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Pikaia Lodge

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Pikaia Lodge Galapagos Eco-Adventure

Hidden in a secluded location and nestled on top of an extinct volcano crater. Pikaia Lodge is a stunning new alternative for exploring the “Last paradise on Earth” in a comfortable and truly sustainable land-based way.

The Pikaia Lodge concept is designed for the environmentally conscious, physically active eco-adventure traveler, who seeks close contact with the unique natural wonders of the Galapagos with the highest level of comfort and services that could be reasonably provided within the limitations of such a remote, restricted and eco-sensitive location. No lack of privacy, seasickness nor confined spaces of the typical yachts or cruises. As our Pikaia Lodge guest, you will enjoy active, quality guided land and marine day programs in small groups. At night you’ll rest in spacious and quiet accommodations.

Due to its central location in the Archipelago, the Santa Cruz Island provided us with the perfect opportunity to develop our unique land based day tour concept, since the most interesting islands, secluded white sandy beaches and wildlife sites of the Galapagos National Park are nearby. All these can be reached within relatively short navigation times on board our large, comfortable, safe and stable ocean-going yacht Pikaia I.

In fact, you will discover some of the finest beaches of the Galapagos near the lodge. 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.

Pikaia Lodge is one of the most advanced green lodges built in the world. It operates with alternative energy resources and has an outstanding social responsibility program.

Location

Location of Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Pikaia Lodge is on Santa Cruz Island in the centre of the Galapagos Archipelago. These islands belong to the Republic of Ecuador. The Galapagos and its surrounding marine reserve are Natural World Heritage sites of UNESCO. The marine reserve is one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the world and the second largest protected marine reserve, after the great Australian Barrier Reef.

Our 31 hectares of property and private wild giant tortoise reserve is located 450 meters above sea level in the transition zone between the sunny, arid savanna and the lush tropical mist forest of the volcanic highlands. Given its unique location it has a special microclimate: Warm and sunny with fresh breezes for most of the year, therefore, mosquito free! During the cooler “Garua Season” our property is occasionally shrouded in mist. At this time, from July to November, the wild tortoises migrate from the arid zone up to Pikaia for grazing.

The main building is perched on a small plateau on top of two extinct volcanic craters and the rooms are nestled amongst the slopes. This location offers one of the most spectacular view points in the Galapagos – a great scenic destination in itself. From all our public areas and rooms, our guests will enjoy expansive views of the pristine arid savanna of the adjacent Galapagos National Park by looking north, to extinct volcanic cones shrouded in mist, mountains covered with lush tropical cloud forests, and green pasture farms by looking to the south-west; along with a 270 degree view of the infinite Pacific Ocean with nearby islands as a backdrop.

 

Terrace Rooms

Pikaia Lodge Terrace Room

These six beautiful rooms on the ground floor are nestled on top of the small plateau of our main crater and are conveniently close to the main building. All of them have panoramic floor to ceiling windows with access to private shaded terraces with breathtaking unobstructed views to the Galapagos National Park savanna and volcanic cones, to other islands and the Pacific Ocean.

They are 61 sq. m. including a 11 sq. m. ground floor terrace, with a modern and cozy contemporary style decor and are naturally well lighted. They are furnished with either two queen size beds or one king size bed with cotton linens, duvet covers and plush hypoallergenic pillows, a desk with chair and two comfortable chairs.

Rooms were designed for having an optimal natural cross ventilation and thermal insulation for natural cooling. They have remote controlled split Air conditioners and ventilators for maximum guest comfort. Floors are made of Bamboo wood for bare foot comfort. Windows have black out curtains for late sleepers.

They have a generously sized bathroom of 21 m2 with walk -in closet, two under counter vanity sinks and wall mirrors for each guest, a shower area with great ocean views for having nearly an “alfresco” shower experience with absolute intimacy and a bathtub. These bathrooms have a separate closed toilet room, are naturally well ventilated, full of natural light and decorated with peruvian travertine marble. They come supplied with a complete line of biodegradable luxury bath amenities and plush cotton Bathrobes.

 

Balcony Room

Pikaia Lodge Balcony Suite

These six beautiful rooms in the first floor are nestled on top of the small plateau of our main crater and are conveniently close to the main building. All of them have panoramic floor to ceiling windows with access to private shaded balconies with breathtaking unobstructed views to the Galapagos National Park savanna and volcanic cones, to other islands and the Pacific Ocean.

They are 61 sq. m, including a 11 sq. m. balcony on the second floor, with a modern and cozy contemporary style decor and are naturally well lighted. They are furnished with either two queen size beds or one king size bed with cotton linens, duvet covers and plush hypoallergenic pillows, a desk with chair and two comfortable chairs.

