Embark on the ultimate Galapagos adventure and the ultimate Galapagos yoga retreat all in one! Our intimate and lux property boast three separate villas, a private yoga studio and 43 acres of lush green where endemic Giant Tortoises roam freely and wild horses wander. This once in a lifetime Galapagos experience effortlessly blends together the best Certified Galapagos Naturalists to guide you through the flora and fauna of the islands and a a daily yoga practice in our fully stocked and private studio. The Travel Yogi’s Galapagos yoga retreat is about abundant wellness and maximum exploration.
Trips to the must-do Galapagos sites such as Bartolomé and neighboring islands are included, as well as kayaking on secluded bays, cultural immersion in town, a tour of the Santa Cruz highlands, visits to a tortoise sanctuary and Galapagos nature galore.
Swim with sea lions and turtles, spot Galapagos penguins and flamingos, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies; this one-of-a-kind UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the perfect melding of a yoga retreat adventure with an unblemished wild and natural world.
Erica Jung - Galapagos | April 29-May 6, 2017
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Every day on our Galapagos adventure retreat is unique as are our rooms (which you won’t spend much time in!). Our 43 acre property boasts views of Isabela and Floreana Islands as well as Tortuga Bay on your home of Santa Cruz Island. The organic and biodynamic garden produces the veggies for your table as well as the coffee you’ll sip each morning.
The three different villas on property share modern lux interiors with ceiling fans, safe boxes, wifi and bluetooth stereos. Rooms have either two twins, a queen or a king size bed and maximum exploring with minimal packing is accommodated with individual beach towels, rubber boots, rain jackets, water bottles and flash lights available for use.
This amazing Galapagos adventure features multiple nature excursions, as well the wildlife expertise of a certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide. Below is a sample itinerary. Each trip will include a trip to Bartolomé Island with the other two island days being a mix of North Seymour, South Plazas or Santa Fe.
Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions; yogi flexibility is always appreciated.
**Please note: for the free days in town and the meals out, there will be one scheduled pick up. If you choose to stay in town beyond the transfer time, you will need to cab back at a cost of approximately $5-$8 U.S. **
What airport do I fly into?
You will be traveling to the Baltra (GPS) airport in the Galapagos. Many flight schedules require an overnight in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Please feel free to contact us for recommendations on hotels in Guayaquil.
Some flights may also route through Quito. Quito has a great colonial district and is an excellent jumping-off point for the Ecuadorian rainforest or mountain adventures. However it is also at an elevation and the airport is approximately an hour from the city center. Unless you plan on staying in Quito for a few days, we recommend that you travel through Guayaquil for your Galapagos adventure.
Do I need a passport/visa?
US citizens will need a valid passport to visit Ecuador, but no visa is required at this time. Passports will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. Ecuador reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 6 month mark.
Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
What wildlife should I expect to see?
Animal sightings are never guaranteed, but then again, this is Galapagos. Expect to share dining space in town with marine iguanas and sea lions. Frigate birds, penguins, blue-footed boobies, sharks and pelicans should all be on your checklist. Giant tortoises roam freely in the highlands, will certainly be at our MonteMar yoga retreat center (seasonally), and are always at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Ecuador?
Ecuador uses the same plug and currency as the US (110-120V). Some plugs will not accept the third ‘grounding’ pin so a back-up adapter is recommended.
Is there internet access on property?
Yes, wifi is available on our yoga retreat property and can be accessed in the rooms or communal spaces. Please note that the signal may occasionally drop and that large files or pictures and Skype likely won’t work.
Can I drink the water?
Fresh and filtered water is available in multiple locations and fresh water and juices will be available at meal times. The water out of the tap is not suitable to drink.
Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
Our yoga retreat is fully stocked with Manduka mats and blocks and straps. If you are attached to your mat and accessories, feel free to take them, but they are not necessary on this adventure.
Should I book any other activities/massages ahead of time?
This yoga retreat is fully itinerized leaving only minimal time unscheduled. There is so much to see on the islands, so please plan on full days of adventure, animal sightings and beautiful star filled skies. We recommend that you schedule massages 24 hrs in advance, but allow for a little quiet time for yourself or for strolling on the grounds. Listening to nature is almost more fun than seeing it!
What do I need to bring?
You will need a good sturdy pair of walking shoes as well as a pair of shoes that can go from water to land (i.e., Tevas or the like). The topography of the islands is varying and you’ll want sturdy shoes for the time spent in the highlands. Bring your yoga clothes, casual wear, a swim suit and plenty of charge on your camera.
Do I need travel insurance?
This yoga retreat is a big investment of time, energy, imagination and funds. We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance in the event that an unforeseen situation arises. You will also want to know that you are covered medically if a penguin bites off a finger (kidding!!).
What is the weather on the islands?
June to November is known as the garua season. Water temperatures are in the low 70*s and fog is typical in the mornings. Generally, this cloud cover burns off (think ‘June Gloom’) and the sun is still warm. Rains are also typical during this time of year.
December to May is considered the ‘warm’ season with ocean temperatures in the high 70*s, hot day temperatures and little to no wind. Strong rain storms can blow in and out during this time of year.
Regardless of the time of year, our highland location offers fewer bugs, cooler temperatures and a nature-lovers quiet compared to the bustle of town.
What if I want to visit mainland Ecuador before or after my yoga adventure?
If you are looking to explore mainland Ecuador before or after your Galapagos yoga retreat, then we highly recommend you buzz the team at Amazon Andes Sky. These guys are mainland experts and can steer you in the right direction. Feel free to check out their resource page and contact them for more info.