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Essential Oils with Sara Torbett with Sara Torbett Next held on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:30 am
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 27, 2016 - Sat Feb 27, 2016
Class Description: The Oily Yogini - Essential Oil Basics Class
 
Experience the profound effects these volatile aromatic compounds have to offer your body, mind and spirit. Sara will take you on a journey utilizing CPTG essential oils to facilitate balance as she guides you through a Led Half Primary Series. The yoga practice will be 60 minutes in length followed by a 30 minute workshop on how to use essential oils daily for personal health and well-being. You will have the opportunity to experience a variety of CPTG essential oils and make 2 roller balls to take with you. Using CPTG essential oils is a safe, natural and effective tool to help you achieve optimal health and well being. Sara’s desire is to help educate and inspire students to take charge of their own healthcare and have the confidence knowing they are using gifts from the Earth.
 
About Sara Torbett: Sara is an experienced Ashtanga and Power vinyasa Yoga teacher from Jacksonville, Florida. She has had the priviledge of teaching for 15 years and has studied under various Ashtanga teachers including Krista Shirley, Tim Feldmann, Greg Nardi, Manju Jois and David Swenson. Sara also has a 20 year background as an Occupational Therapist with specialized skills in hand therapy and orthopedic conditions. 
 
Saturday February 27th
Time: 9-11:30AM
Fee: $35 per person

Early Bird Discount: $28 by February 10th.

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Teacher Clinics with Krista Shirley with Krista Shirley Next held on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Mar 19, 2016 - Sun Mar 20, 2016
Primary and Intermediate Series asana adjustment clinic (4 part series each):
 
Spend the afternoon with Krista learning safe, unique and effective adjustments for postures of the primary series. Krista will also dedicate time providing many useful tips on how to work towards mastery of these asanas.
 
This workshop series is suitable for any Ashtanga Yoga students, and extremely useful for Ashtanga Yoga teachers. Each session is 3 hours.
 
Primary Series : March 19-20 
 
Part One: Sūryanamaskāra A through standing sequence

Part Two: Seated asanas - Dandāsana through Nāvāsana

Part Three: Seated asanas - Bhujapīdāsana through Supta Koṇāsana

Part Four: Seated asanas - Supta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana through finishing sequence

 

Intermediate Series: May 27-29

Spend the afternoon with Krista

learning safe, unique and effective adjustments for postures of the Ashtanga Intermediate (2nd) series. Krista will

also dedicate time providing many useful tips on how to work towards mastery of these asanas.

This workshop series is suitable for any Ashtanga Yoga students, and extremely useful for

Ashtanga Yoga teachers. Each session is 3 hours.

 

Pricing

$65 per session

$230 for each weekend (Savings of $30 off)

$210 early bird (Total savings of $50 off) 

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Taylor Hunt - April 8-10 2016 with Taylor Hunt Next held on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Apr 8, 2016 - Sun Apr 10, 2016
April 8 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016: Dharma Talk - 6:30-8:30pm ($45)

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

2 hour talk

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Led Primary Series - 9:00-10:30am ($35)

Full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Tristhana Method: Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Mysore Style Practice - 9:00-11:30am ($40)

Join Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt, for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Transitions: Lifting Up and Jumping Back - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

 

Taylor Hunt Bio

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala in India for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

COST: Full weekend: $225; early bird $200 if paid by February 15th, 2016.

 

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Taylor Hunt - April 8-10 2016 with Taylor Hunt Next held on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Apr 8, 2016 - Fri Apr 8, 2016
April 8 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016: Dharma Talk - 6:30-8:30pm ($45)

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

2 hour talk

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Led Primary Series - 9:00-10:30am ($35)

Full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Tristhana Method: Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Mysore Style Practice - 9:00-11:30am ($40)

Join Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt, for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Transitions: Lifting Up and Jumping Back - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

 

Taylor Hunt Bio

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala in India for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

COST: Full weekend: $225; early bird $200 if paid by February 15th, 2016.

 

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Taylor Hunt - April 8-10 2016 with Taylor Hunt Next held on Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 9, 2016 - Sat Apr 9, 2016
April 8 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016: Dharma Talk - 6:30-8:30pm ($45)

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

2 hour talk

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Led Primary Series - 9:00-10:30am ($35)

Full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Tristhana Method: Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Mysore Style Practice - 9:00-11:30am ($40)

Join Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt, for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Transitions: Lifting Up and Jumping Back - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

 

Taylor Hunt Bio

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala in India for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

COST: Full weekend: $225; early bird $200 if paid by February 15th, 2016.

 

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Taylor Hunt - April 8-10 2016 with Taylor Hunt Next held on Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Apr 9, 2016 - Sat Apr 9, 2016
April 8 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016: Dharma Talk - 6:30-8:30pm ($45)

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

2 hour talk

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Led Primary Series - 9:00-10:30am ($35)

Full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Tristhana Method: Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Mysore Style Practice - 9:00-11:30am ($40)

Join Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt, for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Transitions: Lifting Up and Jumping Back - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

 

Taylor Hunt Bio

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala in India for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

COST: Full weekend: $225; early bird $200 if paid by February 15th, 2016.

