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HONEYMOON SPECIAL 10 DAYS PACKAGE

PLACES
Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela
INTRODUCTION
Your honeymoon should give your marriage a perfect start. Your memories will last a lifetime. Picture yourselves laying at the beach, swaying to a soft island breeze, the sound of the ocean waves relaxing your souls, sipping a cocktails and enjoying delicious meals, while you explore this rare destination where you can expect the unexpected.

We can make the planning of your honeymoon stress-free. We are passionate about creating for you the trip of a lifetime.

Let us treat you in one of the most remote, spectacular, and utterly unique place on earth; the Galápagos Islands! A romantic paradise waits to envelope you in a most unique experience that will remain in your hearts and minds for the rest of your lives.


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DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL
AM OR PM
- Transfer in Airport - Hotel Sheraton Quito or Oro Verde Guayaquil
Enjoy the facilities of the hotel including the Fitness Club, Sauna - Turkish Bath, etc.
Enjoy the romantic atmosphere at your room live an unforgettable evening with all those touches to make you feel in heaven...
Picture yourself in your robes, sipping Champagne on ice, tasting luscious and exotic tropical fruits and chocolates.

DAY 2: QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL - SANTA CRUZ
- Breakfast Buffet at the cafeteria of the Hotel or Room Service: American Breakfast
- Transfer Out to Airport / Galápagos
- Tranfer in Baltra Airport
AM
Baltra Airport
Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10 min-ride). Arrival at Santa Cruz around 11:30 AM (Depending on your flight schedule).Check-in at Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge.
Lunch at Aventura Lodge
PM
Begin your Academy Bay Tour at "La Loberia", where you can snorkel with sea lions (optional). 40 min. navigation to "Tortuga Bay".
As we enter the white sandy beach, we have a chance to observe different marine species like Sting Rays and baby Reef Sharks in the shallow waters of the Mangrove ecosystems.
After swimming on the beach we take a very short hike to the Marine Iguana nesting site. The walk back is through a Prickly Pear forest carpeted in crimson Sesuvium with black lava outcroppings home to more marine iguana colonies.
Private Dinner in your Ocean view Suite, which will be decorated with candles, petals of flowers on the bed and a bottle of champagne or wine, delicious local fruits and more all this on one of the most exotic destinations on the planet.

DAY 3: SANTA CRUZ – FLOREANA
AM
Breakfast at lodge
Depart to Tortoise Quest Tour.
This tour begins with a trip to "Los Gemelos" (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers - an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature.
The short, easy hike to each of the twins is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including the remaining Scalesia Forest draped in Liverwort, large and small tree finches, the adorable Vermillion flycatcher and more.
It's a wonderful introduction to the majestic power of the forces of natures and the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands. Afterwards, we will visit a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze and sleep.
Sometimes, it's a bit muddy here, so before we set out, there is a selection of field boots to choose from, large sizes for men are available.
You will be transported through this tropical environment by truck and from there; you walk through fields to mingle with these gentle giants.
As prehistoric as these creatures look, wait until you hear what they sound like! After visiting the tortoises, we'll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450 meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel.
With a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, this is an incredible opportunity to ramble through the remnants of one of the most powerful forces in nature…lava flows. Stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur and mineral colored walls and the rippled form of a floor of lava can all be experienced in this uniquely Galapagos stroll.
PM
Return to Aventura Lodge for Lunch.

2:00 PM departure for Floreana.
Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours. We will arrive into Floreana at approximately 4PM.
You will continue on to the main dock in Floreana. It's not unusual to have to 'shoo' sea lions sleeping on the steps we need to ascend.
On the other side of the dock are black lava rocks typically full of the amazing rich red and turquoise colored Floreana marine iguanas. We will continue on to our Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge for check-in.
7:30 Briefing and a BBQ Dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy the local hospitality.
A gift basket awaits the Honeymooners at the cozy cabin of the lodge.

