The first hotel to open in the Galápagos in over 15 years, Pikaia Lodge represents a new era of luxury eco-adventure in one of the world’s last paradises. Considered the most advanced eco-lodge in the world, this Santa Cruz Island gem is for the environmentally conscious, physically active traveler who seeks intimate contact with the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands without sacrificing style, service, or wonderment.

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Pikaia Lodge sits perched atop an extinct volcano crater on the eastern edge of Santa Cruz Island. The brainchild of Ecuadorian environmentalist and entrepreneur Herbert Frei, this state-of-the-art eco-hotel operates solely on the solar, water, and wind resources of the island it inhabits. But this neutral carbon footprint does do not detract from Pikaia’s masterful design and beauty, effortlessly achieved through bamboo floors and ramparts constructed from naturally felled Ecuadorian teak and Cuban cedar. All 14 rooms and suites are contemporary and spacious, with soaring ceilings, sloping rain-catching roofs, walls of panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, and private shaded terraces revealing breathtaking 270-degree views of the Galápagos National Park savanna, the volcanic landscape of Santa Cruz, and the island-dotted Pacific Ocean. The en-suite Peruvian travertine marble bathrooms are optimal for bathtub soaks and “al fresco” showers and come supplied with a complete line of biodegradable luxury bath amenities. The Garden and Pool Suites offer more spacious living quarters, as well as sofa beds, dining tables, and ground floor terraces with either a private garden or plunge pool.

There are several dining options at Pikaia Lodge, all of which work off the same menu. Guests are welcome to dine in the comfort of their room, al fresco under the stars, or in the hip Evolution Restaurant. Executive Chef Norman Brandt has combined a unique fusion of Peruvian and Ecuadorian cuisine utilizing local ingredients of organic beef, catch of the day fish, lobster, and jumbo prawns. The restaurant also has a spectacular walk-in wine cellar full of South American wines and yummy Chilean Malbecs. Start off each day with a wholesome American-style breakfast at Evolution and end it with an exotic cocktail at Pikaia’s DNA Bar, where the nearby infinity pool deck has been softly illuminated to merge with the horizon of endless ocean and savanna.

Pikaia Lodge’s Santa Cruz location places guests in the center of the Galápagos and its surrounding marine reserve, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. The highlight of any stay at Pikaia is a voyage aboard M/Y PIKAIA I, the hotel’s 100-foot luxury yacht, which allows guests to cruise around the nearby islands in style and encounter the diverse array of birds and sea life through swimming, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving excursions. Staying on land also imparts a depth of adventurous experiences, whether attending private lectures on conservation or hiking and biking along the private trails around the lodge, many of which lead to the wild giant tortoises at Pikaia’s onsite Tortoise Reserve. Alternatively, the indulgent massage, sauna, and whirlpool rooms at Sumaq Spa offer 180-degree views of the ocean and a memorable way to wind down after a day of exploration. Balancing humble luxury and minimal environmental impact, Pikaia Lodge is poised to change the story of evolution in this amazing Galápagos wonderland.

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