Floreana Island is off the main tourist track but well worth a visit to understand the history of the first visitors and settlement of the Galapagos - We travelled to and from the island by boat. The wharf at Puerto Velasco Ibarra is exposed to waves and can be very "hairy" even in a moderate swell so I would not recommend a visit to Floreana Island unless you are able bodied and prepared to scramble off the boat between the swells. The ocean waters between the island can be very rough so you need to be prepared that your fellow travellers and even the locals could be sea sick in the confines of your boat - Also, while on the island, all activities are open to the weather as soon as you leave your eco hut so plan for getting wet if a shower or storm comes during your stay so watch the weather as a visit with rough seas or heavy rain could be miserable. Now, if you are happy with all the above, this is a not to be missed component of your visit to the Galapagos - it is stunning. The huts are overlooking a beautiful cove and are adequate. The staff are considerate and do whatever is needed to make your stay comfortable. I would recommend this to young and old who are open to a little adventure, aren't expecting a Hilton or Hyatt (the eco hut bathrooms are very small) and sometimes a little discomfort to enjoy the unspoilt wonder of Floreana. It is well worth the adventure!
- 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