Located amid superb natural beauty on Santa Cruz Island across the bay from Puerto Ayora, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is the perfect complement to your Galapagos visit. Offering privacy and superb service, the hotel is just steps from the beach, tidal lagoons, cliffs, and cactus forests on a private seaside location surrounded by mangroves. Guests may take daily yacht excursions to visit nearby islandsÂ—the 8-day program, listed below, includes 5-day tours. While at the hotel, a variety of multisport activities are available: sea kayaking, visits to the lava tubes, the Giant Tortoise Reserve, hiking, the Charles Darwin Research Center, snorkeling, introduction to diving, bird watching, mountain biking excursions, and stargazing.
The 8-day Wed-Wed program is outlined below. See end of page for the 8-day Sun-Sun, 4-day Sun-Wed, and 5-day Wed-Sun itineraries.
Day 1: Arrive in Galapagos Islands
Finch Bay Eco Hotel Arrival to GalÃ¡pagos by plane, to the airport at Baltra Island, and then cross the Itabaca Channel, which separates it from Santa Cruz Island. On the other side, a bus will take guests to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to visit the Giant Tortoises Reserve in their natural habitat, a unique experience! A stop is made at the Twin Pit Craters, great depressions of volcanic material, formed by a long process of slow sinking of the ground, where exceptional Scalesia trees, ferns, mosses and orchids can be seen in the surroundings. Box lunch is provided and then on to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel. In the evening, dinner includes the flavors of local and international gastronomy, one more attraction of the Finch Bay. Overnight at the Finch Bay Hotel. Day excursions by yacht to nearby Islands: Before departure, a bountiful buffet breakfast is served, including a variety of fruit, cereals, eggs, Ecuadorian tamales, milk, yogurt, fresh fruit juices, breads and more. For the excursions, please take solar protection, cap or hat, bathing suit, long-sleeved shirt, snorkeling gear, cameras and appropriate shoes for wet landing and hikes on lava terrain (sneakers or similar) with thick soles. Lunch is served on board. Upon return, there will be time to relax in the hotel's surroundings before dinner. Note: Yachts for the excursions are subject to availability. Daily excursions by yacht are subject to change due to climatic or oceanic conditions, regulations of the GalÃ¡pagos National Park and always taking in consideration our guestÂ’s safety and well-being.
Day 2: Santa Fe Island Yacht Excursion
Finch Bay Eco Hotel A short trek leads through woods of Opuntia cacti and Palo Santo trees. Land iguanas (endemic to Santa Fe), lava lizards and colonies of sea lions can be observed. There is opportunity to swim and snorkel. Overnight at the Finch Bay Hotel.
Day 3: Hike to Tortuga Bay
Finch Bay Eco Hotel It is considered the nicest spot of the archipelago, a peaceful corner for the nature lover. Tortuga BayÂ’s name comes from the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. Excellent bird watching can be found along the way and at the Bay. Return to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel for lunch. The afternoon is at your leisure. Relax by the pool or on the beach, enjoy the Jacuzzi, or visit Puerto Ayora. Overnight at the Finch Bay Hotel.
Day 4: Bartolome Island Yacht Excursion
Finch Bay Eco Hotel The trail is a fairly steep climb on wooden steps to the summit, worth the effort, as there is a spectacular view of the Galapagos scenery from above. Interesting lava formations and tuff cones can be observed. Sea lions and penguins swim in the vicinity of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy snorkeling or swimming from the beach. Overnight at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.
Day 5: Optional Activities
Finch Bay Eco Hotel Stay at Santa Cruz Island and enjoy the activities of your choice. Hike to Las Grietas, snorkeling, birdwatching (without extra cost) or guided excursions at extra cost such as cruise of the bay, mountain bike in the highlands of Santa Cruz, Discover Scuba Diving. Overnight at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.
Day 6: North Seymour Island Yacht Excursion
Finch Bay Eco Hotel A stroll on flat terrain allows the observation of Palo Santo trees and colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. Towards the other side of the island, the ocean crashes against the rocks and sea lions surf in the waves. Overnight at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.
Day 7: Plaza Island Yacht Excursion
Finch Bay Eco Hotel This small island is full of fascinating wildlife, at sea side and along the cliffs: sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, Opuntia cacti and vegetation that changes colors with the seasons. Overnight at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.
Day 8: Charles Darwin Research Station / Return to Mainland
Finch Bay Eco Hotel Leave the hotel early in the morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to famous Â“Lonesome GeorgeÂ” and many other giant tortoises. Then, overland transfer to the airport in Baltra to take the flight back to the continent.