 

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Taylor Hunt - April 8-10 2016 with Taylor Hunt Next held on Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:30 am
This enrollment runs from Sun Apr 10, 2016 - Sun Apr 10, 2016
April 8 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016: Dharma Talk - 6:30-8:30pm ($45)

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

2 hour talk

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Led Primary Series - 9:00-10:30am ($35)

Full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Tristhana Method: Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Mysore Style Practice - 9:00-11:30am ($40)

Join Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt, for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Transitions: Lifting Up and Jumping Back - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

 

Taylor Hunt Bio

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala in India for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

COST: Full weekend: $225; early bird $200 if paid by February 15th, 2016.

 

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Taylor Hunt - April 8-10 2016 with Taylor Hunt Next held on Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sun Apr 10, 2016 - Sun Apr 10, 2016
April 8 2016

Friday, April 8th, 2016: Dharma Talk - 6:30-8:30pm ($45)

Join Authorized Level II teacher, Taylor Hunt, for an evening discussing the philosophy behind the Ashtanga Yoga method. He will share his story and how the practice helped him find his true path. Learn how this transformational and healing practice can work in your life and how to overcome some of the roadblocks along the way. This is an interactive discussion you will not want to miss!

2 hour talk

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Led Primary Series - 9:00-10:30am ($35)

Full led Primary Series class using the traditional Sanskrit count.

Saturday, April 9th, 2016: Tristhana Method: Breath, Bandha, & Dristhi - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

Come prepared to explore the basis of the Ashtanga method known as tristhana. Tristhana means the three places of attention: breath with bandha (internal energy locks), asana, and dristhi (gazing point). When practiced simultaneously, the tristhana method becomes a tool to steady the mind transforming the physical practice into a moving meditation. In this workshop, we will explore the internal elements of the practice while taking a deeper look at the fundamental poses of the vinyasa sequence.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Mysore Style Practice - 9:00-11:30am ($40)

Join Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt, for a unique opportunity to receive individual attention and deepen your practice in a Mysore-style setting.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016: Transitions: Lifting Up and Jumping Back - 12:30-2:30pm ($45)

In the Ashtanga system, the vinyasa is the thread that links each posture like the beads of a mala. While lifting up, jumping back, and jumping through may seem daunting at first, this course lays the groundwork to begin building the core strength and bandha awareness that allows you to float through the transitions. Learn how to begin moving through these transitions with ease to bring grace and fluidity to your practice. We will also spend time looking at the vinyasa count to further cultivate the meditative aspect of the practice. This is a fun and challenging workshop for all levels of practitioners.

 

Taylor Hunt Bio

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Taylor makes yearly trips to India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala in India for a month. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the country. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and accessible approach to the practice.

COST: Full weekend: $225; early bird $200 if paid by February 15th, 2016.

 

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Teacher Clinics with Krista Shirley with Krista Shirley Next held on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat May 28, 2016 - Sun May 29, 2016
Primary and Intermediate Series asana adjustment clinic (4 part series each):
 
Spend the afternoon with Krista learning safe, unique and effective adjustments for postures of the primary series. Krista will also dedicate time providing many useful tips on how to work towards mastery of these asanas.
 
This workshop series is suitable for any Ashtanga Yoga students, and extremely useful for Ashtanga Yoga teachers. Each session is 3 hours.
 
Primary Series : March 19-20 
 
Part One: Sūryanamaskāra A through standing sequence

Part Two: Seated asanas - Dandāsana through Nāvāsana

Part Three: Seated asanas - Bhujapīdāsana through Supta Koṇāsana

Part Four: Seated asanas - Supta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana through finishing sequence

 

Intermediate Series: May 27-29

Spend the afternoon with Krista

learning safe, unique and effective adjustments for postures of the Ashtanga Intermediate (2nd) series. Krista will

also dedicate time providing many useful tips on how to work towards mastery of these asanas.

This workshop series is suitable for any Ashtanga Yoga students, and extremely useful for

Ashtanga Yoga teachers. Each session is 3 hours.

 

Pricing

$65 per session

$230 for each weekend (Savings of $30 off)

$210 early bird (Total savings of $50 off) 

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Yoga, Food & Body Image Intesive with Chelsea Roff Next held on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Sep 23, 2016 - Sun Sep 25, 2016
September 23-25, 2016

Join us for an in-depth training on how yoga can be used to overcome disordered eating and negative body image.

Led by Chelsea Roff, Founder of Eat Breathe Thrive™
and an eating disorder survivor herself, this training
teaches practical yoga-based tools for overcoming food
and body image issues on all ends of the spectrum. Yoga
teachers and mental health practitioners will come away
with knowledge, skills, and practices for supporting
their clients. Those who struggle with disordered eating
will learn how to use yoga in their recovery.

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Friday, 6pm-8pm: Yoga, A Game-Changer in
Eating Disorders

Saturday, 10:30am-6pm: Coming Home to the Body

Sunday, 10:30am-6pm: The Double Edged Sword
 
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$299  or $249 if paid for by Sept 9, 2015
 