Rooms were designed for having an optimal natural cross ventilation and thermal insulation for natural cooling. They have remote controlled split Air conditioners and ventilators for maximum guest comfort. Floors are made of Bamboo wood for bare foot comfort. Windows have black out curtains for late sleepers.

They have a generously sized bathroom of 21 m2 with walk-in closet, two under counter vanity sinks and wall mirrors for each guest, a shower area with great ocean views for having nearly an “alfresco” shower experience with absolute intimacy and a bathtub. These bathrooms have a separate closed toilet room, are naturally well ventilated, full of natural light and decorated with peruvian travertine marble. They come supplied with a complete line of biodegradable luxury bath amenities and plush cotton Bathrobes.

 

Garden Suite

Pikaia Lodge Garden Suite

This beautiful and spacious suite is nestled on top of the small plateau of our main crater and is conveniently close to the main building. This suite has panoramic floor to ceiling windows with access to a private shaded terrace with breathtaking unobstructed views to the Galapagos National Park savanna and volcanic cones, to other islands and the Pacific Ocean. Windows have black out curtains for late sleepers.

It is 74 sq. m, including a 16 sq.m. ground floor terrace with private garden, with a modern and cozy contemporary style decor and is naturally well lighted. It is furnished with a king size bed with cotton linens, duvet covers and plush hypoallergenic pillows, a desk with chair and a sofa-bed with two comfortable lounge chairs.

It was designed for having optimal natural cross ventilation with thermal insulation for natural cooling. It has remote controlled split Air conditioners and ventilators for maximum guest comfort. Floors are made of Bamboo wood and are partially carpeted for bare foot comfort. Windows have black out curtains for late sleepers.

It has a generously sized bathroom of 22 m2 with walk -in closet, two under counter vanity sinks and wall mirrors for each guest, a shower area with great ocean views for having nearly an “alfresco” shower experience with absolute intimacy and a bathtub. These bathrooms have a separate closed toilet room, are naturally well ventilated, full of natural light and decorated with peruvian travertine marble. They come supplied with a complete line of biodegradable luxury bath amenities and plush cotton Bathrobes.

 

Pool Suite

Pikaia Lodge Pool Suite

This beautiful and spacious suite is nestled on top of the small plateau of our main crater and is conveniently close to the main building. This suite has panoramic floor to ceiling windows with access to a private plunge pool and a shaded terrace with breathtaking unobstructed views to the Galapagos National Park savanna and volcanic cones, to other islands and the Pacific Ocean.

It is 74 sq. m, including a 36 sq. m. ground floor terrace with a plunge pool and private garden, with a modern and cozy contemporary style decor and is naturally well lighted. It is furnished with a king size bed with cotton linens, duvet covers and plush hypoallergenic pillows, a desk with chair and a sofa-bed with two comfortable lounge chairs.

It was designed for having optimal natural cross ventilation with thermal insulation for natural cooling. It has remote controlled split Air conditioners and ventilators for maximum guest comfort. Floors are made of Bamboo wood and are partially carpeted for bare foot comfort. Windows have black out curtains for late sleepers.

It has a generously sized bathroom of 22 m2 with walk -in closet, two under counter vanity sinks and wall mirrors for each guest, a shower area with great ocean views for having nearly an “alfresco” shower experience with absolute intimacy and a bathtub. These bathrooms have a separate closed toilet room, are naturally well ventilated, full of natural light and decorated with peruvian travertine marble. They come supplied with a complete line of biodegradable luxury bath amenities and plush cotton Bathrobes.

Infinity Pool

Pikaia Lodge Infinity Pool

Our pool is on the top plateau of the crater and is centered amongst the exteriors of the main building. The infinity pool merges with the horizon with the back drop of the endless ocean and the pristine savanna – a mesmerizing sight. With its surrounding decks plastered with peruvian travertine marble and furnished with comfortable beach chairs, the pool is strategically placed to receive the sun, shadow free the entire day to maintain a pleasant water temperature. Guests can take a refreshing dip or do some laps for exercise. There is a covered terrace next to the pool where guests can enjoy meals and drinks without having to change.

At the eastern end, on the very edge of the main crater there is a covered gazebo with two sofas for napping, reading or quiet contemplation. At night the pool and decks are softly illuminated, creating a tranquil ambiance.

Warning: Our guests should exercise caution when exposing their skin to the equatorial sun and should use high protection factor sunscreens. This pool offers such awesome sights, it could produce an overload to the senses.

Opening Hours : 7 AM – 9 PM.

