New Year in the Galapagos Islands Aboard Yacht La Pinta

By | Galapagos

New Year’s is an event many people look forward to. Some want to spend it with their families, others with friends and, every once in a while, some even want to spend it alone. One thing’s for sure: it is a time to reflect on what we are leaving behind and the lessons we’ve learned as we start to look forward to what’s coming. Even though the New Year is but a change in the calendar, we all need an excuse to start over, to think of new projects and dreams, and refuel our energy tanks. And if there is one place in the world that is appropriate for this sort of renewal, then it’s the Galapagos Islands! Step out of your comfort zone, observe the most unique animals species from just a few feet away, swim through turquoise waters and soak in the most luxurious kind of adventure you will ever have! Aboard Yacht La Pinta, one of Galapagos most renowned expedition vessels, objectives and aspirations find new meanings all the time. For this recent New Year’s celebrations, our guests celebrated the New Year alongside our crew members in the beautiful Enchanted Islands. Here is a sneak peek of how the celebrations unravelled and what you should expect if you decide to spend a New Year in the Galapagos Islands! If it’s not on your bucket list, we highly suggest that you include it!

The GALAPAGOS BIG 15

Some of the Galapagos’ endemic and native species are known all around the world, but a less-known fact to the common visitor is just how unafraid they are of humans! Sometimes, this means some of the most curious ones will get very close to you, so close that you might even be tempted to touch them (just remember it is forbidden by the Galapagos National Park to do so)! You will be close enough to feel nature in its purest form and get some amazing photographs while you are at it. Galapagos animals are known to be very photogenic! If you want to know which are the most iconic species you should look for during your expedition, check out our GALAPAGOS BIG 15 list and make sure you see them all!

Otherworldy Landscapes

Because of their volcanic origin, the Galapagos are home to many impressive views. Geological formations such as lava tunnels, craters, uplifts, crevasses and cliffs leave visitors in awe, not only on land but also below water. On land, during the month of December, the vegetation starts to show its greenest shades as it announces the beginning of the hot season. Across the sea, the residual presence of the cold currents allows visitors to swim with some interesting aquatic fauna. So take out your camera and get ready to snap the most unforgettable pictures!

TRAVELER’S TIP: bring extra memory cards, we guarantee you’ll run out faster than you think!

A Luxury Expedition Vessel

During a trip – even more so if it’s to a distant location – little details can make all the difference. Making sure that your basic needs are met is one thing, but looking for that little extra something can transform an exotic adventure into a truly memorable experience! This New Year in Galapagos, our guests found out how much those details matter: impeccable service, gourmet food, well-thought out expeditions and luxurious rooms are the thing to look for. Needless to say, our La Pinta crew was delighted to give our guests the time of their lives with a special New Year celebration that we are sure they will never forget.

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By | Galapagos

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