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“Galapagos Safari Camp, Ecuador“
The Galapagos Islands connect most travelers with exclusive cruise ships that sail from island to island for a week or two. Depending on the itinerary (east, north or west) it goes both to the larger main islands of the archipelago, as well as to some places that can only be reached by boat. This is Galapagos pure – it can’t be otherwise, is it? But there is always a different 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 seasick on board a rocking ship, spend your evenings on a quiet terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding island world. A White Wine Place to my liking!
Your Dr. Julia Malchow
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There are, of course, several hotels and resorts in the region, but my favourite thing is the Galapagos Safari Camp on the island of Santa Cruz. The camp follows the example of glamping safaris in Africa – luxurious tented accommodation in the middle of the wilderness, close to nature without sacrificing comfort, and views that you can only dream of. These here, for example:
Why not cruise?
Despite all its advantages, there are also many reasons against a Galapagos cruise – cost, flexibility, comfort, etc. Personally, I’m just not the type of cruise – I kind of 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 also take a day break, just take a breather and enjoy the sweet doing nothing. On the Galapagos cruise, a rest day on board the ship would be almost a waste – not to mention the impending camp collapse or seasickness. In addition, cruises with children are doubly strenuous…
A week at Galapagos Safari Camp Of course, spending does not mean that you are tied to the plant for 7 days. The island of Santa Cruz is the tourist centre of the archipelago , so there is much to discover. From the giant tortoises of the Charles Darwin Research Station to the craters of Los Gemelos, from the bright white sand of Tortuga Bay to the lava tunnels east of Bellavista. Whether it’s wildlife, mountains or beaches, you won’t get bored on the island. And children are always welcome in the camp!
And yet, staying in the Galapagos Safari Camp throughout would not be so bad…
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 cosy lounge with fireplace and a honour bar. Local and international delicacies are conjured up daily 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 secluded on 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, each tent has its own bathroom with hot water and a water toilet. But what is especially beautiful is the private terrace of your tent, where you can start the day in the morning with a cup of coffee and the view of the green jungle.
My favorite place to relax is the infinity pool – small, but OHO! In the middle of the greenery, it invites you to a cool refreshment on hot days, and otherwise simply to relax and unwind. There are many native animals living on the site, such as colourful birds and even giant tortoises. Don’t be scared if one of them takes lunch in front of your tent!
Some of the most beautiful activities on Santa Cruz include visits to the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station or El Chato Turtle Reserve, and hikes in the island’s foggy highlands, such as the top of Media Luna or Cerro Crocker. All this can be organized from the camp totally easy.
Galapagos Safari Camp also offers all sorts of safari packages, either completely on Santa Cruz or by boat or propeller plane to one of the neighboring islands. Highlights include boat trips to the uninhabited islets of Norte Seymour (to the blue-footed tins) or Plaza Sur (with the largest sea lion colony of the Galapagos Islands). If you have a diving license, the camp also likes to organize a dive to explore the underwater world of the archipelago. Otherwise, snorkeling is one of my must-do’s!
I also love the
package Surf & Yoga
. As an addition to the beautiful day trips around the island, you will learn the most important movements during yoga to prepare you for surfing – from paddling to getting up to soothing breathing. Then you go to the beach of Tortuga Bay – the longest beach of 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 long dreamed of a
trip to the Galapagos Islands
? If so, take the step and start your adventure. The Galapagos Safari Camp is the ideal place 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 trips from Santa Cruz – my favorite hotel in Galapagos should not be missed!