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Origins of Species
11 Days

Extended Galápagos
12 Days

Ultimate Galápagos
18 Days

Galápagos with
Dr. Linda Cayot

12 Days

Galápagos and Ecuador Adventures

Galápagos with
Amazon Jungle

17 Days

Galápagos and
Ecuadorian Countryside

13 Days

Galápagos with
Hacienda Zuleta

13 Days

Galápagos and Peru Adventures

Peru and Galápagos
20 Days

Machu Picchu and the Galápagos
16 Days

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GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Making your Galápagos Dreams Come True 

Come swim with playful sea lion pups, try to keep up with a penguin chasing a fishy dessert, tromp among giant tortoises in tall green grass, and quietly mosey past a motley crew of marine iguanas.

Long ago, maybe upon first learning of the Galápagos Islands and their curious animals, you made a decision that someday you would visit the "Islas Encantadas." Since that time it has only been a question of when you would fulfill this contract with yourself. And of selecting the length and style of trip most suitable for you. We are here to help you make that selection.

Since 1976 we have been delivering the "Galápagos Dream" to our travelers. In Quito, Ecuador, just one block from the Hilton Colon-Quito, our exclusive and dedicated Ecuadorian associates are on hand to serve you. These years of experience and attention to detail enable INCA to provide the highest levels of natural history experience and creature comforts that can be found on any trip to "Darwin’s Islands" and the exciting Ecuador mainland.

Galápagos Eastern and Western crusing routes

Yacht Integrity in Darwin Bay of Genovesa. This remote island is off-limits to the larger cruise ships. Photo Daniel Fitter

Blue-footed Booby pair: male on left with smaller pupils and smaller body size, female on right with larger pupils and larger body size. Foot color varies by individual. (Wes Walker)

 

Galápagos Adventures

At INCA we know that each Galápagos visitor has certain trip expectations and comfort requirements, as well as time and budget constraints. We know that no two people are alike. We offer a range of experiences from eleven to twenty days in length, and our adventures are enjoyed on luxurious yachts in comfort.

Our unique itineraries on the yachts Integrity and Reina Silvia bring you to more islands and visitor sites than any other small yachts in the Islands.

On our standard trips we start with an overnight stay on the island of Santa Cruz. We visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to explore for giant tortoises in the wild, see giant lava sink holes and walk in lava tubes, and tour the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, all before boarding the yacht. This allows us to spend an entire extra day exploring the outlying islands. We think there is no better way to visit these enchanting isles.

We cruise the Islands on two unique cruising routes. The Western Route focuses on the western, younger islands, and the Eastern Route focuses on the eastern, older islands. You may see the islands visited on each route on Our Galápagos Cruising Routes web page.

We have also crafted itineraries that combine our Galápagos Adventures with the Amazon Jungle, with the Ecuadorian Countryside, and with Peru and Machu Picchu. These are adventures that, through the years, have received the highest marks from our discerning clients.

 

Origins of Species

We journey back in time, to a remote place like no other, for an experience that may forever change the way you view life on the planet. We hike, swim, snorkel and meander among birds and animals that have no fear of us, that return our curiosity as we enter their world. Our "home" is the elegant Integrity or Reina Silvia. Come home renewed!

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Extended Galápagos

Give your Galápagos adventure an extended treatment with a longer stay at the Royal Palm Resort on Santa Cruz Island. We spend two nights at this charming resort and spa in the highlands. During the day, we hike to Tortuga Bay, visit tortoises in the wild, learn at the Darwin Station, and have time to swim or have a massage at the Royal Palm Resort. Then we board the Integrity or Reina Silvia for a week more of Galápagos discovery.

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Ultimate Galápagos

Experience all of Galápagos. While cruising one of our two breath-taking island routes is an amazing experience, the other route is just as incredible. Why chose just one of them, when you can take a trip around the entire archipelago on a two week cruise that covers both the Eastern and Western routes.

