A unique resort in a unique setting, sixteen (16) luxury safari-style tents make up this special place where there’s camping – but not as we know it! The elegant gazebos all contain incredibly comfortable beds, hardwood floors, en suite bathrooms and an unbeatable location on the island. The lodge itself is contemporary and minimalist, allowing visitors to focus instead on the incredible natural beauty of the Isabela Highlands. The decked terraces provide an unforgettable lookout point over the surrounding forest and all the wildlife it holds, making Scalesia the perfect base for exploring Isabela. The staff and guides are well-equipped to facilitate all manner of Island hopping tours, wildlife trips and sea-fairing excursions, meaning you can enjoy a hassle-free day experiencing the highlights of the archipelago, before returning for an evening under the stars in the Lodge’s pristine, private, 40-acre reserve.

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Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tintoreras – Wetlands – Wall of Tears), Isabela (Volcan Chico & Sierra Negra Volcano)

Itinerary Details

Flight to the Galapagos Islands – Santa Cruz Island – Isabela Island – Scalesia Lodge

AM: Upon your arrival in the Galapagos Islands (at the Baltra Island airport), you will be driven to the town of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island, to board a speed boat to the town of Puerto Villamil, on Isabela Island. From there you will be driven to the Scalesia Lodge. The rest of the afternoon will be on your own to enjoy the lodge.

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Tintoreras Islet – Los Humedales Wetlands – Giant Tortoise Breeding Center

AM: In the morning, we will take a short boat trip across the harbor of Isabela Island. After passing sea lions and pelicans that bathe in the sun on the fishing boats there, we will reach Tintoreras Islet, where we will take an easy walk through the bizarre lava landscape with its huge colonies of marine iguanas. A colony of sea lions is also located here, and it’s common to see Whitetip reef sharks resting in the water near the shore. These sharks are called “tintoreras” in Spanish, giving the island its name.

PM: After lunch, we will visit Los Humedales, the wetlands of Isabela Island. With some luck, you will be able to see pink flamingos in the lagoons. We will also enter lava tunnels, which are quite popular among the marine iguanas here. You will also visit the Turtle breeding center where the National park is breeding turtles in danger of extinction. Some of these giant turtles have been released by the park and can be found on the trails. We will then hike through the wetlands to the Centro de Crianza Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. On the way, we will pass brackish water lagoons where flamingos can sometimes be seen. At the breeding station, you can get up “close and personal” to some of the giant tortoise species from Isabela Island. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge.

Sierra Negra Volcano – Chico Volcano – Sucre Cave – Mango Lookout Point

AM: Today we will drive to the highlands of Isabela Island and start hiking up to the edge of the Sierra Negra Volcano’s crater. The volcano — reaching a height of around 1,500 meters and having an outer diameter of approximately nine kilometers (over 5 miles) — is the second largest caldera in the world. We will hike along the cone to a resting place in the northeast. From the Sierra Negra Volcano, you will be able to see the Chico Volcano, which is about 90 minutes away on foot and known for its moon-like volcanic lava landscape. From the Sierra Negra Volcano, we will continue walking to the active crater of Chico Volcano. Through this fascinating lava landscape, we will reach the edge of the crater, where you can watch the fumaroles in its interior and have a wonderful view of Elizabeth Bay. From this Galapagos crater, you will also be able to spot the volcanoes on the north part of the island: the Alcedo, Darwin, and Wolf volcanoes.

PM: After returning to Scalesia Lodge for lunch, this afternoon we will tour Sucre´s Cave, located 14Km from Villamil Port in the island's agricultural area. Enjoy a short walk to appreciate the typical vegetation and endemic plants. We will then continue to the Mango Lookout Point, where you'll have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for observing finches, the birds that were so important in the development of Darwin's theory of evolution.

Departure

AM: You will be awakened early to return to Puerto Ayora and then to Baltra Island. Once on Baltra, you will take your flight back to Quito for connecting flight home or onward. (NOTE: Itineraries subject to change without notice. The sequence of visits might be altered depending on the arrival of flights to Baltra or Isabela, weather conditions, or other unexpected circumstances beyond the lodge’s control.)

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Flight to Galapagos – Santa Cruz Island – Isabela Island – Scalesia Lodge

AM: Upon your arrival in the Galapagos Islands (at the Baltra Island airport), you will be driven to the town of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island, to board a speed boat to the town of Puerto Villamil, on Isabela Island. From there you will be driven to the Scalesia Lodge. The rest of the afternoon will be on your own to enjoy the lodge.

