Kayaking near Finch Bay

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Galapagos Lodge to Lodge Adventure

From exploring an active volcano to surveying extraordinary sites in the famed Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, this land-based adventure is an ideal way to get a taste of the Galapagos! With stays at both The Finch Bay Galapagos and Scalesia Lodge, your Galapagos adventure includes day trips aboard a small yacht, “glamping” in luxury tents on Isalebla's lush highlands, and visits to remote places that no mere “island hopping” trip will ever experience.

Daily Itinerary

Galapagos Lodge to Lodge Adventure

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    Arrive Ecuador

    Fly independently to your choice of Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador, and transfer to your hotel for the night. (Meals Aloft)

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    Mainland Ecuador / Galapagos / Isabela Island

    Fly from Ecuador’s mainland 600 miles into the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands. From Baltra's airport, meet your flight to Isabela Island. After checking into Scalesia Lodge, begin your Galapagos Islands tour with an exploration of the archipelago's youngest side. Enjoly guided excursions to the national park, wetland lagoons and the giant tortoise-breeding center. Wrap up your day with a stroll along the white-sand beaches of Puerto Villamil. (B,L,D)

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    3 & 4

    Isabela Island

    Each day enjoy one of the following activities on Isabela Island. Activities may vary based on your travel days. Your Galapagos Travel Planner will work with you on your choice of excursions.

    Sierra Negra Volcano: Walk along the rim of Galapagos’ largest caldera – one of the largest in the world – and see recent volcanic activity (last eruption in 2005) and the resulting fascinating formations. A light snack will be provided along the way while lunch is served back at the lodge. Watch for Darwin finches, flycatchers, mockingbirds, and occasionally the Galapagos hawk and rail.

    Tintoreras Islets: Board the bay cruiser to explore the maze of reefs and islets off the shores of Isabela. The visit includes a dry landing and a short walk over volcanic terrain. Relevant wildlife includes boobies, herons, penguins, marine iguanas and the white tipped reef sharks in the nearby lava crevasses. Bring your bathing suit as you will enjoy snorkeling in the shallow reefs. Later in the day, explore the wetlands of coastal Isabela.

    Wall of Tears: Survey the Galapagos Islands' rare combination of human and natural history. A splendid coastal trail combines two segments: mangroves and brackish lagoons and the arid palo santo forest until we reach the Wall of Tears. This trail is mostly a flat dirt road (pedestrian and bikes only). Along the way, watch for coastal Darwin finches, doves, stilts, ducks, flamingos, herons and giant tortoises.

    Enjoy magical sunsets from the beach of Puerto Villamil before dinner at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)

    Overnights Scalesai Lodge (BLD daily)

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    Isabela Island / Santa Cruz Island

    Fly back to Baltra. Your Galapagos tour guide leads you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Your day includes a brief exploration of Los Gemelos, a natural volcanic formation in the upper end of the windward side of the island. Surrounded by a forest of high growing endemic daisies, this area is home to some of the most elusive land birds of Galapagos. Visit the Tortoise Reserve, impressive lava tunnels and enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the highlands. Continue to Puerto Ayora’s only pedestrian neighborhood, Punta Estrada, where Finch Bay is located. Check-in and enjoy the hotel’s beachfront facilities. Spend the next four nights at Finch Bay EcoLodge. (B,L,D)

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    Santa Cruz Island: Galapagos Islands Touring

    From your base at Finch Bay, enjoy day tours to explorations to a variety of nearby islands. On Santa Cruz, discover the coast as well as the Charles Darwin Research Station. Walk from Puerto Ayora’s western border, learning more about the arid zone´s deciduous forest and its inhabitants. Playa Brava is a stunning snow-white beach, a seasonal nesting site for the green sea turtles. A few minutes further, reach Playa Mansa, a secluded natural mangrove cove, with clear and tranquil waters, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or simply enjoying the landscape from the shade of a mangrove. Board a small yacht to sail back to the hotel’s dock at Academy Bay. After lunch, stroll around the Charles Darwin Research Station, where the highlight is learning more about the conservation program for iconic giant tortoises.

    Enjoy your choice of these two full-day yacht explorations (depending on the weekday and availability):

    North Seymour: Cruise across the Itabaca Channel. Your day includes a dry landing and a nature walk over a mixture of sand and rounded boulders. Be amazed by land and marine iguanas, Nazca- and blue-footed boobies, frigates, sea lions and fur seals. The other highlight is Las Bachas, a stunning white beach with dreamy small brackish lagoons, home to various waders, such as plovers, stilts and flamingos. You have a chance to swim or snorkel.

    Santa Fe: Cruise to Santa Fe, an impressive volcanic island 17 nautical miles away from Puerto Ayora. After a wet landing on a fantastic white sandy beach amongst basking sea lions, we walk along a rocky terrain to find the island’s highlight: the endemic Santa Fe land iguana patiently waiting under the enormous giant cacti for falling fruits and pads. Other relevant species today are pelicans, boobies and the archipelago´s top predator, the Galapagos hawk. Return to the yacht and enjoy one of Galapagos best snorkeling sites. En route back to Puerto Ayora, scan the sea surface for pelagic birds and whales.

    Bartolome: En route to Bartolome, watch for dolphins or whales. A dry landing marks the start of the 1.5 km/1 mi walk. Much of the trail is over a wooden boardwalk with a staircase of 366 steps. There are several observation platforms on the way up to the summit of Bartolome (150 m above sea level). Once atop, you will enjoy one of Galapagos’ most famous views: the tilted pinnacle rock, the golden beach of Bartolome and the impressive lava fields of Santiago Island. Back on the coast, scan the volcanic shore, in search of flashy Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galapagos penguins, before enjoying a soothing dip at the beach. Lunch on board and a brief exploration of nearby Sullivan Bay before sailing back to the Itabaca Channel for the drive back to the hotel.

    South Plaza: Snorkel or swim at Punta Carrion, has a name that startles some English speakers, but in this case, it’s merely a reference to a family name. And just 8 nautical miles away, South Plaza Island shocks visitors with the sheer volume of amazing wildlife that greets them right upon arrival: dozens of frolicking sea lion pups, patrolling alpha male sea lions, basking marine and land iguanas, stunning red crabs and various Darwin finches await. The trail is over one mile long, over rounded boulders.

    Each day you return to Finch Bay. (B,L,D Daily)

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    Galapagos / Mainland Ecuador

    End your Galapagos Islands adventure when you fly back to mainland Ecuador and meet your international flight. (B)

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    Arrive Home

    Arrive in North America and meet your connecting flight home.

Things to Know

Do I need a visa to travel to the Galapagos Islands?

There are no visas required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for travel to Ecuador.

How warm is it in the Galapagos Islands?

It depends on the time of year. There are two pronounced seasons in the islands.

The rainy, hot season from December to June when humidity is high and average temperatures are in the 80s °F. There may be occasional showers, but the days are generally hot and sunny.

From June to November, you can expect cool winds, occasionally bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called garúa. Temperatures average in the 70s °F (20°-24° C) during the day and lower at night.

Do I need special documentation to travel to Ecuador?

Beginning February 2018, guests must show proof of health insurance upon entering Ecuador. At this time there is no official list of items accepted as proof. We recommend taking your insurance card and a summary of your basic policy coverage with you. Healthcare providers within Ecuador will typically require cash payment however so you should be financially prepared to cover all health care costs in country and file for reimbursement upon your return.   


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