Finch Bay Eco Hotel | 8 days

From Santa Cruz Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Custom
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

For land-lovers who want a Galapagos vacation where they return to the comfort of a private resort each day. Spend your days on small group tours as you explore the islands of North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Bartolome and South Plaza and encounter the unique wildlife and contrasting landscapes for which the Galapagos Islands is famous. Swim, snorkel or kayak among tropical fish, sea turtles and sea lions in the crystal waters, around mangrove coves and in secluded lagoons. Watch land iguanas basking and giant tortoises roaming their reserve. Observe countless scores of birds from wading Flamingos, to predatory Galapagos Hawks, to impressive Frigatebirds. When you visit Galapagos you will traverse volcanic landscapes, explore lava caves and gaze into huge craters. Complete your Galapagos Islands vacation with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Scalesia Lodge is surrounded in beautiful forest with views to the Pacific Ocean in the Galapagos Highlands. The charming Finch Bay is nestled in a private location just moments from a magnificent beach. The resort boasts first-class facilities and service, guests can spend their free time relaxing poolside and sampling exquisite cuisine.

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Nearby Island excursions everyday

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Blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, sea lions, land iguanas and more

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Isabela Island

Take a scenic flight towards Isabela Island. INTER ISLAND FLIGHTS limit passengers’ check-in luggage to 10 kg (22 lb), please ask your agent for more details.
After you check in at Scalesia Lodge it is time for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will get to know the youngest side of the archipelago while exploring the rewarding visitor sites of the national park, wetland lagoons, and the giant tortoise-breeding centre.
Before returning to the lodge for dinner, you will have time to enjoy the stunning white beach of Puerto Villamil.

Day 2-3
Isabela Island

Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge. Each day, choose one of the following programmes to do, depending on the weekday and availability.

Sierra Negra Volcano: explore one of Galapagos’ largest calderas. Thanks to the last eruption in 2005, you can enjoy the volcanic features, the fascinating formations and take the chance to walk along the rim.
A light snack will be provided along the way before having lunch back at the lodge.
Wildlife focuses on the Darwin finches, flycatchers, mockingbirds, and occasionally the Galapagos hawk and rail.
In the afternoon, you can either stroll along the beach at Puerto Villamil or rest.

Tintoreras Islets: Stretch your legs on a short walk over volcanic terrain (730 m/0.5 mi total distance). Relevant wildlife includes boobies, herons, penguins, marine iguanas and the white tipped reef sharks in the nearby lava crevasses.
Before lunch, enjoy snorkelling in the shallow reefs with colourful fish.
Lunch at Scalesia and later in the day, we can explore the wetlands of coastal Isabela.

Wall of tears: Explore a splendid and easy coastal trail combined in two segments: 1st part, 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). Get up close will wildlife including coastal Darwin finches, doves, stilts, ducks, flamingos, herons and giant tortoises.

Afternoons include splendid sunsets from the beach of Puerto Villamil. Dinner and overnight at Scalesia Lodge.

Day 4
Isabela Island Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, a short scenic flight will bring you 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.
You 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. Check-in the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel and enjoy the hotel’s beachfront facilities. Dinner is up to you: choose the hotel´s signature cuisine or one of the many options in town. Overnight at the Finch Bay.

Day 5-7
Santa Cruz Island

Before departure, a bountiful buffet breakfast is served. Depending on the weekday and availability, enjoy 2 of these 4 full-day yacht explorations; North Seymour, Bartolome Island, South Plaza Island, Santa Fe Island. In addition, the programme includes a coastal exploration of Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Research Station and tortoise breeding facilities.

North Seymour Island:
Your day includes a dry landing and a 1.5 km/1 mi 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 here.

Santa Fe Island:
Santa Fe is an impressive volcanic island. 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 snorkelling sites. Lunch on board the Sea Lion yacht. Upon the cruise back to Puerto Ayora, we scan the sea surface for pelagic birds and whales.

Bartolome Island:
Dolphins or whales are often seen in these waters. A dry landing marks the start of the 1.5 km/1 mi walk. The trail is a fairly steep climb on wooden steps to the summit, worth the effort, as there is a spectacular view of the Galapagos scenery from above. Interesting lava formations and tuff cones can be observed. Sea lions and penguins swim in the vicinity of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy snorkelling or swimming from the beach.

South Plaza Island:
Your day includes 2highlights. One of them, the snorkelling/swimming site known as Punta Carrion. 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 1.5 km/1 mi long, over rounded boulders.

Santa Cruz Coastal Exploration & Charles Darwin Research Station and Tortoise Breeding Facilities:
We leave for Tortuga Bay, voted Ecuador’s best beach. We walk from Puerto Ayora’s western border, 2 km/1.3 mi along a fairly flat and straight paved path, where we explore and understand more about the arid zone´s deciduous forest and its inhabitants. First, we arrive to Playa Brava, a stunning 1 km long snow-white beach, a seasonal nesting site for the green sea turtles. A few minutes further, we reach Playa Mansa, a secluded natural mangrove cove, with clear and tranquil waters, ideal for swimming, snorkelling, paddling on tandem kayaks, or simply enjoying the landscape from the shade of a mangrove. We will board a small yacht to sail back to the hotel’s dock at Academy Bay. Lunch at the Finch Bay. For the afternoon, the grand finale includes strolling around the Charles Darwin Research Station where the highlight is the conservation program for the iconic giant tortoises.

All days you return to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, and enjoy the sunset from its beachfront facilities. Dinner is up to you: choose the hotel´s signature cuisine or one of the many options in town. Overnight at the Finch Bay.

Day 8
Santa Cruz Island Depart

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Baltra Island and airport by hotel staff.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 4 nights Finch Bay Eco Hotel
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights at Scalesia Lodge
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer In & Out
  • Included Copy 20 Highlands Tour
  • Included Copy 20 7 excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Guided visit to Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Included Copy 20 Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Included Copy 20 Multisport Activities available
  • Included Copy 20 Taxes Included
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$4,190 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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