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Expedition Journal: Experiencing the Eruption of La Cumbre Volcano aboard Yacht La Pinta

By | Galapagos, Testimonials

This is a complementary expedition journal that pertains to our original blog about La Cumbre’s eruption that happened in June of this year.

The morning of June 16th began with a shake. Shortly after feeling it, news of an earthquake in Galapagos reached Yacht La Pinta, which just so happened to be anchored over by Punta Vicente Roca during our Western Galapagos Islands itinerary. At approximately 11 o’clock in the morning, one of our panga (dinghy) drivers watched as smoke emerged from the uppermost parts of Fernandina Island off in the distance. This smoke, which turned out to be a volcanic fumarole, marked the beginning of an eruption over on La Cumbre volcano in Galapagos. Read More
sierra negra volcanic eruption update (July 2018)

Volcanic Eruption Update (July 6, 2018): Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island

By | Galapagos
Our last eruption report that we published the previous week mentioned that Sierra Negra Volcano showed various fissures that were continuously releasing lava and other volcanic products. As of July 1, the intensity of the eruption had slowed down in many areas and no eruption evidence was readily visible. The local civil defense authorities and National Park Service also assessed the site and rolled back their original decree of not allowing visitors in the nearby overlook point of Sierra Negra Volcano. Read More
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Volcanic Eruptions Galore! Fernandina Island concludes, Isabela Island is just getting started!

By | News
Our always dynamic Earth gave us a show about ten days ago with a powerful, delightful, and impressive eruption on Fernandina Island (La Cumbre Volcano). Just like most Galapagos eruptions, this one lasted about a week. Yacht La Pinta actually even got the chance to witness it in all its glory as it saw the complete eruptive process right from the start, managing to sail relatively close to where the lava itself was emerging. Ultimately, it offered guests and crew a beautiful window into a fireworks show unlike anything else in Galapagos, all of it courtesy of Earth’s mantle. Read More
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Expedition Journal: Remarkable Land Iguana Encounters in Galapagos take the Spotlight

By | Animals, Galapagos
Upon seeing them up high in the skies or the branches of trees, perhaps one of the most striking and radiant features of male frigatebirds in Galapagos (both great and magnificent) are their vibrant red hues that emanate from the iconic red gular sac on their neck. These sacs will only typically inflate during the courting months that occur during the hot season in Galapagos. All of it to impress the ladies. It’s worth remembering that this bird can measure up to an astounding 1.8 meters (~6 feet) upon spreading its wings! Read More
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La Pinta Expedition Journal: Sally Lightfoot Crab in Galapagos Found Eating an Unusual Meal!

By | Animals
For a person who has very little knowledge about marine biology, it is easy to be surprised with what you see on the grand variety of walks we take in Galapagos while traveling aboard Yacht La Pinta. During the visits, it’s not all that uncommon to see numerous crabs hanging out along the shores eating seaweed. But this afternoon, I was rather surprised and amazed by what we saw. Read More
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La Pinta Expedition Journal: Santa Fe Island in Galapagos – Sharks vs Sea Lions!

By | Animals, Galapagos
Today’s visit was a walk on the beautiful beaches and trails over on Santa Fe Island in Galapagos. Santa Fe Island in Galapagos offers guests the exciting chance to see numerous colonies of sea lions. They serve as quite the tourist attraction for each of our guests that opt for experiencing the Galapagos aboard our Eastern Galapagos Islands itinerary. Read More
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Catamaran vs. Single-Hull Expedition Vessel: What difference does it really make in Galapagos?

By | Galapagos
We admit it: there is something irresistibly sleek, modern, attractive and – dare we say – sexy about catamarans. From their futuristic-looking twin hulls and arching belly all the way to their sharp bows that make them look like a spectacular spaceship, the design of a catamaran almost seems like the perfect fit for the seas it sails upon. But let’s stop for one moment and look at the bigger picture by asking ourselves: what practicality do catamarans actually have in a place as isolated and prone to doldrums as the Galapagos? Read More