Galapagos Yoga Retreat


Into the Wild with Galapagos Island

October 26, 2019 - November 2, 2019

The perfect combination of your dream Galapagos adventure and your ultimate yoga retreat. Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are home to our intimate and luxurious yoga sanctuary. You’ll unwind and rejuvenate on a property boasting three separate gorgeously appointed villas, a private yoga studio with views to Floreana Island, the Pacific and 43 acres of lush green. Endemic giant tortoises roam freely and wild horses wander. This is a once in a lifetime experience.
Our Galapagos yoga retreat is about your abundant wellness and maximum exploration.

You’ll travel with the best Certified Galapagos Naturalist throughout the week guiding you through the spectacular flora and fauna of the islands. Immerse in all things amazing while embarking on your daily yoga practice in our fully equipped and private studio.

Your trip will include visits to must-see Galapagos sites such as Bartolomé and neighboring islands as well as hidden gems and an (fall and winter only) exclusive locals immersion. You will kayak secluded bays, immerse yourself in the culture of the local town and tour the fascinating Santa Cruz highlands.

Galapagos nature is everywhere – from swimming with sea lions and turtles, to visiting a tortoise sanctuary, spotting Galapagos penguins, flamingos, marine iguanas and the amazing blue-footed boobies… there are no un-amazing days on the islands. Unblemished, wild, and beautiful, this completely unique UNESCO World Heritage Site offers you the perfect setting for your next yoga retreat adventure.
 

What’s included:

Accommodation at a private yoga retreat center on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Twice daily yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski

A dedicated Certified Galapagos Naturalist for the week

our handpicked guide will get to know each group and can tailor talks and exploration to meet the wildlife expectations of each group

Snorkeling and swimming (think sea turtles, sharks, penguins, sea lions, etc) on all day excursions

Sunrise exclusive trip to Las Grietas

Kayaking over sharks and around the mangroves on Tortuga Bay

Three meals a day (dietary needs accommodated)

Private cultural excursion (seasonal)

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)

 

Accommodations

Every day on our Galapagos adventure retreat is unique as are our rooms (which you won’t spend much time in!).  Our 43 acre property boasts views of Isabela and Floreana Islands as well as Tortuga Bay on your home of Santa Cruz Island.  The organic and biodynamic garden produces the veggies for your table as well as the coffee you’ll sip each morning.

The three different villas on property share modern lux interiors with ceiling fans, safe boxes, wifi and bluetooth stereos.  Rooms have either two twins, a queen or a king size bed and maximum exploring with minimal packing is accommodated with individual beach towels, rubber boots, rain jackets, water bottles and flash lights available for use.

Itinerary

 

This amazing Galapagos adventure 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 & North Seymour Island with one additional island day which could be either South Plazas or Santa Fe. Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions and yogi flexibility is always appreciated.

 

Day 1 Day One
  • Bienvenido! – arrival and welcome lunch and refresher
  • Explore the grounds & spy for Giant Galapagos Tortoises and the wild horses (yup, seriously!)
  • Sunset Yoga to deplane and relax
  • Post yoga-licious dinner
    • Tuck into your first delicious meal with new friends and get an overview of hotel information and services
Day 2 Day Two
  • Sunrise yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Early breakfast before a big day departure
  • Bartolomé is a crown jewel of Galapagos Islands for it’s special geological features, amazing dual crescent bays and verdant wildlife. Today is all about:
    • Pinnacle Rock
    • Galapagos penguins
    • White tipped reef sharks
    • Sea turtles
    • Naturalist guided hiking
    • Guided snorkeling
  • Early evening return to Santa Cruz
  • Dinner and crash-out-sleepy time
Day 3 Day Three
  • Sunrise Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Breakfast time
  • Santa Cruz Highland Tour
    • Explore Los Gemelos (‘the twins’)
    • Climb through the lava tunnels
    • Explore the Cloud Forest
      • expect to see small birds: up to 12 species of Darwin finches live here and the famous Vermillion flycatchers
    • Lunch on property
    • Excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora
    • Sunset Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
    • Dinner in Puerto Ayora
Day 4 Day Four
  • Sunrise Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Refuel with breakfast
  • Morning excursion to Tortuga Bay
    • Mangrove kayaking
    • Snorkeling
    • Marine iguana watching (they’re everywhere!)
  • Lunch on property
  • Free afternoon – exploration in Puerto Ayora, walk the biodynamic gardens or skip down to the beach
  • Evening Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Dinner on property 
Day 5 Day Five
  • Rise and shine morning yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Breakfast vittles
  • Full day excursion to Santa Fe Island:
    • Visit one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos (bits and pieces dating back 4 millllllllion years!)
    • Endemic Barrington Land Iguanas
    • Large colonies of sea lions
    • Giant Opunita (Prickly Pear) trees
    • Swallow-tailed gulls
    • Guided snorkeling
  • Return to Santa Cruz
  • Evening yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Dinner on property
Day 6 Day Six
  • Sunrise Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Breakfast
  • Day trip to North Seymour Island – this island is a popular nesting ground and our Naturalist will find the best spots to get your birding on and for underwater adventure
    • Great frigate birds
    • Blue footed boobies
    • Land iguana
    • Sea lions
  • Lunch on board and post lunch siesta
  • Sunset Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Dinner and chill time
Day 7 Day Seven
  • Sunrise Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Breakfast time
  • Free Morning & Afternoon
    • Return to Puerto Ayora or Charles Darwin Research Station
    • Rest and relax
    • Visit Garrapatero Beach
  • Lunch on property
  • Sunset Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Dinner in Puerto Ayora – soak up the people and animal vibes (yup, Galapagos animals go everywhere!)
Day 8 Day Eight
  • Sunrise Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski
  • Final breakfast and new friend info exchanges
  • Pack, hugs, goodbyes and back to the Baltra airport
  • Adios y viaje seguro!

 

Yoga Retreat Adventure Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights • Starting at $4495 per person

For more information about Galapagos Islands contact Shelly Kwiatkouski 386-846-5075 or email: Uma@ShellyKwiatkouski.com