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Galapagos Safari Camp

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,138

Venture to a discrete luxury camp in the pristine wilderness of the Galapagos Islands. Staying at the Galapagos Tented Safari Camp, you’ll head on daily excursions to the nearby islands to cross volcanic landscapes and spot animal species like Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Giant Tortoises.


This 5-day Galapagos vacation takes you to a luxury safari tented camp on Santa Cruz Island to spend a few days exploring the archipelago. It features deluxe accommodations, small group tours, and is a great way for discerning travellers to see the Galapagos Islands.

After arriving at the airport on Baltra, you’ll connect to Santa Cruz Island to traverse a landscape of craters and lava tunnels on route to the Tortoise Reserve where you’ll get your first glimpse of the Galapagos’ most famous inhabitant, the Giant Tortoise. Afterwards, you’ll connect to Galapagos Safari Tented Camp, a 5-star camp set on a 55ha farm on Santa Cruz Island. Only 30 minutes from the sea, the camp’s nine tents offer the best in privacy and comfort as well as breathtaking views of the ocean and the farm’s abundant wildlife.

You’ll spend three full days in the Galapagos, using Galapagos Safari Tented Camp as your base. On your first day, venture in the morning to Bartolome to walk along the boardwalk, spot Pinaccle Rock rising above the sea, and explore Sullivan Bay and see its many Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. On Santa Fe Island, you’ll venture across the ancient volcanic landscape to see the inky-black land iguanas and spot the comically-looking blue-footed boobies. Another day, head to North Seymour Island to hike through boobie nests, spot land iguanas, and marvel at the massive red pouches of male frigate birds. You’ll then ride a dinghy to Mosquera Islet, spotting a sea lion colony. Afterwards, venture to South Plaza Island to snorkel off Punta Carrion and share the water with rays and reef sharks. On your final day, head across Santa Cruz Island to explore the Cerro Mesa Reserve, enjoying views of the island’s largest crater. Then cross a landscape of black lava to reach Garrapatero Beach to take advantage of its turquoise waters and see the flamingos in the lagoon.

At the end of your stay, connect back to the airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,138

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Day 1

Galapagos Islands - In search of the giant tortoise

Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area's natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises' natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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Galapagos Safari Tented Camp

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    Galapagos Safari Tented Camp



    A new concept to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on a ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, bordering the national park offering magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean. Galapagos Safari Camp is a 55-hectare farm in ...

    A new concept to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on a ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, bordering the national park offering magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean.

    Galapagos Safari Camp is a 55-hectare farm in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island bordering the national park, 30 minutes from the sea. The farm is rich in birdlife with finches, warblers, mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, egrets and owls - tortoises also make frequent visits.

    The camp has nine safari tents perched on a hill, providing comfort and privacy in the breathtaking wilderness. All tents have a balcony with views of the park and the ocean - they are spacious, attractively decorated and each has a private bathroom with hot shower.

    Guests can gather by the fireplace in the main living room to view the sunsets in the evening, taste the chef's creative dishes in the panoramic dining room or enjoy the tranquility of the infinity pool with fabulous ocean views.

    The camp is a perfect base from which to explore the islands where private guiding, full day excursions to other islands, inland walks, horse trekking and diving can all be organized. Similarly, it can offer a relaxing and peaceful extension after a Galapagos cruise.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Child Friendly
    • Infinity Pool

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Day 2

Explore neighboring islands

Early morning finds you on a motor vessel heading to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas and Santa Fe. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended. Destinations will be given advised based on weather conditions and wildlife activity closer to the departure date.

Bartolome
Your day starts with a hike up a 600-meter wooden boardwalk and stairway across ancient red, black and orange lava fields to the highest point on the island. The panoramic view from the lookout surveys the iconic Pinnacle Rock in the foreground, Sullivan Bay in the distance, and Daphne Major and Minor on the horizon. Following the hike, enjoy a dinghy ride around the coastline, looking for Galapagos penguins and hawks resting on the cliffs. In the afternoon, explore the shore, where sea lions, Sally Light-Foot crabs, and marine iguanas greet us on the beach. This is a great place to snorkel, discovering the colorful underwater world of the islands amongst playful Galapagos sea lions, penguins, reef sharks and rays.

Santa Fe
This island is among the oldest in the archipelago, with underwater lava formations dating back 3.9 million years. Its visitor trails are bursting with animal activity. Santa Fe is home to a healthy population of terrestrial iguanas including the Santa Fe yellow iguana, as well as the inky-black marine iguanas. Other residents include Galapagos hawks and blue-footed boobies. Friendly sea lions line the shores and swim besides you when snorkeling, while marine iguanas bask in the sunshine on shoreline rocks, or dart quickly past under the waves. We can also hope to observe sharks, rays, and colorful schools of fish.

Return to your tented camp late in the day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Explore neighboring islands

North Seymour
This island, brimming with life across its rocky surface, hosts blue-footed booby and frigate mating colonies. Land iguanas also frequent the area, seen along the 2-mile trail that loops around the southern section of the island. As we begin our walk, we come across nests of comic-looking blue-footed boobies. Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers are often spotted. As we draw near to the frigate colony, the remarkable birds seem to be nesting in every surrounding tree. Males inflate their red, basketball-sized pouches to attract mates. Back in our dinghy, we head to Mosquera islet, in the channel between Baltra and North Seymour. Here you can find a large sea lion colony, full of pups, bulls and females of different ages.

South Plaza
While en-route to Plaza, we stop at Punta Carrion. The shallow waters of the sheltered cove make a fun place to snorkel with schools of fish, rays and, if we are lucky, reef sharks. The dock at South Plaza is usually overrun with sea lions, but we can maneuver round them to start walking along the trail that winds its way past yellow land iguanas resting in the shade of groves of prickly pear cactus trees. The landscape is vibrant, the black lava outcrops and ground carpeted with the reds and yellows of sesuvium cactus. At the island's southern cliff edge, we can observe all sorts of birds swirling in the currents, including dazzling red-billed tropic birds. Following the trail round to the west, we come to a busy sea lion colony. South Plaza's other residents include land and marine iguanas, Nazca and blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls and other species of birds. Return to your tented camp late in the day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Experience the East

A morning drive takes you to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water - including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional. Return to your tented camp late in the day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sunrise walk and departure

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. (Here's where you'll wish you had extended your journey!).

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Flights to and from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands
  • Park entry and tourist card
  • All luxury tented accommodation
  • All meals
  • Galapagos airport VIP services
  • Galapagos transfers & ground transportation
  • Boat excursions with snorkeling on a shared basis
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
  • English-speaking naturalist guide
  • Activities and visits as detailed in the itinerary (subject to change based on weather conditions and wildlife activity)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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