PM:

Tintoreras Islet – Los Humedales Wetlands – Giant Tortoise Breeding Center

AM: In the morning, we will take a short boat trip across the harbor of Isabela Island. After passing sea lions and pelicans that bathe in the sun on the fishing boats there, we will reach Tintoreras Islet, where we will take an easy walk through the bizarre lava landscape with its huge colonies of marine iguanas. A colony of sea lions is also located here, and it’s common to see Whitetip reef sharks resting in the water near the shore. These sharks are called “tintoreras” in Spanish, giving the island its name.

PM: After lunch, we will visit Los Humedales, the wetlands of Isabela Island. With some luck, you will be able to see pink flamingos in the lagoons. We will also enter lava tunnels, which are quite popular among the marine iguanas here. You will also visit the Turtle breeding center where the National park is breeding turtles in danger of extinction. Some of these giant turtles have been released by the park and can be found on the trails. We will then hike through the wetlands to the Centro de Crianza Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. On the way, we will pass brackish water lagoons where flamingos can sometimes be seen. At the breeding station, you can get up “close and personal” to some of the giant tortoise species from Isabela Island. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge.

Los Tuneles – Puerto Villamil Beach

AM: This morning we will go to Los Túneles (“The Tunnels”), an area of naturally occurring underwater stone tunnels located about an hour from the town of Puerto Villamil. Here, you can watch huge manta rays and turtles. In the background, you should be able to spot the Sierra Negra Volcano, looming like a tower above the island. At Los Túneles, you will have a chance to go snorkeling with Galapagos penguins and tropical fish.

PM: After returning to Scalesia Lodge for lunch, this afternoon you'll have free time to enjoy magical Puerto Villamil Beach.

Sierra Negra Volcano – Chico Volcano – Sucre Cave – Mango Lookout Point

AM: Today we will drive to the highlands of Isabela Island and start hiking up to the edge of the Sierra Negra Volcano’s crater. The volcano — reaching a height of around 1,500 meters and having an outer diameter of approximately nine kilometers (over 5 miles) — is the second largest caldera in the world. We will hike along the cone to a resting place in the northeast. From the Sierra Negra Volcano, you will be able to see the Chico Volcano, which is about 90 minutes away on foot and known for its moon-like volcanic lava landscape. From the Sierra Negra Volcano, we will continue walking to the active crater of Chico Volcano. Through this fascinating lava landscape, we will reach the edge of the crater, where you can watch the fumaroles in its interior and have a wonderful view of Elizabeth Bay. From this Galapagos crater, you will also be able to spot the volcanoes on the north part of the island: the Alcedo, Darwin, and Wolf volcanoes.

PM: After returning to Scalesia Lodge for lunch, this afternoon we will tour Sucre´s Cave, located 14Km from Villamil Port in the island's agricultural area. Enjoy a short walk to appreciate the typical vegetation and endemic plants. We will then continue to the Mango Lookout Point, where you'll have panoramic views of southern Isabela and the agricultural area. This is also a place for observing finches, the birds that were so important in the development of Darwin's theory of evolution.

Departure

AM: You will be awakened early to return to Puerto Ayora and then to Baltra Island. Once on Baltra, you will take your flight back to Quito.

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star rating  Todo solucionado. Gran servicio.  - Muy buen servicio, muy personalizado, atendiendo todos los detalles de nuestras necesidades, tanto programadas como las que aparecían sobre la marcha. Gran amabilidad de todos los representantes de la organización con quien tuvimos contacto. Definitivamente muy recomendable.

avatar thumb Agirbal
April 5, 2023

star rating  Amabilidad y experiencia - Hice el viaje desde BS AS a Quito, y luego a Galápagos.
Todo resultó impecable
La organización, los guías, los hoteles y todos los servicios contratados
Destaco la amabilidad, y predisposición de Rachel, nuestra guía de gran parte de la estadía en Quito. Y los guías en las islas, Peter, Carlos Lopez y otros cuyo nombre no recuerdo
También al chofer, Darwin, ayudándo para que obtengamos buenas fotos
Recomiendo la agencia por la cordialidad y profesionalismo.

avatar thumb Lore1074
August 7, 2023

star rating  Gran viaje, excelente servicio  - Los tours que nos recomendaron y que hicimos fueron muy buenos. Muy buena atencion y servicio.

También quiero mencionar que uno de nuestros vuelos se atrasó y ellos movieron mar y tierra para que no se perdiera el vuelo. Se terminó cambiando el vuelo gracias a ellos y hasta en el aeropuerto de galápagos ya sabían de nuestro caso. Muy agradecidos con Surtrek.

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February 14, 2023

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