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This iconic Galapagos hotel is situated on the Waterfront surrounded by both Galapagos wildlife and Mangroves on Santa Cruz Island. On the oceanfront deck, there are daily displays of wildlife. Furthermore, you can enjoy the show from the hotel’s Private Deck and Restaurant area with incredible panoramic scenes of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Habitat Hotel is an exclusive ecological experience. Most noteworthy are the oceanfront views of Academy Bay and the naturally surrounding mangroves. As a result, the mangroves give off the sensation of exclusion from the rest of the island. The hotel is in Puerto Ayora, but it doesn’t feel like it. 

Guests can choose between 17 different rooms with an Ocean View or an exclusive look at the Mangrove Ecosystem. There are 5 Suites, 6 Superiors, and 12 Standard accommodations in total.

Originally constructed in 1995, Galapagos Habitat still boasts a unique architectural design, blending mangrove forests and Galapagos shoreline. The Privileged Location allows close observation of the mangrove ecosystem in action and views of Puerto Ayora’s bay.

In addition to Galapagos Habitat’s extraordinary characteristics, the hotel hosts multiple Galapagos natives who often frequent the hotel and deck area. Friendly sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, and other well-known Galapagos animals love to relax in the company of the guests.

You can also enjoy exploring the hotel's stunning surroundings and the archipelago hotspots aboard the fully equipped Windrose, the newest yacht for Galapagos travel, a state-of-the-art Sunseeker Manhattan 74-foot motor yacht. She cruises at unprecedented speed, in wonderful comfort, with catering facilities on board for snacks and lunch, space for everyone to relax, passionate naturalist guide and dedicated crew.

Get the most out of your Galapagos travel experience as you sail from island to island aboard this luxury yacht.
 
With Windrose, you get the best of all worlds: enjoying the islands’ wildlife and activities by day and relaxing in your hotel at night. It’s the perfect experience if you don’t want a regimented cruise itinerary, prefer doing your own thing if you’re traveling with children or get seasick.

Windrose Yacht Specifications

Capacity: 16 pax
Speed: 16-33 knots
Areas: 3 Decks + lounges
Length: 74'2 feet
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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Windrose Daily Navigation Schedule

Daily adventures depend on the day you've decided to start your tour, all of them offering incredible trekking, snorkeling, swimming options for you:

Monday & Friday: Sail for 2-hours to  North Seymour Island, a great hiking spot. There is a circular path about 2 miles long that crosses the interior of the island which allows you to explore the rocky coastal path. On this trail, you are able to discover some of the largest seabird colonies in the Galapagos Islands. Followed by a visit to Bachas Beach, here you can choose to rest and/or swim in the wonderful Galapagos waters.

Tuesday: Sail for 2-hours to Bartholomew Island, an island surrounded by turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The island is a now extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. Followed by a visit to Chinese Hat, a very small volcano close to Santiago Island, surrounded by small spatter cones. It's one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don't be fooled: it has a unique visitor site with an unforgettable view!

Wednesday: Sail for 2-hours to South Plaza, created by lava that was uplifted from the sea bed, this unique location has resident wildlife and diverse plant life. Followed by a visit to Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington, is formed by uplifted, submarine basaltic lava, created some 4 million years’ ago. A big part of this is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactae.

Thursday: Sail for 2-hours to Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington, is formed by uplifted, submarine basaltic lava, created some 4 million years’ ago. A big part of this is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactae. Followed by a visit to South Plaza, created by lava that was uplifted from the sea bed, this unique location has resident wildlife and diverse plant life.

Saturday: Sail for 2-hours to Bartholomew Island, an island surrounded by turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. The island is a now extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations. Followed by a visit to Sullivan Bay Here you can see some amazing lava formations, it is the product of a volcanic eruption in 1903.

Sunday: Sail for 2-hours to Chinese Hat, a very small volcano close to Santiago Island, surrounded by small spatter cones. It's one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don't be fooled: it has a unique visitor site with an unforgettable view! Followed by a visit to Dragon Hill, one of the few visitor sites directly related to a conservation program led by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. It was named after the land iguanas, considered the Galápagos’ “dragons”.

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