Casa Iguana Mar y Sol
Welcoming and impeccably run guesthouse a stone's throw from a sandy beach popular with sea lions.
San Cristóbal is the fifth largest and most easterly island in the Galápagos archipelago and is the second most populous. It consists of several fused extinct volcanoes and stands out for having the only freshwater lagoon.
The welcoming and impeccably run Casa Iguana Mar y Sol overlooks the bay of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, a stone's throw from the shoreline. The beach is frequented by hordes of friendly sea lions. The town, which is a provincial capital but far less touristy than Puerto Ayora, is a five-minute walk away.
The whitewashed building is stylish and contemporary, conceived and designed by its owners, with a balcony on each of its three tiers. Guestrooms are spotless, bright and airy. Each has individually carved wooden doors and shutters, a sitting room table and a large bathroom.
An excellent home-cooked breakfast is served at the kitchen bar. There is also a lounge and an open air honesty bar on the top floor. The hotel is very well regarded by guests who appreciate the individual attention afforded by the proprietors.
What our clients say
"The choice of the hotel on the Galápagos Islands was crucial and we loved the Hotel Sol Y Mar – it was perfect for our needs. The smallness and family friendly environment (the owner was there with his family) meant that we could relax knowing that all the staff were aware of mother’s frailties and were warm and friendly to her always."KK, Belfast
Our expert's view
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
We had a supremely warm welcome at this guesthouse and nothing was too much hassle for the lovely owners. Being able to wander the short distance to the beach and observe sea lions from a safe distance with none of the time restraints of a cruise was great and opened my eyes to the benefits of a land-based Galapagos holiday.
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