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The Yoga Shala, 927 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 506-4626
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Galapagos Yoga Retreat 2016 with Krista Shirley Next held on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Oct 21, 2016 - Sun Oct 30, 2016
Ashtanga Yoga Adventure Retreat with Krista Shirley Join Krista Shirley for an Ashtanga Yoga Adventure Retreat in the Galapagos Islands. We will spend 10 days exploring all four of the inhabited islands of the Galapagos visiting parts of the islands often overlooked by tourists. This adventure retreat promises to be the adventure yoga vacation of a lifetime! During our expedition you will practice Ashtanga yoga with Krista, enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine, meet the local Galapagueños, learn about the rich history and culture, hike up an active volcano and one of the biggest calderas in the world, visit pirate caves on Floreana Island, go kayaking at Isabela Island; snorkel with sea turtles, marine iguanas, playful seas lions and other amazing underwater life! We will fly and drive and bus and bike and swim and walk and you better believe everyday will start with Yoga practice! You will enjoy Krista’s healing touch and patient mentoring in Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga classes before the days activities begin. Itinerary Snapshot Day 1 - Arrive in Quito • Welcome Briefing and Dinner • Stay overnight in Quito • Dinner provided Day 2 - Fly to San Cristobal • Cycle Highlands to Loberia. Snorkel or Swim • Yoga at Sunset • Stay overnight in San Cristobal • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided Day 3 - Morning Yoga • Snorkel at Kicker Rock. Visit Interpretation Center and Tijeretas Walk. • Stay overnight in San Cristobal • Breakfast and Lunch provided 2 Day 4 - Morning Yoga • Boat to Floreana and Snorkel. Visit Highlands and Pirate Caves. • Stay Overnight in Floreana • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided Day 5 - Morning Yoga • Boat to Isabela. Bay Kayak and Explore Town • Stay overnight in Isabela • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided Day 6 - Morning Yoga • Hike Sierra Negra Volcano and the lava fields of Volcan Chico • Stay overnight in Isabela • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided Day 7 - Morning Yoga • Visit Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, Free afternoon, Highlands Dinner. • Stay overnight in Isabela • Breakfast and Lunch provided Day 8 - Morning Yoga • Boat to Santa Cruz, Visit Highlands, Tortuga Bay • Stay overnight in Santa Cruz -Breakfast, • Lunch and Dinner provided Day 9 - Yoga Rest Day • Early Flight to Quito, Final Dinner • Stay overnight in Quito • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided Day 10 - Optional Self Yoga Practice with Krista • Depart for Home Anytime Quito • Breakfast provided 3 Start and End: Quito, Ecuador Tour Length: 10 days, 9 nights on Land Departures: October 21-30, 2016 Tour Style: Active, Specialty Comfort Level: Comfort Sweat Factor: Moderate Group Size: Max 16 Single Supplement: Contact Krista for pricing. Email krista@KristaShirley.com Tour Price: $4,999.00 Specifics: Included in Tour Price • 9 Nights Standard Accommodation: Private Bathroom • *Flights to and from Galapagos from Quito, Ecuador. MUST PURCHASE ROUNDTRIP to/from Quito from your home. • All Land, Air, and Sea Transport in Galapagos Islands • Naturalist Guide Authorized by the GNP • Mountain Bikes, Sea Kayaks, Wetsuits and Snorkeling Equipment • Meals daily as specified in Itinerary • Drinking Water and water stations to refill your reusable water bottles • Tips for hotel staff, boat crew and drivers • Daily Yoga Sessions with Krista Shirley Not Included in Tour Price • National Park Entrance Fee $100, cash only • Ingala Fee $20, cash only • Airport Transfers (Available upon request) • Optional Diving (Please inquire in advance) • Drinks other than water (Soda, beer, etc.) • Meals not specified in Itinerary (2 evening meals) • Tips for Tour Leader/Naturalist Guide/Yoga Instructor What is Included and Not Included? 4 Detailed Itinerary DAY 1 - Friday, October 21st Arrive in Quito - Welcome Briefing and Dinner - Stay overnight Quito. You can arrive in Quito, Ecuador any time and check into your hotel. This evening you will be met by a representative for a briefing about your upcoming yoga tour experience and an opportunity to get know your new travel mates before your first dinner together. If you arrive early, you can use your free time to get aquatinted with one of the highest capitals in the world sitting at just over 9,000 feet above sea level. If you’re in a cultural mood, head to the Old Town to stroll through the magnificent cathedrals and take in the colonial architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. El Panecillo or ‘the Little Bread Loaf,’ is located high atop a hill in the Old Town and is a major Quito attraction boasting a panoramic view of the city. Museums are scattered throughout the New and Old Town as well as local artisan markets that are great for picking up souvenirs. The New Town is teeming with cafes and restaurants and is a vibrant mix of locals, expats, and fellow travelers. DAY 2 - Saturday, October 22nd Fly to San Cristobal - Cycle Highlands to La Loberai, Snorkel or Swim -Stay overnight in San Cristobal - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. This morning we’ll take a short flight to the one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos archipelago, San Cristobal. We’ll land in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, a coastal town and the administrative capital of the islands. After sampling some of the local cuisine we’ll head up into the highlands for a scenic downhill bike ride. Starting at a panoramic viewpoint called La Soledad, we’ll bike through the tiny town of El Progreso and five different vegetation zones until we reach a beach called La Loberia. There we’ll be able to watch sea lions sun bathing, playing and vying for our attention. If you can’t wait to get in the water, this is your first opportunity. Just before sunset, we’ll bike back to town and get ready for our first yoga practice in the enchanted islands. Well finish off the day with a welcome dinner at a small local restaurant. Yoga practice at sunset. DAY 3 - Sunday, October 23rd Snorkel at Kicker Rock; Visit Interpretation Center, Tijeretas Hike - Stay overnight in San Cristobal - Breakfast/Lunch Yoga practice at sunrise. Today we take to the water