THE YOGA JOURNEY
THE GALAPAGOS YOGA EXPEDITIONS 2018 DATES COMING UP
We are so excited to announce the Yoga Journey, a brand new way to tour the Galapagos with Galapagos Best. The Yoga Journey, set to take place in 2018, combines a full excursion to the Galapagos Islands with the practice of yoga. Activities will not only include yoga, but also kayaking, biking, paddle boarding, hiking, snorkeling, and swimming.
We’ll serve healthy food, almost exclusively prepared with organic ingredients grown on Galapagos farms. The Yoga Journey offers an opportunity to connect with yourself, with other people, and with nature while on an unforgettable trip to the Enchanted Islands.
Here's our suggested itinerary.
DAY 1 Arrival in Guayaquil. A representative of Galapagos Best will wait for you outside baggage claim, and bring you to your hotel.
DAY 2 Early morning Yug-Do, a tour of Guayaquil, and a tour of La Finca Cacao & Mango.
Home to approximately three million people, Guayaquil is Ecuador’s economic capital and largest city. From the new riverfront boardwalk and colorful Santa Ana Hill, to the myriad of museums, trendy shops, and delicious restaurants, there is a lot to see and do in Guayaquil. Highlights on the city tour include the Malecón 2000, the Santa Ana Hill, the Las Peñas Neighborhood, Seminario (“Iguana”) Park, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and City Hall.
The Cacao & Mango Farm is family-owned and surrounded by the dramatic hills of the Churute Ecological Reserve and Churute River. In addition to cacao and mango, the farm’s fields produce rice, papaya, dragon fruit, avocado, breadfruit, tomatoes, green peppers, and lemon grass. Many of these ingredients will become part of the organic lunch that you will be served during your visit to the farm. In addition to touring the farm’s grounds, you will also participate in a hands-on demonstration of the process by which the farm’s cacao becomes rich chocolate, led by a local grower
DAY 3 After early morning yoga, we’ll return to Guayaquil’s J.J. Olmedo Airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. After arriving, we will transfer to Santa Cruz Island for the chance to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. After lunch, we will visit Garrapatero Beach for leisure and kayaking.
DAY 4 The day begin with the morning with yoga exercises focused on stretching, coordination, and breathing. The exercises maintain the wellbeing, flexibility, and equilibrium of one’s mind and body. Afterwards, we will visit Tortuga Bay Beach, for yoga and other beach activities.
DAY 5 Early morning yoga, stretching, coordination, and breathing exercises. Then, we will visit Itabaca Channel. You will then aboard a yacht headed to Mosquera Beach, a beach famous for its beautiful white sand and sea lions, and a perfect spot for meditation and yoga. That afternoon, we will visit North Seymour for the chance to see frigate birds, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, swallow tail gulls, land iguanas, and other animals.
DAY 6 After early morning yoga, stretching, and breathing exercises, we’ll board a speedboat headed to Floreana Island. We will visit Asilo de la Paz and Cerro Alieri to see the escalesia forest (daisies), the medium tree finch, giant tortoises, and pirate caves. The pirate caves will be a unique spot for sunset meditation.
DAY 7 After sun salutation and yug-do at sunrise, we’ll walk to Post Office Bay for kayaking and paddle boarding. Paddleboard yoga, swimming, and snorkeling will all be possible activities here. In the afternoon, we will visit the Robinson Crusoe Farm.
DAY 8 After a sun salutation and yug-do in the morning, we’ll travel to Isabela Island. Here, Tintoreras Islet is a great spot for snorkeling.
DAY 10 We will mountain bike along the “Wall of Tears” mangrove trails and along white sand beaches. We will visit Love Beach, Flamingo Lagoon, and do sunset yoga on the beach.
DAY 11 Returning to Puerto Ayora, we will visit El Trapiche de Don Cabrera, and mountain bike down to Garrapatero Beach for yoga and kayaking. That afternoon, we will return to Puerto Ayora for shopping and leisure.
DAY 12 Return to Guayaquil for a free afternoon in the city and a farewell dinner.
DAY 13 You will begin your trip home. Namaste!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if you’re interested in coming along!
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Together, Desirée Alemán and Rafael Valverde have a decade of experience teaching yoga. Founding directors of the Ganesha Yoga Studio in Guayaquil, they are both passionate about sharing the activity with others. Ganesha Yoga Studio also offers Ganesha Yoga Jam, free open-air yoga classes offered to the Guayaquil community. Expert instructors and enthusiastic about the natural world, the two are sure to lead a transformative yoga journey in the Galapagos. You can learn more about their yoga studio here.