Duration: 28 Jan 2017 - 04 Feb 2017
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Price: Starting at $2550/person
  • Discover the Galapagos from the youngest and largest of its islands, Isabela. This bucket list destination will host us for the perfect combination of yoga practice and the magic of nature. Basing ourselves in a beach-front lodge at the edge of town, we’re perfectly set up to enjoy plenty of time for yoga while still heading out and about to experience the islands.

    Highlighted activities include snorkeling, hiking, beach-front relaxation, biking, and kayaking. Balance this adventure with time for two yoga sessions per day and we believe you have the perfect combination.

    Swim with sea lions and sharks, meander alongside giant tortoises, relax in the sun next to marine iguanas and Blue Footed Boobies, and experience gorgeous sunsets. This breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the perfect fusion of yoga and the magic of the islands that inspired Darwin himself

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  • In the itinerary below, you will see a statement from the instructor detailing what to expect from each yoga session as well as a summary of the day’s activities. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask. As always, this itinerary is subject to change without notice due to weather, Galapagos National Park regulations, or other events.

    Day 1: Arrival

    Fly into the Baltra airport (GPS) on Santa Cruz island where a group representative will meet you and guide you through the bus, ferry, taxi ride to your home for the evening in the lovely town of Puerto Ayora.

    Welcome dinner with your instructor, trip leader, and other yogis

    Day 2: Transfer to Isabela & Snorkel with Sharks

    This morning’s travel is rough but oh-so-worth the journey. Prepare for a 3 hour speed boat ride to our lovely beach-front home for the rest of the week on Isabela! Take time to settle in and rest this morning and enjoy lunch at your leisure in town.

    After lunch, we head out to explore the Tintoreras where we have a short hike over a jagged lava field to a narrow channel where sharks rest. After the hike, enjoy time to snorkel, usually with sea turtles!! When we get back to the main dock, feel free to hang on to your snorkel gear and swim around with the penguins and sea lions before heading back to the lodge.

    Evening Yoga: “A soothing practice to “find your center” and to let go of any anxiety of being in the unfamiliar, preparation for a good night’s sleep”

    Day 3: Volcano Hike

    Today, we’ll hike into the highlands to reach the most active volcano in the Galapagos. Marvel at the 10km wide caldera before continuing on to walk through the surreal landscapes of young lava fields full of lava tubes, colorful minerals, stunning vistas, and several different types of lava. We depart for the hike at 8am and the 5.5hr journey may be quite HOT as we cross black lava fields but the wild landscapes are absolutely worth it. We’ll have tons of water, sunscreen, and hats to combat the heat. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the hike under a lovely shade tree.

    Late Afternoon YogaAfter a day of walking through lava, we’ll be ready for a cooling practice focused on relieving sore legs.  Lots of seated hip openers.”

    Day 4: Snorkel and Free Time

    A.M. Vinyasa Flow Yoga: “A practice to meet the day–we’ve had time to settle in, so let’s get to it and get more in touch with our sense of adventure.  We’ll do some sun salutations and standing poses, then back bends to open our hearts to the amazing experience of all that surrounds us.”

    Today, enjoy the island at your leisure. Rent kayaks to paddle around the bay, take your snorkel gear back down to the pier to snorkel with penguins and sea lions, visit the tortoise breeding center, or simply enjoy the beach. If you want to take a trip up to the highlands to visit an old lava tube or are interested in biking, we can make this happen too! It’s your day.

    Day 5: Tuneles Snorkeling

    Today’s snorkel will be a longer journey, about 5 hours in total. We’ll head out at 8am to an area known as Tuneles. Here, we hike atop a lava field where tunnels formed as the molten rock hit the ocean forming what appear to be natural bridges over the aquamarine waters. After a short stroll atop the lava, we don our snorkel gear to swim under it! We’ll hope to swim with sharks & rays and will surely see colorful fish and perhaps a playful sea lion or two. Return to town in the late afternoon and enjoy some free time on the beach.

