Stays are restricted to Mondays arrivals for 4-Night and 7-Night Exploration Packages and Fridays for 3-Night Exploration Package
Pikaia lodge generates around 70 permanent jobs for local settlers on the island of Santa Cruz and comply with all legal, economical and social benefits stipulated by local labor laws. The Galapagos special protection law restricts the hiring of Ecuadorians from the continental mainland, as well as foreign nationals, and grants a limited number of temporary residence permits to non-settlers.
Before the advent of the special protection Galapagos law in 1998, the tourism, agriculture and fishing sectors legally brought many continental workers to the Islands, triggering a local population growth explosion. If this trend were allowed to continue, it could have led to overpopulation and unsustainable pressures on the Islands’ natural resources. The Pikaia Lodge administration has apply to date for no more than 7 temporary residence permits for key highly-skilled employees with international experience, such as Lodge managers, the executive chef, key multilingual service personnel, and specialized technicians for our complex support systems.
Our ”imported” employees have the obligation to mentor and train locals in preparation for filling their job positions in the future. The great majority of our positions have been filled by locals, specially from the adjacent agricultural village of El Cascajo. They received intensive training for their specific field of service by our hospitality specialists. The people from this community are known for being a honest, hard-working agricultural labor force, with a friendly attitude towards visitors.
We believe in being good neighbors. Besides creating jobs for people from the community, we are developing a long-term social responsibility program, including:
For the last five years, Pikaia Lodge has employed and additional teacher for the local El Cascajo school, and this program is ongoing.
The Lodge donated materials to replace the church roof, work which was carried out by local community members.
The Lodge donated paving materials and fuel for repairing the main road of the village, with the machinery provided by the municipality.
We undertake to organize and promote regular sporting and ecological events in the village.
When possible, local students will be invited to Pakaia Lodge conference room for ecology or science presentations.
The Lodge sources agricultural products such as Galapagos organic coffee, vegetables and seasonal fruits, mostly from the El Cascajo community.
The Lodge promotes and includes in its guest programs, activities owned and run by village residents, such as visits to lava tunnels, craters and wildlife refuges.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
Our Very first team members back in 2011, all part of the adjacent community El Cascajo.