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Iguana Crossing

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Iguana Crossing is a beautifully appointed luxury hotel on a white-sand beach, combining a lean, contemporary mood with a remarkable natural setting.

The isle of Isabela is the largest and most rugged in the archipelago, comprised of six fused volcanoes. A large giant tortoise population roams wild amidst its scrub and grasslands. 

This beautifully appointed small luxury Iguana Crossing hotel lies on a delightful stretch of powdery white sand at the edge of Puerto Villamil – Isabela's only significant settlement but still little more than a fishing village. 

The hotel's design is uncompromisingly contemporary, built using local materials including impeccably crafted polished wood. Features and furnishings are decidedly angular; the clean unfussy lines look striking against the back drop of an elemental, almost minimalist natural environment. 

All guestrooms have sweeping views of the beach or out towards Sierra Negra volcano from their balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a small but attractive pool surrounded by smart wooden decking close to the sand, as well as a rooftop Jacuzzi and bar. The restaurant is very good though there are cheaper (if simpler) options in town.

The hotel owes its name to the marine iguanas that cross the beach right in front of it, heading from the wetlands into the sea. Watching them from the al fresco deck can be a great source of entertainment.

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What our clients say

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

    TH, Colchester
  • The Galapagos animals, scenery and sea were out of this world, just fabulous

    CH, Epsom
  •  Impossible to choose between the Galápagos and Easter Island - both are magical, special places.

    SM, Wandsworth
  • The trip around the Galápagos was spectacular and I have never experienced anything like it before.

    LB, Enfield
  • The Galápagos Islands were something else- quite outstanding for the wonderful wildlife and abundant sea life while snorkelling.

    CP
  • 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…

    JW, Newcastle
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Our Expert's Opinion

Iguana Crossing offers the most comfortable accommodation on Isabela, with spacious air-conditioned rooms, many with ocean views, and a very good restaurant. I enjoyed the small plunge pool although the hotel's wonderful location at the quiet end of the white sand beach meant I spent more time cooling off in the shallows of the sea whilst watching marine iguanas come and go.

Ben
Ben Line Travel Expert Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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