Galapagos Islands Retreat

The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, offer wildlife and landscapes that will leave you speechless and wondering why you didn’t visit sooner. This isolated group of 19 volcanic islands provides a showcase of biodiversity unlike anywhere else in the world.

During our stay on Isla Santa Cruz we will experience the true “Galapagos Spirit” by staying in two very unique locations on the island. The first two nights will be spent in a small inn located on an exclusive waterfront property.  And then we will move to the highlands for our final 4 nights on Isla Santa Cruz where we will stay in a beautiful boutique hotel with our own private yoga studio. In addition to being on the island which is the focal point for scientific research you will also get to explore the surrounding islands with daily excursions which will include hiking, snorkeling kayaking and SUPing. As always, daily yoga and fitness classes will be part of the itinerary as well.

 

Trip Highlights:

Location:  Isla Santa Cruz: 2 nights Angermeyer Waterfront Inn; 4 nights Semilla Verde

How to get there: Fly into Quito, Ecuador (UIO)  or  Guayaquil, Ecuado (GYE) (approx. $500 from BWI) and then to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island (airport code: GPS). You will likely need to arrive into Ecuador one day prior to the start of the retreat. More info on this can be sent upon request.

Cost: $3,000 (non-refundable $500 deposit required to hold your spot on this retreat)

When:

April 17-23, 2019
*It is likely you will need to arrive in Quito on April 16th to take an early morning flight to the islands on the 17th, the same may be true for the return (you may need to stay in Quito for a night)

 

 

What the trip includes:

-6 nights accommodation

-All daily adventures and activities included in the itinerary

-Breakfast daily, lunch when on full day excursions and 3 group dinners

-Daily yoga and fitness classes

-Transportation once on the islands

 

Does Not Include:

-Tips
-Airfare to GPS airport on Galapagos Islands

-Park entrance fees ($100)

-Migration Card ($20)

-Alcohol

-Additional excursions and adventures

-Travel insurance

Sample Daily Itinerary*

*This is only a sample itinerary; it will most likely change a bit!

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    • Arrive Baltra Airport and transfer to Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
    • Settle into rooms
    • Free time to explore town
    • Group welcome dinner in town (not included)
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    • Morning yoga
    • Breakfast
    • Beach hike & SUP excursion
    • Afternoon Free
    • Dinner in town (not included)
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    • Morning fitness class
    • Breakfast
    • Depart Angermeyer Inn
    • Welcome drink and lunch at Semilla Verde (included)
    • Afternoon visit to Charles Darwin Station (entrance fee not included)
    • Dinner in town (not included)
  • Chevron down Day 4
    • Morning yoga
    • Breakfast
    • Day trip to North Seymour Island
      What to expect: Lunch on boat, lots of animals….N. Seymour Island is a popular nesting ground so we will see many great frigate birds, blue footed boobies, land iguana, sea lions, guided snorkeling, and naturalist guided hiking
    • Return to Semilla Verde
    • Dinner at Semilla Verde (included)
  • Chevron down Day 5
    • Morning yoga
    • Breakfast
    • ½ Day Highland tour
      What to Expect: cloud forest, pit craters, lava tunnels, wild tortoises
    • Lunch at Semilla Verde (included)
    • Afternoon free- possible time to explore Tortuga Bay Beach and go SUPing or kayaking
    • Dinner in town (not included)

     

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    • Coffee and Tea (breakfast served on boat)
    • Day trip to Bartolome Island

    What to expect: a small island off the coast of James Island, Bartolome is an adventurer’s paradise. Its summit has one of the most breathtaking views of the Galapagos Islands. And Pinnacle Rock, the eroded remains of an old volcanic tuff cone, is a popular site for snorkeling. Underwater rock formations are spectacular and Galapagos marine animals, including reef sharks, rays and tropical fish, are abundant here.)

    • Return to Semille Verde
    • Farewell dinner at Semille Verde (included)
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    • Yoga
    • Breakfast
    • Transfer to airport
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