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Los Angeles, California, United States
Reviewed 14 January 2012

Our trip to the Galapagos was incredible thanks to the folks at Semilla Verde. Upon arrival we were picked up at the airport and taken directly to the villa. A giant tortoise was awaiting our arrival in the driveway of Semilla Verde. Robert has built some amazing trails where you can see tortoises eating in their natural habitat. You don't...

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 January 2012

Robert and Daysi are great hosts and attract a nice bunch of fellow travelers. For my family it was infinitely preferable to stay on land and do day tours at our leisure than be on a cruise. Robert is a very cheerful bloke and willing to show and impart his knowledge of the Galapagos which made for a very enjoyable...

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Camberley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 January 2012

We stayed with Robert and Daisy for a few nights back in October, in the top room (room 1). Room: We had an amazing view from our room. At sunrise and sunset I would find myself in the hammock on our balcony, looking out to the ocean silhouette or down to a giant tortoise in the garden. The room has...

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Reviewed 9 December 2011

5 star service with a "run of the house room" We had down time coupled with boat tours, hiking, swimming and kayaking activities in a well rounded itinerary for an active tourist. This was a custom package for a mother and 21 year old daughter. Robert has found the perfect amount of interaction where you feel pampered and still have...

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1Thank Cheryl Z
Pryor, Oklahoma, United States
Reviewed 6 December 2011

From the very start Robert welcomed us with some fresh juice and an exquisite lunch which was my favorite of the whole stay. Much of there food is grown on site along with some of the best coffee. The staff are friendly and wonderful! Robert is a very knowledgeable and energetic guide. The grounds and rooms are well kept and...

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2Thank Tim S
Lima, Peru
Reviewed 24 November 2011

My husband, two-year old son and I stayed at Semilla Verde for two weeks and we had an incredible time. Robert and Daysi are wonderful hosts and our son enjoyed playing with their daughter. We woke up everyday and had a nice walk around their lovely property where we saw no fewer than four tortoises each day! Robert and Daysi...

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Nanton, Canada
Reviewed 20 November 2011

There were many BEST on our one month trip through Ecuador. Two are reserved for Semilla Verde: best B&B and best coffee.Semilla Verde is a B&B in a coffee plantation, it is just 15 min. outside Puerto Ayora with sweeping views over the treetops to the ocean, no other buildings in sight. We would wake up to the sounds of...

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3Thank efatzergarcia
New York City, New York
Reviewed 11 November 2011

I very much enjoyed my stay at Semilla Verde. The room as large, with a nice view, and spotlessly clean. There were also 4 or 5 Galapagos tortoises, roaming there way around and through the property to remind you that you really are in an exotic place. For me, however, what separates a good place to stay from a great...

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Washington, DC
Reviewed 4 November 2011

My wife and I stayed at Semilla Verde in June of 2011. There isn't much to add that hasn't already been said in the many glowing reviews that precede this one. The property is beautiful and tranquil, and it compliments its natural surroundings in the highlands. While the location is rural, getting to and from the bars, restaurants and shops...

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Reviewed 30 October 2011

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend four nights at Semilla Verde. Literally from the moment we picked up our luggage at the airport, we were completely taken care of. There are likely no other native English speakers, who own and run a bed and breakfast in the Galapagos other than Robert. My Spanish is abysmal. His is...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"Semilla Verde is an exceptional hotel with the customs and personality of a traditional guesthouse." We believe your experience in the Galapagos Islands should be as unique and natural as you are. So, here at Semilla Verde we offer you the chance to stay somewhere far removed from your busy life and the standard hotel offering you may be used to. We invite you to step into another world, the original Galapagos, the true and enchanting islands. And, to experience the wonders of a rural forest dwelling and life alongside the unique wildlife you came so far to see. Your stay will be based in an original and idyllic rural retreat where peace, privacy and Galapagos wildlife abounds. You will enjoy one-to-one personal service, traditional home cooking, panoramic views from private terraces and exclusive access to nature trails through twelve acres of private forest where giant tortoises lumber freely and native birds thrive. At night, gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and DVD just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly and authentic land-base for your Galapagos adventure and an all encompassing alternative or add-on to a traditional cruise ship experience. Semilla Verde works with a local tour agency to offer complete hotel & tour package options too. You will visit outlying islands and local sites with qualified naturalist guides and experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and it's unique flora and fauna - from giant tortoises and lava lizards to marine iguanas and playful sea lions, from volcanic landscapes to cloud forest. Return to the hotel at the end of an incomparable day and share your travel stories around the main dining table with other guests, whilst enjoying dinner freshly prepared in our kitchen. Indeed we don't work from a fixed menu rather we generally prepare one recipe for the group, but each guest receives a serving according to their individual preferences. The location is secluded but convenient and very safe. There is not another residence within hundreds of meters of this oasis. Semilla Verde remains true to the philosophy on which it originally built for good friends and family, ensuring a level of intimacy, small number of employees offering very personal service and home cooking your will only find in a traditional guesthouse. Semilla Verde comprises two hotel builidings some 100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Lodge (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). They can work in unison or as separate entities for separate parties. betwen the two there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Galapagos is famous for it's volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourself again. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $256 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Also Known As:
Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
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#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
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“All of the rooms seemed very nice”
 of 5 bubbles GR_travels, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I was on the upper level overlooking the tortoise pond. Very quiet. I am a light sleeper.”
 of 5 bubbles dollmouse, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Great Vegan food!!”
 of 5 bubbles MFife1, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Bring ear plugs if the sounds of nature or voices bother you at all.”
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“All of the rooms seemed equally inviting and comfortable.”
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