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Integrity Yacht - 7 Nights Itinerary B

This luxurious 16-passenger Galapagos Islands was designed with painstaking attention to detail and has been spotlessly maintained. Indeed, it has earned the reputation as one of the finest ships sailing the Galapagos. The 141-foot luxury Integrity yacht boasts some of the most comfortable staterooms of any vessel sailing the Galapagos waters. Each of the 8 staterooms is a double accommodation cabin with plenty of space and large picture windows. This 8-day/7-night adventure on this Galapagos Islands cruise will undoubtedly leave you spellbound. Sailing on board the Integrity Motor Yacht, a 16-passenger luxury yacht, you will explore the islands’ rocky lava terrain, walk through lush forests teeming with birdlife, and snorkel in crystal-clear waters teeming with unique marine life. On this Galapagos luxury cruise through eastern and central Galapagos islands, as well as Española Island to the south, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed.

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Integrity Yacht: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Española, San Cristobal, Genovesa, Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock) Islands & Charles Darwin Station.

Integrity Yacht: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands – Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Española Island: Gardner Bay – Suarez Point
Day 3: San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt – Cerro Brujo – Kicker Rock
Day 4: Santa Fe Island // South Plazas Island
Day 5: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Prince Phillip’s Steps
Day 6: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island: Punta Bartolome
Day 7: Rabida Island // Chinese Hat Island
Day 8: Baltra Island: Airport
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Integrity Yacht: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands – Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: In the morning, you will fly from the Ecuadorian mainland to Baltra Island. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will pay the national park entrance fee, which help support the protection of Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the crew will then welcome you and escort you to your ship.

PM:  We will then visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses, to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee.

Later this afternoon, we will go to the outskirts of the town of Puerto Ayora to the Charles Darwin Research Station, primarily an international scientific research station and one of the most visited spots in the islands. Here you will be taken to the visitor center, to read about the geology, climate, natural history and conservation of the archipelago. The highlight of your visit will, undoubtedly, be the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, where giant tortoises are hatched and raised until they can be safely returned to their island homes.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Española Island: Gardner Bay – Suarez Point

AM: Gardner Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise-colored water and a magnificent beach which you will visit this morning. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

PM: In the afternoon we will go on an excursion to Suarez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas in the archipelago and boasting a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, and Galapagos hawks.  This is also the only site where you will be able to see red iguanas. From May to December the albatross nests on the island and you might be able to see the little ones. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Suarez Point is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with a thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2 km (duration about 3 hours).  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt – Cerro Brujo – Kicker Rock

AM: Following breakfast we will head to Punta Pitt on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. The 1.4 km-long path leads you through colonies of frigate birds, fork-tailed seagulls, masked boobies, and red and blue-footed boobies.

PM: Later, we will visit Cerro Brujo, a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. On the rocks you can observe blue-footed boobies, sea gulls, and some pelicans. The protected bay is very popular among young sea turtles and rays and there are excellent swimming and snorkeling possibilities. Later we will follow the route of Charles Darwin and sail around the massive tuff-rock called “Kicker Rock,” which is a nesting site for many sea birds. We will be able to find blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds.  This is a great site for scuba diving and hammerhead sharks can be seen in the area.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Santa Fe Island // South Plazas Island

AM: Today we will visit Santa Fe Island, a small rocky island covered in small Palo Santo trees and 6-meter-high opuntia cactuses. The island is mainly inhabited by large yellow land iguanas, the Galapagos buzzard, blue-footed boobies, and pelicans. While snorkeling in the wonderful blue-green bay where the ship anchors, you can observe the many inhabitants of the underwater world. In addition to countless tropical fish, there are also rays, sea turtles, and playful sea lions.

PM: After lunch we will explore South Plaza Island, located east of Santa Cruz Island. On this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks you can see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. But most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Opuntia cactuses grow here and the vegetation changes color throughout the year. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Prince Phillip’s Steps

AM: Your destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered one of the wildest and most pristine islands within Galapagos National Park. It is also known as “Bird Island” and is the only place where you will be able to see Red-footed boobies.

After a wet landing on Genovesa’s Darwin Bay, you will walk along a short path which leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigate bird colonies. On the beach you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to catch the prey of the different booby species.

PM: In the afternoon we will go ashore at a crater wall where Prince Phillip’s Steps are located.  These stairs were carved in the stone wall and lead up to a wide plateau where you will find nesting places of great frigate birds, red-billed tropic birds, Bahama ducks, lava seagulls, and fork-tailed seagulls. During this easy stroll, you will cross a little scalesia wood where you can observe the short-eared owl.  With a little bit of luck, you will also be able to observe the unique courtship rituals carried out by booby species (Red- and Blue-footed as well as masked boobies). It truly is a show.  The same path will lead you back to your boat.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island: Punta Bartolome

AM: This morning’s excursion is to Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island,” the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still apparent on the island. The last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. On the eastern coast of Santiago Island is Sullivan Bay. Its lava field with lava cactuses has a variety of very interesting patterns. In the landscape you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one.  After exploring the lava flow, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.

PM: Arguably the most recognized landmark in Galapagos, Pinnacle Rock juts straight out of Bartolome’s northern bay. Upon arriving on Bartolomé Island, you will go up to a lookout point where you can admire this famous landmark as well as the spectacular panorama of Sullivan Bay. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling spots. Here you can discover a marvelous underwater world and will have a good chance of finding gently gliding sea turtles. On the beaches underneath Pinnacle Rock, it is quite possible to meet one of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins. At around 25 centimeters tall, this is second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you are likely to see harmless white-tipped reef sharks in these waters.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
Rabida Island // Chinese Hat Island

AM: This morning we will take a trip to the dark red beach of the small, volcanic Rabida Island. A short path leads to a small lagoon which is very popular among flamingos. This beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling places in the Galapagos Islands and has a great abundance of tropical fish. Rabida Island is also the only site where the batfish lives.

PM: Later in the day we will have a wet landing at Chinese Hat Island, located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name describes the shape of the island, which you will be able to appreciate from a distance.  This island’s landscapes are dominated by volcanic formations and very fragile tubes of lava.  Because of this, it is very important to stay on the paths.  Here you will encounter a small colony of sea lions and then proceed to hike through this dark, unyielding solid rock island.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport

AM: You’ll have breakfast on board Integrity, and then disembark on Baltra Island for your international flight home.  

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Breakfast

Integrity Yacht: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Cabin Season 8 Days
DoubleLow Season US$ 7,195
Regular Season US$ 7,995
Winter Holiday US$ 9,195
Included in the price:
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • an 8-day cruise on board the Integrity in double accommodations with access to all facilities
  • the services of a bilingual (English-Spanish) naturalist guide
  • and free purified drinking water.
Not included in the price:
  • Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Quito–Galapagos–Quito flights cost approx. $569 per person)
  • entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • immigration control card ($20 per person)
  • beverages, tips, personal items, travel insurance.
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