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"Exceptional is the only term that comes to mind for both. Richard has indeed encyclopedic knowledge about the Galápagos and other subjects. Linda is a world renowned expert in her field. We were very fortunate to make our first visit to the Galápagos under the guidance of such gifted people."

Claude and Fabrizia Ostfeld, guests from the 2010 cruise, on the quality of Richard and Linda's trip knowledge and leadership.


 

Galápagos Islands with The Galápagos Conservancy

12-day adventure aboard the Integrity

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A special collaboration between INCA and the Galápagos Conservancy. This unique departure is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts. You will have the company of two experts: Galápagos guide Richard Polatty and Galápagos wildlife and tortoise expert Dr. Linda Cayot.

This 12-day adventure, unlike any other Galápagos cruise available, has been designed by some of the most knowledgeable experts on Galápagos. With naturalist Richard Polatty, who has more than 25 years as a guide in Galápagos, and tour leader Linda Cayot, who lived and worked at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galápagos for more than a decade, you will learn about the biological, evolutionary, and geological history of this extraordinary ecosystem and the efforts to conserve it for future generations.

You'll enjoy the exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Charles Darwin Research Station and dine in the company of a few of Galápagos' most ardent scientists and conservationists, while gaining insight into the efforts being made to keep the Galápagos Islands as pristine as they were when first discovered in 1535.

The Integrity is widely acknowledged as one of the most luxurious small boats operating in the Galápagos, and time spent aboard is a delight in itself.

This special adventure trip price includes round-trip Galápagos airfare.

 

 

Richard Polatty diagramming geology and plate tectonics in the sands of galapagos. Photo Wes Walker

Top: Giant tortoise, Santa Cruz Island highlands. (Wes Walker)
Above: Richard Polatty diagramming geology and plate tectonics. (Wes Walker)

Highlights

8-Day Galápagos Islands cruise aboard the yacht Integrity

Experience with two renowned naturalists: Richard Polatty and Linda Cayot

Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station

Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Overnight in Quito.

Day 2

Fly to Galápagos Islands. Visit Santa Cruz Island's lush highlands en route to the Royal Palm Resort. Welcome dinner and overnight at The Royal Palm Resort.

Day 3

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, meet researchers and go behind the scenes. See the conservation and hatching programs. Hike to Tortuga Bay. Board the Integrity at dinner time. Start our Island cruise!

Days 5-10

Live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. We have at least two shore visits each day, timing them to avoid the large cruise ship groups. We have several chances to swim and snorkel during our week. This cruise will follow the Western Route.

Days 11-12

Have breakfast on board Integrity, then disembark and fly back to Quito for dinner and overnight. Depart for home on Day 12

For a deeper look at this adventure, please read the Detailed Itinerary.

Galápagos with Dr. Linda Cayot Departures

2014

May 7 - May 18

2015

June 10 - June 21 - price to be determined

Prices & Supplements

2014

$7850 per person - Double Staterooms

$8750 per person - King-bedded Suite

$8500 per person - Single Traveler in own room

Inclusions

Round trip flights between Quito and Galápagos

Approximately 12% of the tour cost is a tax-deductible contribution to Galápagos Conservancy and automatically entitles you to membership in our elite Galápagos Ambassador Society

Notes

Price Includes

Roundtrip flights between Quito and Galápagos; roundtrip airport transfers in Quito and Galápagos; all yacht and hotel accommodations (2 nights at Hotel Colón in Quito, 2 nights at Royal Palm Resort in Galápagos, and 7 nights on board Integrity); all meals beginning with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with breakfast on Day 12 (Day 11 dinner in Quito is not included); all non-alcoholic beverages and beer while on Integrity; guided tours and special excursions with scientists; use of kayaks and snorkel equipment; MedEvac emergency insurance, and Galápagos yacht fuel surcharge.

Price does Not Include

$100 Galápagos National Park entrance fee (this fee is expected to increase within the next year.); $10 airport transit fee; roundtrip airfare between your home and Quito; meals on Day 1 and Day 12; tips for yacht crews, guides, naturalists (at your discretion); wetsuits (which can be rented in Galápagos); alcoholic beverages, except beer, on Integrity; excess baggage charges; insurance coverage for trip cancellation/interruption, travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or theft (it is recommended you obtain coverage for these items).