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Scalesia Lodge: Amazing Isabela

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

5 days

Summary

Scalesia Galapagos Lodge is located in the highlands of Isabela Island, about 20 minutes from the town of Puerto Villamil. The lodge is nestled in the centre of 16 hectares of property in the middle of a magical forest with a spectacular view of the coast of Isabela Island and the Pacific Ocean. Scalesia Lodge offers different programs and activities to combine with your stay and that assure you a wonderful and fun stay in Isabela Island. The majority of Isabela residents make their living by fishing, farming, and tourism. In the 90s, development for tourism began. A small airport was completed in 1996 for inter-islands flights. Puerto Villamil is probably one of the most beautiful town site in Galapagos, with its long, White-sand, Palm-lined beaches and several Brackish-water lagoons frequented by Pink Flamingos, Common Stilts, Whimbrels, White-cheeked intails, and Gallinules.

Highlights

  • Scalesia Lodge has a new concept of lodging in the Galapagos Islands, it has been designed to connect you with nature and allow you to explore and enjoy Galapagos at its best.
  • Go for walks around the lodge. your are close to extensive, white sandy beaches with lagoons and wetlands.
  • Explore the most pristine of the 3 populated islands, Isabela is home of six large volcanoes.
  • Visit the Tintoreras Islets, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil. You will be able to see a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by White-tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Turtles, and Sea Lions.
  • Visit the Tortoise Breeding Station and learn more about the project to protect these friendly giants. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the centre where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Galapagos Islands/Isabela Isl.

On arrival to Scalesia Lodge, get settled in your room, enjoy and relax. You can go for a walk around the Lodge. In terms of wildlife Isabela concentrates a vast majority of all the species found in the Galapagos. In Puerto Villamil area you can find an abundance of Blue-footed Boobies, Pelicans, Penguins, Flamingos, Herons, Ducks, Finches, tropical birds, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Manta Rays, Sharks, Seals and tropical fish.

Day 2 Isabela Isl.

AM: Tintoreras
After breakfast, you will have a morning visit to the Tintoreras, an islet formed by lava flows located 10 minutes by dinghy from Puerto Villamil. Its name comes from the white tip reef sharks called in Spanish “Tintoreras” which are frequently seen in this area. Different species of animals can be seen in the area as Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, and Penguins. This is a perfect place to practice snorkelling. Return to the hotel by lunch time.

PM: Los Humedales and Tortoise Breeding Station
In the afternoon visit los Humedales, a complex with various trails where you can find the four species of mangroves existing in Galapagos. This area is characterised by quiet and empty beaches, lava tunnels, natural pools, and estuaries where you can see Flamingos and other birds. You will also visit the Turtle breeding centre where the National park is breeding turtles in danger of extinction. Some of this Giant Turtle have been released by the park and can be found on the trails.

Day 3 Isabela Isl.

AM: Los Tuneles
A 30 to 40-minute ride on a small fast boat will take you to a unique place where lava flow has been impacted for many years by the oceans waves. This has formed the unique tubes and bridges of Los Tuneles. This visiting site is a marine paradise for White-tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Green Sea Turtle, the Galapagos Sea Lions, Manta Rays, Parrot-fish, Yellowtail Surgeon-fish among many others. Definitely one of the best places to snorkel in Isabela and the Galapagos, the water is very calmed, clear and shallow. Besides being a marine sanctuary, it has unique geologic formations, a series of lava flows have produced many arches and tunnels both under and above water, where you find several species that have taken up residence in these magnificent formations. Many birds, such as Bobbies can also be found. Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch.

PM: Beach and activities: biking, surfing or kayaking
In the afternoon, free time to enjoy the magical beach of Puerto Villamil or enjoy one of the following activities for extra cost: biking, surfing or kayaking.

Day 4 Isabela Isl.

AM: Volcan Chico & Sierra Negra
Today you will visit some of Isabela´s best attractions, the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago, its recent eruption took place in 2005. The volcano’s crater is considered the second largest in the world with a diameter of 10 km. Volcan Chico is also an active volcano, sulphur vents can be seen in this area. This is an approximately 6 hour’s walk tour to appreciate all the splendour of the volcanoes. You will enjoy a snack in the area. Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch.

PM: Cueva de Sucre & Mirador and Beach
In the afternoon, you will visit to Sucre´s cave, located 14 km of Villamil Port, placed in the agricultural area of the Island. Enjoy a short walk to appreciate the typical vegetation and endemic plants. Continue to Mirador de Mango from where you have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for finch birds’ observation.

Day 5 Isabela Isl.

After breakfast, make your way to the airport for your ongoing flight.

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