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Galapagos Safari Camp invites guests to enjoy an authentic and fulfilling Galapagos experience, surrounded by breathtaking views and memorable encounters with wildlife, all in discreet luxury. You will be at the crossroads of exploration, science and adventure. Find space to reawaken your senses, reconnect with nature and renew your spirit, touched by the magic only Galapagos can provide. As a family-owned property, its dare-dreaming founders, Michael and Stephanie Mesdag, brought this travel tradition to the Galapagos inspired by the magic of the African safari camps.
Bordering the National Park, in the Highlands of Santa Cruz, this tented camp is seamlessly integrated with its surroundings. You will be immersed in the environment while a caring team anticipates and takes care of your needs. Delight your eyes with the view from the main lodge, spotting an array of islands dotted in the horizon below. Relax in the lounge by the fireplace while enjoying a drink and savour the chef ’s carefully crafted farm-to-table dishes.
Nine safari tents are located below the main lodge. Their spacious interiors are designed with comfort, practicality and elegance in mind. Imagine yourself finding a space that connects you with the sounds of nature and allows for a moment of serenity.
The Family Suite is ideal for families who favour a private and cohesive lodging. With three bedrooms and a playroom, it is a perfect hideaway for parents travelling with children.
Enjoy a dip in the infinity pool while you watch Darwin’s finches bathing and drinking in the water by your side. The nearby observatory will delight with stunning views and sunsets.
During the summer holiday the Kid’s Club opens its doors in the afternoon so that children can be engaged in creative activities while parents have a moment of rest.
Galapagos National Park entrance fee is not included ($100 USD). Rates are subject to availability at time of booking. Itinerary is subject to change without notice due to weather conditions and time of year. Not valid during congresses, special events, festivals, Christmas or Carnival. Optional tours and activities are not included.
Airport and departure taxes not included.
Rates are subject to availability at time of booking.
DAY 1 Welcome to the Galapagos! An English-speaking naturalist guide meets you at the VIP lounge at Baltra Airport to escort you on your excursion of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at a farm in the western hills. Take in the area's natural beauty, pit craters, lava tunnels, and learn more about the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises' natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. End this day at Galapagos Safari Camp with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.
DAY 2 & 3 Early morning finds you on a motor vessel to one of the neighboring islands: North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas, Santa Fe, 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. Destinations will be given when we have your dates.
DAY 4 A morning drive takes you to the eastern part of the island. At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher. After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water -including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.
DAY 5 Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. (Here's where you'll wish you had extended your journey!).
DAY 1 Welcome to the Galapagos! Your family's naturalist guide meets you at Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow ltabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture your children's imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore our 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, and spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to GSC.
DAY 2 After breakfast, visit a neighboring organic coffee plantation to learn about responsible small-scale farming in the Galapagos, and the children have a chance to pick coffee beans if season allows. Then drive to the enormous Cerro Mesa crater for a short walk in the wetlands that is home to a wonderful variety of birds and the occasional bathing tortoise. After lunch at a local restaurant, jump on bikes for a downhill ride to Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Explore the bay in sea kayaks, accompanied by marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and countless shorebirds. In the evening, back at GSC, parents can relax while the children take a private art class with a local artist.
DAY 3 Spend the day spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a day-yacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe, and Bartolome, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note this is a shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise. Destination will depend on your dates.
DAY 4 An excursion with local fishermen is a favorite among children visiting us. This excursion is both a wildlife experience and a cultural exchange opportunity. We are involved in a program with the National Park Service that aims to engage local fisherman in tourism activities as an alternative means of income, with the added benefit of protecting local fisheries from depletion. The fishermen have very safe and modern speedboats, which we charter privately for the day. With your guide acting as translator, the fishermen share anecdotes from a lifetime at sea, and the children learn local fishing tricks. After fishing, you'll land on a deserted beach and may snorkel in a spot known only to locals. If you prefer to limit fishing and enhance the snorkeling or beach experience, your guide is there to adapt the day to your preferences.
DAY 5 Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about its preservation efforts and scientific research. The children will have an up-close experience with the tortoises that are the islands' namesake. Parents can enjoy free time to wander around Puerto Ayora, while your guide takes the children to a local playground or on a tour of the local fish market on the waterfront. After lunch, take a speedboat to Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with basking marine iguanas, and shallow turquoise waters teeming with white-tip reef sharks and fish. Or you can join a snorkeling boat that will take you to frolic with sea lions.
DAY 6 Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. (Here's where you'll wish you had extended your journey!).