Pikaia Yacht

PikaiaCruiseThe M/Y Pikaia I is our private 105 Ft. oceangoing exploration yacht, a former custom built steel-hull live aboard scuba diving cruiser. Refitted in 2015. Its large dive-deck has been re-designed for an optimal land and snorkeling day tour operation . It is the only such vessel in the Galapagos, offering a comfortable, safe and relaxing day tour experience. Due to its size, weight and stabilizers, guests can cruise to nearby islands without feeling seasick, as can happen on smaller, lighter day tour boats. After swimming, hiking or snorkeling, guests can relax in their private air conditioned cabins and take a fresh-water shower in their ensuite bathrooms. The yacht boasts large open sun decks, a shadow deck, hot tub and a spacious air conditioned living and dining room. Our crew will prepare and serve breakfasts and lunch buffets while navigating to the other islands.

Amenities & Services

  • ✔ Privately owned eco-lodge
  • ✔ Operates with alternative energy sources
  • ✔ Located in the highlands of Santa Cruz
  • ✔ 31 hectares with private Giant Tortoise Reserve
  • ✔ Infinity Pool, Gym & Spa
  • ✔ Private yacht for day cruises
  • ✔ 40 minutes from Puerto Ayora

2017 Package Rates (per room)

Pikaia Lodge 4 days / 3 nights 5 days / 4 nights 8 days / 7 nights
Terrace Room $8745  $11,660  $20,405
Balcony Room $8910  $11,880  $20,790
Garden Suite $9240  $12,320  $21,560
Pool Suite $9405  $12,540  $21,945

* All rates are in $US and per ROOM based on double occupancy and include transfers in Galapagos, accommodation, full board, use of sports equipment (such as snorkeling gear, mountain bikes and helmets), non-alcoholic beverages and access to house library

Please Note:
  • All rates are in US dollars and subject to change at any time
  • Rates do not include flights or park fees
  • Please inquire for single supplement or with more people

4 day / 3 night Package (Friday to Monday)

DAY 1 – FRIDAY – CHECK IN

AM* Check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international Airports.

• All flights to Galapagos start in Quito, but with an in between landing in Guayaquil to take more passengers. Flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40 minute transit time in Guayaquil. Flight time from Guayaquil to the islands is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

• Your flight will arrive in the Galapagos at Baltra island Airport. Guides meet guests and take them to the Itabaca Channel for a seven minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50 minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge.

• Check-in at the lodge.

• Light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Guests are given the chance to relax and familiarize themselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or a swim in the infinity pool. Try a workout in our GYM, or visit Sumaq for a massage, sauna, or whirlpool.

• During the afternoon, a briefing will be held to review the weeks activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and Galápagos. Additionally, after dinner a 3D HD documentary on Galapagos filmed by Sir David Attenborough will be shown in our Explorers Lounge for those interested in gathering some additional information about this unique place.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY – LAND EXPLORATION

Each morning we plan exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on climate conditions and the season, programs are designed to visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live. Activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, catch and release coastal fishing or cycling could be included.

• 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM breakfast
• 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM morning exploration program
• 1:30 PM lunch at the hotel
• 3:00 PM – 5.30 PM afternoon exploration program
• 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM dinner

DAY 3 – SUNDAY – YACHT EXPLORATION

The The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA I Yacht

• 6.45AM board lodge transport for a 40 minute ride to port.
• 7.30AM: sailing departure.

Private cabins are assigned and full English breakfast served. On arrival at the island** the morning offers hiking, kayaking or snorkeling activities, until early afternoon.

A lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to another island, for an afternoon of hiking, kayaking or snorkeling.

Two hours before sunset the yacht sets sail for home. While sailing, our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe or watch for dolphins.

• 7PM: Guests return to the hotel for dinner.

** The 3 night exploration Package, includes one full day private Yacht sailing to South Plazas and Santa Fe Islands.

DAY 4 – MONDAY – CHECK OUT

8.30 AM. Hotel check-out. Transport to Baltra Island Airport and check-in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, assisted by Pikaia Lodge Guides.

5 day / 4 night Package (Monday to Friday)

DAY 1 – MONDAY – CHECK IN

AM* Check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international Airports.

• All flights to Galapagos start in Quito, but with an in between landing in Guayaquil to take more passengers. Flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40 minute transit time in Guayaquil. Flight time from Guayaquil to the islands is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

• Your flight will arrive in the Galapagos at Baltra island Airport. Guides meet guests and take them to the Itabaca Channel for a seven minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50 minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge.

• Check-in at the lodge.

• Light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Guests are given the chance to relax and familiarize themselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or a swim in the infinity pool. Try a workout in our GYM, or visit Sumaq for a massage, sauna, or whirlpool.

