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Reviewed 3 August 2022

Our family of four with two teenagers had a wonderful experience at Semilla Verde!The owner, Robert, communicated with me clearly from the outset and provided a top-notch 4 day, 5 night package for us. I highly recommend a package because Robert will make sure to get you the best tours and experiences, plus the wonderful on-property meals were convenient and made us feel like we were visiting family in the Galapagos and getting home-cooked meals! We took two day trip tours (Bartolome Island and North Seymour). Everything was top quality on those tours, with excellent naturalist guides, comfortable boats, and delicious meals on the boats. The destinations themselves . . . you must see for yourself. Wondrous. Another day we did a highland tour on Santa Cruz. Again, we had an excellent tour with a knowledgable guide and comfortable bus transportation. We saw dozens of tortoises!! The location of Semilla Verde is also convenient for the tours. It reduced our bus/shuttle time for the boat tours significantly (as compared to staying in the city of Puerto Ayora) and the highland tour . . . well, Semilla Verde is in the highlands!

The property of Semilla Verda is in a cloud forest habitat, so it was quite cool and often "rainy"(even when hot and dry at lower elevations or on nearby islands). This makes for a very lush environment, and we enjoyed a walk around the property on the trails, where we saw six giant tortoises, numerous different fantastic fungi, fruit trees, and more. When we wanted to go to town (Puerto Ayora), Robert would call a taxi for us. The ride cost us a flat US$7 and took about 15-20 minutes. Semilla Verde is a beautiful and peaceful location. The accommodations themselves were very comfortable and clean, with a rustic and artistic flair. This place has character! My daughter especially enjoyed playing with the dog on the property, too. Basically, it had a friendly atmosphere and we completely enjoyed it. Our only regret -- not packing more long-sleeved shirts and pants. Definitely bring a light rain jacket!

Many thanks to Robert and the staff for going above and beyond to make our visit to the island a pleasant one. I highly recommend Semilla Verde!

Room tip: We stayed in rooms 2 and 3, which are the only rooms on the floor, so it worked well for our family.
Date of stay: June 2022
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Robert Grimstone, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for so much again for choosing Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel to base your Galapagos experience.

We're all so happy you enjoyed your visit and rated your overall experience so highly.

Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to have read past guests' reviews before booking their own visits and so your high recommendation is much appreciated as we welcome tourists back to these enchanted islands after such a long absence.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert, Cattya & the SV Team

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Reviewed 26 July 2022 via mobile

Wonderful location on Santa Cruz with greatest and most helpful hospitality imaginable
Nice local food in restaurant, big turtouises walking around on the compound, great views and green as a rainforest
Do not miss out on their coffee from own plantation, best yet ever

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2022

Everything about Semilla Verde is magical, from Robert the owner, Cattya the manager, the entire staff, accommodations, meals, service and hotel grounds - it was perfect. Our family of 8 was taken care of from the moment we arrived at the airport until we departed. I would highly recommend Semilla Verde and their Galapagos island hopping program.

Date of stay: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 June 2022

From pre-stay communication, to check in to departure, we couldn’t have hoped for more. Cattya took care of us at every moment. She is the epitome of hospitality, from two with very critical hospitality eyes. Truly the best part of our trip!!!

Date of stay: June 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 June 2022 via mobile

The hotel was outstanding. I was really impressed with the delicious food. Our manager was superb and very helpful. Wonderful ground , pool and facilities. The food was carefully prepared and it was delicious.

Date of stay: June 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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