Nestled atop an extinct volcano, Pikaia Lodge is the best land-based way to explore the Galapagos Islands due to its location on Santa Cruz Island in the centre of the Archipelago. The Lodge is one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Galapagos, with expansive views of the National Park. Secluded in Santa Cruz’s highlands, the Suites’ floor to ceiling windows look out towards the lush cloud forest and deep blue Pacific Ocean.
A new alternative to traditional cruises, Pikaia opened its doors last October and enables guests to enjoy a sustainable, yet luxurious Galapagos experience. Pikaia’s four, five or eight-day guided adventures cover the distinct landscapes and marine wildlife of the islands, while the Lodge’s excellent restaurant, infinity pool and relaxing spa are welcomed luxuries after a day spent exploring the Galapagos Archipelago.
Pikaia is designed for the environmentally conscious and the adventure traveller seeking close contact with the natural wonders of the region. The Galapagos archipelago is renowned for its wildlife, which inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Named after the first known vertebrate, ‘Pikaia gracilens’, the Lodge was founded on principles of conservation and sustainability. With its own Giant Tortoise Reserve on the property, the lodge runs on alternative energy resources and has an outstanding social responsibility program.
Spectacular wildlife sites and secluded beaches can be reached on Pikaia’s 100-foot private yacht. Guests are free to snorkel among reef sharks and stingrays on Buccaneer Cove before cruising over to Santa Fe to see iguanas, lava lizards and Darwin’s finches. Hiking and kayaking are also fun ways of getting close to sea lions and blue-footed boobies.