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Finch Bay Hotel Island Escape

4 Days FROM £ 1,565

Overview

Experience the Galapagos of your dreams in this in-depth Galapagos Adventure that puts you in close contact with the natural world, while enjoying a relaxing stay at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Whether your interests lie in observing the natural wildlife of the Galapagos, enjoying world-class diving, mountain biking, exploring lava fields, relaxing on the beach, or a bit of everything, your stay at the Finch Bay Hotel offers you the freedom to select the activities of your choice: Hike to Tortuga Bay, Swim, Snorkel, Enjoy the sun at the beach or the pool side,  Photograph and observe the wildlife, Stroll around the village of Puerto Ayora, Enjoy day cruises to nearby islands, Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, World-class scuba diving , Adventure mountain biking, Stargazing and much more.

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Trip Code: GATSFIE

Location: Galapagos

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • You will experience the immense natural wonders of the Galapagos, filled with bio-diverse experiences and wildlife the likes of which you won't find anywhere else in the world. 

  • This itinerary can be easily amended to include a luxury cruise around the islands, taking you to incredible sights, each one different from the last. 

  • This itinerary is perfect for adding on experience is mainland Ecuador, perhaps exploring the quaint sights of Quito, the worlds first UNESCO world heritage site. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, meet your guide to transfer to Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

Galapagos Arrival

Finch Bay has created a program so you can enjoy as much of the local area as you want. You have the opportunity to board the hotel’s yacht for Bartolomé or North Seymour Island. The volcanic Bartolomé hosts the famous Pinnacle Rock, home to Galapagos penguins, the only species of penguin found north of the equator While on North Seymour you will find the largest frigate bird nesting site and a green sea turtle nesting area on the white sands of Bachas Beach, great for snorkelling. This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance.

Yacht Excursions

Finch Bay has created a program so you can enjoy as much of the local area as you want. On Santa Cruz Island, you can visit the Highlands for spectacular views and study the endemic flora as well as an abundance of fauna; see giant tortoises in their natural habitat and at the Manzanillo Tortoise Reserve; and visit Tortuga Bay which is perhaps Ecuador’s most beautiful beach or visit Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero Cove. After taking a vehivle for 5 kms you will get to Cerro Mesa, a private preserve is a great combination of native and endemic forest, a splendid birding area, a natural path of migrating giant tortoises and impressive volcanic formations. Later we will walk towards Garrapatero Cove and beach, regarded as having the finest sand in all Galápagos! We enjoy a soothing dip in the waters; take a small trip on a tandem, sit-on-top kayak; lie on the beach; or walk a short distance to a brackish lagoon, home of stilts, plovers, pintails and flamingoes.Our staff from the hotel meet guests here. A previously-ordered box lunch is served under the shade of the halophyte trees. After

Land Activities

After breakfast, depart the Finch Bay Hotel and visit Los Gemelos, the Twin Pit Craters, great geological depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground. Then, transfer overland to the airport for the flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Los Gemelos & Departure

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Amend your itinerary to include a luxury cruise around the islands, spending 4 days exploring the beautiful archipelago that abounds with fascinating wildlife. Amidst spectacular volcanic scenery you will see a myriad of birds and animals from lava lizards to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds and giant tortoises. Find out more

  • Upgrade your Ecuador experience by the wonders of the Amazon. Stay in a luxurious eco lodge tightly nestled in the Ecuadorian corner of the Amazon rainforest. Explore by canoe or on foot, search for colourful wildlife including toucans, parrots, monkeys or elusive giant otters. Experience the most diverse set of species on the planet. Find out more.

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Discover the traditional rural life of the Lares region. Experience the evolving role of the original Andean people as you move from unique lodge to lodge, experiencing daily hikes with panoramic views of waterfalls, snow peaks and turquoise lakes and discovering breathtaking sites of ancient Inca civilisation. Find out more.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Deluxe Daily 4 £ 1,565
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Important Information

  • Private airport transfers 
    Accommodation with breakfast daily 
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in itinerary 
    Other meals where stated
    Yacht excursion 1 day aboard hotels own Yacht Sea Lion 
    Optional activites (kayaking, mountain biking) 

    Exclusions 

    International flights
    Visa & reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Beverages 
    Personal expenses 
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Galapagos transit control card (USD$20 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Park Entrance Fee (USD$100 per person subject to change) 

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details

  • - Transfers in/out between Baltra Airport and Finch Bay Hotel are included for programs only.
    - Vessels available: M/Y Yacht Sea Finch or M/Y Sea Lion.
    - The island visited during the day tour depends on the approved itinerary for each vessel by the Galapagos National Park Service
    - Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests´ safety or Galápagos National Park Regulations.
     

    Schedules for yacht excursions are as follows, but guests should always check these with hotel staff:
    06:30 Breakfast is ready
    07:45 Departure from the Finch Bay Eco Hotel
    16:30 Arrival back at Municipal dock
     

    Schedules for days of land activities on Santa Cruz are more relaxed, but guests should always check these with hotel staff:
    06:30 Breakfast is ready
    09:00 Departure from the Finch Bay Eco Hotel
    Return with plenty of time to enjoy the hotel facilities or your own activities

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

The Finch Bay Hotel has an intrinsic sustainability philosophy. Staff are intrinsically trained in sustainability issues, nearly 70% taking alternative transport, such as bikes to work. The beaches are cleaned each day, with guests asked to volunteer and share stories with local residents and workers. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE