5 Day Luxury Experience in Galapagos

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    Takiri Travel

    Takiri Travel is a mix of the experiences and passions of its founders Stephanie, Marco and Adriana. They are always looking to discover new experiences off the beaten path, not with the eye of a tourist but with the love of a local.

    We in Takiri strongly believe that sustainable is the new way to travel that is here to stay, and our values are the description of the effort we put in every experience!

    We give you the best, while doing our best!

    • 5 Days
    • Max Group Size : 15
    • Galapagos Islands

    Looking for a meaningful way to enjoy a Galapagos luxury holiday? You’ve come to the right place. On this 5-day trip, you’ll stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, which are “more than a selection of world-class hotels, it is a collection of rare experiences, offering guests intimate encounters with parts of the world not many get to know—and the chance to slow down and truly discover them. Each lodge is deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures—and harnessing their magic to safeguard them for the future.” (National Geographic). We could not have said it better. For the curious: we’ve listed a few of the hotel’s important features under trip details.

    Travel in style on a private yacht with Cordon Bleu trained onboard chefs to two uninhabited islands that showcase Galapagos’ quintessential wildlife. Our inner wildlife nerd cannot gush enough about the passionate guides (they really are the crème de la crème of Galapagos guides) who’ll be narrating the nature documentary that unfolds before your eyes on these day trips.

    We’ve also carved out enough free time for you to indulge in some serious R&R at the lodge’s beachfront spa. There’s something about recharging your batteries at a secluded spa in one of the important geological and energetic hotspots of the world. Hop over to the itinerary to find out more.

    Availability

    All year round

    For local holidays or last minute bookings, please inquire about the availability before booking.

    Flexible group trip

    You will join a flexible group of travelers. You’ll have a combination of private excursions and join group day trips. Every day you have a new guide and can meet other travelers. Groups are usually around 12 people with a maximum of 15.

    Flying to the Galapagos Islands

    The trip starts and ends at Baltra Airport (GPS). Book a flight arriving to Baltra Airport before 11:00 AM to adhere to this itinerary. For flights arriving after that, we’ll make some changes to the itinerary.

    Price Includes

    • Activities as mentioned
    • Equipment: snorkeling masks and fins during activities
    • Our experts: local guides (English and Spanish speaking), 24/7 support from our team.
    • Meals: 4 x buffet breakfast, 4 x set menu lunch, 4 x set menu dinner
    • Transportation: 2 x shared airport transfer, land transportation for activities, sea transportation for day tours
    • 4 nights of accommodation at Finch Bay Galapagos hotel
    • Use of hotel facilities such as: spa, bar, open-air restaurant, pool, business center.

    Price Excludes

    • Airfare to and from Galapagos
    • Travel insurance
    • Galapagos entree costs: INGALA transit card (20 USD pp), and Galapagos National Park Fee (100 USD pp)
    • Airport service bus (2 x 5 USD)
    • Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, tips, spa treatments, and any items not previously mentioned.
    • Optional activities (at extra cost): scuba diving, biking, and paddleboarding.

    Activities

    Santa Cruz Island: observing Galapagos Giant Tortoises at Rancho Primicias, Charles Darwin Research Center,  2 full day first class yacht excursion to a nearby uninhabited island in the Galapagos National Park. Options available depending on the day: Bartolomé, North Seymour, Santa Fe, or South Plazas.

    Accommodation

    We’re staying at the deluxe Finch Bay Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, which are “more than a selection of world-class hotels, it is a collection of rare experiences, offering guests intimate encounters with parts of the world not many get to know—and the chance to slow down and truly discover them. Each lodge is deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures—and harnessing their magic to safeguard them for the future.” (National Geographic).
    The lodge was designed by Ecuador’s leading designer Julio Vinueza, who chose a calm and neutral palette throughout. 

    The Spa
    There’s a gym and yoga deck for the active traveler. And hot tubs for a relaxing down time. The Spa has an array of authentic Galapagos treatments that incorporate local mineral- and plant-based elements.

    A taste of the Islands at the Restaurant
    Fresh, local ingredients (many from the hotel’s own vegetable garden) are prepared by Cordon Bleu trained Chefs using modern techniques, executed with flair, and accompanied by authentic, stellar service. You haven’t tasted luxury until you’ve tried the sustainable slipper lobster…

    A passion to preserve
    The only footprints you’re leaving on this holiday, are the ones in the sand. The lodge strives to leave the islands pristine and to preserve them for generations to come. How? By collecting rainwater, energy-saving measures, recycling, and daily beach-cleaning.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Welcome to Galapagos

    Arrive: Touch down in Baltra Island. We’re hopping straight to Santa Cruz Island, your base for the next few days. Settle in at Galapagos’ most luxurious stay, Finch Bay Hotel.

    Afternoon: Indulge in the Galapagos style cuisine prepared by the hotel’s creative Cordon Bleu trained Chef.

    We purposely chose to keep this afternoon free so you can enjoy some serious R&R at the lodge’s exquisite spa. We love how this spa is built with local materials like volcanic rock. Secluded, surrounded by mangrove trees and neighbouring the refreshing ocean; we don’t need much more to get into the zone. Alright, maybe that massage alternating between hot volcanic and cool marble stones will also do the trick (optional but very much approved).

    Evening: When on a tropical island, eat as the locals do. Roll up your sleeves. Our trusted chef will teach you how to prepare the emblematic ceviche dish! Forget what you think you know about ceviche because we’re making an Ecuadorian (not a Peruvian) one, consisting of chunks of raw fresh fish cured in a lime juice and chili marinade.

