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We had an excellent experience at Semilla Verde! We stayed for a week in mid-June. Kat was a wonderful manager who went over the next day's plans for us each evening. She saw that we had everything we needed, called taxi's, and answered all our...More
Semilla Verde is the best place to stay on Santa Cruz.
Quiet, lush and green, nice walking trail around the property, roaming tortoises, lovely accommodations, very friendly staff and excellent service, help with itinerary planning, yummy food, festive and social (we enjoyed chatting with...More
it was 30 years ago to the month that I last visited Puerto Ayoro. Back then, as a graduate student, I stayed in town for the cheap accommodations and access to restaurants and bars. This time, with my family we wanted to stay someplace more...More
From the time we arrived at the airport everything was taken care of for us. We were met by someone to escort us through the process of transportation between islands over to the hotel. Completely pain free. Afterwards the owner, Robert, greeted us with a...More
We stayed in the building with three rooms, common area and kitchen facility. Décor was very pleasant and comfortable. Food was very nice and delicious. Real Ecuadoran home cooking. All of the staff were very nice and helpful. We always received a nice smile from...More
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"Semilla Verde is an exceptional hotel with the customs and personality of a traditional guesthouse." We believe your experience in the Galapagos Islands should be as unique and natural as you are. So, here ...Moreat Semilla Verde we offer you the chance to stay somewhere far removed from your busy life and the standard hotel offering you may be used to. We invite you to step into another world, the original Galapagos, the true and enchanting islands. And, to experience the wonders of a rural forest dwelling and life alongside the unique wildlife you came so far to see. Your stay will be based in an original and idyllic rural retreat where peace, privacy and Galapagos wildlife abounds. You will enjoy one-to-one personal service, traditional home cooking, panoramic views from private terraces and exclusive access to nature trails through twelve acres of private forest where giant tortoises lumber freely and native birds thrive. At night, gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and DVD just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly and authentic land-base for your Galapagos adventure and an all encompassing alternative or add-on to a traditional cruise ship experience. Semilla Verde works with a local tour agency to offer complete hotel & tour package options too. You will visit outlying islands and local sites with qualified naturalist guides and experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and it's unique flora and fauna - from giant tortoises and lava lizards to marine iguanas and playful sea lions, from volcanic landscapes to cloud forest. Return to the hotel at the end of an incomparable day and share your travel stories around the main dining table with other guests, whilst enjoying dinner freshly prepared in our kitchen. Indeed we don't work from a fixed menu rather we generally prepare one recipe for the group, but each guest receives a serving according to their individual preferences. The location is secluded but convenient and very safe. There is not another residence within hundreds of meters of this oasis. Semilla Verde remains true to the philosophy on which it originally built for good friends and family, ensuring a level of intimacy, small number of employees offering very personal service and home cooking your will only find in a traditional guesthouse. Semilla Verde comprises two hotel buildings some 100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Lodge (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). They can work in unison or as separate entities for separate parties. Between the two there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Galapagos is famous for it's volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourself again. Less
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Thank you for choosing Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel.
The hotel can organize a private transfer for up to four people for $60- e/w. That includes a driver who will be doing an almost 100km round trip from... More
Thank you for choosing Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel.
The hotel can organize a private transfer for up to four people for $60- e/w. That includes a driver who will be doing an almost 100km round trip from Puerto Ayora to pick you up at the airport. He will personally escort and will take charge of your bags from the airport, transferring them between the bus, ferry and taxi to the hotel.
This whole process takes just over an hour from when you leave the airport. However, if you are happy to negotiate it yourselves (beware, it can be rather overwhelming with so many other people doing the same), then you can do so for about half the price.
After passing through customs you will need to wait about 30 minutes in the airport whilst the bags are offloaded, then take a 15 minute free bus ride from the airport to ‘Itabaca Canal’ that will take you to Santa Cruz Island via ferry. This crossing takes 10 minutes and will cost $1 per person. Once on the other side of the canal, take a taxi or bus to “Hotel Semilla Verde”.
There is a small signpost outside the property on the main road. Take a right turn down the track and the entrance is 200 metres down on the right hand side. The taxi will cost you $25 and drop you directly at the hotel (highly recommended). The bus will cost around $3- per person but will leave you on the main road and you will have to lug your bags down the driveway.
There is no car hire on the islands. Rather, the taxis are the usual mode of transport and cost just $1.50/trip within the town limits / $7 e/w from the hotel to Puerto Ayora.
I hope this information is of use. Please let me know if you have any further questions.