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

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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
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The Evolution of the Heart: A Marriage Proposal at Sea

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Yacht La Pinta: 16 – 20 March: A Marriage Proposal at Sea Prehistoric-looking creatures, raw volcanic earth spewing plumes of hot smoke, and blazing sunsets raging overhead. There’s something about the enchanted isles that brings us closer to the root of our existence on this beautiful planet. Theories abound for how evolution got us here, for why certain species tend to have monogamous pairing while others mysteriously choose to die alone. But as humans, the question always lingers: how would we have gotten to where we are today, if not for our relationships with one another? Read More
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A Day With Galapagos Penguins in the Island of Bartolome

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20 to 24 February 2017 – Encountered Galapagos Penguins in Bartolome Our cruise aboard the Yacht La Pinta took us on a journey to the island of Bartolome. This island is famous for several reasons, one of which is the monumental tower of Earth that pokes out into the sky and is known as “The Pinnacle of Bartolome.” Leading up to this pinnacle is a relatively wide stretch of sandy beach. Opposite the pinnacle, and on the other side of the beach, is a volcanic cone that one can climb up to get some fantastic views of the island and the surrounding scenery. Read More
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A Day with Galapagos Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Rays, Oh My!

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During our trip aboard Yacht La Pinta we reached the island of Santa Fe, which is located in the central zone of the Galapagos archipelago (try to find the island on one of these Galapagos maps!). Its location is ideal for Galapagos sea lions. These animals have established reproductive colonies all over the archipelago, and take advantage of its rich waters and calm shores. Read More
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Punta Vicente Roca: Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and More!

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Yacht La Pinta 13th to 20th January 2017

Our visit to Isabela Island begins early in the morning. We are aboard Yacht la Pinta. Traveling from Seymour Island to Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island), took us almost 10 hours of navigation. This visitor site is known for hosting colonies of Galapagos fur seals, the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas. Read More
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Española Island: Connecting with Nature

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Daniel Moreano, Expedition Leader 6th January to 9th January 2017

On board the Yacht La Pinta today we visit Española Island. It is considered one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos archipelago.
Espanola Island, Galapagos

Photo by: Steven Bedard

This island is near sea level, and that is why Española Island is dry and arid. On this island it’s very common to find a high level of endemicity present. This means that much of its flora and fauna is unique to the Española Island; this means that there is flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Read More
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Explore the memorable Galapagos Coastline

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Our adventure began on Baltra Island which is located close to the island of Santa Cruz. We arrived at Punta Vicente Roca, where we took our first panga ride to explore along the coast. We searched for animals: penguins, boobies, and pelicans that are easy to find in their nesting places. A memorable experience in Galapagos was about to begin. Read More

Galapagos Islands - Expedition November 3 - 7, 2014

Galapagos We were part of a small tour group (40 people)

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We were part of a small tour group (40 people) to the Galapagos Islands arranged through Metropolitan Touring. This eco-friendly company is absolutely first class! We started our tour with a 2 night stay at the lovely Casa Gangotena in the Old City section of Quito (see our hotel review) and had a wonderful walking tour of Quito led by Ramiro, a warm, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide. Cecilia, our tour “manager”, was with us in Quito and during our 7 night stay in the Galapagos aboard the Yacht La Pinta, and graciously coordinated every aspect of the trip. Read More