The Galapagos Islands are among the planet’s premiere nature and wildlife destinations. This unique retreat allows one to experience the Galapagos in a completley new way offering the perfect balance between nature, adventure and relaxation.
Enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiecing nature in it's purest form during your 5 night stay at the eco-luxury Galapagos Safari Camp. Begin and end each day with a thoughtfully tailored yoga flow, allowing yourself to saturate yourself in the incredible natural surroundings and reinvigorate your spirit for the day's adventure and journey planned ahead. Enjoy day hikes led by expertly trained Naturalist Guides, discover the beauty of the underwater world with snorkelling excursions, and explore the unique wildlife of nearby unihabited islands.
Welcome to the Galapagos! Arrive on the tiny island of Baltra at the world's first ecological airport. The national park charges a visitor fee of $100 per person, as well as a $10 INGALA card fee, payable on arrival which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
Having been met by an English-speaking naturalist guide at Baltra Airport, you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, heading up to a farm in the highlands for a delicious lunch. You will then have the opportunity to explore the area's vegetation and microclimates, as well as pit crater and lava tunnels, and to become acquainted with its endemic forests. At the Tortoise Reserve you will experience the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat, in addition to the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your afternoon will conclude at Galapagos Safari Camp, with a sunset yoga practice and meditation focusing on the connection between yoga, mindfulness, and nature.
Rise early for a sunrise yoga session on the deck. After breakfast you'll depart for today's adventure! You will drive with your group to the Itabaca Channel for the 1.5 hour boat trip to North Seymour. Created by seismic uplift, rather than being of volcanic origin, North Seymour is a low island consisting of submarine lava. The dry landing is rich in wildlife: sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, tropicbirds, brown noddy terns and pelicans. Heading along the shore, you will traverse a wide expanse of sand, which is a nesting area for marine iguanas. Just off the trail, frigatebirds guard their nests in the saltbush clumps, and another trail leads to a flat area that is a nesting site for blue-footed boobies. There is a lovely Palo Santo forest, which is very arid during the dry season, but it turns green almost overnight once the rains begin. Other endemic plants include the Opuntia cactus, Croton, Castela, and Sesuvium.
In the afternoon you might visit Las Bachas Beach, depending on conditions. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon, where you can see flamingos and other coastal birds. This beach is also ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Return to the lodge this afternoon and end the day with a grounding yoga practice after a full day of island exploration.
Your morning yoga practice will focus on arm strength and shoulder opening to prepare for the afternoon's beach paddling session. In the morning you will explore the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers spectacular views and boasts the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island. It is home to a number of endemic plants, as well as seven subspecies of finch and the vermilion flycatcher. After lunch you will visit Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional activities in addition to the paddling practice. Return to the lodge and end the day with a restorative yin flow to allow the body balance after a full day of activities.
Enjoy a short sunrise meditation before your early breakfast.
At 8:00 am you will drive with your group to Puerto Ayora for the 2 hour boat trip to Santa Fe. You will anchor at a beautiful sheltered bay, where you can snorkel with sea lions, surgeonfish, damsels, parrotfish, stingrays and white tip reef sharks. This rugged island is composed of uplifted basaltic lava, and much of it is a faulted plateau covered with Opuntia cacti. The trail, where Santa Fe land iguanas and Galapagos hawks can be spotted, takes you round to a beach that is inhabited by sea lions and blue-footed boobies. You will be back at GSC at around 4:45 pm, where you will end your day with your evening yoga practice.
After an invigorating yoga session you'll set off to begin your day. Enjoy a tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station, followed by lunch in one of Puerto Ayora’s vibrant restaurants. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing, walking and swimming at Tortuga Bay, which is a wonderful long white sandy beach. There is a good trail to get there, with some very impressive cacti along the way. At the far end of the bay there is a large, mangrove lagoon, rich in wildlife and ideal for swimming. End the day with a sunset yoga session.
There will be a silent and meditative sunrise walk followed by a final yoga flow to reflect on what you have experienced throughout this incredible journey.
After breakfast you'll transfer to the Baltra airport to catch your flight to mainland Ecuador.
Inspired by the stylish tented safari camps of Africa, but located roughly 620 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Safari Camp is perched in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos National Park. Giant tortoises roam freely beneath the raised tent platforms and a variety of native birds, including Darwin's famous finches, flock in the surrounding canopy of endemic trees. The camp is family-owned by Stephanie and Michael Mesdag, who have raised their children in the camp and welcome guests of all ages. A stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp is fully customized and flexible. Embrace all that the island has to offer, right at your fingertips.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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