to get a glimpse of the underwater world of Galapagos. First we’ll cruise along the coast in our boat identifying shore birds like the Great Frigate and famous Blue-Footed Booby. Then we’ll find a calm spot near the coast to get our fins wet in search of damselfish, puffer fish, and, hopefully, curious sea lion pups. From there we continue to Kicker Rock or Leon Dormido as it’s known by the locals to explore the final remains of a tuff cone rising over 143 meters out of the ocean. If Kicker Rock were a building, it would have almost 50 floors! Along the edge and through a channel of this drastic compact ash formation, we’ll be on the hunt for sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, and, with any luck, a Galapagos Shark or two. Don’t worry; they won’t be as interested in you as you are in them. There are many beautiful beaches along the coastline of San Cristobal that are accessible only by boat. After our snorkel activities are done, we’ll head to one of these sandy beaches for some fun and exploration. After lunch on board, feel free to spend your time swimming in the turquoise water or snapping photos of birds, crabs and other creatures we may find on the beach. We’ll head back to town late afternoon to visit the Interpretation Center. 5 We’ll learn about the history and mystery of the archipelago from its discovery and what makes it so special, to Charles Darwin’s visit and the present-day efforts to protect this amazing World Heritage site. To culminate the educational afternoon, go for a short hike to Tijeretas, pick a spot at nearby Playa Mann (Mann Beach) with the playful sea lions or grab a front row seat at Casa Blanca to toast in the sunset. Dinner is on your own tonight but we’ll be sure to offer you plenty of suggestions. DIVING: Occasionally, the option to dive is available. Please inquire in advance with Krista so she can check. DAY 4 - Monday, October 24th Boat to Floreana and Snorkel - Visit Highlands and Pirate Caves - Stay overnight in Floreana - Breakfast/Lunch. Yoga practice at sunrise. After breakfast, we’ll depart by boat for the least inhabited of the main islands, Floreana. In route, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and the waved albatross. We’ll have a pre-lunch snorkel before going ashore to a black sand beach at the home of the Wittmer’s, one of the islands first settlers. With a population of less than 150 people, Puerto Velasco Ibarra is a sleepy little town but not without its secrecies. You can read up on how life came to be on Floreana and how some lives mysteriously ended. After lunch, take a siesta while listening to the waves or walk along the coast in search of sunbathing iguanas. This afternoon we’ll bus up to the highlands of Floreana to visit the Pirate and Whaler Caves from long ago. We’ll return to town and our beachside accommodation in time to enjoy the day’s last light before heading to the Baronesa for dinner. NOTE: Because of the small nature of the hotel and lack of availablity, sometimes we are unable to stay and must continue on to Isabela. DAY 5 - Tuesday, October 25th Boat to Isabela, Visit Pink Flamingos - Visit Giant Tortoise Breeding Center - Stay overnight in Isabela - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Yoga practice at sunrise. This morning we embark for Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago. Once we arrive in Puerto Vilamil, we’ll take a short walk to a nearby wetland that is home to pink flamingos and pintail ducks. After lunch, we’ll continue with a leisurely walk through a coastal lagoon. This mangrove-lined path will lead us to Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we’ll see giant tortoises in all stages of development. The center has almost a thousand giant tortoises training for life on their own! Optional Activity: Wall of Tears Rent a bike in town then step back in time to visit the Wall of Tears. Built by convicts and still standing over 50 years later, this landmark is a remnant of Isabela’s penal colony past. If you don’t feel like heading to the Wall of Tears today, you can enjoy the beautiful white sand beach or relax in town. You will also have free time on Day 7 to possibly visit the Wall of tears. For the evening we’ll head into the highlands for a special dinner. 6 DAY 6 - Wednesday, October 26th Hike Sierra Negra Volcano - Visit Volcan Chico Lava Fields - Stay overnight in Isabela - Breakfast/Lunch Yoga practice at sunrise. Lace up your hiking boots; we’re heading up a volcano! Sierra Negra Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Galapagos; its last eruption was in October 2005. As we hike to the perimeter of the caldera, we’ll be on the look out for bird species found only in the highlands like the bright red Vermillion Flycatcher and the elusive short-eared owl. Once we reach the rim, we’ll be met with a nine-kilometer view that stretches across one of the most active calderas in the world. We’ll continue on to traverse the vast lava fields of Volcan Chico en route for a lookout that boasts breathtaking views reaching to the north of Isabela. After enjoying a hearty sense of accomplishment, we’ll make our way back to town late afternoon for some free time to curl up with a book or venture down to the water for a relaxing swim before dinner. DAY 7 - Thursday, October 27th Bay Kayak and Snorkel -Free afternoon - Stay Overnight in Isabela - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Yoga practice at sunrise. After breakfast we’ll gear up to explore a protected bay and search for the Galapagos Penguin – the only penguin found north of the Equator. We’ll hop out for a short walk at Tintoreras or Shark Alley, an isolated islet and popular iguana-nesting site that’s home to hundreds of marine iguanas. After a snorkel in search of sleeping sea turtles, we’ll head back to town. The afternoon is yours to explore, sit with the birds and iguanas, head toward your favorite beach bar or visit the Wall of Tears if you did not visit on Day 5. DAY 8 - Friday, October 28th Visit Charles Darwin Research Station - Visit a Lava Tunnel & Wild Tortoises in the Santa Cruz Highlands - Stay overnight in Santa Cruz - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Yoga practice at sunrise. We’ll wave goodbye to Isabela this morning as we depart for Santa Cruz Island. After checking in, we’ll hop on a bus bound for the Highlands to explore an underground lava tunnel and visit a ranch. For the first time we’ll be able to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat cooling off in a watering hole or munching away. On the way back to town shout if you want coffee and we’ll make a pit stop at a local distributor for a bag of fresh ground Galapagos coffee, the only product exported from the islands. After lunch, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. We’ll learn about the station’s successes in repopulating the islands with the once endangered land iguana and several species of Giant Tortoise. From the collection of the eggs to the age of release, we’ll observe how the giant tortoises are raised and readied for life on their own. This afternoon we’ll take a short walk that ends in white sand and luscious waves. Tortuga bay is gorgeous beach, accessible only by foot and laden with choices. Do you want to swim, sunbath, bodysurf or do all three? After our fun in the sun, we’ll make our way back to town for our farewell dinner to the Enchanted Islands. 