GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP
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Located in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island, in the heart of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Galapagos Safari Camp is the ideal base and perfect springboard for discovering the other-worldly landscapes, amazing wildlife and spell-binding magic of this remote archipelago, made famous by Charles Darwin nearly two centuries ago.
We are passionate about creating tailor-made safaris, moments for you and your loved ones to have fun, connect and explore our wild world of incredible natural encounters!
KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
In itself a large and heavily protected area -97% of land and the surrounding marine reserve are under Galapagos National Park authority- the Galapagos remain one of the last pristine natural sanctuaries, and amongst the most fragile in our planet.
It is with intent that the layout of the camp follows the land; little to no alterations were required during construction as we adapted to the terrain. Low-intensity lighting creates an intimate atmosphere that doesn’t intrude on the habits of nocturnal wildlife and allows unhindered view of the starry skies of Northern and Southern hemispheres.
Collecting rain water was a priority when designing the Camp. A clever network of gutters and a huge reservoir that can sustain our yearly needs allow us to collect fresh water, which is then filtered and treated for human consumption. The reservoir creates a wildlife-friendly humid area as well, in which frigates have been seen to come from down the ocean to wash out the salt from their feathers.
Galapagos Safari Camp believe in “honest dining”: carefully crafted tasting menus that combine what is readily available in the islands -and safe to consume without creating extra demand – with Ecuadorian ingredients and recipes, reducing the waste and the pressures of a larger selection while catering to any type of food preferences or restrictions.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (other durations available)
Designed with years of experience living, travelling and hosting friends and guests in the Galapagos, the Classic Safari is a best-seller. The Classic Safari is much more than land-based tour: they combine experiences on Santa Cruz Island — including private transfers to/from the airport, discovering the Highlands on arrival and a full day of further exploration — with two days of boat excursions to beautiful, uninhabited neighbouring islands.
Based on your interests, you can add more days and activities as you wish. We are fully flexible.
Highlights of this safari:
- Giant Tortoises – you may even find them munching on grass beneath your tent in the Camp!
- Explore neighbouring islands by yacht
- Experience Santa Cruz; learn about local life and view marine iguanas, rays or turtles
- Exploring the Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park’s Tortoise Breeding Centre
- Snorkel along with penguins and tropical fish, spot white-tip reef sharks, rays and ghost crabs
DAY 1: IN SEARCH OF THE GIANT TORTOISE
Welcome to the Galapagos! Your English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion across the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.
Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area’s natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the unique forest ecosystem. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises’ natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.
DAY 2 / 3: EXPLORE UNINHABITED ISLANDS
Early morning finds you on a motor yacht to one of the neighbouring, uninhabited islands close to our island of Santa Cruz: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas and Santa Fe. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is among the largest in the world, and snorkelling off the boat is highly recommended.
DAY 4: EXPERIENCE THE EAST
A morning drive takes you meandering over to the eastern part of Santa Cruz Island. Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on the island, exotic plants and seven unique subspecies of finch, plus the elusive vermilion flycatcher.
After lunch, we explore Garrapatero Beach with its stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water — including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.
DAY 5: RELAX BEFORE MORNING DEPARTURE
Enjoy the serene nature and peace of the Camp this morning. Relax, walk, swim or enjoy the sunrise from our viewpoint before departure to the airport and your next destination. (Here’s where you’ll wish you had extended your journey!).
This itinerary is bookable, however, we can tailor-make your itinerary to suit your ideal activities whilst at Galapagos Safari Camp.
STEP INTO A NATURAL WORLD
LUXURY SAFARI TENTS
Arrayed in an arc on a hillside with views that stretch off towards the coast, seen from above guest tents look like little canvas cocoons nestled into a vast natural sanctuary — which is essentially what they are.
