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Galapagos Safari Camp
Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Prices From: $230 per person
Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way of exploring the Galapagos archipelago. The first eco-luxury tented camp in Ecuador follows the african safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort in their tents while experiencing nature in its purest form.
The camp is set on a ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island (30 minutes from the sea), overlooking the National Park and offering magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean and the western and northern islands, including Isabela, Santiago, Pinzón, Baltra, Rabida, Guy Fawkes & Daphne. It is the last farm before the National Park in the Santa Rosa area, conveniently located between Puerto Ayora, the island's captial, and the Itabaca Channel by the airport (25 km from each). The farm is situatied in the "transition zone" at an altitude of 480 metres above sea level and close to the park's tortoise reserve. The farm itself is rich in birdlife with finches, warblers, mockingbirds, galapagos doves, egrets and owls — tortoises also make frequent visits. The property has many local species of trees, such as scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo which are rapidly regaining a foothold after years of cattle farming.
The stylish central lodge is perched on a hill with panoramic views and a spacious veranda. Its open plan interior draws the eye to the islands scattered on the horizon, offering a lounge for relaxation with a cozy fireplace, a honor bar and a dining room where a creative chef makes a selection of both local and international dishes.
The intimate nature of Galapagos Safari Camp is enhanced by its nine tents located closely below the central lodge. They are comfortable, spacious and elegantly furnished; their en-suite bathrooms offer hot showers and flush toilets. All tents have a balcony with views of the park and the ocean. Guests can enjoy the tranqulity of the infinity pool to cool down on hot days and observe nature from the poolside.
On the farm you can spend time walking, bird watching and spotting visiting tortoises. The vegetation is lush and the terrain is volcanic so good walking shoes are required. There are a number of wonderful viewpoints from which to observe birds or simply relax.
The neighboring area to the farm is known as the “highlands”, spanning fertile vegetation zones with a blend of agricultural land and national park. Attractions range from a tortoise reserve to lava tunnels and volcanic craters. Walking, cycling or horse trekking can be organized upon request.
The lowlands of Santa Cruz Island boast pristine turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. You can snorkel, dive, kayak, surf or just swim. The main town, Puerto Ayora, is vibrant and lively, with many restaurants, shops and galleries.
Further afield. For those wishing to visit other islands, a stay at the camp combined with an extended cruise provides the perfect solution. Alternatively we can help you organize snorkelling or diving to neighboring islands.
Region: South America
Land Restoration Program
Introduced invasive species are one of the most dangerous threats to Galapagos’ biodiversity. Galapagos Safari Camp is situated on the last farm before the National Park, West of Santa Cruz, where the difference between introduced and endemic flora is at its most apparent. Its location is strategic in the control of further invasions propagating into transit-zone park land. A sensible eradication and reforestation project is being conducted at GSC with the assistance of Conservation International and the guidance of the Botany Department at the Charles Darwin Foundation. A successful completion of this project could set and example in eradication and restoration at a local level and would be a useful educational tool for the local population and visitors on this critical subject.
The Camp's nine luxury tents are located closely below the central lodge. They are erected above the ground on wooden platforms and are sheltered by three protective layers, one specifically for the sun, another one for the rain and an inner sealed canvass shell forms the bedrooms. Their interiors are comfortable and spacious (27m2). The custom-made furniture was designed with comfort, practicality and elegance in mind. Twin beds join to become one comfortable queen, there are cupboards, a writing desk and a fan/heater for temperature control The en-suite bathrooms are tastefully designed with hot power showers and flush toilets. All tents have a large balcony with a hammock and chairs from which to take in the enchanting view.
The farm has an abundance of birdlife with finches, warblers, mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, egrets and owls—tortoises also frequently potter between the tents. As a result of The Camp's conservation work, many local species of trees, such as scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo, are rapidly regaining a foothold after years of cattle farming.
- Accommodation and all meals during your stay
- Transfers and land transport
- Boat trips with snorkeling or diving
- Naturalist guide (private for land and shared for boat excursions)
- Activities and tours