Location & Weather
Semilla Verde is situated on the fertile slopes of an ancient and extinct volcano in the rural uplands of Santa Cruz Island that itself is located in the heart of the Galapagos Archipelago that lies six-hundred miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, South America.
Thelodge exists in the fresh, humid ‘scalesia’ zone, two hundred plus meters above sea level and 12 km from the dock in Puerto Ayora (12-15 minutes by taxi). There is considerably more rainfall than the lowlands, hence the abundance of greenery, but offers a fresh respite from the scorching equatorial sun. And, pure pacific rainwater showers!
The grounds of Semilla Verde comprise twelve acres (five hectares) of private forest replanted with endemic and native trees, under which organic, shade grown ‘conservation coffee’ is growing.
The lodge is nestled within this forest and has balconies and terraces that peer out over the top of it, with majestic, panoramic views to the Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Marine Reserve and outlying islands.
Semilla Verde is secure for children and offers a world of adventure, learning and fun. Children can explore the grounds of the estate or play on the grass lawns or splash around in the swimming pool (weather allowing, Jan-May). Parents can join in the fun, or just relax in a hammock and take a welcome break from the worries and stress of the outside world.
In the evenings another world comes alive on the Semilla Verde Galapagos estate. On a clear night, gaze up into the Milky Way, listen and look out for hunting bats and barn owls, enjoy an educational documentary about Galapagos, or just spend quality time with friends and family.
The hot, tropical rainy season is January to May, peaking Feb-Mar (25-30+c). Warmer waters and calmer seas predominate and temperatures and humidity are very high!
The cooler season is June to December, peaking, Sept-Oct, the garua season (15-25c), when the trade winds pick up and push cooler water to the islands and air temperatures drop. The highland area, where Semilla Verde is located, generally wakes up to misty mornings with light rain, that lifts by mid morning. The sea is more choppy and chilly in this season.
Althought they can be found wandering the estate all year round, September to January (peaking Nov-Dec) is the high season for giant tortoises at Semilla Verde.
- Arriving yourself via bus-ferry-bus or taxi
You will need to wait up to 30 minutes whilst the bags are offloaded, then take a 15 minute free bus ride from the airport to ‘Itabaca Canal’ that crosses to Santa Cruz via ferry that takes 10 minutes and will cost $1 per person. Once on the other side of the canal, take a taxi or bus and tell the driver the following: “POR FAVOR, LLEVARME AL HOTEL ‘SEMILLA VERDE’.
There is a small signpost outside the property on the main road. Take a right turn down the track and the entrance is 200 metres down on the right hand side. The taxi will cost you $25 and drop you directly at the hotel.
The bus will cost $3 per person but will leave you on the main road.
- Private shuttle
If you have a private transfer to Semilla Verde, our driver will be waiting for you on the other side of customs to bring you back to Semilla Verde. You will need to wait up to 30 minutes whilst the bags are offloaded, then, with the driver, take a 15 minute bus ride from the airport to ‘Itabaca Canal’ that crosses to Santa Cruz via ferry, 10 minutes. Then, a car ride to take you the 30km to the Semilla Verde, another 35 mins.