    Accommodation: Finch Bay Hotel
    Meals: Lunch and dinner

    Day 2Meeting Giant Tortoises

    Morning and early afternoon: In the morning we will dedicate some time to Galapagos’s most emblematic inhabitants: the giant tortoises. Listen to their deep grunts, and observe up close how these centenarians slowly plow their way through their natural habitat at Primicias Ranch. Then, we’ll head to two scientifically powered centers of Galapagos knowledge (Galapagos National Park HQ and Charles Darwin Research Station), learning (and seeing some) more about the giant tortoises, and their laudable conservation efforts.

    Rest of the Day: The rest of the day is yours. If you’re thinking of getting that relaxing massage at the hotel’s spa before our visit to an uninhabited island tomorrow, we would also endorse ordering one or two cocktails prepared by the house’s own mixologist. All you have to do is choose between a classic or a Galapagos inspired one. Cheers!

    Accommodation: Finch Bay Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 3Island Exploration by Yacht

    Time to explore an inhabited island. Depending on the days and the permits of the local authorities, we’ll visit one of these four islands. Want to know exactly which islands for your (intended) travel dates? Just send us a message, and we’ll let you know!

    Marine wildlife will swim along with today’s commute: the luxury and super comfy Sea Lion Yacht. Depending on the season, dolphins might accompany us.

    Whatever the day trip, we’ll have lunch in style at the yacht, prepared by the onboard chef. Spectacular views are included.

    Wildlife Galore at North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach

    The Island of North Seymour was born by an underwater uplift rather than volcanic activity, meaning it actually once was ocean floor! It is perfectly flat, ideal for today’s light hike. This island is truly jam-packed with wildlife. You will very likely tick off a whopping 7 out of 15 of the BIG 15 list of iconic Galapagos species, like sea lions, land iguanas, the world’s only marine iguana, and endemic birds. In fact, the island houses the largest colony of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. Fingers crossed you stumble upon blue-footed boobies in the middle of their amusing courtship display. In the afternoon we’re heading to a glorious soft white beach, where curious sea lions play along the shore. We highly recommend swimming or snorkeling the gentle waves to spot even more wildlife. Alternatively, take a walk along the brackish lagoons behind the beach, which are a favorite feeding ground of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos.

    Jaw-dropping Views and Snorkeling in Bartolome Island 

    The volcanic Bartolome Island is really all about dazzling, even otherworldly landscapes, all thanks to the outlandish colors nature shows off here. Vivid red and orange soil, patches of leafy green, and volcanic blacks create mesmerizing postcard scenes. We’ll take you for a hike up to the best spots to overlook the surrounding scenery and unique vegetation, culminating in a viewpoint with one of the most jaw-dropping panoramic views in the entire archipelago. Embark on a panga (local name for a dinghy) for a coastal exploration on our way to Sullivan Bay, a lava field we’ll be crossing on foot. Put on your swimsuit to snorkel along with colorful schools of fish, sea lions, and even whitetip reef sharks and Galapagos penguins at the iconic Pinnacle Rock.

    Small in Size – Great in Nature Richness: Snorkeling and South Plaza

    We’re making a snorkeling pit stop at the Bay of Punta Carrion. Swim with a myriad of multicolored tropical fish, black and white dotted manta rays, Galapagos turtles, and maybe even whitetip reef sharks. South Plaza is a miniature tabletop island (a result of uplift of oceanic floor), but with a ridiculous natural richness (fauna and flora). The contrasting colors of the turquoise waters that separate North and South Plaza (the north island is solely dedicated to scientific research) contrast beautifully against the black lava rocks of their shorelines, covered in green seaweed, and fluorescent-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. Walk up the shore to encounter the grey and yellow land iguana against the bright red carpet of succulents covering the island. Top tip: keep your eyes on the prickly pear cacti because these iguanas love hanging out under there, patiently waiting for their fruits to drop and feast on them. At the cliffs overlooking the ocean to the south, swallow-tailed gulls nest; red-billed tropicbirds, Nazca, and blue-footed boobies are often seen lazily gliding along the wind currents. Occasionally you can even spot large marine life, such as manta rays. The sea lions that made their bachelor pad a bit further are just the icing on today’s cake.

    Unique Wildlife, Harems of Sea Lions and Snorkeling at Santa Fe Island

    Some islands have fantastic endemic wildlife, and others have just that ánd two unique species (that can only be found here) carrying their name: the Santa Fe land iguana and the Santa Fe rice rat. This is one of the archipelago’s oldest islands (around 4 million years old). Upon arrival, sea lions are chilling on its white sandy beaches. Correction: sheer harems of sea lions occupy the beach. Observe, take a picture and then follow their example of relaxing at the beach. Strolling around the island we’ll also get to admire the largest species of prickly pear (opuntia) cacti, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds (the great and the magnificent) and the world’s only marine iguana. Then take a dip in the waters of La Encañada and snorkel among sea lions, sea turtles, and rays.

    Accommodation: Finch Bay Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 4Second Island Exploration by Yacht

    You read the description of each island, and now you’re bummed out you could only visit one? We aren’t that cruel. Although you cannot visit all four on this 5-day trip, today you’ll visit one of the other islands: North Seymour, Bartolome, South Plaza or Santa Fe Island. Read the day description above (day three).

    Accommodation: Finch Bay Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 5Adios Galapagos

    Depart from the Galapagos Islands invigorated by its beauty, remoteness, and unforgettable wildlife encounters! We can 100% guarantee the Galapagos Islands will make a long-lasting, meaningful impact on your life!

    We’ll pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to the airport for your outbound flight. Depending on your timing, you might have time to explore some more. We’re more than happy to give you our expert tips!

    Accommodation: None
    Meals: Breakfast

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