Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
In our constant quest to offer exclusive immersions in nature, we are pleased to include a unique one-night deluxe camping excursion on all scheduled Galapagos adventures. Ascending from the sea into the highlands of Santa Cruz, we reach Natural Habitat's exclusive Tortoise Camp, perched high on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here amid lush mountains, scalesia forest and volcanic caves—native habitat for wild tortoises—guests enjoy an intimate encounter with nature found nowhere else in the Galapagos. The environs around our campsite are home to several dozen giant tortoises, seen at the campsite from June through February. During the months of March through June, the giant tortoises generally move to lower elevations, though a handful sometimes stay at the campsite.
All gear is provided, including two-person permanent platform tents or tree houses, real beds, bedding, pillows and towels. The four treehouses have en suite flush toilets as well as a small sink. The six platform tents have en suite showers, flush toilets and a small sink. There are showers available for those staying in treehouses in a shared bathhouse located a short distance away (about 100 yards). Our chef will prepare dinner and breakfast for you at the campsite, and a bus will pick you up in the morning to rejoin the group. If you choose to participate in the camping option, you will not miss any of the activities on your daily itinerary.
Please Note: While there are beds and toilets in all accommodations, there is an element of "roughing it." Some challenges may include uneven terrain and critters (particularly the wonderful variety of insects and arachnids that inhabit the island). Also, should it be rainy, the experience can become even more challenging. Our guests have the choice to participate in this evening in the highlands or to stay on our ship. Camping on Santa Cruz is most certainly an amazing opportunity, though only you can determine if it is an opportunity you will truly enjoy. The camping option is weather permitting.