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
Wild Stories from the Middle of King Neptune’s Domain
On my recent trip aboard Yacht La Pinta in the Galapagos Islands (I think it’s my 847th by now), I had the pleasure of meeting a group of Aussies, a couple from South Africa, a fun group sponsored that had been sponsored by a US zoo, plus some other great explorers from various origins. We were also treated to the fact that, on this trip in particular, we got to explore the islands around the same time that Charles Darwin visited them back in 1835. Read More
Kayaking in the Galapagos can be an amazing experience. You get to enjoy the beauties of the islands from a distance and at the same time have close encounters with marine life. Despite how magical the experience may sound, not everyone turns into a professional kayaker as soon as they hit the water. Like everything in life, it requires practice and a little dexterity. But fear not: we hereby present you with some very useful tips that will help you make the most of your first kayaking experience in the Galapagos.
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.
10th to 16th February 2017
On board Yacht La Pinta, we visited Isabela Island in the Galapagos. Isabela is the largest island of this archipelago. It is composed of five volcanoes – Cerro Azul, Sierra Negra, Darwin, Wolf, Alcedo – all of which are actually still considered active! Today we will visit Urbina Bay.
On February 12th, our guests and crew celebrated International Darwin Day aboard Yacht La Pinta. The date marks what would have been Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday. The La Pinta crew organized a day of events in honour of the legacy of the famed English biologist and his connection with the Galapagos archipelago. Darwin’s 1835 visit to the Galapagos would later come to change scientific inquiry and intellectual history forever. The La Pinta Darwin Day celebrations included costumes, lectures, and birthday cake!
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.
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.
9th January to 13th January 2017
Chinese Hat and Santiago Island
Chinese Hat is small islet located just off the coast of Santiago Island in the Galapagos archipelago. From our cruise on board Yacht La Pinta, we have come to visit this island, which can be a great place for spotting Galapagos penguins!