We travelled to Galapagos for the 8 days Full Adventure trip, and it was absolutely wonderful! After an interesting stay on Santa Cruz, visiting the Darwing Research Center, lava tunnels, Los Gemelos and seing giant tortoises, we had lunch and left for the island of Floreana. Our guide Juan Carlos (thank you to Red mangrove for giving us one guide for the entire week!) was accompanied by Willian from Red Mangrove, a very nice an knowledgable guy. Floreana was very different from Santa Cruz. The accomodation was wooden cabins with a wonderful view. The cabins are not big, but you really don't need anything more. They have electricity, bathroom with both shower and WC, and even a safety deposit box and an air conditioner! Much more than we ever expected from cabins like this! If anything, the toilett bucket should have been emptied every day (it started stinking). There are not many people on Floreana, and electricity is from solar panels. Therefore there is hardly any light after dark. This made it a wonderful location for watching the stars. They shone so brightly and you could see so many of them, even the Milky Way. Absolutely magnificent! The meals were served at a local family's home nearby. Excellent food! The chicken we had for lunch one day was one of the best I have ever had!
We had great trips around Floreana; to pirat coves, interesting geological formations and we saw lots of giant tortoises. That was so great to see! Maybe the best part, however, was the first night when our guide, Juan Carlos, told us the story about the Floreana mystery. What a facinating story! We got a couple of snorkeling opportunities as well, which was really good. We saw sea turtles! The water was wonderful. Taking some time to observe the sea lions at the pier is reccommended. They are really so relaxed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Floreana Lava LodgeFloreana´s fascinating story and the desire of the local people to offer a more relaxed , more enjoyable and environmentally sensitive kind of tourism, is why Tropic has chosen to launch its new Galapagos adventure here. Together with the local community and the owners of ‘Floreana Lava Lodge’, and under the supervision of the Galapagos Authority, Tropic has created a new program designed for visitors who are looking for something out of the ordinary, who will understand the value of slow tourism.Located in Puerto Velasco Ibarra (named after a five times president of Ecuador) Lava Lodge is owned by members of the Cruz family, one of the Floreana´s oldest. The hotel is a comfortable lodge with top class service and the best of friendly local hospitality, built on black lava sands at the ocean´s edge: one of the best sites on the island. Situated only 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village, Lava Lodge is also only a few steps from the ‘lobería’ where visitors can watch the islands famous sea lions in their natural surroundings. ServicesThe 10 independent cabins are each equipped with 2 twin beds (bunk beds for up to 3 people are also available). Each ocean front cabin has its own bathroom, front porch, a reading and shady area to provide privacy and enjoyment of the outdoors.The lodge also has a common area where guests can relax together and savor a welcome drink while enjoying the striking Galapagos sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Floreana Lava Lodge Galapagos Islands