DAY 4: FLOREANA – ISABELA
AM
Breakfast at Local Restaurant
Departure in an open-air bus that will transport you up to the highlands of Floreana while your Naturalist Guide begins filling you in on the history of this, the first settled island in the Galapagos.
You will walk up to see the Asilo de la Paz (Peace Asylum) where the spring is located, an artisan spring that attracted pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana as it was one of the very few year round sources of fresh water in the Galapagos.
The Cueva de los Piratas (Pirate's Cave) is quite literally where pirates carved temporary shelter out of soft stone and is also where one of the original settlers, Margret Wittmer, gave birth to a son, Rolf, who is still living. Some have almost jokingly referred to it as the 'Stonehenge' of Floreana due to its interesting shapes.
Cerro Pajas (Bird Hill) truly lives up to its name with a multitude of Floreana Finches. It also offers spectacular views of the island and the sea below.
You will visit a tortoise reserve where you can watch many of the giant tortoises up close and personal.
All the while, your Naturalist Guide will be pointing out the wildlife and filling you in on the colorful history of Floreana's first inhabitants like the Baroness and re-telling the legend of the "Floreana Mystery" which entailed the mysterious deaths of several inhabitants. It has never been solved.
Departure at 11:00 AM for Isabela. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours.
Arriving in the port is a visual feast with stunning green and turquoise waters so clear, you can see sea turtles, sea lions and penguins as though looking through glass.
You will check-in to the Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge and have a hot, wholesome lunch.
PM
Departure to Las Tintoreras and Bay Tour.
After lunch, you will board a smaller craft to head out across the port, slowing down to view blue footed boobies and Galapagos penguins sharing the same rocky, sunning space before turning a bend and docking.
From there, we take an intriguing walk through a jagged 'AA' lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks…if the tide is low, they are sometimes a mere 2 feet below the surface.
The views from here are something you may carry with you for the rest of your life! The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the forest green mangrove and the cloud capped volcanoes of Isla Isabela is the sort of afternoon backdrop you are not likely to ever forget.
Once you return to the dock, you can snorkel this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangrove, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins and of course the mystery of the mangrove below the surface. Don't worry, white-tipped reef sharks are not aggressive, merely fascinating.
You will have a bit of time to relax and shower before briefing and dinner in the Lodge at 7:00 PM
Enjoy a special honeymoon decoration in you Ocean Front Room.

DAY 5: ISABELA
AM
Breakfast.
Depart for Sierra Negra at 8:00 AM.
4x4 vehicles will drive us up through the humid highlands to the slopes of Volcan Sierra Negra.
The views are breathtaking! We will relax a bit and have a snack on the edge of the caldera. More advanced hikers will have the option to descend into the crater itself!
PM
Lunch: Campo Duro
Campo Duro offers a 'tortoise patronage' program that doesn't involve money changing hands. Guests have the opportunity to become a patron to their chosen tortoise at the reserve merely by choosing a tortoise (they're all numbered), naming their tortoise and then entering a story in the Patron's book such as information on why they chose the name they chose and their contact information.
Then, the Patron invites any and all of their friends to go visit their tortoise and provide them with updates.
Back to the lodge
Dinner: Isabela

DAY 6 : ISABELA - SANTA CRUZ
AM
7:00 AM. Wake up call.
7:30 Staff will call for your luggage at to transport to dock.
8:00 AM Breakfast.
9:00 Departure for tour. You begin with a drive out of town along the most beautiful, white sand, palm lined beach in the whole of the Galapagos, Long Beach.
This travel magazine cover stretches on for 3 kilometers before we hit the National Park and begin with a stop to walk up the stairs for astounding vistas from the top of Cerro Orchilla.
As you drive down the road, you will very likely see the largest of the Galapagos marine iguanas sunning by the side of the road and don't be surprised if you have to wait for a Galapagos tortoise to cross the road in front of you.
You will visit the "Muro de Las Lagrimas" (Wall of Tears), backbreaking effort carrying jagged volcanic rock distances when constructed by prisoners of a penal colony built there.
The path to the Wall of Tears is abundant with lava lizards, the males are larger and striped and the females red-throated. If you visit during breeding season, be careful not to step on or disturb the many nests along this trail.
They appear as holes that a gopher might have dug, but in fact are nests. Birds are also incredibly abundant and your Naturalist Guide will assist you with identification. Isabela has more tortoises in the wild than any other island with several sub-species as lava fields created a barrier that limited their mobility to freely roam.
On your way back to town, you will visit the Interpretation Center, a breeding center for the giant Galapagos Tortoises and the only place to view the rare, remaining flat backed (so-called 'tabletop' shells) Galapagos tortoises, many of which still bear the scars of volcanic activity from Sierra Negra.
At roughly 11:00 AM, you will depart Isabela for Santa Cruz. Sailing time is 1.5 - 2 hours.
PM
You arrive into Puerto Ayora.
We will check into the Aventura Lodge and have lunch.
Visit to fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station.
Overnight at Aventura Lodge

