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Galapagos Magic Camp

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Set in the highlands away from Santa Cruz's waterfront crowds the unique Galápagos Magic Tented Camp has raised safari tents and elevated tree houses with gorgeous views.

Set in the highlands of the Galápagos island Santa Cruz (and away from the waterfront crowds), this unique property has six raised safari tents and four elevated tree houses with gorgeous views.

The lodge has an open-air fire, where fresh dinners are prepared, and for a truly unique and even eerie experience you can have a pre- or post-dinner drink in lava tunnels in the subterranean Lava Lounge.

The comfortable walk-in double safari tents have their own private bathrooms. The more basic screened tree houses are equipped with a flush toilet and a basin with running water, as well as a small deck and bench. Twin beds are provided and windows allow you to watch the stars.

Giant tortoises roam here throughout much of the year, and you might see a handful slowly moving through the grounds or dotting the meadow. Galápagos tortoises are probably the best loved creatures of all the endemic species of the archipelago. But they do need a bit of help to flourish. Galápagos Magic has launched an initiative to put aside 12 hectares of its property to create and restore the ideal habitat for tortoises to thrive; planting trees and creating water drinking pools. There’s an interpretive centre dedicated to the tortoises and an interpretive trail around the reserve for visitors.

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What our clients say

  • Isolation on the Islands a feeling of being in the Galapagos by invitation of the inhabitants - the wildlife. A truly wonderful and privileged experience.

    SD, Rochester
  • The highlight was always going to be the Galápagos and it lived up to our expectations. It is a unique place and unlike our last visit we came away with hundreds of photographs to remind us of the trip.

    NW, Wells
  • The Galápagos trip was very sympathetic to the environment and local habitat.

    AD, Dublin
  • We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.

    FM, Manchester
  • Highlights?: Snorkelling with green turtles sea lions and penguins

    PW, Twickenham
  • Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands were amazing. We feel very privileged.

    SM, South Croydon
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Our expert's view

Kathryn Rhodes
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

One of my all time best travel memories is of opening the door of my safari tent and being greeted by dozens of giant tortoises roaming around mere feet away. The magic of spending an hour or so in the early morning simply sipping a fresh coffee and watching these amazing creatures at such close quarters cannot be overstated.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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