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Hotel Mainao

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Mainao is a cheerful Moorish-style mid-range hotel in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.

This striking white, Moorish style property started life as a family home.  The owners, enthusiastic to welcoming visitors to the Galápagos, have developed the property into a cheerful, family friendly property of 22 guest rooms – some with balcony access -and patios dotted with palms.

The décor is bright and modern, and rooms have shiny tiled floors, air-conditioning and a TV. There’s Wifi, but it is weak and patchy. Upper floors are reached by winding staircases and there is no lift, so if you have an issue with stairs please ask for a ground floor room.

 If you are looking for a place in the lively town of Puerto Ayora the hotel is very well located, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre, with its bars, shops and restaurants, and the waterfront.  There’s a lovely beach in walkable distance too. 

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What our clients say

  • Highlights?: Snorkelling with green turtles sea lions and penguins

    PW, Twickenham
  • We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.

    FM, Manchester
  • No-one should consider a Galápagos cruise of less then 8 days. We both had a holiday of a lifetime.

    LF
  • 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…

    PM, Chesterfield
  • The range of wildlife to be seen in the Galapagos stood out but there were so many highlights.

    TH, Colchester
  • One of us had not snorkelled for a very long time and was hesitant in deep water. Martin the Naturalist on MV Eclipse helped her overcome her fears and enabled…

    AL
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Our Expert's Opinion

This is a quirky little place that despite its central location feels exceptionally peaceful once you step through into the tucked-away courtyard. After days spent exploring the islands’ more remote areas I really appreciated the short walk into town to soak up some of Puerto Ayora’s atmosphere in the evenings.

Kathryn
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.

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