A new concept in luxury land-based eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands, the Pikaia Lodge provides the highest levels of comfort and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Situated 450 meters above sea level on the crater of an extinct volcano, the eco-friendly Pikaia Lodge provides guests both sheer comfort and a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating natural heritage of the Galapagos Islands. The luxury lodge operates daily land excursions and sea tours on its own private yacht. In addition to its own giant tortoise reserve, the lodge also has a beautiful pool, the gourmet Evolution restaurant, the DNA bar, and a relaxing spa. On this 4-day/3-night tour, you will have a chance to visit the famous Charles Darwin Scientific Research Centre and sail to nearby islands to enjoy hiking, kayaking or snorkeling followed by sunbathing on the lodge’s yacht while dolphin-watching.
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This morning you will check-in at the Quito or Guayaquil international airport. (NOTE: The flight time from Quito to Guayaquil is 40 minutes, plus a 40-minute layover in Guayaquil, while the flight time from the Guayaquil airport to the Galapagos Islands is 1hour and 40 minutes. Arriving in the Galapagos archipelago at the Baltra Island airport, you will have VIP access into the lounge there. A Pikaia representative will meet you in the lounge and accompany you first to the Itabaca Channel for a seven-minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island. From there, you will take a scenic 50-minute trip in private transportation to the Pikaia Lodge.
After checking in, you will have lunch in the lodge’s Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. The rest of the afternoon, you will have a chance to relax and familiarize themselves with the lodge’s environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5 km of trails on the lodge’s grounds, or you can take a swim in the pool. This afternoon is also a good chance of encountering resident tortoises on the lodge’s grounds. Later, a tour briefing with a complementary welcome cocktail will be offered at the DNA Bar.
Each morning, the day’s activities are planned using satellite weather imagery and tide charts. Most likely, we will go on a land tour on Santa Cruz Island (maximum group size: 16 people). Alternatively, guests are free to relax and enjoy their days at the lodge independently. Mountain bikes, helmets, snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are available without charge at the front desk or onboard the lodge’s yacht. (It is recommended to pre-book to take advantage of any optional third-party activities not included in the package. All extra activities might have an extra cost [e.g. taxis, equipment, guides]. Please note that these optional programs are not carried out by the hotel)
Today we will go on a full-day yacht cruise on board the lodge’s Pikaia I yacht. Private cabins are assigned and guests have the option of having breakfast onboard Pikaia I. Upon arrival on South Plaza Island, the morning offers hiking or snorkeling activities until midday. Lunch buffet with typical Ecuadorian food is served while the yacht sails to Santa Fe Island for afternoon exploring. Two hours before sunset the yacht will set sail for Pikaia Lodge. While sailing, you can relax, shower, or freshen up in their air-conditioned private cabins, as well as soak in the Jacuzzi, watch a Galapagos documentary, join a discussion with guides, sunbathe or watch for dolphins.
Hotel check-out time according to your flight schedule. You will be driven to the Baltra Island Airport and assisted with checking in for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.
|Terrace Rooms||Balcony Rooms||Garden Suite||Pool Suite||Children Under 18|
|4||US$ 8,745||US$ 6,540||US$ 8,910||US$ 6,660||US$ 9,240||US$ 6,900||US$ 9,405||US$ 7,050||US$ 3,000|
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