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Nathalie Moeller

Eastern Galapagos Aboard Yacht La Pinta

Discover the Wonderful Highlights of Eastern Galapagos Aboard Yacht La Pinta! 

By | Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination where, no matter which collection of islands you choose to visit, you will undoubtedly be met by amazing wildlife and mesmerizing landscapes. Adventure and surprises await behind every corner so when it comes to deciding on which islands to visit, it might all come down to your time availability, specific animal interests and/or visitor site preference. Read More
Guests celebrating Darwin's anniversary aboard Yacht La Pinta

Charles Darwin’s Commemoration Aboard Yacht La Pinta

By | News
Charles Darwin’s Commemoration aboard Yacht La Pinta was celebrated by our guests and crew on the 15th of September, 2017, but the story begins many years ago. One 15th of September, 182 years ago, a young Charles Darwin arrived to the Enchanted Islands aboard the HMS Beagle more excited than ever to witness the magic of the islands after all the stories he’d heard. It was thanks to his interest in taxidermy, geology, and natural history that Darwin found himself invited to partake in a voyage around the world alongside Captain Fitzroy and his crew. And while Charles Darwin soon enough found out that he was not at all built for voyages at sea, he remained aboard the Beagle for its extended 5-year journey (a length of time that ended up being much longer than initially planned). Read More
Why we don't visit some islands of the Galapagos. Photography: Francisco “Pancho” Dousdebés, Galapagos Expert

Why we don’t visit some islands of the Galapagos

By | Galapagos
The Galapagos archipelago is a big place. However, within its 133,000 km2, distributed among 20 islands and islets, only 3% is inhabited and 3% is open to tourism. But don’t fret! This doesn’t mean any less of a Galapagos experience! In fact, some of the best Galapagos adventures follow well-thought out, hand-picked itineraries. These usually include some of the archipelago’s best visitor sites and most iconic Big15 species while allowing guests to feel as if they are the first to step foot on the islands. Read More
White-sand beach

Galapagos Beaches: Eye Candy for the Colour Hungry  

By | Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are around 12 to 15 million years old. A relatively young age in a geological sense. Throughout these millions of years, flora and fauna found a way to thrive in this otherwise harsh environment. Even though 15 million years is considered “young” in geological terms, it was certainly enough time for the islands to shape themselves into what they are today – one of the most pristine, unchanged and unaffected natural environments in the world. Behaviours evolved, vegetation found a niche and beaches took their sweet time in becoming a part of the landscape. Read More
Galapagos sea lion pup

Galapagos Sea Lion Pupping Season Begins!

By | Animals
August is starting and, in the Galapagos, wildlife goes on uninterrupted. Such is the case with Galapagos sea lions that are seen throughout the archipelago all year long. This member of our Big15 list of iconic species (not to mention a definitive favourite by both locals and visitors) is probably one of the most photogenic animals in the archipelago. However, it’s probably Galapagos sea lion pups that take the prize for being the cutest animal in the Galapagos. Tiny, furry bodies, big innocent eyes and playful dispositions will steal your heart and occupy most of your Galapagos photo album. Before boarding the magical La Pinta Yacht, read on to learn more about this beautiful animal during pupping season. And try not to melt when you run into one. But beware, we can’t guarantee that you won’t. Read More
Dry season in the Galapagos. Photo credit: Doug Greenberg

The Beauty of the Dry Season in the Galapagos Islands

By | News
The Galapagos has two seasons that are easily distinguished, the hot season and the dry season. Both of these display differences in how the landscape is affected. The hot season looks lush and green while the dry season in the Galapagos presents an overwhelming palate of cindery brown that’s caused by the lack of rain. Something else to keep in mind is that the hot season brings in warmer currents, while the dry season is known for its colder but more-than-tolerable temperatures. The beauty of the Galapagos is that no matter the season, the amazing wildlife (see Galapagos Big15) and beautiful scenery is on display all year long. June marks the beginning of the dry season that lasts all the way up to the month of December. Up ahead are a few facts about the dry season that’s beginning during this time of year, so read on and get informed on what to expect during your Galapagos adventure aboard the amazing Yacht La Pinta. Read More
Pinnacle Rock

The Galapagos: National Geographic’s 2017 Summer Destination 

By | News
Summer is coming, and with it comes a plethora of destinations to visit to around the globe! To help narrow things down, however, National Geographic has just published its list of its Best Summer Trips 2017 and guess what’s included? The Galapagos as a summer destination! Writer Jodi Ettenberg categorized it as a destination worth going to if you “like a good water and wildlife combo.” Ettenberg also highlights the fact that this summer will see the blue-footed boobies performing their mating dance, sea lions birthing and humpback whales arriving to the archipelago. Aboard Yacht La Pinta you’ll get to experience these wonderful sights this summer on our varied yet complete Galapagos itineraries. Below we pick out the highlights found along the way.

