When it comes to seasons in the tropics, most of us were taught that there are none. But such teachings couldn’t be any further away from the truth when it comes to a place as unique as Galapagos. Read More
Just as we forecasted a couple of weeks ago, the warm waters of hot season have now engulfed the entirety of the archipelago. Not only have sea temperatures have gone up, but the islands’ tropical days are here to stay for another month or so. Read More
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?
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.
The Galapagos were unintentionally discovered on MARCH 10, 1535, shortly after Bishop Tomas de Berlanga and crew had been on the brink of completely losing faith and stamina while lost at sea. We’ve covered their incredible and unplanned discovery of the Galapagos Islands in our previous blogs (Discovery of Galapagos Part I & Part II) but, now that we’re on the eve of the historic day itself, we’d like to invite you to check out this blog that covers the adventures of the “unintentional discoverer of Galapagos” and his crew upon reaching the Enchanted Isles!
FEBRUARY 23, 1535 – On a day like today, back in 1535, a small vessel set sail from Panama to Puerto Viejo, Peru. It was commandeered by a Spanish Bishop by the name of Tomas de Berlanga and he carried with him a message from the Crown that was to be delivered promptly to the Pizarro brothers who were busy leading the conquest of South America. But something unfortunate (or perhaps serendipitous) happened along the way, as unusually fickle ocean currents and strong northerly weather pushed Berlanga’s vessel off and away from the coastline into deep, open waters. Read More
Yacht La Pinta, alongside Metropolitan Touring, is proud to be celebrating this year’s Darwin Day 2018 in Galapagos on the 12th of February! Our natural selection hero was born in Shrewsbury, England on February 12th, 1809. The worldwide celebration of Darwin Day celebrates the birth of a man who changed the course of modern day thinking. Read More
A few weeks ago we shared some details regarding the very beginning of the hot season in Galapagos. Now, as we reach the first half of January, we have witnessed a noticeable decrease in the strength of the southeast trade winds that have been coming in from South America. Read More
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. Read More
As soon as you locate the Galapagos Islands on a map, and long before you know the details about its stunning wildlife, two things sharply come to mind: a.) they are a group of islands in the tropics and b.) they are right along the equator. Read More