At a Glance
Small enough to feel intimate but large enough to offer plenty of facilities - two bars, gym and Jacuzzi, a library and a sundeck
Just 12 guests or less per naturalist guide
All cabins have picture windows, iPod docking stations and air conditioning - high level of services onboard
They offer a 'young pirates' program for children, teaching them about the fascinating flora and fauna, six cabins can interconnect making it a superb boat for families
Renowned as one of the most exclusive of the boats sailing the Galapagos and for its excellent guiding
Spacious, bright and airy with a contemporary décor
To start planning your vacation to La Pinta
A discovery trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard La Pinta allows for exciting encounters with unique flora and fauna, including giant Galapagos tortoises, land and marine iguanas, flamingos, penguins, blue footed boobies and famous Darwin finches to name but a few.
A Swedish firm, experts in marine architecture and design, have transformed La Pinta into an exclusive expedition vessel. The elegant 207ft yacht can accommodate up to 48 guests in 24 outside facing cabins with a contemporary, fresh decor and fantastic floor to ceiling windows. The clever design of the yacht means that guests can enjoy fantastic views throughout the boat, whether relaxing on deck in the Jacuzzi, enjoying a delicious meal in the dining room or browsing through the books in the natural history library.
La Pinta operates a 7 night in-depth itinerary round the Galapagos, with countless opportunities for wildlife viewing on daily explorations to the islands with the on board naturalist guides, who will share their enthusiasm for this unique destination with you. There is also the opportunity to take a trip on the glass bottom boat, snorkel and swim with the marine life and if you’re lucky you may spot whales and dolphins whilst cruising from island to island.
Families are particularly welcome on board La Pinta and are well catered for, with the option of triple and connecting cabins and a special kids program for children aged 6-12 years.
La Pinta has 24 outside facing, air conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and picture windows for great views. The cabins are decorated in a fresh modern style and have a sound system with iPod/MP3 dock, fine cotton bed linens, down duvets and a choice of pillows. Double cabins have two twin beds that can also be made into a queen and triple cabins have the same, with the addition of a sofa bed. There are also four interconnecting cabin options, ideal for families.
Children from the age of 6 years are very welcome on board La Pinta and there is a special "Young Pirates" program for children 6-12 years old, featuring special children's activities, kids menus and educational materials. Jack Sparrow-wannabes can also visit the bridge to spend time with the Captain and navigators. Triple cabins are available on board La Pinta and six cabins are interconnecting, making ideal family accommodation.
There is ample public space on board La Pinta. The Boat Deck has an outside Sky Bar, Jacuzzi, natural history library, exercise room and observation lounge and bar, whilst the Main Deck has a small boutique and a dining room. If the weather is fine, meals may be served al-fresco on the covered sun deck. La Pinta also has a glass bottom boat, sea kayaks, snorkel equipment and wet suits for guests.
Cruises on board La Pinta are carefully designed to include interesting and varied daily visits to the islands, lead by the ship's expert bilingual naturalist guides. There is also plenty of opportunity for guests to enjoy swimming and snorkeling with the wildlife, glass bottom boat trips, kayaking and stargazing. Natural history talks and presentations are given by the guides and are a chance to learn more about the fascinating flora and fauna of the islands.
Since the length of cruise varies and the visits to the islands are strictly regulated to ensure minimal impact on the wildlife, it is important for us to know if there are any particularly animals that you would like to see because they are not on all of the islands.
La Pinta has an expert crew of 24 plus four bilingual naturalist guides and a medical officer. All are highly qualified and will ensure you have a safe, fun and informative cruise.
Location & Directions
La Pinta operates 3, 4 and 7 night cruise, departing Fridays or Mondays. The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador.
When to go
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galápagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.