Galapagos Safari

 

Active exploration of Santa Cruz and a luxury Galápagos cruise

Spend two days on Santa Cruz exploring the highlands, beaches and trails, then board the luxury yacht INTEGRITY for a 7-night rewarding cruise of the lesser-explored outer islands.

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Safari Camp was beautiful and the the staff welcoming and totally accommodating. Sitting outside in front of the tent having our morning coffee and looking at the birds was magical.
— Bruce B., Weston, MA
 

Welcome to the island of Santa Cruz and Galápagos Safari Camp

This journey has been designed for those who wish a little more time to explore the island of Santa Cruz and enjoy the Hemingway-like luxury tented camp experience of Galapagos Safari Camp before boarding INTEGRITY for a seven night exploration of the outer islands.

Nestled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos Safari Camp evokes the romance of sleeping under canvas with all the amenities and creature comforts you would expect from a luxury African safari. You will have two days to explore Santa Cruz with an a la carte selection of guided hikes of the highlands to explore the unique fauna and flora found in this protected biosphere.
More about Galapagos Safari Camp »

Daily exploration

Both while at Galapagos Safari Camp and aboard INTEGRITY, daily naturalist-led excursions will delight guests with intimate wildlife encounters.

Each day you will explore the islands, many unchanged since Darwin's time. Your naturalist guide will lead shore excursions to observe flora and fauna with engaging descriptions of the natural forces at work shaping the islands. Daily snorkeling once aboard INTEGRITY will provide a fascinating insight into the marine ecosystems of Galapagos.
More about Galapagos » |   Naturalist guides »

The Luxury Yacht INTEGRITY

An elegant base for 16 discerning guests to discover the islands. Stabilized. Comfortable. Spacious.

The best way to visit the Galapagos is by yacht. And the best, most luxurious yacht in the islands is Integrity. INCA is the exclusive worldwide representative of Integrity. Nine spacious staterooms accommodate 16 guests in comfort, style and safety aboard a yacht that has never missed a day of service. Stabilized and secure with redundant safety, communications, and engineering systems ensures a smooth, uninterrupted journey.  An abundance of public spaces allow guests to spread out and enjoy quiet time or socialize with companions.  More about INTEGRITY »

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 (Wednesday) | Arrive Quito

You'll be met on arrival Thursday evening at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport and transferred to the nearby Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel.  If you would like to spend more time exploring Quito, consider arriving a day or two early to explore this UNESCO World Heritage City in further depth.  See Extending your Stay »

For guests sensitive to altitude, you have the option to transit Guayaquil instead of Quito en route to Galápagos.

Day 2 (Thursday) | Quito to Baltra and Santa Cruz

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galapagos. Upon arrival, you'll be met by a representative from Galapagos Safari Camp and cross the Itabaca Channel to the Island of Santa Cruz where a spacious air conditioned vehicle will take you up into the highlands and your Hemingway-style tented camp accommodations.

Spend the day relaxing after your early morning flight or dive right into the choice of activities available.

Day 3 (Friday) | Santa Cruz full day of active exploration

Options today include any of the following:

  • Tour of the farm (2.5 hours by foot)
    Two natural volcanic formations afford outstanding viewpoints to appreciate the native flora and fauna. 

  • Exploring the Tortoise Reserve (2-4 hours)
    Visit the lava tunnels and highland areas to watch giant tortoises at “El Chato,” or on one of the working farms. 

  • The Twin Craters (2 hours) 
    This walk takes you around part of the rim of two craters in the highlands. This is a good opportunity to observe the vermillion flycatcher and endemic flora.

  • Lava Java Organic Coffee Plantation Tour (2 hours) 
    A flagship project on sustainable farming practices where the owner helps locals grow coffee and uses the proceeds to replant endemic species. An insightful, educational experience about the local economy, land conservation, and sustainable community farming initiatives – plus a chance to drink some sublime coffee. 

  • Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Station (half a day) 
    Discover the vibrant town of Puerto Ayora, including the ceramic garden and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

  • Naturalist Walk (all day but can be divided into shorter segments)
    Spend the day walking with your guide through the Miconia zone to Puntudo, a pointy volcanic cone, or up to the highest point on the island. Ornithologists and bird watchers will enjoy seeing interesting species.

  • Exploring the East (all day but can be divided into two segments)
    Drive to the eastern part of the island to explore Cerro Mesa, the largest crater on Santa Cruz and expansive views. After lunch visit Garrapatero beach for coastal bird life and beautiful lagoons. Kayaking and mountain biking are available upon prior request.

  • Tortuga Bay (half a day or full day)
    Hike out to Tortuga Bay, a two-kilometer white sand beach, rich in wildlife and perfect for resting, swimming and some snorkeling.

Day 4 (Saturday) | Puerto Ayora, Darwin Station, embarkation 

After breakfast, you'll descend down into the charming port town of Puerto Ayora for lunch and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.  You'll board INTEGRITY in the early evening in time for your first dinner aboard. You'll set sail later that evening.

