(Santa Cruz Island)
Let the majesty of the Galapagos Islands be your serene backdrop and active playground, as you escape to a unique safari camp for yoga, surfing, and wildlife. Combine relaxation of the body and mind with active adventure as you discover a fascinating realm of natural life, home to some of the most astonishing wildlife found on Earth, such as sea turtles, Magellanic Penguins, sea lions, land and marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortoises. This itinerary is perfect for people looking to view incredible wildlife in its natural habitat, swim in various bays & dedicate some time to meditation, yoga & surfing.
Guayaquil airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Conveniently placed in Ecuador, a strategic point in South America, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel combines excellent service and a laid-back resort feel with a convenient location only few minutes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. With 294 fully renovated rooms and suites, you can enjoy your spacious guest room and stay connected with wireless internet access. Get to work at the desk or just relax with a movie on the flat screen TV. Connecting rooms are perfect for those travelling as a family. Step up to an Executive Room or suite and benefit from extra space, a range of special touches and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge where complimentary snacks and refreshments are served.
Fly from Guayaquil to Galapagos on a direct flight. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
The VIP service allows you the convenience of pre-paying the National Park Entrance Fee of USD100.00 per person. This way, when you arrive in Galapagos, the Safari Camp staff will escort you to a VIP room at the airport, so you can wait comfortably while they take care of paying the Entrance Fee.
This service also includes a private transport from the airport to the channel, from where you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island.
Having been meet by an English-speaking naturalist guide at Baltra Airport, you will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, heading up to a farm in the highlands for a delicious lunch. You will have then the opportunity to explore the area’s vegetation and microclimates, as well as pit craters and lava tunnels, and to become acquainted with its endemic forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, you will experience the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat, in addition to the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your afternoon will conclude at Galapagos Safari Camp, with a sunset introduction to the connection between surfing and yoga, a smooth yoga flow with exercises on the mats to practice basic positions on the surfboard.
Galapagos Tented Camp is set on a ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, overlooking the National Park and offering magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean, the famous western & northern islands of Isabela, Santiago, Pinzón, Baltra, Rabida, Guy Fawkes and Daphne. The stylish central lodge is perched on a hill with panoramic views from its spacious veranda. The open-plan interior draws the eye to the islands scattered on the horizon below. Relax in the lounge and bar, with their cosy fireplace. Savour the local and international dishes created by their creative chef with home-grown produce in the dining room. Guests can enjoy the tranquility of the infinity pool to cool down and observe the nature. The 55-hectare farm is rich in birdlife with finches, warbles, mockingbirds, galapagos doves, egrets and owls. Tortoises make frequent visits to the farm and are often seen in the area.
Today’s early yoga session will focus on ‘drishti and slack-line balance’, you will learn to set your intention and focus to achieve balance in life and on your surf board by practicing walking on slack-lines. After breakfast your boat will take you to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartomole, Plazas or Santa Fe. Each island has its own unique natural habitat, and you will be guided through the evolutionary phenomena of your destination. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is a highlight of the trip.
Enjoy a hike with your own naturalist guide, searching for the unique flora and fauna of the island. A champage safari picnic awaits you at the end of the hike.
At sunrise your yoga will focus on the ‘one breath one motion pop up’, to achieve breathing control and optimal performance standing on the board. The rest of the day will allow you to explore a neighboring island and give you the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions. Your snorkeling experience will close with a meditation session that will help you align your breath with the rhythm of the ocean.
Everything you have learnt the last days will come together in your surfing class today. After your early yoga session at the camp, you will spend the rest of the day at a wonderful long white sandy beach, rich in wildlife and ideal for swimming and catching a few waves. You will have your instructor and few assistants taking you through the steps for surfing in small groups while the rest of the team can explore the surrounding are in the company of the naturalist guide. The day will end with sunset meditation.
There will be a silent and meditative sunrise walk followed by breakfast and transfer to the Baltra airport to catch your flight to mainland Ecuador.
Enjoy the VIP room at the Baltra airport, so you can wait comfortably for your flight to Guyaquil or Quito.
Fly direct from Galapagos to Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 2 hrs. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
A departure tax is reuired when leaving Guayaquil on international fligths. The tax is to be paid at the airport and it is not included in your trip cost. The tax is of approximately $27.15 per person (subject to change).
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
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