Yacht La Pinta offers rewarding expedition gastronomy and nothing beats savoring a meal on the top deck
Before arriving in Galapagos, many explorers wonder what is the food like on an expedition vessel? Will it be rice and beans and maybe steak? It turns out that high-quality expedition vessels deliver an extraordinary food experience. Nutritious breakfasts with large amounts of tropical fruits, cereals, and protein-rich options are available, lavish lunch buffets, and a-la-carte dinners. Nothing tops, however, the chance of having a meal “al fresco” on the top deck. This is a great way of connecting with other natural elements such as air, sun, landscapes, sounds and smells.
Why do you use the top deck for meals when you already have a well-appointed restaurant?
The main restaurant of an expedition vessel is probably the place where, actually, most meals will take place. It is here where service standards enhance the value of a quality expedition. But, at certain locations, it is the outdoor location that will enhance the value of a meal. The criteria used by Hotel Managers blends in a couple of variables: landscape, anchoring location, wind, and time of the day. Oh, and yes, wildlife presence is another consideration since certain wildlife species do see our presence as a potential meal too. We are strong supporters of responsible practices at the places we travel to, and will follow the guidelines of the national park. We do not feed the local wildlife in ways that affect their natural feeding habits.
The hot season tends to be a better time for early breakfast and dinner, while lunch is more adequate during the dry season. It is quite a luxury to enjoy your morning coffee while observing the volcanic make-up of the islands and see the daylight colors change as the sun climbs up quickly at the equator. During the hot season,explorers from the northern hemisphere can think of their relatives and friends back at home, while brutal winters roam at such latitudes. Here, we enjoy very comfortable temperatures while the gentle doldrums allow us to shoot the breeze. A favorite place for breakfast is Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island (Eastern Islands itinerary).
Of course, lunch can never offer a dull moment if you are surrounded by volcanic majesty. To sit on the top deck and observe Tagus Cove, Isabela Island at lunch time (Western Islands itinerary) is a treat to the senses. Off in the distance you can see Fernandina Island and quite regularly you can see one or two spouts from passing whales. When was the last time you had lunch with monumental volcanos, gentle breeze, and whales in the horizon.Any other special moments up in the top deck?
Quite a few more, actually. Not only meals are great in the top deck, but every time we are back from an outing, tropical juices and some nibbling snacks await our guests. Sip on a tropical cocktail, a cold beer, or just an icy lemonade and try to relive the awesomeness of what you just witnessed. Expedition Leaders are also very clever at organizing “al fresco” evening talks, which are great ways to connect with outer elements and leave the indoors life behind.
When sailing from place to place, and more so at sunset, any outdoor deck will offer stunning views of the islands, its changing colors, and its deep blue sea. Explanations on deck easily jump to the next level. And, last but not least, stargazing is the ultimate ecstasy when it comes to using the top deck. Lights out, and it is all about the stars and any other surprises while in the dark.So, the next time you visit one of our expedition vessels please think of the great outdoors as the best enhancer of your Galapagos voyage.
Francisco Dousdebés – Galapagos Expert, May 17th, 2016 – Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island 0°72’S / 89°24’W