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M/Y Integrity

The Integrity is one of the most luxurious options and offers a unique program, allowing guests to more fully experience the Galapagos Islands. This luxury yacht carries 16 adventurers in comfort, safety and style, and is one of the newer yachts in the Galapagos. With an exciting long program that combines Quito, the Royal Palm Hotel and a week-long cruise with plenty of activity and wildlife, the Integrity is a one-in-a-lifetime experience.

Category: Luxury

Capacity: 16

Operation: Santa Cruz

Number of Cabins: 7

Length: 141 ft

Beam (Width): 24 ft

Draft: 7 ft

Speed: 12 knots

Weight (GRT): 318 tons

Type of Vessel:

Cabin Equipment and Services:
Private bathroom, air conditioning, hot water, sundeck, bar/salon, Jacuzzi�, sea kayaks, 7 double staterooms and 1 owner�s suite

Social Areas:
Salon and dining area has a bar, entertainment center and library Sun deck has full bar, spa and barbeque

Type of Dietary Restrictions Served on Board:
Special diets are readily accommodated

Food Serving Style:
Breakfast is buffet style, lunch and dinner are served in several, elegantly plated courses. The barbecue is fired up for the Friday al fresco farewell dinner.

Guide Languages:
English Spanish

Drinks: The wine list is made up exclusively of Argentine and Chilean vintages and there's no corkage should you prefer to bring your own selections. Complimentary draft beer or a soft drink.

Visitor Activities:
Scuba diving, snorkeling, wakeboarding. Kite surfing kayaking water skiing land excursions Snorkeling: equipment available free of charge

Other Activities:
Panga

Flight Route Used: Quito/Baltra/Quito

Single Cabin Supplement:
Yes

Children Discount:
No

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1

SATURDAY

BALTRA, SANTA CRUZ

BALTRA AIRPORT, PUERTO AYORA

DAY 2

SUNDAY

FLOREANA

PUNTA CORMORANT, CHAMPION, POST OFFICE BAY, BLACK BEACH

DAY 3

MONDAY

ISABELA

PUNTA MORENO, ELIZABETH BAY

DAY 4

TUESDAY

ISABELA/FERNANDINA

URBINA BAY, PUNTA ESPINOZA

DAY 5

WEDNESDAY

ISABELA

TAGUS COVE, PUNTA VICENTE ROCA

DAY 6

THURSDAY

SANTIAGO

PUERTO EGAS, ESPUMILLA BEACH, BUCCANEER COVE

DAY 7

FRIDAY

SEYMOUR, SANTA CRUZ

NORTH SEYMOUR, BLACK TURTLE COVE, LAS BACHAS

DAY 8

SATURDAY

BALTRA

BALTRA AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 SATURDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM - Santa Cruz Highlands - we’ll visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special

Opportunity to view the islands’ most famous reptiles-the Galapagos tortoises-in their wild habitat.

What a privilege it is to see this endangered species roving in its lush environment! We’ll stop at Los

Gemelos-The Twins-two large lava sinkholes. Here, and on the island of Floreana, we’ll experience

Forests of Scalesia trees (an endemic giant daisy) covered in mosses, lichens and other epiphytes. Birds will delight everyone, such as the vermilion flycatcher with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. We’ll look for Darwin’s finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch. Integrity Western Itinerary

PM - Charles Darwin Research Station -we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park headquarters to learn firsthand of the conservation and research efforts in the Islands. There, you’ll see several subspecies of adult tortoises, lots of hatchlings, and learn of the repatriation programs that are saving several subspecies of tortoises and iguanas from extinction. In the afternoon we will board our yacht, Integrity, for dinner and set sail on our Island cruise. We will live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. Each night we’ll travel on to the next destination.

Day 2 SUNDAY: FLOREANA ISLAND

AM - Punta Cormorant and Champion Island - We’ll land on a green, olivine sand beach next to a large lagoon usually adorned with feeding pink flamingos and other water birds. A short hike through one of the more varied plant communities leads us to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf. Then we’ll try our snorkeling at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions and hope to catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana Mockingbird.

