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Adventure Yoga Holiday Ecuador

If nature, science, or wildlife inspires you, there is no better place to be than the unparalleled Galapagos islands. This retreat will include naturalist-guided trips to the Charles Darwin Station, Bartolome Island, and North Seymour Island. With a small, private group, you will enjoy kayaking on Tortuga Bay, snorkeling, swimming, a tour of the highlands, yoga classes, nature-inspired accommodations on Santa Cruz Island, and most meals. The star of this retreat is the rich biodiversity of the protected native wildlife, many of whom are unafraid of humans. You will experience to swim with sea lions and sharks, spot Galapagos penguins and flamingos, and watch the dance of marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies on volcanic rocks. This truly unique UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the perfect melding of yoga and an unblemished example of a wild and natural world.

Meet the instructors

Libby
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Sunrise beach meditation sessions
  • Visits to South Plazas Island and Garrapatero Beach
  • Santa Cruz highland tour, Tortuga Bay excursion, and Bortomo Island visit
  • Trips to the Charles Darwin Station, Bartolome Island, and North Seymour Island
  • Evening fire pit and unlimited southern hemisphere stargazing
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation

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7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Seymour Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying at Semilla Verde, Santa Cruz Island, a nature-inspired accommodation. It is private, quiet, and fully equipped with a beautiful yoga room and terraces with views of the coast. There are 16 double occupancy spots available on this vacation. Each room has one or two beds and private bath. The rooms are standard rooms, premium rooms, and deluxe rooms.

Deluxe rooms

Deluxe consists of Forrest View room, Sunset room, Sunrise room, and Tortoise Pond upstairs. Forrest View room located in the main building mid-level has a private terrace, great views, and a queen bed that can be added to twin beds. Sunset and Sunrise situated in the new finch wing are lovely rooms with terrace and a king or twin beds. Meanwhile, Tortoise Pond upstairs is located in main building room and has the queen bed or two single beds.

Standard rooms

Standard rooms have Plantation View, Garden View, and Tortoise Pond downstairs rooms that consist of the queen bed and single bed.

Program

The trip will begin as you will meet in Baltra on the morning of June 26. Some of you will arrive via Guayaquil and some via Quito, Ecuador. Some may need an overnight in one of these cities to hop the smaller plane to Baltra in the morning of the 1st and some may choose to spend an extra night or two in the charming town of Quito. From Baltra, you will be transferred to a home away from home, Semilla Verde.

Set in the highlands just 15 minutes from town, you will sleep like babies listening to the birds in the morning and watching the giant tortoises that roam the property. Each morning, you will enjoy breakfast together and then begin your daily explorations.

Included excursions

A day trip to Bortomo Island

You will have a day trip to Bartolome Island, the crown jewel of Galapagos. Some features include Pinnacle Rock, crescent beaches, Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, guided snorkeling, and hiking. Lunch will be served on board of the tour boat and you will return to Semilla Verde for evening yoga and dinner.

A day trip to North Seymour Island

You will have a day trip to North Seymour island where you might see great frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, and sea lions during the guided snorkeling and naturalist-guided hiking excursions.

A morning on Garrapatero Beach

You will experience a morning on Garrapatero Beach for snorkeling, swimming, exploring, beach yoga, and relaxing.

A visit to the South Plazas Island

You will visit the South Plazas Island, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos as well as red-billed tropical birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and more endemic wildlife. You will have some morning yoga, evening yoga, and beach meditations depending on the day’s itinerary.

An excursion to Tortuga Bay

You will have an excursion to Tortuga Bay where you can kayak, snorkel, and hang out with the marine iguanas.

Santa Cruz highland tour

You will enjoy a Santa Cruz highland tour where you can explore the lava tunnels, a cloud forest, and Los Gamelos, two giant craters that were formed when the magma chamber underground emptied and the land caved in.

The Charles Darwin Station Lunch in Puerto Ayora

You will visit the Charles Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora where you may have the option to shop for souvenirs, visit the Chi Spa, and have the drink in the red mangrove patio with the iguanas and sea lions.

Instructors

Libby Cox

Retreat location

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, some 1,000 kilometers from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a living museum and showcase of evolution. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a melting pot of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise, and the many types of finch that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.

The Galapagos islands are home to some of the highest levels of endemism, species found nowhere else on earth than anywhere on the planet. About 80% of the land birds, 97 percent of the reptiles and land mammals, and more than 30 percent of the plants you will see are endemic. More than 20 percent of the marine species in Galapagos are found nowhere else on earth. Favorites include the giant Galapagos tortoise, marine iguana, flightless cormorant, and the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin species to be found in the Northern Hemisphere.

Nearby places

  • The town - 15 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walking
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

You will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also be served two dinners in Puerto Ayora.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Yoga most days (at teacher’s discretion on cruising adventure days)
  • Sunrise yoga or meditation on the beach
  • Visit to Charles Darwin Station
  • Day trips to Bartolomé, South Plazas, and North Seymour islands
  • Highland tour (pit craters, lava tunnels, and cloud forest, and wild tortoises)
  • Kayaking on Tortuga Bay with 12 acres of private walking paths to explore
  • Evening fire pit and unlimited southern hemisphere stargazing
  • Snorkeling and swimming on all day excursions
  • Naturalist-accompanied services during excursions
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with two dinners in Puerto Ayora
  • Transfers to and from Seymour Airport (GPS) on arrival and departure days
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights to Seymour Airport (GPS)
  • SICGAL inspection and migration card (10 USD)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 USD - cash only)
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature or souvenirs
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) or Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

All yogis will be met at Seymour Airport (GPS) and escorted to a short boat taxi ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island and a private taxi ride from the desert to the highlands where you will soon be nestled in your home for the week.

Your final destination airport on the Galapagos Islands is Seymour Airport (GPS). All flights will stop on mainland Ecuador before arriving on the islands. This necessary stop will include an additional baggage screening with SICGAL which will cost 10 USD in cash to ensure that any food or animals that may be of danger to the Galapagos ecosystem stay well away from the islands. After the screening, your bags will be zip-tied locked and you will be allowed to check in for your final flight to Galapagos.

Airport: Seymour Airport Airport transfer included: Seymour Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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Arrival: Saturday June 26, 2021
Departure: Saturday July 3, 2021

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