Join Sup Yo on an exclusive nature adventure in the Galapagos Islands! During this retreat, you will swim with sea turtles and sea lions, kayak through secluded bays and mangrove forests, and sunbathe among giant tortoises on an intimate Galapagos wildlife exploration led by a certified naturalist. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this one-of-a-kind UNESCO World Heritage Site and all the wonders it offers!
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room at MonteMar Villas. The three different villas on property share modern lux interiors with ceiling fans, safe boxes, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth stereos. Also, all villas benefit from elegant tall ceilings supported by locally grown and treated bamboo, which bring light and ventilation to the interiors.
Rooms have two twin beds, a queen, or a king size bed. All villas are sound proof, non-smoking, and one floor designed. They have a ceiling fan, a safe box, wireless internet, and Bluetooth wireless sound devices. Each villa is also equipped with a kitchen, social, and dining area. Every villa has a deck to enjoy the view and most rooms have wide sliding doors that connect you with the outside.
All the villas produce their own energy through solar panels installed on the roof. Water is heated with solar heaters. All water is captured by the roofs before going to high technology, non-invasive processing to make sure the water does not lose its wonderful natural characteristics. The objective is to take a shower with rain water, one of the purest waters on earth than has been heated by the sun at the equator.
During this retreat, you will enjoy twice daily yoga classes except for one day. Also, this amazing Galapagos trip features multiple nature excursions paired with the wildlife expertise of a certified Galapagos naturalist guide. The itinerary will include a trip to Bartolomé Island with the other two island days being a mix of North Seymour, South Plazas, or Santa Fe. Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions.
During the first day, you will be welcomed with lunch and a refresher. Then, you will explore the grounds and take a look at the giant Galapagos tortoises. There will be a yoga class at sunset to deplane and relax. After yoga, you will enjoy a delicious dinner. You may tuck into your first delicious meal with new friends and get an overview of hotel information and services.
The second day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy an early breakfast before a big day departure. The island of Bartolomé is a crown jewel of the Galapagos Islands for its special geological features, amazing dual crescent bays, and verdant wildlife.
This day is all about pinnacle rock, Galapagos penguins, white tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, naturalist guided hiking, and guided snorkeling. You will return to Santa Cruz in the early evening for dinner.
The third day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy an early breakfast before the Santa Cruz Highland tour starts. During this day, you will explore Los Gemelos ("The twins"), climb through the lava tunnels, and explore the Cloud Forest. You may also expect to see small birds since up to 12 species of Darwin finches live here along with the famous Vermillion flycatchers.
Lunch will be enjoyed on property followed by an excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. You will enjoy a yoga class at sunset. Dinner will be held in Puerto Ayora.
The fourth day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy refuel with breakfast before heading to the morning excursion to Tortuga Bay. In here you will enjoy some mangrove kayaking, snorkeling, and you will also watch some marine iguanas.
Lunch will be held on property followed by a free afternoon when you may explore Puerto Ayora, walk the biodynamic gardens, or skip down to the beach. You will enjoy an evening yoga class. Dinner will also be held on property.
The fifth day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy breakfast vittles before your full day excursion to Santa Fe Island begins. During this day, you will visit one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos. In here you will get to enjoy some guided snorkeling and you will also see endemic Barrington land iguanas, large colonies of sea lions, giant opunita or prickly pear trees, and swallow-tailed gulls.
Then you will return to Santa Cruz for an evening yoga class. Dinner will be held on property.
The sixth day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on a trip to the North Seymour Island. This island is a popular nesting ground where the guides will find the best spots so get your birding eyes on and cameras out for: great frigate birds, blue footed boobies, land iguana, and sea lions.
You will have lunch on board and enjoy a post lunch nap if you wish. There will be a yoga class at sunset. You will also have dinner and time to rest and relax afterward.
The third day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy an early breakfast. This morning and afternoon will be free for you to enjoy it as you wish. Then you will return to Puerto Ayora or choose to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will also visit Garrapatero Beach.
You will have lunch on the property and enjoy a yoga class at sunset. Dinner will be held in Puerto Ayora, where you may soak up the people and animal vibes.
The last day will start with a yoga class at sunrise. Then you will enjoy the final early breakfast before you are transferred to Seymour Airport (GPS) so you can take your flight back home.
During this retreat, you will enjoy trips with a certified Galapagos naturalist guide to the Highland, Charles Darwin Station, the Bartolomé Island, South Plazas, North Seymour Islands, and Santa Fe. Snorkeling and swimming will be expected on all day excursions, like the one at Las Grietas. You will also kayak over sharks and around the mangroves on Tortuga Bay.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Jana teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga on the mat and stand-up paddleboard yoga on the water. She began practicing yoga in 2004 with the hope to reduce stress and anxiety. She began teaching in 2009, after yoga positively transformed and healed her life far beyond her expectations. Her goal is to help others heal themselves by bringing the gift of yoga into the life of each student. Jana is also PaddleFit core certified and a Mistral SUP International ambassador.
This retreat will be held in MonteMar Villas in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. MonteMar Villas are located on a 43-acre property with giant tortoise ponds, an organic coffee plantation, local flora and fauna, and an organic and biodynamic garden. The property has an ocean view of Isabela Island, Floreana Island, and Tortuga Bay in southwest Santa Cruz.
During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dietary needs can be accommodated. The organic and biodynamic garden in the MonteMar Villas produces the veggies for your table as well as the coffee you will sip each morning. Also, you will enjoy two meals in the town of Puerto Ayora.
Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) to take a connecting flight to Seymour Airport (GPS). Transfer from and to Seymour Airport (GPS) is included. Sup Yo will pick you up from the airport.
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