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Scalesia Galapagos Lodge: Itineraries

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Scalesia Galapagos Lodge Sample Itinerary

The itinerary below is a sample of what you can experience at the Scalesia Galapagos Lodge on Isabela Island. This itinerary operates on any day of the week for 3-Days/2-Nights, 4-Days/3-Nights or 5-Days/4-Nights. This itinerary operates with a minimum of 2 guests only. 

 

The Amazing Isabela Itinerary (3-5 Days)

MONDAY:
AM: Tintoreras / PM: Los Humedales and Tortoise Breeding Station

Morning visit to the Tintoreras, an islet formed by lava flows located 10 minutes by dinghy from Puerto Villamil. Its name comes from the white tip reef sharks called in Spanish “Tintoreras” which are frequently seen in this area. Different species of animals can be seen in the area as sea lions, marine iguanas and penguins. This is a perfect place to practice snorkeling. Return to the hotel by lunch time. In the afternoon visit los Humedales, a complex with various trails where you can find the four species of mangroves existing in Galapagos. This area is characterized by solitary beaches, lava tunnels, natural pools and estuaries where you can see flamingos and other birds. You will also visit the Turtle breeding center where the National park is breeding turtles in danger of extinction. Some of this giant turtles have been released by the park and can be found on the trails. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge.
Tintoreras Tour: Accompanied with a private guide

 

Highlights: White-tipped reef sharks, penguins, marine turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas
Dry landing / Wet landing

 

TUESDAY:
AM: Los Tuneles / PM: Beach and activities: biking, surfing or kayaking

A 30 to 40 minute ride on a small fast boat will take us to a unique place where lava flow has been impacted for many years by the oceans waves. This has formed the unique tubes and bridges of Los Tuneles. This visiting site is a marine paradise for white tipped reef sharks, Galápagos green sea turtle, the Galápagos sea lions, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeon fish among many others. Definitely one of the best places to snorkel in Isabela and the Galapagos, the water is very calmed, clear and shallow. Besides being a marine sanctuary it is characterized by its unique geologic formations, a series of lava flows have produced many arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. Many birds, such as bobbies can also be found. Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon free time to enjoy the magical beach of Puerto Villamil or enjoy one of the following activities for extra cost: biking, surfing or kayaking. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D)
Tuneles Tour: Accompanied with a private guide

 

Highlights: Galápagos green sea turtle, the Galápagos sea lions, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeonfish Dry landing / Wet landing

 

WEDNESDAY:
AM: Volcan Chico & Sierra Negra / PM: Cueva de Sucre & Mirador and Beach

 

Today you will visit some of Isabela´s best attractions, the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano.
Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago, its recent eruption took place in 2005. The volcano’s crater is considered the second largest in the world with a diameter of 10kms. Volcan Chico is also an active volcano, sulfur vents can be seen in this area. This is an approximately 6 hour’s walk tour to appreciate all the splendor of the volcanoes. You will enjoy a snack in the area. Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon visit to Sucre´s cave, located 14Km of Villamil Port, placed in the agricultural area of the Island. Enjoy a short walk to appreciate the typical vegetation and endemic plants. Continue to Mirador de Mango from where you have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for finch birds’ observation. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D)

 

Highlights: Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches
Dry landing

 

THURSDAY:
AM: Tintoreras / PM: Los Humedales and Tortoise Breeding Station

Morning visit to the Tintoreras, an islet formed by lava flows located 10 minutes by dinghy from Puerto Villamil. Its name comes from the white tip reef sharks called in Spanish “Tintoreras” which are frequently seen in this area. Different species of animals can be seen in the area as sea lions, marine iguanas and penguins. This is a perfect place to practice snorkeling. Return to the hotel by lunch time. In the afternoon visit los Humedales, a complex with various trails where you can find the four species of mangroves existing in Galapagos. This area is characterized by solitary beaches, lava tunnels, natural pools and estuaries where you can see flamingos and other birds. You will also visit the Turtle breeding center where the National park is breeding turtles in danger of extinction. Some of this giant turtles have been released by the park and can be found on the trails. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D)
Tintoreras Tour: Accompanied with a private guide

 

Highlights: White-tipped reef sharks, penguins, marine turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas
Dry landing / Wet landing

 

FRIDAY:
AM: Los Tuneles / PM: Beach and activities: biking, surfing or kayaking

A 30 to 40 minute ride on a small fast boat will take us to a unique place where lava flow has been impacted for many years by the oceans waves. This has formed the unique tubes and bridges of Los Tuneles. This visiting site is a marine paradise for white tipped reef sharks, Galápagos green sea turtle, the Galápagos sea lions, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeon fish among many others. Definitely one of the best places to snorkel in Isabela and the Galapagos, the water is very calmed, clear and shallow. Besides being a marine sanctuary it is characterized by its unique geologic formations, a series of lava flows have produced many arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find a number of animal species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. Many birds, such as bobbies can also be found. Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon free time to enjoy the magical beach of Puerto Villamil or enjoy one of the following activities for extra cost: biking, surfing or kayaking. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D)
Tuneles Tour: Accompanied with a private guide

 

Highlights: Galápagos green sea turtle, the Galápagos sea lions, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeon fish
Dry landing / Wet landing

 

SATURDAY:
AM: Volcan Chico & Sierra Negra / PM: Cueva de Sucre & Mirador and Beach

Today you will visit some of Isabela´s best attractions, the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano.
Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago, its recent eruption took place in 2005. The volcano’s crater is considered the second largest in the world with a diameter of 10kms. Volcan Chico is also an active volcano, sulfur vents can be seen in this area.

 

This is an approximately 6 hour’s walk tour to appreciate all the splendor of the volcanoes. You will enjoy a snack in the area. Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon visit to Sucre´s cave, located 14 Km of Villamil Port, placed in the agricultural area of the Island. Enjoy a short walk to appreciate the typical vegetation and endemic plants. Continue to Mirador de Mango from where you have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for finch birds’ observation. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D)

Highlights: Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches Dry landing

 

SUNDAY:
AM: Wall of tears / PM: Concha de Perla snorkel and beach activities: biking, surfing or kayaking

Morning visit to the wall of tears. It is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil. It was
constructed between the years of 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the penal colony on the island. The wall reaches up to 65 feet and runs over 300 feet long and its construction was dangerous work in the ill-equipped conditions resulting in the deaths of a number of prisoners from both sickness and calamity. In the afternoon enjoy snorkeling. Located in the Port of Villamil, the Concha Perla can be reached via a wooden pathway. The bay’s calm, shallow, clear waters are ideal for observing the incredible array of marine life. Visitors can swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, sea lions, penguins and turtles and it is also possible to observe up to 20 bird species. You can also enjoy one of the following activities for extra cost: biking, surfing or kayaking. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D)

 

Highlights: Sea lions, penguins, turtles, marine iguanas, frigates, flamingos
Dry landing / Wet landing

 

NOTE: Itineraries subject to change without notice. The sequence of visits might be altered depending on arrival of flights to Baltra or Isabela, weather conditions, or other unexpected circumstances beyond our control.


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Top tip: The Scalesia Galapagos Lodge and flights to the Galapagos Islands fill up fast. Visitation to Galapagos is limited and often sells out 6 to 9 months in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Contact Us for more information.


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