal: Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
Sunday Española: Punta Suárez / Gardner Bay
Monday Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) / Depart for Home


Pinta 7 Night Western Galapagos Itinerary

Friday to Friday

 

Day 1 Friday Arrive to Baltra / North Seymour
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Pinta, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise.  In the afternoon you will disembark on North Seymour, a small uplifted island that is home to the largest nesting ground of Magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos.  Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant here.

 

Day 2 Saturday Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) / Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)
Today will begin with a visit to Isabel Island’s Punta Vicente Roca, home to a colony of Galapagos fur seals, a species endemic to the islands.  You may also see sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, Nasca boobies, blue footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, and flightless cormorants.  In the afternoon you will head to Fernandina Island, where you will disembark at Punta Espinosa (dry landing).  One of the youngest islands in the Galapagos, Fernandina remains one of the most highly active volcanic islands.  The island offers a contrast between the green mangroves, black lava flows, and turquoise waters.  You may see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.

 

Day 3 Sunday Isabela: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove

Located at the foot of the Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted from the seabed in 1954, leaving coral heads sitting out of the water. Here, you may see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water. On land you may see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will also have a view of the Alcedo Volcano. Next you will head to Tagus Cove, where you can view pirate graffiti dating back to the 1800s. As you walk around the cove you will enjoy views of a saltwater lagoon called Darwin Lake. From the summit of this hike you will be able to see both Darwin Volcano and Wolf Volcano.

 

Day 4 Monday Rábida / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
This morning you will head to Rábida, and island known for the remarkable red coloring of its earth. This color comes from the oxidation of the iron-rich lava that makes up the island’s soil.  A few minutes’ walk from the beach, you will find a small lagoon of brackish water, lined with opuntia cactus and Palo Santo trees.  Rábida is home to an array of bird species, including finches, brown pelicans, Galapagos white-cheeked pintail ducks and Galapagos hawks.  The afternoon visit is to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), located on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore.  Here you will visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails.  Further inland you will find a land iguana nesting site.

 

Day 5 Tuesday Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
Today you will head to Santa Cruz Island, the main inhabited island in the archipelago.  Your first visit is to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands.  Here, you will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos.  In the afternoon you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz.  The landscape gradually changes as you move up in elevation through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos.  As you travel into the Highlands, the vegetation becomes more and more lush.  The higher altitudes have more humidity and sustain a much greater variety of plant life.  This area is home to giant tortoises, the Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane, and many other species.

 

Day 6 Wednesday Floreana: Post Office Bay / Punta Cormorant
Today you will visit Floreana Island, located on the southern edge of the archipelago.  You will start with a wet landing at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries.  The barrel was constructed in 1793 to maintain contact with Europe and the United States, and to this day it is a popular place to leave outgoing mail.  Here, you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.  You will learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants, and the adventures of pirates and whalers.  In the afternoon you will visit Punta Cormorant, a steep lava cone joined to the main section of the island by a low-lying strip of land. At the high point of the trail that ascends this volcanic cone you will be able to look down into a large lagoon, where you may see several species of bird, including the occasional flamingo.

 

Day 7 Thursday Santa Fe / South Island
This morning you will visit Santa Fe, which offers a small picturesque bay that attracts large numbers of sea lions.  The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a prickly pear cactus forest where the opuntia cacti grow to heights of over 30 feet.  In the afternoon you will head to South Plaza, a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava.  The island is covered by Opuntia cacti and the characteristic Sesuvium, which changes its colors from season to season.  South Plaza is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas.

 

Day 8 Friday Depart for Home
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

 

Pinta 4 Night Northern Galapagos Itinerary

Monday to Friday

 

Day 1 Monday Arrive to Baltra / Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of La Pinta, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise.  In the afternoon you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz.  The landscape gradually changes as you move up in elevation through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos.  As you travel into the Highlands, the vegetation becomes more and more lush.  The higher altitudes have more humidity and sustain a much greater variety of plant life.  This area is home to giant tortoises, the Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane, and many other species.

 

Day 2 Tuesday Eden Islet / Sombrero Chino Islet
This morning you will visit Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you may observe blue-footed boobies, reef sharks and frigates.  There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, ride in the glass-bottom boat.  In the afternoon you will head to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat), a small yet interesting island named for the cone shape of its lava formations.  The islet is home to a sea lion colony, and you may see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs.

 

Day 3 Wednesday Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

This morning you will visit Bartolome Island.  Here, you will hike up a series of steps to a lookout point, from which you can view the island’s unique, lunar-like landscape and the iconic Pinnacle Rock, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos.  At the base of this rock are white sand beaches where you may see sea lions and Galapagos Penguins.  Your afternoon excursion is to Sullivan Bay.  Located on the eastern side of Santiago Island, this 131-year old lava flow still has intact driblet cones.  Here, you can walk over uneroded, black pahoehoe lava covered with lava bubbles and tree-trunk molds in the surface, and you may see marine and terrestrial birds, a colony of Galapagos fur seals, and black marine iguanas.

 

Day 4 Thursday Genovesa: Darwin Bay / Prince Philip’s Steps
Today you will visit Genovesa (Tower) Island, a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface.  Your first stop is at Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti, where you may see Nazca boobies, great Frigate birds, and mockingbirds.  Darwin Bay is a popular site for bird-watching, and sightings often include the sharp-beaked finch, large cactus finches, large ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls.  The afternoon takes you to El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, where you will use the eponymous steps to climb up the steep basaltic cliff.  The trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies before crossing a low, dense forest of Palo Santo trees where the red?footed boobies have their nests.  At the edge of the island, thousands of small petrels nest in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava.  On both sides of the trail you may see Nazca booby nesting colonies.

 

Day 5 Friday Depart for Home
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

 

Pinta 3 Night Eastern Galapagos Itinerary

Friday to Monday

 

Day 1 Friday Arrive to San Cristóbal / Cerro Colorado Tortoise Centre
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of La Pinta, who will assist you with your luggage and accompany you to the boat to start your cruise.  Your first excursion is to the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Centre on San Cristóbal.  Here, you will visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center located in the midst of a deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristóbal lava lizard.

 

Day 2 Saturday San Cristóbal: Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
In the morning you will visit Punta Pitt, on the island of San Cristóbal.  Here you will have impressive views from a plateau surrounded by reddish hills.  Depending on the time of year there may be nesting marine iguanas, red-footed boobies, and other marine birds down on the cliffs.  In the afternoon you will have a wet landing at Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone with a white sand beach.  Here you will visit a lagoon where several migratory bird species can be seen, and you can enjoy excellent views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristóbal Island, and the adjacent coast.

 

Day 3 Sunday Española: Punta Suárez / Gardner Bay
Today you will visit Española, the southernmost island in the Galapagos.  Your first visit is to Punta Suarez (dry landing), where colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest along the trails.  You will also be able to see the famous Galapagos blowhole, where the seawater is forced through a fissure in the cliff and, depending on the waves and tide levels, can spout up to 80 feet high.  In the afternoon you will land at Gardner Bay, whose white-sand beaches are home to sea lions.  This is a great area for snorkeling, with an opportunity to see many different schools of fish near Tortuga Rock, a few hundred meters off the shore.

 

Day 4 Monday Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) / Depart for Home
This morning you will head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands.  Here, you will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos.  After your visit you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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