GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

with Jenn Wooten

February 15-22, 2025

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If nature, science, or wildlife inspires you, there is no better place to be than the unparalleled Galapagos Islands. This 7 night, 8 day trip-of-a-lifetime includes naturalist-guided trips to the Charles Darwin station, Bartolome Island, and North Seymour Island. With a small, private group, enjoy kayaking on Tortuga Bay, snorkeling, swimming, a tour of the highlands (pit craters, lava tunnels, and a cloud forest), yoga classes, nature-inspired accommodations on Santa Cruz Island, and meals. The star of this retreat is the rich biodiversity of the protected native wildlife, many of whom are unafraid of humans. Swim with sea lions and sharks, spot Galapagos penguins and flamingos, and watch the dance of marine iguanas and blue footed boobies on volcanic rocks. This truly unique UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the perfect melding of yoga and an unblemished example of a wild and natural world.

Seasoned yoga teacher and retreat leader, Jurian Hughes will be your guide on these weeks offering daily yoga classes and insight – the land itself will offer the inspiration!

This was a bucket list trip for me and I wasn’t disappointed. Each day was an adventure, as we toured different islands. The abundance of animal life – turtles, iguanas, sea lions, birds – along with the vibrant colors of the ocean and plant life, were all a feast for the senses and so healing for the soul.
-Jody E

Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Vacation Details

 

A little more about the Galapagos Islands:

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called “a living museum and showcase of evolution.” Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a melting pot of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise, and the many types of finch that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835. The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the highest levels of endemism (species found nowhere else on earth) than anywhere on the planet. About 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles and land mammals, and more than 30% of the plants you will see are endemic. More than 20% of the marine species in Galapagos are found nowhere else on earth. Favorites include the giant Galapagos tortoise, marine iguana, flightless cormorant, and the Galapagos penguin—the only penguin species to be found in the Northern Hemisphere. To learn more about the islands, history, species, and conservation, visit The Galapagos Conservancy (www.galapagos.org).

Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016

More about our Itinerary:

Our trip will begin as we’ll meet in Baltra (Galapagos) the the Saturday monring start of your retreat.  Some will arrive via Guayguil, Ecuador, some via Quito, Ecuador. Most will require an overnight in one of these cities to hop the smaller plane to Baltra that Saturday morning, and some may choose to spend an extra night or two in charming town of Quito. From Baltra, we will be transferred to our home away from home–Semilla Verde. You can review the excellent Trip Advisor Reviews of this property HERE.

Set in the highlands just 15 minutes from town, we’ll sleep like babies listening to the birds in the morning and watching the giant tortoises that roam the property. Semilla Verde is private, quiet, and fully equipped with a beautiful yoga room and terraces with views to the coast. Each morning, we’ll enjoy breakfast together and then begin our daily explorations!

Some places we’ll visit:

A day trip to Bartolome Island, the crown jewel of Galapagos. Some features include Pinnacle Rock, crescent beaches, Galapagos penguins, white tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, guided snorkeling, and hiking. Lunch is served on board our tour boat, and we’ll return to Semilla Verde for evening yoga and dinner.

A day trip to North Seymour Island, where we might see great frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, sea lions during our guided snorkeling and naturalist-guided hiking excursions.

An excursion to Tortuga Bay where we can kayak, snorkel, and hang out with the marine iguanas.

The Charles Darwin Station / Puerto Ayora where we have the option to shop for souvenirs, and have a drink in the red mangrove patio with the iguanas and sea lions.

A Santa Cruz highland tour where we can explore the lava tunnels, a cloud forest, and Los Gamelos (two giant craters that were formed when the magma chamber underground emptied and the land caved in).

A morning at Garrapatero Beach for snorkelling, swimming, exploring, beach yoga, and relaxing.

A visit to the South Plazas Islands, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos as well as red-billed tropical birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and more endemic wildlife.

Travel, Additional Information, and FAQ’s

Flights:

Your final destination airport on the Galapagos Islands is Baltra (GPS). All flights stop on mainland Ecuador before arriving on the islands. This necessary stop will include an additional baggage screening with SICGAL (which will cost $10 US in cash) to ensure that any food or animals that may be of danger to the Galapagos ecosystem stay well away from the islands. After the screening, your bags will be zip-tied locked and you will be allowed to check in for your final flight to Galapagos.

Depending on your origination location, you may be required (due to airline routing/timing) to stay a night in either Guayaquil (GYE) or Quito (UIO). If you have extra time we recommend an extended stop in Quito to stroll around and explore this colonial South American gem. If your time is limited, you are better off flying into Guayaquil just for the evening. Guayaquil is closer to the islands but does not have the easy charm of Quito.

If you arrive into Guayaquil late we recommend the Holiday Inn or Mariott at the Guayaquil airport. It is only a few minutes travel from your terminal. There are only a few flights from Quito and Guayaquil to the islands per day. LATAM and Avianca are the airlines that  fly form Ecuador mainland to Baltra (GPS Galapagos) These flights can be booked on most travel booking sites.

Please CLICK HERE for a document with travel booking advice.

Transfers:

All yogis will be met at the Baltra airport and escorted to a short boat taxi ride across the channel to Santa Cruz Island and a private taxi ride from the desert to the highlands where you will soon be nestled in your home for the week.

