Explore the Galapagos Islands
New for this year, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz island is joining forces with Isabela island’s Scalesia Lodge to launch the new Island-2-Island package, a luxury take on island hopping which was usually a choice for backpackers (due to its more affordable price tag as a result of greatly restricted access to the National Parks). Re-imagining the concept, the new week-long island safari will be one of the most exclusive programmes available, combine stays at two of the top hotels in the archipelago and offer access to many regions unavailable even to cruise passengers, providing a much needed alternative to the more traditional and somewhat regimented cruising option in the Galapagos.
Whilst others await connections and cruise ships, guests of the programme will be whisked off a short interisland flight from Baltra to Isabela, where accommodation will be at Scalesia Lodge, hidden away in Isabela’s rugged highlands and made up of 16 luxurious safari-style tents. Led by expert guides, guests will be taken on a host of unforgettable expeditions including traversing the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano, walking amongst gatherings of Galapagos penguins and marvelling at shoals of white tipped reef sharks at the Tintoreras Islands, which would be near on impossible to see whilst on a cruise due to the limited time spent on the island. After three nights guests will hop back on the plane to Baltra, from where they’ll head over to the Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Santa Cruz’s only beachfront property and the leading hotel in the Galapagos. Fresh from a dramatic revamp by renowned Ecuadorean designer, Julio Vinueza, the hotel boasts a sleek new look inspired by its marine surrounds in addition to a private pool, numerous room types, world-class cuisine and the buzzy Puerto Ayora town just a 15 minute drive away. Here days will be spent exploring the surrounding islands (including Santa Fe and North Seymour) on board the hotel’s yacht, kayaking thorough the mangroves of Divine Bay and walking with the monolithic tortoises in Santa Cruz’s highlands.
To find out more visit www.finchbayhotel.com