PM - Post Office Bay, Asilo de Paz, Black Beach - First we’ll stop at the wooden barrel that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century, where you’ll have the opportunity to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Then we’ll head into the Floreana Highlands to visit tortoises and learn about the island’s intriguing human history at one of Galapagos’ only freshwater spring and at Wittmer Caves. Our day ends with a barbecue onboard Integrity.

Day 3 MONDAY: SOUTHWESTERN ISABELA ISLAND

AM - Punta Moreno - We’ll walk onto this fairly young lava flow at the base of Cero Azul past cacti and other early colonizing plants. This flow is dotted with numerous “oases” of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of life, including flamingos, Paint-billed Crakes, White-cheeked Pintails, and Common Gallinules.

PM - Elizabeth Bay and Las Marielas - we’ll float in our skiffs silently into the narrow channels of the mangrove lagoon to see rays, Flightless Cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons, sea turtles, sea lions, Blue-footed Boobies, many fish and other species that inhabit this vital zone. The Marielas Islets, just outside the bay, are home to many penguins, and visitors can usually observe them both on shore and swimming nearby.

Day 4 TUESDAY: CENTRAL ISABELA ISLAND AND FERNANDINA ISLAND

AM - Urbina Bay (Isabela) - This site is very unique. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a 6 km stretch of coastline to be uplifted 5 m in a matter of hours, stranding coral heads, and all sea life that couldn’t escape, more than a km away from the new shore. We’ll walk among the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Urbina Bay is also home to large, colorful land iguanas. During certain times of the year we may encounter Alcedo tortoises which come down from the highlands to nest in the warm sands of Urbina Bay.

PM - Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) - This peninsula is on the most pristine and youngest island of Galapagos. Fernandina is highly volcanically active with eruptions occurring frequently, the latest in 2008. Upon landing, we’ll be met by an abundance of small, dark marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot Crabs. We’ll walk out on a pahoehoe lava flow-younger than the one at Punta  Moreno- past a few pioneering plants. Along the sandy shore we can see Flightless Cormorants, pelicans, and numerous, lounging sea lions. Sunsets are often stunning.

Day 5 WEDNESDAY: NORTHWESTERN ISABELA ISLAND

AM - Tagus Cove -Pirates and whalers in the 19th Century using Tagus Cove for anchorage left their marks on the cliffs of this sunken caldera, a tradition of graffiti that continues to today. A short, steep hike passes Darwin Lake, which sits within a tuff cone and is filled with salt water. This site is an excellent place for viewing land birds, including Ground and Tree Finches, Galapagos Hawks, Yellow Warblers, Large-billed Flycatchers and even sometimes the Woodpecker Finch. A rare sighting of land iguanas is a treat. A dinghy ride or kayak along the cliffs provides views of geologic features, as well as penguins and other bird species.

PM - Punta Vicente Roca - The large cave, cleaved tuft cone and caldera wall are impressive geological formations and provide a beautiful backdrop for nesting birds, including Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and Brown Noddy Terns. It also forms a calm gathering area for sea turtles. Along with sea turtles, snorkelers can see many species of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, small jellyfish, and other sea life.

Day 6 THURSDAY: SANTIAGO ISLAND

AM - Puerto Egas and Mina de Sal - There are two separate trails here. The first meanders along the coast to the fur seal grottoes, a safe haven for the shy Galapagos Fur Seal amongst the crags and swimming inlets, and home to American Oystercatchers, marine iguanas and ubiquitous sea lions. The second, less-used trail heads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds are found.

PM - Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer Cove - Espumilla is a red sand beach and a sea turtle nesting site, with an inland trail that passes a small lagoon and into the arid zone where it is possible to view many land birds in a beautiful landscape, including Galapagos Hawks. While snorkeling at Buccaneer Cove, you may see sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, sharks, pelagic fishes, and amazing underwater geologic formations.

Day 7 FRIDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR AND SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM - North Seymour - The trail at North Seymour heads inland where we will see the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds in Galapagos, Blue-footed Boobies, and occasionally land iguanas. We’ll then head along the coast where we will have ample opportunity to observe sea lions and marine iguanas.

