Galapagos Safari Camp
Do the Galapagos like Darwin
Do you want to do the Galapagos like Darwin? Introducing a brand new way to experience the islands at the family-owned and operated Galapagos Safari Camp.
By Clark Kotula: There is a dizzying array of cruise and lodging options for visitors to the Galapagos Islands these days, but none with as much character as the Galapagos Safari Camp. This tented camp feels like Africa, with the aquatic adventures fit for a trip to the incredible islands Darwin made famous. We know you're going to love it as much as we do.
Inspired by Family
The Galapagos Safari Camp is the brainchild and passion of the sophisticated yet down-to-earth Michael and Stephanie. They dreamed up the idea to build Galapagos Safari Camp while climbing a tree on the property before the birth of their two children, who now live with them onsite…along with their infectiously happy-go-lucky dog, Beta. They planned the camp to be similar to the well-known luxury tented safari camps in Africa. Experiencing the wild in this way, visitors connect to the natural world they have come to visit, while not sacrificing any of the comforts well-heeled travelers have come to expect. The Galapagos Safari Camp today is a perfect embodiment of Michael and Stephanie’s original dream.
No Diesel Necessary
Bordering the National Park Tortoise Reserve on an incredibly remote 135-acre private tract in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Safari Camp consists of one main lodge building boasting striking contemporary architecture and floor-to-ceiling views of the coastline and some of the outer islands. Nine canvas tents are spread across the property, each elevated on rich hardwood floors and equipped with spa bathrooms, comfy beds, heating and cooling units, field desks, and a private balcony complete with a hammock. Waking up to birds chirping and the wind rustling the trees above your tent is a far more pleasant way to greet each day than with a diesel marine engine rumbling belowdecks. Imagine sipping a cup of coffee on your porch while enjoying a dramatic sunrise with a full day of adventures ahead.
Why Stay on Land?
It’s common to stay on a boat when you visit the Galapagos, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for those looking to supplement a cruise, avoid a cruise altogether, or have a more customized and private way to explore, the Galapagos Safari Camp is perfect. You might stay at the camp before boarding a cruise ship, or afterward to get rid of wobbly sea legs. Or you might want to extend your stay to do some scuba diving (not generally available from the cruise ships), or more leisurely snorkeling away from the tourist crowd. Increasingly, the Galapagos Safari Camp is becoming the preferred option for visitors looking for an upscale and customized land-based stay in the Galapagos—with one’s very own private naturalist guide.
Fun On (and Off) the Island
There is a plethora of options for exploring the flora and fauna of Santa Cruz Island without ever boarding a vessel. Visitors can bike the highlands, explore lava tubes, visit giant-tortoise reserves, partake in serene hiking and bird-watching in the Scalesia forests around the Gemelos craters, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, frolic with sea lions on Garrapatero Beach, or snorkel with penguins. Tailor your agenda from as few to as many (or as few) activities as you like. The choice of what to do, and where to do it, belongs to you.
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