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Address: Ayarza # 400 y Av. Eloy Alfaro - Edificio Milanesi Of: 5 A
Quito, Ecuador

Phone: (00593) 2 242-280
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Integrity

M/Y Built in the USA, the Integrity began operations April 4, 2005, following a total refit that conforms to exacting standards for luxury Galápagos cruising.

All cabins are on the main deck and are lower twin or king-bedded. There is an owner’s suite and one single cabin.

Each cabin has large picture windows, individual climate control, satellite telephone, a stocked refrigerator, and an entertainment center with CD/DVD, VHS, and LCD monitor.

Bathroom facilities are en suite with a shower, lavatory and toilet. In the second deck salon, you’ll find the bar and lounge seating.

Meals are served at tables of 4 to 6 not far from a galley designed for gourmet chefs. On the covered top deck, you'll find a spa, a bar, barbecue and comfortable chaise lounges where you can relax, enjoy a beverage or nap in the gentle breezes. With its huge, state-of-the-art stabilizers and vibration control, the Integrity will carry you through Darwin's Islands more smoothly than on any other yacht. You'll enjoy peerless comfort as you tuck into your spacious, smartly decorated cabin and watch the boobies go by.

Technical facts and specifications

Type: Motor Yacht
Lenght: 43 m
Speed: 12 knots
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 11 + 1 naturalist guides
Cabins: 9 double cabins with twin beds or double beds

Itinerary Overview

Thursday: Arrival in Quito
Friday: Flight to Galápagos / Baltra –Island Santa Cruz / Highlands
Saturday: Island Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station – Academy Bay
Sunday: Española Island / Gardener Bay – Suarez Point
Monday: Floreana Island / Cormorant Point – Champions – Post Office Bay
Tuesday: Fernandina Island / Espinoza Point – Isabela Island / Punta Vicente Roca
Wednesday: Santiago Island / Egas Port – Island Bartholomé
Thursday: Genovesa Island / Prince Philip´s Steps – Darwin Bay
Friday: North Seymour Island - South Plaza Island
Saturday: Baltra / flight back to Quito
Monday: International flight

Detailed Itinerary

Thursday: Arrival in Quito
Arrival in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which lies at 2.800m above sea level. You will be picked you up from the airport and taken to the Hotel Hilton Colon.

Friday: Flight to Galápagos / Baltra –Island Santa Cruz / Highlands
Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galapagos. Then transfer to the Island of Santa Cruz where you travel with the naturalist guide in a spacious air conditioned vehicle up into the highland rainforest to the Royal Palm Resort where you will spend the night. After a rest (or a dip in the pool) you enjoy lunch. Later, you explore the Santa Cruz Highlands to view endemic Galapagos plant species and visit lava tubes and sinkholes. You will hike through tall grasses among the grazing tortoises and then have some leisure time before dinner. Afterwards, you retire for a good night's sleep in the very quiet Royal Palm Resort. B/L/D

Saturday: Island Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station – Academy Bay
Today you head down to the village of Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you learn about conservation issues and the tortoise and iguana hatching and rearing programs. You will even get to view some of the hatchlings. You may catch a glimpse of Lonesome George the sole survivor of the Pinta tortoise subspecies. After an exploration of the village of Puerto Ayora, you have lunch at a waterside restaurant overlooking Academy Bay. Then you board the luxurious 141 foot yacht Integrity mid- to late afternoon in Academy Bay. B/L/D

Sunday: Española Island / Gardener Bay – Suarez Point
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. Gardener Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise shot coloured water and a magnificent beach. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. In the afternoon you will have an excursion to Point Suarez which is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with 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. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). B/L/D

Monday: Floreana Island / Cormorant Point – Champions – Post Office Bay
Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Island of the archipelago. At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. Afterwards there is a great snorkelling or swimming at Champions Islet. The underwater world there is various with riff sharks, starfishes, marine turtles, sea lions and additional tropical ornamental fishes. Then you will visit the famous Post Office Bay which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Nowadays you can leave a letter and hope that it will make its destination via another tourist. B/L/D

