Galapagos Alternative


Pinzón Island with Las Palmas Beach Tour

Galapagos Alternative Pinzon Island Tour

Private guided tour

Pinzón Island is one of the few places in the Galapagos where you have the opportunity to view Penguins. During the scenic cruise down the west coast of Santa Cruz, you also may have the chance to see Manta Rays and Whales (depending on the season).* On this tour you also pass Nameless Island which is in the middle of a large Tuna run. Why not cast a line and test your luck? After open-water snorkeling in the protected bay near Pinzón island, you will motor back to Las Palmas Beach for lunch aboard your vessel. Following lunch you can snorkel from the beach or help with a little beach cleanup (optional). A relaxing cruise back to Puerto Ayora ends the day. *A bus transfer to the Ithabaca Canal will be arranged on rough sea days.

Tour Highlights and Inclusions:

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English Name: Duncan Island        Spanish Name: Pinzón

Location & Geography: Pinzón island is in the geographic center of the Galapagos archipelago. It is an arid island where a special species of Daisy, Scalesia, is found. There are no other tree species on the island. A rat infestation decimated the Tortoise population on this island in the last century. Due to extensive rat erradication and Tortoise conservation, Tortoise hatchlings were spotted on this island in 2014 for the first time in over a hundred years.

Terrestrial Wildlife: Nesting Blue-Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds, Colonies of California Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Tortoises.

Marine Wildlife: Penguins, Galapagos Sharks, White-tip Sharks, Large Rays, Pelagic and Reef Fish

Difficulty: Moderate: open-water snorkeling from boat (no disembarkation on Pinzon island), snorkeling from zodiac/panga, wet landing at Las Palmas beach.

You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkel gear, bathing suit/ change of clothes and light jacket for the return trip.

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Start time: 9am Hotel pick up Duration: Approx 5 hrs Origin: Santa Cruz Embarcation Point: Main Pier/Ithabaca Canal
Group Size: 10 maximun Vessel Type: 20 ft motorboat Activity level: moderate Total Travel Time: Land 2 hours; Water 1.5 hour

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