My wife and I made a quick trip to Ecuador and wanted to spend a few days in the Galapagos Islands before heading to Panama to visit family. After doing a lot of research we decided to stay at Casa Iguana Mar Y Sol based upon the great TripAdvisor reviews. I booked the reservation with Patricia and as we were corresponding I explained to her that we only had a few days in San Cristobal and asked about things to do. Patricia was so great in providing me with information and recommendations on things to do. She was so nice and was always so willing to answer my questions and provide additional information.
When we arrived, we were greeted by Luis. Patricia did tell me in advance that she would not be there during our stay, but that we would be in great hands with Luis, and she was right! He greeted us with a big smile and welcome and spent a lot of time showing us around and talking with us about the island, the house, etc. The house itself is beautiful. Patricia designed it and Luis built it, and he also did all of the wood working, which is very beautiful to see. At the time of our stay, we were the only ones there and Luis made us feel like we were part of the family. We had great conversations with him during breakfast, as well as when we would see him throughout the day. Each time we came back from our daily adventures, he was there to welcome us home with a big smile and asked how our day was. At the end of each day, we would come back and spend some time upstairs on the roof top patio, which is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island.
Knowing that we only had limited time in San Cristobal, Patricia and Luis made arrangements for us to spend a day with a guide by the name of Manuel. I highly recommend you ask for Manuel if you want to enjoy a great day on the island. He picked us up in the morning and he took us all around the island. We drove around a lot, walked around the highlands and then walked around by the ocean and on the rocks. He took us to see tortugas, iguanas and blue footed boobies. He is such a nice guy. We had a lot of fun with him and felt like we've known him for a long time. It was the same with Luis. We felt like we knew him for a long time as well. To give you a good example of the great service we received, Luis called Manuel during the day to see how my wife and I were doing and if we were enjoying our tour. I thought that was such a nice thing for him to do. The next evening we were walking around town and we saw Manuel and he greeted us like we were old friends.
Our room at Casa Iguana was very nice! The bed was very comfortable and the room was super clean. The a/c works very well and kept the room really cool at night, which made for great sleeping. In the morning there was always a nice breeze, so we shut off the a/c, opened the shutters and enjoyed the breeze. We looked forward to breakfast each morning because the food and conversation were great. We had a lot of fun talking and laughing with Luis during our breakfast.
We only stayed for 3 nights, but I will tell you when we left on Wednesday morning, it was difficult to say goodbye to Luis because he did make us feel like family. My wife and I both felt sad to leave.
If you are going to the Galapagos Islands, I would highly recommend spending a few days on San Cristobal and staying with Luis and Patricia. The island is a special place and taking the time to really see the beauty of the island is well worth it. We were so glad we decided not to do a cruise and spend a few days on the island instead. The locals are very friendly and welcoming.
The only downside of our stay was that we did not meet Patricia in person as she experienced some travel delays in getting back to Ecuador.
We will certainly go back to the Galapagos Islands again and our first stop will be at Casa Iguana Mar Y Sol.
Thank you Patricia and Luis for a wonderful stay!
- Also Known As:
- Casa Iguana Mar y Sol Hotel San Cristobal
- Casa Iguana Mar y Sol San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador