Galápagos Hotels - Santa Cruz Island
- Pikaia Lodge
The Pikaia Lodge concept is designed for the environmentally conscious, physically active and adventurous traveler, who seeks close contact with the unique natural wonders of the Galapagos, with the highest level of comfort and services that can be provided within the limitations of such a remote, restricted and eco-sensitive location.
In contrast to traditional cruises, our land-based day tour programs offer higher comfort, more privacy and personalized attention, a finer gastronomy, a convenient arrival & departure date flexibility, and most important, the possibility to avoid seasickness common to live-aboard yacht cruises.
Due to its central location in the archipelago, Santa Cruz Island has provided us with the perfect opportunity to develop our unique land-based day tour concept. Many of the most interesting islands are nearby, with secluded white sand beaches and fascinating wildlife sites of the Galapagos National Park.
As our Pikaia Lodge guest, you will enjoy active, quality guided land and marine day programs in small groups. At night you will rest in spacious and quiet accommodations.
You will also discover some of the finest beaches of the Galapagos on Santa Cruz. Just by taking a stroll, you can come face to face with a wild giant tortoise. Pikaia Lodge has its own private Tortoise Reserve on the property.
Children are welcome in Pikaia Lodge. We have activities for them, too.
Pikaia Lodge is one of the most advanced green lodges built in the world. It operates with alternative energy resources and has a comprehensive social responsibility program.
- Restaurant at the top of the crater
- Wine cellar
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Lobby lounge and DNA Bar
- Infinity pool
- Meeting room
- Finch Bay Ecohotel
The earliest risers at the Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel can wade out into the calm waters of the beach and spot yellow warblers darting among the mangroves. With subtle architecture that mimics the surrounding volcanic rocks and attractive wooden walkways leaving the environment undisturbed, the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World hotel has a distinct sense of place.
Our Finch Bay Rooms and Finch Bay Suites offer comfortable interior and exterior spaces that unite guests with the hotel’s natural, peaceful setting. Top Ecuadorian designer Julio Vinueza chose a neutral palette for the Finch’s accommodations, adding black-out curtains, crisp bed linens, and air-conditioning for a good night’s rest.
While staying with us at the Finch Bay in Puerto Ayora… You could read a book by the freshwater swimming pool, or contemplate life among the mangroves… You could feel the rush of adrenalin riding the surf, or the rush of the wind riding a bike downhill towards the shore… You could be amazed with child-like awe at the array of iconic creatures and other-worldly landscapes… You could open up new realms of discovery just by putting your head underwater while snorkelling from our beach or from our private yacht.
- The hotel’s 6 Finch Bay Suites all offer direct ocean views and private balconies with hammocks and furnishings designed to provide you with your own space for appreciating the privileged backdrop, while 21 Finch Bay Rooms afford shared porches or balconies with their own hammocks.
- All rooms and suites have private baths with hot-water showers, hair dryers and other amenities (such as biodegradable soap and shampoo) and all are smoke-free.
- Galapagos Habitat
This iconic Galapagos hotel is situated on the Waterfront surrounded by both Galapagos wildlife and Mangroves on Santa Cruz Island. On the oceanfront deck, there are daily displays of wildlife. Furthermore, you can enjoy the show from the hotel’s Private Deck and Restaurant area with incredible panoramic scenes of the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Habitat Hotel is an exclusive ecological experience. Most noteworthy are the oceanfront views of Academy Bay and the naturally surrounding mangroves. As a result, the mangroves give off the sensation of exclusion from the rest of the island. The hotel is in Puerto Ayora, but it doesn’t feel like it.
New deck and patio furniture at Galapagos Habitat Eco Luxury Hotel.
Originally constructed in 1995, Galapagos Habitat still boasts a unique architectural design, blending mangrove forests and Galapagos shoreline. The Privileged Location allows close observation of the mangrove ecosystem in action and views of Puerto Ayora’s bay.
In addition to Galapagos Habitat’s extraordinary characteristics, the hotel hosts multiple Galapagos natives who often frequent the hotel and deck area. Friendly sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, and other well-known Galapagos animals love to relax in the company of our guests.
Galapagos Habitat Standard Accommodation on Santa Cruz
The accommodations are flattered by both the ocean and mangrove scenery. Additionally, there are many different Activities and Adventures that lay beyond the hotel and the island. Therefore, the location is perfect to spend your nights on Santa Cruz while discovering the islands.
- Guests can choose between 17 different rooms with an Ocean View or an exclusive look at the Mangrove Ecosystem. There are 5 Suites, 6 Superiors, and 12 Superior accommodations in total.
- Rates are per room and include Breakfast, Wi-Fi
- Hotel Ikala
The brand new Ikala Hotel was built with a focus on sustainability and protecting the environment. The hotel is protected from the strong Galapagos sun by the surrounding beautiful trees and gardens giving to the whole ambiance a natural freshness. The hot water for the showers is entirely heated by solar energy and the garden’s lighting is also provided by photovoltaic solar panels.
The hotel features a lovely swimming pool, bar area, and a beautiful terrace located on top of the main building, where you can find the restaurant and resting area. The terrace has an incredible view to the Puerto Ayora harbor.
Ikala Hotel is located in the small city of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. The hotel is just one block away from the main pier, allowing you to easily reach the pier and the main streets of Puerto Ayora (Avenida Baltra and Avenida Charles Darwin) where you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and other facilities.
A 10 minute walk to the east along the Avenida Charles Darwin, will get you to the famous Charles Darwin Station and to the Galapagos M. Cifuentes Visitor Center where you can now observe the embalmed body of Solitary George, the world famous giant Galapagos Turtle. You can also easily find Las Ninfas Lagoon, a beautiful natural retreat, just a five minute walk from the hotel.
