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Breathe Together in the Galapagos

November 4 - November 11

| $3595 - $4495

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Discover the Galapagos via an intimate and lush 12-acre private yoga retreat, where endemic Giant Tortoises roam freely and walking paths abound.  This once in a lifetime Galapagos yoga retreat is land-based to allow for a daily yoga practice and maximum exploration.

Trips to the must-do Galapagos sites such a Bartolomé and South Plazas are included, as well as kayaking on secluded bays and an on-site certified Galapagos Naturalist.

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 with an unblemished example of a wild and natural world.

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What’s Included:

  • Accommodation at a private yoga retreat center on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
  • Twice daily yoga (excepting one morning)
  • Certified Galapagos Naturalist guided trip to visit to the Charles Darwin Station
  • Certified Galapagos Naturalist guided day trip to Bartolomé Island
  • Certified Galapagos Naturalist guided day trip to South Plazas
  • Certified Galapagos Naturalist guided day trip toNorth Seymour Islands
  • Snorkeling and swimming (think sea turtles, sharks, penguins, sea lions, etc) on all day excursions
  • Certified Galapagos Naturalist guided Highland Tour (pit craters, lava tunnels and cloud forest and wild tortoises)
  • Kayaking over sharks and around the mangroves on Tortuga Bay
  • Three meals a day (dietary needs accommodated)
  • Two meals in the town of Puerto Ayora
  • 12 acres of private walking paths to explore (wild Giant Tortoises roam the property)
  • Unlimited southern hemisphere star gazing
  • Transfers to and from the airport (on arrival and departure days only)

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights to Baltra, Ecuador (GPS)
  • $20 U.S. SICGAL inspection and migration card
  • $100 U.S. Galapagos National Park entrance fee (cash only)
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)

Galapagos Yoga Retreat Rooms The Travel YogiEach guest room at the Semilla Verde yoga retreat has its own unique touches. Some rooms look out over the forest canopy (recording the birdsong for your life back in the urban jungle is highly recommended) and some face the Tortoise Pond and grassy areas where these gentle giants lumber along.

All rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, views, comfort, love and amenities.

Triples can also be accommodated in some rooms. Please contact The Travel Yogi for special rates.

Pricing

$500 non-refundable deposit

Double Occupancy (per person):
Garden Room: $3595 per person
Plantation Room: $3595 per person
Tortoise Pond (down): $3795 per person
Tortoise Pond (up): $3995 per person
Forest View: $4295 per person
Sunset Room: $4295 per person
Sunrise Room: $4295 per person
Ocean View: $4495 per person
Sky Room: $4495 per person

All rates expressed are per person based on double occupancy. Please contact The Travel Yogi for single rates.

This amazing Galapagos yoga retreat 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.

Day 1

  • Arrival and welcome lunch and drink at Semilla Verde
  • Excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora
  • Sunset Galapagos yoga
  • Dinner at Semilla Verde

Day 2

  • Coffee and snacks
  • Morning trip to Garrapatero Beach – beach yoga/meditation (optional)
  • Lunch at Semilla Verde
  • Afternoon Galapagos yoga
  • Early evening in Puerto Ayora
  • Group dinner in Puerto Ayora**

Day 3

  • Sunrise Galapagos yoga
  • Breakfast at Semilla Verde
  • Day trip to North Seymour Island, a popular nesting ground – you can expect:
    • Lunch on board and post lunch siesta
    • Great frigate birds
    • Blue footed boobies
    • Land iguana
    • Sea lions
    • Guided snorkeling
    • Naturalist guided hiking
  • Sunset Galapagos yoga
  • Dinner at Semilla Verde

Day 4

  • Morning Galapagos yoga
  • Breakfast at Semilla Verde
  • Morning excursion to Tortuga Bay –
    • Mangrove kayaking
    • Snorkeling
    • Marine iguana watching (they’re everywhere!)
  • Lunch in Puerto Ayora
  • Afternoon to explore Puerto Ayora**
    • Souvenir shopping
    • Visit Chi Spa
    • Return to Charles Darwin Research Station
    • Have a drink on the Red Mangrove patio (iguanas and sea lions are almost always chilling out on the deck with you)
    • Head to the Fisherman’s Market and watch the sea lions and pelicans appear when the dingy comes in with fish (trust me, this is fun)
  • Evening Galapagos yoga
  • Dinner at Semilla Verde

Day 5

  • Sunrise Galapagos yoga
  • Breakfast at Semilla Verde
  • Day trip to South Plazas Island
    • Visit one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos
    • Land iguana
    • Sea lions
    • Red-billed tropic birds
    • Swallowed-tailed gulls
    • Guided snorkeling
    • Naturalist guided hiking
  • Sunset Galapagos yoga
  • Dinner at Semilla Verde

Day 6

  • Sunrise Galapagos yoga
  • Breakfast at Semilla Verde
  • Santa Cruz Highland Tour
    • Explore Los Gemelos (‘the twins’)
      • Climb through the lava tunnels
      • These two giant craters were formed when the magma chamber underground emptied and the land caved in
    • Visit a Giant Galapagos Tortoise farm
    • Explore the Cloud Forest
      • expect to see small birds like Darwin finches and Vermillion flycatchers
  • Lunch at Semilla Verde
  • Free afternoon for exploring Semilla Verde’s acres and wildlife, reading, sleeping or take a cab into town
  • Sunset Galapagos yoga
  • Dinner at Semilla Verde

Day 7

  • Early (5:45am) departure for Bartolomé Island
  • Coffee and snacks served before departure
  • Breakfast served on the boat
  • Bartolomé is a crown jewel of Galapagos islands – Lunch on board – beds available for post-lunch siesta
    • Pinnacle Rock
    • beautiful crescent beaches
    • Galapagos penguins!
    • White tipped reef sharks
    • Sea turtles
    • Naturalist guided hiking
    • Guided snorkeling
  • Early evening return to Semilla Verde
  • Evening Galapagos yoga
  • Dinner at Semilla Verde

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Pack, hugs, goodbyes and back to the Baltra airport

**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. **

Spa treatments are also available via Chi Spa Galapagos.

Mainland Ecuador Options

Amazon Andes Sky The Travel YogiIf 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.

FAQs

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 the Semilla Verde yoga retreat center around the month of November, 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, the Semilla Verde yoga retreat does have wifi on property that can be accessed in the rooms or communal spaces.  Please note that the signal may occasionally drop and that email and Skype are possible but large files or pictures 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?
Semilla Verde yoga retreat is fully stocked with Manduka mats and blocks and YogiToes 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, the highland location of the Semilla Verde yoga retreat offer fewer bugs, cooler temperatures and a quiet
to the bustle of town.

What if I want to visit mainland Ecuador before or after my yoga adventure?
Amazon Andes Sky The Travel YogiIf 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.

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Details

Start:
November 4
End:
November 11
Cost:
$3595 - $4495
Event Category:

Venue

Breathe Together Yoga
14107-H Winchester Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Organizer

Jennifer Prugh