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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

My wife and I absolutely loved Semilla Verde. If you want to stay somewhere relaxing, convenient, and exciting then Semilla Verde is the perfect choice. We visited in late May and the weather was excellent in the highlands. The time of the year also made us lucky enough to see every single type of animal we had on our Galapagos... More 

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

My new husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and had the most amazing experience. The Galapagos Islands are an incredible place to visit and Semilla Verde is the perfect place to stay. From the minute we contacted Robert he was super helpful, he set up an itinerary that was perfect for us. There was plenty of tours and... More 

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melbourne, australia
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Semilla Verde is several kilometres ( a short taxi ride) from the nearest township (Peurto Ayora), and one must be grateful for that. Whereas the town is hot and humid, Semilla Verde is located higher in the hills and much cooler and far more comfortable. Sleeping accommodation is good, breakfasts are adequate, mine host Robert is both affable and knowledgeable,... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

I stayed here for about a week in July 2012 and enjoyed every minute of it. The property is fantastic -- a few miles from town, but the distance from the touristy town of Puerto Arroyo was much appreciated. I took several day trips throughout the islands and always looked forward to my return back to Semilla Verde to relax... More 

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Zurich
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights in July '12. Best experience in 8 days galapagos. Very authentic place, recommend if you're into high quality guesthouses. The host delivered our best tour experience of galapagos with a sparkling story about the local flora and fauna during a walk in the highlands with tortoise spotting. We stayed in room 1, which was spacious... More 

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Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We traveled to Galapagos with our whole family and found Semilla Verde to be the perfect spot to enjoy the islands while feeling at home. Robert and his family were very warm and helpful hosts. We had a last minute change of schedule which could have ruined our excursion plans and he was able to work things out for the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

I would like to start by mentioning that this is my first TA review. I have stayed in some great hotels over the years, but unfortunately writing reviews is not something I've previously got round to. Our stay at Semilla Verde was so amazing that I made a promised myself that I would get round to it on this occasion.... More 

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1 Thank AlexQuinn
Durham, NC
1 review
Reviewed 24 June 2012

I have to say that I was totally impressed with Semilla Verde. Robert is a most gracious host and the man is a master at providing for his guest. The grounds and view are out of this world beautiful. There are tortoises on the property as well as lovely wander paths that take you through his orchards of bananas and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

I went to Semilla Verde to scout out the location for our groups (yoga and otherwise). I could not have been happier with the location, people, food, layout... with all of it! The Travel Yogi is excited to be in league with such an amazing property. This was my second trip to the islands (the first being a boat trip)... More 

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Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium
2 reviews
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights five days, it was absolutely fantastic. A great alternative to staying in the village of Puerto Ayora. This spot is very quite, surrounded by nature, an ideal place for the Galapagos. The owners are so welcoming, they can help you plan your trips on before hand, awesome service. Don't think twice, this is where... More 

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  • 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: $275 - $355 (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
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#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Ayora
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“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.”
 of 5 bubbles christophers971, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All of the rooms seemed equally inviting and comfortable.”
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“Tortoise pond upper level.”
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