Pikaia Lodge Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are the kind of place that you read about in travel magazines and see in wildlife documentaries. They are the kind of place that create memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life and give you photo opportunities unlike any you’ve had before. In brief, a trip to the Galapagos Islands will be the vacation of a lifetime. Read on below to learn more about the Pikaia Lodge, one of the most luxurious lodges in the archipelago.
The Galapagos Islands were first thrust into the limelight in the 1830s when Charles Darwin visited the archipelago and was fascinated by what he saw there. Years later, in 1859, he consolidated the observations he made whilst on the islands into one book: The Origin of Species – a pivotal work that promulgated the controversial theory of evolution.
Nowadays, the Galapagos Islands are a hot spot for wildlife enthusiasts hoping to see some of the endemic species that inhabit this part of the Pacific Ocean. From the shores of the islands to the craggy cliffs on the volcanoes and highlands, the islands are alive with animals of all shapes and sizes.
Pikaia Lodge Galapagos
So, where do you base yourself if you are planning on undertaking some wildlife spotting excursions on the islands? The Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz is a great choice for multiple reasons, including the fact that Santa Cruz is one of the major islands and is well serviced by transport to other islands, making island hopping from here very easy.
The Pikaia Lodge is located on top of two extinct volcano craters and is surrounded by 31 hectares of lush green forest and savannah. Perched around 450m above sea level, guests at the lodge can look out over much of the island and are treated to unrivalled ocean views. The perfect tranquillity of the accommodation makes for an ideal spot to unwind after a day of exploring the island.
The rooms in the Pikaia Lodge are at a luxury hotel level, and have been designed to encompass both style and comfort. The floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views out over the rugged wilderness of the island and fill the room with natural light. Keeping with the bright and breezy theme of the rooms, the colour scheme is made up of whites and creams offset with dark wood furnishings.
Adjoining each room is a modern en-suite bathroom, which is decked out with bamboo wood flooring and Peruvian marble. The spacious bathtubs are just one of the many places in the Lodge that guests can turn to for a bit of relaxation. Yet more pampering can be had in the Sumaq Spa with its range of luxurious massage treatments.
When the sun is out and you feel like kicking back and soaking up some rays, the infinity pool, located on the deck, is the perfect place to hang out. Lined with beach chairs and boasting breath-taking views, you’re definitely going to want to spend a few hours up there. If you would rather chill out inside, there are two lounges to choose from, both of which offer comfy seating in a cosy setting – perfect for a bit of family time or meeting other travellers.
When hunger strikes, the Pikaia Lodge has got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh and sustainable ingredients are a given here so you can enjoy your meal knowing that it is eco-friendly. Dishes on the menu include Peruvian and Ecuadorian dishes as well as a few international options – all of which can be washed down with a fine Argentinean or Chilean wine.
Outside of the Pikaia Lodge, Santa Cruz offers numerous opportunities for Galapagos wildlife-spotting and excursions. Guests can check out the gorgeous harbour in Puerto Ayora, the island’s main town or learn about the island’s fauna in the Charles Darwin Research Station. Those looking for something a bit more adventurous should spend an hour or two climbing and crawling through the island’s lava tunnels.
When it comes to wildlife, travellers should definitely check out Tortuga Bay and take a snorkel with them. Here, you will be able to see rays, sharks, tropical fish, marine iguanas and more. If you have the time, stay here until the sun goes down so you can admire that beautiful sunset that paints the sky pink and orange every night.
Planning a holiday can be tough – there are a lot of things to take into account. With accommodation arguably being the most important factor of your vacation, it is essential to pick somewhere as perfect as possible. The Pikaia Lodge ticks all the boxes and is guaranteed to make your trip more special than you ever anticipated. For more information about booking the Pikaia Lodge, please contact us at Rainforest Cruises or call 1-888-215-3555.