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M/Y Reina Silvia

The recently remodeled Reina Silvia is ideal for family charter groups. With larger, more stylish staterooms, the yacht accommodates up to 16 passengers in comfort. The Reina Silvia offers guests the same service level and guide quality as a luxury boat. With carefully arranged adventures that provide a unique Galapagos adventure, staterooms with ocean views and the amenities of a larger boat, the Reina Silvia truly offers an unforgettable experience for discerning travelers and group charters.

Category: First Class

Capacity: 16

Operation: Baltra

Number of Cabins: 6

Length: 90 ft

Beam (Width): 22 ft

Draft: 5.6 ft

Speed: 10 knots

Type of Vessel: Yacht

Electric Power Supply: 110/220 V AC, 60Hz

Cabin Equipment and Services:
Shower, lavatory, and vanity, and individually controlled air conditioning. 6 double staterooms with king/twin converting beds and 4 doubles/triples with king/twin converting beds + one upper bed.

Social Areas:
Dining area, bar & salon, top deck lounge & bar

Type of Dietary Restrictions Served on Board:
Vegetarian

Food Serving Style:
3 courses

Guide Languages:
English

Drinks: Complimentary water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer.

Visitor Activities:
ZODIAC, SWIMMING PLATFORM, SNORKELING Equipment available free of charge. , KAYAK,

Other Activities:
Lectures

Flight Route Used: Quito/Baltra/Quito

Single Cabin Supplement:
Yes

Children Discount:
Yes

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 AND SALT MINES

DAY 7

FRIDAY

SEYMOUR, SANTA CRUZ

NORTH SEYMOUR AND BACHAS BEACH

DAY 8

SATURDAY

BALTRA

BALTRA AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday AM: Santa Cruz - Highlands

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands' most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat. What a privilege to see an endangered species roving in this lush environment! The vegetation of the area includes the Scalesia Forest (an endemic giant daisy tree) and birds such as the vermilion flycatcher will delight everyone with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. Look for Darwin's finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch.

Saturday PM: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station, Embark Puerto Ayora

We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters to learn first hand 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 AM: Floreana - Punta Cormorant and Champion Island

We'll see flamingos wade in a large lagoon by a green olivine sand beach, and take a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and rays frolic off shore. Then, we'll snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions and hope to catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana Mockingbird.

Sunday PM: Floreana - Post Office Bay, Asilo de Paz, Black Beach

First we'll stop at the wooden barrel that has served as a "post office" since the 18th Century, where you have the opportunity to continue the tradition. Then we head into the Floreana Highlands to visit tortoises and learn about the history of Wittmer Caves and hear the stories of the Wittmer family, the doctor and his mistress, and the Baroness and her lovers. Our day ends with a barbecue on board Integrity.

Day 3

Monday AM: Southwestern Isabela - Punta Moreno

We walk onto this 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.

Monday PM: Southwestern Isabela - Elizabeth Bay and Las Marielas

We 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 AM: Central Isabela - Urbina Bay

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 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.

Tuesday PM: Fernandina - Punta Espinosa

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 are met by an abundance of small, dark marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot Crabs. We 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 AM: Northwestern Isabela - 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.

Wednesday PM: Northwestern Isabela - Punta Vicente Roca

The large cave and 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 sealife.

Day 6

Thursday AM: Santiago - 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.

Thursday PM: Santiago - 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.

Day 7

Friday AM: Santa Cruz - Caleta Tortuga Negra, Bachas Beach

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful ending to your adventure at Bachas' fine, white beach. Two small lagoons just over the dunes sometimes host flamingos. "Bachas" comes from the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines visible today. In Caleta Tortuga Negra we 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 celebrate our last night together.

Friday PM: North Seymour

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

Day 8

Saturday AM: Baltra - Disembark

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, GARDNER ISLET, OSBORN, PUNTA SUAREZ

DAY 3

MONDAY

SAN CRISTOBAL

ISLA LOBOS, LEON DORMIDO, INTERPRETATION CENTER, EL JUNCO

DAY 4

TUESDAY

SANTA FE/PLAZAS

SANTA FE, SOUTH PLAZAS

DAY 5

WEDNESDAY

GENOVESA

DARWIN BAY, PRINCE PHILLIP'S STEPS, EL BARRANCO

DAY 6

THURSDAY

SANTIAGO/BARTOLOME

SULLIVAN BAY, BARTOLOME

DAY 7

FRIDAY

RABIDA/CHINESE HAT

RABIDA, CHINESE HAT

DAY 8

SATURDAY

BALTRA

BALTRA AIRPORT

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday AM: Santa Cruz - Highlands

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands' most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat. What a privilege to see an endangered species roving in this lush environment! The vegetation of the area includes the Scalesia Forest (an endemic giant daisy tree) and birds such as the vermilion flycatcher will delight everyone with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. Look for Darwin's finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch.

Saturday PM: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station, Embark Puerto Ayora

We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters to learn first hand 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 AM: Española - Gardener Bay, Islets Gardner and Osborn

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.

Sunday PM: Española - Punta Suarez

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 AM: San Cristóbal - Isla Lobos, Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock)

Isla Lobos is a small, flat island just off the coast of San Cristobal, with a breakwater on one side and protected lagoons on the other. Here we see Blue-footed Boobies and nesting frigates. This is one of the few spots to see fur seals-see if you can find them amongst the sea lions.

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 m vertical tuff cone.

Monday PM: San Cristóbal - Punta Pitt

Punta Pitt is the most eastern of all Galapagos visitor sites. This is the only site in the Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. We start at an olivine-sand beach and ascend a volcanic tuff hill for a late afternoon view.

Day 4

Tuesday AM: Santa Fé

After landing on a white 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.

Tuesday PM: South Plazas

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 AM: Genovesa - 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.

Wednesday PM: Genovesa - El Barranco/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 rockfall 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 AM: Santiago - Sullivan Bay

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.

Thursday 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 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.

Friday 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 AM: Baltra - Disembark

We'll have breakfast on board Integrity, then disembark at Baltra Island.

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