Days 5 - 10 (Sunday to Friday) | Aboard the yacht

Using INTEGRITY as your home, you'll cruise the islands spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With our licensed, INCA-selected naturalist guides, you'll learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands.
Eastern itinerary »
Western itinerary »

One of the highlights and an integral part of any visit to the Galápagos is the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the marine life—tropical fish, sea lions, turtles and sometimes with penguins!  On most days, you'll snorkel at least once, some days twice. While back on board, you’ll enjoy delicious meals, complimentary WiFi, and weekly laundry service.

Day 11 (Saturday) | Disembark, return to Quito

From your anchorage in the Baltra harbor, Say "adios" to INTEGRITY and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await your morning flight to the Ecuador mainland. On arrival, you'll transfer to the Wyndham Quito Airport hotel and enjoy a dayroom with extended late check-out for a chance to freshen up  and relax before returning to the airport terminal for your late departing flight. 

Extending your stay

Explore more of Ecuador with visits to the Andean highlands, Amazon Jungle or Peru. A variety of options are available.
See extension options »

Galapagos Safari - Dates & Prices

Galapagos Safari operates weekly year-round, subject to availability of accommodations at Galapagos Safari Camp. 
All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.

2019 Departures | Scroll down for 2020 departures

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Date Price Route
Oct 30 - Nov 9 $8195 West
Nov 6 - Nov 16 $8195 East
Nov 13 - Nov 23 $8195 West
Nov 20 - Nov 30 $9195 East
Date Price Route
Nov 27 - Dec 7 $8195 West
Dec 4 - Dec 14 $8195 East
Dec 11 - Dec 21 $9195 West

2020 Departures

Date Price Route
Jan 1 - Jan 11 $9895 East
Jan 8 - Jan 18 $9895 West
Jan 17 - Jan 25 $9895 East
Jan 22 - Feb 1 $9895 West
Jan 29 - Feb 8 $9895 East
Feb 5 - Feb 15 $9895 West
Feb 12 - Feb 22 $9895 East
Feb 19 - Feb 29 $9895 West
Feb 26 - Mar 7 $9895 East
Mar 4 - Mar 14 $9895 West
Mar 11 - Mar 21 $9895 East
Mar 18 - Mar 28 $9895 West
Mar 25 - Apr 4 $9895 East
Apr 1 - Apr 11 $9895 West
Apr 8 - Apr 18 $9895 East
Apr 15 - Apr 25 $9895 West
Apr 22 - May 2 $9895 East
Apr 29 - May 9 $9895 West
May 6 - May 16 $9895 East
May 13 - May 23 $9895 West
May 20 - May 30 $9895 East
May 27 - Jun 6 $9895 West
Jun 3 - Jun 13 $9895 East
Jun 10 - Jun 20 $9895 West
Date Price Route
Jun 17 - Jun 27 $9895 East
Jun 24 - Jul 4 $9895 West
Jul 1 - Jul 11 $9895 East
Jul 8 - Jul 18 $9895 West
Jul 15 - Jul 25 $9895 East
Jul 22 - Aug 1 $9895 West
Jul 29 - Aug 8 $9895 East
Aug 5 - Aug 15 $9895 West
Aug 12 - Aug 22 $9895 East
Aug 19 - Aug 29 $9895 West
Sep 1 - Sep 30 Maintenance
Sep 30 - Oct 10 $8895 West
Oct 7 - Oct 17 $8895 East
Oct 14 - Oct 24 $8895 West
Oct 21 - Oct 31 $8895 East
Oct 28 - Nov 7 $8895 West
Nov 4 - Nov 14 $8895 East
Nov 11 - Nov 21 $8895 West
Nov 18 - Nov 28 $8895 East
Nov 25 - Dec 5 $8895 West
Dec 2 - Dec 12 $8895 East
Dec 9 - Dec 19 $8895 West
Dec 17 - Dec 26 N/A
Dec 24 - Jan 2 N/A

Upgrades, supplements, inclusions and exclusions

Owner’s Suite upgrade

  • Stateroom upgrade to the Owner’s Suite is $2400 ($1200 per person)

Single Stateroom supplements

  • Dedicated single stateroom is $1800

  • Single use of a double occupancy stateroom is 1.95 x the per person cost.

  • Single use of the Owner’s Suite is 2 x the per person cost, plus the suite upgrade.

  • Land single supplement is $920

Children

  • $500 discount per child age 8-17 (limit 3 child discounts per family)

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers

  • One night hotel with transfers on arrival in Quito or Guayaquil

  • Two nights Santa Cruz with two days of touring

  • 8-day / 7-night cruise

  • Dayroom in Quito or Guayaquil between flight connections on return

  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 11

  • Complimentary soft-drinks, coffee, tea, juice and draft beer while aboard yacht

  • Two glasses of house wine served with dinner while aboard the yacht.

  • Complimentary laundry service available on board the yacht

  • Complimentary and unlimited use of internet

  • Complimentary use of wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkels

  • Complimentary use of eight 2-person sea-kayaks, where permitted by the National Park

Exclusions (costs subject to change without prior notice)

  • Galapagos airfare (currently $560 per adult, $480 per child under 12)

  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (currently $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12)

  • Galapagos Transit Control Tax (currently $20)

  • Additional wine and other spirits are available for purchase aboard ($10-$15 per glass)

  • Gratuities for naturalist guides and yacht crew. Gratuities are always at the guest’s discretion however the recommended amounts are $100-$150 per guest for the naturalist guide and $200-$300 per guest for the yacht crew.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the East and West routes?