Tuesday: Fernandina Island / Espinoza Point – Isabela Island / Punta Vicente Roca
In the morning you will visit Fernandina Island which is not only the westernmost but also the youngest and most pristine Island found in Galapagos. The last eruption of the volcano La Cumbre in 2005 created huge interesting fields of lava. Punta Espinoza, one of Fernandina’s visit points, is situated within fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. Beside this unique scenery you will come in contact with numerous animals here. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world. This afternoon will lead you to the largest island of the archipelago, Island Isabela. With a surface of 4588 sq.km the isle engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the Isabela, is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. With good luck you can observe penguins in the deep blue sea. Masked and blue-footed boobies and pelicans sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. B/L/D

Wednesday: Santiago Island / Egas Port – Island Bartholomé
Today you will land at Santiago Island, also known as James, or San Salvador Island, which is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still alive on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago. Visit the dark sand beach with a lot of marine iguanas at Egas Port after a wet landing. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast you will reach the cliffy lava coast with natural pools where sea lions take a bath and herons and other sea birds are as well local. Additionally you can encounter a small group of sea bears. The surrounding area is good for spotting and observing colonies of sea lions, red sally light-foot crabs, lava iguanas, Galápagos buzzards and lava herons. Arriving at Bartolomé you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. B/L/D

Thursday: Genovesa Island / Prince Philip´s Steps – Darwin Bay
Your destination for today is Genovesa Island. Genovesa is considered as one of the wildest and untouched within the National Park of Galápagos. It is also known as “Bird Island” or “Tower Island”. On your way to this island you will cross the equator. After a panga ride along the cliffs of Genovesa Island you will make a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps, a carved out of stone stair. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy stroll you will cross a little Scalesia wood, in which you can observe the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your boat. After lunch make a wet landing onto Tower Island at Darwin Bay for an easy stroll observing seemingly thousands of birds, mainly frigate and red footed and masked boobies.  On the beach you can see the interesting spectacle how the frigates try to catch the prey of the boobies. B/L/D

Friday: North Seymour Island - South Plaza Island
After a dry landing, you will have a short walk along the coast of the northernmost island of Seymour. Guests will encounter swallow tailed gulls, sea lions and cliff crabs. This site is also known for being a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a species different to the great frigate bird. You can also spot both endemic species of iguanas, the marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites. Later you will explore South Plaza Island, the more southernly island of the both Plaza Island, located in the east of Island Santa Cruz. On this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to 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. The Opuntia cactus and red coral bushes grow here and the vegetation changes colour according to the seasons of the year. B/L/D

Saturday: Baltra / flight back to Quito
Today you will be escorted to Baltra Island. After your transfer from the harbour to the airport you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador. Enjoy the last view back to the enchanting islands; a unique paradise with its fascinating nature. Upon arrival you will be picked up and taken to the Hotel Hilton Colon. B/L/D

Monday: international flight
Transfer to the airport with check-in to your homeward bound flight unless you are remaining for more adventures.

B= Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner

Prices 2014

Cabins Prices per Person
Double cabins per person:

USD 5,295.-

Owner’s Suite Supplement:

USD 1,700 per person

Single Yacht Supplement:

USD 1,700

Single Yacht Supplement:

USD 1,700

Single Land Supplement:

USD 450

Fuel surcharge per person:

USD 250.-

Charter

USD 84,720.-

Supplement for Holidays

 


Included in the price: All transfers in Galapagos, 8 days cruise on board of the INTEGRITY in double accommodation with all facilities, English speaking naturalist guide, purified water free to drink, non-alcoholic beverages, draft beer.

Not included in the price: Flights mainland to/from Galápagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- per person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.- per person, migration card USD 10.- per person, alcoholic beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advise, or captain´s decision for passengers security.

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