Feed your curiosity and let your imagination soar with this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, as you stay in luxury hotels on two of the Galapagos’ most enchanting islands, a trip that illustrates in technicolour the incredible diversity of the archipelago.
The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (Santa Cruz Island) joins forces with Scalesia Lodge (Isabela Island) to offer a stunning week-long program in the Galapagos, including inter-island flights, day trips on board Yacht Sea Lion, “glamping” in luxury tents up in the highlands of Isabela Island, and visits to remote and mysterious places that no other “island hopping” trip will dare to go. Get ready for one of the most highly anticipated voyages in the Galapagos.
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from $3999 pp
* Price includes all local taxes!
* Price in Finch Bay Room. Upgrades to Finch Bay Suites available for an additional fee.
Fly from Ecuador’s mainland to the Galapagos Islands (Baltra Island) and take a scenic inter-island flight to Isabela Island. Inter-island flights limit passengers’ check-in luggage to 10 kg (22 lb). If needed, it is possible to send excess luggage directly to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, where you will arrive on DAY 4. Check in at Scalesia Lodge and eat lunch before heading out on your first afternoon of discovery. Familiarise yourself with the youngest side of the archipelago while exploring the rewarding visitor sites of the National Park, wetland lagoons, and the giant tortoise-breeding centre. Wrap up your day at the stunning white beach of Puerto Villamil before returning to the Lodge for dinner.
After an early breakfast, set out to explore Isabela Island. Depending on the day and availability, guests will take part in one of these full-day features:
Sierra Negra Volcano: Walk along the rim of Galapagos’ largest caldera – one of the largest in the world – and see recent volcanic activity (the last eruption was in 2005) and the resulting fascinating formations. A light snack will be provided along the way while lunch is served back at the lodge. Wildlife focuses on the Darwin finches, flycatchers, mockingbirds, and occasionally the Galapagos hawk and rail. Stroll along the beach at Puerto Villamil or rest in the afternoon.
Tintoreras Islets: After breakfast, we drive down to the wharf of Puerto Villamil and 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 (730 m/0.5 mi total distance). Wildlife here includes boobies, herons, penguins, marine iguanas and the white tipped reef sharks in the nearby lava crevasses. Bring your bathing suit to make the most of crystalline waters, beckoning you to snorkel in the shallow reefs. Lunch at Scalesia and later in the day, we explore the wetlands of coastal Isabela. Sunsets at Puerto Villamil are spectacular!
Wall of Tears: A rare combination of human and natural history. A majestic coastal trail combines two segments: a first part of mangroves and brackish lagoons (1.3 km/0.8 mi) and the arid Palo Santo forest until we reach the Wall of Tears (an additional 2.2 km/1.4 mi each way). This trail is mostly a flat dirt road (pedestrian and bikes only). Wildlife include coastal Darwin finches, doves, stilts, ducks, flamingos, herons and giant tortoises.
Afternoons include the enchanting sunsets from the beach of Puerto Villamil. Dinner and overnight at Scalesia Lodge.
After breakfast, Scalesia Lodge’s staff bring us back to Puerto Villamil’s airport. A short and beautiful flight brings us back to Baltra. Your guide will lead you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. The day’s visit 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. Then we will visit the Tortoise Reserve, impressive lava tunnels and enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the highlands. In the afternoon, you will reach Puerto Ayora’s only pedestrian neighbourhood, Punta Estrada, where the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is located. Check-in and relax with the hotel’s beachfront facilities. Dinner is up to you: choose from the hotel’s signature cuisine or one of the many options in town. Overnight at the Finch Bay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Baltra Island and airport by hotel staff.
If you would like to learn more about this fascinating experience, read on in our blog.
Itineraries are subject to change without notice. The sequence of visits might be altered depending on arrival of flights to Baltra or Isabela Islands, yacht availability, National Park requirements, weather conditions, or other unexpected circumstances beyond our control.
If necessary, please separate luggage for the first 3 nights at Scalesia Lodge, since the inter-island flight luggage restriction is half the weight permitted by regular commercial flights to Galapagos:
Upon arrival in Baltra, Scalesia Lodge staff will collect the luggage for transfer to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. On DAY 4, upon check in, you will find this luggage in your room.
Validity: January 01 through December 31, 2017. Recommended Retail Price (RRP) per person quoted in U.S. Dollars based on double accommodation in Finch Bay Room.
Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products, other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.
NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF GALAPAGOS VACATION YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, THE OPTIONS AT THE FINCH BAY ARE SURE TO FIT.