7 DAY 9 - Saturday, October 29th Last Minute Shopping - Return to Quito, Final Dinner - Stay Overnight in Quito - Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner Yoga - Day of Rest. Today is the last day in the Galapagos. Get up early for a final hike or savor your last moments on the island for souvenir shopping – the choice is yours. We’ll fly back to Quito early afternoon and be transferred to our hotel. Tonight will be our farewell dinner your chance to say goodbye to your new friends. DAY 10 - Sunday, October 30th Final Day, Depart For Home - Breakfast, Yoga - Self Practice with Krista. Today is the last day of the tour and we’ll be sure to get you to the airport if you have a flight out before noon or arrange a day tour in and around Quito for some additional exploring. Check our post-trips (found on our website and at the end of this dossier) for some ideas on where to go and what to do. If you have questions about additional tours, lodging or airport assistance, just ask us! What is Ashtanga Yoga? This method of teaching is appropriate for both new students and experienced practitioners. Ashtanga Yoga, done daily, will increase flexibility, strength, endurance, and physical and mental balance; it will cleanse the internal systems of the body and provide a healthy source of focus and dedication in ones life – something everyone needs! During the retreat students will practice in the traditional Ashtanga Mysore Method; the most effective and enjoyable way to learn Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This unique system is suitable for beginners as well as longtime practitioners because every student is taught individually. In other words, each student is given a one-on-one lesson in a group setting in order that he or she can progress through the Ashtanga Yoga series’ at their own pace and according to his or her individual needs. Your Yoga Instructor Krista Shirley is a dedicated student and teacher of traditional Ashtanga yoga. She was introduced to this practice over a decade ago and immediately embraced it as a daily part of her life as she was magnetically drawn to the healing this practice provides. For the last twelve years Krista has rolled her mat out each day because it is such an intrinsic part of who she is. Ashtanga Yoga has given Krista health and wellness, comfort, stability, peace, mindfulness and an outlet to work on herself and help others. Originally from South Carolina, Krista moved to Orlando to complete her Bachelor’s’ at Rollins College and was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in May of 2003. After two intensive teacher trainings with Manju Jois and Paul Dallaghan, Krista began making yearly visits to Mysore, India in 2006 to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guruji. She has since made over a dozen long term visits to the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in order to fully connect to this lineage, embrace and surrender to a teacher that could help facilitate her growth and provide a deep source of inspiration. Since Guruji’s passing in 2009 Krista continues to make the yearly pilgrimage to India to study with Guruji’s grandson R. Sharath Jois who has dedicated his life continuing the work of Guruji, ensuring this deeply rich lineage, this parampara, lives on in the name of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 8 Krista’s dedication to her personal yoga practice and the Ashtanga lineage shines through in her teaching. In 2009, Krista opened The Yoga Shala in Winter Park and has been holding space for daily Mysore classes ever since. When she’s not teaching at her shala, Krista is hosting workshops and retreats all over the globe. She has taught over 25 workshops and yoga retreats from Panama to Scotland and everywhere in between. From beginners to experienced practitioners, Krista works individually with students to insure correct alignment and injury prevention in each asana (posture). Her energy is contagious and inspiring because she lives this yoga daily and experiences tremendous fulfillment in helping people find and deepen their growth in this practice. Itinerary Notes Suggested Flights It is best to arrive early on the tour start date and, even better, a day or two before to see some of the sights in Quito (and to avoid issues with possible flight delays or lost bags). If you want any help with any pre-trips and accommodations – just ask! Arriving in Quito Upon arrival at the international airport in Quito, you can grab a taxi and make your way to the hotel. There will be taxis waiting and the hotel will be expecting you. It should cost around $25-30USD and you should negotiate a set price BEFORE you get in the taxi. If you have paid for an airport pick-up, a representative will be waiting for you – look for your name on a sign! NOTE: Quito, like most major cities, is not without its pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Leave your valuables and passports in your room or hotel safe and only carry what you need just to be safe. See our website for more safety tips. Welcome Briefing As there are no scheduled activities in Quito and people will be arriving at different times, your official briefing will take place the evening before your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Briefings usually begin at 6:30 PM, but check the sign when you arrive in case the time has changed. If, for some reason, you don’t make it in time for the briefing, instructions will be left for you at the front desk. Galapagos Flight It’s about 30 minutes from Quito to Guayaquil and 1 1⁄2 hours from Guayaquil to Galapagos. Flying from Quito, chances are that the aircraft will make a short stopover in Guayaquil to drop off and collect passengers. It’s usually less than an hour. During your flight to the islands, the aircraft will be sprayed while passengers are on board to kill any species possibly residing in your hand luggage. Don’t worry – the spray is biodegradable, not harmful to humans and recommended by the World Health Organization. your flight time, it is possible that you will head directly to lunch and your first activity, before checking into the hotel. Please dress appropriately or have clothes and shoes handy. 