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Overview

Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way to experience the Galapagos, either in addition to a cruise or as a unique destination in itself. This eco-luxury tented camp – one of the first in Latin America – follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form. Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, our stylish camp offers a panoramic lodge, nine charming tents, a family suite and an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees. Enjoy this safari and its flexible dates, specially designed for families visiting the Galapagos Islands with young children. 

The Galapagos Safari Camp Experience

Galapagos Safari Camp is designed to offer you breathtaking views and memorable encounters with wildlife. This is a one-of-a-kind experience, offering African-styled tented accommodation. Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the property presents stunning views of both the Pacific Ocean and National Park which can be seen from the infamous ‘Viewpoint’ Terrace. The property comprises of 9 private tents and three-bedroom suites and is complete with an infinity pool overlooking the beautiful surrounding landscape. The accommodation itself is unobtrusive in its architecture, designed with discreet luxury to manifest a warm, welcoming atmosphere mixed with exclusivity. Located closely to a tortoise reserve, it is common to see plenty of wildlife when participating in activities around the property.  Truly captivating, your senses will be awakened from the first moment you walk into the Safari Camp. 

The Galapagos Safari Camp offers nightly stays or packages. See also the 5 day classic safari camp.

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Trip Code: GATSGS6T

Travel Style: Tailor Made Journey

Location: Galapagos - Santa Cruz Island

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Choose from a range of programs including Cruise based and Land based safaris that allow you to get the most of your experience in the Galapagos whilst housing you in a little piece of luxury. Custom your experience to your wants, needs and capabilities. 

  • Catering to families, there are an abundance of opportunities to keep the kids entertained and the parents relaxed. The property offers diverse activities and engaging educational experiences for both parents and children. Galapagos Safari camp works with knowledgeable guides, many of whom have their own families and understand the need for flexibility, patience, and downtime. During School holidays, children can enjoy the Kid's Club after the days activities.

  • Incredibly unique, be captivated by the incredible views and intimacy with nature, reflecting the unspoiled and raw beauty of the Galapagos. The property itself is unobtrusive in its architecture, designed with discreet luxury that is unpretentious.

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Your family’s naturalist guide meets you at Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture your children’s imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore our 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, and spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to GSC.

Land of the Giant Tortoise

After breakfast, visit a neighboring organic coffee plantation to learn about responsible small-scale farming in the Galapagos, and the children have a chance to pick coffee beans if season allows. Then drive to the enormous Cerro Mesa crater for a short walk in the wetlands that is home to a wonderful variety of birds and the occasional bathing tortoise. After lunch at a local restaurant, jump on bikes for a downhill ride to Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Explore the bay in sea kayaks, accompanied by marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and countless shorebirds. In the evening, back at GSC, parents can relax while the children take a private art class with a local artist.

Activity Day

Spend the day spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a day-yacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe, and Bartolomé, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note this is a shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise. Destination will depend on your dates.

Explore an uninhabited island

An excursion with local fishermen is a favorite among children visiting us. This excursion is both a wildlife experience and a cultural exchange opportunity. We are involved in a program with the National Park Service that aims to engage local fisherman in tourism activities as an alternative means of income, with the added benefit of protecting local fisheries from depletion. The fishermen have very safe and modern speedboats, which we charter privately for the day. With your guide acting as translator, the fishermen share anecdotes from a lifetime at sea, and the children learn local fishing tricks. After fishing, you’ll land on a deserted beach and may snorkel in a spot known only to locals. If you prefer to limit fishing and enhance the snorkeling or beach experience, your guide is there to adapt the day to your preferences.

Fishing Adventure

Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about its preservation efforts and scientific research. The children will have an up-close experience with the tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. Parents can enjoy free time to wander around Puerto Ayora, while your guide takes the children to a local playground or on a tour of the local fish market on the waterfront. After lunch, take a speedboat to Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with basking marine iguanas, and shallow turquoise waters teeming with white-tip reef sharks and fish. Or you can join a snorkeling boat that will take you to frolic with sea lions.

Charles Darwin Center & Bay Tour

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination. (Here’s where you’ll wish you had extended your journey!) .

Sunrise walk and departure
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

  • Experience unique Andean lifestyles and Ecuadorian culture on an authentic and historic Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine from the Haciendas organic garden, visit a cheese factory, take a horse ride to an Andean Condor reserve. This offers an intrinsic cultural experience to any Ecuadorian itinerary. Find out more.

  • Discover another wildlife and activity filled destination that can cater to families by experiencing the wonders of the Amazon. Stay in a luxurious eco lodge tightly nestled in the Ecuadorian corner of the Amazon rainforest. Explore by canoe or on foot, search for colourful wildlife including toucans, parrots, monkeys or elusive giant otters. Experience the most diverse set of species on the planet. Find out more.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • All accommodation 
    All meals 
    English speaking guide
    Wet suits and snorkelling equipment
    A chartered fishing experience

    Exclusions

    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador 
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person subject to change)
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change)
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel Insurance
    Personal expenses 
    Laundry service 
    Gratuities 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available Upon Request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and Availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

Galapagos Safari Camp focuses on sustainability initiatives including both human and environmental aspects. The company has a reforestation program and cacao plantation pioneer promoting sustainable conservation. Galapagos Safari Camp works closely with the Charles Darwin Research Station, the Galapagos National Park, and Conservation International in the reforestation of local species of trees, such as such as scalesia, guayabillo, and palo santo. The hotel is the only self-sufficient rainwater collector which is treated for use in the lodge. They use biodegradable cleaning products and a three-stage wastewater treatment plant to avoid polluted discharge. Organic meats are supplied to guests as they have a working cattle farm on their property. Employees are given a small plot of land to grow crops on and produces organic produce for the lodge. GSC also works with Agents of Change to grant scholarships for local “future leaders” to study on mainland Ecuador. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE