La Casa de Marita
Family-run La Casa de Marita is a welcoming, homely hotel right on the shores of a beautiful white sand beach and within easy reach of Isabela's main town, Puerto Villamil.
The intimate and welcoming La Casa de Marita on Isabela Island is owned by Peruvian Marita and her Italian husband. It has a tranquil location next to a pretty crescent-shaped beach of dazzling white sand and turquoise seas, a short walk away from the town of Puerto Villamil with its shops and simple restaurants.
The rooms are individually decorated and vary from plain and unfussy to vividly colourful. Some have sea views; all are homely, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Communal areas of the hotel are adorned with folk art and have a warm and convivial ambience, and there's a restaurant and a garden strung with inviting hammocks.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
This was our holiday of a lifetime fulfilling a long held desire to visit the Galápagos Islands, and it lived up to all our expectations.SH, Aylesbury
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
"The Galápagos Islands and the amazing Machu Picchu ruins. A real once in a lifetime experience."MCP Richmond
We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.FM, Manchester
Our time on the Galápagos Islands was unique to us, the wildlife was fabulous, we enjoyed every minute of it.BT, Ware
The Galápagos was so amazing - we were not at all disappointed even though we had looked forward to it so much. Every part of our cruise was special, and we loved the Athala and her itinerary.RJ, Kenilworth
The Galápagos were above expectation – the best thing we have done.DL, Dulwich
The wildlife on the islands (obviously the major reason for the trip) was spectacular and wonderful to experience. I’m please to have made the trip and would certainly recommend the Galápagos to anyone with similar interests and sufficient money.PM, Chesterfield
Highlight of your trip?: Snorkeling in the Galapagos
The Galápagos offer amazing access to stunning wild-life and a great week living on a boat.PJ, London
It's very difficult to pick out one thing. Seeing the animals everywhere we went was amazing. We fell in love with the sea-lions. I loved the walk up to the view over Pinnacle Rock and then being on the beach by the rock afterwards. Seeing a white tipped shark from the beach was something I never expected.NR, Swindon
The Galapagos blew me away. was even better than I expected. it never felt crowded and the guides and crew made us feel as thought we were special., Surbiton
The Galápagos Islands were fantastic and beyond our wildest expectations.AC
The highlight was always going to be the Galápagos and it lived up to our expectations. It is a unique place and unlike our last visit we came away with hundreds of photographs to remind us of the trip.NW, Wells
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
Visiting the Galápagos islands and coming so close to so many special species of animals and birds was a memorable experience.JB, Chiswick
A truly unique place on earth.KS, Southampton
The most memorable experiences were walking in woodland with wild giant tortoise grazing in clearings, watching wild land iguanas amble through long grasses, peering at eye level into the nests of red footed boobies, watching penguins and sea lions hunting fish whilst snorkelling, and as a finale, watching huge sharks circling in the boat lights during our final evening meal.JW, Newcastle
The Galápagos Islands were something else- quite outstanding for the wonderful wildlife and abundant sea life while snorkelling.CP
Most Memorable Moment?: The obvious answer is the whole thing! If I had to choose, I'd say the experience of arriving at the top of the Prince Phillip Steps on Genovesa to be confronted by a sea of roosting and nesting seabirds completely unfazed by our presence. Of course I'd read about it in advance but nothing really prepares you for experiencing it for yourself. Another key moment was going snorkelling for the first time at the age of 70 and immediately having underwater encounters with a sea lion and a green sea turtle. My prescience in investing in a GoPro camera ahead of the trip paid huge dividends in terms of lasting memories.DM, Nottingham
A couple of days in the Galapagos when we didn't see any other people. Intimacy of swimming with sealions, turtles & being chased in the water by a flightless cormorant!TC, St Albans
The range of wildlife to be seen in the Galapagos stood out but there were so many highlights.TH, Colchester
Most Memorable Moment: Swimming with sea lions, following hundreds of dolphins on the boat, diving with penguinsKH, London
A truly wonderful and privileged experience!RD, Ashford
Impossible to choose between the Galápagos and Easter Island - both are magical, special places.SM, Wandsworth
Truly a unique lifetime experience, especially snorkelling for the first time with playful sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, rays and ‘tame’ wildlife.SD, Rochester
The sealions were brilliant fun and the pups so cute, and so close. All the wildlife was great and seeing it all up close as nothing is afraid of humans, was amazing.KH, Weybridge
Isolation on the Islands a feeling of being in the Galapagos by invitation of the inhabitants - the wildlife. A truly wonderful and privileged experience.SD, Rochester
The Galapagos tour was our highlight because of the proximity and abundance of the wildlife.AB, St Neots
The cabin upgrade was definitely worth the extra money, much more space and good sized windows!LF, Alderley Edge
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