9 Arriving in the Galapagos Once you arrive in Galapagos, you’ll queue up to pay your National Park Entrance Fee ($100 cash only). There are no ATM’s in the airport in Galapagos. Your guide will be waiting to pick you up just outside the airport when you arrive. After you pay your National Park fee and collect your checked luggage head outside to meet your guide. Depending on your flight time, it is possible that you will head directly to lunch and your first activity, before checking into the hotel. Please dress appropriately or have clothes and shoes handy. Kicker Rock Snorkel If you’ve never snorkeled before, no worries. There will be a full briefing and a practice run in calm water. Wetsuits make you buoyant and we have a couple different flotation devices to choose from. You do need to be able to climb a short ladder back into the boat after snorkeling, but again, don’t worry, the skipper will be there to help you. You’ll be on the boat for approximately 6 hours. Since you’ll be staying close to the coast, seasickness isn’t usually an issue this day. Diving in the Galapagos Occasionally, the option to dive is available. Please inquire in advance. A diving extension can also be arranged for you to spend extra time in the Galapagos; this must be booked and paid for in advance. If you have never gone diving with a long 5mm-7mm wetsuit, in the open water, or it’s been 2 years or more since your last dive, a refresher course is highly recommend to be better prepared, as well as to ensure your safety and comfort during your dive experience. Diving in the Galapagos is not geared towards novice divers. Note: If you choose to book diving, you will be required to complete a dive request form and send us a copy of your certification. Snorkel & Activity Gear Wetsuits or rash guards, fins, mask and snorkels are provided for you, as well as kayaks and bicycles during scheduled activities. If you prefer to bring your own snorkel gear, please do so. If you have a new mask it should be cleaned properly and used beforehand to make sure it isn’t going to fog up when you are on the hunt for that perfect underwater fish photo. If you wear glasses – YOU CANNOT WEAR YOUR GLASSES WITH A MASK. You can wear contacts or visit a dive shop before coming to Galapagos to get a corrective lens mask if necessary. Tijeretas Hike The Tijeretas track is a loop trail at about 2km/1.5miles in length. The loop takes you up and down four flights of stairs to various lookouts, one with a statue of Charles Darwin. It’s a paved/sealed track and there is an extension to a beautiful beach called Punta Carola. Facilities are located at the beginning, in the Interpretation Center. Boat Crossings Residents and tourist alike use this method of transport regularly between the main inhabited islands. However, for this tour you’ll be on a private boat. Out on the open ocean, this is your best chance to see whales and dolphins. Each crossing takes about 2 hours. Less time if the sea is calm, more time if the sea is rough. Boats are usually 30-35 feet long and hold 20-30 passengers. You’ll be leaving bright and early most days when the sea is usually calm, but if you’re prone to seasickness or not sure, bring some seasickness pills just in case. 10 Floreana Island Floreana is the least developed of all the inhabited islands. You’ll be staying in a beautiful beachside hotel, but bear in mind the limitations of the island and available facilities. There’s limited electricity, water supply and food choices. NOTE: There are also times when it is not possible to stay in Floreana due to the extremely limited availability of accommodations and must continue on to Isabela. Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Closed toe walking shoes, a rain jacket, insect repellant, and your camera are all you’ll need for this experience. The trails might be rocky and muddy, but flat. Volcano Hike You’ll be walking 4-6 hours with frequent rest stops and a lunch break. From the National Park checkpoint, there’s about a 45 minute walk uphill to the rim of the volcano. The trail around the rim has only slight up and downs with a few short steep inclines. The lava fields of Volcan Chico are uneven and rocky in areas. The path in and out is dirt: if it’s been raining, it could be muddy. There’s one proper bathroom at the beginning of trail. The majority of walking is on level terrain and as long as you’re comfortable walking 4-6 hours, it’s definitely doable. If you have weak ankles, use athletic braces and wear hiking boots. If you have knee trouble, bring a hiking pole or two. This is a non-technical hike. Kayaking Isabela This is a beginner friendly kayak - no experience required. We will be using it-on-top double kayaks and life vests. Be prepared for some splashes and wetness just in case. A dry bag is good piece of gear to bring along if you want to bring a non-waterproof camera. Wall of Tears There are no facilities. Taxis are sometimes not allowed. The path is part sand part gravel with a few slight inclines. It will take 2+ hours walking or 1+ hour biking one way. For the most part, it’s an easy ride or walk that parallels the beach. Tortuga Bay The trail to the beach is an easy walk on a nice path for about 45 minutes. Once you pass the National Park checkpoint at the entrance, there will be no bathrooms or shops to buy refreshments, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. If you want to rent a surf or boogie board, you must rent one in town and carry the board with you. If you want to walk through the cactus forest, you’ll need shoes suitable for the rocky path. Breeding Center Fausto Llerena We will be visiting the Breeding Center Fausto Llerena, which is where Lonesome George was until his death in 2012. One animal you can see here that you may have not seen already is the Galapagos Land Iguana. The center is also home to Super Diego, a giant tortoise originally from Española Island. Diego got his name after being rescued from the San Diego Zoo in 1977. Since his return, he’s been very busy and has an estimated 1,700 