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Pikaia Lodge

Km. 13 Via El Camote A 100 M de Cerro Mesa, 200350 Ecuador
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#8 of 34 hotels in Santa Cruz
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The Galapagos Islands nicknamed the "Enchanted Islands" and described as the "Last Paradise on Earth" is a truly memorable experience. The Pikaia Lodge concept is a luxury land based eco-adventure with the highest level of comfort and services. We offer an experience like no other, in a place like no other, where the guest will encounter some truly fascinating unforgettable moments. Designed for the physically active adventure traveler, who seek close contact with the incredible wildlife, stunning views and the overall beauty that surrounds the Galapagos Islands. At Pikaia Lodge we offer 3-7 night packages, which are ALL inclusive. Complemented by our very own land and marine explorations aboard our exclusive private yacht.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Diving
Free airport transportation
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Infinity pool
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Sauna
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105marniew wrote a review Feb 9
Selwyn2 contributions3 helpful votes
Pikaia lodge very quickly become our favorite place to stay. We were awestruck at its beauty and attention to detail. Norman and his team are so efficient, kind and sincere. The respect for the islands natural beauty is evident in all aspects of the lodge. The food is amazing. Fresh fish and lots of interesting dishes to chose from. Great job Chef Matteo. Diego, the bartender, was wonderful as well. He makes a great Margherita! The spa was so calming and peaceful. The hot tub a wonderful end to any day. We will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Curiosity51204175192 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Pathetic stay. The wifi speed wasn’t good at all, the TV was not getting on at all, hot air was coming out from the AC. Additionally, the washroom privacy window button wasn’t functioning at all. Needs hell lot of improvement
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Pikaia Lodge, Guest Services / Front Office at Pikaia Lodge
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Hi, As your stay was in November 2023, there might be some confusion. Kindly check that you have the right property and location. Please note that we DO NOT have such button or privacy window technology in our bathrooms. Additionally, our internet is high speed and have not had any reports of malfunction, similarly with our A/Cs and TVs, which are checked on a daily basis.
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Susan wrote a review Jul 2023
4 contributions1 helpful vote
The remarkable Pikaia Lodge gave us the experience of a lifetime. From the moment we arrived, we were overwhelmed with the magnificence of this extraordinary place. The location and panoramic views are simply breathtaking. We were greeted by the amazing Norman and his warm and welcoming staff who made us feel immediately at home and excited to be there. The accommodations are second to none. Pikaia Lodge provides you with the most comprehensive and thoughtfully planned out daily schedules allowing you to do, see, and take in everything Galapagos has to offer. The daily briefings and itineraries provide an unmatched experience, crafted to enable the ultimate Galapagos vacation. There is no guess work required. The naturalist guides who accompany you on the daily excursions are experts in the field, providing invaluable information and insight about the wonders, the history, and the uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands. (Big shout out to Mario- you’re the #1 guide!) If you’re looking for a land-based Galapagos alternative, nothing beats Pikaia Lodge. Not only is the location unmatched - sweeping views atop a crater - the service is impeccable. They know what you need before you need it. The attention to detail and personalized service makes you feel so comfortable and welcomed. The cuisine is next-level, incorporating traditional Ecuadorian dishes and flavors. Executive Chef Cristian Puente is a culinary master. Five stars is not enough to exemplify the greatness of Pikaia Lodge. Our dream is to one day return- it was the most wonderful vacation we ever had! Thank you, Pikaia Lodge!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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World trav wrote a review Jul 2023
12 contributions6 helpful votes
Excellent overall experience. Very friendly and responsive staff. We had 4 days in the lodge. It is beautifully situated on the top of a vulcano with excellent views. Rooms are spacious, well equipped. Our room on first floor, which was nice - also with a balcony. The excursions were excellent due to good planning and nice & knowledgable guides. Good idea with one day on water and one day on land. We saw most the animals on our bucket list for Galapagos in two days, which is definitely not standard.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Go50215641689 wrote a review May 2023
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Pikai lodge is absolutely amazing. The rooms, the staff, the food and the service is a five out of five! Our excursion itinerary was perfect and the naturalist guides on board the yacht with us and land excursion were so knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining and accommodating! We had Jose and Mario. We swam/snorkeled with sea lions and penguins, and got up close with the giant tortoises during our land excursion. Pikai is truly a luxery resort in an absolutely beautiful natural landscape.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: While on the pikai private yacht you will have your own cabin to freshen up in - pack a small bag...
