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Discovery & Exploration
Galapagos Islands
February 10-17 & 17-24
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Join Laurel Attanasio (both weeks) and with Carrie Morgan on the 2nd week for discovery and exploration on and off your mat!

This adventure will take place in the Galapagos Islands, where nature remains as it was and where we will fully immerse within it.

 

Days will be filled with discovery, exploration and reflection. This truly unique UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an unblemished example of a wild and natural world, a perfect place to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with yourself.

Why is this adventure like no other?

This 7 night, 8 day bucket list adventure 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 most 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. If nature, science, or wildlife inspires you, there is no better place to be than the unparalleled Galapagos Islands.

The Destination

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. 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).

Where You'll Stay

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 here and then begin our daily explorations! 

 

Read the excellent Trip Advisor Reviews of Semilla Verde HERE.

What's Included:

  • Accommodations on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
  • Daily Yoga 
  • 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)​

About Laurel’s Fabulous Co-Host,
Week 2, February 17-24

Carrie Morgan

Carrie has been teaching for over 15 years. Her background included NO physical activity, she never even threw a ball until aged 40! Now you will find her on her mat, playing tennis, hiking, and spending time with her Portugese Water Dog, Grappa. In 2004, Carrie left a job as a talent agent in NYC and moved out to Pennsylvania. Carrie entered into her first teacher training in 2006 with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center in NYC. She found connection with her teachers, Erich Schiffman and Leslie Kaminoff. Frequent trips to NYC, studying at Kula Yoga Project and Laughing Lotus, helped her discover not only a love of flow but of anatomy. In 2016, Carrie began collaborating with Dr Chloe Costigan, DPT. They are now co-founders of MoveRight Method Yoga, a yoga practice that utilizes the tenets of physical therapy exercises to build strength, flexibility and awareness for a safe & sustainable practice. To practice Flow with CMY is to explore alignment based, core-deep, sweaty Vinyasa that synchronizes the body and breath as poetry in motion. Carrie excels at intuitive, athletic, playful sequencing.  To learn more about Carrie, please visit her site, carriemorganyoga.com.

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