You start with an overnight on Santa Cruz then you board the first of your selected yachts for a week of cruising on either the Western or Eastern route. At the end of the week, you have a day on Santa Cruz then board your chosen yacht for a second week of adventure on the other route. A superb experience.

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Galápagos with Dr. Linda Cayot
of the Galápagos Conservancy

A special collaboration with the Galápagos Conservancy. This unique departure features lectures and behind-the-scenes tours of the Charles Darwin Research Station with researching scientists.

Galápagos Conservancy’s Science Advisor, Dr. Linda Cayot, will be the trip leader. Linda is the former Head of Science at the Charles Darwin Research Station and has just participated in the historic re-introduction of tortoises to the island of Pinta. Your adventure will certainly feature highlights and updates on this special event. Read more about the Pinta Project

Our highly experienced naturalist Richard Polatty, who has worked as a naturalist and guided in Galápagos for almost two decades, will head up the expedition.

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Galápagos with Amazon Jungle

Galápagos combined with a 5-day/4-night Upper Amazon wildlife and botanical adventure. First you'll explore Galápagos on our Origins of Species Adventure, then you'll head to Amazonian jungle lodge on the Rio Napo. There you'll see orchids and caimans, learn about medicinal plants and the Achuar Indians, and see or hear hundreds of birds of great variety. You may spot river dolphins and sloths. You'll even have a chance to swim with piranhas!

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Galápagos with Ecuadorian Countryside

Start your Ecuador and Galápagos adventure with a cultural excursion into the verdant countryside north of Quito. Visit pre-Incan ruins, lush rose farms and a native Indian market in Otavalo. Luxuriate for two nights at the elegant La Mirage, known for fine dining, a lovely spa and excellent service. Plus nine days in Galápagos!

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Galápagos with Hacienda Zuleta

After Galapagos, experience the history and intimacy of Ecuadorian hacienda life at Hacienda Zuleta, a working ranch in the verdant Avenue of Volcanoes that is still owned by the family of a former influential President and ambassador. Spend two days hiking, horseback riding, looking for condors and spectacled bears, tasting the house-made cheeses, learning the family and hacienda history, and exploring the local community. An no trip would be complete without a visit to the Otavalo market.

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Peru and Galápagos

A 20-day adventure bringing you to the heights of Machu Picchu and the pleasurable remoteness of the Galápagos Islands. And without skimping on either! This superb itinerary includes 3 days in Machu Picchu, plus Cuzco, Urubamba Valley, Lima, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, and an 8-day Galápagos Island cruise. You travel so far, it's not fun to skimp on any part of these fantastic places.

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Machu Picchu with the Galápagos

Explore the magic of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba Valley before cruising the Enchanted Isles on our Origins of Species adventure. This 16-day journey begins in Peru with a walking tour of Cuzco, a night in Urubamba Valley and two nights at Machu Picchu. Then it's off to the Galápagos Islands!

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Galápagos Conservation

preserving this unique and fragile ecosystem

Conservation, education and research are vital to the future of these special islands. We hope you will join us in supporting the important work being done by Galapagos conservation organizations.

We have a long partnership with the Galapagos Conservancy—we host the Conservancy's annual Galapagos cruise; our guests have made significant contributions to the ongoing scientific research projects and local education programs organized and supported by the Galapagos Conservancy.

Support the Galapagos Conservancy

 

Formed in 1986, the Galapagos Conservancy has its roots in two organizations that merged in 2002: the Darwin Scientific Foundation, an organization which managed an endowment for research in Galapagos, and Charles Darwin Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Galapagos conservation. The Galapagos Conservancy is dedicated exclusively to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands. This single focus allows them to maximize the impact of the financial investments of their members, who include individuals and institutions that care deeply about the Galapagos Islands and understand the scientific importance of preserving this extraordinary ecosystem. They advocate through programs of constituency building, education, and fundraising in North America.