PM - Caleta Tortuga Negra, Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) - We’ll enjoy a quiet and peaceful ending to our adventure at Bachas’ fine, white beach. Two small lagoons just over the dunes sometimes host flamingos. “Bachas” comes from the remains of a barge which ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines visible today. In Caleta Tortuga Negra we’ll have a silent skiff ride to see sea turtles feed and mate in the calm waters, and three species of sharks, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons. Aboard we’ll celebrate our last night together.

Day 8 SATURDAY: BALTRA

AM - we’ll have breakfast on board Integrity then disembark at Baltra Island.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1

SATURDAY

BALTRA, SANTA CRUZ

BALTRA AIRPORT, PUERTO AYORA

DAY 2

SUNDAY

ESPANOLA

GARDNER BAY SHORE VISIT.

PUNTA SUAREZ SHORE VISIT.

DAY 3

MONDAY

SAN CRISTOBAL

PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO VISIT TO THE INTEPRETATION CENTER AND EL JUNCO.

CERRO BRUJO BEACH WALK. LEON DORMIDO

DAY 4

TUESDAY

SANTA FE, SOUTH PLAZAS

SANTA FE SHORE VISIT.

SOUTH PLAZAS SHORE VISIT

DAY 5

WEDNESDAY

GENOVESA

DARWIN BAY SHORE VISIT.

PRINCE PHILLIPS STEPS SHORE VISIT

DAY 6

THURSDAY

SANTIAGO

BARTOLOME

SULLIVAN BAY SHORE VISIT.

BARTOLOME SHORE VISIT

DAY 7

FRIDAY

RABIDA

SOMBRERO CHINO

RABIDA SHORE VISIT

SOMBRERO CHINO SHORE VISIT.

DAY 8

SATURDAY

BALTRA

BALTRA AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 SATURDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM - Santa Cruz Highlands - We’ll visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands’ most famous reptiles-the Galapagos tortoises-in their wild habitat. What a privilege it is to see this endangered species roving in its lush environment! We’ll stop at Los gemelos-The Twins-two large lava sinkholes. Here, and on the island of Floreana, we’ll experience forests of Scalesia trees (an endemic giant daisy) covered in mosses, lichens and other epiphytes. Birds will delight everyone, such as the vermilion flycatcher with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. We’ll look for Darwin’s finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch.

PM - Charles Darwin Research Station -We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters to learn firsthand of the conservation and research efforts in the Islands. There, you’ll see several subspecies of adult tortoises, lots of hatchlings, and learn of the repatriation programs that are saving several subspecies of tortoises and iguanas from extinction. Later In the afternoon we will board our yacht, Integrity, for dinner and set sail on our Island cruise. We will live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. Each night, we’ll travel on to the next destination.

Day 2 SUNDAY: ESPANOLA ISLAND

AM - Gardner Bay - We’ll stroll along a magnificent white sand beach where sea lions lounge, marine turtles nest, and the curious Española mockingbirds follow our every footstep. We can take a brief swim on the beach or wait for an amazing snorkel in the company of schools of colorful fish, turtles, sea lions, and possibly small sharks along the underwater cliffs of Gardener-by-Española, a small satellite islet.

PM - Punta Suárez - This is one of the Galapagos’ most famed visitor sites. You’ll be dazzled by spectacular cliff views of pounding surf and seemingly unlimited populations of an amazing variety of seabirds. Brightly colored marine iguanas and the largest lava lizards of Galapagos frequent the coastline and rest on the trail. From the cliff top you’ll watch a blowhole spray water 30 meters in the air. Española is the only island where you’ll see Waved Albatrosses and possibly observe their fascinating mating dance.

Day 3 MONDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

AM - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and El Junco or Cerro Tijeretas (Frigate Bird Hill) - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galapagos province. When weather permits, we will travel from there up into the highlands and visit El Junco, one of the few freshwater lakes in the islands. The lake sits in an extinct volcano and is an ideal spot for bird watching. From the crater there is a view over most of the island, including the 900 m peak of Cerro San Joaquin. Cerro Tijeratas is a short walk from town. It is one of the only places where you can watch the two species of frigate birds nesting in the same colony. A statue of Charles Darwin overlooks the turquoise waters and white sands of the lagoon.

