Located on the Galapagos' Santa Cruz island, the Finch Bay Eco-Hotel is a great place to explore the wonders of the Galapagos. This tour allows you to set the pace of your adventure. Spend your days exploring the natural beauty and wildlife of the islands, and spend your evenings relaxing in the comfort of your seaside hotel. Visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve and enjoy a yacht cruise to North Seymour Island, Plaza, Santa Fe, and Bartolome which allows you to experience the unique ecology of each island. Optional diving, mountain biking, and sea kayaking can also be arranged.
Day 1 : Arrive Quito Day 2 : Arrive Galapagos and explore Santa Cruz Days 3-8 : Galapagos Island visits Day 9 : Back to Quito Day 10 : Return Home
View Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat
Snorkel along shallow reefs with reef fish, sea lions, and more
Hike along the island and view sea lions, iguanas, & lizards
Choose from a menu of daily land and sea activities
Fly into Baltra Island, and then cross the Itabaca Channel, which separates this island from Santa Cruz. On the other side, a bus will take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to visit the Giant Tortoises Reserve. View these reptiles in their natural habitat, a unique experience! A stop is made at the Twin Pit Craters, which is a great depression of volcanic material. Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids provide an exotic backdrop. A box lunch is provided and then it is on to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel to enjoy its multiple attractions: pool, sea kayaks, the white coral beach in front of the hotel, or a nap in your hammock. In the evening, dinner includes the flavors of local and international gastronomy, one more attraction of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.
While staying at Finch Bay you may choose optional yacht excursions to the islands of North Seymour, Plaza, Sante Fe, and Bartolome aboard the new Sea Finch Yacht. This is the fastest vessel in the Galapagos with an air-conditioned lounge, bar, and dining area; cruise the archipelago in style! Water activities abound with sea kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving trips offered daily. Finch Bay offers various land excursions including multisport activities, while still offering plenty of free time to swim in the pool, explore the beach, or to just relax in the Jacuzzi.
Click Finch Bay Excursions for more information about the yacht and land excursions offered at the Finch Bay.
Leave the hotel early in the morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to tortoises from all over the islands. Then it is time for your overland transfer to the airport in Baltra to take your flight back to the continent.
Day 10 Return Home
Return home or continue exploring South America by adding on an additional tour or Quito extension.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.