Santa Fe | Galapagos

7-Night Galapagos Exploration Package - Tour

Explore the captivating Galapagos Islands with a seamless itinerary that combines land-based and yacht excursions. Begin with a morning flight to Baltra Island and transfer to Pikaia Lodge, where each day starts with a hearty breakfast. Enjoy guided morning explorations featuring snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife encounters, followed by leisurely afternoons at the lodge's amenities. Evenings offer delightful dining experiences and engaging activities. Departure arrangements are handled with care, ensuring a smooth journey back to Baltra Island Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. Experience the best of the Galapagos with this well-rounded itinerary.

Note: The M/V Vision Pikaia is exclusively used for programs associated with Pikaia Lodge. Excursions on this yacht are only available through lodge programs.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Airport

Arrival at Seymour Airport, Baltra Island

- Upon morning check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international airports, flight durations can vary from approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to 3 hours depending on routing and connections.

- Upon arrival at Seymour Airport (GPS), guests will be escorted to the VIP Lounge where our representatives will assist with arrival procedures. From there, guests will transfer by private van to the Itabaca channel, embarking on a brief 7-minute boat ride to Santa Cruz Island. Following this, guests will enjoy a scenic 45-minute journey in private transportation to Pikaia Lodge.

Arrival at Pikaia Lodge

- Check-in time at the Lodge is 2:00 pm with a check-out time of 12:00 pm.

- Upon check-in, guests will be greeted with a complimentary welcome drink and receive printed itineraries. The Front Desk will schedule a convenient time for a welcome briefing, providing important information about the stay and the Galapagos Islands.

- Lunch will be served at either the Evolution Restaurant or the Pool Terrace.

- Guests are encouraged to relax and explore the lodge's amenities and the beautiful surroundings. Activities such as enjoying treatments at the Sumaq spa, swimming in the Infinity Pool, using the gym, trekking, or cycling within the lodge's 31-hectare grounds amidst a tortoise reserve are recommended.

- Dinner will be served at the Evolution Restaurant, followed by an HD Galapagos documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough in the Homo Sapiens Explorers Lounge after dinner.

Day 2: Yacht Exploration: South Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

The yacht cruise is a full-day program onboard Pikaia I Yacht. Private cabins are assigned according to the reserved room, and guests will have breakfast onboard. Upon arrival to the island, guests may enjoy hiking or snorkeling activities until midday. Lunch buffet with traditional Ecuadorian food is served while the yacht sails to the next location for an afternoon exploration. Two hours before sunset the yacht sets sail for Pikaia Lodge. During navigation our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their airconditioned private cabins, soak in the jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe or watch for seabirds or dolphins.

Day 3: Half Day Land Exploration: Santa Cruz Island

The day will commence with breakfast at the lodge, followed by the first part of the explorations. Afterward, guests will return to the lodge for a delightful lunch and then have the afternoon free to unwind or take advantage of the lodge's amenities and scenic surroundings.

Day 4: Yacht Exploration: North Seymour Island & Bachas Beach

The full-day yacht excursion aboard Vision Pikaia Yacht includes a comprehensive program. Private cabins are allocated based on room reservations, and guests will be served breakfast on board. Upon reaching the island, guests can partake in hiking or snorkeling activities until midday. A buffet lunch featuring traditional Ecuadorian cuisine is provided as the yacht sails to the next destination for afternoon exploration. Two hours before sunset, the yacht departs for Pikaia Lodge. During the journey, guests can relax, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned cabins, use the jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, engage in discussions with guides, sunbathe, or keep an eye out for seabirds and dolphins.

Day 5: Half Day Land Exploration: Santa Cruz Island

The day will commence with breakfast at the lodge, followed by the first part of the explorations. Afterward, guests will return to the lodge for a delightful lunch and then have the afternoon free to unwind or take advantage of the lodge's amenities and scenic surroundings.

Day 6: Yacht Exploration: Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay

The full-day yacht excursion aboard Vision Pikaia Yacht includes a comprehensive program. Private cabins are allocated based on room reservations, and guests will be served breakfast on board. Upon reaching the island, guests can partake in hiking or snorkeling activities until midday. A buffet lunch featuring traditional Ecuadorian cuisine is provided as the yacht sails to the next destination for afternoon exploration. Two hours before sunset, the yacht departs for Pikaia Lodge. During the journey, guests can relax, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned cabins, use the jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, engage in discussions with guides, sunbathe, or keep an eye out for seabirds and dolphins.

Day 7: Half Day Yacht Exploration: Santa Cruz Island

The morning exploration program aboard the Vision Pikaia Yacht from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. includes guided activities such as snorkeling in vibrant marine environments and hiking along volcanic trails to observe unique Galapagos wildlife. Knowledgeable guides provide insights into the islands' geology, conservation, and biodiversity, making it a captivating and educational experience. After the morning adventures, guests return to Pikaia Lodge for lunch and enjoy a leisurely afternoon at their own pace. This program offers a balanced and unforgettable Galapagos experience.

Day 8: Baltra Airport

Departure arrangements include checking out of the hotel at the appropriate time based on flight schedules. Guests will be transported to Baltra Island Airport and assisted with check-in for their return flight to either Guayaquil or Quito by representatives from Pikaia Lodge.

Hotel Options

Pikaia Lodge

Pikaia Lodge

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • All meals, Buffet (breakfast – lunch – dinner) water with meals.
  • Accommodation in double cabins.
  • Transfers from the airport to the yacht and vice versa in Galapagos.
  • Excursions in the islands with English Speaking Naturalist Guide.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: USD 100.00 per person.
  • Migratory Control Card: USD 20.00 per person.
  • Ecogal Tax: USD 10.00 per person
  • Soft drinks and alcoholics beverages.
  • Snorkelling equipment for rent on board

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore unique volcanic landscapes and observe iconic Galapagos flora and fauna during guided hikes.
  • Immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters and discover unique marine life while snorkeling at various island sites.
  • Relax and enjoy the natural splendor from aboard the Vision Pikaia Yacht, with opportunities to spot seabirds and marine mammals during island crossings.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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