• During the afternoon, a briefing will be held to review the weeks activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and Galápagos. Additionally, after dinner a 3D HD documentary on Galapagos filmed by Sir David Attenborough will be shown in our Explorers Lounge for those interested in gathering some additional information about this unique place.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY – YACHT EXPLORATION

The The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA I Yacht

• 6:00 AM Continental Breakfast at Evolution
• 6.45 AM board lodge transport for a 40 minute ride to port.
• 7.30 AM: sailing departure.

Private cabins are assigned and full English breakfast served. On arrival at the island** the morning offers hiking, kayaking or snorkeling activities, until early afternoon. A lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to another island, for an afternoon of hiking, kayaking or snorkeling.
Two hours before sunset the yacht sets sail for home. While sailing, our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe or watch for dolphins.

• 7:00 PM: Guests return to the hotel for dinner.

** The 4 night exploration Package includes two full-day private yacht sailings to Bartolomé, Sullivan Bay, North Seymour islands, Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island during this week.

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY – LAND EXPLORATION

Each morning we plan exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on climate conditions and the season, programs are designed to visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live. Activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, catch and release coastal fishing or cycling could be included.

• 7:00 AM – 9.30 AM breakfast
• 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM morning exploration program
• 1:00 PM lunch at the hotel
• 3:00 PM – 5.30 PM afternoon exploration program
• 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM dinner

DAY 4 – THURSDAY -YACHT EXPLORATION

DAY 5 – FRIDAY – CHECK OUT

At 8.30 AM. Hotel check-out. Transport to Baltra Island Airport and check-in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, assisted by Pikaia Lodge Guides.

8 day / 7 night Package (Monday to Monday)

DAY 1 – MONDAY – CHECK IN

AM* Check-in at Guayaquil or Quito international Airports.

• All flights to Galapagos start in Quito, but with an in between landing in Guayaquil to take more passengers. Flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes. There is a 40 minute transit time in Guayaquil. Flight time from Guayaquil to the islands is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

• Your flight will arrive in the Galapagos at Baltra island Airport. Guides meet guests and take them to the Itabaca Channel for a seven minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50 minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge.

• Check-in at the lodge.

• Light lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Guests are given the chance to relax and familiarize themselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or a swim in the infinity pool. Try a workout in our GYM, or visit Sumaq for a massage, sauna, or whirlpool.

• During the afternoon, a briefing will be held to review the weeks activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and Galápagos. Additionally, after dinner a 3D HD documentary on Galapagos filmed by Sir David Attenborough will be shown in our Explorers Lounge for those interested in gathering some additional information about this unique place.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY – LAND EXPLORATION

Each morning we plan exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on climate conditions and the season, programs are designed to visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live. Activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, catch and release coastal fishing or cycling could be included.

• 7:00 AM – 9.30 AM breakfast
• 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM morning exploration program
• 1:00 PM lunch at the Lodge
• 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM dinner

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY – YACHT EXPLORATION

The The yacht cruise is a full day program on board our exclusive PIKAIA I Yacht

• 6AM Continental Breakfast at Evolution
• 6.45AM board lodge transport for a 40 minute ride to port.
• 7.30AM: sailing departure.

Private cabins are assigned and full English breakfast served. On arrival at the island** the morning offers hiking, kayaking or snorkeling activities, until early afternoon. A lunch buffet is served while the yacht sails to another island, for an afternoon of hiking, kayaking or snorkeling.
Two hours before sunset the yacht sets sail for home. While sailing, our guests can rest, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe or watch for dolphins.

• 7:00 PM: Guests return to the hotel for dinner.

** The 7 night exploration Package includes three full-day private yacht sailings to Bartolome, South Plaza, Santa Fe, North Seymour island, Chinese Hat on Santiago Island and Mosquera islet between Baltra and North Seymour Islands during this week.

DAY 4 – THURSDAY – LAND EXPLORATION

DAY 5 – FRIDAY – YACHT EXPLORATION

DAY 6 – SATURDAY – YACHT EXPLORATION

DAY 7 – SUNDAY – RELAX AT PIKAIA / OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Guests can relax and enjoy their final day at the lodge independently. Mountain bikes, helmets, snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are available without charge at the front desk or onboard our yacht.* It is recommended to pre-book early to take advantage of any optional third-party activities.

DAY 8 – MONDAY – CHECK OUT

8.30 AM. Hotel check-out. Transport to Baltra Island Airport and check-in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, assisted by Pikaia Lodge Guides.

 

Pikaia Lodge Galapagos

Pikaia Lodge, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

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