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The Galapagos Islands nicknamed the "Enchanted Islands" and described as the "Last Paradise on Earth" is a truly memorable experience. The Pikaia Lodge concept is a luxury land based eco-adventure with the highest level of comfort and services. We offer an experience like no other, in a place like no other, where the guest will encounter some truly fascinating unforgettable moments. Designed for the physically active adventure traveler, who seek close contact with the incredible wildlife, stunning views and the overall beauty that surrounds the Galapagos Islands. At Pikaia Lodge we offer 3-7 night packages, which are ALL inclusive. Complemented by our very own land and marine explorations aboard our exclusive private yacht.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
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Free airport transportation
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Infinity pool
Pool with view
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gastro4 wrote a review 16 May
new rochelle, New York, USA8 contributions11 helpful votes
Visited hotel as a group of 10. The staff, service, food, etc all were world class. The views are incredible. The hotel manager (Norman) and his entire staff couldn’t do enough to make our stay perfect. I have traveled all over the world and the lodge is in the top 5%. Best place in the Galápagos Islands!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Judith G wrote a review 2 May
Bradenton, United States6 contributions
The Galapagos Islands were on my husband's bucket list. I went with few expectations. From the moment we arrived, the entire staff was extremely warm and helpful. Norman, the manager, couldn't do enough. The Lodge is small - only 14 rooms- and,during our stay, there were never more than 12 additional guests.We did a six night 5 day plan and were on the water four days - seeing various islands, snorkeling, kiyaking, visiting with iquanas, sea lions and several unusual species of birds. We spent one day visiting the giant tortoises - having a truly epic vacation! Ask for Xavier as your guide. He was so enthusiastic and made every day special. I would go back in a minute!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Luke Gamble wrote a review Apr 2022
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom5 contributions
We stayed at the lodge for four nights in April and it was knockout. The team were professional, friendly and couldn't have been more accommodating or welcoming. Hugely impressed and grateful for their consideration and support when I left behind a teddy bear belonging to my youngest child at the hotel (they dropped it off the next morning to where we were staying). They made us feel so welcome and the whole lodge experience with the various day trips was second to none. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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scohenmusic wrote a review Apr 2022
Boston, Massachusetts5 contributions3 helpful votes
We just returned from a 6-day stay, celebrating our 40th anniversary with our two sons and their partners. We could not be happier with all aspects of the lodge and the experience. Because the staff knew it was our anniversary, they had a bottle of champagne waiting for us in our room. ALL the food is amazing, but for our anniversary dinner chef Christian outdid himself with one delectable course after another. Our dietary restrictions (of which our group had many) were meticulously observed, even to the extent of bringing almond milk to the room nightly so it would be fresh each morning with the amazing coffee provided in the room. Every staff person is friendly, attentive and solicitous. Special shout-outs to manager Norman for being so warm and welcoming and for our dining room attendant Kathy who took such good care of us. Every single staff person made us feel special. The rooms are incredibly clean and comfortable, and the amenities spot-on. And the views from everywhere on the property are beyond gorgeous and relaxing. We enjoyed the infinity pool and the jacuzzi with the panoramic views. The nature guides are knowledgeable and also really attentive. We spent time with Soto, Luis and Xavier - all fantastic. The excursions exceeded our expectations because the guides found the hard-to-spot animals and the best places for snorkeling and animal-spotting and wanted to make sure each one of us had an optimal experience. And what is better than coming back after a long day of nature viewing to find everyone waiting for us to welcome us back with refreshing washcloths and delicious drinks. All in all, it was a perfect and unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Beth K wrote a review Jan 2022
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Beautiful grounds and rooms, fabulous food and service. And Robert the naturalist was extraordinary. Highest recommendation. Order a particular juice and express appreciation and it will be offered each time you arrive from an activity—made just for you. Lovely chocolates in the room. And the tortoises!!! Just go there—you’ll be so glad you did
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
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David S wrote a review Jan 2022
