Scalesia Lodge is located in the highlands of Isabela Island, about 20 minutes from the Galapagos Islands town of Puerto Villamil. The lodge is nestled in the center of 16 hectares (40 acres) of property in the middle of a magical forest with a spectacular view of the coast of Isabela Island and the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Villamil itself, complete with its white sand beaches, is consistently considered one of the most beautiful sites in the Galapagos Islands. Located just behind the town of Villamil are several brackish lagoons, where pink flamingos, common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules can usually be seen. On this 4-day/3-night Galapagos tour based at the Scalesia Lodge, you will experience these sights and more. Some of these fascinating experiences will be a visit to a breeding center of the archipelago’s emblematic giant tortoises, and treks to the Chico and Sierra Negra volcanoes.
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Upon arrival to Baltra, 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. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge.
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 the small island of Tintoreras, 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 this giant turtles have been released by the park and can be found on the trails. At the end of the road you will visit a historic site of Isabela, El Muro de las Lagrimas (Wall of tears), this wall was built from huge blocks of lava by exile inmates during 1945 to 1959 as a punishment while Isabela was a penal colony. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge.
AM/PM: 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.
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.
(NOTE: Itineraries subject to change without notice. The sequence of visits might be altered depending on arrival of flights to Baltra or Isabela, weather conditions, or other unexpected circumstances beyond the lodge’s control.)
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