Home to hundreds of acres of untouched land and stunning landscapes, the Galapagos Islands are still high on the must-visit list of many a luxury traveler. Charles Darwin discovered these beautiful islands almost 200 years ago and the region continues to be an enchanting destination to discover nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some ways to plan an epic trip to the Galapagos Islands in luxury.
Stay at the Pikaia Lodge
The 14-room Pikaia Lodge was built on a foamier cattle ranch and is located on the central island of Santa Cruz. It’s a popular eco-adventure destination and the perfect venue to discover ‘paradise on Earth’. Stay in one of the terrace or balcony rooms to enjoy beautiful views of the volcanoes and hills, enjoy soothing spa treatments at Sumaq Spa where you can take in views of the Pacific while you relax, and spend some time in the mesmerizing infinity pool.
Explore the Waters on a Luxury Island Cruise
You’ll find several luxury cruise operators around the Galapagos Islands, a chance to hop aboard a catamaran and explore the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu, and other historic sites around Ecuador and Peru. Hauagan Cruises has a new fleet of luxury catamarans that feature large suites with private decks, Jacuzzis, and separate social and dining areas. The all-inclusive trips take you to several natural sites and beautiful remote areas around the islands.
Go Shopping in Puerto Ayora
Puerto Ayora is the port town of the Galapagos Islands and your best bet for finding luxury items, art from local artists, and photographs of the islands for purchase. The Angelique Art Gallery and Galeria Aymara are two high-end galleries here. This seaside town is bustling with activity and is also where you’ll find a few sailboat tours. Make our way to San Cristobal Island to explore a few souvenir shops.
Enjoy Gourmet Dining and Fresh Seafood
Several restaurants around the Galapagos Islands are famous for their delicious seafood, steak platters and variety of vegetarian options. In fact, you’ll find more than a few restaurants serving creative vegetarian dishes with Ecuadorian flare. Enjoy the fine dining experience at Finch Bay’s Restaurant inside the award-winning Finch Bay Hotel, for international flavors and a variety of seafood dishes. If you’re looking for something more casual, Isla Grill is a popular destination for seafood, burgers and ribs. It’s located right in the main district of Puerto Ayora and offers outdoor seating.