African safari destinations pride themselves on showing off their 'Big Five'. Well, the Galapagos raise the stakes to a Big 15! This term refers to the 15 iconic species one can find in this remote archipelago, the “poster boys” if you will, of the impressive variety of wildlife found here. While the distribution of this wildlife is spread across the islands, Santa Cruz – home to Pikaia Lodge – is a solid spot to check species off your list, particularly if you have a preference for land-based accommodation. On your daily foray in and around Santa Cruz, you can expect to see flamingos, frigate birds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as giant tortoise, land and marine iguanas and sea lions. The lodge itself sits up in the highlands and the views from the infinity pool are breathtaking. All of the 16 spacious rooms feature a balcony or terrace, and the beauty of the landscapes that lie beneath are only equalled by the service and expertise of the nature guides.
Pikaia is proof that luxury and the natural world can indeed blend in harmony.