If all you want is a beach vacation, then go to the Bahamas. If you want hustle and noise, stay in town.. but if you want a real Galapagos experience, this is the perfect hotel. At the Royal Palm, you'll experience garua, the mist that defines the highland climate. You'll also have sunny days, cool nights, Darwin finches joining you at dinner and crickets lulling you to sleep. You can take an afternoon tour of the lava tunnels, right on the grounds. On a stroll along the stone walkway that weaves through the grounds you'll see banana, lemon, and poison apple trees, bamboo shooting to the sky, mockingbirds and butterflies. It's peaceful and beautiful.
it's 20 minutes into town, and along the way you'll see the landscape transform from lush to dry, and feel the air grow warmer and heavier. Puerto Ayora has its own beauty, some great restaurants, a busy dock, and fun shops. But we were happy to leave the heat behind after a full day of touring or shopping and retreat to the cool highlands.
The staff is exceptional. They were anxious to meet our every need, and welcomed us home each day like family, only better. My family doesn't welcome me home with a delicious meal of the freshest foods and coffee just the way I like it. They found bikes for our kids (20-somethings), so they could bike into town. They arranged tours with knowledgable, fun naturalist guides who taught us so much about the islands.
We visited in late May 2013. The weather will depend upon when you visit, but ours was great. Although too cool to make use of the pool, we didn't go to the Galapagos to sit in a pool.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Palm Hotel Santa Cruz
- Royal Palm Santa Cruz
- Royal Palm Resort Hotel Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz, Ecuador