Pinnacle Rock

While visiting Bartolome Island during the Northern Islands itinerary, guests will stop at one of the most iconic sites throughout the Galapagos. Widely photographed and serving as one of its most recognizable pieces of landscape is Pinnacle Rock. This formation is the result of magma expelled from the Bartolome volcano that later cooled and hardened when it reached the sea. This black lava formation used to be a tuff cone (also called an ash cone) comprised of soft volcanic material. These qualities made it very easy to erode, which resulted in its unusually pointy shape. Other ash cones can be seen throughout the archipelago, but none with the peculiar shape of Pinnacle Rock. The formation blends beautifully with the sandy beach located right below it. Here, guests will have the chance to swim with Galapagos sea lions, schools of colourful fishes and even the rare Galapagos penguin. This amazing scenery can be enjoyed from a strategically located viewpoint that sits opposite the cone. Just get ready for a walk up the hill to snap some gorgeous photos from said viewpoint!

Galapagos Giant tortoises In the Wild!

Coming to the Galapagos Islands and not seeing a Galapagos giant tortoise is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. When you visit the archipelago, it is very likely that at some point throughout your itinerary you will get the chance to get a closer look at these beautiful, patient, and slow-moving reptiles. Additionally, you’ll get the chance to visit one of the National Park’s breeding centres and admire the great efforts that the park (along with other NGO’s) are making to restore the tortoise population. galapagos summer destination Seeing them in the wild, however, is often a thrilling and fantastic experience that can be compared to walking through a cageless zoo. You might get excited when you see a majestic lion in its enclosure, but the feeling of wonder you experience when viewing the same animal in its natural habitat is truly fascinating. While visiting Santa Cruz Island during your Eastern Islands itinerary you well get the unique chance to get ridiculously close to the amazing Galapagos giants within their own and open territory: “running” around wild and free. Check out the following 360-video of a Galapagos giant tortoise walking by. Note: By clicking and dragging the video screen, you can change the angle of the camera as you’re watching!

Fernandina Island 

Fernandina Island is ranked among the top 3 must-see islands in the Galapagos. The reason for this is that it is one of the youngest islands in the whole archipelago and is the site of occasional volcanic activities. Not only that, Fernandina is home to one of the biggest colonies of marine iguanas and offers visitors the chance to walk across a beautifully abstract terrain that looks like something out of a surrealist painting. galapagos summer destination Most noteworthy amongst all the creatures that live here, however, is the endemic flightless cormorant (found only on the Western Islands). Guests visiting Fernandina will get to watch in amusement as this unusual species of bird swimming and flaps around while attempting to dry its vestigial wings. Amazing Fernandina is visited as part of Yacht La Pinta’s Western Islands Itinerary.
Red-footed booby landing

You Saw Red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos? Now You Are in the Archipelago

By | Animals, Galapagos

A Must-see Rarity: Red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos

Red-footed boobies in the Galapagos: you have not really been here if you haven’t seen them. These seabirds, related to their also famous blue-footed cousins, are something to behold. Not only because of specific characteristics that make them truly fit to thrive in the archipelago, but also because they are only seen at two spots that are visited through our Northern Itinerary and Eastern Itinerary. If you want the true Galapagos experience, make sure you see some of the rarest species of the islands. Get more acquainted with these amazing birds and be one of the few people in the world who gets to observe them in their natural habitat. Read More
A Galapagos penguin flapping its wings

Galapagos Penguins: The Archipelago’s Snazziest Species

By | Animals

Galapagos Penguins, a Rare Species

It seems like an image straight out of a dream or a Dr. Seuss book – penguins in the tropics. You’d almost expect them to be wearing sunglasses and sunbathing under a beach umbrella with a cocktail in flipper. Despite how farfetched it might all seem, Galapagos penguins might be the closest you’ll ever get to such a sight. It will also be one of Galapagos Big15 you will be checking off of your list! Read More