Red Mangrove Galapagos
Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island, is the largest town in the Galapagos archipelago. For this reason it attracts a lot of visitors. Many use it as a stop over on their way to other islands, but those who spend a bit of time here are bound to be delighted with what this place has to offer. If you’re thinking about giving Puerto Ayora the attention it deserves then check yourself in the Red Mangrove Hotel and prepare yourself to be amazed.
Red Mangrove Hotel
The Red Mangrove Hotel provides a very high level of eco-luxury to its guests. This means it has adopted a number of sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices without making its guests sacrifice any of their luxury. It is situated right on the waterfront of Santa Cruz with a gorgeous deck that looks out over the surrounding bay and mangroves.
Each room at the Red Mangrove Hotel has been specially designed to be bright and breezy as floor to ceiling windows flood the space with natural light. This light is complemented by a colour scheme of white and cream with the odd splash of colour. From the windows, the views are spectacular with the shimmering water on one side of the hotel and the beautiful mangroves on the other.
In the main area of the hotel is the Almar by Isla Grill restaurant. Here, guests will find a range of fresh meats and seafood, cooked to perfection with an Argentinean and Ecuadorian fusion flare. Around 80% of the ingredients used in the restaurant as acquired on the island of Santa Cruz. This is part of the hotel’s commitment towards sustainability on the island.
Meals are served on the deck that sits on top of the water, on the edge of the hotel. Whilst eating, it is not unusual for guests to be joined by a number of different animals including sea lions and marine iguanas. Completely harmless, the animals climb up onto the deck to lounge around in the sun. This makes for some great photo ops!
If you want to go on a cruise around the islands during your time in the Galapagos archipelago then the Red Mangrove hotel can help you arrange this. The hotel works closely with the following Galapagos cruises: Ocean Spray, Cormorant and Petrel. Cruises allow travellers to reach more remote parts of the islands and to see them from a unique vantage point.
However, cruises aren't for everyone and if you would rather keep your feet on terra firma then fear not, there are plenty of land-based tours on offer. These tours include hiking in the highlands; a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Centre; and some wildlife-watching excursions. They also include the chance to do snorkelling so you’ll still get the chance to spend some time in the water.
Whether you take a land tour or a cruise, you will still be able to see some of the famous residents of the Galapagos Islands. These include land and marine iguanas, frigate birds, sea lions and blue footed boobies. Under the water there is a whole host of different fish to see as well as some small sharks. Be sure to take a camera to snap some photos of these wonderful creatures and of the dramatic landscapes on the island, from the rugged cliffs to the secret lagoons.
If you have some free time at the hotel and want to go on a mini adventure then there is plenty to do in Puero Ayora and its surrounding area. Tortuga Bay, Las Grietas and the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center are all easily accessible from the accommodation. There are also plenty of short walking trails that can be completed during the day and stargazing to be done at night.
The Red Mangrove hotel provides guests with the perfect combination of Galapagos conservation practices and luxury. This allows you to enjoy your vacation stress-free, safe in the knowledge that you are travelling responsibly in the Galapagos Islands. For more information about the Red Mangrove Galapagos Hotel, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.