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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go?

The Galapagos is a year round destination, and the Integrity and Reina Silvia operate 48 weeks of the year, except for their four week annual dry-dock for routine maintenance.   In terms of seasonality, water and air temperatures do vary. Read more

What will I will see? Are there differences in the routes?

Cruising routes are carefully controlled by the Galapagos National Park Service. We're lucky to have two outstanding routes, each of which offer unique species and topography.   Read more

How can I be sure this is the right trip for me?

Our Galapagos cruises offer a perfect balance of activity, education and pure relaxation.   While shore excursions aren't particularly strenuous, good balance and the right footwear will guarantee your maximum enjoyment.  Read more 

Charter-Specific Questions

Does INCA work with private aircraft accommodations?

If arriving via private aircraft, please provide INCA with the flight information and aircraft tail number. Please consult your INCA sales representative directly for more recommendations on ground jet handlers as well as other airport restrictions.  INCA accepts no responsibility in connection with arranging any services whatsoever for any private aircraft landing and aircraft parking permits, and for any customs, agricultural, Galapagos National Park inspections, or other Ecuadorian governmental requirements. 

How many naturalist guides will be onboard and how are they chosen?

There is one naturalist on board for up to 16 guests. INCA selects naturalist guides who meet our exceedingly high standards.  INCA’s naturalists are highly acclaimed in the field and most have completed graduate or postgraduate degrees in the natural sciences.  They have an in-depth knowledge of the birds and animals of Galapagos, as well as the geology, biology, history, and culture of the Islands.  They are either native English speakers or fluent in idiomatic English and Spanish and often multiple other languages as well.  We have worked with our guides for many years and trust them with our clients’ illumination.  Our head naturalist, Richard Polatty, is a world renowned birder and volcanologist and also leads our Antarctica adventures. 

What is the minimum and maximum group size for charters?

The Galapagos National Park has granted the Integrity and Reina Silvia permission to carry a maximum of 16 passengers. The park permits no exceptions to this rule. There is no minimum number of passengers required for a chartered departure.

What is included and not in the charter price? 

Please refer to your final charter contract for a list of what is included and not in the charter price. 

Expenses covered in the charter price typically include yacht accommodations (on a double occupancy basis), all guide services, most meals (as indicated in the itinerary), transfers, use of the kayaks, scheduled activities, sodas, juices and draft beer while on board the yacht.

Expenses not covered in the charter price typically include international airfare, domestic airfares, excess baggage charges, Ecuadorian Transit Fee, Galapagos National Park Fee, trip cancellation insurance, MedEvac coverage, alcoholic beverages (excluding draft beer on the yacht), gratuities and items of a personal nature (wetsuits, satellite phone charges, etc).

How much flexibility is there to change the charter route, or start/end on alternate dates? Will INCA pro-rate these days?

The yacht route may not be altered before or during the cruise. The Galapagos National Park has pre-set the yacht visitation schedule and yachts can only visit the same site once every two weeks. Due to this rule, you may skip over sites or miss days of the charter (transit time depending), but you cannot alter which sites you visit on any given day.

The charter rates cannot be pro-rated. 

Can my clients fish or dive from the Integrity?

Diving and fishing are not allowed on the Integrity or Reina Silvia yachts due to Galapagos National Park rules and permits. If your charter guests would like to organize a fishing or diving excursion, it is possible to organize a transfer to and from the yachts with another company to provide these services. These arrangements usually result in missing planned excursions and island visitation sites. 


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