Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife—from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies. Explore the island of Santa Cruz by land and sea while you discover all the comforts that the Pikaia Lodge has to offer while experiencing the unique wildlife and landscape of the islands. Kayak, snorkel, hike and bike while enjoying its beautiful bays, island trails and pristine beaches. Cruise on the lodge's very own yacht, the Pikaia I, and set sail to spend part of your days exploring North Seymour and Bartolome Islands.
Please Note: From 9/5/2017–12/3/2017, The Sea Finch will operate in place of the Pikaia I while it undergoes renovations.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$5,830 to $6,270
You will have access to the VIP Lounge at Baltra Airport where guides will meet you to begin the journey through the Itabaca Channel for a seven-minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 40-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge. After check-in at the lodge, enjoy a light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the pool terrace. Participate in a briefing with a complementary welcome cocktail at the lodge’s DNA Bar. There will be a chance to relax and familiarize yourself with the lodge. Perhaps enjoy a walk or a swim in the pool. In the evening, dinner will be at the lodge’s Evolution Restaurant.
Enjoy a full-day program on board the Pikaia I with breakfast on board the yacht. Located north of Baltra, North Seymour is one of the best sites for watching blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds with their brilliant red pouches. Colonies of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls line the shores of the small island. Sea lions, young and old, parade along the coastline. Lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to another island for an afternoon exploration.
Arrive at Bachas Beach with its beautiful white, fine sand and calm, blue waters for snorkeling and swimming. Two hours before sunset the yacht sets sail for Pikaia Lodge. While sailing, feel free to rest, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins with showers, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe or watch for dolphins.
The day’s activities are planned according to satellite weather imagery and tide charts. Included land activities could be visiting the twin craters, exploring a giant tortoise farm, discovering vast lava tunnels, strolling along a beautiful beach, snorkeling and/or the Charles Darwin Research Center. Other activities available for an extra fee are kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. You may also choose to relax and enjoy your day at the lodge independently.
Enjoy a morning yacht cruise to Bartolome Island with breakfast on board. Just across Santiago Island, jutting out above Bartolome's Sullivan Bay, majestic Pinnacle Rock draws you to its 359-foot summit for a splendid panoramic view. The old crater in the island's interior makes interesting hiking, and there are lovely sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling. The island has a small resident penguin and sea lion population.
After lunch on board, visit Sullivan Bay and discover its unique lava formations. Later, sail back to Santa Cruz Island and arrive at the lodge in time for dinner at the Evolution Restaurant.
Return to the VIP Lounge in the Baltra Airport assisted by lodge guides.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
VIP Lounge at Baltra airport at arrival and departure; transport between Baltra airport and Pikaia Lodge; Pikaia Lodge and Pikaia I accommodations and meals; per the daily program guided English and Spanish land and marine exploration programs at the Pikaia Lodge and onboard Pikaia I; wetsuits and snorkeling equipment; some mountain biking - at the lodge only; non-alcoholic beverages in the Lodge and onboard yacht during meals. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee and Transit Card; passport expenses; traveler's insurance; in-room services charges; alcoholic beverages; spa treatments; laundry services; telephone calls and fax; boutique and spa boutique items; gratuities; optional additional activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, and more; additional private tours or transport services; travel health insurance (required to enter Ecuador); fuel surcharge may apply.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $500-$700 per adult; $300-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).
Photo Credit: © Pikaia Lodge