Camping

Because 97% of the landmass of the Galapagos archipelago lies within the boundaries of the national park, camping opportunities are limited. There are, however, a few wonderful options available for travelers who wish to relax around an evening campfire, gaze at the impossibly starry Galapagos skies, and sleep under canvas. Wild Tortoise Camp, in the highlands of Santa Cruz, offers guests a unique camping experience that is in many ways reminiscent of a classic African safari. Guests sleep in either individual tree houses or semi-permanent raised walk-in tents, and meals are served in an open-air lounge/dining area. Situated amid a lush Scalesia forest, the camp offers sweeping views of the Pacific and the rare opportunity to encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

Galapagos Safari Camp, also located in the highlands of Santa Cruz, is a great option for travelers interested in a luxury camping experience. Situated on a ridge adjacent to the national park and surrounded by a 136-acre farm, the camp features nine spacious tents built on wooden platforms (each with en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers), and large verandas with hammocks and chairs. Common areas include an infinity pool and an expansive lounge and dining area, where meals featuring locally grown produce are served. The surrounding farm is home to a variety of wildlife including finches, mockingbirds, owls and giant tortoises.

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