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“The Darwin Triangle Tour offered by Red Mangrove” 5 of 5 stars
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“The Darwin Triangle Tour offered by Red Mangrove”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Six of us enjoyed the land-based Darwin Triangle Tour with Red Mangrove from June 30 - July 6, 2012. We booked a Travelzoo special directly with Red Mangrove in Ecuador.

Our tour was all-inclusive with overnight stays on three islands - Santa Cruz, Floreana, and Isabela. We were accompanied throughout by an experienced Galapagos National Park guide - Diego Escobar - and one or more representatives from Red Mangrove. Our guides were informative and helpful, the lodging clean and comfortable, the meals delicious, and the tours worthwhile. Prior to our trip, Red Mangrove provided us with a detailed itinerary describing what we encountered.

Because we traveled in July, our passage by Red Mangrove's boat between the islands was rough. A few sitting in the back of the boat were sprayed by the waves.

July is also a month where a heavy marine layer can cloud the sky and trigger rain. Pass on the Sierra Negra Volcano hike if it is foggy and rainy. Travel instead directly to Camp Duro.

The ocean is cooler in July than during most other months, but we coped by snorkeling in wetsuits. Red Mangrove provided our snorkeling gear. Snorkeling with the sea lions, marine iguanas, spotted eagle rays, turtles, and fish was a highlight of our trip.

Since returning, I have recommended this tour to family and friends.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Red Mangrove is both a dive lodge in Santa Cruz and a Galapagos tour operation. The lodge was closed due to a tsunami in Japan--some distance away--and other things were explained away for the same and other reasons; usually none were given except that the owners were far away in the hills outside of Quito, or on an American vacation. The people who actually ran things (for less than minimum wage, no doubt), as opposed to the nonexistent management, were very nice, but it's problematic to be told that nobody is in charge of anything when you are a thousand miles from the mainland, 12 hours from an airport, and things go wrong. Red Mangrove seems to be in existence because of a Galapagos that used to exist that people want to cross off their bucket list of life events. If that's your itinerary, go for it. If you want something that doesn't give you the feeling you get after having eaten in a once-great restaurant that's gone to seed, probably less so.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

We spent 2 weeks in the Galapagos. After our week on a boat we went to the Red Mangrove Inn. When we checked in we were really excited. You had to walk on boardwalks through the mangroves to get to your bungalow. We stayed at ground level deep in the mangroves. The room was decent size and clean, however despite being painted in vibrant colors it felt old. One really intesting thing about our room was the bathroom faced the mangroves and the back wall was solid glass floor to ceiling. At high tide the water was higher then the bottom of the glass by a foot or so. It was really neat to wake up in the morning and look into the batrom and see water.

My wifes parents slept in a unit above the mangroves. The view was nice however there was no a/c and the Galapagos is really hot. No sleeping in for sure it was to hot and sticky up there.

We had one breakfast and one dinner at the restaraunt. The breakfast was good the dinner was so-so. I would look for your meals outside of breakfast elsewhere. They have a sushi bar which we were excited about but it was not good so skip the sushi.

The location was at the far end of town away from the activity. Although next to the darwin center it was was a walk into town. Not far but but you will want a small camel pack to carry your day suppies while out on the town. There are bikes ro rent but no locks which made me nervous leaving th bike unattended in town.

All in all it was a decent place and novelty location. Next time we go back we will be staying at a new hotel that was just finished before we got there. I do not regret my stay at the Red Mangrove.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Red Mangrove Galapagos Camping

Property: Red Mangrove Galapagos Camping
Address: Santa Rosa, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is not camping as you’ve ever known it. This is culinary camping in the majestic green highlands perched above the blue sea. The iconic giant Galapagos tortoises graze alongside horses here much of the year and leave a wide trail in the high grass for relatively easy sightings and leisurely observation. Have a glass of wine in a whimsical cave, once part of a lava tube. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Red Mangrove Galapagos Camping Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz, Ecuador

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