offspring! NOTE: If we have an early flight out of Galapagos (not usually the case), this activity may be omitted or you can choose to visit CDRS on your own instead of Tortuga Bay. 11 Santa Cruz Highlands If it’s been raining, the farm can be muddy. The lava tunnel is damp, dark and rocky. There are lights in the tunnel, but if you have a headlamp, bring it. Closed toed shoes recommended and keep a rain jacket handy just in case. Departing Galapagos When you leave Galapagos, you need to present the stub from your INGALA paper (you filled this out on the way to Galapagos). If you lose that stub, you will have to pay $10USD again for a new one. Departing Quito There no planned activities on the last day so you can depart any time. If you depart before noon, we’ll be sure to get you to the airport in ample time. Otherwise, grab a taxi (the hotel will be happy to organize one) and negotiate before you get in the car. Important Information Money CURRENCY, BILLS & ATM’S – The currency in Ecuador and the Galapagos is US Dollars. There are ATM’s in San Cristobal and Santa Cruz islands (no ATMs in Floreana or Isabela), but it is best to carry cash into the islands rather than hope the ATM works. You will also want to make sure you get cash in Quito to pay your National Park Entry fee. Travelers Checks are rarely used, and the only way to use them on the islands is to cash them at the bank during weekday hours (and pay a percentage for this service). Most, if not all stores will only accept cash and small bills at that. Make sure all your notes are less than $100 and are in reasonably good condition – the locals and banks aren’t fond of torn or tattered bills. It is advisable to let your bank know you are traveling to Ecuador before you depart home. FEES – The fees you are responsible for paying are as follows: $20 INGALA FEE – CASH ONLY This is a visitor control document used to track and moderate tourism and migration to the islands that was implemented in 2006 by the Galapagos National Park. This paperwork is purchased at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil and will need to be shown along with your passport upon entering and exiting the islands. $100 PARK ENTRANCE FEE – CASH ONLY This is payable upon entering the Galapagos. As per the National park website: ‘Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists.’ Learn more at the Galapagos National Park website. BUDGET – You are responsible for the above mentioned fees and any meals not included in the itinerary. A cheap meal in the Galapagos is $5-7 and an expensive meal is $12-17, with meal prices slightly lower in mainland Ecuador. An emergency stash of cash is a good idea – recommend at least $200. All that’s left is souvenir money and a tip if you choose to leave one. 12 TIPPING – 10% is the typical tip in restaurants and is usually included in your bill as a service charge. For drivers, helpers, and crew during your trip, $5-10 a day is customary and included in your tour price. For your leader, $8-12 per day per person is the norm. Tipping is in no way required and entirely at your discretion. It is however of great significance to those who have helped make your tour a success and a great way to express your appreciation for a job well done. Group Leader & On-site Support Our guides will have a wealth of information about the wildlife, history and culture of Ecuador. They are locals and speak excellent English. In the Galapagos, Our trip will be lead or co-lead by a certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide. Our guides will have in-depth knowledge of the islands including the unique flora and fauna. Your Responsibilities & Fellow Travelers Being punctual by adhering to meeting times set out by our guide is an important part of ensuring everyone gets the best travel experience. Spending many days with fellow travelers from around the world can be exciting and dynamic. At times, it can be a challenge. For the best possible trip, it is important that all passengers adhere to meeting times as a common courtesy. With a small effort on your part and some patience on behalf of your fellow travelers, I am certain that the tour will be enjoyable for all. Travel Documents & Visas In order to enter Ecuador, you must have a valid passport with more than 6 months validity. You may also need a visa or immunizations depending on your home country. Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up to date travel requirements. Please talk with your family doctor or visit a travel clinic at home. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION. It’s also a good idea to have a copy of all important documents with you. Tip: Even better is to take a picture or scan important documents in an email to yourself (passport, airline ticket, etc.). Travel Insurance Bags get lost. Flights get delayed. And the unexpected, well you get the picture. Things happen. Travel insurance is the best way to protect yourself and your investment should a misfortune occur. There are several to choose from and not as expensive as you may think. Between 5 and 15 dollars a day will give you peace of mind before and during your trip. *Safety is the number one priority. However, we are traveling to a destination with limited medical facilities and is an island off the coast of a third world country. Although we don’t anticipate a medical emergency, travel insurance with medical and emergency evacuation coverage is highly recommended. 13 Wi-Fi & Cell Phone Service Internet service in the Galapagos Islands can be extremely limited. Some hotels have it, some don’t. If a hotel or restaurant does have Wi-Fi, sometimes it works great, sometimes it doesn’t work at all – it is best to assume you will not have an Internet connection. If you’re desperate to find a connection, we can usually help as long as the satellites are up and running. Some international phones work in the Galapagos, but again, internet services (like 3G) are very, very slow. Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a great opportunity for a digital detox! Security Purse-snatchers and pickpockets love to prey on the unsuspecting and obvious tourist. It is best to leave your valuables, extra cash, and passport in room or hotel safe as a precaution, especially in Quito, Ecuador. Altitude Sickness The best way to adjust to altitude is to arrive early and let your body acclimatize. If you plan to spend extra time in Quito or the Andes, it can take 2 days for your body to adjust before taking part in any trekking or strenuous activities. Eat many small meals and avoid alcohol. