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Exploration Tour Pikaia Lodge - Galapagos

Day by day

Day 1: Baltra Island
Arrival at Seymour Airport, Baltra Island - Morning check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international airports. Depending on flight routes and connections, flight time will vary from 1h45m to 3 hours approximately. - Guests will be directed to the VIP Lounge at Seymour Airport (GPS). Our representatives will be present to assist in arrival procedures. Guests will then take a private van to the Itabaca channel, where they will enjoy a short 7-minute boat ride across to Santa Cruz Island. This is then followed by a 45-minute scenic trip in private transportation to Pikaia Lodge.

Arrival at Pikaia Lodge - Check-in at the Lodge: 2:00 pm / Check out: 12:00 pm - During check in, guests will receive a complimentary welcome drink as well as their printed itineraries. Front Desk will also allocate a time most convenient to conduct a welcome briefing detailing important information about the stay and the Galapagos Islands. - Lunch at Evolution Restaurant or at the Pool Terrace. - Guests will have the chance to relax and familiarize themselves with the Lodge’s facilities and beautiful surroundings. We recommend having a therapeutic treatment at our Sumaq spa, swimming in the Infinity Pool, gym, trekking or cycling within our 31 hectares of grounds located in the heart of a tortoise reserve. - Dinner at Evolution Restaurant. After dinner an H
Day 2: South Plazas & 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: Santa Cruz Island Hafl Day
Los Gemelos
Los Gemelos or twin craters are located in the beautiful Scalesia forest. Although called craters,they are actually sinkholes that were created as a result of surface material collapsing.
El Chato Reserve
Apart from the lodge's very own tortoise reserve, one of the best ways to see Giant Tortoises is to v isit a private estate located in the highlands. These ancient reptiles roam around free in their natural habitat searching for water and vegetation.
Lava Tunnels 
As the outer skin of volcanic molten lava solidified, the liquid magma inside continued flowing,leaving behind a series of impressive empty tubes. Visitors can wa lk more than a kilometre through these underground channels.
Tortuga Bay Beach
This spectacular beach famous for surfing and bodyboarding is situated at the end of a 30-minute paved trail through a dry forest from Puerto Ayora . After an impressive walk,guests will emerge into this gorgeous scenery of white sand and a beautiful blue ocean. Here guests will encounter pelicans,large marine iguanas, herons,ver million flycatchers,frigates and occasionally blue-footed boobies.
Garrapatero Beach
A gorgeous sandy beach surrounded by mangroves is located on the northern side of Santa Cruz and approx. 25 minutes away from the hotel. A fresh water lake behind the beach is home to flamingos,stilts and other shore birds.The beautiful turquoise water is a great for swimming and snorkelling. Guests can also use one of the lodge's mountain bikes to ride to Garrapatero.
Charles Darwin Research Station
"This renowned scientific station is the best place to observe the different development stages of the giant tortoise. While enjoying a close encounter with these impressive creatures, which can live for over a century,listen to the fascinating story of their lives, in particular of the world-fa mous Lonesome George, who died in 2012.
Puerto Ayora
Puerto Ayora is the economic centre of the Galapagos lslands with many restaurants,bars, souvenir shops as wellas internet coffee shops. A busy harbour located along the shores of Academy Bay. Guests can also visit the small fish market, where fishermen unload their daily catch while sea lions and pelicans try to stealthe fish or wa it for scraps.
Day 4: North Seymour & Bachas Beach
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 5: Santa Cruz Island Hald Day
Los Gemelos
Los Gemelos or twin craters are located in the beautiful Scalesia forest. Although called craters,they are actually sinkholes that were created as a result of surface material collapsing.
El Chato Reserve
Apart from the lodge's very own tortoise reserve, one of the best ways to see Giant Tortoises is to v isit a private estate located in the highlands. These ancient reptiles roam around free in their natural habitat searching for water and vegetation.
Lava Tunnels 
As the outer skin of volcanic molten lava solidified, the liquid magma inside continued flowing,leaving behind a series of impressive empty tubes. Visitors can wa lk more than a kilometre through these underground channels.
Tortuga Bay Beach
This spectacular beach famous for surfing and bodyboarding is situated at the end of a 30-minute paved trail through a dry forest from Puerto Ayora . After an impressive walk,guests will emerge into this gorgeous scenery of white sand and a beautiful blue ocean. Here guests will encounter pelicans,large marine iguanas, herons,ver million flycatchers,frigates and occasionally blue-footed boobies.
Garrapatero Beach
A gorgeous sandy beach surrounded by mangroves is located on the northern side of Santa Cruz and approx. 25 minutes away from the hotel. A fresh water lake behind the beach is home to flamingos,stilts and other shore birds.The beautiful turquoise water is a great for swimming and snorkelling. Guests can also use one of the lodge's mountain bikes to ride to Garrapatero.
Charles Darwin Research Station
"This renowned scientific station is the best place to observe the different development stages of the giant tortoise. While enjoying a close encounter with these impressive creatures, which can live for over a century,listen to the fascinating story of their lives, in particular of the world-fa mous Lonesome George, who died in 2012.
Puerto Ayora
Puerto Ayora is the economic centre of the Galapagos lslands with many restaurants,bars, souvenir shops as wellas internet coffee shops. A busy harbour located along the shores of Academy Bay. Guests can also visit the small fish market, where fishermen unload their daily catch while sea lions and pelicans try to stealthe fish or wa it for scraps.
Day 6: Bartolome 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 7: Boat Exploration
During the months of December to April, guests can enjoy explorations on boat  at one of the following places, where they will enjoy snorkeling:
La Fe: o Beach for walking and snorkeling o Abundant birds, marine life and iguanas This secluded beach is the perfect place to snorkel in clear water and observe sea lions and marine iguanas lounging and swimming, as well as blue-footed boobies. It is also frequented by sea turtles and rays. Occasionally, white tip reef sharks can be seen.

Playa Escondida: o Beach for walking and snorkeling o Many sea turtles and sea lions This is a secluded beach accessible only if visited with a local fisherman. Due to this restriction, this location is rarely visited. It has a long white sandy beach with clear water for snorkeling and swimming. Highly recommended for fishing

Hotel Options

Pikaia Lodge

Pikaia Lodge

Includes

  • VIP Lounge at Seymour Airport (Baltra Island), on arrival and departure
  • Transport to and from the airport in the Galapagos
  • Accomodation
  • Land excursions
  • Marine navigations aboard our private yacht, M/Y Pikaia I
  • Naturalist guide for the duration of stay
  • The use of wet suits, snorkelling gear and mountain bikes
  • Full board meals served at the Lodge and on board M/Y Pikaia I
  • House wines and local bottle beer
  • Soft drinks

Does not Include

  • Transport to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • International departure airport taxes (if not included in the airfare)
  • Galapagos National Park fees, such as:
  • Galapagos Visitors Transit Card US$ 20*
  • Galapagos National Park fee US$ 100* per adult / US$ 50* per child
  • In-room services charges
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry services
  • Telephone calls
  • Boutique and spa boutique items
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional additional activities
  • Additional private tours or transport services

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 6 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
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