Santa Cruz Island
The Pikaia Lodge
A new step in the
evolution of luxury eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands
The Pikaia Lodge concept is
designed for the environmentally conscious, physically active and
adventurous traveler, who seeks close contact with the unique
natural wonders of the Galapagos, with the highest level of
comfort and services that could be reasonably provided within the
limitations of such a remote, restricted and eco-sensitive
There is no lack of privacy, nor
seasickness, nor confined spaces of the typical yachts or cruises.
As our Pikaia Lodge guest, you will enjoy active, quality guided
land and marine day programs in small groups with up to 16 guests.
At night you will rest in spacious and quiet accommodations.
Santa Cruz Island provided us
with the perfect opportunity to develop our unique land-based day
tour concept, since some of the most interesting islands, secluded
white sandy beaches and wildlife sites of the Galapagos National
Park are nearby.
All these can be reached within
relatively short navigation times on board our large, comfortable,
safe and stable oceangoing yacht M.Y. Pikaia I. In fact, you
will discover some of the finest beaches of the Galapagos in Santa
Just by taking a stroll, you can
come face to face with a wild giant tortoise - Pikaia Lodge has
its own private Tortoise Reserve on the property.
Pikaia Lodge is one of the most
advanced green lodges built in the world. It operates with
alternative energy resources and has a comprehensive social
As a Pikaia
Lodge guest, you will enjoy active, quality guided land and marine
day programs in small groups with up to 16 guests. At night you
will rest in spacious and quiet accommodations.
Pikaia's facilities include the
Evolution Restaurant, Lobby Lounge & DNA Bar, Infinity Pool, Homo
Sapiens Explorers Lounge, and Sumaq Spa.
The M.Y. Pikaia I
is Pikaia's private 105-Ft. oceangoing exploration yacht, a former
custom built steel-hull live aboard scuba diving cruiser. The Pikaia II is
Pikaia's exclusively chartered 35 foot boat, designed to offer a guided
coastal fishing and/or snorkeling tour experience.
Pikaia Lodge offers 3, 4, and 7
night packages that include day excursions to nearby islands, land
exploration, and luxury accommodations at the lodge.
Pikaia Lodge is perched on top of
two extinct volcanic craters, offering one of the most
spectacular view points in the Galapagos - a great scenic
destination in itself.
Pikaia Lodge Property
A Stunning Location With Breathtaking Views
Lodge is perched on top of two extinct volcanic craters. It
offers one of the most spectacular view points in the Galapagos -
a great scenic destination in itself.
Pikaia Lodge's 31 hectares of
property and private wild giant tortoise reserve are located 450
meters above sea level in the transition zone between the sunny,
arid savanna and the lush tropical mist forest of the volcanic
highlands. Given its unique location, the Lodge has a
special microclimate: warm and sunny with fresh breezes for most
of the year, and therefore, mosquito free! During the cooler "garua
season" our property is occasionally shrouded in mist. At
this time, from July to November, the wild tortoises migrate from
the arid zone up to Pikaia for grazing.
Only 3% of the entire Galapagos
land mass is private land for the use of farms and towns, while
97% is National Park area and is protected from development.
Before Pikaia acquired the
property in 2006, it was a cattle ranch. All native
vegetation and trees had been cut down and replaced by pasture.
Six years ago Pikaia undertook the titanic task of restoring this
property to its original natural state. We have engaged in an
ambitious program of reforestation with native, endemic species
and have set favorable conditions for the wild tortoises and birds
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