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“Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Safari Camp "
The Galapagos Islands connect most travelers with exclusive cruise ships that sail one to two weeks from island to island. Depending on the route (east, north or west), it goes both to the larger main islands of the archipelago and to some places that can only be reached by boat. This is pure Galapagos - there is no other way, right? But there is always another way!
You can explore the Galapagos Islands in peace of mind by land and still experience the exclusivity of this destination up close. Instead of being seasick on board a rocking ship, you spend your evenings on a quiet terrace with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding island world. A white wine place to my taste!
There are of course several hotels and resorts in the region, but my favorite is the Galapagos Safari Camp on the island Santa Cruz. The camp follows the example of the Glamping safaris in Africa - luxurious tent accommodation in the middle of the wilderness, close to nature without sacrificing comfort, and views that you can only dream of. For example:
Why not a cruise?
Despite all of its advantages, there are many reasons that speak against a Galapagos cruise - cost, flexibility, comfort etc. Personally, I am simply not the type of cruise - I somehow lack the freedom. On the ship you see something new every day and feel obliged to always make a full program.
In the hotel you can take a day off, just take a breath and enjoy the sweet idleness. On the Galapagos cruise, a day of rest on board the ship would be almost a waste - not to mention the impending camp collapse or seasickness. In addition, cruises with children are twice as exhausting ...
One week at the Galapagos Safari Camp Spending time does not mean, of course, that you are tied to the system for 7 days. The island of Santa Cruz is the tourist center of the archipelago - so there is a lot to discover. From the giant turtles of the Charles Darwin research station to the craters of Los Gemelos, from the brilliant white sand of Tortuga Bay to the lava tunnels east of Bellavista. Whether wildlife, mountains or beaches - you will definitely not get bored on the island. And children are always welcome in the camp!
And yet, staying in the Galapagos Safari Camp all the time wouldn't be that bad ...
“As Darwin knew at his own expense, science in England was still the job of Christian scholars. But here was a question Darwin found compelling: If God had created all the creatures in the world, what possible reason could there be for the variations on the Galapagos Islands? "
- Jonathan Clements, Darwin's Notebook: The Life, Times and Discoveries of Charles Robert Darwin
The Galapagos Safari Camp
The camp consists of nine tents, a family suite with three rooms and the main lodge with panoramic windows, a huge terrace, a cozy lounge with a fireplace and an honor bar. Local and international delicacies are conjured up on the table every day in the dining room. The chefs only use ingredients from their own garden and other suppliers from the island.
The tents on wooden platforms are scattered around the grounds and thanks to the lush green vegetation, they promise quiet seclusion and privacy. Despite the back-to-the-roots feeling, there is no lack of comfort - of course every tent has its own bathroom with hot water and a water toilet. But what is particularly nice is the private terrace of your tent, where you can start the day with a cup of coffee and the view of the green jungle.
Galapagos Islands: relax and unwind
My favorite place to relax is the infinity pool - small but great! In the middle of the green, it invites you to cool refreshment on hot days, and otherwise simply to relax and switch off. Many native animals live on the site, such as colorful birds and even giant tortoises. Don't be alarmed if any of them take a lunch break in front of your tent!
Galapagos Islands: Discover the Galapagos
The most beautiful activities on Santa Cruz include visits to the giant turtles in the Charles Darwin research station or in the El Chato turtle reserve, and hikes in the foggy highlands of the island, for example to the top of Media Luna or Cerro Crocker. All of this can be easily organized from the camp.
The Galapagos Safari Camp also offers all possible safari packages, which either take place entirely on Santa Cruz or head for one of the neighboring islands by boat or propeller plane. Highlights include boat excursions to the uninhabited islets of Norte Seymour (the blue-footed booby) or Plaza Sur (with the largest sea lion colony in the Galapagos Islands). If you have a diving license, the camp can also organize a dive to explore the underwater world of the archipelago. Otherwise, snorkeling is one of my must-do's!
I also really like the Surf & Yoga package. As an addition to the beautiful day trips around the island, you learn the most important movements with yoga to prepare yourself for surfing - from paddling to getting up to calming breathing. Then it's quite a while to Tortuga Bay - the longest beach in the Galapagos. With a surf instructor you throw yourself into the floods to ride one or the other wave, always with a view of the paradisiacal beach.
Have you been dreaming of a trip to the Galapagos Islands for a long time? If so, take the step and start your adventure. The Galapagos Safari Camp is the ideal point of contact to explore the island world individually and flexibly and to gain unique insights into the natural beauties of the Pacific! Whether island hopping from island to island or day tours from Santa Cruz - my favorite hotel in Galapagos should not be missing!
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