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About Hotel Silberstein in Galapagos

A fantastic hotel that has been in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos for more than 30 years...

A landscaped swimming pool lined with red tiles and a charming wooden bridge surrounded by colonial style balconies can be enjoyed. Wi-Fi is free and all rooms have garden views. The hotel is only 20-minute walk from German Beach. Massage sessions can be booked and guests can enjoy tropical cocktails in the bar overlooking the pool. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and styled with white walls, wooden beams and flowery bedspreads. All rooms have private bathrooms and some of them include baths. The tour desk can advise on local attractions and arrange bicycle rental. Charles Darwin Station is only 3/4 of a mile away.



ROOMS
Hotel Silberstein offers 24 rooms guest rooms, with a mixture between double (twin beds) and single (queen or king) beds, for single or double occupation. Our rooms offer you the best accommodations, with private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, and air conditioning. Laundry service on-site is also available, if requested.

SOCIAL AREAS
here are many places to explore, relax and enjoy while staying on the hotel grounds. We have a library where guests can exchange and borrow books, all assorted types and in different languages. We also have a small office area where you can use our computer for the Internet, or use our free wireless connectivity throughout the property. Guests can chose to dine in many spots, even near the pool, where you can read, surf the web, and order the beverage and food of your choice, while enjoying the beauty the our surrounding birds and flowers in the garden.
While you are not on a daily tour, or out diving, there are still many ways to enjoy your stay at the hotel!

GARDEN
We are proud of our garden at Hotel Silberstein. There are many types of birds (such as Darwin Finches) that guests can admire living naturally in our garden, and there are many sounds to hear throughout your stay. Our garden surrounds the pool and relaxation area, and is always filled with native flowers from Galapagos, and leafy trees to shade some of our outdoor patio area. Check out some of the types of flowers you will find in our garden below.

LOCATION
Av. Charles Darwin s/n y Piqueros
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz,
Galapagos/Ecuador


TOURS

The Hotel offer many day tours where guests can visit neighboring islands in the Galapagos. Combining a stay in our hotel, along with a few days on tour gives the flexibility of spending some free time in town, or using a full day to explore surrounding areas, all with their specialized vegetation and landscape, and diversity in animals.

All tours begin in the morning and guests are picked up at the hotel. Lunch is provided on board the daily tour boats, and you arrive back at the hotel in the late afternoon.

Sample day tours:

North Seymour Island: North Seymour is a small island near to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation.
This island is home to a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of frigatebirds in Galapagos.
North Seymour has a visitor trail approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast.
North Seymour is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Pairs of blue-footed boobies can be seen conducting their mating ritual as they offer each other gifts, whistle and honk, stretch their necks towards the sky, spread their wings, and dance—showing off their bright blue feet.

Plazas Island: South Plaza is a small island off the east coast of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 0.13 km and a maximum altitude of 23 metres. South Plaza was formed by lava up streaming from the bottom of the ocean. Despite its small size it is home to a large number of species and it is famous for its extraordinary flora.
That is why this island is very popular with visitors. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls, but most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Very attractive are the beautiful prickly pear cactus trees (Opuntia echios) and of course the large colony of Galapagos Land Iguanas. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its colour from intense green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.

Bartolome Island: Bartolomé Island is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos Islands group. It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the "younger" islands in the Galápagos archipelago. With a total land area of just 1.2 km², this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations.
Bartolomé has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolomé is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos.
It has two visitor sites. At the first one, you may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. You can snorkel with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish.

Isabela Island: Isabela Island is the largest island of the Galápagos with an area of 4,640 square kilometres (1,790 sq mi), and length of 100 kilometres (62 mi) nearly 4 times larger than Santa Cruz, the next largest of the islands.
One of the youngest islands, Isabela is located on the western edge of the archipelago near the Galápagos hotspot. Isabela is also interesting for its flora and fauna. The young island does not follow the vegetation zones of the other islands.
The relatively new lava fields and surrounding soils have not developed the sufficient nutrients required to support the varied life zones found on other islands. Another obvious difference occurs on Volcan Wolf and Cerro Azul; these volcanoes loft above the cloud cover and are arid on top.
Isabela's rich animal, bird, and marine life is beyond compare. Isabela is home to more wild tortoises than all the other islands.
 

The Tour:

We will leave at 7:00 AM to Isabela, which is a beautiful island with a great diversity of animals. Upon arriving to the main dock of Puerto Villamil we will board a bus that takes us to the “Planchonales” fresh lava formations where the animal and plant life starts. Then we continue visiting the Orchillas Hill, the great viewpoint in the highlands of Isabela is perfect to take panoramic pictures of the south of the island and Villamil town with the pacific ocean as its background. On the trip of two hours you will have the chance to see different species of Darwin finches. The following visit is to the white sand beach of Isabela, to observe marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and different kind of marine birds. The snorkel is done at the Concha Perla Bay, it is a beautiful and lonely natural pool between mangroves and lava formation where you can see turtles, rays, different species of fish. The place is located twenty minutes walking from the town Villamil. To get there we will walk on a baulk through mangroves, which begins near the port of the town. The colours of the water, the mangroves and lava formation are amazing! After lunch, we will continue with the visit to the wetlands, and then passengers will continue to the Breeding Center of Giant Tortoises and cultural center of the Galapagos National Park. We will return to Puerto Ayora around 17:00.