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mrobs08 wrote a review May 2023
Gaylord, Michigan27 contributions45 helpful votes
We could not have been more comfortable during our stay in such a beautiful spot on earth. This level of service is not something I'm used to. I couldn't stop thinking about all the behind the scenes work to pull this level of service off. They are paying attention to every detail. Norman took note and had herbal tea in our room before night time. Christina (think I have her name correct) had a gift of chocolates for my daughter at the end of our stay. So nice of her. The food was amazing. Dinner time choices could be difficult because the choices were all so good. I enjoyed the paths around the crater and rounding a bend to find a lumbering tortoise chomping grass. Many birds to spot near the water holes the tortoises enjoy. The guides we were with in our small group tours were so knowledgeable and fun. Mario and Xavi I'm talking about you. I was a little concerned we wouldn't get enough ocean, beach time having traveled so far to the islands. They take you on thier yacht the vision and you do get beach and swim time. We were able to see penguins, seals, sharks, birds galore. An amazing spot to visit and the Pikia Lodge makes it luxury for the time you are not seeing pristine nature.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Lorraine wrote a review Apr 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia8 contributions2 helpful votes
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Excited to see as many sea and land animals endemic to the islands as well as tour the islands, we arranged our stay and daily excursions through Pikaia Lodge. Our high expectations were exceeded. Pikaia delivered. Throughout our stay Pikaia Lodge anticipated our every need providing us with luxury accommodations, beautiful views, delicious food, a variety of island activity options and an extremely attentive staff. My favorite thing about my visit was our guide -the man, the myth, the legend; Xavier F. Suárez. Xavi consistently brought extensive island knowledge, passion, and humor to our excursions. His excitement and exuberance made discovering each of the islands’ uniqueness, rareness and charm that much more thrilling. We enjoyed every minute of our Galápagos adventure. Thank you to the Pakaia Lodge staff and Xavier Suárez for a most memorable experience.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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alleyfloater wrote a review Apr 2023
New York City, New York38 contributions35 helpful votes
Wow! Just wow. You can look at my review - we've stayed in some pretty special hotels. I have to say this one stands shoulder-to-shoulder with any of them. What a fantastic place. Incredibly special. We all felt very fortunate to stay here. The food was AMAZING and the staff were incredible. Thank you to Norman and his team - Angelica, Jose, Cris, Daisy and everyone else! And a special shoutout to Mario - the best guide in the Galapagos!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Joe S wrote a review Mar 2023
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What a bucket list ought to be. Outstanding in every respect! Service and attention to detail is their specialty. From booking through Pikaia's office to experiencing the beauty of the lodge and the islands was nothing but exceptional.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Jane P wrote a review Feb 2023
San Francisco, California150 contributions71 helpful votes
We spent 4 nights at Pikaia Lodge and we can't wait to return! The hotel itself is beautiful, located in the highlands with a view of the coastline. Architecturally stunning and incredibly comfortable and chic. Beautiful artwork in the common spaces and a very comfortable and luxurious reading lounge where we could also watch the David Attenborough documentary on the Galapagos Islands in the evenings. Subtle nods to Darwin and the history of the islands are scattered throughout the property via the artwork which is definitely worth paying attention to. Food is excellent - modern, sophisticated dinners with choices. A highlight was the "Vision", the yacht which is owned by Pikaia and on which we traveled to other islands during our stay. Beautifully appointed - each of us had a comfortable day cabin in which to change, shower, nap (which we didn't because we didn't want to miss a single thing!). Chef prepared breakfasts and lunches on board which were casual and excellent. Each evening we returned to the hotel exhilarated with the wildlife we had seen and the snorkelling and adventuring. Our guide, Mario, was excellent - knowledgeable and sharp eyed. He spotted all sorts of animals and plants and could tell us everything there is to know. He was flexible about timing and scheduling and could not have been more accommodating. A shout-out to Norman at the hotel who was professional, welcoming and very knowledgeable about the islands too. The incredibly helpful and friendly staff - Angelica, Matteo, Daisy, Heidy, Jose, Giovanni and so many more. My husband wanted to watch a football game one evening and could not stream to his ipad so the front desk staff rigged up a monitor so he could watch it in the lobby. Above and beyond! My one disappointment is that we did not build in an extra day just to spend enjoying the hotel property itself - each day was mostly taken up with outings but the hotel has several biking and hiking trails, a pond area down the hill where giant tortoises roam and a beautiful pool area. So when you do visit Pikaia make sure you take that extra day to immerse and enjoy a very special place.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pikaia Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pikaia Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Highland View Galapagos (1.8 miles), El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos (2.3 miles), and Isla Sombrero China (0.01 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pikaia Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Pikaia Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pikaia Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pikaia Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lemon & Coffee, La Cevicheria, and Buenaventura Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pikaia Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Pikaia Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pikaia Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Pikaia Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Pikaia Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Pikaia Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Pikaia Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.