Discover luxury cruising in the Galapagos on board Yacht La Pinta

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Our Yacht La Pinta accommodating 48 guests, with ample social areas, an observation deck towards the bow, wrap-around windows, Jacuzzi, cardio-gym, kayaks, glass-bottom boat, sun deck, sun loungers… ideal for travellers looking for a sophisticated, upscale experience of the islands.

Her exciting itineraries promise a complete immersion in this exceptional environment, with expert naturalist guides enriching wildlife encounters like few others on the planet. Faultless service, delicious cuisine and stylish design complement the experience on the islands. Our staff embraces a spirit of adventure, while ensuring safety and comfort at all times.

Yacht La Pinta has 24 comfortable cabins, all of them convertible from twin to queen sizes, and four connecting cabins, all with full private facilities, permanent hot and cold water, sufficient closet space and central control panel for room temperature, public announcements system, individual MP3 sound system, volume and reading lights; all cabins are fully carpeted and air-conditioned throughout.

La Pinta is considered an ideal yacht for families travelling together, with many connecting cabins.

Why Yacht La Pinta

Yacht La Pinta - Why La Pinta

    • High Standards When we mention high standards, we are not only talking about the actual infrastructure of our vessel, furniture, décor, materials, and more. We are certainly referring to our safety standards, maintenance, maritime contraptions, documentation, environmental performance, and permanent training of our crew. Yacht La Pinta ensures these features are part of the guest experience, as they deliver our definite commitment to trustworthy operations.
    • Expedition Staff One key element at wildlife destinations is who takes care of the natural experience. Our team is led by an Expedition Leader who is not only a staff member, but also understands who our clients and guests are. This assures his/her team of three will follow a fantastic way of catering to different expectations, abilities, and interests. The Expedition Staff designs a daily program with proper guidance from the Captain and Expedition Leader, and this translates into a rewarding experience for all guests. Our ratio of 12 guests to 1 Naturalist (12:1) guarantees a superb standard of natural-history interpretation.
    • World Cuisine Gourmet meals designed by a Cordon Bleu-trained gastronomy . International expedition cuisine with delightful Ecuadorian touches, flavors, and seasonings. This generates a world-class culinary experience for guests, and shows the diverse options of Ecuadorian cooking. Also, Yacht La Pinta can deliver great options for more specific palates, including the careful handling of food allergies, vegetarians, and more.
    • State-of-the-Art Technology When Yacht La Pinta was conceived, it had in mind to implement not only approved equipment, but specially maritime equipment that will match the requirements of international regulations. As part of the registration under Ecuadorian flagship, and for operations in the fragile environment of the Galapagos Islands, it needed to present its own EIA (environmental impact assessment). For passenger and crew safety, all IMO, MARPOL, and SOLAS guidelines are part of the vessel’s daily operations.
    • Flexibility Having on board various areas for guest enjoyment is key when it comes to flexible programs. We can deliver a great indoor meal at our dining room, while the top deck “al fresco” style prepares for the next meal. Lectures and educational programs are delivered throughout the day, and guests connect easily with their natural surroundings. Furthermore, a ratio of 12:1 allows our Expedition Team to prepare nature-active programs, including wildlife walks, kayaking, snorkelling, stargazing, glass-bottom boat, beach walks, coastal exploration, and more. It is with great joy that we love working next to just 48 explorers.

 

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Expedition Highlights

  • Exclusive island visits: 84% of visitor sites are not shared with other vessels
  • Small groups: On average, only 11 guests per naturalist guide
  • Expert itineraries: Maximize the Galapagos Big 15 wildlife experience
  • Aquatic activities: Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkelling, swimming, and panga-based coastal exploration
  • Pirates Aboard programme for children
  • Galapagos Natural History lectures and briefings
  • Stargazing talks (weather depending)
  • Free use of sea kayaks
  • Free use of snorkelling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkelling 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

Cabin Highlights

  • Ample cabins: Some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos expedition vessel
  • Permanent visual contact: Oversized windows throughout the ship for spectacular views
  • 2 pairs of connecting cabins for families or friends travelling together
  • Cabins with sofas for young children to share with parents
  • All beds can be joined (Queen-bed) or separated (Twin-bed)
  • All cabins are located on the same deck
  • Speakers for mobile music devices in all cabins
  • Central air-conditioning with individual controls in each cabin/room
  • In-room safety deposit box

