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Ranked No.1 Small Hotel in South America, 2020, we have the capacity for up to twenty guests in comfortable en-suite bedrooms with private balconies. A fully equipped yoga studio located on site, a swimming pool and nature trails to observe the resident giant tortoises. We offer a complete trip planning service and can customize your tour itinerary according to your exact requirements and budget. For retreat leaders, there's great earning potential and free hotel and itinerary if minimum numbers are met.
Land-based visits are ideal for those keen to experience the islands, without the excessive price tag of a cruise ship. Fully inclusive or semi-inclusive Hotel & Tour packages available.
An all-encompassing venue ideal for retreats, families and couples
The hotel has nine en-suite rooms and options for single, double and triple occupancies; each room has sliding glass doors to a private terrace and of course a hammock to enjoy the views over our private forest to the Pacific Ocean.
The hotel features two main buildings with two restaurant areas, three lounge areas and one large communal outdoor terrace. Coffee stations are located in each building, together with a confidence bar stocked with soft drinks, wine and beer.
Semilla Verde has a fully equipped yoga studio with sound system, natural bamboo flooring, and plenty of wall space for inversions. And you will enjoy an extraordinary practice with views through wall to wall glass windows to the tortoise pond, forest and gardens.
Our 600ft yoga studio has a natural bamboo floor and plenty of wall space for inversions. It is fully equipped with Manduka mats, blocks, straps and rugs. It also has climate control via a/c, heater and ceiling fans.
Traditional home cooking served in spacious and airy restaurant areas with panoramic views.
We prepare traditional home cooking using local produce for a mixture of traditional Ecuadorian and international fare. And we happily cater to all dietary requirements including paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free, etc.
Not all meals are at the hotel. Three lunches will be served on the day tour boats and two dinners will be taken in local restaurants. Each place will be fully briefed on each dietary restriction in the group.
The summer and winter seasons offer varying land/sea conditions and air temps
January-June is a great time; temperatures are generally in the high 20's/early 30's, clear blue skies with occasional heavy downpours, calm and warm seas. Great star gazing ops in this season and firepit.
July-December is our cool season, generally with misty starts to the mornings, cooler sea temperatures and more choppy waters. Air temperatures are between 18 and 25 degrees., This is top tortoise season and this is the season you can most likely spot whales and dolphins on the day boat tours. And, after a long day out exploring, you would return to the cool of the hotel and a welcoming log fire.
There is really no bad time to visit Galapagos, although we have generally found October/November & January/February retreats more popular as people are escaping the northern hemisphere cold.
Cost & Teacher/Group Leader Benefits
Our net prices are designed to be accessible, to allow tour leaders to add their margin. All the same, this is not a cheap destination due to the logistical costs of supplying an island community. But, it is somewhere that almost everyone would like to visit at some point in their lives and are therefore prepared to pay a little more.
Good earning potential and free hotel and itinerary if minimum numbers are met. For exact prices and teacher benefits, please contact us directly.
All in all, we offer the best value for money option for a comprehensive and complete yoga retreat experience in the Galapagos Islands – in some cases double the teacher earnings that you would get through other yoga agencies running trips to Galapagos, and as such a much more accessible price for your student
Wheelchair access to ground floor bedrooms
The property comprises five hectares (twelve acres) of reforested woodland (Scalesia pedunculata an endangered, endemic tree) with organic, shade grown coffee growing underneath. We are tortoise friendly as we leave large areas of vegetation for them to feed on, holes in the fence line for them to walk through, and two natural ponds for them to drink from. Many endemic birds and bats visit the property. We have the Galapagos National Park certification for eco practices. Also, Safe Travels COVID-19 protocols in place.
Your group will firstly fly to mainland Ecuador (South America) and then take a domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands. You may choose to arrive on mainland Ecuador in the capital city, Quito (UIO), or Guayaquil (GYE) - and from there take a 1 hour 40 minute flight to Baltra Island (GPS) that serves Santa Cruz Island. Avianca and LATAM offer daily flights to Galapagos.
We will meet you at the airport on Baltra and accompany you back to the hotel via a 20 minute bus ride, 10 minute ferry and 30 minute taxi ride. Private airport transfers are all included in the package price.
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