PM - Cerro Brujo and Kicker Rock - A short panga ride along the cliffs of Cerro Brujo will be followed by a visit to the lovely coral sand beach, frequented by waders and migrant birds. Snorkelers will see an amazing array of sea life at Kicker Rock, often including manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks. Non snorkelers will enjoy a cruise around the base of dramatic Kicker Rock, a 500 meter vertical tuff cone. The orange glow on the rock at sunset is one of the more dramatic sights in all of Galapagos.

Day 4 TUESDAY: SANTA FE ISLAND AND SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

AM - Santa Fé - After landing on a white sand beach usually covered with sea lions, we’ll walk into a giant Opuntia cactus grove where we’ll have the opportunity to see the endemic land iguanas. The land visit will be followed by snorkeling and/or kayaking in the turquoise waters of the bay, full of sea lions, rays, urchins, eels, and fish of all colors.

PM - South Plaza - We will see another species of Galapagos land iguana as well as cactus finches .Both North and South Plazas were formed by geological uplift and tilt to the north, with cliffs on their southern coasts. On small islands like this, terrestrial and marine species interact more than on the larger islands, and the occasional hybrid iguana (land and marine) with its “zebra-like” stripes can often be observed. The south-facing cliffs swarm with a myriad of bird species. Bachelor sea lions climb steep cliffs in the late afternoon to spend nights away from the larger dominant bulls.

Day 5 WEDNESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

AM - Darwin Beach - At the north side of Darwin Bay, this beach was formed by the rim of a sunken crater. Red mangroves along the hiking trail provide habitat for yellow warblers, yellow-crowned night herons, and pintail ducks. The highlight of this site is the incredible abundance of Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigatebirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and Yellow-crowned Night Herons. Although the most abundant booby in the islands, this is one of the few places visitors can observe Red-footed Boobies.

PM - Prince Phillip’s Steps - While riding in a panga along the base of the eastern cliffs of Darwin Bay, we’ll scour the cliff crevices for all kinds of animal life. We’ll come to a rock fall that forms a natural staircase up the cliffs, known as Prince Phillip’s Steps or the “Stairway to Seabird Heaven.” We’ll walk through massive colonies of Red-footed and Nazca Boobies and an extraordinary Palo Santo forest on the way to a lava ridge where thousands of storm petrels dart about while short eared owls stalk them for prey.

Day 6 THURSDAY: SANTIAGO ISLAND AND BARTOLOME ISLAND

AM - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) - We’ll walk across a recent lava flow and view its beautiful structural characteristics. Formed in the second half of the 19th Century, the flow is too young for much plant or animal life. It is the lava itself and the contrasting black pahoehoe flow and the reddish-yellow tuff cones that are the stars of this visit. The colors and shapes of the lava are fantastic for photos.

PM - Bartolomé - Arguably the most recognized landmark in Galapagos, Pinnacle Rock juts straight out of Bartolomé’s northern bay. Snorkeling in the bay provides visitors with a chance to swim with Galapagos Penguins. Climbing up the 600-m trail to the top of the island provides spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock, Santiago Island, and Daphne Major and Minor.

Day 7 FRIDAY: RABIDA ISLAND AND SOMBRERO CHINO ISLAND

AM - Rábida - We’ll land at Red Beach where wading birds and ghost crabs dot the sand. Behind the beach is a saltwater lagoon where Pintail ducks and Common Stilts are frequently seen along with a group of bachelor sea lions. Brown pelicans nest in the nearby salt brush. A short trail inland provides a chance to observe finches, Galapagos Doves, Yellow Warblers, and mockingbirds, as well as the occasional snake.

PM - Sombrero Chino - The turquoise waters near Sombrero Chino provide one of our best opportunities to see Galapagos Penguins. A panga ride in search of wildlife is followed by a snorkel that often includes sharks, sea lions, penguins, and rays. We will land at a beautiful white sand beach for a short walk along a trail that meanders over varying types of lava.

Day 8 SATURDAY: BALTRA

AM - We’ll have breakfast on board Integrity then disembark at Baltra Island.

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