Galapagos Real Estate for Sale


This advertisement has been submitted by a reader for Galapagos real estate for sale… a wonderful Galapagos farming opportunity.

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I was really impressed by this ad because Galapagos is a pristine area where tourists and even residents are regulated but this farm is in a part of the Galapagos where even the tourists cannot go.

Here is what Mike Van Pelt wrote about the farm he has for sale.

“Galapagos”  What other word conjures up so many varied wild imaginations of fearless animals, peace and solitude, turquoise oceans with pristine island beaches, lava spouting volcanoes, and yes, Darwin?

This is a very rare opportunity to own your piece of Galapagos Paradise.

We are offering a 10 acre farm in the highlands of Isabela at a really rock bottom price.

Isabela is by far the largest of the islands in the Galapagos Archipelago, formed by the uniting of 5 volcanoes to create an island that equals a bit more than 50% of the land mass of all of the islands, 2850 square miles in total.  Its seahorse shape only adds to the charm of this enchanting island.  The population of 2,500 islanders encompasses a mix of Ecuadorians, Galapaginos, and Ex-Pats from the USA, UK, and various European countries. Its Southeastern coastal city of Puerto Villamil is a sleepy town that still has the quaint charm of all sand streets.  Puerto Villamil has begun to upgrade its appearance in the past 2 years.  There has been an addition of an embarcadero for the passenger boats.

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There is now sawn-lava side walks and a public square with shaded gazebo areas (which at this moment has free wifi).

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and an addition to the public hospital… where medical care is free.

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Villamil medical clinic and hospital.

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Villamil Plaza-Church.

I checked this out. Isabela Island is bigger than all the other Galapagos islands combined. It is about 75 miles long and 50 miles at its widest. The total land area is 1771 square miles—bigger than Rhode Island.  These mountains that form this island were probably separate at one time and then fused in to a single mass. The most recent eruption was Cerro Azul in 1999. So the island is still rising, and Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the islands—an elevation of 5,600 feet.

Here is a Galapagos map. You can see how large Isabela is compared to rest of the islands.

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Mike continues.

This finca (farm) is about a 15 minute drive from town toward Sierra Negra Volcano National Park, in an $8 per hour taxi.  It is situated at the corner of the Sierra Negra road and the Santo Tomas road.  Electricity is present on the property (The island’s electricity plant now powered by diesel generators, is scheduled to be replaced by a solar plant that powers the entire island by 2010).

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Electricity to the property. See the rich volcanic earth.

A beautiful ocean view can be seen from the property.  The Sierra Negra road is in the process of being paved, constituting the only paved road on the island.

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This is the beach on our island.

The island of Isabela is accessible by 4 daily flights to (and from) the island of Santa Cruz.  From Puerto Ayora board an island-hopper for a 2.5 hour boat ride to Isabela and its port city of Villamil where you will surely be greeted by one of the numerous lethargic sea lions who have claimed stake to a fisherman’s boat for the afternoon.  Although the boat ride may soon be alleviated, as a commercial airport has been started, but is awaiting additional governmental funding for its completion.  It is also possible to take a 6-passenger plane directly from Baltra airport to Isabela.

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This is the Villamil Port Area.

The Academy Bay and…

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Pointe Ayora are on Santa Cruz Island.

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Since you must go to Santa Cruz to get to Isabela you see these views on the journey.

This aerial was taken when we flew from Isabela directly to the airport on Baltra.

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The activities available on Isabela are sure to please every palate with beach activities including snorkeling either from beach or from boat (as long as you don’t mind penguins, sea lions or turtles as your companions), swimming, scuba diving, and volleyball; boat/land trips around the Bay and the Tintoreras Islets off of the shore of Villamil from which much wildlife can be seen and photographed including the Galapagos Penguins, Blue Footed Boobies, Sea Lions too numerous to count, Eagle Rays, and Green Sea Turtles.

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Snorkeling with Sea Lions.

Colonies of sea lions continue on their daily activities seemingly unaware that we are in their presence.

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Don’t forget to look up and see the ever-soaring Frigate Birds with their red throats.  I am told that this is a birding paradise.   This is not my strong area, but if you are a birder you will know.

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Blue Footed Boobie.

For the land-lovers, and nature lovers, a hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and Volcan Chico is an absolute must, either partially by horseback or totally on your own hoof.  Either way the views, especially on a clear day, are more than breathtaking.  Then there is the geology – multi-colored lava, Pele’s tears, lava tubes, sulfur vents, and the endless black flow that is absorbed into the sea.

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On a different day plan to take in one of the lava tube caves, you will not be disappointed.  For the strong at heart, multiple-day hiking/camping trips to various remote locations can be arranged for hiking Sierra Azul or wildlife viewing in areas not accessible by the 2 roads on the island.

Back in Puerto Villamil, the main town do not miss the Poza Salinas, or brackish ponds, which sport several Flamingos sifting the salt-water for food.

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Villamil Albermarle Hotel.

Meals are really inexpensive.   In the restaurants the Plate of the Day lunch runs $2.50-$3 and dinner:  $3-$4.

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Main street restaurant.

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Local transportation.

Since the US dollar is the official currency there are no conversion costs or forex concerns.

If you are not staying at the farm, there are nice, new accommodations with A/C for as little as $15 a day… though you can spend
-up to $100/night for on-the-beach luxury.

Here…

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Villamil beach shots and…

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the police station and…

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Post office.

Walk  along the beach and the beach paths from town to the Rearing Center for the Giant Tortoises where several species of endangered Galapagos Tortoises are raised from incubation and released back into the wild at the age of 5.  Note:  They are always looking for volunteers, should you feel the desire to help an endangered species hands-on.

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There are also several boardwalks for viewing other natural water flora and fauna of the coastal marshy areas.

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Lagoon Conche Perle.

This finca is busting at the property lines with bananas in various varieties, papaya, guava, mature avocado (2 crops per year) and mango trees, various types of citrus, and passion fruit.

Papaya & Mango.

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Octoi & Banana.

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Citrus.

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Bananas.

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Farmhouse seen from the road.

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Cruises leave from Puerto Ayora, ranging from Single Day-Cruises to luxury 9-Day Cruises.

Cruise Boats are NOT allowed access to Isabela.   This helps preserve the pristine qualities of the island.

This is a farm and land of…

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true beauty… sunrise to…

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sunset.

I have Ecuador beach lots as well as this farm and would like to use the farm but never find the time to stay on the island long enough to get a Cedula (residency) card.  The Islands only allow 3 months per year visits with possible extensions of 3 each in one month periods so I will sell this for $109,000 or would consider a trade for a Cotacachi area property or other highland area or more Ecuador beach property.

For more details contact me, Mike Van Pelt at mike1athome@hotmail.com

This is a paid advertisement I am not involved so please direct your inquiries to Mike.

Gary

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