Our attentive employees will be ready to help you with detailed information about the different attractions you can visit from our prime location in Puerto Ayora.
- 18 suites with private bathrooms, air conditioning, silent fans, and balconies.
- 3 rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and silent fans.
- 1 two-story suite with a separate living and kitchen area on the lower level and the bedroom on the upper level.
- Boutique Semilla Verde
Semilla Verde is situated on the fertile slopes of an ancient and extinct volcano in the rural uplands of Santa Cruz Island that itself is located in the heart of the Galapagos Archipelago. The lodge exists in the fresh, humid ‘scalesia’ zone, two hundred plus meters above sea level and 12 km from the dock in Puerto Ayora (12-15 minutes by taxi).
There is considerably more rainfall than the lowlands, hence the abundance of greenery, but offers a fresh respite from the scorching equatorial sun. And, pure pacific rainwater showers! The grounds of Semilla Verde comprise twelve acres (five hectares) of private forest replanted with endemic and native trees, under which organic, shade grown ‘conservation coffee’ is growing. The lodge is nestled within this forest and has balconies and terraces that peer out over the top of it, with majestic, panoramic views to the Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Marine Reserve and outlying islands.
The rooms are big with private bath, incredible views and special charms. The meals we serve are prepared using fresh ingredients and purchased locally when available. We believe that each person has different requirements and nowadays it is mandatory to serve meals prepared individually according to specific tastes. At the same time we believe that the best flavors are achieved by preparing the food in a timely manner and not rushing it. For lunches and dinners we ask for prior notice and a list of restrictions and food preferences. Our guests can notify us in advance if they require lunch or dinner on the day of their arrival. And then, they can let us know in the morning if they want to have lunch or dinner.
Semilla Verde actively embraces and promotes ecologically responsible decision making and a sustainable economic future for Galapagos. Funds raised by our business are routed back into our own conservation effort and the local economy. We justify our own existence through a rational and responsible approach to life that aims to neutralize the detrimental effect of our own activities and redress to some extent the disequilibrium caused by others. Semilla Verde Galapagos has gas heated hot water and 110v electricity. Rainwater is collected via the roof, filtered to provide clean water for taps and showers; Fresh water, purified via UV/Reverse Osmosis, is also available free of charge via a dispenser in the kitchen. Semilla Verde has a negative carbon footprint. That is to say, through our reforestation and coffee plantation projects we absorb more carbon dioxide than we produce. Through the eradication of invasive plant species and the reforestation of redundant farmland we provide a safe refuge for local flora and fauna and create a natural seed bank for further reforestation projects. Our estate is designed in such a way as not to disturb the migration routes of the giant tortoises, and provides a near-natural habitat in which native birds, insects and plants thrive.
- Pedestal table
- Swimming pool towels
- Hair dryer
- Radio clock
- Safe-deposit box
- Bathroom accessories
- Massages a request
- Flatscreen TVs & DVD video
- Laundry service
- Daily cleaning service
- Breakfast included
- A/C and Ceiling fans
- Private bathroom
- Private balconies and terraces
- Room service
- Safari Camp
At Galapagos Safari Camp we invite you to enjoy an authentic and fulfilling experience during your Galapagos Island vacation, surrounded by breathtaking views and memorable encounters with wildlife, all in discreet luxury.
Home-Like Experience at Galapagos Holidays
We are a family-owned property, managed by a handpicked team, adept at creating Galapagos holidays which take you to far off islands where animals roam free without fear. Inspired by the magic of African safari camps, our dare-dreaming founders, Michael and Stephanie Mesdag, have brought the Safari tradition to the tropics, introducing a new concept for genuine Galapagos Islands travel. On our Galapagos holidays, you will find yourself at the crossroads of exploration, science, and adventure. Ours is a space to reawaken your senses, reconnect with nature, and renew your spirit touched by the magic that only a Galapagos Island vacation can provide.
Watch Friendly Creatures & Untouched Nature at Galapagos Island Vacation
Galapagos Islands travel is a breathtaking adventure that puts you in the midst of lumbering tortoises, at arm’s length from playful sea lions, and looking out over the horizon from high vistas. Each day on safari brings new discoveries, ushering in a Galapagos Island vacation which sheds new light to the fragile relationship between man and nature in the archipelago.
Galapagos holidays at our camp celebrate the mystery of the islands, taking our guests off the beaten path and into the extraordinary landscape that has enthralled visitors for centuries. We are passionate about making your Galapagos Island vacation a once in a lifetime event, a journey that exceeds expectations at every turn.
Each point on the compass takes you in a new direction from the camp, leading to islands created millions of years ago by ancient volcano eruptions. Galapagos Islands travel is an immersion into the stunning diversity of these uninhabited islands, journeys that ignite a newfound curiosity for the natural world.
A Galapagos Island vacation on our safaris gives rise to visions of the explorers of centuries past; far off vantage points overlook bays where pirates and whalers once anchored. Galapagos holidays capture the romance of the islands, creating moments that defy description.
We welcome guests of all ages and invite you to come see why Galapagos Island travel by safari is an unrivaled adventure into the archipelago. Galapagos holidays at the camp are our life’s work, and it’s our passion to create original experiences for our guests that brings the magic of the islands to the forefront of your time with us.
- Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean
- The western & northern islands of Isabela
- Santiago, Pinzon, Baltra, Rabida
- Guy Fawkes and Daphne
- Located in our 55-hectare farm in harmony with nature
- learn more about our eco-friendly lifestyle
- Nine private tents and a three-bedroom suite
- Infinity pool surrounded by breathtaking scenery
- “The Viewpoint” Terrace
- Kids club (operational during school holidays)