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Galapagos Safari Camp, Santa Cruz Island

There is a dizzying array of cruise and lodging options for visitors to the Galapagos these days, but none are as unique, personalized or complimentary to a visitors experience than the Galapagos Safari Camp. It is a perfect way to supplement a Galapagos cruise with a few days before or after on land, such as in our Galapagos Land and Sea Safari. It's also a great option for travelers looking to relax before boarding a cruise ship, avoid a cruise, or for those travelers simply looking for a more customized and private way to explore the Galapagos, such as families (with or without small children) or honeymooners. Contact our Galapagos Program Director for more information. 

Bordering the national park tortoise reserve on an incredibly remote 135 acre private tract of land 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 include ensuite spa bathrooms, incredibly comfy beds, heating and cooling units, field desks and a private balcony replete 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, opposed to a diesel marine engine rumbling below decks. Imagine sipping a cup of coffee on your porch while enjoying a dramatic sunrise with a full day of adventures ahead. The tents are accessible to the main lodge building and a small infinity pool via meandering lava rock paths. With only nine tents, service is extremely attentive and personalized for each visitor. 

Increasingly, Galapagos Safari Camp is becoming the preferred option for visitors looking for an upscale and customized land based stay in the Galapagos, including their own private naturalist guide. Surrounding Galapagos Safari Camp there are multitudes 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, frolick with sea lions on Garrapatero beach or snorkel with penguins. The visitor can tailor activities from a few to many, and the choices of what to do, and where to, belong to you.

From the pier in Puerto Ayora, 30 minutes from the camp, you can reach the islands of Bartolome, Plazas, Santa Fe and North Seymour by day yacht; acquainting yourself with the full island arrays of Galapagos wildlife by day, and return to the lodge each night for a gourmet dinner and your stationary bed. No rocking and rolling at night. For those looking to explore the further reaches of the Galapagos Archipelago, light aircraft based at Baltra airport (45 minutes from the camp) can take you to the islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz for a day’s exploration or an overnight stay.

Puerto Ayora is the main embarkation/disembarkation point for cruise ships on Santa Cruz Island. By air, Galapagos Safari Camp is accessed from Baltra airport (GPS) which is served by frequent daily flights from Guayaquil (90 minutes) and Quito, Ecuador (2 hours) and onward international connections.