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Finch Bay Complete

Duration
4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,787

Stay at a lodge in the Galapagos and take advantage of the facilities there plus enjoy two sightseeing experiences, one on land and the other on a cruise. Animal and bird life included as well as swimming and relaxing.


The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean and are also a national park and a marine reserve. The islands are an ecological wonderland populated with fearless and incredible wildlife. Arrive at the principal airport of Baltra and immediately cross over the Itabaca Channel to the island of Santa Cruz and Finch Bay where your accommodation is arranged for the next 3 nights at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

During your stay, the intent is to allow you sufficient time to relax and enjoy the facilities of the lodge plus take part in 2 activities, one on land (with a choice of seeing giant tortoises or head to Tortuga Bay and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station) and one on a cruise to one of the nearby islands to view more animal and bird life

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Duration
4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,787

Itinerary

Day 1

Baltra to Finch Bay Lodge

Upon arrival to the airport at Baltra Island, you will be taken across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, where a bus will take you to the hotel. On arrival at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel, enjoy its multiple attractions such as the pool or the white coral beach in front of the hotel or just rest in your hammock.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

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    Finch Bay Eco Hotel



    The hotel is located at the south side of Santa Cruz Island, in front of Puerto Ayora town. Finch Bay is the only beachfront hotel in Puerto Ayora. It is a 7 minute walk from the main shopping district in the Galapagos and a 15 ...

    The hotel is located at the south side of Santa Cruz Island, in front of Puerto Ayora town. Finch Bay is the only beachfront hotel in Puerto Ayora. It is a 7 minute walk from the main shopping district in the Galapagos and a 15 minute walk to the Charles Darwin Station. This ecologically oriented hotel also boasts innovative garbage processing and recycling programs. The entire infrastructures, as well as the activities are totally oriented to a concept of true ecotourism in a pristine natural environment.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Finch Bay Lodge

This program is designed for a combination of down time and a choice of 2 activities -- two sea and one on land. Choose today for your activity - Highlands's giant tortoises with lunch (guided) or Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station with lunch (guided) or a cruise to one of the nearby islands. Or chose to relax on the private beach, beside pool or in a hammock. BLD

NOTE: Actual cruise location is dependent on the day of the week. See below for a list of visited sights. If there is one location of particular interest, please ask your South American specialist so as to ensure the correct dates are chosen for your visit to the Islands, or consider a traditional cruise as part of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Finch Bay Lodge

This program is designed for a combination of down time and a choice of 2 activities -- two sea and one on land. Choose today for your activity - Highlands's giant tortoises with lunch (guided) or Tortuga Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station with lunch (guided) or a cruise to one of the nearby islands. Or chose to relax on the private beach, beside pool or in a hammock. BLD

NOTE: Actual cruise location is dependent on the day of the week. See below for a list of visited sights. If there is one location of particular interest, please ask your South American specialist so as to ensure the correct dates are chosen for your visit to the Islands, or consider a traditional cruise as part of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Finch Bay Lodge to Baltra

After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your return journey to the mainland.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily until Dec 31, 2018

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return flights to the Galapagos
  • Park entrance fee and tourist card
  • All accommodation in the selected room
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Island transfers (shared service)
  • 2 sea and 1 land tour
  • Internet / Wi-Fi use
  • All meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Cruise Locations (Subject to change):
Actual cruise location is dependent on the day of the week. See below for a list of visited sights. If there is one location of particular interest, please ask your South American specialist so as to ensure the correct dates are chosen for your visit to the Islands, or consider a traditional cruise as part of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel experience.

North Seymour Island
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, where swallow-tailed gulls sit among the ledges and rocks. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This island is teaming with life!

Bartolome Island
Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a towering spearheaded obelisk that rises from the ocean’s edge and is the best-known landmark in the islands. Galapagos penguins—the only species of penguin found north of the equator—walk precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at its base. Sea lions snooze on rocky platforms, ready to slide into the water to play with passing snorkelers.

South Plaza Island
South Plaza is a small island full of fascinating wildlife, both along its shore and along its dramatic, wind-swept cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colours according to the season. South Plaza is one of Galapagos’ most impressive visiting sites.

Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe offers one of the more beautiful and sheltered coves in the islands. 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. Like North Seymour, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically, and you can see underwater lava formations.

LAND TOUR OPTIONS (ONE PER ITINERARY IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE)
TORTUGA BAY AND CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION WITH LUNCH (GUIDED) OPTION
Tortuga Bay is located to the southwest of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Its name means “turtle”, and the island received this moniker because it is sea turtles favourite place to lay their eggs. The stunning white sand beach is considered by many the most beautiful in the Galapagos archipelago. The beach is reached via a marked and cobbled two kilometre path that starts at the west end of Charles Binford Street; guests must sign in and out at the National Park control point at the beginning of the path– it is open from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM daily. There is excellent bird-watching along the path, with plenty of Darwin’s finches and other sea birds. And for active visitors, it is a great place to kayak, snorkel and surf!

The headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service and The Charles Darwin Research Station are located side by side on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. There is an interpretation centre open to the public and also one may view the tortoise rearing program. Those guests who do not have the opportunity to explore the highlands of Santa Cruz and see tortoises in their natural habitat will have the chance to see tortoises here. And for those who have already seen them in the wild, a visit to the Centre will expand their knowledge of this unique, iconic Galapagos animal.

HIGHLANDS GIANT TORTOISES WITH LUNCH TOUR OPTION
Depart the hotel towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz. From there a short drive across the farming area will lead us to El Manzanillo at the northern edge of the Giant Tortoise Reserve. El Manzanillo is located 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. The Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living tortoise species, weighing up to 250 kg (550 lb). It plays an important biological role as the top grazer in its habitat. In the wild, these gentle giants slowly barrel their way through the plant cover. The shape of their carapaces varies from island to island. On Santa Cruz, year round, tortoises can be seen grazing on the surrounding vegetation, or wallowing in muddy banks or in a small red-coloured pond (impressively coloured by surface red pond-weeds).

The area is teeming with life: chirping vegetarian-, small-tree, large-tree and woodpecker mockingbirds and flycatchers, as well as ducks, herons and gallinules make this an exciting morning visit. On the return to Puerto Ayora, visit one of the island’s lava tunnels, significant geological formations that take us back in time and allow us to remember how lava flows formed the islands. Lunch at El Manzanillo.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. Due to Galapagos Park regulations, the listed itinerary is to be used as a guide only. All itineraries are subject to change and are confirmed approximately two weeks prior to departure date.

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18 Dec 2017
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