Overview

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. This is a trip that perfectly illustrates (in complete technicolor!) the incredible diversity of flora and fauna in the archipelago.

With this special package of Ecuador and the Galapagos, you’ll get to enjoy the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (on Santa Cruz Island) alongside Scalesia Lodge (on Isabela Island), offering a stunning week-long program in the Galapagos that includes inter-island flights, day trips aboard the Sea Lion Yacht, “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.

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at the JW Marriott Hotel in Quito
  • scenic tour quitoHalf-day Quito's Old Town + Teleferico (Gondola) Viewpoint Private Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)
  • 3 nights of accommodation at Scalesia Lodge (Isabela Island)
  • 3 nights of accommodation at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Galapagos inter-island flights and transfers
  • 1 Full-day of Yacht Exploration

A Sneak Peek

 

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Teleferico (Gondola) Viewpoint
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Scalesia Lodge - Isabela Island
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Galapagos inter-island flights and transfers
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JW Marriott Hotel in Quito - Overview
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Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel - Pool
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1 Full-day of Yacht Exploration - Sea Lion Yacht
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Highlights

Professionally guided tours of:

The following Galapagos Islands:

Isabela Island:

  • Puerto Villamil
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tintoreras Islets
  • Wall of Tears
  • Mangroves and brackish lagoons
  • La Concha Perla Lagoon

Santa Cruz Island:

  • The Highlands
  • Giant Tortoise Reserve
  • Lava Tunnels
  • Tortuga Bay
  • Divine Bay
  • Charles Darwin Research Station

and…

The following at Scalesia Lodge: 

  • Double glamping tent
  • All meals
  • Rain ponchos
  • Rubber boots
  • Walking sticks

The following at the Finch Bay:

  • Finch Bay double room
  • All breakfasts
  • Snorkeling equipment

Island 2 Island hopping Galapagos islands tours

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

San Francisco Church in Quito

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Quito and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Quito + Teleferico (Gondola) Viewpoint Tour

Quito's Teleferico Gondola Lift in Ecuador

On this day, you’ll visit the Historic Center of Quito. This marvelous place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. On this day, we stroll through Independence Plaza where we’ll see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, we will visit the glorious San Francisco Plaza.

On this day, we’ll also head up Quito’s Teleferico (Gondola Lift), that will take us up to the top of Pichincha Volcano and provide you with wonderful views of the city, along with some of the spectacular geography that make up the Andes Mountain Range.

Overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Inter-island flight / Transfer to Hotel

On this morning, you’ll be picked up from the hotel to take your transfer to Quito’s airport for your Galapagos flight.

Once you arrive in the Galapagos Islands (Baltra Island), you’ll take a scenic inter-island flight* to Isabela Island. Check in at Scalesia Lodge and eat lunch before heading out on your first afternoon of discovery.

Familiarize yourself with the youngest side of the archipelago while exploring the rewarding visitor sites that are the National Park, the wetland lagoons, and the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Wrap up your day at the stunning white beach of Puerto Villamil before returning to the Lodge for dinner.

*If needed, you can send excess luggage directly to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, where you will arrive at on DAY 6.

Days 4 & 5: Scalesia Lodge Excursions

Finch Bay Island 2 Island Hopping: Sierra Negra

Throughout these days at Scalesia Lodge, you’ll be able to enjoy 2 of the activity options below:

  • Tintoreras / Swamplands / Tortoise Breeding Center
  • The Tunnels / Beach
  • Chico and Sierra Negra Volcano / Sucre Cave / Beach
  • Wall of Tears / Concha Perla Lagoon

For more information on each of these, be sure to view our “Scalesia Excursion Options” tab below.

Day 6: Inter-island flight / Santa Cruz Highlands / Transfer to Finch Bay

Island 2 Island Hopping: tortoise reserve

After breakfast, Scalesia Lodge’s staff will take 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 (via ferry) over to Santa Cruz Island. We will visit the Tortoise Reserve in the highlands, along with the impressive and nearby lava tunnels. Afterward, we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the highlands.

In the afternoon, you will reach Puerto Ayora and take a quick water taxi over to the only pedestrian neighborhood, Punta Estrada, where the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel is located.

Days 7 & 8: Finch Bay Excursions

Finch Bay Island 2 Island hopping: Full day explorations

Throughout these days at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy 1 of the following full-day Yacht Exploration Options below:

  • North Seymour
  • Bartolome Island
  • South Plaza Island
  • Santa Fe Island

And 1 of the following full-day Land Exploration Options:

  • Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Divine Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station

For more information on each of these, be sure to view our “Full-day Yacht Exploration Options” and “Full-day Land Exploration Options” tabs below.

Day 8: Breakfast / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Finch Bay Island 2 Island Hopping: Breakfast at the hotel

On this morning, you’ll have breakfast at the hotel before taking your transfer to the airport. Once at the airport, you’ll board your flight back to the mainland. Safe travels!

Scalesia Excursion Options

White-tip Reef Shark in the Galapagos Islands

Please note: The availability of these excursions will depend on the day of the week.

Las Tintoreras / Swamplands and Tortoise Breeding Center

Rise and shine to enjoy an early-morning visit of Las Tintoreras! The name of this visitor site comes from the word for white-tip reef sharks in Spanish, which are often seen frequenting this area. This is a great place to enjoy snorkeling and checking out some fantastic creatures such as sea lions, penguins, and marine iguanas.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the swamplands, which are made up of 4 different types of mangroves that exist in the Galapagos. It’s also a beautiful place to visit due to the fact that it has quiet and empty beaches, lava tunnels, and natural waterholes.

