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“Imagine Latin America - Galapagos Safari Camp”

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Galapagos Safari Camp
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London
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7 reviews
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“Imagine Latin America - Galapagos Safari Camp”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Incredible island retreat and best way to unwind after the boat cruize around the islands. Fantastic camping tents that are far more luxurious that 'tent' implies, amazingly helpful and polite staff and unbelievably good food. Crossing the threshold at the end of the day immediately dropped your shoulders and helped you to unwind. Definitely recommend it to anyone for a couple of nights before heading home or into the Ecuador mountains.
Thank you GSC and Imagine South America!

seb

Room Tip: Ask for tent T9 which is a little out of the way.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We've stayed in hotels all over the world, and this experience was unique. When I say "tent" you may think camping. This was anything but. Free wifi, airconditioning/heating, electricity, shower, and our own deck with an amazing view. The young staff went out of their way to be friendly and accommodating. Breakfasts were fresh and yummy and dinners were beautifully plated. The manager, Kathrine, greeted every guest before and after each day trip to the islands and wanted to be sure we were comfortable in every possible way. I highly recommend Safari Camp to families and to newlyweds as well as retired adults.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

In the highlands of Santa Cruz, Galagapos, this Africian-style safari camp is a nice place to relax and enjoy good food and good company. The tents are good, beds are hard, but the hot water is pleantiful and the showers are nice. A space heater provides heat during the cool nights. This is not the luxury tents of the Four Seasons. The tents and surroundings are more on the rustic side. There is a nice swimming pool and trampoline for the kids.

Room Tip: All rooms are good with nice views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This property is unique, as are the Galapagos Islands themselves. The rooms are luxury tents based on the African safari concept of being immersed amongst nature. The tents have lovely views and many birds come to the tents and your balcony. The lodge also has a viewing point to watch the sun set, with incredible views of neighbouring islands.
By far the highlight of this hotel for me was the food - quite simply it was the best food we had in Ecuador. We were also very well looked after by the host, Katherine.
The Galapagos Islands are worth every penny - a truly unforgettable holiday.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Nestled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, this luxury campground is heaven on earth. The tents have fantastic views of the countryside, delicious fresh air, and all the amenities of a hotel room. Breakfast and dinner were feasts with culinary delights well prepared and exquisitely served. The staff made all arrangements for excursions and service was of the highest quality. Just in need of more extensive afternoon snacks after a busy day exploring what the Galapagos has to offer.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Our five night stay at the Safari Camp in the Galapagos was one of the highlights of our three week visit in Ecuador. Its location in the hills is stunning and provides somewhat cooler weather than hotels on the water. in that regard we did not find our daily ride to the tour boats to be an inconvenience, easily made up for the more pleasant weather. One of the great assets of this property is the manager, Katrine. She will tailor your outings to your expectations and, will be most attentive to your every need. Moreover, she is the perfect hostess and a pleasure to know. The chef is outstanding, and without question provided our best meals in Ecuador (including some highly rated restaurants in Quito). The tents are comfortable and functional but one should not expect the luxury of the high-end safari camps in the private reserves of Africa. On the other hand, the Lodge itself is beautiful and and perfect for lounging.
My only caveat does not apply to the Galapagos Safari Camp at all, but rather to booking your stay there with Tablet Hotels. While I would book hotels with them in great cities, they are not up to handling out -of -the -way adventure properties where logistic problems exist. For example, not having heard from Tablet, I called them several days before departure to enquire how one travelled from the airport to a ferry taking us to Santa Cruz Island and from the landing to the Lodge. The agent seemed amazed by my request (I do not believe she knew anything about the Galapagos) and after warning me several times that being met at the airport would require additional expense, she called the Safari manager who made the arrangements. The agent then called me back with the arrangements. Much could have been obviated, had I been put in touch with the manager much earlier, including, importantly, setting up tours in advance.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Southlake, Texas
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The camp was a great get away action packed adventure! The staff was great! Jimmy was our staff favorite and made the best Mojitos we have ever had in our lives. The food, sunsets and star gazing were truly mind blowing! The dive and snorkel trips were also some of the best in the world. Truly a great experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Galapagos Safari Camp
Address: Finca Palo Santo, 200350, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GSC provides an authentic inland experience by offering 9 luxury safari tents – all with oceanview balcony- in an exclusive natural environment, both as an alternative or in addition to a sea-based travel itinerary. Tents are spacious with private bathroom and hot water. Guests gather by the fireplace in the main room to view the sunsets, taste our chef´s creative dishes in the panoramic dining room or enjoy the tranquility of the infinity pool. ... more   less 
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Galapagos Safari Camp Hotel Santa Cruz
Galapagos Safari Camp Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz, Ecuador

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