For those looking for the ultimate way to see the Galapagos, we recommend trying An INCA - International Nature & Cultural Adventures yachting cruise. The luxury adventure operator has just completed its annual refit of the 141-foot Integrity, making the 16-passenger vessel now the greenest in the islands.
INCA aims at helping travelers visiting the Galapagos chose from the more than 80 vessels currently sailing in the Galapagos. Thanks to its revamp, the Integrity is now the best yacht in the area.
After the $150,000 refit, the Integrity received cosmetic changes including new bathrooms with porcelain sinks and fixtures, new Spanish cedar counter tops, new Hunter Douglas shades for stateroom windows and new furnishings and upholstery for guestrooms. The yacht also has a new, upgraded Bluetooth sound system and a new Jacuzzi and cushions for chairs and lounges on the deck.
The refit also provided state-of-the-art propellers and shafts to make the Integrity run more smoothly and quietly. The yacht also earned the Galápagos Quality Gold Seal for its sustainable practices including on-board waste-water treatment and recycling
"What is clear: a small, well-maintained yacht like Integrity with its experienced crew has more access to more visitor sites, can tuck into calmer anchorages while large ships must remain offshore, and is able to provide the high level of service that luxury travelers expect. And getting 16 guests to a landing site takes far less time than bringing 96 people ashore, giving our guests a more intimate experience with the fascinating wildlife," said Bill Roberson, President of INCA.
To celebrate the refit and its 40th anniversary as an Ecuador specialist, INCA is offering $1,000 off select departures in January. Visit www.inca1.com/galapagos or call 510-420-1550 for more.