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We spent a week during New Year's. The property is located on at the top of the mountain on a tortoise reserve. The rooms are spacious and modern in design. The food was unbelievable, and the chef was beyond accommodating to the dietary needs of everyone in my family. He even gave out his cazuela recipe to my wife which we were addicted to the entire week. We loved that we had the option of an Ecuadorian dish at every meal, and we tried all sorts of new things. We had Heidy as our server for most of the week, and she was always so cheerful, attentive, and over all so sweet. All the staff that work in the dining area had all the above qualities. The front staff people were equally as attentive and kind, especially Christopher. The yacht crew was also the same- doing whatever was needed to make you comfortable. The excursions on the yacht were phenomenal, and we loved the snorkeling and the topography that changed daily. The only down side is that there is a lot of transit time-- 40 minutes each way to the canal, taking the zodiac to the yacht, then sailing to the destination. My only issue with our entire week is that we went scuba diving one day, and the resort stated they would take care of it. The online price from the diving shop was half of what I was charged so I was upset about that after spending so much to stay there. They did give me some of the money back (not all) so I did appreciate that, just didn't seem right. We have told everyone about our amazing experience and showed tons of pictures. It is a bucket list type of place.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Andrew Balfour, General Manager at Pikaia Lodge
Responded 26 Jan 2022
Dear Jdsilv97 Thank you very much for this great review! Not only Heidy, Chris and Cristian (Executive Chef) but the whole Pikaia Lodge team was more than happy to host and attend you. We hope other families can find motivation from your description and can have this Galapagos experience as you have. We regret you went through the experience with the diving, no apologies or refunds whatsoever will ever make over for the mistakes. We have surely learned from it, and now have the commitment not to let it happen again. Truly hoping that your path brings you back, I bid you a farewell.
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suba wrote a review Jan 2022
Greer, South Carolina56 contributions19 helpful votes
This is a delayed review we were there summer 2021. the property was exquisite, service top notch, food was to die for, chef Christian interacted with us when we wanted to know more about the dishes, Michelle at the dining room always greeted us with such effusive warmth that we felt revived even at the end of a long tiring day. Norman, Christopher were also very friendly. A huge shout out to Marcella (front desk night shift) who went above and beyond to make our stay memorable, I was asking about Naranjilla and lo and behold she brought one for me to same from her town the next day. there is a resident night owl near the pool and since she knew we were interested -she called us in our room when she saw it. She was very sweet informative and helpful. Luis our guide was very informative. this place is a dream come true and would highly recommend staying here.-thanks for a memorable vacation-suba and prabhakar
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Sean wrote a review Jan 2022
Ontario, Canada6 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at Pikaia Lodge for a full seven days and had a great experience. The property is well-maintained, the food delicious, the staff attentive, and everything overall just excellent. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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skaplan2018 wrote a review Dec 2021
Luxor, Egypt13 contributions11 helpful votes
My wife and I spent four nights at this amazing lodge and two days on their private yacht during our four weeks in Ecuador and following our week on the flawless ship the Celebrity Flora touring the Galapagos. I strongly recommend adding to any cruise with at least a few nights at the Pikaia. We have stayed at some of the finest lodges in over fifty countries, and few can rival this amazing facility or the incredible kitchen. The highlight of our stay were the two days on board the lodge‘s private yacht, and this was mainly because of the incredible guide we had, Xavier Suarez, who is one of the very best guides we have had anywhere.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Andrew Balfour, Director General at Pikaia Lodge
Responded 22 Dec 2021
Dear skaplan2018, Many thanks for taking your time to write your review. I'm glad you had the opportunity of experiencing a cruise and a land based program during your time in the Galapagos Islands. These are two ways of visiting this wonderful destination and I'm particularly glad to hear about your time at Pikaia Lodge considering the high bar with which you rate us. I'll pass on your comments to our staff and Xavier, we consider ourselves fortunate of having such a wonderful team. Kind regards
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Carolina R wrote a review Dec 2021
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To say the best, is not enough. The area was great, to relax to get some adventure by bicycle or just to walk around The food was so delicious, every single bite The personal was so helpful, so nice, friendly…. Every single moment there was worth The best experience of my live!!!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Andrew Balfour, Director General at Pikaia Lodge
Responded 22 Dec 2021
Dear Carolina R, Many thanks for your review, it means a lot to us. I was pleased to read about your time with us, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our trails, as well as our services and the company of our team. I hope we get to see you back at Pikaia sometime soon. Kind regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pikaia Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pikaia Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Highland View Galapagos (3.0 km), El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos (3.7 km), and Isla Sombrero China (0.01 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pikaia Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Pikaia Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pikaia Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pikaia Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Pikaia Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pikaia Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Pikaia Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Pikaia Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Pikaia Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.