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is very important at altitude. Altitude sickness may cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, insomnia and loss of appetite. Being in “great shape” has no impact on how you’ll be impacted by altitude. If you are concerned about how the altitude may affect you, talk to your doctor before departing on your trip. Galapagos Weather January to June is known as the wet season. It’s the hottest time of the year, particularly February through April. The weather is more tropical and there can be sudden downpours. The heavy rain turns the islands green with vegetation. The water is warmer and the sea is calmer because there are minimal surface winds. July to December is known as the dry season. It’s slightly cooler, especially in the evenings. There can be random light mist and showers and overcast skies. The southeasterly wind picks up and the sea isn’t always so calm. The water cools down as the cold, nutrient rich Humboldt Current makes its way to Galapagos. Air temperature: January to June Air Temperature (77-88°F, 25-31°C) July to December Air Temperature (70-79°F, 21-26°C) Water temperature: July to December Water Temperature (65-75°F,18-24°C) January to June Water Temperature (73-77°F, 23-25°C) Andes Weather Weather in Quito and the Andes will be much different than what we encounter in the Galapagos. In the Andes it can get quite cool in the temperate forest climate at night. Be sure to pack layers to allow for a wide range of temperature changes from day to night. 14 Air Temperature: Oct to April Andes Air Temperature (40-75°F, 4-24°C) May to Sept Andes Air Temperature (30- 70°F, 0-21°C) Rainfall: Oct to April Andes Rainfall (8-18 rainy days/month) May to Sept Andes Rainfall (2-7 rainy days/month) What to Pack Bags Luggage: A durable duffle bag, backpack or suitcase with wheels weighing no more than 50lbs for travel to the Galapagos. You should be able to carry your luggage from a boat, across a street and up a flight of stairs. A duffle bag will be provided by us to protect your belongings. *An ID tag is very helpful. Daypack: You will keep this with you during all the daily activities in the Galapagos, from snorkeling to hiking around Sierra Negra. An ideal pack will be well fitted with cushioned shoulder straps and a waist strap. It should be big enough to hold a raincoat, travel towel, camera, money, sunscreen, water bottles and a packed lunch. Packing Light As this tour starts in Quito, packing light can be an extra challenge. Cool and even cold nights are possible in the Andes as is misty, rainy weather. Conversely, in the Galapagos days are often hot and humid. You are required to move your luggage from pier to boat to hotel, upstairs, downstairs, on the bus and off the bus several times in the Galapagos. In other words, there’s a lot of moving around. We can get help with the hauling, but if it’s unnecessary, don’t bring it and save your energy. Laundry – There will be opportunities to do laundry on the trip, to help you pack light. Essentials Insect repellent: This is essential. A small travel size should be sufficient. Sun block: SPF 30+ UVA/UVB broad spectrum that is waterproof, sweat resistant, etc. Water bottle/bladder: One 1 liter, Two 500 milliliters... However you do it, a refillable water bottle is essential. Water refills will be provided. Personal first-aid kit: Our guide will carry a first-aid kit, but it’s best to bring your own. Waterproof Band-Aids, blister protection/prevention, antibiotic cream, and an astringent at a minimum. If you’re prone to seasickness or not sure, bring along some seasickness tablets just in case. Toiletries: Bring everything you may need with you, especially prescription medicines. Limited supplies and brands are available in the Galapagos. Hotels usually provide a mini bar of soap only. If you’d like a washcloth or face towel, bring that along as well. 15 Clothing Yoga Gear: Bring a few of your favorite practice outfits. The best option would be ones that can perform double duty so you can go straight from the mat to the day’s activities like hiking, biking, etc. Raincoat: Something with a hood that keeps you dry and is breathable as it can be very hot and humid when it rains in the Galapagos Islands. Sweater/fleece: For cooler evenings and for when you get out of the water after a swim or snorkel in the Galapagos, and for underneath your raincoat if it is cold in Quito. Long-sleeve shirts (1-2): Lightweight sunscreen or SPF shirts are the best for boat trips and walks. Long sleeve rash guard: If you get cold easily in the water, bring something to go under your wetsuit. This is also added sun protection while in the water. T-shirts/tank tops (4-5): Shirts that dry quick are recommended. Ones with SPF are even better. Trousers (1-2): Quick dry hiking pants for the islands and a casual pair for the cooler weather in Quito. Shorts (3-4): Quick drying, comfortable, breathable. The Essentials: Undies, socks and something to sleep in for the week. Swimsuits (2): Suitable for being active in the water for kayaking and snorkeling. Shoes: Sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots when walking over lava rocks and potentially slippery or muddy trails in the Galapagos. All shoes should be broken in prior to the trip. Hiking boots are especially recommended for those with weak ankles. Sandals: Active sandals such as Tevas or Keens that stay on your feet and dry quickly. Recommended Sun hat: Baseball cap, visor, sombrero - anything to protect and shield you from the powerful sun. Sunglasses: Any pair will do. A strap might be useful and polarized sunglasses will help cut the glare from the water in the Galapagos, but that is not a necessity. Dry bags: Some things you will want to keep dry: your camera, iPod, etc. Other things you will want to keep contained - like wet swimsuits, muddy boots, & damp towels. Roll-top dry bags are great and at the very least, tough Ziploc bags. Beach / travel towel: A small, quick dry, travel towel really comes in handy after snorkeling. Ear Plugs: For plane rides, potentially nasally bunkmates, and the roosters that live on Isabela Island. Camera: Plus memory cards, extra batteries and a charger. Since half the wildlife is underwater, an underwater camera or housing is recommended so you don’t miss great shots of life below the surface. Jump/Thumb Drive: This is a great little tool to share photos among group members at the trip’s end. 16 Optional Yoga mat: Please bring you
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