DAY 7: SANTA CRUZ - GUAYAQUIL - RUTA DEL SOL

AM
Breakfast at the Lodge
Depart for airport 3 hours before flight. Transport and guide from the hotel all the way to your airport gate
PM
Pick up at airport of Guayaquil and to take La Ruta del Sol.
For you to begin feeling the flavor of this region, we will take you on a 2-hour drive through picturesque fishing villages, along white sand beaches, and through amazing landscapes. Superb landscapes for pictures!
Arrive to our lodge, Red Mangrove Samai Lodge:
"At 330 feet above sea level there emerges this oasis amid the ivory nut, tangerine, and orange groves. Built with natural materials, the cabins call to mind the countryside and its sweetness rather than the beach. Tapping the strong energy that steams from the encounter of mountain and sea, the lodges have been set up after a mixture of Feng Shui, Andean and Amazonian cosmogonies. Safeguarded by sounds of the jungle and lightened up by the ocean breeze, Samai is an inn-and-spa suited for recollection, relaxation and healing".
Enjoy the beauty and tranquility at this oasis of peace. Time to enjoy the Jacuzzi, swimming pool and spa treats.
Around 7:00 pm prepare for dinner at Nativa Bamboo Restaurant in Montañita. This place will welcome you for dinner and offer you the chance to enjoy Montañita's famous nightlife.
Steak, seafood, pizza, and burgers are just a few of the dining options, along with excellent local cuisine. Nativa Bamboo", ocean front restaurant, bar, dancing area and live music. You will be capture in Montañita is widely known as the best place to party!
Arts and crafts shopping
Return to Samai for a good enjoy a soak in a panoramic whirlpool at the lodge.

DAY 8: RUTA DEL SOL
AM
Breakfast at the lodge
Your are the boss; choose the following activities:
• Lear how to dive: take a discover/resort scuba diving experience in order to explore the world under the water, our professional team of experts will teach step by step how to became lover of the beauty below the water.
• Or walk 10 to 15 minutes to the San Jose beach; to enjoy a beach day to be connected with the local community, swim, sun and sand, amazing views. Coconut drinks.
PM
Lunch at Cuna Luna Hotel whit a wonderful panoramic view and an extensive gourmet menu.
At the middle of the afternoon, return Samai to enjoy the sunset and coffee, bear, or soft drinks and to prepare ourselves to experience one of the most amazing ancestral activities.
At Samai, holistic healing and spa, techniques are promoted to rejuvenate you on every level: mind body and spirit. The facilities will blend the tranquility of the mountain, the soft breeze of the beach and the sound of the ocean will embrace you giving the opportunity to deeply relax and take the strength from the mother nature.
The activities in Samai Center are extensive and you can chose from:
• Shamanic Healing and Ceremonies
• Aromatherapy and Massage
• Rain-Drop Technique
• Salt & Oils Scrub
• Meditation Instruction private session
• Feng Shui Support and Class
• Tarot Card
Prices for this alternative healing techniques and activities varies and are not included, please ask us about them.
Dinner at SAMAI.
Late night optional Jacuzzi, swimming pool and spa treats.

DAY 9: RUTA DEL SOL – GUAYAQUIL
AM
Breakfast at the lodge.
Transfer to Guayaquil , on the way we will stop at Propueblo NGO - San Antonio 15 minutes north of Montanita and Manglaralto, visit arts and crafts first class creations by locals.
By noon time, arrival to Guayaquil and check in at Oro Verde Hotel.
PM
Depart for Guayaquil City tour.
Visit the city starting with Centennial Park on 9 de Octubre Avenue. Continue along this avenue to see how the city has been renovated, past the first fire station, the Masonic temple and some buildings from the beginning of the 20th century. Opposite the Cathedral you can go into Seminario Park, also known as Iguana Park, which is famous for its iguanas lounging in the sunshine. Our next stop will be at the Southern Market at Malecon 2000, to visit Integration Plaza and the artisan market, the Union Club and the first fort in Guayaquil, where a statue of Jose Joaquin de Olmedo (first mayor of Guayaquil ) stands in front of the Guayas River.
The tour continues along Malecon Simon Bolivar to our next stop: Civic Plaza, where you can visit the Moorish Tower, City Hall and the Rotonda monument. Continue by car to Las Peñas, the old neighborhood where the city was born, located at the foot of Santa Ana Hill.
Then to we will take you on a yatch tour by the Guayas River, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city at night.
Farewell dinner
Overnight at Oro Verde Hotel or similar.

DAY 10: BACK HOME
AM
• Buffet Breakfast
• Transfer to the Airport
• End of services.

For this program, we recommend to book your international flights to Ecuador arriving to and departing from Guayaquil, however if you prefer Quito, consider an extra domestic flight on day 10th to reach Quito.


Equatorial monument


Otavalo market


Cuenca

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BOOK THIS TOUR ? ASK FOR AVAILABILITY
INCLUDED:
• 10% Service Charge as per Ecuadorian Law.
• All Meals mentioned on the programs.
• Soft drinks during meals.
• Excursions with English speaking Naturalist guide.
• Free internet wireless service while in Santa Cruz and Samai.
• Internet service at front desk while in Isabela
• When in Puerto Ayora and Isabela, free use of bikes.
• 25% discount for children under 10 years old.
• All snorkeling gear.
• All diving equipment except dive computers which can be rented separately.

NOT INCLUDED:
• Air ticket to /from Galapagos
• Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 International visitors and $6 Ecuadorians)
• Control Visitor Card ($10)
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Gratuities

 



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