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Pikaia Lodge

Galapagos, Ecuador

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Pikaia Lodge
The Pikaia Lodge, which opened in October, 2014 , is designed for the environmentally conscious, eco-adventure traveler, who seeks intimate contact with the unique natural heritage of the Galapagos along with all the comforts of a highly evolved lifestyle. There's no lack of privacy, rigid timetables, seasickness, nor confined spaces of the typical yachts or cruises. As a 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.

The 31 hectares of property and private wild giant tortoise reserve that make up Pikaia Lodge are 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. From all public areas and rooms, 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.

Due to its central location in the Archipelago, the Santa Cruz Island provided Pikaia Lodge with the perfect opportunity to develop an 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 the large, comfortable, safe, and stable oceangoing yacht Pikaia I. Guests 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.

Welcome to the next step in the evolution of luxury eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands.
Hotel Address:
  • Pikaia Lodge
  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Galapagos,
  • Ecuador

Location Summary
Pikaia Lodge is built on Santa Cruz Island in the center of the Galapagos Archipelago. 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.

Directions to Hotel
Most Galapagos flights are not possible to book online or through international travel agencies, with the exception of LAN. All flights start early in Quito, but land first in Guayaquil after a 40-minute flight to pick up new passengers, then a 40-minute transit time before departing to Baltra's new modern eco-airport and arriving after a 1 hour 40 minute flight time. At Guayaquil's airport there will be a Pikaia Lodge representative to assist guests at check-in. It is highly advisable to arrive at the airports at least one and a half hours before scheduled departure. Pikaia Lodge is reached by flights to Galapagos Baltra Airport and not to San Cristobal's airport, in the Galapagos as well.
Note Bene
The Homo Sapiens explorers Lounge is in located in the main building with a 24-person seating capacity. All programmed guest conferences and lectures are held here. It is equipped with a large 3D HD-TV screen with a especial selection of DVDs, 3D goggles, wireless microphones and audio amplification system. The Library here is dedicated to the topics of science, evolution and the Galapagos. Temporary art and photography will also be exhibited here to promote local artists and scientific knowledge. For cool nights there is a fireplace for a cozy, warm, and relaxed atmosphere.
Fine Dining On Site
The Evolution Restaurant is situated in the main building on top of the edge of the crater. It offers an unrivaled view from the pristine Galapagos National Park with its mist covered volcanic cones, to other islands in the Archipelago and the infinity edge pool.
Fitness Center
The gym is equipped with modern treadmills, spinning bikes, and weights while offering the same spectacular views as in the wellness center.
Pool Outdoor
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.
Spa Facility
Sumaq Spa. The wellness center is an oasis of calm, perched on the rims of the craters at the eastern end of the main building with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean interrupted only by a few islands in its vastness.
Santa Cruz island has two fantastic white sand beaches, accessible without the need for guides.
Biking, Mountain
There are high quality mountain bikes and helmets, free of charge for the unlimited use of guests. The front desk can provide a detailed map of roads and trails inside and outside the lodge.
Nearby Garrapatero Beach Bay is perfect for kayaking, while Tortuga Bay and Puerto Ayora’s Academy Bay are also highly recommended. Kayakers can encounter sea lions, marine iguanas, sea birds, golden rays, sea turtles, or juvenile sharks.
Ecological Tourism
The lodge offers guided day adventures that cover the distinct landscapes and marine wildlife of the islands, under fixed four, five or eight-day programs. Its location on the central island of Santa Cruz allows easy access to some of the best National Park's visitor sites on the private yacht PIKAIA I, and the hotel–yacht day cruise combinations offer guests a spectacular way to experience the Galapagos regardless of their length of stay. Pikaia Lodge has its own private Tortoise Reserve on the property.
Fishing - Ocean
The Pikaia II, the resorts 35-foot charter boat, will take a maximum of eight Pikaia Lodge guests on half-day tours, where Galapagos fishermen share their traditional fishing techniques.
3.5 km. of paths and private trials for walking, jogging, or biking.
Jogging Running
3.5 km. of paths and private trials for walking, jogging, or biking.
The M/V Pikaia I is a private 100 foot oceangoing cruise yacht. It is the only such vessel in the Galapagos, offering a luxurious, safe, and relaxing day tour experience.
Scuba Diving
The nutrient-rich mix of converging cold and warm ocean currents, the protection status as a Marine Reserve and the ban of industrial fishing combine to make the Galapagos one of the most exciting Scuba Diving destinations a diver can dream of. Around the base on Santa Cruz Island, recommended dive sites include North Seymour, Plazas islets, Cousins Rocks, and Daphne islet. Snorkeling also available.
Recommended Rooms
Pool Suite: This beautiful and spacious suite is nestled on top of the small plateau of the 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 51 m2 in size including terrace, 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.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Biking Mountain
    - Boating
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Ocean
    - Hiking
    - Jogging Running
    - Sailing
    - Scuba Diving

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