Safari tents are covered by three layers of canvas for comfort and shelter. Their private balcony decks, perfect for some hammock-time, give way to spacious, stylish rooms decorated in tasteful safari-style simplicity. All tents have several electrical sockets for charging cameras and devices. Stretch out on your comfortable bed and enjoy the views. Take a sun-powered hot shower in your en-suite bathroom before heading to the viewpoint for sunset drinks.
The spacious tent bedrooms can be set up as double, twin or triple, and are included in your Safari experience.
Ideal for multigenerational families and those travelling with younger children, the Family Suite sleeps six. It features a master bedroom and two twin rooms, all with their own bathrooms. Its wooden furniture and floorboards blend perfectly with the natural environment and give it a warm, homely feel, perfect for travelling broods.
Secluded from the lodge and tents, the Suite’s expansive deck, makes the perfect spot for enjoying the view, sunset and making friends with visiting finches, while listening to the rustle of the breeze in the trees. While parents unwind upstairs, little ones can have fun in the playroom downstairs.
A four-course tasting menu offers a nightly journey across Ecuadorian cuisine and beyond, with local recipes and traditional dishes reimagined with refined simplicity, using locally-sourced products whenever possible. A carefully-curated wine list offers a tour of South American wines to complement the experience.
You can choose to have dinner al fresco on the veranda or indoors at our long, hardwood table. Whether relaxing at the pool, sharing conversation and drinks at the Viewpoint or by the fireplace, or even enjoying a quiet game of chess, excellent staff will always be there to anticipate your needs, before you even realized you had one.
To add another layer of experience at the Camp, the camp can arrange a chocolate-tasting session. Not only will you have the chance to taste To’ak Chocolate — regarded as the world’s finest and rarest chocolate — you’ll learn about the history and health-giving properties of this bean — which is originally from Ecuador.
🍃 Vegan friendly camp.
FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS
There are daily flights from the US and Europe to Ecuador, both to Quito (UIO) and to Guayaquil (GYE), the main points of entry to the country. The closest airport is located on Baltra Island (GPS) and several carriers offer daily flights from Quito or Guayaquil.
From the Baltra Airport a representative of the Camp will meet and escort you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. From there, it is a 30 minute drive to GSC.
Galapagos Safari Camp offers several flexible booking options and does not have set arrival or departure dates.
Flights may vary, please check directly with available airlines.
The Galapagos can be enjoyed year round. Peak season coincides with the typical holiday schedule for North American travelers, from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. Galapagos National Park limits the number of visitors to each island and all tour itineraries are coordinated by the park, so despite the popularity the crowds on each island are never overwhelming.
January through April/May are the sunniest months, with calm seas and warm air (65°-81° F / 18°-27 °C ) and water temperatures (76°- 83° F / 24° – 28°C). Water is clear this time of year, offering excellent visibility. Snorkeling with just a shorty wetsuit is very pleasant. Clear, blue skies are interspersed with light daily rain showers that pass quickly.
From June through December, the Humboldt Current brings colder water (65°-72° F / 18°- 22°C) and air temperatures (60° F – 72° F / 16°- 22°C ), ideal weather for hiking or exploration by mountain bike. Skies are cloudy and misty but actual precipitation is scarce. Trade winds from the southeast can occasionally make the seas a bit choppier this time of year.
Various itineraries are available. Please contact us for alternative durations and for family suite rates or to experience more of South America.
5 days from
- per adult, sharing
6 days from
- per adult, sharing
7 days from
- per adult, sharing
Children under twelve 10% off published rate when
accompanied by 2 adults. Family Suite quoted on the basis of 6 guests, price will increase with less guests.
- Private English-speaking naturalist guide during land excursions and transfers.
- All meals and welcome drink
- Airport VIP services
- VIP Transfers & ground transportation
- Boat excursions with snorkelling on a shared basis (get in touch to organize a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully-private experience)
- Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
- Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary (full itinerary on enquiry)
- Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12; subject to change)
- Visitor transit card (US $20 per person; subject to change)
- Laundry service
- Insurance (please check your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin prior to your journey)
No obligation free quotation and absolutely NO BOOKING FEES!
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