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Where to Stay in the Galapagos Islands

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Galapagos Islands

galapagos-where-to-stay-santa-cruz-aventura-lodge-sea-lionsOn our recent trip to the Galapagos Islands we stayed with Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges.  We were asked by the owner Hernan Rodas to go as mystery guests to create some marketing materials. We had an amazing trip.

A few minutes after we arrived at the Aventura Lodge (on Santa Cruz) we went out on the deck to take pictures. We were surprised to see sea lions and marine iguanas on the deck. It was very exciting to be that close to the animals right from the start of our trip.

The Aventura Lodge is set in amongst mangrove trees, so there are twisty branches growing all around it.

More reading: Travelers Guide to Galapagos Islands Animals

Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge on Santa Cruz Island

This trip was different for us because it was the first time we explored with a group. Usually, we just head out on our own.  I wasn’t really sure how I would feel tagging along in a group, but it was fun.

A Naturalist guide was provided which made exploring much easier. Access to many locations on the Galapagos requires the use of a Naturalist Guide. I was happy I didn’t need to arrange that myself.

My favorite lodge was the one on Isabela Island.  I really enjoy swimming, and the Lodge was right on the beach.  That will always be a special spot to me because it’s where I taught Drew to snorkel.

We recently started blogging for Red Mangrove on the Red Mangrove Travel Blog.  Check it out to learn more about the Galapagos.

Have you ever visited the Galapagos?  What was your favorite experience?  Please tell us about it by commenting on this post.

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Dena Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

9 comments… add one
  • galextur Oct 12, 2016, 3:22 pm

    Hey I realy like your Blog ! When I went to Galapagos I also was a bit afraid of doing everything by my self due to the fact that I heard that you could not do much without a guide. But fortunately I found the Hotel Silberstein which offered some great day tours. At the end I had a wonderfull time in Galapagos and I realy want to go back.

  • Sofia Dec 2, 2013, 11:41 pm

    We are traveling to the Galápagos with our 6 year old son. Do you have any “you absolutely HAVE to try this!” sort of tip? We are thinking in staying at San Cristobal. 😀 thanks!!!!

    • Bryan Haines Dec 10, 2013, 3:01 pm

      We haven’t been to San Cristobal so I don’t know any specific attractions there. For us, we loved snorkeling with sea lions and sea turtles on Floreana Island. We made a little video of the Floreana leg of our trip: 48 Hours Offline. All the best on your trip!

  • Kylah Jun 10, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Hi Dena, this looks like great accommodation on Santa Cruz Island. We are flying to Ecuador at the end of June for 3wks. I’d love to know if you have any tips or suggestions for taking a 1yo to the Galapagos Islands.

  • maria May 7, 2013, 10:19 pm

    how much did you pay to stay there?

    • Bryan Haines May 8, 2013, 7:47 am

      As we noted in the post, Red Mangrove asked us to create some marketing materials for them, so the travel costs were comped.

  • James Oct 3, 2011, 7:48 pm

    You know….. this is great (useful) stuff that is not typical of other blogs; keep it coming! After the 100th time of seeing a picture of the same church, this is really refreshing.


    • Bryan Haines Oct 3, 2011, 10:10 pm

      Thanks James – love your feedback! Great to know that you’re enjoying our content. We’ve got lots more great stuff planned. Stay tuned!


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