Description

If you are planning a holiday to South America then this five day trip to the amazing Galapagos Islands could be the highlight. Having flown to this wildlife haven from Ecuador, you will stay at the beautiful Finch Bay Eco Hotel. This hotel is the most luxurious on the Galapagos and an amble away from the beach. The entire infrastructure as well as the activities are completely oriented to a concept of true green tourism in a pristine natural environment.

Day 1
Arrival & North Seymour Island

Upon arrival, guests are met by the hotel naturalist guides and accompanied directly to the yacht. Welcomed by captain and staff, guests are briefed about safety issues as well as the National Park regulations. Lunch is served on board, while the yacht sails to North Seymour Island. This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Further along, the rocky shore is interspersed with white sand, while large flocks of pelicans mass for a dive-bomb feeding-frenzy, painting a tableau from ages long past for us. The trail turns inland to reveal the largest nesting site in the Galapagos of the “magnificent frigate bird.” These huge, dark acrobats have two-meter (6-foot) wingspans, and males, with puffed up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. After the visit, the yacht sails to Itabaca channel, from where we cross by bus over Santa Cruz Island to reach the Finch Bay Hotel Check-in and enjoy the glorious beach-front location and facilities.

Day 2
El Manzanillo and Highlands Santa Cruz

After a relaxed breakfast, our guests will leave Academy Bay by bus 15 km up to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island. From there a short drive across the farming area will lead us to El Manzanillo, a site recently opened to visitors at the northern edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Manzanillo is on the natural path tortoises take every year as they either migrate to higher moist locations during the garúa season (June-September), or when they descend to the warmer lowlands during the wet season. Year round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-coloured pond (impressively colored by surface red pond-weeds). The area is teeming with life: chirping vegetarian-, small-tree, large-tree and woodpecker finches, mockingbirds and flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules make this an exciting morning visit. Lunch is served in the cooler highlands, with the stunning views of Santa Cruz Island. After lunch, we visit a small farm, where coffee, sugar cane and cocoa beans are grown, harvested and prepared – all organic and sustainable. We have the chance to taste the products while learning about the artisanal way to burn island spirits! We then return to the hotel to enjoy the its pool, beach, or ask for suggestions for activities.

Day 3
Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the archipelago. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets forming an ideal anchorage. The island lies to the southeast of Santa Cruz within sight of Puerto Ayora, A wet landing on a sandy white beach brings us into contact with one of the many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right to be Beach Master, while smaller males masquerade as females and make stealthy mating moves. Galápagos hawks are often easily approached, perched atop salt bushes. After the hike, there is nothing more inviting than a swim in the calm waters of the bay, a great snorkeling opportunity with diverse marine life

Day 4
Divine Bay

This is the magic of Galápagos: a short distance away from Academy Bay and the bustle of Puerto Ayora, lies the quiet and wildlife-rich Divine Bay. We can explore this lovely cove by boat while more adventurous guests could take the tandem, sit-on-top kayaks straight from the hotel’s beachfront. The morning’s visit includes snorkeling on a calm, but active, sector of the cove. After this morning’s visit we return to the Finch Bay Hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise breeding programme, with time to enjoy the town, or the hotel’s facilities.

Day 5
Depart Galapagos

Make the most of your last day on the Galapagos. You are picked up from the hotel early and taken for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which was home to famous Lonesome George and many other giant tortoises. Then travel on to the airport in Baltra for the two hour flight back to the mainland where you can continue your South American adventure or catch a flight home.

Tour details 5 days

Explorer Program fr £1901pp
Expeditioner Program fr £2029pp
Valid between: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

Tour Highlights

  • Galapagos Islands

Included:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Transfers from Baltra Airport
  • All Meals
  • Highlands Tour
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • 3 Yacht Excursions
  • Transit Control Card

Not included:

  • Flights to Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee $100 USD pp
  • Drinks
  • Sea kayaks

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