5 Days / 4 Nights
Featuring a luxury tented Camp in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Daily Arrivals in Baltra, Galapagos
Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way to see the Galapagos, either in addition to a cruise or as unique destination in itself. Our eco-luxury tented camp, pioneering in Latin America, follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form.
Price per person sharing double occupancy luxury tent, starting at: $4,035
Rate is valid through December 2020
Blackouts and restrictions may apply
Private English-speaking naturalist guide during land excursions and transfers.
- All meals and welcome drink
- Airport VIP services
- VIP Transfers & ground transportation
- Boat excursions with snorkeling on a shared basis (get in touch to organize a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully-private experience)
- Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
- Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary
- Flights (all flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands can be arranged upon request)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 per adult/$50 per child under 12; subject to change)
- Visitor transit card (US $20 per person; subject to change)
- Laundry service
- Insurance (please check your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin prior to your journey)
The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the last places on the planet to be relatively untouched by man. With only 3 percent of the landmass inhabited, the islands support a remarkable ecosystem and have one of the planet’s most important marine reserves. The “Enchanted Islands” lie at the crossroads between science, nature, literature and exploration.
The Galapagos Safari Camp, is a luxury tented camp nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island, offers an authentic inland experience with stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and the National Park.
- Explore the trails of the Giant Tortoise Nature Reserve
- 2 full days of a motor-yacht visit to the neighboring islands
- Swim at the spectacular tropical beach
- Enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities
- Visit a working farm at the Santa Cruz Highlands
- 4 nights accommodation in a luxury tent at the Galapagos Safari Camp in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
- All meals throughout your program
- Guided excursions as per the itinerary below
- Round trip transfer from the Baltra airport to the Galapagos Safari Camp
- Flights to the Galapagos
- Galapagos Park Fee
- Laundry Services
- Tips of any kind
Day 1 - Arrival in Santa Cruz / In search of the Giant Tortoise
Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the camp. After lunch, explore the highlands of Santa Cruz, including the Giant Tortoise reserve. (b,l,d)
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Welcome to the Galapagos! When was the last time you saw something for the first time?
The Galapagos Safari adventure begins after you meet your bi-lingual naturalist guide at the airport or dock. Guests and baggage in tow, the journey begins, traveling by private transport from the arid zone through the transitional zone, into the lush highlands of Santa Cruz.
The first stop is Los Gemelos or the Twins; two overgrown, lava tunnels that formed massive sink holes when they collapsed. The larger of the twins is 2,300 feet deep and almost 1,300 feet wide! On a short hike around the rim, your guide will point out the birds of the endemic Scalesia forest such as Galapagos doves and eight species of Charles Darwin's finches. From Los Gemelos the day takes you to a tortoise reserve. The reserves of Santa Cruz are home to Giant tortoises with domed shells and short necks to accommodate the environment of the island. The many trails of the highlands, including those around the camp, lead to sightings of the reluctant giants resting in ponds and slowly traversing the land. Keep a look out for short-eared owls, if you are lucky, they can be spotted in the trees dotting the landscape.
Elsewhere in the highlands are elaborate, underground lava tubes, created centuries ago by the Santa Cruz volcano. The tubes formed when the lava at the surface cooled, insulating the molten lava underneath. As the lava flowed, it left these tubes in its wake. Some of the tunnels on Santa Cruz go for miles and are 60 feet high. Local folklore says that they were used by pirates to hideout and store supplies. Descend into the caves for a mysterious look into the island's formation, following a lit path with your guide through cavernous tunnels dating back at least one million years. The experience can be daunting in spots where the tubes get narrow, but it's a worthwhile trek into the geological past of the island.
After stopping for lunch, the group makes way back to the camp. Enjoy a sunset cocktail on our lookout, and a four-course, tapas-inspired meal in the main lodge before retiring for the evening. (l,d)
Day 2 - Navigating to a neighboring island
Depart by motor-yacht to one of the uninhabited islands close to our island of Santa Cruz
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Early morning finds you on a motor yacht to one of the neighbouring, uninhabited islands close to our island of Santa Cruz: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas and Santa Fe.
Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is among the largest in the world, and snorkelling off the boat is highly recommended.
Note: The Camp designs their Safaris according to the best experiences possible at any given time of year and around yacht operations. The Camp will confirm the islands you will visit upon booking.
Day 3 - Experience the east (Santa Cruz Island)
Visit Cerro Mesa Private Reseve, Garrapatero Beach and El Trapiche Ecologic Farm
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Located on the eastern highlands of Santa Cruz, Cerro Mesa is a private reserve, rich in endemic flora and bird life; with six subspecies of finches, mockingbirds, and short-ear owls. The area is also home to Galapagos tortoises, endemic to Santa Cruz. The trip is a short drive from the camp. In the morning, you can explore the various trails at the reserve and end the circuit at the lookout where you can contemplate the lush landscape of Santa Cruz and the nearby islands on a clear day. After lunch, you will make your way to Garrapatero Beach. Depending on your level of energy you can hop back in your vehicle or take a gentle eight-mile bike ride for the rest of the way.
The striking contrasts of the black lava, white sand, and turquoise water of Garrapatero Beach catch many by surprise. Nearby, dense mangroves play host to all of the Galapagos ground finches, including the cactus finch, which feeds off the Opuntia cacti that dot the trail on the 15-minute hike to the area. As the beach comes into sight, watch out for the Manzanillo trees along the path. The small apples on their branches are inviting but poisonous, and even the sap touching your skin can cause burns and rashes. Other creatures above and below the waterline that call Garrapatero Beach home are marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, rays, and sea turtles.
Through the mangroves skirting the sand is a freshwater lagoon where you can often spot flamingos, white-cheeked ducks and black-nested stilts in the morning or in late afternoon. Just past the tide pools on the beach, clear waters offer a secluded spot for swimming. We can also arrange kayaking off the beaches' shores in search of sea turtles; a great way to actively explore the bay. On your way back to the Camp you will visit to El Trapiche Ecológico, a working farm in the highlands that produces sugar cane liqueur and Galapagos coffee. Learn about the different methods used to refine sugar cane, including the use of a mule-driven press. There is also a demonstration of how artisan coffee is produced, from picking the berries to roasting the bean. As the day winds down, you head back to the camp for a relaxing drink or dip in the pool before an inviting dinner and some independent stargazing if it is a clear night.
Day 4 - Explore neighboring islands/Hiking & Snorkeling
Depart by a motor yacht to one of the neighboring islands
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Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana or Isabela. Each island is an endemic treasure to explore and enjoy.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended.
Day 5 - Sunrise walk and departure from the Galapagos
Tour the local farm and enjoy a spectacular sunrise view. Then transfer to the airport for your departure or cruise. (b)
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On your last day, there is a tour of the farm at GSC where you can enjoy the sunrise from one of our view points and continue for a walk to the barn owl’s cave before breakfast and transfer to the airport (b)
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