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See the Galapagos One Lodge and Island at a Time
If you are not a lover of cruises, or have children, there is another way to explore the Galapagos Islands.
Families with toddlers to tweens, can now comfortably experience the Galapagos that have been nearly off limits when cruise ships exclude young children, and land stays were difficult to find Ecuador's hospitality company for active adventure, Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges offers a variety of land-based itineraries and sufficient multi-island room capacity in five separate lodges to entice active young families. "Before us, there was not a brand of hotels or lodges that offered any multi-island consistency in terms of quality, staffing, environmental standards and program and activity flexibility," said Hernan Rodas, founder and owner. The pros of a land-based vacation focus on the fact that the land programs are open to all ages of children, they are run every day and arrivals and departures can be planned on your personal schedule without having to fit a rigid cruise ship departure schedule. Further, there are no wet landings where you have to wade ashore or jump on to wet rocks. Per person rates begin at $340 per day and are inclusive of deluxe lodging, meals, excursions with English speaking naturalist guides, free Internet wireless service while in Santa Cruz, free use of bikes when in Puerto Ayora and Isabela, all snorkeling gear and 10% service charge. Families will be interested in the 25% discount off the package price for children under age 10. About Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges
In 2007 Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges introduced a land-based alternative to exploring the Galapagos that had been a cruise-only destination. With upscale waterfront lodges strategically situated on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Floreana, it is the only company offering high quality, branded accommodations and services on multiple islands in the Galapagos as well as across mainland Ecuador. Because it is land-based, Red Mangrove can offer a more extensive roster of activities and more flexibility than traditional cruise options. Spend several nights on each island accessed by small boat and/or aircraft. With 14 guest rooms, Aventura Lodge on Santa Cruz is distinguished by its unique architectural design which blends its mangrove forest and seafront environments tastefully and responsibly. Its location boasts generous views of Puerto Ayora Bay. Separated from the ocean by a white sand, palm-lined beach, Isabela Lodge offers eight rooms outside the sleepy fisherman's village of Puerto Villamil on one of the most volcanically active islands on Earth. Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge is a romantic gathering of 10 private pine cottages just a five minute walk from the village of Puerto Velasco Ibarra (population 150). Red Mangrove Divers Lodge Santa Cruz has 11 rooms near the Red Mangrove Dive Academy. Red Mangrove Isabela Divers Lodge features 5-rooms adjacent to scenic Puerto Villamil. On the mainland coast of Ecuador Samai Lodge with 11 rooms is an inn-and-spa suited for recollection, relaxation and wellness surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and crashing surf.
Based on information provided by Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges