Pikaia Lodge Location and
Pikaia Lodge Location
Pikaia Lodge is on Santa Cruz
Island in the center of the Galapagos Archipelago. These islands
belong to the Republic of Ecuador. The Galapagos and its
surrounding marine reserve are Natural World Heritage sites of
UNESCO. The marine reserve is one of the Seven Underwater
Wonders of the world and the second largest protected marine
reserve, after the great Australian Barrier Reef.
Pikaia Lodge Property
A Stunning Location With
Pikaia Lodge is perched on top of
two extinct volcanic craters. It offers one of the most
spectacular view points in the Galapagos - a great scenic
destination in itself.
Pikaia Lodge's 31 hectares of
property and private wild giant tortoise reserve are located 450
meters above sea level in the transition zone between the sunny,
arid savanna and the lush tropical mist forest of the volcanic
highlands. Given its unique location, the Lodge has a
special microclimate: warm and sunny with fresh breezes for most
of the year, and therefore, mosquito free During the cooler "garua
season" our property is occasionally shrouded in mist. At
this time, from July to November, the wild tortoises migrate from
the arid zone up to Pikaia for grazing.
Only 3% of the entire Galapagos
land mass is private land for the use of farms and towns, while
97% is National Park area and is protected from development.
Before Pikaia Lodge acquired the property in 2006, it was a cattle
ranch. All native vegetation and trees had been cut down and
replaced by pasture. Six years ago Pikaia undertook the
titanic task of restoring this property to its original natural
state. Pikaia has engaged in an ambitious program of
reforestation with native, endemic species and have set favorable
conditions for the wild tortoises and birds to return.