Both routes have been expressly designed to showcase the flora and fauna of the islands. See more »

When is the best time to go?

Galapagos is a year-round destination, but there are some temperature variations. See more »

Is this trip right for me?

You will be transferring to and from INTEGRITY by zodiac, and enjoying daily walks and snorkeling. Terrain is varied, ranging from simple beach combing to walking over rough terrain. Learn more »

What is the maximum number of guests?

The Galapagos National Park has licensed INTEGRITY to carry no more than 16 passengers, without exception.  

What is the minimum number of guests?

INTEGRITY will operate with a minimum of four passengers. If there are fewer than 4 passengers, guests will be given the opportunity to transfer to an alternate departure at no additional charge, and will be credited up to $250 per person toward costs to cover airline change fees (restrictions apply).

What is the policy regarding children?

For individual bookings, the minimum age is 8 years.  Children ages 8-17 receive a $500 discount (maximum 3 discounted children’s rates per family).  There is no minimum age restriction on private charters.

What about single guests?

INTEGRITY can accommodate a limited number of single guests in single staterooms with a supplement and also accepts singles on a “willing to share” bases with no additional supplement.  Guests may reserve a Standard or Owner’s Suite as a single but at 1.9x the double rate.

How large are the staterooms?

The King-bedded Owner’s Suite is 350 ft² and spans from port to starboard.  Standard twin/king/queen staterooms are 150 ft². The single stateroom is 120 ft².

How many naturalist guides will be aboard? 

There is one naturalist on board for up to 16 guests.  INCA personally selects all naturalist guides serving aboard INTEGRITY.  Naturalists dine with guests. 

Is a second guide an option?

A second guide may be arranged for an additional charge, for both FIT and charter bookings.  This allows guests to travel at their own pace and is popular with bird-watchers, photographers, those with mobility issues, and families.

How many crew?

There are 10 crewmembers, normally consisting of Captain, Helmsman, Engineer, assistant Engineer, Chef, assistant chef, Barman, Seaman, and 2 Stewards.

Will INCA book the Galapagos flights?

For logistical reasons, INCA will book guests’ Galapagos flights to coordinate arrival times with all other guests.

May guests arrive and depart on other Galapagos flights?

For operational reasons, the group transfer is timed to coincide with a specific arrival and departure.  Guests arriving on other flights risk missing the transfer or long wait times at the terminal.  Flights used will be based on airline schedules and availability at time of booking.

Can guests pre-pay their Galápagos Transit Control Tax?

Yes. INCA will arrange all paperwork and pre-payment of the Galapagos Transit Control Tax to save guests having to wait in line at the airport.

Can guests pre-pay their Galápagos National Park Fee?

Yes. Guests may pre-pay their National Park entrance fee. Upon disembarkation at Baltra Airport, guests must still present their passports for verification.

What Gratuities are included?

Tips for porters and drivers are included.  Tips for guides, naturalists and yacht crew are not.

Can gratuities be pre-paid?

Due to Ecuador’s tax and labor regulations, we ask all gratuities to be paid in cash at the end of the cruise.

Can guests pre-order their wetsuit?

There is no need to pre-order a wetsuit, unless a custom size is required.  In such cases, we recommend bringing your own, as the dive shop stocks standard sizes ranging from XS – XXL.

Can guests scuba dive while on tour?

Galápagos National Park rules prohibit scuba diving from any vessel other than licensed dive boats.  Guests may arrange day-dives from Puerto Ayora independently either before or after their cruise.  INCA does not arrange scuba diving due to liability limitations.

How can guests pay their bar tab?

Bar tabs may be paid in cash or credit card aboard INTEGRITY.

May I see a bar list?

A sample bar menu is available upon request.

May my clients bring their own alcohol or order special labels?

Guests may bring their own bottles in their checked luggage.  Ecuadorian law allows, at this date, up to three liters of alcohol per person to be brought into the country.  Special labels may be pre-ordered at applicable Ecuadorian rates.

What about special dietary restrictions?

INTEGRITY can cater to almost all dietary preferences, allergies and restrictions. During the booking process, guests will have the opportunity to specify any dietary preferences, allergies or limitations.  Hard to source or highly specialized provisions may require a supplement.

Is there Wi-Fi aboard and during trip?

A satellite-based marine Wi-Fi system has been installed aboard INTEGRITY.  It is available free of charge. More information is available on request.

Is there a satellite phone aboard?

Yes, there is satellite phone service aboard INTEGRITY.  Usage will be billed to guest.  Satellite phones may also be rented at home and brought on the trip.

What entertainment is on board?

Each stateroom is equipped with DVD player and digital music speakers that guests may connect with their phone or music source.  The library is stocked with Galapagos titles and DVDs, cards and a few games.  A projection system is available for naturalist presentations and guest use.

What amenities and services?

Minibar with individual water bottles; hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash; daily towel service; weekly laundry service.

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