Pikaia Lodge is on Santa Cruz Island, which is located in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago. These islands are territory of the Republic of Ecuador.
The Galapagos and its surrounding marine reserve are UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites. The marine reserve is one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the world and the second largest protected marine reserve, after the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
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.
Pikaia Lodge is the only hotel in the Galapagos islands to have its own private reserve.
Only 3% of the entire Galapagos land mass is private land for the use of farms and towns, while 97% is National Park area, protected from development.
Before we acquired the property in 2006, it was a cattle ranch. All native vegetation and trees had been cut down and replaced by pasture. We are engaged in an ambitious program of reforestation with native, endemic species and have set favorable conditions for the wild tortoises and birds to return.