Yacht Pluses

  • Privacy: A top 5 guest/space ratio (30:1) amongst Galapagos passenger vessels
  • Upscale luxurious design: Sophisticated comfort for discerning travellers
  • Comfortable observation deck towards the bow
  • Al fresco buffet in the Outside Sky Bar Area in all our itineraries
  • International-style cuisine with a great focus on Ecuadorian flavours, recipes and traditional food.  Ecuadorian menu once a week
  • Hot Tub
  • Sun deck & bar
  • Well-stocked bar; lounge
  • 24-hour free coffee and tea stations
  • Gym with cardiovascular equipment
  • Satellite phone
  • Free computers with internet; Wi-Fi connections in social areas. Note connections are low-bandwidth and intermittent
  • Boutique/gift shop
  • On-board learning: State-of-the-art technology for multimedia presentations and natural history lectures as well as a traditional library
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, menu options for dinner
  • Disembarkation gangways are at sea level

Yacht and Passenger Safety

  • A 24/7 Medical Officer (M.D.) on board and a well-equipped infirmary
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Latest generation GPS navigational and nautical safety systems
  • Closed-circuit television

Safety

Our vessel undergoes a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Ecuadorian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Safety Management Code (ISMC), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), the Ecuadorian Merchant Marine Office (DIRNEA), among others.

On all of Metropolitan Touring’s operations, the competence of crew members is verified, the quality and state of vessels’ equipment and materials checked, periodic maintenance and training performed, safety procedures and equipment constantly monitored.

In 2013, all our Galapagos operations staff have received (additional) training in first aid from qualified personnel.

Ship

  • Electronically controlled injection electricity generators
  • Water treatment plant for sewage water
  • Solid waste & inorganic refuse classification and recycling
  • Burned oils and by-products: shipped back to the mainland aboard on our own cargo ship
  • 4-stroke outboard motors
  • 4 Pumar rubber boats for ship to land transfers
  • Special outdoor deck lights to decrease inter-island insect dispersal
  • Hull paint: we use environmentally-friendly tin-free paints
  • Maintenance: preventive environmental action as opposed to corrective environmental action

Our Team

  • Our Expedition Leaders on board are selected experienced Naturalist Guides
  • We have a Quality Assurance Department responsible for monitoring and evaluating the quality of the service provided on board and by our Naturalist Guides, who are continually trained
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages upon request for groups larger than 10 guests: German, French, Italian)
  • All itineraries provide ample chances of encountering a broad range of natural and geologic diversity
  • Ground operation office in Puerto Ayora for logistic, maintenance, storage and operational support, with extra support in San Cristóbal

Technical Information

  • Reconstruted & refitted: Callao, Peru in 2007
  • Length: 63.87 meters (209 ft.)
  • Beam: 12.50 meters (41 ft.)
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,438.25 tons
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Capacity: 48 guests
  • Cabin: 24 outside cabins, on the same Deck with twin or
    queen-size beds.
  • Double Cabin size: 16 square meters (175 square feet)
  • Triple cabin size: 22 square meters (236 square feet) with sofa bed
  • Decks: Three public decks include an ample Bar-salon, dining
    room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck
  • Wellness: Jacuzzi, Fitness room
  • Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
  • Electricity: 110-220 Volts 50Hz
  • Engines: 2 DEUTZ model SBA 8M 1275 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar, and GPS
  • Safety Certiificates: (SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM CODE 12)
  • Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge
  • Life Jacket: In each cabin
  • Inflatable life Craft: 2 x 50-man and 6 x 25-man
  • Landing Craft: 4 Pumar inflatable + glass bottom boat
  • Owner: ETICA (Metropolitan Touring)
  • Decks: 3 (Sun deck, Cabin deck, Main deck
  • Crew: 27 (including Officers)
  • Naturalist guides: 4 (including Expedition Manager)
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board

Facilities

  • Hair dyer, speakers for iPod/MP3 Players and safe deposit box in each cabin
  • 
Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas
  • Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin
  • 
In-room safe deposit box
  • 
Coffee station (coffee, tea and water 24 hours-a-day)
  • 
Telephone with direct international dialing
  • 
Multi-channel sound system for closed-cricuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3, MP4.
  • Natural History Library
  • 
Gift Shop
  • 
Fitness room
  • 
Hot Tub
  • 
Snorkelling equipment
  • 
Wet suits
  • 
Sea kayaks
  • Glass-bottom boat

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