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The lodge on Floreana is different from any other that we stayed in on our trip. First of all, the island is more isolated than anywhere else we’ve ever been.

The lodge is a series of cabins right on the beach, known as Playa Negra (meaning Black Beach – for obvious reasons) and is just a couple of minutes by foot to the main town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra.

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Dena on Playa Negra, enjoying the sunset

The cabins are comfortable and cosy. In our cabin we had a bunkbed (2 single mattresses) and another single bed. The rooms have flashlights (for the walk to/from the restaurant), a safe, a nice bathroom and an amazing view. It wasn’t until we left Floreana that we realized that there wasn’t a television. We were so busy, it wasn’t even a passing thought. I don’t expect there is much of a signal there anyway…

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The island is remote. Really remote. We have cell phones on an Ecuador network (Movistar) and there was no signal, of course. I have a USB internet modem and of course, no signal. The only signal that we could pick up was for our GPS – because it receives signals direct from satellites. I think the two days we spent on Floreana is about as far off the grid as we have been. It was refreshing to not have the phone ring, or email come in, or anything. There was nothing – just a huge island to explore. It was a great feeling and I can’t wait to go back.

The lodge and the town do have power, provided in part by solar panels that you can see on the hike to the restaurant. Some of the other islands use diesel generators to make power.

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When we arrived on Floreana Island, there was this huge rainbow over the cabins (you can see the row of green roofs).

For a video tour of the lodge, check out the video below:

Red Mangrove Floreana Lodge Video

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2 Responses to Floreana Island Lodge: Where to Stay in the Galapagos

  1. Rolie says:

    Hi Bryan,

    It looks like the Floreana Island is a nice place to unwind and relax. Once our condo in Salinas is done and we’ve moved in, we’ll definitely visit the entire Galapagos Islands.

    You have mentioned your GPS, is this the one that give you only the coordinates but not the map? We have a Tom Tom GPS here in our car but it gives you only the maps of USA, Canada, Hawaii and Mexico. Will this work in Ecuador? We were there in Salinas, Guayaquil and Cuenca last July but it never occurred to me to inquire about this there.

    Thanks,
    Rolie

    • Bryan Haines says:

      Hi Rollie – the GPS that I was using in the Galapagos is a Garmin handheld. It accepts uploaded maps and allows creation of maps. We will be uploading the GPS track of our trip soon – as soon as I figure out the right formatting.

      While your Tom Tom will work here (in Ecuador) your maps won’t show anything. I tried to find a good provider or Ecuador maps for a car gps and its not so easy. Check with Tom Tom directly – you might be able to buy a map online. Hope this helps.

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