The Ins and Outs:

Ecuador and the islands may seem worlds away, and will absolutely feel like that when you arrive, but there are a few ease-of-travel things that we want you to know. Ecuador and the islands use the US dollar, so for many of us, no money-changing is necessary. There are ATMs in the airports in Ecuador and Puerto Ayora on the islands, but we do recommend that you bring about $300 in cash.

There is a fee required to enter the Galapagos National Park. Once you disembark at Baltra you will go through a combination passport control/park fee collection point. You must pay the fee, which is $100 US on you in cash when you arrive on the islands. There is no visa needed for US citizens to visit Ecudaor. You simply need to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival. Citizens of all other countries should check with their consulates as to their visa requirements, if any.

What to Pack:

Dress is casual on the islands so there is little stress packing. You’ll spend the majority of your time either in the yoga studio or out adventuring on the islands, so your best bet is clothing that you can layer, sweat in, and hang dry quickly.

A few packing suggestions:

  • Sunscreen
  • Light rain jacket
  • Lightweight layers for sun protection
  • long sleeves and a jacket for cooler nights
  • Yoga clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sturdy walking shoes 
  • Sandals
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Camera
  • Small backpack for day trips
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • Bathing suit and consider a rash guard for warmth and sun protection
  • Light wetsuit or light neoprene top if you are sensitive to cold water (you can also rent a short wetsuit from the boat as needed)
  • Snorkeling gear only if you don’t want to use the supplies equipment on the boat
  • Did we mention sunscreen?
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016

Your Teachers

Jasmine Dennis - One Yoga Teacher

Jenn Wooten

Jenn is a certified yoga therapist and yoga educator who has studied yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years. She has been a teacher, mentor and group facilitator in the Austin yoga community since 2004. Her teaching style focuses on embodiment, functional movement, joy and resilience. Jenn teaches trauma-informed yoga classes and leads foundational and in-depth yoga teacher trainings, mentorships and retreats throughout the world. She guides students to respond to life’s stressors through embodiment, breath, self-awareness and self-compassion. Her teaching is engaging, accessible and warm-hearted. Jenn’s gift is her intuitive ability to help students lean into to their own self-authority and connect to their body as a source of wisdom. The core of her teaching is helping people cultivate a yoga and mindfulness practice as a pathway for healing, awakening and wholeness.

Accommodations

There are 14 spaces available in double occupancy rooms. We can offer one room as single occupancy. We will be staying at Semilla Verde. Click here to see the excellent Trip Advisor reviews of this property.

Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016
Galapagos Islands Yoga 2016

TOP FLOOR ROOMS:
The main hotel and FinchWing each have one exclusive top floor room.  These are the most spacious rooms with private terraces and best views. 
Sky View Room – RESERVED
Ocean View Room (Queen and Twin) – RESERVED
Double Occupancy: $4595 per person

PREMIUM DELUXE ROOMS:
These spacious rooms in the new Finch Wing offer a Queen bed or 2 twin beds, private bath and balcony overlooking the property
Sunrise Room – RESERVED
Sunset Room – AVAILABLE

Double Occupancy: $4395 per person 

SUPERIOR ROOMS:
These spacious and newly updated rooms in the original hotel building offer a Queen and twin bed, private bathroom and access to living space with kitchen, and large terrace.
Forrest View Room –
main level room with private balcony – RESERVED
Tortoise Pond 1 –
downstairs room opening to the gardens – AVAILABLE
Garden View  – downstairs room that opens to the gardens – AVAILABLE

Double Occupancy: $4195 per person 
Single Occupancy $5395 

STANDARD ROOMS:
These 2 rooms have all the amenities as all other rooms, they are just a bit smaller and are offered at a lower price. Queen or 2 twin beds.
Tortoise Pond 2 – Female roommate space available!

Plantation View – AVAILABLE
Double Occupancy: $3995 per person 
Single Occupancy Room: $5195

 

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
  • Yoga most days (at teacher’s discretion on cruising adventure days)
  • Three meals a day
  • Naturalist-accompanied visit to the Charles Darwin Station
  • Naturalist-accompanied day trips to Bartolomé, South Plazas, and North Seymour Islands
  • Snorkeling and swimming on all day excursions
  • Two dinners in Puerto Ayora
  • Naturalist accompanied highland tour (pit craters, lava tunnels, and cloud forest, and wild tortoises)
  • Sunrise yoga/meditation on the beach followed by a beach breakfast
  • Kayaking on Tortuga Bay, with 12 acres of private walking paths to explore
  • Evening fire pit and 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)
  • $10 US SICGAL inspection and migration card
  • $100 US Galapagos National Park entrance fee (cash only)
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature / souvenirs
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)​

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before August 15, 2024. No refunds after August 1, 2024. In case of emergency cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 30+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign the application and  liability waiver to participate on this trip.

If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through September, 2024 unless other arrangements are made.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like Trawick and Travel Guard offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.

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We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG Travel Guard and Trawick International are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.

We recommend that you consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. Trawick International and Travel Guard are two providers that we recommend. Please review policies carefully to ensure they provide the coverage you need.