    Evening Yoga: “Tonight’s practice is a meditative flow, an opportunity to let the day’s activities and beauty soak into your soul”

    Day 6: Wall of Tears Hike

    Morning Yoga: “We’ll spend this morning’s practice taking the time to really check in with ourselves and each other–how is your body feeling?  Are you enjoying yourself?  How can we mold your practice into exactly what you need at this moment?  Lots of modifications and individual attention.”

    Today’s activity is a combination of biking and hiking. We’ll travel out to an area known as Humedales which is essentially a long road that leads to an enormous wall made of lava bricks built by the first settlers of the islands…prisoners! Along the way, there are side trails such as an estuary where many blue-footed boobies rest, tidal pools where marine iguanas are plentiful, brackish lagoons frequented by flamingoes, and giant tortoises strolling along the trails. We will have transportation take us to the end of this road, hike to the Wall of Tears, then ride back by bike towards town stopping along the way to spend time with the wildlife.

    Sunset Yoga: “Deep Stretch– time to mellow out with long yin-like holds and restorative before bedtime.”

    Day 7: Return to Santa Cruz

    Farewell Yoga: “A celebration flow class as we reflect on our week together and our amazing time in the Galapagos.

    We’ll take the afternoon ferry back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz in preparation for tomorrow’s departure flight. This evening, we will have a farewell dinner together and have time to stroll around the town.

    Day 8: Departure

    Making our way back to the airport, we’ll say goodbye to the islands and each other. Want to stay longer in Ecuador and/or the islands? Just ask!

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  • Galapagos Retreat Accommodations (2)For the majority of our retreat, we find ourselves at the edge of the world on Isabela Island in the lovely Casa de Marita. With its beach front location and homey charm, this home away from home is a lovely haven. From their website:

    “It’s hard to speak of paradise without losing credibility. It’s an ambitious concept that more properly fits somewhere in between the lines of doctrine and over-the-top advertising for holiday destinations.

    Galapagos Retreat Accommodations (3)And yet, once you’ve experienced it, there seems to be no better way to describe what feels like a lost Eden hiding behind the horizon in the equatorial Pacific.

    Today, just about 2000 people inhabit Isabela, the largest, purest, most protected island in the Galapagos archipelago. They live in Puerto Villamil, a small, friendly village that houses both locals and travellers, as it becomes a part of one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

    Galapagos Retreat AccommodationsIn it, La Casa de Marita, Marita’s house (literally), started out as the home of a couple who, as Dante would have put it,“midway upon the journey of their life” 20 years ago, realized that life was actually about living.

    A home born of love is now so much more than a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Darwin’s inspiration. It’s a getaway from everything outside, a place for thought; a home in Eden.”

  • Galapagos Yoga Retreat with Kim Drye: January 28 – February 4, 2017

    Galapagos Yoga Retreat instructor Kim DryeKimberly Drye is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor in the Birmingham, AL area. She trained primarily with Iyengar trained instructors in Asheville, NC including Lillah Schwartz, Cindy Dollar, John Friend, Roger Cole, Michael Johnson, Aadil Pakhiavala, and Matthew Sanford. Kim’s intention is to move students into a deeper understanding of themselves and the joy that lies within their hearts. HereNowYoga is Kim Drye’s personal yoga brand under which she offers therapeutic private appointments, workshops, teacher trainings, special events, and retreats. Information about these classes and events can be found at herenowyoga.com, where she also regularly posts yoga sequences, news, and musings about current yoga topics. The technical skills she has as an instructor that set her apart include poignant language skills, excellent demonstration technique, and an in-depth understanding of alignment principles and therapeutic applications.

    “Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed.-Pico Iyer

  • To register for your Galapagos Yoga Retreat simply fill out the form below. If you have any questions or special requests, please make sure to include them in the message. Bienvenidos!!

  • What is included?

