Pikaia Lodge

Santa Cruz, Galapagos


On a hilltop on the iconic fire born landscape of the Galapagos Islands sits a fantastic eco-lodge. One of the most ecologically diverse hotspots on the planet, Pikaia Lodge is the ideal base from which to set out an explore while ensuring you leave the unspoiled beauty just as you found it. Located in Santa Cruz Island, there are abundant empty sandy white beaches and secluded coves with incredible wildlife.

Key Features

  • 12 Rooms and two suites
  • Private yacht access
  • Infinity Pool
  • Lobby lounge
  • Homo Sapiens lounge
  • Sumaq Spa
  • Activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, mountain biking, sea kayaking, sport fishing and hiking
  • Fully catered in the Evolution restaurant


The lodge itself is spacious and serene and from its perch, it provides staggeringly beautiful panoramas of the sparkling waters and barren wilderness of the Galapagos. In the heart of its own private giant tortoise reserve, these gentle giants will become an enjoyable daily sighting during your stay. To rest your head, choose between terrace rooms, balcony rooms a garden suite or the luxury pool suite. The terrace and balcony rooms have their own private deck and bathrooms, with floors made of bamboo for extra comfort. All have generous proportions and feature floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the phenomenal views. The garden and pool suites are more secluded but still close to the main lodge. With more areas to lounge, these are a good option for a small family or for those wanting a more private stay. Meals take place at the Evolution restaurant, a beautiful space giving expansive views over the infinity pool and the pristine Galapagos National Park.

Culinary and Wellness Experience

With an array of the finest South American wines complimenting the gastronomic experiences, this is premium fine dining. The menus have been created with a unique fusion of Ecuadorian and international flavours with frequently changing menus to give variety during your stay. The wellness centre, Sumaq Spa is perched on the rim of the craters at the eastern end of the main building maximising the views of the Pacific, creating a spiritual space of wellbeing. With Japanese inspired minimal design and treatments designed to relax and reinvigorate, it’s a nourishing experience after an active day playing around the Galapagos.


The lodge stands as one of the most advanced green accommodations globally, boasting alternative energy sources and a robust social responsibility agenda. Harnessing solar power efficiently for water heating and interior lighting, it prioritizes passive cooling methods, contributing to its carbon-neutral footprint. The establishment champions intensive recycling and waste management initiatives while actively participating in reforestation programs with native species to restore habitats for local wildlife. Beyond environmental efforts, the lodge supports the community by providing teachers to the local El Cascajo school, donating materials for church roof replacements, and sourcing agricultural products, including Galapagos organic coffee and seasonal fruits, predominantly from the El Cascajo community. Furthermore, it fosters community engagement by promoting and integrating activities owned and operated by village residents into its guest programs.

Why we love it

Aiming to achieve a happy equilibrium between development and preservation the efforts to create a sustainable and enriching experience for guests is spectacular. With the ethos of enrichment and immersion into this stunning environment fundamental to the way they engage with guests through activities, food and wellness, Pikaia gives you a rare opportunity to mindfully enjoy a luxury travel experience.

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