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

The Tunnels / Beach / Activities: biking, surfing or kayaking

We’ll start the day with a 30-40 minute trip that will take us to an iconic visitor site that showcases lava flows which, due to the constant presence of waves, have formed crevices, tubes, and bridges that make up the tunnels. This place is an aquatic paradise that’s populated by sea turtles, manta rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sea lions. This is one of the top places in the Galapagos to go snorkeling!

After we have lunch back at the Lodge, we’ll seize the rest of the day and enjoy beautiful Puerto Villamil beach, as well as go biking, surfing or kayaking.

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

Chico and Sierra Negra Volcano / Sucre Cave, Lookout Point, and the Beach

Get ready to visit one of the biggest attractions on Isabela Island – Chico and Sierra Negra Volcano. On this approximately 6-hour hike, we’ll have the chance to admire all of the scenic and geological beauty that these volcanoes have. Along the way, we’ll also enjoy a delicious snack.

After we have lunch back at the Lodge, we’ll head out to visit the Sucre Cave. It is here that we’ll enjoy a brief walk that will allow us to admire the endemic vegetation on the island. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Mango Lookout Point, from which you’ll be able to observe a large portion of Isabela Island and its agricultural areas. Additionally, this a great place for observing finches!

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

Wall of Tears / Snorkeling at Concha Perla Lagoon

Start your day with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a beautiful place that will allow us to experience a little bit of the island’s natural and human history! Along the way, we’ll get to check out the brackish water lagoons, mangroves, Palo Santo forests, and several of Darwin’s finches, as well as pigeons, ducks, flamingos, herons, and giant tortoises.

In the afternoon, we’ll get to enjoy the underwater world of the Galapagos as we go snorkeling over at Concha Perla Lagoon. The calm and clear waters here are ideal for observing fascinating species such as penguins, sea turtles, tropical fish, and sea lions.

At the end of the tour, we’ll head back to Scalesia Lodge. Overnight at the Lodge.

Full-day Island Yacht Explorations Options

Finch Bay Island 2 Island Hopping: Yatch Explorations

Please note: The availability of these excursions will depend on the day of the week.

North Seymour

Experience a live biology lesson with land and marine iguanas, Nazca- and blue-footed boobies, frigates, sea lions and fur seals.

Santa Fe

Walk along rocky terrain to find the island’s highlight: the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, patiently waiting under the enormous and giant cacti for falling fruits and pads.

Bartolome

Here, you will get to enjoy one of the Galapagos’ most famous views: the tilted Pinnacle Rock, the golden beach of Bartolome, and the impressive lava fields of Santiago Island.

South Plaza

Admire the vast volume of dozens of frolicking sea lion pups, patrolling alpha male sea lions, basking marine and land iguanas, stunning red crabs and various Darwin finches.

Full-day Land Exploration Options

Galapagos marine iguanas at Tortuga Bay

Option 1 – Tortuga Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station

The adventure begins right after breakfast! On this day, we’ll visit spectacular Tortuga Bay, which is located to the southeast of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. On the way there, we’ll get to check out several endemic species of birds in the archipelago, including Darwin’s finches. If you’re looking for aquatic adventure, then Tortuga Bay is the place to go snorkeling, kayaking, or surfing!

After Tortuga Bay, we’ll head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which also serves as the central headquarters of the Galapagos National Park. The Station sits right on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, allowing visitors to check out the ongoing conservation projects and learn about the Tortoise Breeding Center.

Option 2 – Divine Bay and the Charles Darwin Research Station

Divine Bay is an oasis of tranquility that is replete with fantastic species. The Bay itself is naturally protected from the waves thanks to the presence of volcanic rocks, mangroves, and cliffs that manage to serve as a breakwater. This beautiful place is also home to herons, Galapagos pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and much more! Lay back, enjoy the scene from the beach or explore its underwater wonders by going snorkeling.

After Divine Bay, we’ll head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which also serves as the central headquarters of the Galapagos National Park. The Station sits right on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, allowing visitors to check out the ongoing conservation projects and learn about the Tortoise Breeding Center.

Conditions

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year’s
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability
  • $500 deposit per person is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Hotels
  • Rates based on double occupancy, for a single quote please contact your destination expert.
  • Rates listed are for adults. Please ask your Destination Expert for rates for children under 12 years old; Yacht excursions minimum age is 6 years old.
  • Galapagos excursions are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • Scalesia Excursion Options and Full-day Island Yacht Options will depend on the day of the week.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Upgrades to Casa Gangotena Hotel in Quito are $200 per person.

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Migration Control Card
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

Amazing location, delightful accommodations, wonderful meals – what else could you want?

“…all delightful experiences…”

Imagine a hotel on a beach with a gorgeous pool, with open-air dining and bar served by an amazing waitstaff, and flowers and wildlife – that’s Finch Bay. My only regret is that I didn’t have enough time to relax by the pool with all there is to see in the Galapagos. The hotel is just a short walk to the water taxi dock and then it’s a quick ride into town – all delightful experiences. I would highly recommend that you don’t even think of taking a cruise ship when you could stay at Finch Bay.

PMMcD49 – Coventry, Connecticut