    *7 Nights Accommodation based on double or triple occupancy
    * Transfers between the Baltra airport (GPS) and Puerto Ayora**
    * Ferry to and from Isabela from Puerto Ayora**
    * Daily yoga schedule to be determined by the instructor
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip with snorkeling to Tuneles
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip with snorkeling to Tintoreras
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip to Humedales/Wall of Tears
    * Naturalist accompanied day trip to Sierra Negra Volcano
    * Snorkeling and swimming on all day tour boat excursions
    * Snorkel equipment for water excursions
    * 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners (alcohol NOT included)
    * All applicable sales and hotel taxes
    **NOTE: Transfers are guaranteed only on arrival/departure day

    What are some costs not included? (please note that this is not an exhaustive list but includes the most common “extra” expenses)

    * Airfare (both international and domestic)
    *$100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee (payable only in cash upon entrance into the islands)
    *$20 Transit control card
    *Meals that are not listed as included on your detailed itinerary (5 lunches & 5 dinners)
    *Items of a personal nature not limited to: shopping, laundry, postage, etc
    *Any activities you choose during your flexible day (listed in the detailed itinerary as Day 4)

    What airport do I fly into?
    You will be traveling to Baltra Airport (GPS) in the Galapagos. Many international flights require an overnight in Guayaquil (GYE) or Quito (UIO), Ecuador so plan on arriving on the mainland at least one day prior to the first day of your retreat.

    Flight schedules work best if you purchase two separate flights. The first is the international leg getting you to either Guayaquil or Quito the day before the retreat begins. The second leg is the domestic flight from GYE or UIO out to the islands. Please arrive at your leisure on Day 1 of the retreat and depart at your leisure on Day 9 of the retreat. There is a NEW option to purchase this domestic airfare through AAS. Please ask if you have not been offered this option!

    Please feel free to contact us if you would like help arranging transport, hotels, activities, guides, etc for time on the mainland before or after your retreat.

    Do I need a passport/visa?
    US citizens do need a valid passport to visit Ecuador and this passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your dates of travel. No entry visa application is required at this time. US citizens are automatically granted a 90-day visitor visa per year upon entry. If you have visited Ecuador within the past year, please check into your visa requirements.

    Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

    What wildlife should I expect to see?
    Animal sightings are never guaranteed and every retreat is different, but you are sure to be blown away. Expect marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs, golden rays, sea lions, penguins, blue-footed boobies, sharks and giant tortoises…to name a few.

    What is the electrical currency/outlet in Ecuador?
    Ecuador uses the same plug and currency as the US (110-120V) but some outlets do not accept the third prong so an adapter may be helpful.

    Is there internet access on property?

    It is recommended that you assume you will not have internet access during your retreat. Isabela Island only received electricity in the year 2000 and is quite remote. While many establishments do have WiFi access, the signal is weak at best and is unreliable.

    Can I drink the water?
    No. Do not drink from the tap. Fresh and filtered water is available for refilling your water bottles. Please use this filtered water for brushing your teeth too!

    Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
    Yes, please bring your mat. The instructor for your specific retreat will let you know what other props might be helpful to bring.

    What do I need to bring?
    You will receive a full packing list upon registration.

    Do I need travel insurance?
    This retreat is quite an investment and life is uncertain. We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance including trip cancellation coverage in the event that an unforeseen situation arises. All guests of Amazon Andes Sky are required to carry international emergency medical coverage. Your current health insurance plan or coverage provided by your credit card (if you purchase travel with the card) may already include emergency international coverage. Check with these suppliers before you purchase a separate policy.

    What is the weather on the islands?
    June to November is the garua season.  Water temperatures are in the low 70′s and mornings are often foggy.  Generally, the cloud cover burns off as the day wears on and the equatorial sun can be quite hot.  Rain is common in these months.

    December to May is considered the ‘warm’ season with ocean temperatures in the high 70′s, hot day temperatures and little to no wind.  Strong rain storms can blow in and out during this time of year though they usually don’t last more than a couple of hours.