Beautifully designed, Scalesia Lodge recently inagurated on September 2015 will offer comfort and first class service.
Scalesia Galapagos Lodge is located in the highlands of Isabela, about 20 minutes (9 miles / 14 kilometers) from Puerto Villamil. The lodge is nestled in the center 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
The most pristine of the 3 populated islands, Isabela is home of six large volcanoes. The island is divided into two sections, with the northern half of the island famous for its wild and remote environment characterized by shallow waters. The southern part of the island casts a shadow over the north, with its towering volcanoes and spewing fumaroles.
In terms of wildlife Isabela concentrates a vast majority of all 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, eals, tropical fish. Galapagos tortoises as well as land iguanas roam free in Sierra Negra Volcano. Sally lightfoot crabs, hawks, owls, dolphins, whales among others species -are often spotted.
3 different social areas for relaxation and reading
16 beautiful and comfortable tents, 53 m2 (570 square foot).
Upon arrival to Puerto Villamil – Isabela Island. Meet & greet, transfer to Scalesia Lodge. Rest of the afternoon on your own to enjoy the lodge. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (D)
AM: Tintoreras PM: Los Humedales and Tortoise Breeding Station
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 snorkeling. Return to the hotel by lunch time. 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 characterized by solitary beaches, lava tunnels, natural pools and estuaries where you can see flamingos and other birds.
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. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D) Tintoreras Tour: Accompanied with a private guide Highlights: White-tipped reef sharks, penguins, marine turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas Dry landing / Wet landing
AM: Volcan Chico & Sierra Negra PM: Beach
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 volcanos crater is considered the second largest in the world with a diameter of 10kms. Volcan Chico is also an active volcano, sulfur vents can be seen in this area. This is an approximately 6 hours walk tour to appreciate all the splendor of the volcanoes. You will enjoy a snack in the area.
Return to Scalesia Lodge for lunch. 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. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D) Highlights: Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches Dry landing
AM: Wall of tears PM: Concha de Perla snorkel
Morning visit to the wall of tears. It is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil. It was constructed between the years of 1945 and 1959 by prisoners in the penal colony on the island. The wall reaches up to 65 feet and runs over 300 feet long and its construction was dangerous work in the ill – equipped conditions resulting in the deaths of a number of prisoners from both sickness and calamity. In the afternoon enjoy snorkeling. Located in the Port of Villamil, the Concha Perla can be reached via a wooden pathway.
The bays calm, shallow, clear waters are ideal for observing the incredible array of marine life. Visitors can swim and snorkel alongside tropical fish, sea lions, penguins and turtles and it is also possible to observe up to 20 bird species. Overnight at Scalesia Lodge. (B,L,D) Highlights: Sea lions, penguins, turtles, marine iguanas, frigates, flamingos. Dry landing / Wet landing
Early transfer to return to Puerto Ayora or Baltra (B)
Our rates include:
All tours described on the program, only for Scalesia Lodge clients, with a Galapagos National Park Naturalist guide (English speaking guide).
Meals as described on our itinerary.
Service and sales taxes.
Transfer in from Pto Villamil to the lodge and transfer out from the lodge to Pto Villamil
Rates do not include:
Air fare from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra and back. Flights can be arranged upon request.
Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park (US$100 per person)
Bus Transportation Fee from Baltra airport to Itabaca Channel ($10,00 round trip per person)
Transit card to enter Galapagos (US$20 per person)
Entrance fee to Puerto Villamil (US$10 per person)