 

Includes: Shared transportation, English speaking guide, lunch on a local restaurant.




DIVING

Dive Center Silberstein is conveniently located in front of Hotel Silberstein. We offer daily diving tours to the best surrounding dive spots, as well as all PADI courses: Introductory Dive, Open Water, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, and Dive Master.

In Galapagos there are multiple variations of Dive Vacations. Besides our Daily Diving Tours to the surrounding Islands it is also possible to do a Dive “Island Hopping” with our Galapagos Dive Connection or with enough experience, go up North to the famous Islands of Darwin and Wolf with one of the luxurious Dive Cruises.

Island Hopping in Diving is a great opportunity to get to know the Galapagos underwater world. A wide variety of Dive spots is offered, land based and without the necessity of being on a cruise starting from San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, with overnights on each Island. This program should start with a minimum 7 days on the Islands, though more days is preferred, to fully experience the diving from the eastern to the western Islands. Our partners are specific Dive Bases on the other Islands, and we have a specific code of quality to ensure the best and safest experience for all our divers.

All Dive cruises have the same destination: Darwin and Wolf! In 8-day Cruises the ultimate highlight in diving is with hundreds of Hammerheads and other sharks, especially the great whale shark, many different kinds of rays, sea lions and many more.

 

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

DAY 01 USA  -  quiTO.    

Arrive Quito   and  private transfer to Boutique hotel Silbertein.

 

DAY 02 QUITO- City tour

Morning drive along the northern residential section and see the impressive Parliament Building. Then stroll downtown to visit the colonial temple and monasteries designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Visit San Augustine Convent with its colonial cloisters, coffered ceilings and vast collection of paintings. Continue to the Independence Plaza flanked by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. Next, visit the great church and Monastery of San Francisco with the Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Your scenic tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito. (B)

 

DAY 03 quiTO  -  Galapagos.  

Transfer to airport.         

Arrive Baltra and transfer by car/ferry to Puerto Ayora and accommodation at hotel Silbertain with taxes, daily  breakfast for 4 nights.

VISIT TO GEMELOS & CHARLES DARWIN STATION.  

Arriving at Baltra airport, a staff member from Hotel Silberstein will welcome our new guests, including help with luggage and guidance towards the bus that heads towards the Channel of Itabaca which separates the island Baltra from Santa Cruz.  Upon arrival, a small ferry crosses the azure waters of the Channel towards the island, Santa Cruz, which will take approximately 5 minutes.  Next, the private transport consisting of a double cabin Pick-up or Mini-bus, crosses the island in approx 45 minutes towards Puerto Ayora and your new home, Hotel Silberstein.  The first stop before arriving to your hotel is to “Los Gemelos”, or the Twin Craters, which are located opposite each other on both sides of the road. These are not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers.  Guests should pay special attention to the changing environment that surrounds them.  You will see everything from arid red and rocky ground in the North, to green and vivid nature in the highlands towards the South.  The charming welcome reception at the hotel is followed by an introduction and explanation of all personalized itineraries, and you will receive the details of accommodation in our spacious rooms.  Lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant before our specialized guide takes guests to the Charles Darwin Research Station in the afternoon.  This station hosts educational museums, both about the history and development of the Galapagos Islands, and the protection of the natural heritage.  At Galapagos, many different tortoise species exist, and with this station, their extinction is studied and anticipated.  Subsequently, there is also some leisure time to explore the small but pictorial harbor town Puerto Ayora with its many shops of local arts and crafts.  Dinner is served at the cozy hotel restaurant after an exciting day and memorable day.    

 

DAY 04 Galapagos.  Full day excursion.   

Bartolomé Island: Bartolomé Island is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos Islands group. It is a volcanic islet just off the east coast of Santiago Island. It is one of the "younger" islands in the Galápagos archipelago. With a total land area of just 1.2 km², this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. The island consists of an extinct volcano and a variety of red, orange, green, and glistening black volcanic formations.  Bartolomé has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. Bartolomé is famous for its Pinnacle Rock, which is the distinctive characteristic of this island, and the most representative landmark of the Galápagos.  It has two visitor sites. At the first one, you may swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is impressive. You can snorkel with the penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish.  (B,L)

 

 

DAY 05 Galapagos.  Full day excursion.   

North Seymour Island: North Seymour is a small island near to Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation.
This island is home to a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of frigatebirds in Galapagos.  North Seymour has a visitor trail approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast.  North Seymour is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Pairs of blue-footed boobies can be seen conducting their mating ritual as they offer each other gifts, whistle, and honk, stretch their necks towards the sky, spread their wings, and dance  -showing off their bright blue feet.  (B,L)

 

DAY 06 Galapagos.   Day at leisure.

At leisure to explore the Island on your own or take an optional excursion. (B)                         

 

DAY 07 Galapagos  -  QUITO.    

Assistance & shared transfer to local airport.  

Arrive Quito and transfer to Boutique Hotel Silbertein for 1 night with taxes and breakfast. (B)

 

DAY 08 QUITO  -  USA                                              

Transfer to the airport.  (B)

 Sample itinerary....and subject to change.

 



For questions or further information about these programs 
Have your Travel Agent call Tara Tours at 1-800-327-0080 or
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